Skills for success

Students filming on campus

Prepare for your future career

At the International Study Centre ‭(ISC) we care about your academic ‭success, as well as your career once you ‭graduate. With your future career ‭in mind, we have integrated a new ‭careers service into our academic ‭courses at the ISC, called CareerAhead.

What does CareerAhead do?

CareerAhead is designed to give you ‭a head start in today’s competitive ‭graduate employment market by ‭helping you become a confident, ‭highly skilled and extremely ‭employable graduate. We will ‭guide you towards making the right ‭choices and using your time at ‭the University of Sussex productively, so that you can maximise ‭your chances of success in the ‭competitive job market. 

The CareerAhead service is tailored to your level of study, whether you are preparing for undergraduate or postgraduate study. This means the guidance you receive will be relevant to your plans for the future. It will allow you to appreciate your strengths and focus on the areas you need to improve to achieve your goals.

How it works

Stage 1: When you arrive at the ISC 

During the first semester at the ISC you will complete a skills ‭assessment questionnaire, ‭similar to the one used by ‭graduate employers. This will help ‭you think about the skills you ‭already have, such as planning ‭and organising. The results will ‭form the basis of your personal ‭career development plan. 

Stage 2: During your ISC course

As part of your course at the ‭ISC you will get an opportunity ‭to develop key employability ‭skills, such as leadership and ‭organisation, that can easily ‭be transferred to a professional ‭working environment. ‭You will develop the skills to write ‭a CV and a personal statement ‭that will make you stand out from ‭the crowd, and you will be able ‭to improve your presentation ‭and interview skills too. ‭We will also work with you in the ‭classroom, small groups and on ‭an individual basis, to build your ‭personal career development plan ‭– a unique set of assignments that ‭are relevant to your chosen career. 

Stage 3: When you go on to your degree at Sussex 

During your degree studies at ‭Sussex you will complete the ‭assignments set out in your ‭personal career development plan. ‭This will ensure that you graduate ‭not only with a globally recognised ‭degree, but also with the right ‭skills to secure a fantastic job ‭in your chosen future career.


“I started thinking about psychology during A Levels. I fell in love with it and thought it was a perfect subject for me, so I really wanted to go on to further studies in psychology. I hope to graduate, get my psychology degree and progress on to being a psychiatrist. 

I am planning to get involved in more ISC activities, so that I will be able to open myself up to others, make more friends and develop my organisational skills. I'm going to do volunteer work in Sussex and help others in need – that will also help me develop my leadership skills. I have to learn to plan ahead for a lot of things, so I will follow the plan as I go along during my studies.”

Davis from Hong Kong
International Foundation Year in Life Sciences and Psychology