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Student's talking in a common area at University of Manchester

Employability at INTO Manchester and The University of Manchester

Your INTO pathway isn’t just a route to a degree at The University of Manchester. 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 The University of Manchester, 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 degree at The University of Manchester

Consistently ranked as the most targeted university by top graduate employers (High Fliers Research 2013-2022), The University of Manchester will help you become a stand-out graduate. And with long-standing business and industry connections, there plenty of opportunities to network with thousands of employers recruiting on their campus each year.

You'll have access to a variety of career support services while you study for your degree. From work experience opportunities to employability programs, The University of Manchester will give you the confidence and credentials to succeed in the world of work before you've even graduated.

Careers Service

The University of Manchester’s Careers Service offers a wide range of opportunities to help you get ahead in your career and secure your dream job. They include:

  • professionally accredited degrees
  • work placements and internships
  • unique career programs like the Manchester Leadership Programme and the Ethical Grand Challenges
  • your own ‘future profiler’ to help you identify the career skills you need
  • skills development workshops and courses
  • the most comprehensive university careers website in the UK.

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The University of Manchester’s Stellify program offers unique opportunities so you’ll graduate ready for the world of work. With Stellify, which means ‘to change into a star’, you’ll hone your skills through a personalized plan – helping you prepare for your future career.

INTO Student Tisya from Indonesia

“At The University of Manchester I was very involved in the different business societies and this gave me lots of opportunities to develop my skills and network with big companies. The lecturers in the business school have also had industry experience and have good connections. Getting their insights shaped my interests and helped me get to where I am today.”

Tisya, Indonesia

Assurance Associate at Ernst & Young

International Foundation -> BSc (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics

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: