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Seven ways a UK degree can make you more employable

Nottingham Trent students

Fact: A UK degree is internationally respected

Fact: A UK degree can fast-forward you up the ladder to a career at home, in the UK or on the international stage

Fact: You can do real-life work experience as part of a UK degree

Fact: Employers are on the lookout for international graduates of UK universities

Here, seven successful graduates from Nottingham Trent University, all of them from India, give their seven reasons why choosing to study in the UK was the best career decision they ever made.

1. Industry accreditation

Faisal ChikteFaisal Chikte
From: Mumbai
Course: MSc Construction Management (graduated 2014)
Now: Assistant planner in the UK office of international construction company John Sisk & Son Ltd. in Birmingham.

Faisal says: 'The course I did was designed to meet the current needs of the construction industry. This is confirmed through its accreditation from professional bodies such as the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building).'

2. Develop specialist knowledge

Nikita Sharma
From: Delhi
Course: MSc Engineering Management (2014)
Now: Information specialist at head office of major UK supermarket WM Morrison in Bradford  

Nikita says: 'My course was tailored to an engineering background and also offered an industrial placement in the management field so I could develop further.'

3. Gain independence

Nafisa Lunawadawala
Course: MSc Applied Child Psychology (2012)
Now: Child counsellor at Dr. Shamrao Kalmadi School, Pune

Nafisa says: 'I had a plan of what I wanted to do when I graduated but never did foresee that I would be employed this soon.' I’ve been given entire responsibility and freedom to work the way I want to.  This was probably possible because of the international recognition of this degree.'

4. Fast track to a job

Nevril Rebello
Course: MSc Applied Biosciences (2005)
Now: Molecular biologist at Unilever 

Nevril says: 'I never dreamt I would get a job in a multinational company so early. They offered me a job before I graduated!'

5. Cost effective

Kedar PadgaokarKedar Padgaokar
Course: MBA at Nottingham Business School (2011)
Now: Key account manager at IFF Inc in Mumbai.

Kedar says: 'I wanted a practical business school. I wanted to focus on current ideas and I liked that in the UK there is a lot of emphasis on the practical side.  There is room for students to demonstrate their creativity and independent thought. One of the significant benefits of studying in the UK for me was that it’s a one-year course so I could save myself one year’s salary.'

6. Professional work experience

Shraddha Badoni
Course: BSc Architectural Technology (2015)
Now: Benoy Architects, Nottinghamshire, UK

Shraddha says: 'I learned so much on my work placement. I got experience working in the industry; I built up my portfolio of work and I made a lot of contacts.' 

7. Expert tuition

Divya ShajahanDivya Shajahan
Course: MSc Construction Management (2012)
Now: Structural engineer, Qatar Design Consortium, Doha, Qatar

Divya says: 'Getting expert advice on my dissertation from leading construction industry professionals was overwhelmingly useful.'

How a placement helps: View from the university international officer

David Bailey, Director, NTU International Development Office: 'A placement helps the students to really understand the possibilities and realities of that career choice.  We want our students to be happy and successful.

'When I meet our Indian alumni, back in India or in the UK, and I hear how smoothly and successfully their careers have begun, that’s when I know we’re doing the right thing. 

'It shows how doing a degree that gives you strong exposure to the industry you’re  aiming towards  gets you off to a flying start.’

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