Careers and employability

Media Careers

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.

92% of our students find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17). Recent graduates have secured positions at companies including:


Media Futures

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.

Career mentoring

We offer career mentoring with professionals working in digital media companies, film, journalism, photography, public relations, radio and television. You will gain one-to-one career advice, realistic insight into your chosen profession and networking opportunities. Our students have been matched with companies including:

Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • Take part in a work placement year in industry between your second and third year, in which previous companies have included Disney, Warner Bros., Snapchat, Bosch and Cannon
  • Develop your CV and employability skills as part of your studies through working with media organisations, or as a volunteer on projects, as an optional module in your second year
  • Study abroad to experience life in another culture
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills or start your own business with help from our SPARK business start-up service
  • Join one of the student-led clubs and societies, where you can develop valuable skills and broaden your life experience
  • Volunteer and develop your own ideas into a project with the Student Ideas Fund cash grants
  • Attend the School of Media and Communication Careers Day for tips about how to break into the industry and the chance to network with some of the biggest names in the media
  • Use the Careers Centre for ongoing career and development support

Bethany Reid BA Journalism

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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.
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