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Tutor advising student at Stirling University

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.

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.

Say ‘goodbye’ to boring tests, and ‘hello’ to assessments that make sense. 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 work experience than by getting a job? INTO is registered with the Office for Students, which means you’ll be able to work during your studies with us. This can be paid work or volunteering, up to 20 hours per week during term and either part time or full time in the holidays.

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:

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Virtual Internships

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

Employment Boost

Develop your transferable employability skills in engaging and realistic business-led challenges, ranging from a 1-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.

Careers Service

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.


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.

Photo of international student Juan at INTO University of Stirling

“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.”

Juan, Venezuela

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.