Online course in Study Skills

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, more than two million international students have graduated from UK higher education programmes. To help them get the most out of their UK qualification, the British Council have developed this course to provide international graduates with the employability skills and knowledge to navigate the global employment market and successfully apply for new job opportunities.

If you are a UK alumnus, this course will enable you to devise a career plan and prepare for work after graduation. You will also learn how to communicate your skills and strengths to potential employers.

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
    This course started 18 Nov 2019

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

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who are entering the workplace for the first time, or re-entering the workforce, after having studied for a UK university degree level (or higher) qualification. The course will focus on the skills needed to navigate the transition from studying to working.

Who will you learn with?

Seamus McConomy

Seamus McConomy

I create and manage employability support to 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

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.

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.

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.

Who developed the course?

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 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.

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