Get sponsored to study
Want to keep your pockets full at university and be guaranteed a job afterwards? Degree sponsorship could be the answer.
Believe it or not, employers from law firms to golf clubs will sponsor students through university.
If you can convince them that you’re what they’re looking for, you could get financial help during your degree, work experience in the holidays and/or a job afterwards.
What degrees can I get sponsored for?
Employers will sponsor students who are learning skills they can use.
This means that you’re more likely to get sponsorship for a degree that’s directly applicable to the job you’d be going into – like law or engineering.
Sadly, this means that you’re less likely to get sponsorship for humanities subjects, like history or English. But there’s still a wide range to choose from. There are degrees – and sponsors – to cover all sorts of careers. Supermarket Morrisons, sponsors students on Bradford University's Management and Business degree, for example.
Where can I study?
Some organisations will sponsor you wherever you study, but other sponsorship schemes may only cover particular universities.
Where do I find sponsorship?
Some organisations, like large law firms, have sponsorship schemes that run every year. The armed forces are also major sponsors. They look for students studying subjects like IT, engineering, languages and logistics.
You can also find opportunities through graduate recruitment agencies.
Alternatively, try getting in touch with companies directly. Impress them enough and you might get an offer even if nothing was advertised!
Whatever you do, make sure that the organisation you apply to for student sponsorship is one you want to work for. Sponsorship might take the pressure off, but it’s unlikely to be worth it if you end up stuck in a job you hate!