Just arrived as an international Masters student, or going into your final year and wondering when to start applying for jobs when you finish in 2013? The answer is now!
Some of the biggest graduate recruiters or those wanting the pick of graduate talent, will be putting their 2013 vacancies online from now onwards and taking your applications. This is the same for recruiters at home or internationally looking for international talent. It may only be the start of the year for you… but for recruiters it’s time to start thinking about your graduation! A few examples and tips:
Deloitte China have just sent through their vacancy details to us and are open for applications. Any vacancies like this that we hear about will go onto our job database called Careerslink. You can set up a “Job Agent” on the system to email you vacancies, so set up ones for vacancies in other Continents too (such as Asia, Africa).
At our fairs:
Our graduate fairs are not just about UK vacancies either. Unilever (China & Asia, Middle East, Africa -AMEA) will be at our Ethnic Diversity Fair in October looking to hire for their programmes. You start work in the UK or US for 1 – 2 years and then relocate home.
Standard Chartered (International opportunities) are another example of firms who will also be at our Finance Business, Management Fair in October. Again hiring for international students in the UK to return home.
Use our Facebook group and this international careers blog to stay informed or any additional events too. The International Students Careers Week will include an excellent panel of international recruiters and we hope to have specialist events for Malaysia, Singapore and Pakistan coming up to tell you about.
Widen your reach:
Even if you are thinking of trying for UK experience, it is essential to keep alternatives in mind and stay connected to the job market at home, too. Our International Jobs pages will also enable you to link up with vacancy sites and recruiters around the globe. Combine this with using your own networks and contacts too (proactive job hunting) for those vacancies that never get formally advertised.
Two last tips before you go. Don’t rush in to send your application. Check out the help and tips on application techniques on our website. You might be surprised to see the range of other things a selector will be looking for, beyond your grades, subject and university. These are only one aspect. Our international CVs pages can help to explain this.
Confusingly, it’s best not to leave it until the last minute either. Increasingly firms are not waiting until the closing date before they start interviewing and selecting applicants. If your application is ready, get it sent off!
Amanda Conway is the Head of International Career Development at The University of Manchester. Amanda has been a career consultant at the University for over 15 years and also has a background in retail management and HR, psychometric testing and personality profiling.