Working in the UK for international PG Informatics students September 2012

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					     Working in the UK
(for international students)

     David Levinson, Careers Adviser
    Aims of the session:

 Clarify the implications of UK visa regulations for your
  job hunting strategy

 Provide information and advice on UK (and international)
  job hunting

 Highlight support available from the Careers Service and
  further resources
We won’t go into detail on

 Looking for part-time jobs
 Visa regulations
 CVs, application forms, interviews

We run regular workshops on all of these
    Health warnings….!

 I’m not an “expert”!            x
 The Careers Service cannot give visa advice to
  students (the International Office can advise you)

 The visa & immigration rules can (and do) change
  regularly – the International Office will keep you
       Am I eligible to work part-time?
 Most international students will be eligible but to be completely
  sure you should check your passport

 You can also visit The International Office, 33 Buccleuch
  Place, where staff are trained to advise on permission to work

 If you are eligible to work then you are permitted to work up to
  20 hours per week. The University however recommends that
  you work no more than 15 hours per week

 Bulgarian and Romanian students will need to obtain form
  BR1 for their Registration Certificate
       What kind of part-time work can I do
               during my studies?
  As an international (non-EEA) student you can do most kinds of work,
  but you must not:

 be self-employed

 be employed as a professional sportsperson or sports coach

 be employed as an entertainer

 take a permanent full-time job

 Students from EEA are not restricted in the type of work they undertake
Getting a National Insurance number
 Once you have been offered a job you must apply for a
  National Insurance number. Once you have received an
  NI number then you can use it for every job

 Pick up our easy guide to Tax and National Insurance at the
  Careers Service

 Come along to our NI Processing Days at the Careers
  Service on 19th, 20th, 25th of September or 3rd October
            The UK Graduate Job Market

“I just got here, why think
about graduate jobs now?”
                              Some deadlines are
                              as early as October
                                                    Don’t wait until
                                                     it’s too late
      International (non-EU) students:
    Applying for graduate jobs in the UK

    If you want to work in the UK after graduating, you
     have to secure a job with a sponsoring employer
     before your student visa expires
    You must check that the employer is a registered
     sponsor and that the job meets the salary criteria
     UKBA register of sponsors
  UKBA Tier 2 sponsored visas

 NO labour market test under Tier 2
 Salary criteria is > £20,000 (below the UK average)
 Average starting salary for recent international (non-EU)
  graduates working in the UK was £23,960 in 2010
 Must switch within expiry date of T4 visa and from within UK
 You must have been awarded your qualification
What do the regulations mean in practice?
   If you want to work in the UK after graduating, you
    have to secure a job with a sponsoring employer
    before your visa expires
   You must check that the employer is a registered
    sponsor and that the job meets the salary criteria
   Other routes are harder to access now that PSW has
    gone but include……
        Tier 1 ‘Graduate’ Entrepreneur
   to allow UK graduates with an “exceptional” business idea or innovation to
    remain in the UK to set up a business

 Allows 2 years to enable graduate entrepreneurs to set up a
  business, while permitting part time work
 Institution must ‘endorse’ the business idea and support
  through a structured process
 Number of endorsement opportunities very limited
 UoE’s Edinburgh Research and Innovation will select
  candidates: not an open competition
Tier 5 ‘Youth Mobility’
  to allow nationals of specific countries to travel to the
   UK to work and live for a period of up to 2 years

  A national of: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New
   Zealand and Taiwan. Also available to BNO (British
   National Overseas) passport holders (30 points)
  Aged between 18 and 30…(10 points)
  Maintenance requirement: 1600GBP on the date of
   application in an account in your own name (10 points)
  Have not held “Working Holiday Maker” in the past.
  Must apply from OUTSIDE OF UK – cannot make the
   application from within
UK Ancestry
   To permit people of UK descent to return to the UK to
    live with an intention to work

   Must be a Commonwealth Citizen
   Aged 17+
   Official original evidence (birth certificate) that a
    grandparent was born in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of
    Man or Republic of Ireland (before March 1922), with further
    official original evidence linking them to you (parental birth
    certificate/your birth certificate)
   Must be applied for outside of the UK
   Allows 5 years in the UK to lead up to settlement (indefinite
    leave to remain)
How am I going to stand out in a
   competitive job market?
   Make sure you really understand the
         graduate job market…

 Graduate training schemes ( large blue chip companies)
 Graduate jobs with small & medium sized enterprises
  (SMEs), not-for profit sector (but salaries may not meet
  new visa criteria)
 Graduate schemes are not your only option – many
  employers do not recruit in this way
 Check our “finding potential employers” pages
Hidden Jobs?
            25%

            75%
 General advice on graduate job hunting
       in a competitive market….
 Give it your very best – with every application
 Be flexible in terms of sector, size of employer and location
 Be prepared to make speculative enquiries to Tier 2
 Be creative in your approach – what works in that sector?
 Build your skills (and CV) in other ways before applying
 Make use of the Careers Service
I don’t have any relevant experience….
    Looking to work outside the UK?

 Be clear about what you want to do and work on
  selling yourself and your international experience

 Get clued up on how and when employers recruit

 Look at our Working Internationally resources and
         Virtual Careers Fairs
North America, 1-5 October 2012
Live employer chats 1400 - 1800

China/SE Asia, 29 October – 2 November 2012
Live employer chats 0800 - 1200
Resources for international students

 International students web pages

 International employer and vacancy information

 Information on visas
      Some events to look out for:

   Careers workshops started this week
   International talks
   North America and SE Asia Virtual Careers Fairs
   Employer presentations start 1 October
   Careers Fair 9-11 October, Adam House

                  and much more….
Have a great year, build your CV and
    use your Careers Service!!
 King’s Buildings   Central
 Weir Building      3rd Floor, Main Library
 0131 650 5773      0131 650 4670

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