Careers and employability
Our degrees will equip you with the analytic and creative skills, experience and confidence, to pursue careers in and outside the media industries.
As well as learning about how the media industries work through the modules you study, you will have access to a regular programme of industry speakers, a series of networking events and work placements.
Leeds is the 5th most targeted university by graduate recruiters (The Graduate Market in 2021). Recent graduates have secured positions at companies including:
- News organisations BBC, ITV, Sky, Reuters, ITN, Associated Press, and Bauer Media
- Digital companies Google, YouTube, NHS Digital, Epiphany Solutions and Acceleris
- Production companies Kudos, Sister Pictures and Garden Productions
- PR and marketing agencies M&C Saatchi, Ilk Agency, Brass Agency, Journey Further, Leeds Heritage Theatres and Red Bull Media
- Documentary companies Dragonfly TV, True North, Candour, Wise Owl Films, and Nine Lives Media
- Light entertainment programmes CBBC, A Question of Sport, Steph’s Packed Lunch, Good Morning Britain and Mastermind.
Media Futures is a series of talks and practical workshops designed to help develop your confidence and career prospects. Recent speakers and topics include:
- Production advice from Ben Winston, producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden and Carpool Karaoke
- Breaking into the industry with Emmanuelle Lhoni, journalist and weather presenter at the regional BBC North West Tonight
- How to make a successful podcast with Jamie Morton, creator of the hit podcast ‘My Dad Wrote A…’
- Production workshop by Channel Four editor Ben De Pear, focusing on the award winning film For Sama
- How to succeed in journalism with Babette Radclyffe-Thomas, former editor of S Style Magazine
- Transforming your passion into employment with Mim Shaikh, broadcaster on Radio 1Xtra.
Check out our #LeedsMediaFutures events and follow @LeedsUniMedia on Facebook and Twitter for details about internships, awards and other relevant opportunities.
Build your professional network
In addition to the Media Future events, you’ll have opportunities to network with professionals working in digital media companies, film, journalism, photography, public relations, radio and television.
Mentoring and employability support
When you join us, you’ll be provided with information on the mentoring programmes available for undergraduates. Previous students have used mentoring programmes to gain one-to-one career advice, realistic insight into various professions and networking opportunities.
Our students have been matched with mentors, many of which are Leeds graduates, from design agencies, PR companies, digital marketing agencies, production agencies and more.
Lifelong Learning Centre
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The Lifelong Learning Centre provides support for mature and part-time learners across the University, including advice on how to apply to university and support throughout your studies.
Bethany Reid BA Journalism
The Careers Days held at the school are great. Dozens of people working in the industry come in to speak to us about how they got to where they are, and even offer work opportunities – which is how I got my first job as a runner on the X Factor.View Profile