4 Industries International Students Should Watch Out For

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August 12, 2021

International students are in demand all over the world as workplaces are increasingly globalised and intercultural. Which careers are international students best suited to? 


Prospects Luminate provided a summary of data from the 2021 UK labour market. The findings suggest that the employment outcomes of graduates are greater than non-graduates, and highlights the sectors that were most resilient from the worst economic impacts of the pandemic, which included the health and education sectors. Clearly, there’s a demand for the level of skill and talent international students bring to the table.  


It is possible for international students to be hired in the UK and receive a visa sponsorship. In 2019-20, 9,245 students converted their Student Visa to a Skilled Worker visa. Here is a comprehensive list of the companies on the UK Government’s Skilled Worker Visa sponsor list for 2021. Student Circus has broken this down further in the sections below by providing examples of some of the firms in each sector. 


It is worth noting that larger firms are often able to sponsor international student visas simply because they have the resources available to do so. There are often also more vacancies available at bigger firms. At the same time, a number of startups and small & medium enterprises are willing to apply for a sponsorship for candidates who impress them through a small internship or work experience stint. The former often comes in the form of graduate schemes and graduate roles, while the students who land the latter often do so through networking.


1. Technology

The scale of big multinational corporations like Apple means that the demand for globally-minded internationals with intercultural skills is high. Individuals with the skills and expertise in software engineering and analytics are often first in line for government visas, with recruiters aiding in the employment process.


Career examples: software engineers and developers, data scientists

Firms to watch out for: Google, Amazon, BT, Bloomberg, Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, Sony


2. Business

International students with a background in business are highly desirable employees as they have already developed cultural intelligence and the intercultural skills required to thrive in a global market

For example, consultants work to improve the efficiency of an organisation such as by evaluating and adapting operations strategies to meet a global market. 


Career examples: financial services, project management, consultancy, marketing, communications or PR, human resources

Firms to watch out for: PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, JP Morgan, EY, HSBC, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Bain & Company 


3. Engineering and energy

Engineering degrees are highly desirable as they equip students with the skills to help improve technology, infrastructure, and sanitation for people all over the world. Engineering graduates are logical and have excellent problem-solving and numerical skills, making them highly employable. 


Career examples: mechanical engineer, civil engineer, electrical engineer

Firms to watch out for: Unilever, ARUP, Siemens, EDF Energy


4. Healthcare

It is no surprise that medical professionals are among the most wanted professionals in the world. The NHS is one of the largest single employers in the UK, employing more than a million people. They welcome applications from professionally qualified individuals looking to work in healthcare from all over the world, and even for recent graduates from any degree for graduate programmes in management, finance, technology, and more. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are also ideal places for international students who wish to work in the healthcare industry. 


Career examples: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, epidemiologists

Firms to watch out for: Bupa, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, NHS 

Written by Anu Jain

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

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