This article will cover jobs for international students in the UK in 2018 by sector, a list of upcoming deadlines and some predictions about employment trends this year.


The freedom, culture, and opportunities are what attracts many international students to the UK.

There are a number of jobs for international students in the UK in 2018. If staying in the UK would be a dream come true, then it is time to get your CV updated and ready to go.


The Graduate Job Market in 2018

recruitment trends for graduates UK 2018

The decisions you’ve made in the past have shaped you to be the person you are today. Of all those decisions, however, one of the most important is the career you decide to pursue.

As an international student, you face more challenges than others when it comes to finding a job with visa sponsorship in the UK.

However, if you look at the available jobs for international students in the UK in 2018 might lead you to realise that working in the UK may become your reality. has created a list of the top sectors that dominate the graduate job market this 2018.


Finance graduate programmes and consulting graduate programmes are just two of the top graduate opportunities available.

Below is a list of the most popular sectors for graduate schemes and graduate jobs in 2018.

List of jobs for international students in the UK in 2018 by sector:

  • Finance
  • Consultancy
  • Banking
  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Human Relations
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Public Sector and Services
  • Recruitment

However, note that because these sectors have topped the graduate programmes and graduate job markets, there may be a lot of graduates from these fields.

If you’re looking for a graduate job in one of these fields, you should apply as soon as possible.


Predictions for Employment Trends this 2018

jobs for international students in the UK recruitment trends 2018

Many large companies are changing their recruitment process dramatically.

HSBC, among other companies, will be implementing job simulations and immersive online assessments. Unilever will be including a case study in the interview process.

Even small-scale companies will see some differences from the traditional methods.


So, just what changes should you be expecting this year?

1. More video interviews

The Institute of Student Employers report that 53% of their employers use video interviews.

This is a 11% increase from the 42% last year.

These video interviews are usually in the form of a Skype call or any similar application or through having the interviewee record their answers to standard questions and having the interviewees send these recordings to the recruiters.


2. Job Simulations and Immersive Assessments

These may sound intimidating but you don’t have to worry. If you are qualified for the job you’re applying for, you’ll pass job simulations and immersive assessments with flying colours.

So, what are job simulations and immersive assessments?

In job simulations and immersive assessments, the recruiters would give you a taste of what it would be like when you actually do work for the company.

One way of doing this is by showing you a video of a possible situation and you will be asked what course of action should be taken.

This would assess not only your competency, but how well you handle stressful situations.


3. Focus on behaviour over skills

Over the years, companies have begun to put more and more importance on how well an employee would fit with the company’s culture. TARGETjobs has found there is a movement toward focusing on a candidate’s strengths, behaviour, and potential and less focus on baseline competency.

This may be the reason why job simulations and immersive assessments are on the rise.

The ISE has reported that companies who use purely competency-based interviews have fallen from 66% to 55% last year.

They also report that 17% use only strength-based interviews.


4. Combo of strength-based and competency-based interviews

Last year, 24% of graduate job interviews used a mixture of strengths and competencies.

After video interviews, the recruiter might use strength-based approaches and send the candidates a breakdown of their score to show them areas of improvement.


5. They want you to want them

Nowadays companies are beginning to care more for their employees, to ensure they stay with them for a long time.

In fact, many recruiters design the recruitment process in a way that would give the candidates a positive impression of the company.

Additionally, the ISE has also reported that the time between the initial application to the acceptance of a job offer has decreased dramatically from 11 weeks in 2015 to 9.5 weeks.


6. Winning the game

One of the newest trends in graduate recruitment is gamification. Gamification is games-based assessment.

Games are used as tools to assess the personalities and competencies of candidates.

It is a tricky yet reliable method of psychometric testing.


Are you ready for the new trends in recruitment for graduate jobs this 2018?

If not, don’t worry. Grad Careers Coach can help you prepare not just for the interviews but for the entire job application process as well. Simply email your CV to and we’ll arrange a consultation call with you.


List of jobs for international students in the UK & upcoming deadlines

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Have you sent out your job applications yet?

If not, don’t miss the deadline!

The most popular place to find graduate job opportunities are Milkround, Prospects, Target Jobs and Grad Jobs. This is because they focus solely on graduates.

Websites like and are useful too.

Because you are an international student, you have to work in companies that are licensed to sponsor you for a tier 2 visa.


Here are some jobs for international students in the UK in 2018 & their deadlines:

Jupiter Asset Management 23/01/2018
Centrica PLC 24/01/2018
Sky 26/01/2018
Mazars  28/01/2018
Lloyds Banking Group  28/02/2018
Laing O’Rourke PLC  28/02/2018
 Atos 05/03/2018
Damco  30/03/2018
Deloitte 30/03/2018
Grant Thornton  Ongoing
UBS Ongoing
RBS  Ongoing
Capgemini Ongoing
PwC Ongoing
RSM Ongoing
KPMG Ongoing
Nomura Ongoing
Smith & Williamson Ongoing
National Grid Ongoing


If you find a job you’re interested in and want to check whether the company has a licence to sponsor you, then check out the official list of sponsors.

Want a guaranteed Tier 2 graduate job in the UK?

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