The south coast is a popular holiday destination, with cruise ships regularly docking in the city, and competition for graduate jobs in the tourism industry is fierce. The docks too are a major employer, with the Maritime Coastguard Agency taking on entry-level surveyors and engineers, while creative types may find trainee roles at smaller companies such as Imagine Publishing.
Nearby Portsmouth is home to IBM’s UK headquarters and the UK headquarters of Zurich Financial Services is located a dozen miles from Southampton in Fareham.
The University of Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group and has particular strengths in nursing and midwifery, computer science and electronic and electrical engineering.
Southampton Solent University offers less traditional postgraduate options such as marketing, fashion merchandise management and film. The institution also makes the most of the city’s waterside location by offering courses in international maritime studies.
- Southampton City Council, Southampton (Public sector; HR)
- Ordnance Survey, Southampton (Public sector; Management)
- Imagine Publishing, Bournemouth (Publishing; Advertising)
- IBM, Portsmouth and Bournemouth (IT; Finance; Engineering)
- J.P. Morgan, Bournemouth (Banking and financial services)
- University of Southampton, Southampton (Education; Research)
- Zurich Financial Services, Portsmouth (Banking and financial services; IT)
- Unisys, Bournemouth (IT; Business consulting)
- Maritime Coastguard Agency, Southampton (Surveying; HR)
- NHS Southampton, Southampton (Healthcare; HR; IT)
(Note: these employers may not be currently recruiting. Their names have been provided as a guideline to the type of work available and what areas to look in.)
It’s on the map for…
- RMS Titanic began its voyage here
- Mayflower Theatre hosts West End-style shows that are cheaper than London
- Home to the second longest extant medieval walls in England
It’s within commuting distance of…
- Portsmouth – 19 miles
- Bournemouth – 33 miles
- Reading – 47 miles
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