Why international students are best-placed to find global jobs

Finding a graduate role can come with its challenges, particularly as an international student who has moved to a new country to study. While studying in the UK, many students find they lose touch with some of the working practices and business connections they may have had from their home country. Help is at hand though, not only do international students have vital skills to offer employers but there is also a way to find those lost connections with global employers and jobs.

There is evidence to show that students and graduates who have studied overseas are highly valued by employers. A British Council Survey of 350 Chinese employers showed that overseas graduates were favoured over local graduates across a wide range of hard skills, with the strongest advantages in IT skills and digital marketing. Further, a study by the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) found that 40% of US businesses fail to expand because they lack the international experience graduates gain through study abroad. 

Studying in a foreign country gives international students key skills such as problem-solving, communication and adaptability which can put them ahead of the curve in the professional realm. Studying abroad has also been seen to help graduates to reach management or senior roles faster due to the diverse nature of their learning journey.

In response to the challenges that many international students and graduates face – and the employer need to recruit internationally-educated talent, GradLink has produced a new website with additional features to support the employability of global students. The site brings together careers advice, case studies, a global jobs board and blogs tackling the key subjects to help with international careers. We’ve also included new features such as a faster, more streamlined CV-building facility, and job alerts based on your career preferences. For all this and more, visit the new website www.gradlinkuk.com and register to connect to the top global employers and jobs.

By Jen Garmston Published: Feb 12,2020