Employability and career development skills

The International Study Centre offers a CareerAhead service as part of the International Foundation Year and Pre-Master's programmes. It is integrated into your programme and is designed to give you a head start in today’s competitive employment market by helping you become a confident, highly skilled and employable graduate.

Your career starts here

Kingston University will kick-start your career, ensuring you have the right skills, experience and confidence to forge a successful future. You’ll receive top quality teaching, expert advice and exciting opportunities to work with some of the biggest businesses in London and beyond.

Your journey starts at the International Study Centre.

CareerAhead at the International Study Centre

You will complete an online skills assessment in your own language, which will provide you with a full report that highlights your existing skills and areas you need to develop. You will also create a personal development plan with help from tutors and complete a range of assignments. You can choose from activities such as volunteer work and leading sports teams to build up key skills.

Careers support at the university

KU Talent, Kingston University’s careers service offers practical career support, workshops and expert advice on CV writing, interview preparation and starting your own business.

Many of the progression degrees from the International Foundation Year in Business, Management and Law are integrated with professional experience and study abroad opportunities. This gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience that employers are looking for, and is completed as part of your three-year course, for no additional fee.

Progression degrees offering business experience:

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing & Advertising
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • LLB (Hons) International Law

These progression degrees may be subject to change, so please contact us to discuss the best study option for you.

There are many activities at Kingston to encourage young entrepreneurs:

  • Kingston Entrepreneurs Society is a community of passionate, talented and creative minds who provide great networking opportunities and run workshops
  • Get involved with the student programme Enterprise! and find out how you can turn your business dreams into reality
  • Kingston University receives regular visits from inspirational guest speakers who run multi-million pound businesses. Previous speakers include Levi Roots, who rose to fame after appearing on the BBC programme, Dragons' Den and YouTube millionaire Jamal Edwards
  • Take part in a Dragons' Den style judging process, by entering the University’s annual Bright Ideas competition, which has £1,000 up for grabs.

Graduates from Kingston work all over the world – from fashion designers in New York to engineers in China.

Many graduates choose to create their own companies, with help from the outstanding support that the University provides.

Opportunities worldwide

Whether you decide to stay in the UK, return home, or work in another country after you graduate, you will find your employment and promotion chances are significantly improved.

  • UK education has a global reputation for academic excellence
  • Graduates with an international qualification, relevant work experience and a good level of English language are highly valued by employers worldwide
  • Industry in the UK is an inspiration for students all over the world.

Kingston University’s careers service is available for up to three years after you graduate, offering:

  • Skills development training
  • Events where you can network and learn more about your profession
  • Access to Jobs Central, an online job vacancy service

Other networking opportunities include social events run throughout the year. These are great for keeping in touch with your former tutors and fellow graduates. If you are working outside of the UK, our online alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn are another great way to stay in touch.  

Did you know?

Ezenwa, a student at Kingston International Study Centre

Kingston University won an award for its outstanding commitment to improving the employability and long-term career success of Graduates (AGR Development Awards 2014)