Careers Network

International Students

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International Student Support

Loughborough Careers Network was voted the best university careers service for international students in the 2017 International and UK Student Barometer – a survey of student views at 211 universities in the UK and overseas. Our skilled and experienced team are available to help you both explore your career options and apply for opportunities, whether in the UK or in another country.

Support for international students

Accessing advice and guidance from Careers Network can make you feel more confident with your career direction and more employable too. In addition, for careers specific queries related to being an international student, you can contact Nilesh Kavia or Humera Hodgkinson.   

You can also keep up to date with the latest information, news and events on the International Student Careers Blog. The Working Abroad page also has information about finding jobs in different countries, including where to find vacancies.

 

International Student Events

 

Global Careers Event, 5th May, 6pm-8pm. 

Please note, this event has now been cancelled due to COVID-19. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thinking of an international career? Looking for a graduate job with overseas opportunities? Click here to book on.

 

Preparing for employment

The documents below are about how to best use your time at university to prepare you for future employment.

Working during your studies

Working part-time whilst at university is a great way to develop your skills and experience as well as developing confidence and cultural awareness. Our PDFs offer advice on finding work as well as information regarding work and visas:

Our Find jobs and work experience page also has advice on finding work while you are a student.

Careers Online

Careers Online is the University’s own vacancy system. On this we advertise over 7000 graduate jobs, placements, internships, part-time work and voluntary roles a year; this includes vacancies from over 70 countries across a range of sectors.

*PLEASE NOTE - whilst we do our utmost to evaluate each role advertised via Careers Online please assess each opportunity carefully and consider whether or not your personal circumstances will be affected by taking up said opportunity. Whilst we have made every effort to check the roles advertised, we cannot always guarantee their authenticity*

Finding a graduate job outside the UK

As a Loughborough student, there are resources that can help you find opportunities in your home country, including Careers Online which has opportunities from many employers internationally. For more information, read the PDF below:

You can also attend Careers Events to develop your job-searching skills, including events specifically for international students. Our Working Abroad page also has resources to for finding a job outside the UK, including Going Global. (You will need to log in with your university details.)

going global image for international students page

Applying for graduate jobs in the UK

Understanding the job search ‘culture’ of a new country can take time. Please see the below PDFs for more information:

You can also attend Careers Events to develop your job-searching skills, including events specifically for international students.

Our Make applications page has information and advice on how to make strong applications for opportunities in the UK, including our guidebook:

This guidebook has a section specifically for international students, including how to discuss permission to work in the UK with employers.

Visas for working in the UK

Work Permission for Non-EEA Nationals

Find out about permission to work in the UK both during and after your studies if you are an international student from outside the European Economic Area (non-EEA National). 

For information on rights to work during your studies and vacation time please refer to the Loughborough University Guidelines ‘Tier 4 Students Work Entitlements’ ‌

There are various visa options available for working in the UK after graduation. The list below highlights the options available. 

Freeths Solicitors gave a presentation explaining different visa options. Below are the slides from the presentation:‌

Tier 1 - Starting or investing in a business

Tier 2 - Working as an employee after graduation

The government also run a Tier 2 Priority Service.

Tier 5 - Working for a temporary period after graduation

Work Permission for EEA Nationals

Find out about permission to work in the UK both during and after your studies if you are an international student from within the European Economic Area (EEA).

 

Starting your business in the UK

Start-Up Visa

Have an innovative business idea that you want to establish in the UK?

The Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) can help you! Follow this link to find a brief guide to the Start-Up Visa endorsement from Loughborough University: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/len/visa/

 

International Graduate Profiles

To read career stories from a selection of international Loughborough graduates, scroll down to the bottom of our Graduate Profiles page.

Information for employers

The below information can help both students wishing to speak to employers about visas and employers wanting to better understand the process of hiring an international student. 

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) have also created a guide to recruiting international graduates, including information on visas.