The Faculty of Arts and Humanities embeds the concept and practice of employability into various course modules from Foundation to Postgraduate level to provide students with opportunities to develop the necessary skills that can benefit their future employability.
In addition to a strong academic record, employers want to see evidence of a whole range of skills and attributes from new graduates, including communication skills, problem solving, interpersonal skills, leadership and organisational skills, motivation and commitment, and self-management.
UEA’s Careers Service provides opportunities and support throughout your time with us, to ensure you leave with a rich university experience, prepared for the workplace or further study. MyCareerCentral, UEA's Careers Service's online portal, advertises a wealth of part-time, vacation, voluntary and graduate opportunities, to help you gain valuable experience in a sector that interests you, and our paid Internship programme means you can boost your employability while you earn.
There is an Arts and Humanities placement module that provides some of our second year students with the opportunity to work within a creative/cultural/charity/ heritage/media or other appropriate organisation that supports the taught session outcomes. The module emphasises industry experience, sector awareness and personal development through a structured reflective learning experience.
Our students also gain experience by being part of numerous Arts and Humanities-related societies, such as the History, the American Studies, or the Language and Communication Studies Societies . Each year, numerous students are part of society committees and develop organising, communication, accounting skills and plenty more in the process. UEA TV, Concrete (UEA’s student newspaper), and Livewire (UEA’s radio channel) are also run by many Arts and Humanities students.
Each of our Schools offers specific employability opportunities tailored to meet the needs of their students.
The Interdisciplinary Institute's close connection with the UEA Television Studio, the UEA Music Centre, the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and the Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS) enable students to gain experience in various areas such as archiving, digital literacy and media-related activities.
At the annual ‘Working with Words’ conference, open to all arts and humanities students, you’ll hear from successful UEA alumni from across the creative industries. You’ll have a chance to pick up their tips and make essential contacts that can help get your career off to a flying start.
This module usually works through a partnership where students work with an external organisation on a live campaign under their auspices. Past partners are Greenpeace, Generation Rent and People and Planet.
Students designed a complementary element to a partner's current project, gaining direct experience of real life work in the campaigns sector. This year, students will design their own online campaigns and they will get masterclass lectures from various external speakers who work in campaigning.
In this final year module, History students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the historic environment sector, then to build on their experience through practical seminars, field trips and sessions with external speakers currently working in the sector. These sessions provide an understanding of the career paths available in this field and an opportunity to reflect on how the skills and knowledge students have gained during their degree can be transferred to a range of historic environment and heritage roles.
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