Careers and employability
Looking to stand out from the crowd and secure that all-important graduate job in an increasingly competitive job market? Your degree from the University of Leeds and the wider experience you’ll gain while you’re studying here will help you to do just that.
A degree in music creates a natural pathway to a career as a musician, but also offers skills that will be valued by prospective employers in other fields such as business and law. You will develop independent thinking, and a range of analytical and communication skills that are highly valued in the professional world you will enter after university.
Recent graduates are working with:
- Warner Music
- Opera North
- The Hallé Orchestra
- 3x Grammy Award® winners Snarky Puppy
- Manchester United Football Club
Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to:
- undertake an industrial placement year to experience what it’s like to work in the music industry
- study abroad to experience life in another culture
- develop entrepreneurial skills or start your own business with help from our Enterprise Centre and SPARK Business Start-up service
- apply for the Music Students into Schools module, which allows you to find out if education is the right career for you
- join one of the 300 student-led clubs and societies, where you can develop valuable skills and broaden your life experience.
- apply to be a paid intern or ambassador in the School of Music, assisting with the concert series, admission, inductions or marketing
Employability mentoring schemeThis is a unique scheme for students within the School of Music. It links up professionals and related industries, who are alumni of the School, to act as mentors. The scheme provides students with the opportunity to enhance their employability, expand their professional networks and increase their confidence.
Careers supportThroughout your time at Leeds you will have access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. Plus, you’ll be able to attend the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair and the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair. There is also a programme of careers events specifically for Music students.
Your personal tutor, who you’ll meet with regularly, will be involved with guiding your academic and personal development. Using ‘Leeds for Life’, your personal tutor will encourage you to keep a personal and active record of all you have done and achieved. This will help you complete application forms and prepare for interviews.
If you’re keen to develop your entrepreneurial skills or set up your own business, then we have the facilities and experience to help you, and you could think about applying for a Year in Enterprise as part of your course.
The University’s innovative SPARK initiative can help you with business start-up support, advice and funding to develop an idea you may have into a viable business. You also have the opportunity to apply for the year in enterprise programme, which gives you the chance to take a year out to develop your business – you’ll receive a £5,000 bursary and have access to advice, mentoring and professional networks.
Visit the enterprise website to find out more.
Clubs, societies and volunteering
Leeds University Union (LUU) runs over 300 student-led clubs and societies, bringing like-minded students together. Whether you want to pursue an interest or try something new to add to your CV, there’s something for everyone. The ShockSoc society is our School society that offers you a number of opportunities throughout your degree.
Volunteering is a great way for you to enhance your CV further and develop valuable skills, as well as giving something back to the community. The LUU has a number of student-led volunteering societies that you can choose to get involved with, such as Leeds RAG. There’s also the chance to develop your own ideas into a project with the Leeds for Life Foundation cash grants.