It never fails, when I ask international students what visa they would consider switching to after their studies, the tier general 2 visa is always the first thing mentioned.
When I ask them about the tier 5 GAE (Government Authorised Exchange) visa, they are aware of it but are not seriously considering it as a viable option to gain some practical work experience in the UK.
Well today I’m here to tell you that overlooking it is a big mistake.
Today I’m going to explain to you the possibilities involving this visa route.
You’ll also learn why you should be seriously considering it if your goal is to gain some invaluable work experience in the UK.
Why most students overlook the tier 5 visa
Most students overlook or completely ignore the tier 5 GAE visa mainly due to not having enough knowledge about it.
They are also unaware of just exactly how many positions are available under this visa route.
Students seem to have this fixed idea about any options working in the UK after they graduate, only being with one of the big 4 or large graduate employers….
And that’s fine but I’m here to bust that myth wide open and give you the real scope of the realistic options that are out there.
Reasons why you should be considering it
The tier 5 GAE visa has a number of benefits that other visa routes don’t have:
It’s flexible in regards to the type of positions that you can apply for
The employer does not need to have a licensed sponsorship certificate as an external overarching body can act as a sponsor
It has one of the quickest turnaround times in terms of obtaining the sponsorship. It can be a matter of weeks
Most students are under the illusion that you can only apply for post graduate internships under this route which is not true.
Providing that the position meets the criteria i.e. the initial offer of contract is no longer than 12 months, it is a full time position, and meets the minimum payment requirements, the actual vacancy does not need to have the word internship included in the description
You can read more about the tier 5 GAE visa requirements here
In fact you can potentially work in the UK for up to 2 years which is more than enough time to get some valuable experience with a UK employer on your CV. This is the goal after all.
Similar to the tier 2 general you will need to find the right position, pass the recruitment process and have an offer of employment before you can apply, but the flexibility in your job search is what gives it an added advantage.
When do you start looking for the right positions under their 5 GAE visa route?
There are a few things that you need to decide first before you start looking for vacancies with employers under this route.
Those of you who regularly read my articles will know that I am a big advocate of students having a clear vision on what they want to gain from the UK before they commence any job searching as oppose to a blindfold approach, and in this case it’s no different.
Decide first about the type of positions that you want to apply for, how they relate to your degree and they type of company you would like to gain experience from.
Next, think about how long you would like to spend working in the UK after your studies, is it 3 months, 6 months, a year, or more? How will this contribute to your future career goals?
Once you have taken the time to decide what best suits your situation, then you’re ready to start job searching…..
And of course I’ll be here to guide and assist you along the way so don’t hesitate to reach out.
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