First of all, welcome to the University of Bath and I hope you will have an excellent Autumn exploring the beautiful city of Bath and its countryside. Below are some careers tips for new international students here at Bath.
Curious about what support we give international students in the Careers Service? Have a look at this newsletter for an overview or have a look at our Get Started – International Students guide. In addition, check our general information for new students.
Get involved whilst a student
Take advantage of what you can get involved whilst a student at the University. See if there are any societies you can join and have a look at SU international pages, take up a volunteering opportunity or think about getting a part-time job. International and UK employers like to see that you have been involved in extra – curricular activities whilst a student, as this improves your language and cultural awareness skills, in addition to giving you lots of transferable skills, such as teamwork and communication. It also looks great on a CV!
Learn and understand UK recruitment processes
The recruitment timeline and process may be a bit different here in the UK than what you are used to from back at home. Top tip is that if you are looking for work in big multi-national companies, you will need to start looking now as these job opportunities, mostly called graduate programmes or schemes, have already opened and many have deadlines in October. Not sure what a graduate scheme is? Have a look at our Get Started – Search for Work guide. In addition, explore our Job Search Tips – a guide to graduate job hunting in the UK for specific tips on what may be different in the UK compared to your home country.
Explore and research visa options
There are several visa options for you when you graduate, the two most commonly used are the new visa options Skilled Worker visa and Graduate Route visa. Make sure to research these visas so you are aware of what the differences are and which one may be the best option for you. Our Job Search guide gives you some tips in how you can find out if an employer is a Skilled worker sponsor. Our International students guide have further resources for your to explore and make sure to visit the Student Immigration Service for specific support and advice.
Attend our events
We offer different events throughout the Autumn both for international students wanting to work in the UK and go home to their own home country. Keep an eye out for events tailored to international students such as graduate job hunting in the UK and / or the Global Careers Insight series. We also termly have Working After Studies visa options talks delivered by our knowledgeable colleagues in the Student Immigration Service. In addition, we also have lots of events on writing job applications, CVs, interview skills and more, explore MyFuture events and see what you can book on to!
Come and speak to an Adviser
Are you unsure of what to do next or you need support finding job opportunities or researching employers? Do you need help with writing a CV? In addition to exploring MyFuture resources, come and speak to one of our advisers by booking an appointment through MyFuture, whether that is face to face, remote or by telephone. We are here to support you!
Final tip - take care of yourself and your own wellbeing
Taking care of your wellbeing is also very important, so ensure that you take care of yourself as well as prioritising your academic study. Starting a new course in a new country can be overwhelming (I have been there myself!), therefore starting lots of activities all at once may not be the best first step for you. Enjoy Bath, prioritise your studies, find new friends and interests and look at the above careers tips when it is right for you.