Leicester Award

When you start your course at University your future career might not be the first thing that you think about. You might not know what jobs are available, where you want to go or what you would be good at.

We have developed three simple steps that make up your Career Development Journey and give you the opportunity to gain the Leicester Award.

Career Development Journey


Through the activities you enjoy you can develop the skills and experiences you’ll need, to not just take your first step after university, but to manage your career for life.

Level One - Learn more about you

Level Two - Get experience and reflect

Level Three - Build on your experience and get ahead

The Career Development Journey is suitable for students of all levels - whether you are at the beginning of your career, or are looking to change career - the workshops will help you to figure out next steps.

Level One

Figure out your motivations, values, interests and understand what influences you.

How do I complete Level One?

Student Group
How do I complete Level One?

First Year

Timetabled workshop in your curriculum
* Psychology and Biosciences students will need to complete online workshop

Distance Learners
PGR, PGT, PhD

Second/Third/Final Year Students who haven't completed the Leicester Award

Online: Blackboard

Module Title: Your Career Development Journey

Once you have completed the workshop you will need to submit a short reflective personal summary via Blackboard (module title: Your Career Development Journey).

Level Two

In order to complete level two you will need to have passed your Level One assignment and completed ten hours of experience. For a list of the experiences available to you check our Gain Experience webpage.

In Level Two you will reflect on your experience, consider how you can evidence your experience in an effective way and identify what you can do next to move forwards.

How do I complete Level Two?

Student Group
How do I complete Level Two?
First Year
You will either complete Level Two by online workshop in semester two, or a timetabled session and this will be confirmed in December 2016

Distance Learners
PGR, PGT, PhD

Second/Third/Final Year Students who haven't completed the Leicester Award

Online: Blackboard

Once you have completed your workshop you will need to submit a CV, reflective answer and action plan via Blackboard for assessment.

If you pass this assessment you will have successfully completed Level Two of the Career Development Journey, and will receive The Leicester Award!

Level Three

Once you have successfully gained The Leicester Award, a variety of exclusive opportunities will be available to you. These opportunities will enable you to utilise the skills you have gained in Level One and Two, and put them to the test!

There is something for everyone, whether you want to start your own business, gain leadership skills or seek an internship in a Times Top 100 company - we will have an activity to suit you!

Find out more about the experiences available here.

I've completed the Career Development Journey, now what?

Your Career Development Journey provides you with the skills and experiences you will need to apply for internships, jobs and further study - so completing it is just the start! Here are just a few options:

1. You don't have to stop at one Level Three activity, you could do more than one and really boost your CV.

2. If you are ready to apply for internships, use the skills and experience you have to get applications moving and come and see us for application coaching and support.

3. Build up your network through attending employer events on campus.

We have created this useful FAQ document to help you find more about the Career Development Journey.

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