You need to think about returning home almost as soon as you arrive in the UK. A lot depends on the length of your course but if you are studying for a 12-month course, forexample, you will be surprised how quickly time passes. When you arrive in UK you may be overwhelmed by the pressures of a new way of life but don’t forget to plan your future.
Keep in touch with developments in your home country and be pro-active
Follow the graduate recruitment scene on-line. National newspapers and journals will show which employment sectors are growing and which organisations expect to recruit graduates.Which UK, US and European organisations are active in your home country? You should target specific sectors and employers to make sure your knowledge is up-to-date. Indian students, for example, should be following economic trends on such websites as theTimes of India.
Expand your network and contacts
Using social media effectively, particularly LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook area great way of building contacts with particular employers and helps to put you in touch with managers, not just the organisation’s HR department. Moreover, employers now expect graduates to be confident users of social media and to be aware of its uses as a business tool .
Are there any UKor virtual careers fairs for international students you could attend? For example, the Highered Virtual Graduate Careers Fairs. As an international student you will probably be welcome to attend most but check beforehand. Talking to an employer at a fair after previously making contact through LinkedIn can be very effective.
Ask about any networks of ex-students from your UK university who are now working in your home country. These alumni networks are growing in importance and you already have a lot in common!
Be aware of the employment cycle in your home country
Created by: Peter Smart (Nottingham Trent Univeristy)
Updated by: Sue Kulk