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Students at INTO University of Exeter talking in a common space.

Employability at INTO University of Exeter

Your INTO pathway isn’t just a route to a University of Exeter degree. Every program at INTO University of Exeter 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 your degree, 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 University of Exeter degree

Study at the University of Exeter and you'll join a historic institution with a reputation for graduate employability. And with close links to more than 9,000 UK and global firms, Exeter is among the top 15 UK higher education institutions targeted by top employers (High Fliers Research 2022).

Career Zone

Offering more than a dozen employability initiatives and expert ongoing support, the University of Exeter has a top 10 UK university careers service (StudentCrowd 2021). You'll be able to access a range of services at the Career Zone, including:

  • dedicated support for careers in education, sustainability and international industries
  • links to the Career Development Institute to enhance your career skills
  • regular careers fairs targeting a wide range of sectors
  • valuable industry work experience options.


Boost your employability prospects while you study with The Exeter Award – an extracurricular employability achievement award designed to help you make the most of your professional experience. Learn how to optimize your CV, develop workplace skills and gain crucial workplace experience, so you can demonstrate to employers that you're a valuable employee.

INTO Student Hugo

"If you really want to work in the UK, you have to put in the effort from day one. My placement year was a turning point for me. I had exposure to what the job market and working world were really like. I’d been dreaming of working in the UK for so long and now it’s come true. If I didn’t study with INTO, I wouldn’t have the job that I have now."

Hugo, Hong Kong

Commercial Graduate Trainee at EDF (UK)

International Foundation -> BA (Hons) Management and Marketing with Industrial Experience

Clubs and societies

The university Students’ Guild 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: