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How can the careers service help international students - The Careers Group, University of London

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The careers service is an essential source of advice and information for international students: how to …

The careers service is an essential source of advice and information for international students: how to
find part-time work, research graduate employers, compose a CV, write a cover letter, cope with a job
interview or an assessment centre.

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  • 1. How can the Careers Service help INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The careers service is an essential source of advice and information for international students: how to find part-time work, research graduate employers, compose a CV, write a cover letter, cope with a job interview or an assessment centre. Your college will put on a programme of careers education and recruitment events. In addition, The Careers Group, University of London runs graduate job fairs and courses where you can widen your knowledge of career areas. We have created an International Futures website http://international.thecareersgroup.co.uk, packed with vacancies and advice. Part-time and vacation work EEA Students Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals can usually work without restriction. Non-EEA Students If you are from outside the EEA you should check the stamp in your passport for restrictions to employment. Most university students will be allowed to work whilst studying and will have a ‘restricted stamp’ stating ‘No recourse to public funds. Work must be authorised’. This means you can work during term time but it must be less than 20 hours a week. You can also work up to 40 hours a week during vacation and take an internship of up to three months. You must not be self-employed, employed as a professional sports person/sports coach or entertainer or fill a permanent full-time job. If the stamp in your passport says something different then please contact your college welfare adviser. Staff in your careers service will be able to give you their contact details. UKCISA publish a useful information sheet explaining working restrictions for non-EEA students: www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/working_during_studies.php. National insurance numbers Everyone in the UK who earns over £139 per week must pay National Insurance (NI) and provide their employer with an NI number (NINO). You do not need a NINO before you start work or start looking for work; your employer can give you a temporary one. If your employer has any questions about employing an international student, the British Council produce a useful guide: www.britishcouncil.org/guide_for_employers_recruiting_international_students_graduates.pdf. Apply for your NINO as soon as you start work by contacting a Jobcentre Plus Office, Job Centre or Social Security Office near where you live or work. You will then be invited to an interview and asked to provide some documents such as your passport, another form of identification and a letter from your employer. To find your nearest office go to www.direct.gov.uk or call 0845 600 0643 to make an appointment.
  • 2. Work after graduation in the UK Organisations vary in the way they recruit graduates. Some have a set deadline once a year; others advertise whenever a vacancy arises. Make sure you know the company’s procedures on recruiting international students. This has varied and fluctuated over the last few years in response to UKBA regulations. Ensure you know the current position. Applications, CVs and interviews All of these methods of application and recruitment are culturally specific. Make sure you follow the conventions expected by UK employers even though they may be very different to those in your own country. So make use of the many resources and teaching sessions provided by your careers service. Further information Working and studying overseas • http://international.thecareersgroup.co.uk - a community where you can share information and experiences, ask questions and get advice • http://jobs.thecareersgroup.co.uk - job site for vacancies abroad • www.careerstagged.co.uk - covers working and studying overseas • www.prospects.ac.uk - choose ‘Explore Working Abroad’ for information on working and studying in over 50 countries • http://ec.europa.eu/eures - has comprehensive information on working and studying in all EU countries • www.intstudy.com - courses and colleges listed geographically Working and studying in the UK • www.ukcisa.org.uk - the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provide useful advice and practical information for international students in the UK • www.ecctis.co.uk/naric - the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the UK online queries about equivalence of international qualifications • www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk - information about work permits, immigration, special schemes etc. • www.educationuk.org - run by the British Council, gives information on all aspects of studying and working in the UK for international students © 2013, The Careers Group, University of London This material can be provided in alternative format upon request. An electronic version of this document is available at www.careerstagged.co.uk/resources/helpsheets. For further formats, please contact your college careers service or email cs@careers.lon.ac.uk.

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