Open the doors to your dream career
UK courses give you the skills, qualifications and connections you need to succeed in your chosen career.
Plus, UK degrees have a global reputation for quality and employers worldwide recognise a UK degree as a sign of high academic standards.
Don’t just take our word for it – research shows that a UK education can improve your career prospects, and even boost your earnings:
- The 2013/14 QS World University Rankings found that employers worldwide consider UK graduates among the most 'employable'. From a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, five UK universities were ranked in the top 10.
- According to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes study (BIS, 2011), UK-educated international graduates achieve markedly higher average salaries than if they had been educated at home.
Gain the qualifications, skills and experience that employers need
One of the reasons employers value UK qualifications is the focus on skills for the workplace. The UK in the top five in the world for university-industry collaboration (World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15). Over two thirds (70%) of businesses in the UK have links with universities, with over a third (37%) partnering with universities for research and innovation (CBI/Pearson Education & Skills Survey 2014).
Many UK courses are designed in partnership with businesses and are taught by industry professionals, so you will gain real experience for your future career. Some courses give you the chance to do a work placement as part of your studies too, working for a business, charity or public sector organisation (check your visa status allows you to do this).
The UK’s location between the American and Asian time zones has helped it to become a global hub for business and industry. Many international financial institutions have their European or global headquarters here, so the opportunities for students and employees to build their experience are unparalleled. The UK is also the number 1 destination for inward investment in Europe (UKTI).
The UK teaching style helps you to develop attributes which are in high demand from employers worldwide – attributes such as creativity, innovation, teamwork and leadership.
The UK is a multicultural society, and UK campuses are international communities. By studying in the UK you’ll gain an international perspective, learn about new cultures and socialise with students and teachers from around the world – valuable experience for a career in an international company.
Many careers require professional qualifications. The UK offers thousands of courses leading to internationally-recognised qualifications in fields such as law, accountancy, medicine, engineering, childcare, teaching, marketing and more.
English language skills are a real boost to your career prospects. The UK is the world’s most popular destination for English language courses, catering for all ages and abilities. On a UK course, you will be immersed in the language and should find that your skills improve rapidly. You can even choose a course in business English, or English for specific careers such as law, technology or engineering.
Many UK higher education courses are shorter than in other countries. For example, bachelor's degrees typically take three years to complete (compared to four years or more in many countries), and most master's degrees take just one year. This means you can start your career sooner, getting a head start with real professional experience.
Find out more in our interviews with five graduates from India, Pakistan, Italy, China and Nigeria in this video – or click here for the full version.
Access career advice and support
Finding a job can be challenging! Fortunately, at UK schools, colleges and universities, you will find professional career advisers who are there to give you advice on how to plan your career, look for jobs, write your CV and prepare for interviews. There are also a number of other UK organisations offering excellent advice.
Find out more about career support and where to go for advice.
Did you know one in 10 world leaders studied in the UK? It's true – and there are many ways UK graduates are changing lives around the world.
In this video, international leaders including Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, Dr Aung Tun Thet, economic advisor to the President of Myanmar, and four-time Olympic champion Deng Yaping share how studying in the UK helped to shape their careers:
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