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Jobs for Tier 4 Visa Holders

What is Student Circus?

Student circus is a niche job search platform that enables International Students secure  jobs in the UK.

Having graduated from the UK as International Students,
we truly understand the time and visa constraints associated with finding a job.

World class UK universities nurture and produce the very best of international talent. At Student Circus, we believe that this skilled talent can greatly benefit the UK economy and its employers with its global outlook.

Visit Student Circus for more information and current graduate and internship opportunities. 

Which visa do you need to stay in the UK after university?

If you are an international student considering working in the UK after graduation, this essential guide to visas should prove useful

To retain the benefits of an international student body, including the economic contribution, it is important that students, universities and employers are all aware of the routes through which individuals can remain in the UK after their studies have concluded.

The Tier 4 visa is intended for the purpose of studying in the UK. However, it does allow students to work 20 hours a week during term-time or full-time outside term-time, where the student is studying at degree level or above. Such work experience can be vital for those looking to build relationships and contacts in order to secure permanent employment in the UK in the future.

There are a number of options available to Tier 4 students to allow them to stay in (or return to) the UK after their studies. Which route is the most appropriate depends on the individual’s plans for their future in the UK, the area in which they are seeking employment and their current circumstances.

Employment

The main visa for employment is the Tier 2 general visa. This visa requires an employer to hold a sponsor licence and for them to have available a job that the government deems to be at graduate level, or above. Furthermore, the role must be paid at, or above, the stipulated minimum, which is at least £20,800 for students switching to a Tier 2 visa.

International students have several advantages under this route compared with individuals outside the UK. First, businesses do not have to advertise the role in the UK for 28 days prior to offering it to the student (the resident labour market test). Also, businesses do not have to pay the immigration skills charge to employ someone switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2. The current charge is £1,000 for each year of the visa and the cost is likely to rise to £2,000 a year.

Despite such benefits and the clear skills shortages in some sectors, many students find it hard to obtain sponsorship, either because employers are not aware of how to go about sponsoring an individual, or because they believe that the costs and complications of sponsorship are too great for their business.

Previously, it was necessary to pass a course before Tier 4 students could switch to Tier 2, putting graduate schemes that typically start in September out of reach for master’s students, who do not receive their results until later in the year. However, from 11 January 2018, a student has been able to switch to a Tier 4 visa after completing their course.

It is vital for international students to understand the Tier 2 system early on in their course so that they can look for employment and make use of their ability to work under the Tier 4 visa. Armed with knowledge about how they may be sponsored, students can have discussions with employers and potential employers well in advance of the end of their course.

Other options

The two main alternatives for students are the Tier 1 and Tier 5 visas. Tier 1 is for individuals the government is specifically looking to attract to the UK such as investors, entrepreneurs and people who are experts in their field. There are a number of different Tier 1 visa options and it generally encompasses those who have an exceptional talent, or individuals who have money to invest in a business in the UK.

The Tier 1 route can lead to settlement but it does have a high threshold for approval. For example, Exceptional Talent applicants have to be endorsed as an exceptional talent in their field by an official body in their area of expertise. Students who wish to switch from Tier 2 to Tier 1 entrepreneur visas, are limited to using only specific government-backed investment funds, rather than private funds. Students can, however, make a business case to their university to seek endorsement for a Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur visa.

If a student does want to go down the more entrepreneurial route, they should take advice on the conditions of both the initial visa application and any extension application, and how this could lead to settlement.

Tier 5 is a temporary working category and generally requires a student to return to their home country before applying via this route. While Tier 5 is limited in both length and the ability to switch, it can be a useful fallback for a student seeking to build a relationship with an employer in the hope of a future Tier 2 sponsorship. Tier 5 visa holders would have to return to their home country to make a Tier 2 application and this would therefore require the employer to undertake the resident labour market test and pay the higher minimum salary as well as the immigration skills charge.

Future changes

With Brexit on the horizon, the future of the UK’s immigration system is unclear. The government has recently made a commitment to attracting individuals under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa by doubling the number of endorsements that are available in a year. This shows that the post-Brexit environment is intended to be one in which the UK seeks to snap up talent from across the globe.

However, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to what will happen to the highly skilled Tier 2 visa, or whether a lower-skilled worker route will be opened to deal with a possible labour gap in jobs routinely filled by European Economic Area (EEA) workers.

The Migrant Advisory Committee has been commissioned to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. The report is not due for publication until September 2018, meaning that any changes to our immigration system would need to be quickly drafted and enshrined in law before the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019. If this isn’t achieved, the current system could continue post-Brexit, which risks it being unfit for its new purpose.

Whatever the future holds, international students form an important part of the economic landscape of the UK and, as such, everyone should be aware of the specific challenges that they face and consider how these may be tackled.

Charlotte Ashton is a solicitor at MLP Law and advises international students from local universities on their options for remaining in the UK.

 

 

What is your greatest weakness?

Does a job candidate’s answer to this simple interview question predicts success better than their entire resume?

Traci Wilk
“I’d much rather bring somebody into the organization that has taken risks and failed than [somebody who] has always taken the safe route,” says Traci Wilk (pictured).
Courtesy of Traci Wilk
  • Asking interview questions about challenging work experiences can help discern whether a candidate is willing to learn from their mistakes.
  • That’s according to Traci Wilk, senior vice president of people at The Learning Experience and former HR exec at Starbucks.
  • Wilk wants to see evidence of a “growth mindset,” or the belief that talents can be developed through hard work.

One of the hardest parts of a job interview is talking about your flaws and stumbles.

Sometimes the prompt is literally, “what’s your greatest weakness?” Other times it’s, “why were you let go from your last job?”

If you’re interviewing with Traci Wilk, there’s a good chance she’ll encourage you to “tell me about the most challenging work experience that you had and what you learned from it.”

Wilk is the senior vice president of people at The Learning Experience, an early education and childcare franchise. She has also led human resources departments at Starbucks, Coach, and rag & bone. She told Business Insider that, when she asks candidates to share their most challenging work experiences, she’s not exactly trying to suss out their tendency to miss deadlines or talk back to their boss.

Instead, she’s looking for evidence of a “growth mindset.”

Read more: An HR exec who’s worked at Starbucks and Coach was recently asked a surprising question by a job candidate that rocketed them to the top of the list

Wilk said that if the candidate naturally talks about “things that they would have done differently,” that’s a good sign because it shows a “high degree of self-awareness.” She especially wants to see the candidate share some “reflection or a postmortem that they may have done after the situation, how they’ve taken that and applied it into future situations.”

In fact, Wilk added, she’s generally more interested in a candidate’s ability to learn than in their résumé. “Is this someone that’s going to come into the organization certainly with best practices, but also willing to be flexible, willing to be innovative? That’s really the main thing that I’m assessing when I’m meeting with a candidate.”

Read more: An executive coach says practically everyone forgets to ask the job interview question that exposes a big red flag

Other HR leaders say a ‘growth mindset’ is key to success

The term “growth mindset” was coined by psychologist Carol Dweck to describe the belief that your talents can be developed. (The opposite is a “fixed mindset,” which refers to the belief that your talents are innate and can’t change much.) Dweck’s research suggests that people with a growth mindset tend to be more successful.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Bloomberg that Dweck’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” inspired him to emphasize the importance of a growth mindset among his employees. Microsoft’s chief people officer, Kathleen Hogan, told Geekwire that Microsoft employees weren’t supposed to prove they’re the smartest people in the room, but they were instead supposed to “learn and bring out the best in people.”

As for talking about challenging career experiences in a job interview, if you’re worried about being too candid about your screwups, you probably shouldn’t be.

“It really shows that this person is confident enough to be vulnerable. I’d much rather bring somebody into the organization that has taken risks and failed than [somebody who] has always taken the safe route,” Wilk said.

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Kent Open Day at Dechert

Kent Open Day at Dechert
Friday 18th January 2019

Kent-only Open Day at Global law firm Dechert on 18th January.   The Open Day will include an insight into the firm and what they do, including their training contracts; a skills session; and, networking with trainees, partners, graduate recruitment team.

This is an ordinary open day but exclusively available to students from Kent (and that includes non-law students too).

Eligibility:

  • Open to:
    • Any final year student on any degree/PG degree at the University of Kent
  • Must not be a qualified lawyer (in any jurisdiction)
  • Must be on track for a 2.1 degree and have AAB grades at A level (or equivalent).  Real mitigation for slightly lower grades will be taken into account.  If you wish this to be considered please supply information with your application.
  • Genuine interest in the type of work that Dechert does.  Some of their main areas are corporate securities, investment funds, litigation, white-collar crime.
  • You must be commercially astute.
  • International students may apply.

Your travel costs, up to £75, will be reimbursed by Dechert. (please note, transport will not be organised for you – you find your own way there and claim your costs after the visit).  Lunch will be provided.

How to apply:

If you wish to be considered for a place on this Open Day provide the following information:

  1. CV – it must include each module that you have studied and the grades achieved.
  2. Details of any access or dietary requirements
  3. In no more than 400 words explain why you wish to attend the Dechert Open Day

Email your application to Jayne on klsemployability@kent.ac.uk with “Dechert Open Day” in the subject bar.

Deadline:  Non- Law student deadline 9am, 12 December

IMPORTANT: 

The eligibility criteria will be strictly applied and the standard of applications should be the same as if you were applying directly to the firm.  Applications will not be considered until the deadline.  As such, incomplete or substandard applications will not be identified before the deadline and no second chances will be given.

 

Free Journalism Workshops

If you’re interested in a career in journalism these free, hands-on workshops will give you a glimpse into the industry and the award-winning NCTJ training.

London Workshop Dates (uni students/post-graduates)

Friday, November 30 – News journalism (10:30am – 1:30pm)

Tuesday, December 4 – News journalism (7:30pm – 9:30pm)

** Please note we are moving offices in mid-December 2018. All below workshops will take place at Ampersand House, 49-53 York Street, London, TW1 3LP **

Saturday, January 5 – Sports journalism (1:30pm-5pm)

Tuesday, January 15  – News journalism (7:30pm-9:30pm)

Friday, February 1 – News journalism (10:30am-1:30pm)

Saturday, February 16 – Sports journalism (1:30pm-5pm)

Apply Now

Tier 2 Visa Jobs Simplified

Next week we have Student Circus visiting the University, to speak to International students regarding Tier 2 jobs.

Tier 2 jobs simplified- By Student Circus, Wednesday 28 November in KLT6  at 14:00.

Understanding visa routes and tackling job search is an extremely tricky process. We want to make it easier for you by breaking these down into simpler steps. Student Circus is a smart job search platform where you can apply for exclusively handpicked Tier-2 jobs.

The session will cover the following points:

  • Our journey from intl students to Entrepreneurs in the UK 
  • Current job environment 
  • Timelines to follow for visas 
  • Tips & Tricks 
  • Options post Tier-4 expiry

This session is for international students, including Postgrads.

Students can book onto the Social Sciences session here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3565&service=Careers+Service

Fast Stream Applications Close Thursday at Midday

Applications to the Fast Stream close on Thursday 25 October at noon.

  • 15 different Fast Stream schemes
  • Each with a career path in a government profession
  • Many offer professional qualifications
  • You can select up to 4 schemes when you apply
  • Most schemes welcome applications from those with a 2:2, as well as 2:1 and first degrees
  • The Fast Stream has no upper age limit.

Visit: www.faststream.gov.uk now to apply.

Three things we want you to know about the Fast Stream:

You can ‘Be Yourself’ on the FastStream: Whoever you are, whatever your age, background or the degree subject you studied, we value who you are when you join us and offer flexible working to ensure that you can achieve good work-life balance, once on board.

You can ‘Be a Leader’ on the Fast Stream: Our programme will help you to reach your full potential; progress to the highest levels of the Civil Service and reach the top of your profession.

You can have fun on the Fast Stream: Fast Streamers enjoy unique access to professional and social networks. They form lasting lifelong friendships on the programme whilst working in modern workplaces and contributing to solving some of the greatest challenges facing society today.

 

Teach First Presentation

Give every child the belief that they can achieve anything. Develop skills that can take you anywhere. Come along to our presentation to discover how Teach First can support you to become an inspirational leader both in and outside the classroom, wherever your career is heading.

Date: 24/10/18
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 (GLT1), Canterbury Campus
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teach-first-employer-presentation-for-students-in-kent-tickets-50776865973

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in this country are being let down by one of the most unfair education systems in the developed world, and the knock-on effect of this injustice lasts a lifetime. It’s a cycle we’re determined to break, but we need your help. On our ground-breaking, two-year Leadership Development Programme, you’ll have the opportunity to help end educational inequality in the UK.

Join us at this presentation to learn how our graduate opportunity enables you to make an important social impact, while also offering you a career-defining opportunity to gain a formal qualification in both teaching and leadership. You will also find out how you can get involved with our mission while you are still at university through our range of undergraduate programmes.

Refreshments will be available afterwards (juice, wine and food), along with opportunities to speak to our recruiters and individuals who have already completed our programmes.

Become part of a powerful and dynamic force for social change.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ross Cooper on rcooper@teachfirst.org.uk

Innovation Hub

You may have a business, you may have a business idea, you may want to learn how to generate ideas – Hub is a dedicated base for start-up support and incubation at the University of Kent.

To talk to our professional business advisor, please sign up here.

In November we are inviting our external business mentors to come in for a day to run business surgeries.

Want to propel your business in the digital space?
Talk to our Digital Marketing mentor!

November 1st, Thur. Please, book.

Not sure how to evaluate your start-up expenses?
Come to a session with an accountant!
November 13th, Tue. Please, book.

Love the idea of making a change?
Feel like giving back to the community?
Like the idea of running a business?
Social Enterprise Conference
November 1st 2018, Thursday, 12 noon – 4pm, Free admission
A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, network and learn:
– the difference between charity and CIC
– available funding
– local and national success stories
– pitfalls of running a social enterprise
Please, register here.

This year on top of our usual business support activities we are rolling out the #DigitalReboot programme with digital start-up support.

#DigitalReboot APP CHALLENGE

Got an idea for an app?
We can help you digitalise your future!
The Challenge this year is focusing on 17 UN Sustainability Goals.
Teams of 2-4 students are welcome to apply online
Deadline for applications – November 7th.

To increase your chances of successful application we would advise you to book a free confidential 1-2-1 session with a digital business advisor.

Within #DigitalReboot we have just launched Student meet-ups at Mungo’s where students with ideas meet students will skills to create something amazing! Come along to meet entrepreneurial students, find a business partner and socialise.

So many opportunities and so little time!

An option of studying online and acquiring skills on starting your own business is also on MOODLE with Enterprise Skills Award (ESA).

The great news is that by attending all mentioned events (including online module) and taking part in all competitions you will also receive Employability Points!

Be your own boss, learn about starting a business and meet like-minded people!

For further information, please, contact the Hub

T: 01227 824641
E: unikenthub@kent.ac.uk
www.kent.ac.uk/innovation-hub

12-month placement in Human Resources

Are you looking for a 12-month placement in Human Resources for 2019/20? Do you want real responsibility with the chance to influence household name coffee brands including Tassimo, Kenco, L’Or and Jacobs?

Global Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company (FMCG) JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE) are looking for year-in-industry students from all degree backgrounds to join their diverse, global team of over 12,000 coffee champions, on a 12-month placement in Human Resources.

 

Company Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Location Banbury, Oxfordshire
Roles 12-month Year in Industry Placements in Human Resources
Salary £16,000 + £1,000 sign-on bonus
Assessment dates 26th November – 7th December 2018
Start Date July 2019
Apply here www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/jde-hr/?ref=PM
Deadline 9th November 2018

 

Who is the company?

– JDE is a €5 billion global business with around 15,000 associates based in 28 different countries, selling their brands in over 100 different countries around the world.

– Formed in 2015, JDE retains a start-up feel containing some of the leading brands in the Coffee and Tea industry including – Kenco, L’OR, Tassimo and Douwe Egberts to name a few.

– JDE UK is headquartered in Banbury, Oxfordshire, which is one of JDE’s global ‘Power Plants’ responsible for producing 20,000 tonnes of coffee per year across 9 production lines.

– The UK represents a top 5 global market for JDE and continues to be a growth engine for the category, driving premiumisation by leading the single-serve partition with the Tassimo brand and premiumising the instant coffee segment through Kenco, L’OR and the Douwe Egberts brands.

– JDE believes amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee and with values including Entrepreneurship, Solidarity, Accountability, Simplicity and Discipline working at JDE offers you an exciting opportunity to make an impact in the world’s largest pure play coffee company.

– JDE’s goal is simple but ambitious: a coffee for every cup.

Everyone deserves the coffee they love.

What are the roles?

– There are 2 very different HR placements available this year at JDE.

  1. Talent, Learning and Development:

– Learning and development (L&D) are in charge of developing resources and documents, handling logistics, admin and onboarding of new staff into the business.

– Talent look at the personal and professional development of the people at JDE. You will be helping to ensure that JDE has the best people by making sure they are undertaking continuous learning and development programmes.

– You will work with leadership teams, as well as with the Irish and Amsterdam HR teams. You can also shadow other parts of the business during your placement year.

  1. Human Resources:

– You will work with the Manufacturing HR team, supporting the Senior HR Business Partner and 2 HR Business Partners with more traditional HR delivery.

– This will involve working on updating policies, employee relation cases, trade union communication, supporting change programmes, supporting engagement strategy, as well as day to admin handling such as new starters, on-boarding, updates etc.

Why should you apply?

Travel: JDE provide awesome opportunities to travel. Last year around half the placement students travelled abroad.

Fantastic perks: 25 days holiday, free hot beverages (not just coffee!) and even Barista training!

Student Charity Committee: Every Friday all the placement students get together for a fun charity meeting. Last year their charity work raised over £30,000 in total.

Culture: At JDE they have a friendly, hands-on environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute and all opinions are valued. There is also a strong mentoring programme and you will be periodically reporting to senior business stakeholders and interacting with other placement students.

Corporate Social Responsibility: From sourcing ingredients responsibly with internationally recognised standards, to partnering directly with suppliers to improve working conditions and protect natural resources, and aiming to make all manufacturing sites landfill free by 2020, at JDE they are driven by their passion for coffee & tea, care for people and respect for the environment.

Who is best suited to this role?

– Applications from any degree background are welcome.

– We’re looking for students who want to get stuck in and be proactive, who can work well in a team, are well organised and have good attention to detail.

– You must be an undergraduate looking for a 12-month Year-in-Industry placement from July 2019 to July 2020.

Click here to apply now:

www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/jde-hr/?ref=PM

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