Working in the UK – Information for international students attending the Grad Fair 2017

On the day – Making a good impression

Do not talk about visas with the employer at the fair. Consider how you approach an employer with your questions about the company. It is still important to be interested in the organisation and their opportunities and not just interested in finding any company that sponsors work visas. This will create a poor impression.

Should you discuss sponsorship or visas with employers at the fair?

We advise you do not talk about visas, sponsorship or hiring of international graduates with recruiters at fairs or events. Usually the employer representatives at the fair are not visa or immigration experts and are not the right people to discuss visas with. 

Do your research first! Know who sponsors and who doesn’t before you go. Make a good first impression by asking relevant questions about the company values, innovations, projects, culture, progression opportunities, development and retention. Visas can be addressed later at interview or offer stage.

Can I work in the UK?

If you are looking to stay on and work in the UK after graduation, you can find out more about work visa regulations for the UK on the Careers Service website: www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/ukworkafterstudy/ These pages link you through to excellent sources of visa information as well as links to UKCISA and UK Government site – visa.gov.uk

Any queries around your Tier 4 visa should be referred to the Student Immigration Team www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/why-manchester/student-support/immigration/

What about work visas?

Employer sponsored visas (Tier 2 visas) are the most common way for UK employers to hire international graduates who need permission to work in the UK. To sponsor a visa, an employer must be on the Register of licensed sponsors: workers and the job must meet certain minimum requirements (such as a minimum salary and skill level for the role which is RQF Level 6). 

You can also check if a firm is on the Sponsor Register at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-workers

Minimum Salaries

You can also check if the job you are interested in meets the minimum salary RQF Level 6 and skill levels for tier 2 sponsorship in the Codes of Practice:

www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work

Other Options

Tier 5 – Getting work experience

If you are looking for a short period of work experience in the UK (up to12 months) there are also options with a Tier 5 visa under the “Youth Mobility programme” or the Government Authorised Exchanges. There are no minimum salaries for this route and you can work for any employer. If you find an employer willing to offer you an internship, you can pay a private organisation that sponsors Tier 5 visas to arrange the visa for you. www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/ukworkafterstudy/tier5/

Tier 1 – Starting your own business

The University of Manchester is a sponsor for the Graduate Entrepreneur visa if you are looking to start your own business in the UK. Find out more at: www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/ukworkafterstudy/gradentrepreneur/

PhD students

A 12 month visa extension scheme has been introduced for students completing a PhD in the UK. The scheme allows PhD students to extend their student visa for an additional 12 months allowing them extra time to find work with a Tier 2 employer or set up as an entrepreneur. More information can be found at: studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/academic-life/immigration/des/

Working in the UK – Work visas for international students Webinar

You can find more information on visa’s and your options ON THE University of Manchester Careers YouTube Channel in the International Student Playlist www.youtube.com/user/manchestercareers

What rules apply for internships?

Most undergraduate international students are able to work full-time during vacations on a student visa enabling them to take internships. Postgraduates are encouraged to confirm vacation periods with their School as your dissertation time in the summer is not classed as a vacation. For more information on working in the UK whilst on a student visa, see: careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/workduringstudy/

What about international jobs?

Some firms are happy to direct you to vacancies across the globe. Others may provide you with a contact to approach/website to use. Some international firms also hold international recruitment events at their Head Offices in the UK – so do ask them.

In addition to this consider the option of a J1 Visa to the USA if you are looking for some international experience before going home. You can apply for this visa in the UK and gain up to 12 months experience overseas. For more information see our Blog on J1 Visas manunicareersblog.com/2017/04/03/j1-visa-for-the-usa-for-work-experience-overseas/

Think about your motivation for getting experience outside of your home country? Have you considered working for an international company back home and then transferring to another office overseas after a couple of years? You would have more to offer an employer including experience, building your reputation in the company and a global network.

Finally look at your chosen occupation for countries like Australia and New Zealand, is it on their Skilled Occupations list which you can find online.

Ready to travel the world with your career?

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If you’re determined to travel the world with your job, did you know that a small number of sought-after graduate schemes allow you to experience international placements as part of your initial training. Some go further and are the springboard for a future career traveling the globe.

Yes, they’re competitive, some have challenging entry requirements (language capability, Masters, experience of living outside your home country) – but think of the rewards.

All packed and ready to go?
Here’s our list of some of the schemes we’ve found – many are general management schemes, so don’t limit yourself by the type of industry/sector.

Some of these schemes have odd, short opening times, so check them out as soon as you can – you’ll need to be ready as soon as they open for applications.

Not looking for a job this year?
Tip: If you’re in the early years of a degree, it’s definitely worth looking at this sort of scheme a year or more before your want to get a job, so you’re well prepared.

Transport / Logistics sector / Commodities

Travel / Hospitality sector

Finance / Insurance / Professional Services sector

Industry / Technology sector

Consumer products / Food / Alcohol sector

What I did with my summer #2 My Embassy Internship

embassy1Interested in diplomatic career? Apply for an internship at the Embassy!

Petra tells us her story…

As a second year student of Middle Eastern Studies and Middle Eastern Languages I was always interested in traveling, politics and international relations. The most suitable internship I could think of was at the Embassy. People often assume contacts are needed in order to get a placement there but it is not true.

The application process

Having e-mailed few Embassies of the Czech Republic around the world I received different responses. For instance some countries were rejecting applications this year due to the security situation in the Middle East. A positive response came around February from our Ambassador to Turkey, Mgr. Pavel Kafka who liked my motivation letter and CV. He suggested I apply officially through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It took two months and after completing some paperwork my one month summer internship in Ankara was secured.

What is it like working in an Embassy?

From my first day I was assigned an advisor – consul PhDr. Maria Opělová, CSc. who became the core person throughout my internship and a nice big office was given to me. During my stay in Ankara, I was introduced to the system of the Embassy, got an insight to all departments (economic, political, consular, diplomatic, etc.) and wrote many research papers on my own or in a team. Some of the topics were: Turkish approach to refugees, The United Cyprus Federation negotiations, prison system, Gazprom and Turkish stream, Kurdish nationalism in Turkey and many others.

One of my main duties was to keep up with the news and inform the department if there were any developments with the formation of coalition or Turkish-Kurdish peace process. I was following Turkish sources as I can read the language which was often very handy. I was also making translations of visa documents from Czech to Turkish that were being checked by a professional and a feedback was given to me. July was the month of Erasmus students applying for visas to go to the Czech Republic for the fall semester. I was in charge of Erasmus e-mail translation as well.

The most exciting part of my internship was the fact that Turkey went through parliamentary election in June, a month before I arrived. Also, July was a transitive period when the coalition could not be formed, Turkish-Kurdish peace process was proclaimed non-functioning anymore and violence escalated throughout the whole country. As a turning point of my internship I consider the explosion in Şanlıurfa, for which we became source number one for the Czech media covering it. It was exciting to receive a phone call from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Press department asking about my opinion on the issue.

So what next?

I enjoyed my internship as it gave me precious experiences, memories and I met interesting people. You should make the most of your internship as well and try to understand the workplace as much as you can with the reference to your field of study. I learned to be responsible, assertive, work to deadlines and under pressure. Moreover, most of the material I worked on were possible dissertation topics thus it was a good start for my final year research. The internship also made me think of a diplomatic career for the future and helped me to shape my masters degrees plans.

Paid or unpaid? How to finance your internship

Don’t be afraid of getting an unpaid internship. It has got the same value in your CV as paid ones. If you think you can’t afford it search for Work Experience Bursary at Careers or contact the University for more support as I did.

 

The Latest Events & Jobs for Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan Students UoM

1. Decathlon China – Store Department Manager Programme

Event on Campus; 2pm – 6pm on 16 October 2015 in Theatre A, University Place, Oxford Road. There will be some hiring managers present from the company and they will be hiring for jobs. You can get an interview with the hiring manager on site. Dress smart for interview and bring your CV with you.

Event ID 2730 on CareersLink http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ Places are limited so book now!

Job Role

You will be responsible for One Department of Sports in a Store and manage your own department with full autonomy. You will be trained to help achieve professional targets.
Key duties will include:

• Achieving the economic target of my department on turnover, margin, expense and profitability.
• Working directly in the field with the team, devising the best layout to welcome our customers.
To apply  http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ search Job Vacancy ID 46024

2. Nielsen China (Alibaba) Recruitment Talk

Nielsen, the world’s largest market research and consumer insights company, is looking to hire Chinese-speaking Manchester graduates to join as Analysts and Specialists in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  These positions are based in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei and other cities.

Date & time:      Wednesday, 21st October from 11:00 – 12:00

Location:             Room G.03, Williamson Building

Book now for a place http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ Event ID 2799

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Date & time:      Wednesday, 21st October from 12:00 – 13:00

Location:             Room G.03, Williamson Building

Book now for a place http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ Event ID 2800

Nielsen’s graduate recruitment is open to 2015 and 2016 graduates in any subject, at both Bachelor and Master levels.  Nielsen is in search of top talent from universities across China and around the world, for enthusiastic individuals with diverse backgrounds. As part of Nielsen, you have the opportunity to be challenged, contribute and grow across our many services and geographies. You can see additional details on Nielsen’s graduate recruitment and

Apply at www.nielsen.com/cn/en/about-us/recruitment/Nielsen-Graduate-Recruitment.html.

 

3. Lockin China – 2015 Chinese Enterprises Overseas Campus Recruitment Campaign Workshop

23rd October 11.30-2.30pm University Place

Are you graduating in 2016? Have you started to seek a job? Are you worried about it? Lockin China is ready to help you.

Do you know which job suits you? Do you know how to choose the proper companies? Do you know the procedure of campus recruitment? Lockin China is ready to help you.

Who can provide thousands of positions to returnees? Who can provide all the information of startup to returnees? Who can provide the core skills of interview to returnees? Lockin China is your best choice.

Lockin China is now planning campus workshop will help to solve your doubts about job-seeking.

Book now for a place http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ Event ID 2807

 

4. Mandarin Consulting Talk – UK internships and jobs for Chinese students

24th Nov 5.30-7.30pm Roscoe Building

Are you an ambitious Chinese student studying in the UK and wanting to know how to get an internship or a job? This is a seminar you must not miss!

In this seminar, you will find out:

· Where the opportunities are

· What Western employers want

· What are the common misunderstandings Chinese students have

· What your strengths and weaknesses are in the international job market

· How to overcome weakness and demonstrate your strengths

 Book now for a place http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ Event ID 2680

 

5. Hang Seng Bank Career opportunities in Management Trainee Programme

If you are looking for a high-flying career in  managerial role leading a team or subject matter expert in the banking industry, our Management Trainee Programme is an excellent place to begin your journey. The programme prepares recent graduates to take up executive-level positions in one of the following six business / function streams: Commercial Banking, Global Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Financial Control, Operations, Services and Technology and Financial Crime Compliance

To apply  http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ search Job Vacancy ID 45247

6. Unilever China Future Leaders Program

As part of the programme you will get an Individual Development Plan (IDP), Job Rotation and International Experience, Mentor and Buddy Plan, First-class Training Programs and Leading Compensation & Benefits

To apply  http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/ search Job Vacancy ID 46568

 

7. Mars graduate leadership programme

When people think of Mars, most often they think of chocolate – and we do make some of the best loved chocolate in the world.  But we’re much more.  We are a privately owned company with approximately 70,000 Associates .  Looking for a graduate leadership programme to start in 2016 and speak Mandarin?

The scheme is designed specifically for graduates who hope to become general international senior managers, either to pursue a career in China or to move globally in the future.  We are looking for our future senior leaders.  The General Management program offers cross functional placements including HR, Marketing, Sales, Logistics, Commercial, Finance, Manufacturing, Engineering and R&D over 3 years.

On line applications open on 1 September and close 24 October, followed by on line numerical and verbal reasoning tests.  Face to face interviews take place in China early December.

To apply or find out more visit:  http://www.marswrigley.com.cn

8. Hilti Asia Outperformer Programmes in Logistics and Commercial

You must have a Master’s in Business or Engineering

For full details of the programme and to work for a Global Organisation then visit CareersLink http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/careerslink/

Search Job Vacancy ID 45883  OUTPERFORMER Trainee – Commercial Track (2016 in-take) 

Search Job Vacancy ID 45884  OUTPERFORMER Trainee – Global Logistics Track (2016 in-take)

Clarification on the UK Visa Situation for International Students & Graduates and a Look at Plan B

There has been a lot of reference to visa caps in the news recently and this has put recent graduates and students on edge. The caps that are being referred to relate to applications from outside the UK from applicants. The graduates in the UK on tier 4 visas are not affected by this cap. All applications from within the UK for example if you are moving from a tier 4 visa to a tier 2 visa, or extensions on tier 2 visas are considered unrestricted and therefore have no limits ( as not adding to net migration). If you are applying from outside of the UK (your visa expired and you have gone home) you are subject to the visa cap and a labour market test. The more information you know about the visa system in the UK the more you can educate others including employers increasing your chances of sponsorship.

To ensure you are complying with visa regulations if you have any questions make sure you consult an immigration lawyer. 

It is important however to have a Plan B! What does this really mean? This means that although you may be motivated to work in the UK and feel that this will add to your career experience you need to have at least one alternative plan. The immigration laws are strict in the UK and it is difficult for international graduates to get roles in the UK so think about your home market.

Is an international career experience in the UK at the start of of your career essential? For most of you NO!

Would going home getting a job in your field of interest, building your experience, knowledge, skills and brand make you more attractive to employers later in your career? YES it would.

Keeping up to date on the labour market in your home country as well as other countries you are interested in working in is essential so that you have the most up to date information. Be prepared if your job applications in the UK don’t work out and have applications ready for employers back home. Having a plan B, C, D, E etc is not failure it is preparedness. It shows that you are a passionate, determined and informed graduate.

Top Tips for International Graduates:

  1. Do your research!
  2. Be prepared!
  3. Know your home market as well as the UK market.
  4. Make connections with alumni in the businesses you want to work for.
  5. Build your commercial awareness.
  6. Apply to jobs back home at the same time you are applying in the UK – Don’t wait until your visa expires and go home you could miss out on great opportunities.
  7. All else fails be the best you can be wherever you are in the world – build your reputation, brand, knowledge and skills and look at an international career later in life when you have more to offer an employer!!!!!!!!

Where do you want to work? Home or away?

216157Many of you are young(ish), free and mobile, able to travel wherever you want with no mortgage and family ties.

So you might go anywhere after graduation, right?  Apparently not!

Graduate employment data tells us that when looking for jobs after graduation, students are remarkably conservative in their behaviour.

Typically choices are in this order

  1. Stay where you study
  2. Go back home
  3. Go to London, if there is no other choice

Very few go abroad, even to Europe.

It makes sense really

  1. You have built a network of friends, may have a significant other, and you feel reasonably comfortable that the transition from student to employee will be easier somewhere you know.
  2. Going home may mean free accommodation and you may have family and friends to support you.
  3. Going to London is just inevitable for some jobs – they just don’t exist anywhere else in large quantities.

So lets look at the options to see how they stack up

Staying where you study

If you studied in Manchester that’s a pretty good option, it’s the UK’s 2nd city after London and offers a really good range of opportunities.

There are approx 2.5k graduate jobs in Manchester, BUT WAIT there are another 2.5k graduate jobs in the greater Manchester region (includes Salford, Trafford, Stockport etc)

Some of you may never have left the comfortable surrounds of the city centre and the Oxford Road / Wilmslow Road corridor, you may worry that the suburbs and towns are dull or too far away to commute to and socialise from.  WRONG! Manchester has one of the best public transport networks in the UK and it’s cheaper than many other places too.

Living out of the centre can be cheaper and can give you access to the countryside if that’s your thing.  Do a bit of exploring, take the bus, tram or train and find out what Altrincham or Rochdale or Wigan have to offer. Or even just where they are!

All the jobs are in london – err, no actually they aren’t

If you want to be a Surveyor, Engineer (all kinds, especially mechanical), Pharmacist, Doctor, Social worker, Nurse, Teacher or HE lecturer, then more than 80% of the jobs are outside London

But the following roles are concentrated in London: Investment banker, Economist, Broker, Media researcher, PR professional, Management consultant. (There are some opportunities in Manchester and other big cities but not in such big numbers)

Don’t get me wrong London has a lot to offer, but don’t assume that a move to London will get you the job you want unless you have done the research first.

  • London is big… no really big!  You think sitting on the 42 bus for 40 minutes in rush hour is bad, your commute in London could be a lot longer… and more expensive!
  • You may have to live a long way out or in a less desirable area to be able to afford a flat share or studio.

So do the maths – look at the salary and work out the cost of living. The Office of National statistics produce cost of living data by region

Going home  – free accommodation or is it?

You may be lucky enough to return home to your parents, but that free accommodation could have hidden costs.

  • You may be out of the loop in terms of what opportunities are available locally, don’t assume your family will be up to date in the latest labour market information.
  • Your family home may not be in the best location for commuting to where the jobs YOU want are. Two buses a day in rural locations can be a little limiting!
  • Your family may not take kindly to you sitting around all day, you could find your job search becomes the main topic of conversation. Believe me it gets dull fast!

On the plus side…

  • Your family may have connections who know other connections, they may be able to help you find those hidden jobs.
  • Being able to save up a bit of money may help you to finance a move when the right job comes along.

How about pastures new?

Could you move to a new place that you don’t know?  Many of you took that leap of faith coming to University.

Whatever you do it need not be forever.  Making a choice now does not close doors to other options later, in fact it could open up new opportunities you have never considered.

Investigate…

  • Look at all jobs not limited by geographical location – do you find any you have not seen before that you might be interested in?
  • Find out about other cities, maybe you have friends who live there who can give you a tour or help you look for work.
  • Check out our regional jobsearch links to get a flavour of a place and what’s on offer
  • Could you work overseas?  Investigate visas and skills shortages if you are looking outside Europe.  Consider language and working culture too, you may find you are more comfortable with some places than others.

So i’m just saying don’t rule places out because you don’t know them, and don’t assume other options will always be better or worse.

The grass is not always greener – sometimes it’s just a different shade!

 

Could you be one of a Hundred Young Talents at Guangdong University of Technology?

UPDATE: Although registration for the main Pathways event is now closed, if you would like to attend the Guangdong University of Technology presentation, please register online. The presentation is 12 noon in Room C9 of the Renold Building.

On Thursday, June 4th at 12:00 pm as part of Pathways, Professors Bao Hong and Liu Yijun of the Guangdong University of Technology will be hosting a panel for Chinese PhD students and post-docs interested in the Associate Professor opportunities they have through their One Hundred Young Talents programme.  The linked PDF describing the programme has a list of areas of research interests – and as you will see they are many and varied!  The PDF also contains details of salary and other useful information.  What better way to make things happen than by coming to talk to people who are interested in recruiting you?

The Professors will also be on hand later in the afternoon, taking part in the What do employers/recruiters look for in PhD applicants? session.

Make things happen

Graduate Fair June 10th & 11th June – How relevant is this fair for International students?

The Graduate Fair will take place on 10th & 11th June at The Armitage Centre in Fallowfield, Manchester. They are popular with international students who are looking for jobs in the UK after graduation and who have not yet secured a graduate scheme place, but how relevant are these fairs for international students?

With over 150 employers and recruiters over two days offering a variety of positions, there really is something for everyone. You will also have the opportunity to find out about postgraduate courses and further study options. The fair is a way to find out about graduate jobs and employers across Manchester and the UK. However, not all firms at the fair will be able or willing to hire international students for their positions. This blog pJL_picture_80ost explores some key messages, if you are heading to the fair and ways to prepare:

Who will be hiring international students?

It is difficult to predict which firms will be willing to sponsor international students for Tier 2 visas, but here are some insights which may help you to plan ahead.

1) Typically, only firms who are on the UK’s Sponsor Register are currently in a position to sponsor graduates for working visas. (There is an alternative for those not on the sponsor register Tier 5 read on to learn more about Tier 5.)

There is a list of the exhibitors here that are NOT on the Sponsor register. Firms not on the Sponsor Register

Firms can still apply to join the register, and some firms did attempt this last year, following the fair, but it can take time and money to do this. For many firms, that do not struggle to fill vacancies, there is no incentive to do this. Some firms also have nationality requirements for their roles. However, if you have a strong CV and a professional approach, some firms may spot the opportunity, particularly IT or engineering firms or firms needing language skills.

http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/events/graduaterecruitmentfair/makingthemostofthefair/

What’s the alternative? Tier 5!

If the minimum salary is not high enough and you are a PhD then you can extend your visa alternatively you could look at a Tier 5 visa – which is a fixed term visa to enable you to gain work experience in the UK for up to 12 months. You will need to get the internship offer first, and also to pay a fee to the visa sponsor such as BUNAC, AIESEC, GTI & ISIS(Chinese students only), the employers or the University of Manchester do not sponsor Tier 5 visas. As there are no minimum salaries and it can be with any employer, there is more flexibility, but you do need to leave the UK after your experience so it is not really a way to move to Tier 2 sponsorship. Find out more about Tier 5 at:

http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/ukworkafterstudy/tier5/

2) For those firms who are on the Register, and can sponsor, the next consideration is the salary for the position.

There are minimum salaries in place for employers looking to sponsor. The absolute minimum is £20,800 per year, but some career areas will have a higher minimum than this. You can find the list of minimum salaries under the Codes of Practice on the UK Visas website, and this UKCISA information is useful.

www.gov.uk/government/collections/sponsorship-information-for-employers-and-educators#codes-of-practice

www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/The-next-stage/Working-after-your-studies/Employment-Tier-2/Eligible-jobs-including-wage-levels/

http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/ukworkafterstudy/tier2visa/

3) So if the firm is on the register and the salary is high enough, will that be okay?

Well, it could be, but it may not! Some recruiters are not familiar with the latest visa regulations for recent graduates so it can be helpful if you follow the latest legislation yourself as you may find it appropriate to help a recruiter with the latest regulations. For example, some changes that recruiters may not be aware of are that:JL_picture_70

– if you apply for Tier 2 sponsorship before your Tier 4 visa expires, then there is no longer a labour market test required (where the firm has to show that they could not find a UK / EEA worker for the role).

– if you are moving from a valid Tier 4 visa to a Tier 2 visa the sponsorship does not fall into the monthly quotas for the UK, so certificates are not restricted for Tier 2 visa sponsorship. Employers can ask for more.

You can stay up to date with the most up to date information through links on our website: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/international and watch the UK Visa Master-class Webinar http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/events/  (Don’t rely on us, we are not immigration experts in Careers, just trying to help you find your way through the regulations!)

What about the other firms?

Many firms at the fair are smaller organisations, who may not have a history of hiring international talent. If you show a real interest in their firm, what they do, demonstrate your own passion for the role and ensure you come across well – who knows. If your first question is “do you hire international students?” , “how much do you pay?” or you find yourself shouting “but you have to hire me, just get on the Sponsor Register!” … probably not! Professionalism is crucial – it’s the one quality they can definitely observe when at the fair.

Perhaps think about the unique skills that you could offer that organisation (language skills/expertise) and communicate that.

How do I prepare effectively?

There are some useful documents/sites that you should read in advance of the fair. The most essential is the Exhibitors Day 1 and Exhibitors Day 2 links for each of the days of the fair. This will tell you about each of the organisations attending and their vacancies with a link to their website. This can be an excellent way to ensure that you come across informed and motivated by specific companies. http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/events/graduaterecruitmentfair/

One complaint that I have heard many times from exhibitors at fairs is that students do not have an idea of their own career strengths and motivations. If you hear yourself saying “I am a finance student at MBS, what have you got for me? or “I am studying business information systems, what do you think I could do?”… then you may as well spend your time having a cup of tea at the kiosk. Employers want to hear something more akin to: “I am a finance student at the Business School and I am keen to explore opportunities in xxxxxx, I was really interested to read about your xxxx programme on your website, could you please tell me a little more about it?”…

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We have also put together a handy summary sheet for international students who are attending the fair. It provides a summary of firms who are not on the Sponsor and also a summary of key visa legislation and sources of information. http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/events/graduaterecruitmentfair/makingthemostofthefair/

If you are not up to date on regulations, this will help you. The attached sheet was produced in good faith, but please check out firms on the UK Visas website yourself, or ask the firms directly to ensure you have the most up to date information.

Getting help

On the day there is an immigration solicitor available at the fair to offer free one to one short sessions. There are so many different aspects to immigration (Ancestry/ EEA rights) that it can be useful to explore your own situation. In addition the International Career Consultant will be at the fair on both days with the Immigration expert for career related queries.

“My only tip for job hunting would be to make sure that you have a focused approach when you’re looking for a job rather than having a scattered CV approach. I would also recommend that you always keep your options open on location and countries you would like to work in and always have a backup plan if things don’t work out. Getting a job back home in your country can also be a good option for you and you should plan ahead for that just in case things don’t work out in the UK.

Omer Zakaria, Msc International Human Resource Management, 2012. Recruitment Consultant, Robert Walters Plc, Dubai.

Considering shorter term UK experiences or applying for graduate positions back in your home country is encouraged to provide a back-up plan. Our pages on International job hunting, international visas and our country pages are all useful sources on the Careers Service website. www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/

Our international networks can also provide you a way to connect back into international job markets or explore new ones. Find them at: http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/international/networks/

“Meet the International Professionals” Review

The University of Manchester Careers Service and Alumni Office recently held a joint event in The Atrium, University Place with 8 Alumni and over 60 international students. Students met with alumni at different stages of their career who were able to offer advice and guidance and had the opportunity to ask them about their individual career paths. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Students were put into groups eight, and had 10 minutes with each alumnus before   moving onto the next alumni and repeating the process. The event operated smoothly and the venue offered a great space for everyone to meet.

Networking is a great way to get personal insights and a good way to start deciding on a career path. Hearing others’ experiences and making contacts with people in the area you’re interested in is beneficial in making career choices. Students were encouraged to talk to as many people as possible from a variety of roles and consider talking to people from a different background to broaden their options and insights.

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      After everyone met they had the opportunity to network with alumni staff, careers staff and the alumni volunteers over drinks and nibbles. Our students were asked at the end of the night to write a thank you to our alumni for taking the time out of their busy schedules to come and share their experience and expertise and the response was overwhelming.  Feedback after the event is excellent and we plan to run another event next semester with more alumni form a variety of backgrounds and sectors. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend our dedicated international events, and to find out more information and what is on offer visit our webpages www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/international

 

Remember stay in touch, join our Facebook Group – University of Manchester International Students Careers Group

Follow us on Weibo: http://www.Weibo.com/UoMCareersService

·      Connect with fellow students, alumni and recruiters via our LinkedIn Global Networksthankyouinsta

Africa Manchester Graduate Network

China Manchester Graduate Network

India Manchester Graduate Network

Pakistan Manchester Graduate Network

The International Manchester Network

International jobs on CareersLink

You may be at a stage where you are panicking about your career, but don’t worry there are still plenty of opportunities out there for you to apply to. For those of you interested in staying in the UK, there are opportunities requiring language skills,  but you need to be proactive, flexible and realistic. Understand your market, who is on the sponsor register, visa regulations for you and the employer, minimum salaries to qualify for a visa and most importantly of all why you want to stay in the UK? Is it to broaden your experience? Get international experience in your sector?

These are the questions you need to ask yourself. Is now the right time to get this international experience or is it better to go home and build up your work experience before considering moving internationally with your career. Getting work experience back home can be just as important and valuable for your career.You become a more attractive prospect for employers abroad when you have acquired a number of years work experience in your chosen field. An employer is more inclined to sponsor your visa if you have knowledge and experience to offer their organisation.

To find these opportunities in the UK and overseas CareersLink has a whole host of jobs? These opportunities include internships, part-time work, volunteering opportunities, graduate schemes, full-time jobs in the UK and overseas. There are currently 102 full time roles overseas for students to apply to on CareersLink. To access CareersLink click on the following Link: CareersLink and click Vacancies in the tool bar. Once you have clicked vacancies there is a very simple search engine but you can change this by clicking on “Advanced Search” and increase the number of search fields to include regions and languages required.

In addition to the 102 full time roles overseas there are:

  • 62 internships/student placement opportunities
  • 40 graduate level internships
  • 37 full-time opportunities in the UK and Europe requiring a language ability.

Good luck with your job search and remember you kind find more information and guidance on the International careers pages

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