Student employability

The flexibility of Scottish degrees creates a unique and well-rounded learning environment to help your future career.


of University of Aberdeen graduates go on to work or further study within six months of graduating
DLHE survey HESA 2017

Succeed in your career

Gaining a degree from a top-ranking university is the first step to succeeding in your future career. Whether you choose to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, the International Study Centre at the University of Aberdeen can help you to become an employable graduate.

The graduate employment market is hugely competitive. You will need to demonstrate you have the career skills, as well as the academic abilities, to set yourself apart from the rest. By studying with us, you will benefit from a wide range of careers services to ensure you leave the University as an employable graduate.

Career preparation at the International Study Centre

No matter which pathway programme you study with us, you will benefit from our dedicated careers service, CareerAhead. Our help includes:

  • discovering your own areas of personal strength, as well as personal development opportunities
  • activities allowing you to build on your teamwork, time management, problem solving and communication skills
  • creating a personal development plan which you can use throughout your time at university.

Virtual Internships

Additionally, you can benefit from an online internship placement in a career field of your choice with Virtual Internships. Having access to a virtual work placement experience will help prepare you for the world of work, by enabling you to put the knowledge you have gained from your academic studies into working practice*.

Once you begin your journey with us at University of Aberdeen International Study Centre^, you will be able to utilise Virtual Internships at no extra cost and start gaining real-world industry experience while you study with us**.

Benefits of a Virtual Internship

  • Develop your CV whilst you complete your studies.
  • Improve your employability with evidence of work experience from a range of prestigious employers.
  • Prepare for the future workplace by gaining experience of working remotely.
  • Put what you learn during your pathway programme into practice and develop outside the classroom.

You will also gain access to CareerBridge, a professional development hub. Here, you will be assigned a supervisor who can help you develop your CV and interview techniques, as well as deliver key insights that will be useful once you have started your career.

*Under your Student visa you are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week – this includes any hours you choose to devote to a virtual internship. Please see full terms and conditions for more information.

^ Please note that the 1 term Pre-Masters Programme is excluded

**Please note that a virtual internship is usually an unpaid experience.

Career preparation at the University

  • Flexible study plans

    The flexible degree options at Aberdeen allow you to shape your degree to your career goals. As an undergraduate student, you can choose to study either a single honours, joint honours or major/minor degree. Within these degrees, you will also have the opportunity to explore different subject modules before deciding on the final path you want to take. This allows you to create a unique study plan based on your own interests, as well as widening your knowledge to maximise your employability.

    Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to study additional subjects with no increase to their overall workload. The 'Enhanced Study' courses you have the opportunity to join include:

    • Discipline Breadth
    • Sustained Study
    • Sixth Century courses

    You may also have the opportunity to develop your careers skills outside of CareerAhead, by taking a work placement or internship opportunity. You can find out more about your working rights on our visas page.

  • Work placements

    The University of Aberdeen supports students in a wide range of internship and work placement roles. Last year, students benefited from around 1400 placements - ranging from those included in degree programmes to optional summer internships. Students have gone on to work in companies such as:

    • Chevron
    • Marathon Oil
    • BP
    • Norco
    • Aberdeenshire Council
    • Astrazeneca
  • STAR Award

    The University’s STAR Award stands for Student Taking Active Roles. Through this award, the Careers Service recognises students’ contributions to the wider University community and rewards students for the transferable skills that are developed through joining clubs, societies and volunteering. Receiving a STAR Award is a great way to show the transferable skills you have gained during your time at university.

  • Leadership Academy

    Being able to demonstrate leadership skills in the workplace is a great way to show you’re ready for the world of work. The University’s Leadership Academy provides the opportunity to develop your leadership skills including negotiating, networking and more.

  • Work experience

    You may also have the opportunity to develop your careers skills outside of CareerAhead, by taking a work placement or internship opportunity. You can find out more about your working rights on our visas page.

An international student stood outside of the Sir Duncan Rice library at the University of Aberdeen

You're going to pick up a whole lot of experience. You're going to pick up a lot of skills. You're going to enjoy meeting new people. There is a lot of support, the staff really want to see you growing in your career and they have a lot of facility to just really assist the students in terms of getting a placement or getting your CV right and just preparing yourself for the job market.

Lea from Namibia
Studies MSc Finance and Investment Management

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