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International students: working in the UK as a graduate or placement student

Find out from the Careers Service about how to approach finding work in the UK and overcoming some of the common challenges faced by international students.

What international graduates from Bath are doing now

You can find out what international students are doing now through Bath Connection. Bath Connection provides a secure online platform for you to network with our Alumni Experts. These are Bath graduates who are willing to talk to Bath students (and graduates) about working for their employer, what's involved in their job and also diversity issues. It includes a wide range of graduate employers and types of role from the high profile to the more unusual, and can be searched by nationality. Some of the international Alumni Experts are working in the UK and others have found jobs in their home countries.

Find out more about Bath Connection

Understanding the job-hunting and recruitment processes in the UK

If you understand the UK recruitment market, the timing of recruitment, selection processes and the expectations of employers you will be in a better position to succeed in finding work.

Our helpsheet, UK job search and recruitment, a guide for international students provides information and advice to help you learn what you need to know.

After reading this guide, if you want to speak to someone for advice, you can book an appointment at the Careers Service.

For more about job-hunting, see our Find a graduate job pages.

Work permissions for EEA and Swiss nationals

The UKCISA website provides information for EEA and Swiss nationals on working in the UK after your studies.

Work permissions for students from outside the EEA

To be realistic about your opportunities to work in the UK after graduation, it is very important that you investigate the different visa options available to you. It is recommended that you research these options in the early stages of your time in the UK so that you can anticipate which options could apply to you, how and when you should apply and how much it might cost.

Useful sources of immigration information for students

Staff at the Careers Service are not trained to advise you on immigration but there are other sources of help and information:

University support and information

Other sources

  • UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) provide information on the various categories of work visas.
  • The UKCISA website provides useful information on working in the UK after your studies.
  • GOV.UK has a file showing the Government's official list of Tier 2 and 5 sponsors. You can use this to rule out a potential employer if they do not appear on the list. However, it is important to note that if an employer does appear on the register this does not automatically mean they will accept applications for graduate roles and certainly not in all roles.

Maximising your chances of success

There are a number of clear challenges to international students seeking work in the UK. To minimise these challenges, take action early following the advice outlined in our helpsheet, Maximise your chances of success, a guide for international students.

Workplace culture and etiquette

Although each workplace is different, anticipating some basic elements of UK workplace culture should prepare you for occasions such as interviews, as well as supporting you to settle into the workplace quickly. Learning the etiquette of meeting new people in a business setting could help you feel confident when greeting your interviewers or new colleagues.

Our helpsheet, Workplace culture & etiquette, a guide for students, provides an introduction to key areas for consideration such as greetings, communication (including writing business emails), meetings and dress code.

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