The UK is still one of the most popular places to work in Europe and was ranked among the top 10 in 2014. A survey conducted among International students studying at the London School of Economics revealed that 49% of students planned to stay in the UK after their studies to gain work experience, with 28% percent answering maybe.
Since the abolishment in 2012 of the Post Study Work Visa (PSW), opportunities to find work after graduating have become more complex with students having less time to find an appropriate role and some having to return to their home country.
However, it is not all bad news as many students are still able to apply for work from outside of the UK, they key is to know what you are looking for. So what are some things to consider when applying from outside of the UK?
Know what you are eligible for
If you are a Graduate planning to apply for work from outside of the UK you will fall into 1 of 2 categories.
· You have already studied in the UK and have a degree from a recognized UK institution but have had to return home after your student Visa
· You are a recent graduate and have gained your qualification from outside of the UK from a recognised institution
It is important to be aware of what category you fit into as it can affect the type of graduate schemes that you can apply for. I have come across a number of international students that have wasted their time in applying for a job in the UK only to discover that they were not eligible for that particular scheme and had their application rejected.
Understand the visa options
Generally you will have 2 visa routes that will be open to you and each come with their own set of rules regarding work within the UK;
· Tier 2 General Visa
· Tier 5 Visa Government Authorized Exchange Scheme (GAE)
Each of these visa options will allow you to gain work experience in the UK which is great for your CV and will increase your employability once you go for that permanent job. The application process will differ for each visa option so it is crucial that you understand what each option can offer you, and how it ties in with your overall long terms goals.
Knowing how to choose the right graduate scheme can be tricky and having to absorb all of the information that comes with applying from outside of the UK can be overwhelming. However, with some research and information from the right experts it becomes more straightforward as you will be aware of the options available to you.
I hope that you find this information useful on your journey to working in the UK. Don’t forget to share this with anyone you know in a similar situation that will benefit from it.
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