This section provides information for students who wish to work internationally. This includes:
- international students looking for a job in the UK
- and ANY student wishing to work in a country outside the UK
Whichever country you’re interested in, you will need to know where to look for vacancies and how to apply for jobs. You would also need to find out about the relevant visa regulations, if you don't have an automatic right to work in that country.
Global Careers Programme – we have a programme of employers from around the world delivering workshops and presentations throughout the academic year. Sign up through Career Connect within MUSE
Working outside the UK
Use our International careers database to find information on working in major countries around the world, including our detailed Going Global country guides.
Key areas to research include:
- the regulations concerning work permits and visas
- the best time to apply for vacancies
- where vacancies are advertised
- what is the preferred CV and application form style in that country
- what are the rules and etiquette of interviews and workplace customs
International students returning home
If you are an international student and plan to return home after your studies, try to keep in touch with your contacts, family and friends back in your home country. Let them know what type of opportunities you are looking for as they may be able to let you know about suitable jobs. If you go home for holidays during your course use these times to attend recruitment fairs and try to arrange meetings or even interviews with employers.
- British Council - in some countries, the British Council run UK Alumni Associations which host events where graduates returning home after studying can network and join Job Clubs. Look at their Country pages under the ‘Contact Us’ section for details.
- Sheffield University Alumni Association - also keep in touch with Sheffield University Alumni Association via social media.
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Working in the UK during your studies
International students who wish to work in the UK during their studies should refer to the International students section of the University website to check when you can work in term time and during vacation (this varies by level of course), and what sort of work you can do.
We recommend that all students work no more than 16 hours a week during term time to ensure that their studies do not suffer.
Be aware of:
Further tips and information can be found on the Targetjobs Getting work experience website
Working in the UK after you graduate
International students who wish to stay in the UK to work after graduation will need to make sure they have an appropriate work visa. The regulations concerning the ‘right to work’ in the UK are complex and can change frequently. It is therefore vital that you keep yourself informed and up to date. Make use of the following websites:
When we hold employer careers fairs we check whether participating companies are Tier 2 sponsors and publish this information in the guide to the fair.
Before applying for jobs:
We often get asked for a ‘list of employers who may recruit international students to work in the UK’. While it would not be possible to put together a complete list, as employers policies can vary based on different roles, an individual's skills and frequently change, we have put together an information leaflet as a partial list. This is available as a password protected file, below (you will need your University username and password).
We have a number of international graduates who have successfully obtained jobs in the UK via Tier 2 & Tier 5. You can check the full playlist on YouTube
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You will need to market your University of Sheffield experience to employers
Whether you are looking for work in the UK or other countries worldwide, it is important to explain to employers what you have gained from your time at the University of Sheffield. Don’t assume that an employer will understand and value the advantages that study in the UK can bring. It is your job to explain it to them and give details of the ‘added’ value’ this experience enables you to offer to their company/organisation.
You may wish to highlight the following
You can select from the information above and where appropriate, include some of the points that relate to you in your CV, covering letters, application forms and at interviews.
However, remember to take account of the culture of the country you're applying to work in when describing your skills and experiences. Some cultures, for example, very much value working within hierarchies, loyalty, and relating well to managers and colleagues. So, if you are talking about being able to bring problem solving and creative thinking to the company, also stress that your approach would be within a framework of collaboration and team working.