Careers information for International students
As an International student at Queens, Careers, Employability and Skills can help you with questions related to your choice of career path and navigating the recruitment process, and you are welcome to make use of our services while you are here.
In this section, you will find information on the support we provide and resources regarding working in the UK during and after your studies, including finding graduate work outside the UK.
We offer confidential and impartial careers and educational guidance from professionally qualified staff.
We recognise that understanding the UK labour market and recruitment process can sometimes be more challenging for International Students, so we have put together some unique support specifically for you.
The Future-Ready Skills for International Students is an international student employability programme that runs twice every academic year, once each semester, and aims to explain and demystify the UK recruitment process. It covers topics including identifying your unique skill set, developing a global way of thinking, labour market information, CV and cover letter writing, answering interview questions and succeeding on the job.
Make sure to use your access to MyFuture, our online careers portal where you can search for jobs, internships and placements. It’s where you can book a place on programmes, attend events, and book a one-to-one careers consultation. It’s where you will find out about employer networking sessions and the Visa Information Session which happens in Semester One.
This support is in addition to careers activities and support provided within your academic school.
Finding paid work directly related to your studies on a part-time basis may be difficult depending on your timetable and sector preference. However, employers are also looking for transferable skills which can be taken to any job, for example communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, problem solving and how to make effective decisions. These skills can be gained in a variety of non-graduate level jobs. Useful places to check include MyFuturefor part time and on campus jobs, and NIJobs, nijobfinder and JobApplyNI. Remember to check the individual conditions of your own visa.
This blog, A Working Definition, looks at some of the most common questions and conundrums about working with Student immigration permission. The International Student Support team have created a thorough resource answering questions around Working In The UK As A Student. More details including working hours, working outside of term time and what work you are allowed to undertake can be found on the UKCISA Student Work page.
To help you identify appropriate employers, Careers, Employability and Skills has created extensive databases of information around Careers Information by School and Sector. While we cannot provide a list of employers willing to accept applications from international students, on these pages you can find tailored information specifically for your academic discipline or industry sector, including where to find jobs related to your area of interest. You can also access our central resources which focus on succeeding in recruitment and any workshops or employer presentations will be advertised on our Careers Events page or on MyFuture.
To support international students looking for work in the UK you can enjoy free access to Student Circus, a tool that provides exclusive Jobs and Internships from UK wide employers who are advertising placements and graduate jobs and are willing to sponsor the Skilled Worker UK visa. You can access this through your MyFuture log in.
Need more reasons to access Student Circus? Read these Student Circus success stories.
Should you choose to look for work outside the UK after graduation, QUB also has a licence to provide students with access to GoinGlobal, country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings. You can access this through your MyFuture log in.
GradIreland has specific information around Employment Rights for International Students in Ireland as well as jobs and related opportunities.
Other useful resources for students looking for work outside of the UK after graduation include GradLink UK, which has tailored resources for China, SE Asia, Gulf, Europe, Canada, Africa and India. There are also useful resources available for Chinese students.
For any queries around your visa during your studies the International Student Support Team have dedicated resources available on their Visa and Immigration page.
If you want to stay in the UK after your course has finished there are several visa routes available. These include the Skilled Worker Route, the Start Up Route for those wanting to build their own business as well as specific routes for doctors, dentists and pharmacists and lawyers and architects.
The Graduate Route Visa was introduced in July 2021 and allows successful applicants to stay in the UK for two years post completion of studies, three years for PhD applicants. You can apply for the Graduate Route visa any time between when QUB confirms you have successfully completed your course, until the end of your current student visa permission.
ISS compliance will notify students when they have made the Graduate Route eligibility report and sent it to UKVI. Look out for this email in your inbox! You can apply online and must be in the UK at the time of application.
In November 2021 UKCISA ran an excellent session on the Graduate Route Visa and other Post- Study Work Opportunities which should also answer any queries.
TargetJobs has a Guide to Job Hunting for International Students which includes information about the UK recruitment process, differences between Graduate Schemes and Direct Entry jobs and work experience opportunities for International students.
UKCISA International Student Employability Group have created a resource for employers Recruiting International Graduates A Guide for Employers which could help you answer any questions from recruiters.
While we cannot support detailed spelling and grammar checks, you can find a list of informal English classes in the Belfast area which you might find useful. All contact details are provided.