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International students, how can your university library help you get a job?

 

Knowing which team can help you is half the battle when it comes to making the most of the services available at your university. Most institutions have several teams which have specialist knowledge that can help you throughout your university career. From your Careers team, to the Visa team and the Global Centre, but you might not automatically think of the Library when it comes to your employability.

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By Jen Garmston Published: November 29, 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

How to negotiate your salary as an international student or graduate

Thinking about your possible earnings isn’t just a thought just for recent graduates but undergraduates too. Knowing the value of your skills can be investigated while you’re still at university and help you when searching for jobs to apply for. When looking for a graduate role a number of factors can take priority including role duties, progression, company culture, location and of course salary. It can be difficult for a recent graduate to know if, when and how they can discuss the subject of salary when attending interviews and starting a new role. There can be a fine line between knowing your worth and appearing mercenary, and it’s important to give employers a good first impression that ensures they know that your interest lies primarily in the role itself rather than its monetary reward. We’ve put together some ideas for how to tackle the sometimes tricky topic of money.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: August 14, 2019

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