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3 Common Myths Debunkend 

Our experience over the past 7 years, tells us that if you look around your University class, only a few of you will stay to work in the UK.

Students leave their applications too late, apply for jobs where they won’t get sponsorship, or do not get professional support and advice which leads to an uninspiring return home empty handed.

Before you read this report we want to smash 3 Myths that may be stopping you getting a top graduate job and staying in the UK.

1. I can only work in the field that I studied

Whether you studied HR Management, Maths, Supply Chain Logistics or Finance, do not be limited to only applying for jobs you studied for.

As you can see from the table below  there are more jobs in some industries than others.

Your chances have already been heavily reduced due to a harsh immigration climate, don’t reduce them further by giving yourself an impossible task. You want to apply to industries that have the highest number of jobs.

As long as you have a 2:1 (70%) in your Bachelor’s Degree and can speak a good level of Business English you can apply for most jobs in the Professional Services industry.

You can join from ANY academic background.

2. I am not qualified/experienced enough to work in the Professional Services Industry

You don’t need to be. Unlike Investment Banking where it is advantageous to have some professional experience, in the Professional Services you don’t need any.

They will take you, train you and you will even be sponsored to study for a globally recognised qualification like the ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants) or the CTA (Chartered Tax Accountants)

You just need to be a good team player, not be afraid of numbers and have a willingness to learn.

3. I will apply when I finish my studies

Wrong. If you wondered when you should start applying for jobs, the time is NOW. Remember applications will close a minimum of 3 months before the start date, so that your Visa can be processed.

September Start: April 30th Deadline

April Start: December 30th Deadline

So if you begin to apply by the time you finish your studies in June or September you may be too late.

The key is to manage your time effectively and set aside 10-20m a day for your applications and preparation.

If you feel overwhelmed and need help you can always contact a professional coaching firm like CIUK for help here.


We know the 3 biggest problems that you face as an international student are:

-        Getting a Tier 2 Visa

-        Getting a job

-        Getting a top job


Reading this report to help you solve all 3.


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Professional Services Explained


Which Companies are we talking about?

professional services companies

                                           We are talking about the biggest employers in the UK apart from the Public Sector

2016 Graduate Stats Chart

                                      Source: The High Fliers Graduate Report, 2016: Amended for International Non-EU Students

2016 Stats Pie Chart

These companies provide 31% of the available top graduate jobs in the UK. Let’s put that into perspective:

16x more jobs than the Consumer Goods Industry

10x more jobs than the Media Industry

6x more jobs than the Law Industry

2x more jobs than the Investment Banking Industry

In fact there are more jobs in the Professional Services industry than all of those industries combined.



PwC Logo

2016 intake: 1500 graduates

2015 Revenue: £3Bn



Deloitte Logo

2016 intake: 1200 graduates

2015 Revenue: £2.7Bn



2016 intake: 1000 graduates

2015 Revenue: £1.87Bn




2016 intake: 1400 graduates

2015 Revenue: £2bn


BDO Logo

2016 intake: 250 graduates

2015 Revenue: £400M

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton Logo

2016 intake: 300 graduates

2015 Revenue: £521M




2016 intake: 600 graduates

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The UK’s Biggest Tier 2 Sponsors

Source: Home Office Management Information: Total CoS used, year ending August 2015

Top Tier 2 Sponsors 2015

In 2015 there were 5,400 Tier 2 to Tier 4 Switches ( that is where a Tier 4 student switched from a Tier 4 from a University to a Tier 2 at a Company)

We conservatively estimate that a minimum of 25% (1,350) of these visas were from the 7 companies we have discussed.

That is 1 in 4 Visas.

Also since the tightening of Visa restrictions most companies will now only accept in country switching. Meaning your best chance of getting a Tier 2 is while in University education and as soon as possible.

What would I do?

There are a variety of divisions you can work in.

The main ones being:

- Consulting/ Advisory (we include Deals and Financial Advisory here)

- Audit

- Tax

- Actuary

Your Plan for Success 

Any international student who comes to study in the UK and has a minimum of a 2:1 (70%) from their Bachelor’s Degree and a good level of English is capable of getting a top job in the UK.

Your best chance is to a get job while you are here and at University. This is called an Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (If you want to know more check out our Tier 2 and 4 Visa Update Report)

Start applying as soon as you can, plan who you want and can apply to.

Prepare for every stage of the process and make sure you spend time each day, be organised and stick with that plan.

Be resilient in the face of defeat and persistent enough to never feel that the last no, will not stop the next answer being a yes.

Most of all believe to your core, that you have a right and deserve to find work in the UK and you will not fail if you try hard enough and believe that failure is not an option.

Only 2% will make it and we hope that includes you.

How many times will you try?

Thomas Edison

Perhaps one of the most often told stories of success through failure is Thomas Edison’s 10,000 attempts to invent the lightbulb

He went on to say:

"I have not failed 10,000 times. I have

successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work."

We have found thousands of ways that will not work and a few ways that will.

If you really want a job in the CIUK but feel you need help then join the 1,000 clients who have already succeeded in find a top job in the UK, listen to their stories here


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