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Useful resources for international students
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2:02pm 16 Nov 2023

Useful resources to support with whilst you study here in the UK

At BCU we have partnerships with several organisations that offer additional support to international students.  As a BCU student you have access to the following:

Culture Wizard - This is a great tool to help you find out about professional culture in the country / countries where you are thinking of working in the future, including the UK.  As well as lots of useful blogs and webinars, you can take the Global Mindset quiz to compare your personal attributes and preferred ways of working to the current working culture – see how well you’ll fit in and if there’s anything you need to adapt to.  You can even compare countries to see which is the closest match to your own preferences.

Access both these tools by going to GoinGlobal, then scrolling down to “Personalize your GoinGlobal Experience” and create your account.

 

 

Student Circus - This website is for international students who are seeking internships, placements or graduate jobs in the UK.  Student Circus pre-filter student and graduate vacancies to find  job opportunities with employers who are willing to provide sponsorship for the UK Skilled Worker visa.  As well as opportunities, the site features lots of useful information and advice, including an immigration guide and guides to employment in other countries so you can explore the world of work outside the UK too. Take a look at this presentation to support you to Kick start your UK career journey.

Click here to access the website and log in using your usual BCU login details.


ECareersGrad - Using the section for international students on this website will help you ensure that you are targeting UK employers who are most likely to sponsor the Skilled Worker visa as it shows you by sector and via a searchable list, which UK employers have provided this sponsorship in the last 3 years.

Click here to access the site and use your BCU email address to register.


 

GoinGlobal - Considering returning to your home country to work or developing your career in another country outside of the UK?  GoinGlobal provides comprehensive employment information on a large number of countries worldwide to give you a good insight into aspects such as their labour markets, how to find jobs, the recruitment process, what employers are looking for, what your CV / resume should look like etc.  They provide regular training webinars for students to help you make the most of the site.

Go to GoinGlobal, then scroll down to “Personalize your GoinGlobal Experience” and create your account.

Midlands International Group – support for international students

The Midlands International Group is a group of UK universities, including BCU, dedicated to helping international student careers. Browse this site for careers advice, visa information, resources, and much more – tailored to international students like you.

The Midlands International Group also have a LinkedIn page which we would encourage all our international students to follow.

 

Useful English language tools / resources for job applications

  • BCU Centre for Academic Success - Get dedicated support for international students from BCU’s Centre for Academic Success, including individual tutorials and workshops.
  • Grammarly – A grammar checker that you can download to integrate into your desktop applications.
  • Quillbot – This paraphrasing tool will rewrite your text to ensure your language is clear and sounds professional.

Other useful resources

Information:

  • Career planning guide - produced by the University of Warwick, aimed at Chinese students but useful for all international students studying in the UK
  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) – provides practical information and advice for international students studying in the UK on a range of topics including seeking work and visas (as well as immigration issues, managing finances, studying and living in the UK etc.)
  • Prospects country pages – detailed country information including current labour market conditions, how to find work experience and permanent opportunities, visa information and how to explain your UK qualification to employers
  • Information on recognition of qualifications globally
  • Online newspapers around the world

Jobs:

  • Student Circus LinkedIn page - Top 5 jobs for International Students each week and other topical news
  • Gradlink UK – over 500 employers from 7 different regions around the world who recognise the benefits of UK educated international graduates
  • CareerJet website – access to jobs advertised around the world
  • Graduate Land – jobs, placements and work experience for students and graduates around Europe
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