Career and employability skills

Develop your future career

The University of Surrey has a proven track record of producing successful, qualified and highly employable graduates. Once you successfully complete your programme and progress to your undergraduate degree at the University, you will have the opportunity to gain real-world professional experience as part of your course.

Employability skills at the International Study Centre

Excellent career prospects

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that over 93% of Surrey's 2016 graduates were in work or further education six months after they graduated. These figures are a direct result of the University’s focus on career development and the success of Surrey’s Professional Training placements.

Quality teaching combined with placements that develop soft skills such as time management and networking will help you stand out from the crowd. Many degree programmes are also accredited by professional, regulated bodies, measuring their quality and academic standard.

Employability and Careers Centre

At the Employability and Careers Centre, international students at the University of Surrey can receive help and support in preparing for their Professional Training placement. Advisers provide individual advice and guidance to ensure you have the necessary skills and learning opportunities.

Careers advisers specialise in different subject areas so they can give you expert advice related to your degree. Advice and guidance you have access to includes:

  • Interactive career workshops
  • Mock interviews and assessments
  • Employer presentations
  • Skills sessions
  • Autumn and summer careers fairs
  • Online resources 
  • Networking opportunities.

Professional Training placements

Surrey has built partnerships with over 2,300 of the world’s leading employers to offer placement programmes specially designed to provide students with valuable industry experience, making it 1st in the UK and 7th in the world for work placements and research partnerships (World Employability QS Rankings 2019). Partnering with international companies such as IBM, HSBC and British Airways, the University will help you find a work placement that matches your degree and career plans.

Placements usually take place after your second year (or, in some cases, third year) of undergraduate study. The University will support you to write your CV and apply for your industry placement. Work placements help you build real-world skills, make valuable connections with employers and explore your career opportunities.

Some students choose to complete their placement in the UK, others take the opportunity to go further afield. The University partners with more than 165 placement providers abroad. Students have the opportunity for professional training in Europe or internationally, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Japan.

You can start developing career skills at the International Study Centre.

Surrey ISC student Oluwaseyi Temitayo Adewum

"Surrey is a high-ranking school and they have a lot of ties with companies; which is useful for getting a placement. I think Surrey can give me what I want."

Oluwaseyi from Nigeria
Studied International Foundation Year - Business, Economics, Law and Politics