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Employability at the University of York International Pathway College

Preparing you for a successful career is an important part of education. That’s why at the University of York International Pathway College, you can start gaining important career skills before you even start your pathway course! On this page, you can find out more about all the ways you’ll be supported in building your employability before, during and after your studies.

Before your pathway course

Pathways Preview is a great extra resource that will be available to you before your pathway course starts. Through it, you’ll have access to lots of helpful resources to help you to start thinking about your employability and your career goals.

During your pathway course

During your time at the International Pathway College, you’ll have many opportunities to gain practical skills and experience that will help you prepare for a successful future. You can click on the tabs below to learn more about each of them.

  • Careers Service

    The International Pathway College works very closely with the University of York Careers Service, so you will be able to access the full range of services during your pathway course.

    This includes opportunities to get help creating a CV, finding a part time job or gaining some work experience in your specialist field.

  • Clubs and societies

    There are many student societies at the University, and you can join them while you’re still studying your pathway course. You could even help to run a club or society and have fun and make friends while gaining skills and confidence.

  • Live career events

    You’ll have regular opportunities to talk with employers and entrepreneurs through Career Conversations. These are live events where a panel of students interview an industry professional who shares their valuable insights.

    The interviews are recorded so you can watch them back later, and you’ll be able to complete online tasks relating to the talk to help you make the most out of what you learned.

  • Practical projects

    Communication and collaboration are two important skills that will help you to succeed at university and in your future career.

    The modules you will study on your pathway course will support you in developing these skills through practical projects, which you’ll work on in pairs or as part of a group. Plus, you’ll get regular feedback from your tutors that will help you to keep on top of your development and carry on improving your skills.

  • Real-world assessments

    The International Pathway College works closely with other academic departments at the University of York to understand how you will learn and be assessed on your degree programme.

    This means that the assessments and exams you complete during your pathway course are similar to what you’ll do on your degree and in your future career, to help you prepare.

    You will engage in a range of tasks to develop your academic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills, all of which are transferable skills that can help you be successful in your chosen career field.

    For example, you will learn how to discuss and thoroughly explore ideas before reaching an agreement as part of a team, learn how to think critically, and how to write in a clear and professional manner.

  • Skills portfolio

    You will develop many different skills throughout your time at the International Pathway College, and the staff there will help you review and reflect on them.

    There will always be someone happy to help if you have any questions about how to continue developing your academic or employability skills, and how you can demonstrate them on your CV or portfolio.

  • Work experience

    You will be able to take on either paid or unpaid work during your pathway course, for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time in your breaks It’s a great way to put all your new-found skills into practice.

    Alternatively, you could choose to serve the student community by standing as a Student Representative. You’ll have the chance to make a difference to the future of the University — you could even become the next President of the Students’ Union!

All of these experiences can help you to develop a broad range of skills that could make you stand out to employers.

In fact, in our 2022 student satisfaction survey, 94% of respondents agreed that their programme helped them develop knowledge and skills that will be useful for their future career!

Pathway courses with internships

Employability skills are built into all of our pathway courses. However, if you’d like to study a programme with a work experience placement conveniently included, a pathway course with internship could be the right choice for you.

This programme features academic and English language study, followed by an integrated online internship. The whole course is studied in the UK, and when you successfully complete it at the required level, with good attendance, you’ll progress to your chosen degree.

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If you’d like to apply for a pathway course with internship, simply select your preferred course type from Foundation Certificate, International Year One or Pre-Master’s on the application form, and you’ll then be able to select the option with internship if it is available for your subject area and preferred start date, at your current level of study.

Your degree and beyond

You will have plenty more opportunities to work on your employability once you progress to your degree.

For example, the University’s York Futures initiative takes you on a step-by-step journey of personal and professional development. It consists of an easy-to-follow timeline of activities to take part in during the first, middle and final years of your degree. By following the prompts, you’ll be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses, grow your confidence, make professional connections and gain worthwhile experience.

Finally, the York Award is a formal award that recognises your personal and professional development both within and outside your studies, and demonstrates that you’ve taken a proactive approach to university life. Normally taken towards the end of your degree, it looks great on your CV.

Plus, once you’ve finished your studies, you can stay in the UK to work for up to 2 years through the Graduate Route visa.

All of this shows that there’s never been a better time to study abroad in the UK or at the University of York!

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