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Future-Ready Skills for International Students

Welcome to our Future-Ready Skills for International Students

Future-Ready Skills for International Students is now over for 2023-2024.

Check back in 2024-2025 for updates.

In our series of four sessions for international students which runs in both semester one and again in semester two, you will discover how to build your personal brand, craft an effective CV and cover letter for the UK job market and learn all about the nuances and etiquette of the UK workplace – including how to ace that all-important interview!

The final session brings all these skills together in the Assessment Centre Bootcamp as we work on an employer task.

If you miss a session in semester one, you will have another opportunity to retake all or part of the programme in semester two. You can attend as many or as few workshops as you wish. 

Did you know that attendance and participation at all four workshops, (plus completion of the Pathways tasks in MyFuture), will count as one activity which can be used towards Future-Ready Award, Bonus!  


Workshop 1

Prepare Workshop

First workshop in a series of four in-person sessions for International Students.  All sessions are stand-alone events however attendance and participation at all four workshops will count towards one activity which can be used for Future-Ready Award.

Topics covered:

Building your personal brand for employability

How to recognise your distinct skills, knowledge and potential gained from overseas experience, identifying transferable and transnational skills, but more importantly how to articulate these skills to potential employers on CV’s and in interviews. 

Planning and Preparation for Job Search

Session to highlight timeline, websites and resources on where to look for work experience and employment within and outside of the UK. Importance of being proactive and having an understanding of events such as careers fairs and employer workshops.

Workshop 2

Apply Workshop

Topics covered:

CVs and Cover Letters

An informative session to cover the basics of writing a suitable CV, including guidance on content, structure, language and key characteristics of a UK CV. Techniques of writing a covering letter will also be included in this workshop.

Workshop 3

Action Workshop

Topics covered:

Interview Preparation

How to embrace and be aware of Cultural Differences when looking for a job, interview content and etiquette and how to approach employer questions. 

On the Job Etiquette

A workshop to outline the standards and expectations from UK employers.   Will also include appropriate emailing, office language and networking and how to get the most out of your work experience/internship/graduate job.

international students sitting chatting at a table
Workshop 4

Assessment Centre Bootcamp

Topics covered:

Assessment Centre Bootcamp

In this final workshop of the series this semester, we look in detail at assessment centres, what to expect and what employers are looking for. 

Through a series of activities students will work in groups to solve problems and practice communication, negotiation, listening and time management skills in an simulated Assessment Centre environment.

Student testimonial
What our students say:

"I now understand what an employer looks for in a CV"

 “I joined the programme to find out why I wasn’t being successful in interviews. It was so valuable to understand how an employer actually looks at your CV and how important it is to tailor your CV to different jobs.”

Final year Engineering student, Indonesia


"I learned not to underestimate myself"

“I wanted to learn how to improve my employability prospects and these workshops definitely helped me. I learned how and where to research the graduate job market in and outside the UK, but also how easy it is to underestimate yourself and the many employability skills you already have.”

Queen’s international student

"I discovered so many invaluable resources"

“I joined the programme to learn more about local and international job opportunities. The most valuable thing I learned was that I can access career resources in one place, on MyFuture. It was also really interesting to learn about the resources and job portals available for international students. The pace of the programme and the amount of information was great.”

PhD Music Student, Canada