Ok so in today’s post I’m going to have a little rant. Not because I’m in a bad mood but because I see a clear lack in the quality of careers guidance for international students that want to work in the UK.
But why is that?
Unfortunately in the UK especially the careers guidance delivered to undergraduates is pretty general. It doesn’t take into account the issues and barriers that international students face when trying to gain post graduate work experience in the UK.
It’s all well and good to give general advice about the various post graduate options, their structures and requirements, but how is that relevant to every international student?
Each international student is different and will have a different idea of the type of experience they want to gain from an employer that will contribute to their long term career goals.
Shared and individual barriers
Although many international students share the same barriers there are some individual issues that the current careers guidance professionals don’t take into consideration.
Some frequent questions asked are:
I understand what post graduate work options are available but which is the best for my situation and career plans?
I know I want to gain work with a UK employer but how does sponsorship effect the types of positions that I can apply for?
How do I know which employers can sponsor me and how long can I work in that position after I graduate?
When is the best time to start applying for post graduate sponsorship and does the visa option I go for have an effect on that?
How high is the possibility of me finding sponsored vacancies in my chosen industry, is there any point in me looking?
Where the focus should be shifted to
In order for internationals students to gain a real insight about work after their studies in the UK and make real informed decisions the focus needs to be shifted.
The current UK government are making it increasingly more complicated for international students to find positions after graduating so basic and general careers guidance doesn’t help the situation.
A bespoke individual approach as oppose to a general, one size fits all approach should be taken.
Every international student should have not only their current situation analysed, but also their specific career plans also. It seems as if many students are given basic information, and then left to their own devices.
The reality is that:
Not every student starts their job search at the beginning of their final year
Not every student is looking to stay in the UK for more than 2 years
Not every student is interested in find work in the same industry
Not every student will be able to change their location for any job that they acquire
Due to this, not every student will require the same type of careers guidance and as each case is specific, the information they receive should be specific also.
What International Students can do?
As I always state throughout all of my posts, timing is key. If you are looking for a post graduate position in the UK with a sponsor the earlier you begin, the better your chances are.
The same rule can be applied to any support you’re seeking on your journey to finding the right sponsored job.
Start looking early so that you can get all the information that you need to know as soon as possible.
In the advice that you seek make sure that the information is relevant to your situation in particular. The quality of advice that you receive is heavily dependent on how clear of a picture you have for yourself already so you will need to ask the right questions.
If my goal is to lose weight but I have no idea about how much I want to lose, or how much time I can dedicate to training and working out, how is a personal trainer supposed to put together a programme specific to my needs?
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