Online course in Business & Management

Prepare for Career Success at University

Find out how to make the most of your time at university and ensure you have the skills and experience graduate employers want.

Prepare for Career Success at University

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Why join the course?

Choosing the right degree and university may feel daunting enough, without worrying about what you’re going to do after graduation. But with the graduate job market becoming increasingly competitive, it’s vital to start thinking about your long-term career and employability now.

This free online course will show you how to make the most of the time you’ll spend in higher education, with the ultimate aim of improving your prospects when you graduate.

Use higher education to develop your skills and experience

Over three weeks, you will:

  • increase your own awareness of your skills, values and interests;
  • understand the importance of employability skills and experience in your graduate job hunt;
  • understand how you can best use higher education to develop these skills and experience;
  • and formulate a skills development action plan.

Learn with Goldsmiths Pre-Entry Careers Consultant

You will learn with Helen Kempster - the Pre-Entry Careers Consultant at Goldsmiths, which is the only University of London college to have a role dedicated to providing careers information, advice and guidance to prospective students.

What you learn through the course will ensure that you’re well-prepared both for your transition into university and your future career.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello, and welcome to this Future Learn course, "Prepare for Career Success at University." My name is Helen Kempster and I'm a senior careers consultant here at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a careers consultant, I've got a lot of experience working with prospective university students, current students, and graduates to help them realize their potential. The aim of this course is to help you prepare for university and also start thinking about your future career. I know that when you're choosing a university and a course, you're not just thinking about the course. You're thinking about the future prospects as well-- where might that course take you, what sort of job options might be available to you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsThis course will help you to think about that and also really to help you make the most of the opportunities that you'll have whilst you're studying at university.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding values, skills and interests, and how these may relate to future career plans
  • The importance of employability and skills development
  • The skills that employers are looking for, and the opportunities available in higher education to develop these
  • The graduate labour market, including typical roles and destinations

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Improve self-awareness in terms of recognising skills, values and interests.
  • Discuss the importance of employability skills in the graduate labour market.
  • Explain how higher education can develop employability skills.
  • Reflect on how best to use higher education to develop skills and experience.
  • Produce a skills development action plan.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for 16 to 18 year olds who are considering entering university. It is also suitable for anyone who is thinking about entering higher education or making a career change in the near future.

Who will you learn with?

Helen Kempster

Helen Kempster

I'm a Senior Careers Consultant at Goldsmiths, University of London, part of The Careers Group. I work with prospective and current students, and graduates, to help them achieve career success.

Who developed the course?

Part of the University of London, Goldsmiths has a world-class reputation. Study creative and inspiring courses and learn from leading minds in the arts, humanities, social sciences and computing.