Why international graduates are not getting jobs in the UK; The UK’s unemployment rate has been falling consistently since 2013, and it’s now at 4.3%.
Unemployment among people who are British or have lived in the UK for more than 2 years is lower still, at 3.9%.
These numbers look impressive compared to other major economies in the US, unemployment was 5% as of August 2017 but there are still some groups that haven’t been helped by this improvement.
What you can do
If you’re an international graduate looking for work in the UK, take a few moments to examine your credentials and make sure they suit what employers are looking for.
Many degrees and qualifications might not be recognized in this country, meaning that you’ll need to either get a separate qualification here or go back to your home country to finish your studies if you want to work here.
International graduates often find it difficult to secure employment because their education and work experience is not applicable to the job market in England.
Many international students fail to do adequate research before attending university abroad, but as well as researching tuition fees, academic resources, and the reputation of degree courses abroad it’s also worth checking whether your chosen course will lead to a recognized qualification.
It’s also worth taking some time to consider what you can do that other applicants cannot. Although there might be a number of applicants with equal or greater academic achievement, having experience living and working abroad will certainly set you apart from other candidates.
- Companies prefer people who studied at their local university or those with a high level of fluency in English to non-native speakers.
- The work permit process can be confusing for employers, often resulting in a reluctance to hire internationals.
- Graduates from outside of Europe may face additional restrictions, such as limits on how many employees they’re allowed to hire.
What More Needs To Be Done
The number of new firms being created is slowing, so it’s more difficult for recent grads to find roles. Why? Demand for new staff is down and many employers have taken a cautious approach because of uncertainty around Brexit.
A study by the Association of Graduate Recruiters found that 68% had seen a fall in graduate recruitment since last year, with 15% seeing a decrease of up to 25%. With less demand, companies have also been able to be pickier about who they hire.
Meanwhile, 17% of companies said they’ve hired more overseas workers because there were too few local candidates. How can we encourage employers to give British grads a fair chance? There is also something we can do as students to prepare ourselves better.
Here’s how to get some practical experience while studying or internship opportunities during vacation periods (full-time or part-time).
Skills such as data analytics, computer programming, digital marketing, and graphic design are always in demand. It’s also important to build networks at university through clubs and societies this way you’ll get access to alumni working in industries you’re interested in.
Is it ever possible to avoid a post-university job hunt altogether? It might be if you can get a place on an entrepreneurship programmer, like those offered by Startup Bootcamp and Techstars. In 2016, both organizations hosted bootcamps for start-ups who wanted to create new businesses.
What Might Happen
The main reasons for this can be because many employers find it hard to verify the authenticity of qualifications. On top of this, there is a shortage of skilled workers in Britain at the moment.
In addition, some employers do not think that hiring migrants is a wise idea because they may want to return home to their own country as soon as they receive permanent residency and there is no guarantee they will stay with their employer.
In conclusion, it is difficult for international graduates to get a job in the UK because they are usually considered less qualified than their British counterparts.
It is true that international students spend a lot of money on tuition fees and flights, but this does not always mean that they will be able to find work easily. The answer to this issue lies with government policies and companies willing to hire these students.