Study UK: Preparing for work

Get ready to search for and start a new job by identifying and building the employability skills needed to find your career path.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Digital upgrade Free

Learn how to identify your strengths and use them in your career

In the last ten years there have been more than 12 million international graduates of UK education.

This four-week course will equip international graduates with the skills and understanding that they need in order to navigate and enter their local employment market. It will support them to identify their skills, and how to communicate these effectively to potential employers, as well building an understanding of organisational and workplace culture.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Getting ready

  • Identifying your skills and setting goals
  • Choosing the right job
  • Networking and building relationships

Week 2 - The job application process

  • Writing clear CVs and covering letters which communicate your skills
  • Handling job interviews
  • Getting ready for day one at work

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify your strengths and use these to reflect on your career path
  • Demonstrate a range of professional skills that can help you succeed in any workplace
  • Develop an effective strategy to get the right job for you
  • Collaborate, network and communicate more proficiently with people from different cultural backgrounds and in different cultural contexts

Who is the course for?

The course is for international graduates of UK Higher Education entering into, or returning to, the employment market, globally. They can have studied either in the UK, or for a UK HE qualification overseas via TNE.

The course is for all international graduates (undergraduates and postgraduates). To give a sense of scale of the potential audience, there are 12 million international students who have graduated from a UK HEI in the last ten years.

Who will you learn with?

Hajira Khan

Hajira Khan

Currently working as Project Manager, Higher Education and Skills at the British Council in Pakistan. I lead on our work with UK Alumni in the country.

Seamus McConomy

Seamus McConomy

I create and manage employability development services for local and international students and graduates across multi-site and virtual settings.

Phoenix Fry

Phoenix Fry

A teacher with over 15 years’ experience in professional skills, Academic English and entrepreneurship training for British Council, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London

Charlotte Beck

Charlotte Beck

University-based Careers Adviser with a keen interest in online learning. Over 10 years experience working in Higher Education settings, now I help students and graduates reach their career potential.

Hermione Berry

Hermione Berry

I'm a Career Consultant from a human resources background with over 20 years experience of supporting people to reach their career goals. Here to help you on your career journey.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.

Study UK

Study UK is a global campaign that promotes the UK as the first-choice study destination to international students and their influencers. It is the UK’s only national-level campaign that showcases the UK’s outstanding higher education offering.

The GREAT campaign

We are key players in the GREAT campaign working closely with Government, DIT, FCO, DCMS and the British Council.

What's included?

British Council are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible