Career development and support at every stage

At Durham University you will plan for your future, meet employers and develop your employability skills. Durham University produces some of the UK’s most employable graduates. It is ranked a world top 40 university for employability by blue chip companies (QS World University Rankings 2017/18). 

In a highly competitive graduate employment landscape, graduates need to demonstrate their strengths and experience to potential employers. With this in mind, CareerAhead will help you develop your skills for success.

At the International Study Centre

CareerAhead activities include:

  • identifying your personal strengths and areas for development
  • developing key employability skills such as problem solving, teamwork, time management and communication
  • creating a personal development plan, identifying your goals for future success.

At the University

During your degree at Durham City you will have the full support of the University’s career advisors and resources. To help you stand out from the crowd, you can also complete the College Award and Durham Award.

The first step towards the Durham Award, this career development programme helps to identify and develop your employability skills. 

The College Award involves three steps:

  1. Fill out a Skills Audit and identify areas for development.
  2. Participate in activities to increase your employability skills.
  3. Write a reflective essay about your skills development. 

This highly-respected award is recognised by employers and can make you stand out during job applications and interviews. To achieve the Durham Award you need to complete a portfolio that demonstrates your employability skills. This portfolio is assessed by Durham University and external employers. 

The Durham Award portfolio includes:

  • A five-minute video
  • A completed Linkedin profile
  • An activity log
  • Evidence of your activities while at Durham

To begin the Durham Award, you need to complete the College Award.

University career services

Throughout your studies at Durham University you will have lots of opportunities to meet employers, organise work experience and develop your career skills. 

At Queen’s Campus, the International Study Centre will give you all the support you need. When you successfully progress to Durham City you can take full advantage of the University’s wider career services at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. Services include Career Fairs, a careers advisor, and help finding internships. 

Arshjit from India by the river at the International Study Centre

I’ve heard about the amazing faculty that you have and how they actually help you proceed to get a job in your specific career path. To be honest, it’s very hard to get a job these days. So, with their amazing faculty and their recommendations and their help, it’ll help me get a job easily, help me stand out in the crowd.

Arshjit from India
Studying International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Aiming to study BSc (Hons) Computer Science

97.9% graduate employment

Durham University student Sithara

Durham has the highest graduate employment rate of any UK university with 97.9 per cent of graduates in work or further study three and a half years after they graduate (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Student life

Jad and Ines on campus at Queen's Campus

Find out about student life at the International Study Centre on Queen's Campus and at Durham University.