Explore Your Future
Our degree programmes have been developed to provide you with a set of skills that will enable you to compete for existing and emerging roles across a variety of professions. Our interdisciplinary outlook means that you will graduate with a unique skill set, work or study abroad experience, and foundational knowledge for pursuing careers relating to sustainability and beyond. Meanwhile, your campus experience gives you endless opportunity to throw yourself into student societies, sports clubs, and charitable engagements and campaigns. As you explore your future, you will be fully supported by Warwick's Careers and Skills team, and your degree certificate will carry Warwick's reputation amongst top employers.
- Hollie Ryan, Second Year (Politics and Global Sustainable Development)
Creative innovation for sustainable development, and other career pathways relating to sustainability.
- Rhys Hillan, Final Year (Psychology and Global Sustainable Development)
Academia and further research. Currently applying for an integrated Masters and PhD programme in the United States, aiming to research impact of mental health in higher education and its relationship to creating sustainable societies.
- Dee Yon Chng, Final Year (Politics and Global Sustainable Development) Law "with a heart" - environmental or human rights law.
- David McGill, Final Year (Economics and Global Sustainable Development) Consultancy, especially environmental consultancy.
- Nicola Blasetti, Final Year (Politics and Global Sustainable Development) Policy advice on international climate and environmental issues, after completing a PhD programme.
This is just a small selection of our students. Others have expressed concerted interest in the following sectors: green energy; conservation; sustainable divisions of large organisations and corporations; refugee support and humanitarian aid; NGOs; supranational institutions (United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organisation); local charities; start ups.
Skills and Strengths
Throughout your time studying with us, you will learn valuable transferable skills that will help with your employment prospects:
- Analytical and problem solving: Through your study of economic principles and models, you will learn how to extract the essential features of complex systems, providing usable frameworks for evaluation.
- Critical thinking: Assess arguments, make judgements, formulate reasoned debates and generate feasible solutions.
- Communication: Develop advanced communication skills that enable you to communicate with a variety of audiences and in different settings.
- Research: An integrated programme of research skills training, teaching you how to source, evaluate and use different forms of information and data.
- Organisational: Through a rigorous and varied assessment schedule and a compulsory dissertation module in your final year, you will learn the essentials of time management, prioritisation and how to be well organised.
- Team working: You will have plenty of opportunities to work with others and nurture your emotional intelligence, developing a professional attitude.
- Don’t discount the activities you have done before you get to university – these are a foundation for you to build on and can inform your future direction/interests.
- There are so many opportunities available to you across the university and beyond and they are often difficult to locate. Ask staff members from different departments and students from previous years.
- Don’t take on everything you come across in the first month of getting to university. Gather information on what opportunities are out there. Once you arrive, ask questions to lots of different people, throughout your degree. You might find a sport you've never heard of and want to take on a leadership role; you might be interested in research and apply for a grant from one of Warwick's undergraduate research funds; you might want to work on or off campus to assist financially and further your career. Take your time to make these decisions.
- It’s never too early to start thinking about work experience and employability skills development. Equally, it’s never too late either. Speak to someone, from Careers staff, your department, or the Students' Union.
Warwick is a world of possibility but it is up to you as to what opportunities you take. Our students gain a broad range of interests and commitments during their time studying at the University. Each experience can greatly benefit your future career, and all experiences can be beneficial when it comes to applying for volunteer work, internships, or a paid position. Here are just some of the countless opportunities you will have at Warwick:
- Societies - Join one of Warwick's 250+ Student societies. Societies provide you with access to an incredible network of diverse students, the hub of campus life. Taking up a position on a society's executive committee provides invaluable opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, highly desired by employers. You might even want to join our Global Sustainable Development Society.
- Sports - Grow new talents and push your limits by joining one of campus' outstanding Sports Clubs. As of Spring 2019, you will have access to Warwick's new multi-million pound Sports Hub, one of the largest in the United Kingdom.
- Volunteer - Get out into the community and sign up with Warwick Volunteers. Other projects also include Warwick In Africa, and the Laksh Project. Many departments also offer dedicated outreach programmes.
- Research - Diversify your knowledge and gain invaluable research experience through one of our undergraduate funds: Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) and the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund. You could even present your research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) or the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
- Work - Find part-time employment with UniTemps, Warwick Summer Internships, and Warwick Students' Union. Many students also take the chance to search for work in Coventry, Leamington Spa, Warwick, and surrounding areas of the University. Warwick's Careers Service offer comprehensive support for writing CVs and Cover Letters.
- Ranked 4th in Europe in new Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings, 2018
- Ranked 3rd amongst universities most targeted by UK’s top 100 graduate employers, 2017/2018
- Ranked in the Top 20 of the world's most international universities
- Ranked 54th in the QS World University Rankings
- Most recent data (2015/2016) states that amongst all Warwick Undergraduates, the mean salary was £26,500. 81% of graduates available for employment had secured employment or graduate-level further study.
For further information on the dedicated Careers and Skills support offered at Warwick, please visit their website.