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Jobs and micro-placements

We connect students and recent graduates with a range of employers, allowing you to gain valuable workplace experience during the day while studying in the evening. We support businesses by helping them to advertise vacancies, raise their profile on campus and meet outstanding candidates.

Handshake for students

We are dedicated to connecting you with a range of employers, helping you to match your unique skills and experience with exciting jobs and micro-placements, create and build professional networks and gain valuable experience to enhance your career.

All students and recent graduates can access current vacancies and micro-placements through Handshake, Birkbeck's career management service. Handshake is a one-stop platform for students and graduates to apply for jobs and micro-placements, sign up for events, access career resources, book one-to-one advice appointments, network with employers and lots more.

Current students

  • As a current student, you've had a Handshake account automatically generated for you. To access your account:
    • Log in to your My Birkbeck profile.
    • Select the Careers and Enterprise image tile.
    • Follow the link to Handshake.
    • Alternatively, you can log in to Handshake directly. When logging in, you'll need to use your Birkbeck email address (

Recent graduates

  • If you don't already have a Handshake account, you can create one. To set up your Handshake account:
    • Visit the Handshake website.
    • Select 'Birkbeck, University of London' from the dropdown menu.
    • Select 'No account? Sign up here' in the top right-hand corner of the page.
    • Create an account using your personal email address (gmail, yahoo etc).
  • Once you've finished creating your account, we'll automatically receive a connection request from you, which a member of the team will process shortly afterwards.

Micro-placements for students

Our Birkbeck Micro-placements Programme aims to support and enhance the career development of students and recent graduates.

Micro-placements are work projects designed to give you professional work experience and develop your careers skills while you study. In return, the micro-placements meet a business need for the organisations hosting them. We work with a range of UK employers, across multiple sectors, to provide exciting and valuable opportunities to Birkbeck students and recent graduates.

To view current micro-placements head over to Handshake.

Contact us

If you have questions about micro-placements, and we'll try to help.

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