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Professional Pathways

By March 12, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

The Professional Pathway programme is designed to successfully bring together local employers with talented University of Exeter student interns to give an insight of work within a particular sector.  The Professional Pathways programmes are open to all students and we encourage students from all disciplines to look at taking a pathway as part of their career decision planning process.


The interactive programme consists of three elements:

Applications:  These are live until 4th March. The application form is completed on online. Students will be shortlisted and those successful will undergo an Assessment Centre run at the University by staff before the successful candidates are chosen.  It is hoped that between 20-25 students will be chosen for each pathway.


Training: Each pathway has 3-5 days of intensive technical and employability training from industry expert and University staff.  This takes place from 18th-22nd June and will also involve a group work on a project brief.  Most pathways will deliver the project presentations on 21st June, although some also have activities on 22nd June.


Internship: This is a paid internship of a week with employers in the local area, although some internships will also be based in London depending on the sector.  Internships will be from 25-29th June 2018.  Students get an opportunity to see what internships are available in the summer term and to provide preferential choices.


There are six Professional Pathways running on Streatham this year and two at Penryn as follows:



Pathways to Marketing

Students from all disciplines will find they have the skills required for a successful career in marketing, ranging from the economic, technical, creative and customer-facing aspects of the sector. This Pathway will explore the numerous career options available within Marketing including Market Research, promotion and PR, Sales, understanding market factors and strategy as well as the more practical application of this field.


Pathways to Politics, Government and the Public Sector

This pathway will explore the diverse areas of work within the fields of Politics, Government and the Public Sector. It will outline some of the challenges of the sector and provide an insight to the varied career options available.


Pathways to Charity and Development

This Pathway will look at the range of work included in the Charity sector from volunteer management, advocacy and campaigning, humanitarian emergency response to Fundraising and marketing.   It is a sector which holds many opportunities for a fulfilling career and this opportunity will highlight some of the areas that are open to students.


Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage (Delivered at Streatham and Penryn)

The University of Exeter has teamed up with the RAMM museum to deliver the training course. Students will gain an insight into the different roles in the arts, culture and heritage sector and increase their knowledge of sector specific activities.


Pathways to Digital Innovation (Delivered at Penryn)

Pathways to Digital Innovation explores the disruptive technology which has changed the way we live, work and play. Students will gain an understanding of topics such as gamification, app development and the technology behind social media. Whether students are looking to work in research, marketing, farming or the third sector an understanding of how digital technologies function and how they can be used to amplify the impact of work is vital.


Pathways to Sport & Health

From community initiatives, sports marketing & media to how sport can benefit both the economy & public health agenda, Pathways to Sport & Health will enhance understanding of career paths available in the sector through a wide range of topics.


Pathways to International Trade

This pathway aims to introduce international trade, market entry strategy, cross cultural competence and E-exporting to develop students understanding of this sector and give them the opportunity to work on real life business projects from our partner the Department of International Trade (DIT) and SME’s (Small or Medium sized enterprises) identified by the DIT.



Employers who might be interested in being involved in the delivery of the technical training or would like to offer an internship then please contact Caroline Pile at [email protected] who is a Work Placement Coordinator and can pass this on to the relevant colleague or have a look at the employers page on the website  here.