If you are a non-EU citizen and you want to come and work in the UK, to qualify for work sponsorship you need have one of two things:
- 7 years + experience in a Shortage Occupation, or STEM field (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths) such as Software Development, Data Science, Electrical or Mechanical engineering etc.. OR;
- Be a student or be on a dependant visa in the UK where you can work part time and gain enough UK experience to qualify for sponsorship.
If you don’t meet the first requirement, then your best option is to seek education in the UK, because international student visa holders can get many benefits if they want to switch to a work visa from within the UK.
With that said, there are options which can be more affordable than other degrees, such as PG Certificate, if you already have a Bachelor’s degree, you can read more about this here.
If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree and want to study your first degree here, you can look into getting scholarship if you have had good grades and you can show potential, or you are planning to study a STEM subject or something relating to Shortage Occupations, organisations and governments tend to grant scholarship for these subjects, you can read more about these subjects here.
Once you manage to get a into a university programme and move to the UK on a student visa, remember: you must start planning for your job search at least 10 months before your student visa expires.
98% of international students fail to find jobs in the UK because they don’t plan ahead.
If you are feeling stuck or need help, get professional guidance and support as soon as you come to plan for your Work Sponsorship.
We’ve recently launched a full journey Career Coaching Programme for those interested in working in the UK.
We help you pick a university programme which offers skilled job opportunities and we work with you throughout your journey to secure a job with work visa sponsorship after you graduate.
Get in touch if you are interested.