CareerAhead at Lancaster

Lancaster University has an outstanding employability rate – 97% of graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.* At the International Study Centre, we help you prepare for your future with CareerAhead. Our service gives you the training, support and skills to succeed.

What is CareerAhead?

This careers service is part of your International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters Programme at Lancaster University. We’ll help you to plan for the future, increase your employability, and develop the skills you need for a successful career.

CareerAhead gives you ‭an advantage in the ‭graduate careers market by ‭helping you to become a confident, skilled and employable graduate. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬With CareerAhead you will develop valuable employability skills to help you stand out and continue building goals.

Personal Career Development Plan

Your Personal Career Development Plan sets out the goals you need to achieve career success. To achieve your goals, you’ll receive one-to-one support and small group training sessions that focus on things like career choices and employability skills.


How does CareerAhead work?

When you arrive at the International Study Centre

You will complete a skills questionnaire, similar to the ones used by graduate employers. We will use these results to start creating your Personal Career Development Plan.

During your International Study Centre course

Throughout your studies, we will work with you in small groups and on a one-to-one basis to develop your career skills.


Career services

When you progress to your degree at Lancaster you will continue to develop the goals in your Personal Career Development Plan. You can also use the University’s excellent career services and events, including gaining experience with Lancaster’s award-winning work experience and placement programme and career planning and employability workshops to help you gain confidence and new skills.

Lancaster's resources will ensure that you graduate with a globally recognised degree and the skills to succeed in your future career.

*HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal survey- Winter 2016/17


of students completing the International Foundation Year in 2016-17 were offered a place to study at Lancaster University.

Reem from Oman studied International Foundation Year in Business and Management Studies.

"The International Study Centre prepares us very well for entry in the University. We have coursework and reports to do, which are the kind of work we are expecting to do at an undergraduate level."

Reem from Oman studied International Foundation Year in Business and Management Studies