Employment opportunities

Employers want graduates with proven skills. Our degrees are designed with the real world in mind, giving your child the opportunity to build their employability. And there are plenty of other ways that they can develop valuable new skills and experience for the workplace.

“At Oxford Brookes University, 91% of full-time undergraduate students are in work or further study 15 months after graduation.”

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19 - published July 2021).

Accredited courses

Many of our degree courses including healthcare, business and the built environment, are recognised by professional awarding bodies.

Work placements

Our strong links with many different industries and professions mean that there are great opportunities for work placements. Some of our courses have a compulsory one-year work placement or series of placements, while on others it is optional.

“The thing that stood out to me about Brookes was its links with the Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital. I’ve been really lucky to have a placement on Tom’s Ward, which has been really beneficial to my development.”

Dan Pope, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children’s) graduate

Nursing students in a hospital ward


On some courses, students are teamed up with a senior professional from industry.

Mentors provide personalised guidance tailored to your needs and goals, sharing industry insights and best practices to help you develop a deeper understanding of your chosen career path. Your mentor will offer practical advice on how to take the first steps in your career, as well as support to enhance your confidence and self-esteem.

Studying abroad

Oxford Brookes has links with around 150 partner universities all over the world including 21 European countries and further afield from Argentina to the United States.

“Studying abroad makes you stand out from the crowd and shows that you are confident and well rounded. I wish I could do my six months all over again! ”

Chloe Green, studied English Language and Communication. Went on study exchange to Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Students on a beach

Working part-time

By working part time, your child is increasing their experience of being in the workplace as well as boosting their funds. Oxford is a great city for part-time and seasonal work.

Expanding skills beyond studies

We encourage students to try new things beyond their course. As well as enriching their experiences, it can shape their thinking about a future career. Our app-based scheme BrookesEDGE is designed to mark achievements beyond their course and can be shared with future employers.

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Careers service

The careers service offers tailored guidance to students, including one-to-one sessions, workshops, advice on CV-writing, interview practice and online resources. The service is free of charge for up to three years after graduation.