// 3 Common Job Hunting Myths in the UK
by Samantha, 26th July 2017
If you want to live and work in the UK, securing a Tier 2 visa before your Tier 4 visa expires is the most crucial part. Switching from a Tier 4 to a Tier 2 is very challenging, especially because of the current immigration status in the UK. Only 2% of international students succeed in finding an employer to sponsor their Tier 2 Visa.
More often than not, international students arriving in the UK are clueless as to how to go about with the job hunting process. Some apply too late, apply for jobs that don’t sponsor and limit themselves to a specific industry. We know that you don’t want to return home without achieving your career goals in the UK. The good news is, you can be part of the 2% that makes it. You just need to follow the right strategy by avoiding these 3 common job hunting myths in the UK.
Myth 1: “I can only pursue a career in the field that I studied”
As an international student, your employment opportunities are already limited because you can only apply to companies listed as Tier 2 sponsors. While there are over 29,000 companies in the list, it is difficult to determine which ones are actively sponsoring, and which ones offer jobs related to your field. Don’t waste your time trying to figure out which is which. The most viable option for you is to explore opportunities in the Professional Services industry, regardless of your academic background. There are only two important requirements you need to have: a 2:1 (60%) on your Bachelor’s Degree and a good level of Business English.
Myth 2: “I have no knowledge and experience in the Professional Services Industry”
Getting into Professional Services does not require knowledge or experience, unlike other fields like Investment Banking. The 4 biggest Professional Services firms in the UK are PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG. Once you have been hired, the company will train you step-by-step, equipping you with essential skills and experience. Additionally, you will get sponsored to study for a globally recognised qualification, such as the ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants) or the CTA (Chartered Tax Accountants). On your part, you need to be able to work well in a team, have a good grasp of numbers and have the motivation to learn continuously in order to grow.
Myth 3: “I can apply after graduation”
This is the biggest misconception that most international students in the UK have. Remember, you only have 4 more months left on your Tier 4 Visa after finishing your studies. This will not give you enough time to apply for a job and find an employer who is willing to sponsor your Tier 2 Visa. The best time to apply is NOW.
To get started, you need to know how to write a killer CV and cover letter, build your job hunting skills and make industry connections. Sounds complicated? Get some helpful tips here.
Attending career seminars and meeting recruiters from top Tier 2 companies will also increase your chances of having a successful career in Professional Services. You can do this by attending career fairs. In doing so, you will also have direct access to jobs that are not advertised in online job search platforms.
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