What Now? Next Steps After Your Undergraduate Degree

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If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, February is probably the time you are starting to think seriously about your future. You’ve got around four months before you graduate. What are your next steps? The reality is, you’ve got three options; employment, travel, or further study. As an international student you will also have other factors to consider, namely: do you want to stay in the UK? During your three years spent completing your undergraduate degree, you will have met plenty of people you may not want to leave, meaning that being able to remain in the UK is a priority for you. But what do you do whilst you are here?

Here, we run through the three top post-graduation options, hopefully making your decision a little easier! 

Employment

One option, post-graduation, is to go straight into employment. Should you choose to stay in the UK, you have two choices; graduate scheme or direct entry. Graduate schemes are typically offered by large companies and can last anything between 18 months and 3 years. They generally include a mixture of paid training and work, and have start dates in the autumn months. This means you get a summer off! Direct entry jobs work just like any normal job in that you would be expected to start soon after accepting the role. These roles tend to be in smaller organisations, and often employers will be looking for more specialist skills. Depending on your home country, the situation is likely to be similar, and your UK degree will certainly work in your favour in a crowded jobs market. Working in the UK, even for a short period of time, after you graduate will nonetheless provide you with great experience that will help you stand out in the global employment market.

Going from student life, to employment life, is a big adjustment though. No more lie ins, midnight feasts, or mid-week nights out! And your holiday time will be seriously reduced. In the UK, the minimum holiday entitlement is 28 days (including the 8 national bank holidays), which is just four weeks in total, making it very hard to fit in any travelling you may still want to do.

For more information on graduate employment, click here.

 

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Travelling

During your undergraduate degree, you probably took advantage of the prevalence of cheap flights and the UK’s proximity to the continent, and so have seen much of Europe already. Therefore, you may be keen on venturing further afield. Traditional travel routes for student’s post-graduation include Australia, the USA, and Asia. Now, as an international student, you may likely be from one of these countries or areas anyway, so this option might not be for you. You also need to consider what you want to do once you’ve finished travelling. If your ultimate goal is to settle in the UK, you may find it difficult to get visa approval after having been away for a number of months or years. And if you think the adjustment between student life and employed life will be hard, returning to the 9-5 after months of living it up in paradise will be even tougher!

Which is why we would recommend your third option:

 Postgraduate Education

Whether it is a masters degree or a conversion course, further study will ultimately enhance your employment prospects both in the UK and worldwide. You’ll be able to stay in the UK for at least another year, meaning you won’t have to say goodbye to your UK based loved ones just yet. You’ll also be able to take advantage of university term times and holidays, and fit in some more travelling. Did we mention that postgraduate students are also eligible still for student discount? Whilst still being an official student, you can take advantage of websites such as STA Travel, who offer significantly reduced rates and discounts to those still in education.

Applying for postgraduate study doesn’t even have to be a stressful process! ApplicationUK’s online platform allows you to compare and apply for UK postgraduate courses in one simple process. We also have a team of dedicated advisors on hand to give you personalised support and help, whenever you might need it. There are plenty of scholarships available for international postgraduate students, details of which can be found here, including those based on country of origin, subject type, and academic merit. Apply and enrol on a course through ApplicationUK and you could even receive a £300 bursary.

 

We hope this has made your options, and future decisions, a little clearer. Should you decide to go for postgraduate education, applications for courses beginning in the next academic year are still open. Search for your ideal course here, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

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Working Part-Time as an International Student in the UK – A Guide

Studying for a postgraduate degree can be an expensive business, and in order to have a little bit of spare cash, many students will get a part-time job. Whether or not you need to get a part-time job could depend on the university you choose, a quick look at the most cost-effective UK cities will help highlight this for you. If you do decide to work part-time alongside studying, there are a few things you need to know:

Maximum Hours Per Week:

During term time, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The sticker in your passport of your biometric residence permit (BRP) specifies the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work in a week, so always make sure you check this. Click here for more information.

National Minimum Wage:

In the UK, there is a National Minimum Wage, with different rates based on your age. These change every April, but the current rates are as follows:

25 and over = £7.50 per hour

21 – 24 = £7.05 per hour

18 – 20 = £5.60 per hour.

No matter how many hours you work, your employer must pay you at least these minimum rates per hour. Click here for more information.

National Insurance:

You need a valid National Insurance number to work in the UK. This may be printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP). If it is, you do not need to apply for a new one. If there isn’t one there, you need to apply for one, and you can only do this once you have arrived in the UK. In order to get a National Insurance number, you must have the right to work or study in the UK. To apply for a National Insurance number, ring the application line on 0345 600 0643. This line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Click here for more information.

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What jobs can I do?

In general, you can do any kind of job, as long as you do not work over the maximum number of hours a week. There are a few restrictions on what jobs you cannot do. These include; professional sportsperson, including a sports coach, entertainer, doctor or dentist (unless you are on the foundation programme), or a full-time permanent role. You may also not be self-employed. Find out more here.

That means, there is plenty that you can do! Below are a few examples we would recommend:

Bar/restaurant work – Okay, so the pay isn’t amazing, but the hours are flexible and can easily be fitted around your studies. Tips also help to boost your bank balance somewhat! This kind or work does usually involve late nights, and slightly unsociable hours though, so if you are not a night owl, it may not be for you.

Shop work – Whether it is in your local supermarket, or favourite clothes store, there are plenty of opportunities to work in shops in the UK. This type of role will involve a lot of weekend work, so can easily be fitted around your studies, and you may even receive a store discount. This type of role often involves a lot of time on your feet though, and unhappy customers can sometimes be trying on your patience (to say the least!)

Office work – You could consider getting a part time role in an office, either in an administrative role or a junior position version of what you want to do when you graduate. This will give you a great opportunity to really develop your English language skills, and gain some experience in a professional workplace setting. However, offices tend to work 9-5 hours, Monday to Friday so you may find it more difficult to fit around your university commitments.

Or, you could become a Student Ambassador for ApplicationUK!

We are currently looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and confident students to help spread ApplicationUK’s message and what we do. The role involves flexible working hours, the chance to receive up to £100 per student you refer, and the opportunity to develop key employability skills and experiences. You will receive full career development support from your dedicated advisor, and even secure a full-time job offer for when you graduate. Find out more here.

Before you do anything more, take a look at Job Hunting 101, our handy guide to searching for, and applying to, part-time roles in the UK.

 

ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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ApplicationUK Scholarship Competition – Win £2,000!

ApplicationUK are now offering students the opportunity to win £2,000 if they choose to study their postgraduate courses in the UK!

The UK is an incredibly popular study destination for international students, and looking at the figures, it isn’t difficult to work out why! Read on to find out more about ApplicationUK, and how you could be in with the chance to win £2,000 to study in the UK.

Great career opportunities

It’s all about getting that good job at the end of the day! Studying in the UK boasts top career opportunities. The UK ranks in the top five in the world for university-industry collaboration (according to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15).

Statistics also show that UK educated international graduates achieve higher average salaries than if they had been educated at home, according to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes study (BIS 2011). Think the price of studying abroad is too pricey? Think long term – your prospects for higher salaries and faster career progression can make up for those hefty tuition fees in no time at all.

UK qualifications are valued for their heavy skills-based focus for the workplace. Over two thirds of businesses in the UK have links with universities, and over a third partner with universities for research and innovation. This means that UK educated graduates will benefit from developing both a practical skill set and highly relevant academic knowledge.

Outstanding university reputation

Employers across the world value UK degrees very highly.  And little wonder, given that according to the QS World Rankings, four of the top ten universities on the planet are in the UK, and the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings found that employers worldwide consider UK graduates as among the most “employable”. From a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, five UK universities were ranked in the top 10. This is a firm indication that UK degrees are recognised across the planet.

Consistently high levels of student satisfaction

The UK ranks second in the world for quality of scientific and research institutions (World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15).

The International Undergraduate Students: UK Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give feedback on what it’s like to study in this country. The UK scored top in every aspect: recommendation, overall satisfaction, arrival overall, learning overall, living overall, and support overall. (Source) The UK beat other countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US. In summary, international students are usually very satisfied with their experiences here.

Famous courses unique to the UK

Previously, we listed some of the strangest courses on offer at universities in the UK (source). From Yoga Studies to the likes of Circus Studies at Bath Spa University, there are some bizarre combinations. Others on offer include:

MBA Football Industries

MA the Beatles, Popular Music and Society

You won’t find these British culture-specific courses anywhere else!

In need of more convincing to study in the UK? We think the details below might just do it for you…

Our ApplicationUK scholarship

We are offering a generous £2,000 scholarship for prospective postgraduate students who use ApplicationUK for their postgraduate applications to universities in the UK! This is a great opportunity to start off your university studies with a bit of extra cash – it certainly makes a difference! This is on top of our existing £300 enrolment bursary, available for all students who successfully acquire an offer to study a postgraduate degree in the UK, via ApplicationUK.

 

How to enter:

Step 1: Submit an essay or video focused on the following topic: “Why do you want to study in the UK?” Essays must be at least 500 words long, and videos have no length requirement. There are no structure requirements or guidelines. Be as creative as you like!

Step 2: All submissions must be sent via email to: info@applicationuk.com. Please input your full name and the heading “Why do you want to study in the UK?” into the subject of the email. Plagiarism is a big no-no – we will cross-check all entries for plagiarism.

Step 3: Successfully submit a postgraduate application via ApplicationUK, arrive in the UK and enrol at your chosen university.

Our ApplicationUK panel will announce the winners late October 2017, after we have confirmed the successful enrolments. 

 

Terms and conditions:

This competition is administered and promoted by ApplicationUK.

The deadline for you to submit your entries is midnight 30th of July.

Entries are limited to one per person. Only individual entries will be accepted. Essay answers must have a minimum word count of 500 words in order to be accepted.

Entries must be original work by the entrant.

Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their essay does not infringe the copyright of any third party of any other laws.

Entries must be written in English in an appropriate document format.

ApplicationUK reserve the right to use names, information and submissions without obtaining further consent from the participant or providing payment to the participant for any commercial or non-commercial endeavours.

ApplicationUK will not be responsible or liable for any costs, problems, damage or loss of whatsoever nature to the participants resulting from participating in this competition.

ApplicationUK is not liable for any university application fees incurred by the university that the student applies for.

By submitting your entry, you are agreeing to being published on our website for promotional purposes.

ApplicationUK reserves the right to make any amendments at any given time without prior notice. 

Why Choose Teaching as Your Future Profession

Being a teacher is no longer considered glamorous or fashionable, but it is indeed a rewarding and noble career. You are the agent of change, the inspiration for children of all ages in the contributions they will one day bring to society. Besides, who would not want those school holidays off to rest and recharge every now and again?

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With schools in the UK struggling to meet the demands for quality head teachers, it’s worth thinking about educating others for a living as it is very much a job that is always in demand. Let’s face it, where would we be without our teachers from preschool to our lecturers in college? It’s a good thing to keep in mind that just because you do a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, it does not mean your career options are limited to teaching alone. Continue reading “Why Choose Teaching as Your Future Profession”

Postgraduate course with placements & why they’re important

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Have you ever wondered why some postgraduate degrees offer placements and why they do so? Here’s a list of the benefits:

1) Better career prospects

2) Deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise

3) Experience in real-world scenarios

4) Opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to challenges faced in the industry

5) Showcasing future abilities to future employers.

6) Gain a better understanding of your studies at university.

And if that sounds good to you, here’s another list of postgraduate degrees that offer placements as part of its curriculum for you to browse through. Continue reading “Postgraduate course with placements & why they’re important”

How to write an excellent CV?

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If you’re reading this then you are probably looking for a job, you may have noticed employers asking for a CV. A good CV, or Curriculum Vitae (a Latin phrase for the ‘courses of my life’) can get you far in life, and it is a very important document to have with you if you’re on the job hunt. Don’t worry if you have not written a CV before, or have little knowledge on how to build your CV. This article has all the information you need to get the ball rolling on your CV writing. Continue reading “How to write an excellent CV?”

Job hunting 101

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Being a university student may seem like child’s play to most people, but you and I know that’s not true. Balancing classes, assignments, exams, assessments, placements, independent living, social pressure, and large student debts can be pretty challenging for today’s average urban student.

Adding a part time job to peak precariously on that mountain of responsibilities may seem silly, yet students both international and local vie and compete for part time jobs. International students who are privately sponsored or receive a partial scholarship commonly seek out a part time job in order to put some yin (money) into their yang (bank accounts). Every student knows one can never have enough money. Continue reading “Job hunting 101”

Studying in the UK v Studying in Malaysia

Should you study in Malaysia or is the grass really greener on the other side? What are the differences between studying locally and overseas?

Let’s face it; these questions have constantly crossed your mind when deciding your next phase in life. You probably have already sought advice from your family, teachers and even counselors but what is your ultimate decision? Continue reading “Studying in the UK v Studying in Malaysia”

How Studying Abroad Can Improve Your CV – Free Item Included!

Banner ImageFrom gaining independence, to experiencing a new culture, we know that studying abroad has many, many advantages. Today, we’re going to discuss how studying abroad will greatly improve your employment options, and how to make your Resume/CV look good with this experience.

Don’t forget to read until the end for your free item!

Continue reading “How Studying Abroad Can Improve Your CV – Free Item Included!”