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Welcome to GradLink’s central blog section, covering the latest happenings in graduate jobs markets around the world.

Blog articles cover areas such as where the latest graduate jobs are, and which occupations are experiencing the best salary increases. Our events listing includes the latest careers conferences, fairs, exhibitions etc. of interest to international students and graduates.

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What can an international student gain from attending a careers fair?

Many universities across the UK will be gearing up for their annual careers event where current students can meet local and national companies they may like to work for. Some international students may feel daunted by the prospect of a large professional event but there are several ways to overcome these concerns, gain some vital careers information and make contacts for your future career!

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By Jen Garmston Published: October 18, 2019

What can an international student gain from attending a careers fair?

Many universities across the UK will be gearing up for their annual careers event where current students can meet local and national companies they may like to work for. Some international students may feel daunted by the prospect of a large professional event but there are several ways to overcome these concerns, gain some vital careers information and make contacts for your future career!

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By Jen Garmston
Published: October 18, 2019

What do international students need to know about the latest UK visa changes?

It’s been a big year for political changes in the UK, from a new Prime Minister to Brexit discussions and general confusion from both sides of the debate. However, last month the UK government announced that it would be increasing the post-study work visa for international students to two years. This update is fantastic news for international students, universities, and all who support them but what do we know so far?

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By Jen Garmston
Published: October 08, 2019

What skills are employers looking for, and how can international students prove they′ve got them?

Employers often refer to the skills gap when talking about hiring new graduates. This is the difference between the skills employers would like their employees to have and what skills employees have. The way to bridge this gap is to understand not only what graduate employers are looking for, but how your current skills match this and how you can increase your experience to meet their expectations.

International student website Study International highlight the top skills employers are looking for in the graduates they employ. Today we’re looking at how international students and graduates can use their international status to showcase these skills and how to gain further experience that will show employers that you mean business!

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By Jen Garmston
Published: September 13, 2019

Which industries offer the best salaries for international students?

When thinking about your future career, there are a number of factors to consider from course suitability at university, locations, possible career options and salary expectations. When you start looking for your first role it’s useful to understand how much is reasonable to expect from an entry-level role in your industry. By understanding what is appropriate it can help you to decide where to look for new roles and what to ask for when discussing salary. We’ve looked at a selection of countries to see which industries come with the best salaries so you can start to think about where you might work after graduation.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: September 02, 2019

How can your company beat the gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap has been one of the most discussed business headlines of the past year. It’s the percentage difference in the average hourly pay between men and women and the release of this information from businesses worldwide has shown the disparity in gender pay. The pay gap is different to unequal pay, in the UK it’s illegal to pay women less than men for the same work and this has been a legal requirement since 1970. How a gender pay gap may occur is if the majority of men working at a company are in the top roles even though men and women are paid equally for similar roles as the top roles come with an elevated salary. It’s a complex issue but one of the causes for this is caring responsibilities. Women often take part-time roles to look after small children or elderly relatives, these roles are often lower paid and therefore reduce the possible earning potential including job progression for these women. The BBC also report that “Another important factor is a divided labour market. Women are still more likely to work in lower-paid and lower-skilled jobs. Women currently make up 62% of those earning less than the living wage…discrimination is another cause of the gender pay gap. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR) has previously found that one in nine new mothers were either dismissed, made redundant or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job. This can create a gap in experience, leading to lower wages when women return to work.”

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By Jen Garmston
Published: September 02, 2019

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