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THE UK: Career Prospects

Finding a graduate career in the UK for Malaysians

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Malaysian students who finish their studies in the UK normally look forward to finding a job in the country. The vast amount of opportunities and the experience of working abroad have seen Malaysians securing good jobs in the UK. Let our guide to post-study options as an international student in the UK help make things a bit clearer.

What’s the graduate market like?

The market for graduate jobs in the UK is at its strongest, with the service sector creating jobs at the fastest rate. Graduates of Medicine and Medical-related subjects show the highest proportion of employment, followed by Media and Information Studies, Technology, Agricultural Sciences, Architecture, Business and Finance. Social Sciences students are also in high demand.

The UK’s fastest growing sector is the creative industries, which has also shown substantial advances in the past few years, making up 5.6% of the overall workforce. Film, television and music industries have been key driving forces for the sector, creating new opportunities for graduates of Media, Film, Writing and Sound Engineering.

Can I stay in the UK?

Malaysian students need to apply for a work visa to remain in the UK to work. You’ll be able to apply for a work visa if you have either already been offered a professional job while still on your student visa, or meet specific investment or skill requirements. There are two general categories of work visas: Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Most students who have been offered a job before their student visa expires will have to apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa. Students eligible for Tier 1 visas will either need to demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial qualities, substantial intention to invest in the UK or be endorsed by an accredited body for their exceptional talent in a particular field.

Eligibility requirements are incredibly specific and you’ll have to make sure that you submit the right documents and fees. The length of time you’ll be able to stay in the UK after your student visa expires vary depending on your study programme.

How can I find a job?

There are thousands of job openings in the UK in every imaginable sector. Use the same job search tools as the local students to remain competitive. Look for jobs online, go through recruitment websites or check with your university careers service centre. Take a look at, Monster or Totaljobs for job search engine in any discipline. If you’re an engineer, look up industry-specific search engines like Just Engineers.

Can my university help?

Your university will have a careers centre that will point you in the right direction in your job search. They normally offer application advice, support and help in approaching employers and lodging complete applications. You can even get help in improving your CV.

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