Excellent Career Preparation
High employability rates and excellent career preparation are among the main reasons why thousands of students from around the world are choosing UK as their study destination every year.
Will my son/ daughter get a job after graduation?
What are the chances of obtaining a job in their field of study in less than 6 months after graduation?
What will be the starting salary after graduation?
These are important questions that parents ask themselves before deciding whether a course abroad is the right decision for their child and the right investment for the family. We bet they also crossed your mind, right?
Well, we have good news. UK Graduates are among the most “employable” in the world, according to QS World University Rankings. Besides being a great way to boost your child’s CV, UK qualifications will also boost their earnings. International graduates educated in the UK achieve higher average salaries than graduates who studied in their home country at university level, according to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey by BIS.
Why is the UK Education so successful in providing good career preparation?
Focus on skill development
The courses at UK Universities are tailored to equip students with practical skills in their domain, so they would be ready to embark on a successful career immediately after graduation. The whole teaching system is based on a “learn it and apply it” mindset. As you would expect, most of the skills the teaching is centred around are the skills needed for that profession (also called hard skills), for example IT and Math skills for engineering students and public speaking and legal writing skills for lawyers.
However, as Human Resources professionals often point out, it is not only the hard skills that make for a successful career in a certain domain, but also the soft skills, which play a major role in a candidate’s success right from the interview. Here’s where UK Universities excel: in fostering skills that are broadly applicable across job titles and industries, such as communication skills, team working skills, presentation skills, management and leadership skills, perseverance, stress-management, self-confidence, good time management. Just like salt is an essential ingredient for a dish to be tasty, regardless of the recipe, soft skills make the difference between being hired or not and being successful or not in a certain job.
The UK Universities promote the development of social skills in students through a variety of methods, including:
- teaching style (which is very liberal, allowing students to express their opinions freely as long as they provide arguments)
- projects that students have to work for in groups (often with a very international composition)
- extracurricular activities available at the university (such as debating clubs, volunteering, event organisation)
- lots of individual study (which allows the student to self-organise and learn how to manage the time in an efficient way).
Strong links with business and industry
Most British universities have strong links with industry and the business world which enable students to gain an insight into the requirements of the real work environment.
Called either “sandwich year” or “industry placement”, many degrees in British Universities combine courses with a one-year work experience which usually takes place between year 2 and year 3 of study. During the sandwich/ placement year during which students gain practical work experience in a company, solving real problems while applying the knowledge they learned at the university into practice. Graduating with a one year work experience puts a lot of value on a student’s CV, increasing the chances of obtaining a job soon after graduation.