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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.

25,754 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • 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

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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 entrepreneurship, Academic English and intercultural training for British Council, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London

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 experience. Passionate about career development and intercultural communication, I enjoy supporting people to achieve their career goals.

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 builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

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

The GREAT campaign showcases all four corners of our nation to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK.

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
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • 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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