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The future of work: preparing students for a changing job market in 2024

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Published: 2 February 2024

Future of WorkIn today's rapidly evolving world, the landscape of work is undergoing a profound transformation. The job market is shifting, and with it, the skills and strategies needed to succeed. We recognise the imperative to prepare our students for this dynamic and ever-changing professional environment.

Our commitment to nurturing not only academic excellence but also real-world readiness is reflected in our comprehensive Careers Services, as well as our Career Lab platform, designed to equip students with the tools they need to thrive in the future job market. 

Career planning and preparation

Understanding that every student's journey is unique, our dedicated Careers Services offer tailored support to all current students and alumni for up to three years after graduation. Whether you are seeking guidance on career planning, CV refinement, job interview preparation, or simply have questions about your professional path, our team of expert careers advisors is here to assist you. 

To book an appointment or seek advice, feel free to reach out to us at We understand that your journey does not end at graduation, and neither does our support. For easy access to appointments and services, we invite you to utilise the intuitive Career Lab platform. This innovative employability hub serves as your gateway to valuable career-related resources. Additionally, students can gain an exclusive insight to our careers services, find the upcoming career events and download support materials from our dedicated Careers SharePoint page. 

One-to-one guidance

Our array of services extends to personalised one-to-one careers advice appointments, where you can engage in meaningful conversations with our advisors. They offer guidance on writing impactful CVs, completing application forms, and mastering the art of job interviews. Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, these skills are vital in presenting yourself effectively in the competitive job market. 

Unlocking opportunities

In an age of connectivity, finding the right opportunities is key. Our Careers Services provide students with support in searching for graduate jobs and internships, opening doors to valuable experiences that contribute to their growth and development. 

We also offer exclusive Assessment Centre Support Programmes, employer insight days, and professional mentoring opportunities. These initiatives provide insights into various industries, fostering connections with industry professionals, and enhancing your understanding of the roles you are interested in pursuing. 

Enriching workshops and events 

Learning goes beyond the classroom, and that is why we offer a wide range of hybrid workshops and events that complement your academic journey. Interactive employer talks, workshops, and masterclasses are held regularly, providing opportunities for you to interact with employers and experts. These sessions not only broaden your horizons but also help you refine the skills necessary for success in your chosen field. 

Learning from industry experts

Gaining insights from professionals who have walked the path you aspire to travel is invaluable. Our industry expert talks bring you face-to-face with professionals from various sectors, enabling you to understand the intricacies of different industries and roles. By learning from those who have mastered their craft, you will be better equipped to navigate your own career journey. 

Enhance your skills

To stay competitive, continuous learning is essential. We offer a wide range of free short courses in various fields, designed to help individuals develop new skills, advance their careers, or pursue personal interests. The free short courses offered are: 

  • Project Management (8 Weeks) 
  • Introduction to Management (1 Day) 
  • Website Design with Squarespace or WordPress (6 Weeks) 
  • Business Finance Simulation (Half-day) 
  • Sim Venture Business Simulation (6 Weeks) 
  • Digital Media Marketing (8 Weeks) 
  • Introduction to HR (1 Day) 

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate that can add a valuable edge to your professional profile. These courses not only enhance your skill set but also demonstrate your commitment to ongoing growth and development. 

Work-life balance

We understand the importance of real-world experience, and that is why we encourage you to work while you study. Gaining practical exposure not only enriches your learning but also provides an opportunity to earn income while building a competitive edge. Our university also offers opportunities to become a student ambassador, allowing you to engage with various activities and contribute to the university community. 

Sunderland Students' Union (SU) 

The Sunderland SU provides an array of paid and unpaid opportunities for students. These experiences go beyond the classroom, fostering personal and professional growth while you are studying. Engaging with the SU allows you to expand your network, enhance your skills, and develop a well-rounded profile that sets you apart in the job market. 

The future of work is marked by change and innovation, and to thrive in this dynamic environment, students must be equipped with the right skills, insights, and experiences. Our Careers Services and the Career Lab platform are dedicated to helping you navigate this shifting landscape, providing you with the tools to not only succeed but excel in your chosen career path.