International Student Briefing - Apply Your Skills


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Presentation by Claire Ward, careers adviser, at the University of Sussex, June 2012

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  • welcome and introductionslunch time briefings occur everyday – CVs, Sussex plus, pt work and IS briefingflexible session try to cover what ever you want to discuss
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  • Students from outside the EEA are restricted to the number of hours you can work each week during term time. The University of Sussex guidelines recommend that undergraduate students work for a maximum of 15 hours per week during term time. Some postgraduates find that they can fit in 20 hours per week but this will depend on you and your course. Before undertaking any employment you should satisfy yourself that your studies will not be affected. Many students work full-time during vacations. Vacations are the times outside the academic year ie the term dates. Full-time work in the UK is normally seen by employers as around 37 hours a week. A lot of you will be interested in finding work on campus. The University policy is to advertise part time jobs to students so jobs do come up. The University often employs students to work in administration positions and also to help out at events such as Open Days and our graduate recruitment fair.Jobs on campus are very competitive and go quickly so make sure you make a good application and apply early. We can help you with your CVs, application forms etc
  • There are many ways of finding part time work, but we suggest that you start with the online jobs listing from the Careers & Employability Centre. This is the University’s database of jobs for students and recent graduates. As well as on campus, you’ll see jobs advertised in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.We’re not an employment agency so we don’t place you in jobs but we make them available to you. You apply directly to the employer. Competition can be tough so you’ll need an excellent application
  • ‘Graduate level’ is defined on UKBA web siteAlso see UKBA for list of employers able to issue ‘certificate of sponsorship’
  • ‘Graduate level’ is defined on UKBA web siteAlso see UKBA for list of employers able to issue ‘certificate of sponsorship’
  • Recommend UKCISA web site Situation changes frequentlyAdrian Farley of Farley and Associates - immigration specialist visiting Sussex Uni in week 4 or 6‘No visa no fee’
  • ‘Graduate level’ is defined on UKBA web siteAlso see UKBA for list of employers able to issue ‘certificate of sponsorship’
  • ‘Graduate level’ is defined on UKBA web siteAlso see UKBA for list of employers able to issue ‘certificate of sponsorship’
  • ‘Graduate level’ is defined on UKBA web siteAlso see UKBA for list of employers able to issue ‘certificate of sponsorship’
  • International Student Briefing - Apply Your Skills

    1. 1. International student briefing- apply your skills in the job marketWelcome to theCareers andEmployability Centre
    2. 2. Academic Offer --------------  Portfolio Expectation EvidenceWork Personal
    3. 3. Information about……• Identifying your skills and competencies• Providing evidence of your skills and competencies• Job search strategy in the UK• CEC briefings and events• Resources available from CEC• Your questions and queries
    4. 4. Identifying your skillsCV checklist handout• Look at the skills area that has been highlighted• Write down something that would demonstrate this skill• How would you give evidence of having this skill?
    5. 5. Evidence of skills - exampleEg. Organisation skills I worked as an activity leader on a childrens summer camp in America. There were ten leaders and due to bad weather we had to come up with a plan to keep the children busy indoors. I suggested we brainstorm some ideas and then get into groups of three to spend an hour developing one idea each. I then drew up a rota so that we all knew what we were doing and when. The extra activities were popular and the other leaders were happy to have shared the workload and limited the amount of additional work.
    6. 6. Evidence of skillsHow can you gain experience and develop skills?
    7. 7. Part time working in the UK -Working in term time• Visa conditions usually allow non EEA students to work a maximum of 20 hours work per work during term• Non EEA students cannot be self employed or provide services as a professional Sportsperson or entertainer• There are no restrictions for EEA students• BUT the University recommends that you only work 15 hours per week max if you are an undergraduate, and 20 hours per week if you are a postgraduate
    8. 8. Part time working in the UK –Campus jobs database• Jobs advertised our website• Other places to look - The Argus newspaper - Jobcentreplus - Websites - Employment agencies - On the street!
    9. 9. Working in the UK after graduationTier 2 (General) open to recent graduates with a Bachelors or Masters degree, PhD, or a PGCE or PGDE, from a UK recognised or listed body.• Applicants must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed sponsor and be paid as specified in the relevant UKBA Code of Practice, but not less than £20,000
    10. 10. Working in the UK after graduation• If you apply before your student visa expires in the UK the employer will not have to meet a ‘resident labour market test’ to show they have been unable to fill the position by a resident worker, and the jobs will not be subject to the annual limit on Tier 2 numbers (i.e. Certificates of Sponsorship ‘Unrestricted’)• Applicants will need to hold £900 in their own bank account for a period of 90 consecutive days
    11. 11. Working in the UK after graduation• UKCISA• UKBA
    12. 12. Next steps …..1. Clarify your career plans, consider who to apply to, you could target firms already on the register of Tier 2 sponsors2. If you are offered a position and given a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ you can apply for permission to stay in the UK for up to three years3. Direct employers to the information on the UKBA web site about joining the register of Tier 2 sponsors if they have not joined yet
    13. 13. Next steps…..4. Research the organisation carefully and think about how to provide evidence of your suitability for a position.5. Try networking – do you have any contacts which would enable you to make a personal approach.6. Develop a back up career plan that does not depend on getting a UK work permit – Include applying for options in your home country.
    14. 14. Messages from UK employers...• Many of the employers at our Graduate Fairs are already Tier 2 sponsors For example - Amex, Baker Tilley, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Santander, Accenture, Capgemini, Cummins, Edwards, FDM group, General Electric, Logica, Mitsubishi• There has been a positive response to the changes from employers visiting the University of Sussex including BT and Logica.• Currently around 23,000 organisations are registered to employ international graduates.
    15. 15. So, how can you get to see us?• Briefings – Sussex plus, Finding part time work, CVs and Applications• Careers Advisers are available daily.• Call in or phone 01273 678429 Excellent for CV, personal statements, cover letters and application form feedback.• Come along to the events – listed on news & events page• Follow us on twitter & face book