A Look At The Year Gone By: Student Circus’ 2019 In A Nutshell

Immigration News, Graduate jobs

March 10, 2020


2019 was an eventful year for the students, universities, employers and recruiters in the UK. There has been increasing recognition of the need to have a robust support system for international students in terms of employment in the UK after completing their studies. The international community is an asset for the Universities - even as alumni, they are valuable resources and support to build networks and gain insights into the job market. 

 

The year also witnessed the announcement of the new graduate employment route of the post-study work which is expected to be introduced in summer 2021. Through all of this, Student Circus was working hard to ensure that the international student community is able to thrive in the UK, as far as their employability concerns are considered. 

 

We graduated from the L&P Business Growth Programme and were listed among the top platforms selected by the Mayor of London under his Brexit Talent Toolkit for employers. Let’s have a quick glance at the activities and updates from the year at Student Circus:

 


An Abundance of Success Stories


In the past year, the platform saw an additional 20,000 students register to get access to more than 5,00,000 placement, work experience, internships and job opportunities advertised on the platform. The milestone in numbers is complemented by the success stories we have witnessed. Several students joined Student Circus, applied to the jobs advertised, worked their way through the various stages of the application process and went on to bag graduate jobs, internships and placements in the midst of intensive competition!

These students have shared their experiences with us; Anooshka Pathak shared how she found out about Student Circus:
 

‘I’d realised that there were many companies that did not want international students, that's why I looked at finding somewhere that could filter out only those companies that would sponsor.’ 


Christy Simanjuntak, currently working as Global Credit Analyst at HSBC UK, echoes a similar sentiment:
 

Student Circus shows the list of companies that will definitely sponsor the VISA, so you feel confident in taking your application forward.’


The alternative, she adds, is arduous, time-consuming and inaccurate:
 

'We can also find a list of companies that offer sponsorships to people online in a PDF format but it is very lengthy. But that has to be referred to with a grain of salt because even if a company is listed there, it is not necessary that they will sponsor Tier 2 or that their sponsorship will apply to new students. There are other requirements like minimum salary. So it is not stated there, and all these filters make it very difficult to be 100% sure about a vacancy being sponsored.'
 

They have a lot of practical job-hunting tips to share with their peers as well. Some of them include maintaining a spreadsheet with the record of all the applications made, visiting the careers service at the university, attending the job fairs, among others. 

 

Our footprint got stronger across the UK

 

We added more Universities to our roster. Now, students at the following Universities can also log in to the platform and make use of the service:
 

  • The University of the West of Scotland
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Bristol
  • Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • University of South Wales
  • Imperial College Business School
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Liverpool Management School
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Lincoln
  • Aston University
  • Middlesex University
  • Royal Agricultural University


...and others!

 

Events:


The Student Circus team conducted over 71 workshops across University clients in the UK. We are more than just a platform. We intend to facilitate the international students and other stakeholders at UK Universities and help them stay informed and updated about the employment policies as well as trends. Job hunting can be hard and we work to make the process as streamlined and time-effective as we can! Our workshops have resulted in the international student community feeling empowered to take the next step in their career. Holly Prescott at the University of Birmingham seems to agree,
 

'I found it very useful to have your perspective as someone with much experience of employers who sponsor international applicants. The session was a good intro and ‘conversation-starter’: I’ve had several students follow up with me afterwards, some with very specific questions, so it’s given them a point of reference and opportunity to access more support which is always useful.'
 


We got featured!


Student Circus was featured in a joint report between Universities UK International (UUKi), the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and Coventry University, which explored how universities support the

employability of their international students. The report titled ‘SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY: making good on the promise’ was published and presented in January 2020 at a UUKi event. 


It acknowledges and features the role Student Circus has played since 2017 in addressing and bridging this gap in the following words, ‘The service’s unique selling point is that all jobs posted on the platform are from employers that have a Tier 2 sponsorship license and accept applications from international students.’

Our co-founder was also on the panel of judges for the 2019th edition of the PIEoneer Awards, a year after having bagged the International alumni of the year award at the 2018 edition. 

 

We’ve got plans


Going forward, we have some exciting new plans for the upcoming year. 

From 4 university clients in 2017 to 45+ in 2020, we are targeting to close the year with around 45 universities on-boarded including the top leagues like LSE and London Business School! 

 

Here’s the thing: the UUKi report also suggested that it is important to support international students returning to their home countries. It has been recommended to invest in targeted employer engagement with overseas employers and other resources to support international students returning home. In keeping with that principle, we are launching Jobs in Home Country, an extension of our current platform that will list exclusive jobs and professional opportunities from handpicked companies for international students returning to their home countries. Jobs in Home Country will aim to offer returning students and alumni a seamless way to transition into the professional environment of their home country. 
 

Here’s to another year of growth and of serving the international student community across the globe!



Featured Image: Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

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