Working in the UK after Graduation

There are a number of visa schemes or routes into full time work in the UK. Visa schemes can change and do vary according to whether you are employed, on an internship/work experience or self -employed.

It is important that you register for a place on the 'Working in the UK after study' workshop to get detailed information and advice. These workshops are put on regularly by the International Student Support Team. You can book your place via the International Students Website. We recommend attending a session in your first semester.

The International Student Support Team also produces a leaflet for employers explaining the Visa regulations that apply for employing international students. 

Finding a Job in the UK

If you are looking for graduate vacancies then the 'Finding a Job ' and 'Getting Experience' pages offer more advice and useful links to vacancy sources. Regular graduate recruiters will be familiar with dealing with applications from international students.

Student Circus is website that has vacancies where the employer has been contacted to confirm that they are willing to sponsor an international student to enable them to get their Tier 2 visa.

Search the Home Office's Border Agency register of companies who have sponsor licenses in order to employ migrant workers. This list indicates where the company is as well as industry type. Remember, not all vacancies are advertised. Contacting employers directly and using your networks of people and organisations can result in obtaining work.


Have a look Sheffield Hallam graduate Azjargal Tseregjil's experience of applying for and getting a role at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Other useful sources of information and vacancies include:

Recruitment and Employment Confederation - use this to identify recruitment agencies operating in a particular town or city which are members of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation . You can then filter by employment sectors. 

British Chambers of Commerce - use this to find the Chamber of Commerce nearest to where you want to work. A Chamber of Commerce is a network of local businesses. It's membership directory, or directory of member businesses, will help you identify potential employers including smaller businesses.

Prospects has a section about where to get careers advice - many careers services at higher education institutions throughout the UK will provide a service to recent graduates of other institutions which may include access to graduate vacancies. You can find a list of careers services by geographic region.

Local councils - many council websites are useful for finding information about the local economy and major employers. They may have directories of local businesses. Find local council websites throughout the UK.

Local newspapers - useful for job adverts and for news stories about companies in the area. Find daily and weekly regional newspapers.

Social media - websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others are often used by companies to advertise vacancies. On LinkedIn for example, you can search for ex Sheffield Hallam students working in companies or jobs you may be interested in.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 13:20