Career advice and resources
For many students, finishing your course means entering the world of work. This can be a very exciting time, a chance to start your dream career and do what you love.
However, it can be difficult looking for jobs and preparing for interviews (especially when you are preparing for your exams too). There are some tips here, plus more advice from international alumni in this section.
Help and advice
The UK’s National Careers Service website is an excellent resource, covering everything from planning your career to writing your CV, looking for jobs and preparing for an interview. Similarly, Prospects, the UK’s official graduate careers website, offers fantastic careers advice and signposts job opportunities.
These two websites focus mainly on careers in the United Kingdom, but a lot of their advice is universal best practice, and they do have some information about international careers, so it may still be worth taking a look if you are applying for jobs elsewhere.
For personal advice, your school, college or university may have a careers adviser. They can help you understand what kind of career you may enjoy, and what skills and experience you need. They may also be able to help you look for jobs.
It sounds obvious, but don't forget to talk to people you meet about how they got their job, what their work involves, and whether they can put you in touch with useful contacts.
If you want to work in the UK when you graduate, you may need a visa to do so, depending on your nationality and immigration status. Please see Visas for a quick summary of visa routes for graduates, and then go to the UK Visas and Immigration website to find out more.
Hopefully your careers adviser, or websites like those mentioned above, will have given you lots of advice about how to find a job. But here are a few additional tips.
Look out for graduate recruitment fairs (often on university campuses and major cities toward the end of each academic year), and make appointments to speak to organisations that might be exhibiting there.
Join professional networks and use resources such as LinkedIn to advertise your qualifications, skills and experience. You can find good contacts here, as well as job advertisements.
Look on recruitment websites for the latest jobs. Your school, college or university might have a dedicated job site.
If there is an organisation you would love to work for, why hold back? You could send them a speculative letter and your CV, briefly outlining what you have to offer and asking if they have any future opportunities.
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• How to write a CV for UK employers
• Reasons why you should be on LinkedIn
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