// 5 Reasons International Students Should Apply for Big 4 Companies
by Career Interactive, 22nd February 2016
Are you an international student looking for a sponsored Job in the UK?
Have you ever considered going into professional services?
As one of the top sponsors in the UK, professional services firms provide specialist services to their clients. The type of services ranges from tax, audit to consultancy services. The four largest professional services firms in the world, also commonly known as’ Big 4’ are Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC. This article will focus on why international students in the UK should apply to Big 4 companies.
1. Sponsorship for Tier 2 Work Visa
In order for international students to work in the UK, companies must be willing to provide sponsorship for a Tier 2 work visa, which requires a minimum salary of £20,800. According to High Flier, the starting salary for accounting and professional services is £30,300 in 2015. Therefore, getting a job offer from the Big4 companies ensures your eligibility for Tier 2 sponsorship.
According to ‘The Times’, Big 4 companies are also amongst the top 100 graduate employers of the year, which makes them an ideal employer for international students who want to work in the UK.
2. They accept students from different academic background
Do you study Marketing, Media, and Psychology and now you have just realised that it is very difficult to find a sponsored job related to your Major?
Do you know that Big 4’s graduate scheme accept students from non-finance background?
In fact, Big 4 companies’ application process focuses on students with the key skills and traits.They encourage students to apply for their graduate scheme irrespective of their background as long as they have a 2:1 degree for their bachelor. If you are able to demonstrate key skills and strong motivation during the application process, you will stand a chance of landing a job with one of the Big 4 companies.
For more information about interviews and assessment centres, you can visit the Career Interactive’s website where you will be able to provide you with support and guidance throughout the application process.
3. Funding for professional qualification
Big4 companies invest significant amounts of money in staff training and development. For example, an auditor at a Big 4 company willhave the chance to undertake the prestigious ACA qualification for 3 years and they will fund your qualification. This means you will be able to study and work at the same time. If you choose to work in the Tax department, you can opt for a CTA instead of taking an ACA qualification.
You can have a look at Deloitte’s website for more information about different qualifications you can take.
4. Significant investment in training and development
Big 4 companies will also provide firm specific training and professional development workshops. For instance, Deloitte UK provides technical audit training and career development workshops for their employees. On the other hand, PwC UK provides classroom-based courses and e-learning opportunities for their employees. These training can help you improve your future career prospects and allow you to progress upthe career ladder.
5. Exposure to a range of industries
By working for the Big4 companies, you will be able to work with top companies from a variety of industries. For instance, KPMG operates in the following industries: Financial services, Government and Healthcare, Information, Communication and Entertainment. As a result, you will be able to develop your knowledge across a variety of industries and learn how different businesses operate.
If you are interested in working for the Big4 companies, you should start your application now!Career Interactive provides coaching and mentoring throughout the whole application process. If you need any help throughout the application process, feel free to contact us for more details.