July is on its way and only two months left before the end of summer. For me it means studying and trying to find a job, for others’ it’s all about holidays abroad or a fancy job placement.
As I was going through the process of applying for many jobs, I started thinking about various options for international students. Of course, taking into account the questionable British immigration laws that do not allow anymore staying in the UK for two years after graduation to get some work experience, international students (I’m talking today about those, who are considered “outside-EU internationals”) have to be flexible and creative in order to find a nice place to start their career.
The changes in the immigration laws don’t mean that you are kicked out of the country as soon as you graduate. You still have an option to apply for a job here in the UK. But the employer has to sponsor your Tier 2 General visa. So, when employers have a choice either to do something extra to employ an international student or employ a British national (which is, of course, encouraged by the government), they tend to choose British graduates. In the extremely competitive environment of graduate job search, this is a disadvantage for international students, which is very difficult to overcome. It doesn’t mean, of course, that you should give up. If you really want to stay and work in the UK, everything is in your hands. It’s not a shame to try and fail…it’s a shame to never try.
However, there is always an option to find a job somewhere else. Frankly speaking, it’s not an easy task too, but who told you that life is all sunshine and rainbows? 🙂 Not only employers in the UK require a valid work permit to employ an international student without any trouble. The similar situation is in USA, the Netherlands or, for example, Dubai. In some countries it’s easier to obtain the work permit; in some it’s more difficult. Moreover, it also depends on the country of your permanent residency and it’s relationships with those countries.
So, what are the further options? We are going to talk about it next week! 🙂
“No one gets very far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.”
– Elbert Hubbard.