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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.

19,074 enrolled on this course

Study UK: Preparing for work
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
  • Digital upgradeFree

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.


  • Week 1

    Getting Ready

    • How to make the most of this course

      These introductory activities will get you talking with the other learners on this course and introduce you to the educators.

    • Identifying your skills

      These steps encourage you to reflect on the skills you have. You will consider how you can continue developing the kind of skills that employers want.

    • What's the right job for me?

      These steps encourage you to evaluate your expectations in connection with finding work.

    • Your work experience

      These steps will help you to evaluate your own work experience to date; they also explore the value of voluntary work.

    • Where do I look for a job?

      These steps show you how to make the most of your university career service and agencies in your own country. You will also find practical tips on networking,

    • Summarising the week

      This is your chance to recap on what you have learned and to self-assess your knowledge at the end of Week One.

  • Week 2

    The job application process

    • Preparing your CV

      These steps provide advice on preparing, writing and formatting your CV.

    • Writing your covering letter

      These steps will help you to write a concise and focused covering letter which stands out from the crowd.

    • Succeeding at job interviews

      These steps will help you to feel prepared and confident at job interviews.

    • Starting your new job

      So, you've got the job - congratulations! In these steps, we'll consider the "do's and don'ts" of starting a new job and talk about how to prepare your first day.

    • Future of work

      These steps aim to raise your awareness about how the world of work and its necessary skills are changing.

    • Summarising the week

      These steps will allow you to recap on what you have learned and self-assess your knowledge on Week Two.

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...

  • 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?

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.

I’m a Career Consultant with over 20 years UK University teaching experience. Passionate about intercultural communication and career development, I enjoy supporting learners to achieve their goals.

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

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

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.

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.

The GREAT campaign

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

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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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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
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