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The University of Southampton
Careers and Employability Service

Forage Virtual Experience


Forage (previously called Inside Sherpa) is a virtual experience which allows you to gain business skills and gain insight into industry from top employers, all from the comfort of your home.

These easily accessible online experiences have been developed by top graduate recruiters that directly mirror real-life work within their organisation. With simulated projects and tasks, you will get an in-depth understanding of what projects you'd complete and what skills you need if you worked at the organisation.

There's no need to apply, simply create an account and access the virtual experiences which interest you most. All experiences are free of charge for University of Southampton students and you could potenially be recognised by recruiters at top compaines on the Forage platform.

  • Simply create an account by visiting their website
  • Once your account is created, you can complete a range of modules and tasks from companies you choose
  • Watch and learn from accessible video instructions from employees
  • Curated resources are designed to help you complete tasks
  • Once completed, you can submit your work and unlock real life examples from employees that work with your chosen organisations
  • Upon completion of each programme you’ll receive a personalised certificate as proof of your achievement

It takes 5-6 hours to complete one programme. You can do it in your own time and complete as many programmes as you like.

  • Sample what real-life work can be like
  • Boost your CV
  • Gain critical work-ready skills
  • Experience what work is like at innovative and influential companies
  • All programmes are free of charge for UoS students
  • Complete in the comfort of your own home at your own pace
  • You could potentially be recognised by recruiters at top companies on the Forage platform

The Forage team are available to support you if you have any questions or you can contact the Work Experience team by

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