Employability at INTO Stirling: Scotland Education Centre
Your INTO pathway isn’t just a route to a UK degree. Every program at INTO Stirling has been specially designed to enhance your employability too. You’ll develop your career skills, with unique opportunities and real-world experiences before you’ve even enrolled at university. So, when you progress to university, you’ll already be ahead of the game.
Your future career | Virtual Internships
Work experience is one of the best ways to get ahead in your career – so we've partnered with Virtual Internships to make sure all our students have that opportunity. Find out how a Virtual Internship could transform your future.
During your pathway program
INTO pathways are developed with your career in mind, helping you gain key skills for future success and the confidence to seize every opportunity. You'll benefit from:
Our module content and learning styles help you build key soft skills like communication, teamwork, presenting, time management, interview technique and problem solving. You’ll also learn how to use computer software and the internet to research, share ideas and collaborate.
As part of your assessments, you’ll complete tasks related to your degree subject and future career. Think short films for media students, business plans for business students and lab reports for future scientists.
Throughout the year, you’ll attend expert-led workshops covering a wide range of useful topics. Sessions could include: an introduction to the UK labor market, talks from employers and successful industry professionals, entrepreneurial challenges, and CV and application writing.
Develop your networking skills on international platforms such as LinkedIn. Join our online community to stay up to date with the latest INTO employability events, share your experiences and connect with other international students who are building similar careers.
What better way to gain hands-on experience than by volunteering or undertaking an internship? You can also work full time during the holiday periods (and limited hours during term time*).
* UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations strictly stipulate that students studying the International Foundation, International Year One or Academic English programs should work no more than 10 hours per week, and Master's Preparation students should work no more than 20 hours per week.
Develop key skills and get involved in life at the center by becoming an INTO Student Ambassador. You’ll gain a variety of experience, from assisting the marketing team to sharing your experience with prospective students and representing INTO in the community.
Prepare for your future at university and beyond. These workshops take place across the academic year, giving you the opportunity to build teamwork and leadership skills while researching universities, reviewing personal statements, writing CVs, choosing career options and more.
Between your pathway and degree
You’ll have access to even more opportunities after you complete your pathway, but before you start your degree:
If you want to secure your dream job after university, an internship will set you apart. That’s why we've partnered with Virtual Internships, an award-winning online work experience facilitator. With opportunities across 18 different career fields and 3,500 companies in 70 countries, they’ll help you gain valuable professional experience that your future employers will love.
Additional cost: £1,295
Develop your transferable employability skills in engaging and realistic business-led challenges, ranging from a one-day Mini Boost to an intensive Summer Employment Boost. Experience one-to-one coaching and the work with industry experts in your field.
Additional cost varies depending on program selected
You must be aged 18 or over by the time you start your Virtual Internship.
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During your degree
Employability support will continue when you progress to your degree. Not only will your university help you succeed in your studies, they'll also offer guidance and events to help you prepare for your future career.
Universities in the UK have a dedicated careers service on campus where you can access a wide range of career support services.
The support available to you will depend on your chosen university. However, university careers services typically give you access to employability support initiatives and workshops, careers fairs or events, and may even provide work experience opportunities while you study for your degree.
University of Stirling
Students intending to progress to the University of Stirling can access the Careers and Employability Service during their degree. Ranked 15th in the world (Global International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018), Stirling's Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including:
alumni mentoring scheme
help finding internships, volunteering and jobs
advice when planning your career route
CV writing, job application and interview guidance
careers fairs to meet employers
free access to the GoinGlobal online jobs platform
events on specialist subject areas such as employment and disability.
“I attended external events as part of the Economics Society and the Student Managed Investment Fund, where I found out about work opportunities like internships and volunteering. During and straight after my degree, I completed several internships in investment management and venture capital. I got to know the industry, the people and the working environment, so they were great opportunities to boost my career prospects.”
Software Engineer at Dayshape
BA (Hons) Politics and Economics with International Year One
Clubs and societies
UK universities typically have a wide range of clubs and societies, including many that are dedicated to specific industries and career paths. There are countless benefits for joining a university society – from networking with likeminded students to developing the qualities employers look for, such as teamwork, communication and leadership skills.
University of Stirling
Students intending to progress to the University of Stirling will find a variety of clubs and societies at the Students' Union. Depending on your ambitions and interests, you could join societies ranging from Computing Club, the Economics Society and Environmental Enterprises to the Marketing Society, the Student Managed Investment Fund and Women in STEM.
My Stirling Award
Designed to recognize your extracurricular activities and achievements, the My Stirling Award is an employability skills award program that'll give your CV an edge. Complete all three bronze, silver and gold levels and have your achievement added to your degree transcript for employers to see.