Should I wait until I finish my studies before applying for graduate job/graduate schemes with visa sponsorship?
It depends on when you want to start working and what type of job you’re looking for.
If you want to start working pretty soon after graduating then you shouldn’t wait until you finish your studies to start applying for graduate jobs with visa sponsorship. Graduate programmes or graduate schemes are usually open from the end of August / September time which means you should apply for these as soon as you start your final year or your Master’s degree. Many UK employers hire up to 1 year in advance.
For international students, this will mean you could be offered a job well before you finish your studies and then you will be issued your work visa nearer the job start date. The best chance for you to secure a job with visa sponsorship is through a graduate job, graduate programme or graduate scheme at a sponsoring company.
I am going to be eligible for the new Graduate Route (Post Study) Work visa, do I need a visa to work in the UK?
Will the new Graduate Route (Post Study) work visa guarantee me a job with visa sponsorship in the UK?
Any UK company can hire you for 2 years without a visa, however in order to hire you longer than 2 years, they will need to 1) have the legal licence to sponsor your visa and 2) be willing to sponsor your visa. If the company does not have the licence and is not willing to sponsor you, then you will be in the exactly the same position after 2 years and you will have to leave the UK.
Companies sponsoring your work visa tend to be large companies who wish to hire “fresh” graduates so if you wait too long to apply you may harm your career prospects and miss out on these great opportunities.
Has “Brexit” affected your chances of getting a job in the UK?
The new system makes it easier for UK companies to hire EU / International workers. For example, companies are no longer required to run a Resident Labour Market Test even if you apply from outside of the UK. If you’re in the UK employers can now issue the Certificate of Sponsorship themselves rather than having to apply for it and wait, making the process quicker.
We hope these positive changes will result in more willingness to sponsor. However, this might also invite more applications from abroad which means that knowing how to stand out as a candidate is even more important now than ever.
What are my chances of securing a sponsored graduate job in the UK?
The chances of securing a sponsored graduate job vary from student to student. In our experience, there are 9 key areas that you should look at to improve your chances of securing a sponsored graduate job. You can use this free assessment to find your chances of securing a graduate job in the UK and the key areas of improvement to improve your chances of success.
Coaching Programme FAQs
How much do you charge for your services?
We have a premium programme which comes with a Job Offer Guarantee, however places are limited and you will need to apply. There are only two intakes a year for our Coaching Programmes.
What’s the difference between the one to one coaching sessions and the workshops?
The group workshops are run by our Coaching team, UK Graduate Recruiters, and they cover Personal Branding, Interview and Assessment Centre training. For example, a recent workshop was on “Passing Case Study Interviews.” All programme members are invited to attend so you will have the chance to meet and learn from the others, and gain live feedback. If you’re invited to an Assessment Centre, the group workshop will give you the practice you need. You will experience what an AC involves and how to successfully pass one.
Will your job list include companies I’ve already applied for?
Do you help students with the visa application once they receive a job offer?
If you have any issues, then yes of course we will help you. We work closely with immigration lawyers who can provide individual and up to date advice on how to get your work visa successfully processed.
Can you help me to apply for jobs that aren't related to my degree?
If you want to apply for jobs that are not related to your study, you will benefit greatly from the coaching of our Graduate Recruiters. They will help you to identify the types of jobs you can apply for and you can benefit from their industry knowledge. The important thing is to understand your target industry and ensure you know exactly how you can stand out among other applicants.