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The top networking tips for international students to increase your employability today

 

We noticed an interesting post on LinkedIn recently which highlighted an unusual way an international student got noticed by employers. The marketing director of an international company left her laptop on a bench in London by mistake while rushing to catch a train. Fearing she had lost it forever, she was surprised to receive an email a few hours later from an Italian student who had found her laptop. They met so he could return the case and she found that he had been working in bars but was looking for an entry-level role in the UK. The director wanted to thank the student, so put a post on LinkedIn asking her colleagues and contacts if anyone had an opening for this honest young man. At last count, there were almost 300 responses to her message from employers reaching out to her and she confirmed that she had helped pass his CV on to a number of companies and was coaching him for any interviews he was offered. While this is an unusual situation, it is useful to demonstrate that networking and employability opportunities can come in many forms and from unexpected sources. This got us thinking about how international students and graduates can gain networking skills and opportunities from everyday scenarios. We put together some tips that can be used throughout university and after.

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By Jen Garmston Published: June 18, 2019

What to do with a degree in architecture: from an architecture graduate

Lara is a recent international graduate from a UK university and is sharing her blog-experiences in her journey towards beginning her graduate career. This week Lara met with Hisham El Sergany, project manager of façade at Al Futtaim Carillion in Dubai, to learn about what it takes to build a successful career spanning 25 years in the architecture and engineering industry...

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By Lara El Sergany
Published: January 19, 2017

How international graduates can get the edge back home

Studying overseas is a fantastic opportunity but it does come with its own unique set of challenges – one of the trickiest being how to reconnect with the jobs market and present yourself to potential employers back home.

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By David Gee
Published: January 18, 2017

"Employment is one of our rights", Omani graduates demand jobs via social media

Graduates in Oman have taken to Twitter to call for more jobs using the hashtag “employment is one of our rights,” which has so far been tweeted thousands of times.

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By The Loop
Published: January 13, 2017

3 ways to bag yourself a graduate role

So often graduates find themselves stuck in a limbo where they are too qualified for low skill or minimum wage roles, but are under-qualified for the careers they actually want. We’ve all fallen victim to the formidable skills gap at some point, but there are ways you can make the best of your situation.

 

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By David Gee
Published: January 13, 2017

Is postgraduate study a good investment for international students?

In medieval universities, courses took 12 years to complete. Luckily, postgraduate study doesn’t take that long any more. Lasting anywhere between one year and six years (MBA and PhD respectively), postgraduate degrees follow undergraduate courses and can offer an unparalleled and highly specialised insight into your sector of choice.

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By David Gee
Published: January 13, 2017

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