Students studying together in a common area
Students studying together in a common area

Employability at INTO Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University

Your INTO pathway isn’t just a route to a Manchester Metropolitan University degree. Every program at INTO Manchester 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 Manchester Met, 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.

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 Manchester Metropolitan University degree

Manchester Met will help you to plan now, for career success later. You’ll have access to a wide range of career support services, work experience opportunities, start-up initiatives, employer networking events and employability skills workshops while you study for your degree.

Careers Service

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Careers Service offers a range of services including:

  • sandwich year options and short-term placement opportunities for many courses
  • volunteering and internship opportunities
  • ‘Innospace’, Centre for Enterprise and the Student Enterprise Society to support your start-up
  • help with part-time student roles
  • face-to-face and digital careers and employer events.

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Develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free with iDEA, the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. Helping you boost your career potential, the scheme teaches you how to articulate your abilities to digital and tech businesses and build confidence in your employability skills.

INTO student Jyotiben from Kenya

“My internship at Oldham Council during my degree prepared me for the real world of work and gave me the experience I needed in the payroll field to progress even further. My time spent studying at INTO Manchester and then Manchester Met was amazing. I would highly recommend this route to students who want to gain professional experience and get ahead before graduation.”

Jyotiben, Kenya

Senior Payroll and Pension Advisor at Lord’s (Marylebone Cricket Club) in London

International Foundation -> BSc (Hons) Business Management

Clubs and societies

The university Students’ Union has a wide range of clubs and societies – including many that are dedicated to specific industries and career paths. Depending on your ambitions and interests, you could join: