This is a question that many international students and graduates either don’t know the answer to, or don’t start to think about it until it’s too late.
There are realistic options for you to choose once your tier 4 visa expires and you’ve finished your studies at University.
What are these realistic options?
The answer is easy. Generally you should be looking into switching to a tier 2 or tier 5 visa to work with a UK employer.
You can find out more here if you are wondering what are my options for a UK work visa?
However the real question is how do you know which option would be best for you and what should influence your decision? Keep reading.
Most commonly made mistake
If I had £1 for every student that I have met that began investigating the different work visa options and post graduate jobs near the end, or after their studies, I would be a very rich man.
The bottom line is this…
If you start looking too late, then your chances of successfully gaining employment and switching your visa are very slim indeed. Not impossible, but very slim and you may have to consider applying from outside the UK after your tier 4 visa expiries.
Now I am not saying that it is your fault. You can only act on the information that is provided for you but the reality is that it is very easy to avoid being one of those students that are frantically trying to research the different work visas and graduate jobs at the end of their degree.
I always advise students to begin the process at the beginning of the final year of study. It is composed of three basic steps:
Unfortunately as an international student that has studied in the UK it’s not as easy as simply choosing any old post graduate positions to start once you have finished your studies. There are some serious considerations to make before you begin any application.
Forward thinking and visualisation
It may not feel like it, but once you have started your studies at university, you are already on route to your chosen career path so it is essential that you start thinking ahead now.
The UK is one of the world’s leading hubs for large businesses and organisations and the work experience you can gain and showcase on your CV will set you apart from other candidates.
Even if you have an idea of what visa route you plan to switch to, blindly applying to any graduate employer is a fatal mistake. It is not always about the who, but the why is what is more important.
Why is working in the UK going to benefit you in your particular career? Why is working for a particular company in the UK going to benefit you and offer more opportunities in the future.
The most successful international students have a clear vision and understand the question of why before they begin searching for prospective employers before their tier 4 visa expires.
To assist you in getting a clear picture of what you want out of working in the UK after you studies I have listed a few questions that you should answer to help strategize instead of taking a reactionary approach:
Why should I gain work experience in the UK and how will it benefit me in the future?
What amount of time working in the UK would help me on my career journey?
Which visa route is the most relevant to my career goals, the tier 2 or tier 5 visa?
What would be the perfect organisation for me to work for in the UK and why?
Where do I want to be in the next 3 – 5 years and what experience should I have on my CV by then?
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