The UK Government has increased restrictions on international students wishing to stay and work in the UK after their course. Use the links and resources below to learn about your options and to find out more about the UK graduate recruitment market.
For the most up-to-date information on visa requirements and eligibility to stay in the UK, check the UKCISA site.
- UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs): working after your studies - Find out more about specific visa information relating to working in the UK after your studies.
- Register of Tier 2 Sponsors - This is a comprehensive list of UK employers who are registered as sponsors for the Tier 2 visa. While this is a useful resource for locating companies, it does not guarantee that opportunities will be available.
Advice for finding work in the UK
- Get as much extra-curricular experience as you can while you are a student. Involvement in Student Union and other student activities will improve your English skills and can develop self-confidence.
- Take voluntary work or part-time work early in your course to build up experience in the workplace. This can be significant in convincing graduate employers that you are familiar with working in the UK.
- Speak to employers you are interested in and ask about their approach to recruiting international students. Knowing this before making applications can save a lot of time and can help to focus your job searching. Attend our events.
- Consider organisations with links or origins in your home country/region that have operations in the UK. They often look for specific language skills and cultural awareness that you may be able to provide.
- If you use recruitment agencies research them carefully, avoid those charging fees to job seekers and keep in regular contact to ensure they are keeping you in mind when they are in contact with employers.
- MyCareerCentral - Your one stop shop for information about finding a graduate or other type of job, applying for internships, getting guidance from careers mentors, building up highly employable skills and starting your own business.
- Prospects: Working in the UK - Useful information on visas and work permits, highlights case studies of successful international graduates who are now working in the UK and information on how to find a job.
- Top Language Jobs - Specialist language recruitment job portal.
- Careers International - Organises many recruitment events in London and Europe, but you will need to sign up for them.
- SEO - A not-for-profit organisation focused on improving access into the most competitive professions for students from under-represented ethnic minority backgrounds.
- International Futures - A guide from The Careers Group for UK, EU and International students on opportunities and information on working overseas and options for International students wanting to work in the UK.
- International Student Internship Scheme - A UK Government endorsed agency able to help support Chinese speaking students in the UK get a Tier 5 sponsored work visa.