This section outlines things to think about when you are searching for work in the UK
To understand how to search for work in the UK and have a clear knowledge of the UK Visa system, we suggest you watch the video below:
Working in the UK after Graduation including Visa Advice - Part of International Student Week
First half from QM Careers & Enterprise: 0 - 44.26 minutes:
Covers UK recruitment cycles, the difference between Graduate schemes and Graduate level jobs. Also what employers are looking for and help available from Careers & Enterprise.
Second half from QM Advice and Counselling 44.26 minutes to the End, covers Visa Regulations for Tiers 1 (Entrepreneur), 2 and 5 (Work experience).
***Please note QM Advice and Counselling do not give individual advice on Tiers 1, 2 and 5. ***
Showing your value to UK employers
As an international student, you will have a unique perspective and skillset that UK employers value.
The CBI found that seven out of ten (70%) businesses said that they valued foreign language skills in their employees (CBI 2013) and specified that language skills were particularly useful in building relationships with clients, customers and suppliers and assisting staff mobility within the organisation.
You will have experience of working across cultures, which is something many firms with international clients want in their employees. You also have specific knowledge of your own country, so you could try and find employers who are expanding into your country or have a client base there to whom you could add value due to your nationality.
Lots of employers want employees who can adapt to new environments - new people, new processes and new workspaces. This is exactly what you had to do when moving to the UK, so you can use this fact to highlight your flexibility to your employer.
If you would like tips on improving your English for UK interviews, please watch this video from the QM Language Centre
To stay in the UK and work you need to have the right visa. We cannot advise on this: for full information on visa regulations see the Advice and Counselling website. You can also refer to UKCISA
The UK Recruitment Process
Click here for more information about the process of getting a job in the UK
If you are applying to a small or medium sized firm it can be useful to find out whether they already hold a sponsorship licence, to sponsor graduates under Tier 2. You can cross check the name of the firm by downloading the Register of Sponsors and using 'Ctrl F' on the keyboard to search the register.
Where can I find job vacancies?
Careers & Enterprise have detailed information handouts, which list the places to look for vacancies in different areas of work. You can access these by clicking here .
International student success stories
Here are stories of some students who have transitioned from UK study to working in the UK in the last couple of years. Read them to get advice and insights to help your own job search.
Advice and success stories from a range of universities including QMUL
Internships and 1 year work placements after graduation
Under the Tier 5 visa you can do a placement/internship in the UK for up to 12 months through the 'Government Authorised Exchange' programme. If you can't get an employer to sponsor you on a Tier 2 visa, then this is a good alternative option where there is an approved sponsor who obtains a visa for you instead of the employer needing to do so.
There are lots of organisations who can sponsor you on via this programme - download our helpful for a list of organisations and how to use them.
You can also see a list of Tier 5 sponsors here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-n-authorised-exchange-schemes