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Staying in the UK

Staying in the UK

Staying in the UK

Whether you are looking to stay in the UK to work after graduation or you want to go into further study, the Careers Centre is here to help you.

Preparing for working in the UK

Preparation is the key to success. If you are an international student from a non EEA country it is important that you start your planning early. Some graduate roles are advertised up to a year ahead.

  • You need to try and get work experience if you have not already got it. Whilst your degree and your extra-curricular activities give you lots of skills, it is very important to UK employers that you have proven ability in the workplace. Nearly half the recruiters in the 2014 High Fliers survey said that graduates with no work experience have 'little or no chance of receiving a job offer' from them.
  • Investigate visa requirements using the UKCISA website and keep up to date with the regulations. The International Student office may also be able to help if you need specialist immigration advice. 
  • To learn about up to date working visa situation, listen to our recorded webinar with a work employment lawyer that took place during Global Careers Month
  • Build a network of useful UK contacts from your course, work experience and employment sectors that interest you. During your time at university you can use your networks to explore different careers and industry sectors and get insider tips to help you get the job you want. You may also find out about vacancies that are not widely advertised.
  • Commercial awareness is very important. You will gain a better understanding of your sector during your work experience, through researching organisations and using your networks. The Careers Centre also runs lots of events where you can meet employers and ask questions. You should keep up to date with industry trends and current issues through social media and searching for news items. Look at individual companies to find out what they do, who their clients are, their current projects and what makes them stand out from their competitors. Where could you add value?
  • Identify organisations that may be interested in recruiting someone with your unique skills. Most graduate employers will be happy to accept applications from international students but some may not be able to sponsor visas for you as they may not be on the Sponsor Register or the jobs they have may not meet minimum salary requirements. As the sponsor register doesn’t allow to search for jobs in a particular industry or geographical location, you may wish to use the UKTierSponsors website to help you identify companies in your desired sector/industry, their location as well as direct link to their website. Always check the cross-reference the company information with the official Sponsor Register.
  • It is also a great idea to refer employers you are planning to talk to about our Employing International Students webpage. This is particularly aimed at employers and includes an easy to understand overview of immigration rules.
  • Make sure to regularly explore MyCareer for a range of excellent vacancies and job opportunities. Search for (in the vacancy type) TIER 2 Visa Sponsor to identify graduate level TIER 2 opportunities.
  • We are also running a series of successful 'Global Careers' events inviting range of local and international employers who are employing international students. To learn more and to book, visit MyCareer, book and events and in 'event label' search for 'Global Careers'. 
  • Take every opportunity to practise you verbal and written English skills as employers will look for this in your applications and interviews.

Student Circus   

Set up by 2 recent international graduates, Student Circus advertises vacancies in the UK that carry sponsorship for non-EEA students. If you are looking for a TIER 2 graduate level job or an internship make sure to create an account (by using your @leeds.ac.uk e-mail address) and search through thousands of opportunities. Student Circus are also attending our Careers Fairs and presentations so check our events page to see when they are on campus next. 

Listen to a recorded webinar from our Global Careers Month to learn about using Student Circus to help you identify job or internship in the UK and to get latest advice and tips on working in the UK. 

New post-study work visas for International Students

In a major boost for international students, the UK government has announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK.

The new ‘Graduate’ route will be open to all international students who have valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at an approved UK Higher Education Provider. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.

Often referred to as a ‘Post-Study Work visa’, the new Graduate Immigration Route will launch in the summer of 2021, meaning that any eligible student who graduates in the summer of 2021 or after will be eligible to apply. This includes students who have already started their courses as well as prospective students.  For more details and latest information visit the official UK Government page

Making job applications in the UK

Writing job applications for the UK labour market can sometimes be very different from the experience you had in your home country. It is very important that you become familiar with the British style of writing CVs and applications, as you will face the same criteria as UK students when applying for jobs.

At the Careers Centre we can provide you with examples and help you create effective CVs and applications for the British job market. Consider the aspects that make you unique amongst other candidates. Your language skills, your previous work experience in your home country as well as your knowledge of a non-UK market can prove very interesting to UK employers. It is very important that you can talk about the skills you gained during your work experience, focusing on the needs of the company you are applying to.

Further study in the UK

If you want to continue your studies in the UK, you can drop in and discuss your ideas and plans with us.

Make sure you visit Further Study section of our website to help you understand your options and research possible sources of funding.

Some useful links that will help you assess your opportunities:

University of Leeds Postgraduate Study

Prospects guide to postgraduate study in the UK

British Council Guide to postgraduate study in the UK