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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


20 Apr 2018 133 Book icon 3 mins Share

After graduating abroad: make use of the best options

The course and university you choose abroad will determine what jobs you get abroad? Have you thought about it yet?

20 Apr 2018 133 Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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When to look for jobs abroad after graduating

Are you just a few steps away from studying abroad as an international student? 

But are you slightly worried, thinking if you’ll be able to get a good return on investment at the end of your course when you graduate? 

A degree overseas could be quite expensive, and every student wants that the degree that he or she gains should yield good outcome. The outcome is nothing but a good job, with proper paycheck. 

Every international student wants he or she should get a job in the chosen field and country. Obtaining a permanent residency could be a passive thought in a student’s mind when studying abroad because it takes a lot of time and a bit of luck to get it.

Several universities abroad offer tailored services to help students with their employment and immigration processes. Placement cells and internships are other avenues for students to gain entry into industries overseas, and prove their mettle.

But, everything aside, the country, university and course that you choose matter a lot because each will decide your life goals. In addition, it also matters 'when' you start looking for jobs. Some students start looking for employment early on while others wait till they graduate. 

Popular jobs in different countries

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According to recent market research, some of the highest-paying professions abroad include

  1. Medical Scientist
  2. Corporate Lawyer
  3. Athletic Trainer
  4. Java Architect
  5. Network Systems Analyst
  6. Financial Advisors
  7. Engineering – be it mechanical, chemical or civil engineering
  8. Cyber Security

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In New Zealand, professions like IT sales, information architecture, finance management, cyber security and business intelligence are most chosen options for students.

In Canada, the following jobs have seen a good growth over time, with a projected growth by 2022 (Canadian Business): oil and gas drilling supervisor, mining and forestry, air traffic controller, statistician and senior business manager.

Some of the highest-paying jobs in Canada for graduates, as per latest trends, are in areas like computer sciences, business, engineering, law and pharmaceutical sciences.

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In the UK, students seem to choose the following sectors when looking for jobs: finance, oil and gas, creative arts industries and academic research.

According to QS Top Universities rankings, cities in Canada where international students can find jobs after graduating include Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and Vancouver. In Australia, the most employable cities are Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth.

What's the general trend?

There is a saying ‘there is a time for everything’. The same rule of thumb applies when looking for employment abroad after completing your studies. There are companies that hire all year round, but some look for candidates only during a specific time of the year.

As per a recent report from, there is a good demand for fresh graduates in various sectors in Australia. In fact the number of job postings by Aussie employers on Indeed increased in 2017, with 23% increase compared with previous years.

Job prospects are more for tech graduates, particularly computer programmers and software engineers. Also, civil engineers and architects are in great demand across various industries.

In Australia, almost 72% of undergraduates found jobs within four months of completing graduation ( in 2017.

The report ( also lays importance on applying for the above jobs at the right time. For professions like computer programmers and engineers, the best time to look for jobs in Australia is between March and April. On the other hand, Accounting jobs are more in Australia during March and the first week of August. Job openings in areas like engineering and computer science are usually more between March and April in the country. 

The common traits that international students should have when looking for jobs abroad, immediately after graduating include –

  1. They should start networking early on
  2. They should intern in a company
  3. They should network with seniors and potential people
  4. They should speak to their faculty and learn more about the global job market
  5. They can take help of the career services of the university abroad

Questions to ask!

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself when looking for jobs abroad after completing your studies:

  1. What is your ultimate aim after graduating from an institute abroad?
  2. Will you be happy settling in a foreign country?
  3. Why do you want to work abroad?
  4. Can you get the same job (if you have one) in your native country?

It’s not easy to find the first job, and the right kind too, as a graduate in the professional world. While hiring fresh graduates, most employers look for individuals who are curious, creative and problem solvers whereas students when choosing employers, they look for a healthy work environment, learning and personal growth and friendly co-workers.

Since the university and the country that you choose matter, and go a long way, in deciding what you will be doing in the long run, you must act now before you start applying to universities abroad for the next intake. 

Our counsellors can help you get into the right kind of university abroad for your undergraduate or postgraduate studies. They will help you find courses that match your profile. You have to share your profile with us and discuss your preferences so that we can offer our best support and guidance to you. 

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