I was recently involved in a research project funded by the British Council to understand the employment prospects of UK-educated Indian and Chinese students upon their return home.
As part of the research, I met with a number of UCL Alum and below is a summary of their top tips to find a job upon your return home.
- Maintain and re-establish links with friends, lecturers and colleagues. Establish a presence on business networking websites such as LinkedIn – networking is a very effective way of finding work.
- Join the UCL Alumni Community and the British Council Alumni Group, this will not only expand your network but you can talk to UCL alumnus, learn from their experiences and source job opportunities.
- Be realistic in regards to starting salary upon your return home, remember the cost of living will be very different to the UK.
- Be prepared to sell your rationale for studying in the UK and returning home positively. Recruiters may have negative perceptions attached to leaving your home country to study overseas.
- Overseas employers may not be familiar with the UK education system and as such they may not know much about UCL, so make sure you include UCL’s world ranking on your CV.
- If finding a job in the UK/Europe proves too challenging, explore career opportunities in different emerging markets such as the Middle East, Singapore and Africa to gain overseas experience, as most businesses are seeking to trade in these regions.
- Target multinational organisations or organisations in your home country with multinational joint venture partners.
- Explore UCL’s International JobOnline to support your job hunting. This site carries job opportunities from employers who are interested in UK returnees.
- Expect a degree of ‘reverse culture shock’, give yourself time to adjust.
- Stay positive, finding a job is a job in itself – so persevere!
For more information or to see a careers adviser before you return home, book in for a Quick Query.
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The end of the academic year is fast approaching and students thoughts are turning to what happens next. This is a good time to explore how to access international careers support through various on-line networks.
Whether you plan to stay on in the UK, or are planning to return to your home country, alumni networks can be a valuable resource.
The UCL Alumni Web Community enables students and registered users of the Community to search for and contact a mentor for work-related advice. Mentor search options include:
- by field of work
- by occupation
- by UCL department
- by city or country
- by UCL course
- by UCL graduation year
You can benefit from a wealth of careers advice from former UCL students who have volunteered to share information about their occupations.
To find out more, please visit the Alumni Community Website
There is also a UCL Alimni Official Group on LinkedIn with 965 active members across the globe who might be able to assist with career inspiration. http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=57385
If you are new to LinkedIn, watch their demo for graduates on how to use this networking tool effectively for career development. http://grads.linkedin.com/
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The British Council’s – China office is organising an Employability Workshop which aims to help Chinese students currently in the UK to get a better comprehension of the employers’ needs and the job market in China, as well as to prepare you to enter/re-enter the job market after graduation and enhance your employability and competitiveness in the field.
HR executives from major employers will attend the workshop to
give an overview on the competitive job market in China, and talk about various aspects of recruitment from employers’ view as well as to share successful experiences of other alumni via case studies.
The London workshop will take place on Saturday 21st November from 3-5pm and will be held at Westminster City Hall. To attend please visit: http://www.educationuk.cn/alumniuk/uktour/index.html
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