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1 Working in the UK (for international students) David Levinson, Careers Adviser

2 This session will: To provide information and advice on UK job hunting To highlight support and resources available from the Careers Service Answer many, but perhaps not all of your questions

3 We wont go into detail on Looking for part-time jobs Visa regulations CVs, application forms, interviews We run regular workshops on all of theseworkshops

4 Its the start of semester, why think about careers now? Some UK deadlines are as early as October Dont wait until its too late

5 Its not too early to think about what you want to do after University and to plan how to get there The UK graduate job market is very competitive – you need to stand out from the crowd

6 How do we work? Can the Careers Service find me a job? Will the Careers Service write my CV? Is the information only for UK students?

7 A quick quiz…. TRUE / FALSE - In the UK all jobs must be advertised FALSE TRUE / FALSE – Most graduate jobs in the UK are either targeting only undergraduates or only postgraduates FALSE TRUE / FALSE – Its possible for a Tier 4 international masters student to do a full-time internship next summer FALSE CVs in the UK should be no longer than 2 pages

8 What kind of work can I do during my studies? As an international (non-EEA) student you can do most kinds of part- time work for up to 20 hours per week, but you must not : be self-employed be employed as a professional sportsperson or sports coach be employed as an entertainer take a permanent full-time job Students from EEA are not restricted in the type of work they undertake

9 The UK graduate job market… Graduate training schemes ( large blue chip companies) Graduate jobs with small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs), not-for profit sector (but salaries may not meet visa criteria….) Graduate schemes are not your only option – many employers do not recruit in this way

10 Visible job market Responding to advertised vacancies = reactive job hunting To do this you need to know where (and if!) the jobs you want are usually advertised Sources of vacancies include: Websites Campus activities

11 Visible UK Graduate recruitment process On-line application forms On-line tests Telephone interviews Assessment centres Face-to-face interviews Competency-based questions

12 Hidden job market - proactive job hunting Why should you consider doing it? Where does this approach work? Opportunities exist – but are not advertised Employers prefer to recruit in ways which minimise costs and risk!

13 Websites SAGE - our vacancy and employer database: Other graduate vacancy websites examples: Directories – e.g. GET, Prospects, Times Top100

14 International (non-EU) students: Come to one of our workshops on Work visa routes in the UK for full information on:workshops Tier 2 Graduate Skilled Worker Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 5 Youth Mobility UK Ancestry Working after a PhD

15 International (non-EU) students: Applying for graduate jobs in the UK NO resident labour market test under Tier 2 Minimum salary criteria form most roles is £20,300 but varies e.g. £23,600 for electrical engineers - check the Home Office SOC codesHome Office SOC codes Must switch within expiry date of T4 visa and from within UK You must have been awarded your qualification

16 How will I know if an employer is a sponsor? Home Office register of sponsors Much more information is available in workshops throughout the year – but get clued up early….

17 What do the regulations mean in practice? If you want to work in the UK after graduating, you have to secure a job with a sponsoring employer before your visa expires You must check that the employer is a registered sponsor and that the job meets the salary criteria Other routes may be possible – come to a visa workshop to find out more

18 How are you going to stand out from the crowd?

19 What do employers want? Do you want the job? Can you do the job? Do you want to work with us? WANT-CAN-FIT This is often more important than what degree you have

20 Before applying for graduate jobs, you should... Assess your own skills and experience Research suitable opportunities and organisations Find out what they want for that role Match yourself to their needs and identify sources of evidence

21 International students: Applying for graduate jobs in the UK When should I start....? NOW! Many UK graduate jobs close by the end of November

22 Top tips…. Be clear about what you want to do and why Ensure your CV / application is targeted and relevant Use the best examples youve got Review – ask yourself so what Ask for feedback - first impressions

23 Resources for international students International students web pagesInternational students International employer and vacancy informationvacancy information Information on visasvisas

24 How do I get help with my CV? Appointments available every day, both centres (bookable on the day) Resources in our careers information rooms Talks on how to write a winning CV Talks on application forms/interviews Check out our events on the websiteevents

25 Some events to look out for: Careers workshops International talks Employer presentations Careers Fair 8-10 October, Adam House Careers Fair China & SE Asia Virtual Careers Fairs China Career Development Workshop & Mini Job Fair on Sunday 27 October China Career Development Workshop & Mini Job Fair on Sunday 27 October and much more….

26 Have a great year, build your CV and use your Careers Service!! Kings BuildingsCentral Weir Building 3 rd Floor, Main Library 0131 650 5773 0131 650 4670

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