Yes, the statistics are against you. Only 3% of international students will secure a Tier 2 (General) Visa by the end of their studies according to statistics from PwC and the Home Office.
However, at CIUK we have a rare vantage point. 80% of our clients from all programmes will go on to full time work, so that gives us a keen professional insight into what makes the difference between success and failure.
It really all boils down to 3 key points:
"I studied Marketing so I must work in Marketing..."
The above argument holds true for many subjects in students minds. They feel that they must work in the same subject that they studied for. However they severely limit their opportunities but refusing to look into other opportunities, or even applying for jobs; like marketing, that they will not get sponsored for.
Before beginning to apply for jobs, do your research. Many top jobs are non-degree specific, as they will train for the skills and qualifications that you will need.
This will broaden your horizons and increase your chances of success
continuing firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
Too often, we see students giving up after a few rejections. They throw their hands up in the air in frustration and say
"It's impossible. I will never find a job here"
To all of you who have seen failure, we would say how could you enjoy your success if it did not come with hard work and difficulty. A recent student survey from Imperial College University , found the average number for job applications before a graduate received a job offer was 37.
So before you throw in the towel after a rejection letter , reflect on the things you never would have experienced if these people had not been persistent:
While JK.Rowling was writing the first book in the Harry Potter , "The Philosopher's Stone" in cafes around Edinburgh with her new born baby daughter, she received 12 rejections from publishers before being taken up by Bloomsbury.
Ariana Huffington, now one of the most recognised names in media and the leader of the mercurial Huffington Post was rejected by 36 publishers for her second book before going on to the start the Huffington.
Henry Ford went broke 5 times before going on to successfully found the Ford Motor Company. Today Ford is worth $199Bn.
Imagine what you could achieve if you simply refused to give up.
We see so much talent simply go to waste, because they refuse to apply themselves consistently over time. Finding a job is not like cramming for your next exam.
You must me meticulous, plan your strategy and give time to it every day if you want to see the fruits of your labour.
Leader are born through consistently applying themselves over time.
“You love, what you give time to.”
So ask yourself this next time you feel like giving up.
How can I fail if I simply refuse to give up?