Helping you secure a graduate job

Many international students undertake study in the UK with the intention to stay and work here once they've graduated. It is important that you understand the career options available to you and the recruitment processes in your preferred country (here or overseas)

We recognise that thinking about your employability and career planning can be very confusing; especially if you are not familiar with the UK graduate recruitment cycle or how a Careers Service can help in your graduate job hunt. 

We have created three career planning stages to help you decide what to do when; we have called these Decide, Plan, Compete

Globally, employers are looking for graduates who have had previous work experience and have the relevant soft skills to be able to work in a multicultural team environment.

The University has a dedicated Career Zone to help you find work during and after your studies. The Decide, Plan, Compete planning tool will help you identify which activities to do when. 

The University of Exeter has a range of opportunities you can engage with in order to increase your chances of securing a graduate job either here in the UK or in your home country:

  • Speak to the Job Zone to ask about securing a part time job. Part time work can improve your communication and team work skills, both highly valued by employers
  • Sign up to skills training and events and aim to complete the Exeter Award
  • Undertake an internship or work placement as part of your degree. The University has a managed internship scheme with staff available to help you find an internship. 
  • For new students, register with Global Chums to be connected to a current University of Exeter student who can help you transition into life in the Uk and University. 
  • Join a club or society through the Student Guild and meet students from all areas of the globe. 

It is possible to find work in the UK after your studies at Exeter; students who engage with the Careers Service in the form of 1:1 appointments, attend employer events and complete activities such as the Exeter Award all increase their chances of remaining in the UK post graduation.

The International Student Support website has comprehensive advice online regarding post study work visas including information on Tier 2 (General) Visa, Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) and Tier 1, Graduate Entrepreneur Visa. You can also read about working visa options. The website also includes a list of approved sponsors which you can find on Gov.UK

Talk to us

If you are not sure about what to do or how to do it then talk to the staff in the Career Zone. The Career Zone is situated next to the SID desk in the Forum. You can book an appointment with a Careers Consulant to have your CV checked for a job in the UK and the Global Employability team is also available to help you find work internationally and in your country. 

 Exeter Career Zone

01392 72 4493

University of Exeter Forum, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4SZ

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Cornwall Career Zone

01326 25 3735

Level 0, The Exchange, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE

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GradLink Central & Eastern Europe provides Central and Eastern European students and graduates with an essential link to employers who are looking to recruit UK-educated graduate returners. It is the latest addition to GradLink, the award-winning careers site produced by UWE Bristol for international students at all HE Institutions throughout the UK. For further information, please go to the GradLink website