International Student Support
Loughborough University's Careers Network is well used by international students and our experienced team is available to help you explore your career options and apply for opportunities, whether in the UK or in another country. See below for useful information and resources to support your career planning.
For some great up to date information and resources for international students this summer, read a special edition of our newsletter with a spotlight on International Students.
For our TOP TIPS and advice on how to tackle your career planning as an international student, download your International Futures checklist:
Support for international students
Accessing advice and guidance from your Careers Network can make you feel more confident with your career direction and more employable too.
These pages for international students outline the online tools available to help you identify the key employers of international graduates in the UK and provide the support you need to successfully search and apply for a placement or graduate role whether that be:
- Careers Advice appointments – visit our drop in hubs for help with your CV, or book a 1-2-1 Careers Advice for a more in-depth Career Coaching session to explore your career options.
- Finding work in the UK – use the Careers toolkit to explore which companies sponsor international students and the best places to look for jobs, or look at our Find jobs and work experience pages.
- Preparing for work – the Student Advice & Support Service can help with practical advice on setting up a bank account, National Insurance and graduate visas
- Skills workshops and practice interviews - sign up for our events and workshops on Target Connect to gain insights into the skills that UK employers seek.
- Entrepreneur support – for those students who are keen to explore setting up their own business.
We are also part of a 'Midlands International Group,' where Career Representatives from 15 University Careers Services work together to support International Students. We work together to provide the best advice, events and resources possible to help you explore options, develop new ideas and access key information to help secure future roles. The Midlands International Group Website had lots of useful information about CVs, understanding Graduate options and visas, and much more.
The Working Abroad page also has information about finding jobs in different countries, including where to find vacancies.
Events & workshops to develop professional skills and insights
We are running a series of events and workshops during the Autumn Term to support you as an International student in your career journey. Topics being covered will include: Information about our useful resources to help you prepare and apply for jobs, how to improve your success in finding work opportunities in the UK and globally, the best job vacancy platforms to use and visa guidance for Graduate and Skilled worker visas.
You can also sign up for our Autumn Careers Fair PLUS - at the top of this page - see the PDF list of of employers that sponsor international students, or who are looking for Placement or Internship students.
Additional events will also run in the Spring Term, so keep an eye out here for further details to come.
For a full list of Autumn Term events and links to sign up, see below:
This event is all about how your Careers Service can support you as an International student. Find out about our useful resources to help you prepare and apply for jobs, hear about our upcoming events and workshops and discover how to access work opportunities in the UK and globally including the best job vacancy platforms to access.
As an international Student understanding UK etiquette and professional behaviour is essential to be successful in your career journey. This session will help you navigate and understand expectations about professional behaviour in the workplace.
This workshop will help you learn how to write a UK-style CV to increase your chances of employment. Understand the importance of creating a good quality CV and the recruitment process, and gain insights into the challenges employers face with International CVs so you can create a strong CV.
This session is run in conjunction with Paragon Law, one of the largest specialist immigration law firms in the UK. Find out all you need to know about the Graduate Route visa and Skilled worker visa, understand how this can help support your career journey and gain advice and guidance from trained visa specialists.
This session will help you unravel the UK job market and source job opportunities that are not advertised. Learn about the importance of networking, and how to target employers, and gain insights into what experience, skills and cultural expectations UK employers look for when they hire.
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. For advice on preparing yourself for employment and finding work see our guidance below.
For practical advice on setting up a bank account, National Insurance, paying tax and graduate visas, get in touch with the Student Advice & Support Service.
An undergraduate course gives you plenty of time to combine studies with work and other activities to develop into a great candidate for graduate employment.
- Attend careers events such as careers fairs and employer presentations to speak directly to employers about current opportunities and recruitment practices, attend presentations and workshops to help you develop your employability skills such as CV and cover letter writing, application forms and interviews. There are also events specifically for International Students.
- Attend Careers Network presentations scheduled in your timetable each year.
- Search and apply for vacancies on Target Connect which is updated regularly.
First year students
- Get involved in activities that bring you in contact with UK students and the local community in order to practice your English and become familiar with the culture.
- Sign up for English language support during term time to develop your language skills.
- Start to explore your interests and skills to determine your career direction. Our Explore career options section has lots of resources to help with this.
- Prepare your CV - Make Applications page has guidance on this, while the Applying for graduate jobs" section below has examples specifically for international students.
- Find opportunities to gain experience. The Get a placement page has advice on this, including one year placements and the Find jobs and opportunities pages provide advice on how to get vacation work, internships, insight days, spring weeks, work shadowing, mentoring, Part time work, volunteering and student leadership roles.
- Read the information about visas on our Student Advice Suport services pages to learn about permission to work during your studies, with a link for applying for a National Insurance number which you will need to work in the UK.
Second/penultimate year students
- Research what sort of graduate roles you might like and arrange a Career Consultation with a Careers Consultant to analyse more specifically which roles you might be suited to. This can be arranged at phoning 01509 222039, booking online or visiting the Information Desk in the Bridgeman Building.
- Find opportunities to gain experience the Find jobs and opportunities pages provide advice on how to get vacation work, internships, graduate roles, insight days, work shadowing, mentoring, Part time work, volunteering and student leadership roles.
- Take part in Careers Network sessions as part of your scheduled timetable to learn about CVs, application forms and interviews.
- Ensure you understand your permission to work in the UK during your studies which you can find on our our Student Advice Suport services pages.
A one-year master's course is very intensive. Preparation before you arrive will give you the best chance of ensuring you have the skills and experience you need to compete successfully for graduate jobs.
Before you arrive
- Prepare your CV so that you can start networking with employers as soon as you arrive in the UK. The 'Applying for graduate jobs' section below has examples of CVs you can use as a guide.
- Set up a LinkedIn account from your home country to establish and maintain contacts with your home university, alumni networks and recruitment consultants in your home country if you are looking to return home after your studies. The Find Jobs and Opportunities page has advice on Networking to find opportunities, including Using Social Media for Job Hunting and Career Research.
- Investigate part-time working at Loughborough – see the Find Jobs and Opportunities page for advice on different ways to find opportunities. PLUS We run an exclusive Talent Match Master's Internship programme which provides short-term paid internships - to find out more Register onto the Target Connect Master's Pathway so you can apply for roles.
- Read Visa & Immigration Advice for more details on permission to work and refer to the UK Government website for information on getting a National Insurance Number.
- Familiarise yourself with the services offered to postgraduates by Careers Network.
Preparing for employment after your studies
If you are in your final year of study and need support, whether you are an undergraduate or a Master's student, help is at hand. There's loads of information on this page, and elsewhere on our website, and the Careers Network team provides expert careers advice and guidance.
- Access careers help in applying for graduate roles such as CVs, applications, assessment centres and interviews.
- Attend careers events - presentations and workshops to help you develop your employability skills such as CV and cover letter writing, application forms and interviews.
- Use the eCareersGrad tool to identify companies who employ international students - see more information in the 'Applying for graduate jobs in the UK’ section below for the link to eCareersGrad.
- Access Student Circus to explore opportunities available in the UK with employers who sponsor international students - see more information in the 'Applying for graduate jobs in the UK’ section below for the link to Student Circus. NOTE: If you have already graduated, and do ot have a Student Circus account with a Loughborough email, please contact the Careers Network team for information on how to access this resource.
- Identify companies who are on the list of organisations licensed to sponsor workers on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes.
- View the Student Advice Support Services pages for further guidance on visa requirements once you graduate, and the UKCISA website.
- Prepare documentation and ensure you are ready to meet the requirements of your visa application e.g. have appropriate finances in your bank account over a specified time-frame.
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:
Tips for job applications
- Apply from the UK and start early in your studies. Don’t wait until you have completed your studies before beginning job hunting. Many finance companies have November and December deadlines, while many small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) often recruit when a role is required, so keep checking relevant websites.
- Be aware of lengthy, multi-staged application processes for UK graduate schemes. Some employers have deadlines for non-EEA applicants to allow time to apply for visas.
- Target the Right UK Employers: Two fantastic tools to help you find employers who sponsor international students
Student Circus - pre-filtered jobs from employers willing to sponsor the Skilled Worker visa
Click here to access and create an account. Student Circus is an online job search platform dedicated to international students - you can gain unlimited access to thousands of filtered visa-enabled opportunities in the UK & handpicked opportunities in your home country, along with other resources on the platform. NOTE: If you have already graduated, and do not have a Student Circus account with a loughborough email, please contact the Careers Network team for information on how to access this resource.
eCareersGrad - Resource for International Students: Target the Right UK Employer
Click here to access the resource. This resource will help you focus your UK job hunting for optimal results:
- Did you know that just 300 UK employers routinely SPONSOR the vast majority of International Students for UK grad schemes and job opportunities? Do you know who these employers are?
- REVEALED: the UKs biggest International Student sponsoring employers - ranked, sector specific and searchable to help ‘Target the Right UK employer’ in future applications.
- International Student video testimony, case studies and interactive guides to strategies for successfully sourcing UK jobs and work experience.
- Familiarise yourself with employers on the UKVI Register of Sponsors. They are used to employing non-EEA students. This will give you the best chance and the easiest route to employment with a company in the UK. Often, they are large employers or employers requiring key skills; Engineering, Accountancy, IT, Finance, Banking etc.
- Employers invited to Loughborough University Graduate and Placement Fairs are asked if they employ international students, or if they are on the UKVI Register of Sponsors. Please refer to the fair brochures on the Attend Events section of the Careers Network website.
- Visit our Make applications pages for information and advice on how to make strong applications for opportunities in the UK.
Visas for working in the UK
For information on rights to work during your studies and vacation times please refer to the Loughborough University Student Advice and Support Service webpage Working during your studies.
There are various visa options available for working in the UK after graduation. The UK Government website and UKCISA website provide more information on the different visa options:
- UKCISA(United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs) – Working after studies
- UK Government work visas
Two of the popular options for students post gradation are the:
The Student Advice and Support Service ran a Graduate Visa webinar for current Loughborough University students – January 2022. This will also provide you with some further advice on the Graduate Visa Route.
Employers will issue a Certificate of Sponsorship which will enable you to apply for your Skilled Worker route, switching from a Tier 4 Student Visa. If accepted, this visa will give you ‘leave to remain’ in the UK for the period of your Skilled Worker Visa.
For advice relating to your individual circumstances we recommend that you contact:
- Student Advice and Support Service - for support with student visa enquiries, including post-doctoral extensions and general immigration advice.
- Loughborough Enterprise Network - for Tier 1/Start Up visa enquiries and advice on self employment.
- Careers Network - for any careers related matter and advice on employment in the UK during your studies.
- United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs - for advice, guidance and information about all aspects of the international student experience.
Starting your business in the UK
Innovator Founder Visa
Have an innovative business idea that you want to establish in the UK?
The Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) can help you along the way! Follow this link to find more information on the Innovator Founder Visa and its endorsing bodies (please note Loughborough University is not an endorsing body but can support you with Business refinement in advance of applications): https://www.gov.uk/innovator-founder-visa
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. You can also access the following platforms which provide listings of opportunities around the world.
- Student Circus - An online job search platform dedicated to international students listing handpicked opportunities in your home country, along with other resources on the platform. NOTE: If you have already graduated, and do not have a Student Circus account with a Loughborough email, please contact the Careers Network team for information on how to access this resource.
- Going Global (You will need to log in with your university details, making sure you are connected to the University Network, either on campus or via the VPN.)
Loughborough University London students
For our Loughborough University London students, the Future Space team offer an extensive range of support activities from careers development and business support to networking and employer engagement.
At Future Space, students can:
- Access industry mentoring – join our Monday Mentoring Programme
- Book a 121 careers appointment
- Connect to the Future Space LEARN module to sign up to workshops, hackathons and events
- Gain experience and skills through Future Space CONNECT
- Connect with industry, employers and organisations through Careers Insight Events
- Learn how the Collaborative Project can help build skills and add experience to your CV
- Get advice on starting your own business
- Gain an additional award to show their investment in your career through Personal Best London
All Loughborough University London students who want to access Future Space and find out more can do so by visiting the Future Space LEARN module HERE.