Employability & career development skills

Career support with the International Study Centre

We know how important developing your career prospects while you study is, so we have developed a number of innovative preparation programmes to help support your career progression and prepare you for life after university.

Job Ready

With Job Ready, you will receive support provided by our career development partners to improve your CV and prepare for job interviews. You will also have access to dedicated support in setting up interviews with UK companies. The service, available at no extra charge, is great if you are serious about expanding your working experience or want to earn some extra money whilst you live and learn in the UK.

You can discover more about Job Ready here.

Virtual Internships

Benefit from an online internship placement in a career field of your choice with Virtual Internships. Having access to a virtual work placement experience will help prepare you for the world of work, by enabling you to put the knowledge you have gained from your academic studies into working practice*.

Once you begin your journey with us at Kingston University London International Study Centre, you will be able to utilise Virtual Internships at no extra cost and start gaining real-world industry experience while you study with us**.

Benefits of a Virtual Internship

  • Develop your CV whilst you complete your studies.
  • Improve your employability with evidence of work experience from a range of prestigious employers.
  • Prepare for the future workplace by gaining experience of working remotely.
  • Put what you learn during your pathway programme into practice and develop outside the classroom.

You will also gain access to CareerBridge, a professional development hub. Here, you will be assigned a supervisor who can help you develop your CV and interview techniques, as well as deliver key insights that will be useful once you have started your career.

*Under your Student visa you are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week – this includes any hours you choose to devote to a virtual internship. For full terms and conditions, please follow this link.

**Please note that a virtual internship is usually an unpaid experience.

CareerAhead

The International Study Centre integrates CareerAhead advice and activities into its programmes. These are designed to give you a head start by helping you become a highly skilled, self-aware, confident and employable graduate.

You will develop key employability skills, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication, and familiarise yourself with the world of work. You will also assess your strengths and areas for improvement. With help from your tutors, you will create a personal development plan to help set goals for future success.

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)


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