We offer career opportunities centred on a passion for education, learning and students
What it’s like to work with us
We are a global company with headquarters based in London. If you join us, you’ll work alongside over 200 amazingly talented people in our offices across the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. As a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, we’re a diverse, multicultural and growing organisation with team members hailing from all walks of life.
While we work across various areas of expertise – including data and digital, content, marketing, sales and more – we are all focused on helping prospective students reach their higher education ambitions by matching them to tertiary institutions that meet their needs. We serve both UK-based and international students, as well as our university clients to the very best of our abilities.
As an organisation, we are dynamic, fast-paced, innovative, data-driven and hugely passionate about making a difference. How we make a difference is not only focused on future students, but also through our corporate social responsibility and giving back initiatives – find out more here.
If you want to inspire people to learn for a better future and you have the skills we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.
A word from our CEO: Simon Emmett
My priority is to ensure that our teams thrive in an environment of diversity and inclusivity. A key part of that is nurturing a culture where we all inspire colleagues to learn and develop for a better future.
My immediate focus is creating a better future for our teams and their families. Of course, this intent also applies to the vital role our products play in ensuring that the right students are connected to suitable education providers for successful outcomes.
Our talented teams are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility and work on their own personal development, supported by IDP Connect through better structured development pathways, time, flexibility and trust. As I say to others and they say to me: #neverstoplearning
My personal journey with IDP Connect
Both my parents have been teachers and both my sisters now are. That’s what first attracted me to working in the education sector, though I didn’t think it would last quite this long! Over many years, I’ve been fortunate to progress from a short-term graduate role to CEO. It has been tremendous to see the growth of a small start-up in London into a business unit of one of the leading education organisations in the world. I moved from the most junior sales role, through sales management, to business unit leadership with strategic and operational responsibilities and then on to become CEO. Then, after 18 months in the CEO role, in January 2017 we joined IDP Education to accelerate our growth, together building the world’s leading platform and connected community, to support and guide students in achieving their learning goals.
I’ve been fortunate to be given opportunities throughout and worked hard to ensure I was ready for them. That said, I often made mistakes. I’m grateful for the support of my managers, peers and expert advisory groups for their patience as I frequently ‘fail forward’. As an organisation, we aim to create the support structures needed to help employees progress in their careers and reach their full potential.
Life at IDP Connect
We’re so passionate about making educational dreams come true that as employees, we’re each given a £200 learning allowance every year to spend on any type of learning – we’ve had employees sign up to pottery courses, boxing classes and radio presenting workshops! We celebrate our multi-national diversity through regular learning lunches and food festivities with dishes inspired by countries around the world.
We know how to work hard, but we also know when it’s time to celebrate: from after-work drinks on Fridays and big birthday singalongs, to eagerly awaited office parties and team–building away days. In the office, we have an open-desk policy and support flexi work arrangements. Our aim is to create a sustainable working environment where each employee’s work-life balance is a key priority.
To see more wider career opportunities at IDP (our parent company), click here.
What our employees have to say
James Smurthwaite, International Editor, Hotcourses Abroad: “Being at IDP Connect gives you the opportunity to work with people across the globe, the perfect environment for collaboration, growth and learning. The wealth of knowledge and expertise within the company creates a dynamic, energetic, innovative and fun environment.”
Beilin Wu, Senior Product Manager: “People and culture are what matter the most to me in an organisation and this is the place I’ve had plenty of opportunities to grow as part of a diverse community full of aspiring employees.”
Charlotte Cripps, Head of Video: “One of my favourite things about IDP Connect is the people. I’ve met some incredible friends, worked alongside lots of talented colleagues and have developed a great support network throughout my time here.”
Eilonwy Fung, Client Manager (APAC): “IDP Connect is all about the people; here, we get to work with a diverse group of people externally and internally. The best part of making connections is that we are here build lasting relationships.”
Cicely Oliver, Managing Editor, CUG: “IDP Connect has given me the opportunity to grow within my role and they’ve always supported me with training and development.”
Athira Murali, Business Analyst: “In IDP Connect, we work as a family. Even though we work from different locations around the world, there is a connect between all of us which makes our day to day work much more fun and easy. We have a great work culture here and our days go by quickly. Time flies when you’re having fun!”
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What we can offer you
We know how important your professional development is. so we offer opportunities to add recognised qualifications in your field of expertise and chosen career pathway, whether that’s Digital Marketing, Sales, Technology, Design or another area. We are also an approved Institute of Leadership and Management Centre for training.
Learning and development
When you first start working with IDP Connect, you’ll receive a thorough induction and onboarding process that’s relevant to your role, along with everything from administration procedures to what to do in the event of a fire drill. As you progress, your skillset can be extended through online, external or internal training.
Personal Learning Allowance
We put £200 towards a course or courses of your choice every year. The possibilities for what you could do are endless. We’ve had people learn to paint, study languages, take yoga classes and even learn to perform magic!
We offer all of our employees interest free loans for the purchase of annual travel cards within London. The loan is deducted from your salary over a year, spreading the cost.
Bike to Work scheme
We offer all of our employees the opportunity to participate in the Bike to Work tax-relief scheme, which allows money to be deducted through payroll before tax, so you can end up with a new bike at 40% of the cost.
Complimentary gym membership and Health Cash Plan
Our London office has an on-site gym which is free to join.
We also offer a Health Cash Plan which pays you cash benefits for a range of medical expenses, with a range of discounts offered through the plan.
You’ll have 30 holiday days a year, that’s in addition to the 8 statutory bank holidays.
We close the office for the whole week between Christmas and New Year.
We have a lot going on to celebrate and recognise the exceptional contributions our people make to our growth and success. There are regular employee awards, an annual awards ceremony and an extra week’s pay when you reach 5 year anniversaries. We organise company-wide social events at the end of every month and there’s an ongoing competition through the year with mixed teams from across the business with different challenges to complete.