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Employability and entrepreneurship

Careers and employability support

As a faculty, we know your choice of university is about more than what you’ll be studying.

For us, your student experience is a priority, with co- and extra-curricular activities and events that make your time with us both more enjoyable and valuable for your future, and dedicated employability support to help you get your dream job once you graduate.

You want to be able to practice what you’ve studied (including in a real work environment), access excellent facilities, and take advantage of networking and socialising opportunities to help you build your career alongside your studies.

Here are some of the opportunities and support available:

Student Engagement team

Our faculty's dedicated Student Engagement team is here to support you throughout your course with events and activities to help you succeed in your studies, boost your employability, and socialise with your fellow students. They'll also ensure your voice is heard in the faculty.

Find out more about the student experience in the Faculty of Business and Law

ARU Certificate for Professional Development (ARUCPD)

ARUCPD is a free, ARU-accredited, award-winning co-curricular course available to students across all faculties in Cambridge and Chelmsford. Every module has been designed to be relevant to industry and to give ARU students a competitive edge in the job market.

Find out more about ARUCPD


Placements can help you develop knowledge, skills, and experience that are highly desirable to future employers. Most of our undergraduate degrees offer an optional placement year, and postgraduate students also have the opportunity to go out on placement for 1-2 trimesters.

Find out more about placements


The Get a Career Mentor programme is hosted by your ARU Employability Service and matches current ARU students with their own career-focused mentor. A mentor is a professional contact who can work with you to give you insights into the realities of working life or continued study.

Find out more more about the ARU Employability Service

"My mentor worked with me to make me see the positives, we created a great CV and I am confident now about applying for the positions I really want. My mentor made me see my worth in the working world!"
LLB (Hons) Law

Enterprise and entrepreneurship support

The Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA) empowers enterprising students and graduates and inspires them to explore the world of business through a comprehensive series of programmes, activities, events, and valuable networking opportunities.

They offer expert assistance and skills-building for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and self-employment seekers, as well as guest speaker presentations to inspire and share real-life entrepreneurial journeys.

You can also benefit from dedicated mentorship and funding competitions that enable your business ideas to get off the ground, and the AREA CoLab, a new collaborative space in Cambridge designed for students and graduates to exchange and develop ideas.

Find out more about AREA