International Study Centre

Career development

Career development services throughout your studies

Royal Holloway International Study Centre will ensure that you have all the right tools for a successful career after university. We developed CareerAhead to help you identify and develop your employability skills and build confidence.

CareerAhead is a personal development plan that teaches you the essential skills to succeed at university and beyond. This includes teamwork, communication, continuous self-improvement and becoming a highly sought-after graduate. 

You'll also have the opportunity to build up work experience by taking up part-time employment or a work placement during your studies. Find out more about working rights as part your visa.

At the International Study Centre

Developing your skills for academic and professional success is our priority at the International Study Centre.

CareerAhead will help you become an independent learner with the confidence to progress to Royal Holloway, University of London and develop skills for your career. There will be CareerAhead activities running alongside your pathway programme. They will identify your personal qualities and develop your skills to support future plans.

Skills for career success

The International Study Centre offers a safe and supportive environment that will help you identify, practise and develop your employability skills, increasing your understanding of yourself and the world of work. CareerAhead provides you with a variety of learning opportunities, such as:

  • Self-assessment
  • Personal evaluation and reflection
  • Industry and business research
  • Individual and group work.

How will CareerAhead help you?

  • Identify your strengths, weaknesses and areas to focus on to be successful
  • Acquire knowledge about the “world of work”
  • Undertake self-reflection and take action to improve
  • Create a compelling CV, LinkedIn profile or personal statement that stand out from the crowd
  • Create a Personal Development Plan to take with you if you join Royal Holloway.

Virtual Internships

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 Royal Holloway 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 a virtual internship is usually an unpaid experience.

At the University

Once you are student at Royal Holloway, you will have the full support of Career Consultants and resources at the University’s Careers & Employability Service.

To further enhance your career prospects, you can take part in the Royal Holloway Passport Award. This is a University-run initiative aimed at developing your career skills. This will give you a competitive edge when searching for a graduate job.

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