Newcastle University Business School


Our Employability Offering

We will support you on your employability journey, preparing you for the future of work and enabling you to successfully apply for a graduate job at the end of your programme

From day one we work with you to embrace and develop our School’s global graduate attributes, giving you the best possible chance of gaining employment after graduation.

Global graduate attributes

We developed our global graduate attributes by working with key stakeholders such as our International Advisory Board, employers, alumni and current students, to identify what organisations are looking for in their new graduates – now and in the future.

As a Newcastle University Business School graduate, you will be able to demonstrate the following attributes: 

  • resilient and adaptable in ambiguity
  • open-minded and Globally and Culturally aware
  • demonstrate curiosity
  • enterprising and commercially aware
  • committed to equality inclusion and diversity
  • socially and ethically responsible
  • confident, self-aware and mindful of personal values
  • critical and creative thinkers
  • future focused innovative leaders and managers
  • value research for decision making
  • communicate and relate effectively to others in cross-cultural environments
  • operate effectively in teams
  • understand organisations
  • manage projects and change in different cultures
  • analyse complex data
  • engage with digital futures
  • take personal responsibility for learning and high performance
Developing your Employability

We help you to understand the Future of Work and Leading on Leadership. You will develop a range of skills through workshops and seminars as part of your programme, and our Business School Careers Consultants and Student Experience team are available to support you in applying for placements and study abroad opportunities. Through our extended induction programme, you will be able to find out more about the extra-curricular activities that are available to you.  

Global opportunities

As part of our global Business School, you will benefit from working in cross-cultural teams across your programme, enabling you to enhance your levels of cultural intelligence. There are also opportunities for you to engage in global challenges and take part in activities such as summer internships and international summer schools. 

You have the chance to meet representatives from a broad range of global organisations through case studies as part of modules, or from guest speakers who share their organisational experiences. You can visit organisations and learn more about how they operate and what they are looking for when they recruit Business School graduates. 

We also work with internationally renowned organisations such as Common Purpose to develop experiences such as the Future Leaders programme. In January 2020 we also launched an exclusive competition for our students working with Coca Cola.


We encourage you to take part in Volunteering activities and provide support with identifying suitable projects and preparing you on how to make an impact on the organisation you spend time with. We also provide support for you to get recognition for your contribution by applying for the NCL+ award

Future Focus - Business School careers conference

Our flagship Employability event is the Future Focus Conference, which takes place in November. This conference has a day dedicated to each stage, allowing us to address the specific needs of each cohort. Many of the speakers are Alumni of the Business School, who are invited back to share personal journeys about their career paths since graduation. At the 2019 conference, we ran sector-based sessions to help you understand where they might like to work in the future. The week also features a variety of workshops around mock interviews, LinkedIn profiles, and understanding what employers are looking for during interviews.  

Employability Hub

In January 2020 we opened our Employability Hub, a dedicated space where students can sign up for the latest opportunities on offer, such as:

  • visits by recruiters and international organisations
  • invitations to networking events
  • details of the latest internships, placements and study abroad opportunities 

We constantly seek feedback from our students to identify additional ways we can provide employability support. An example of this includes the commissioning of digital skills sessions so that students can learn about areas including Google Analytics and WordPress. Our Employability team continually identify opportunities to help our students to become leaders of the future and to further broaden our employability offering.