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November 23, 2023, by brzms6

Work experience and graduate roles – how to search as an international student

By Anna Glaze-Krayer, Careers Adviser

International students and graduates are a fantastic asset to the university, the local community, and to graduate employers up and down the UK. It can be tricky to navigate finding work experience and graduate roles in the UK, though, when you’re not familiar with where to search and which employers will value your skills and experiences. This quick guide will help you get started. 

Work experience

Unitemps: Most students are permitted by their visa to work a certain number of hours per week. Unitemps is a great place to start when looking for paid work, as it advertises part-time and temporary roles which are suitable for students. Many are even on campus! 

If you’re not sure what your visa allows in terms of paid work, contact the Visa and Immigration team. 

Volunteering: Volunteering can enhance your CV just as much as paid work! Many volunteering opportunities are great for developing skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and more. There’s a huge range of different volunteering opportunities available, so you’re bound to find something that matches your interests.  

Online work experience: If you’re short or time or just getting started on developing your CV, online work experience can be a great option. Through Forage, for example, you can get involved in tasks set by an employer, at a time that suits you, and anyone can get involved!

Graduate jobs

Student Circus: Student Circus is a great resource that lists employers who have confirmed they are willing to hire international students and graduates. It also hosts informative webinars and has articles which help to demystify the UK jobs market. 

eCareersGrad: eCareersGrad’s ‘International Students: Target the Right Employer’ course has a unique list of employers which is searchable by those who have sponsored the most international students for the Skilled worker visa over the last three years. 

Use your careers service: The careers team are on hand to give all students advice and guidance. If you want to chat in more detail about how to job search and how to build great applications, book an appointment through MyCareer. 

If you’re an international student looking to gain some work experience, please visit the Careers and Employability Service website to start today.



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