Which Subjects to Study if You’re Seeking Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK.

If you are planning to come to study in the UK and wanting to start you dream career in this country, it’s crucially important that you plan ahead and choose wisely when picking which programme to study.

The most important factor to consider in this process is whether or not the programme you are planning to study will open the door for your to get sponsored after finishing your degree.

Unfortunately 98% of international students DO NOT consider this factor and they end up going back to their country empty handed.

And even though the 2 year PSW being re-instated is great news for international students, you could easily waste this valuable time if you don’t have a solid plan & a clear vision of which role you want to apply for.

Because guess what, 160,000 other students will have the same advantage and they’ll all be competing over the same jobs after their studies.

So to be one of the successful 2%, you must choose carefully and plan ahead.

The best programme to study in the UK are the ones which allow you to apply to a shortage occupation, So NOT MBA and NOT hospitality management.

Here are some examples of programmes you could go for which will give you a higher chance in getting sponsored after your studies:

  • Computing
  • Business Analytics
  • IT
  • Software Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Structural Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • UX Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Cooking & Cuisine (Chef)

You can find a full list of Shortage Occupations here.

Some might say they are not into technical or engineering subjects, and that’s totally fine, because not all technology jobs have to be technical,

Tech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world right now and it’s creating jobs that matches everyone’s taste and preference.

All you have to do is build on your analytical skills and have an interest in this field, you will be able to qualify for job that provide sponsorship in this field.

Here are some more fields which you should NOT come to study in the UK if you want to get sponsored:

  • Business Management
  • LLM international business
  • Anything related to LAW
  • MBA
  • Hospitality Management
  • Project Management
  • Marketing. 
  • Accounting & Finance.  
  • Customer Service

I’ve written an article explaining this further here.

Why are certain industries more willing to sponsor visas than others?

β€œVarious industries in the UK face skills shortages like nursing, engineering, and healthcare. The government actively promotes companies to hire international candidates by making the work visa rules even simpler.

Furthermore, many industries that have been dominated by multi-national companies like oil, consulting, and IT have a global outlook. This, coupled with a stronger financial position and a more holistic approach, helps them to realise the benefits of employing international students.