Three things you can do right now to find a part time job in your industry as an international student.

Your family has invested in you and helped you out so you can create a better future for yourself and they want to see you succeed in that.

So are you doing everything it takes to make sure you have that future?

If you waste your 20 hours a week doing some odd jobs just thinking about money (the now), you’re certainly throwing that future away.

By doing this it will be 100 times more difficult for you to secure sponsorship by the time your student visa is about to expire.

So how to avoid this mistake?

Think about the future and find a part time job which helps you develop enough skills & experience and makes it easier for you to get sponsored.

Here are three things you can do tight now to achieve this:

1. Tailor your CV to match the Modern UK MARKET! i.e the specific field and job you are applying for.
I get a lot of people complaining how their CV is really good but they still can’t get an interview booked,
Well guess what, If you can’t get interviews you ain’t got a good CV.
If your CV doesn’t appeal to what employers are looking for in the specific field you’re applying you will never be able to get through, you must highlight the specific skills which are most in demand in this field right now, and not 10 years ago.
Most university CV Clinics and career counsellors will give you info from the past, namely 10 years ago, so they’re not the best authority to follow on this.

2. Plan ahead do not waste time, once you get into the job search, obviously you don’t know much about the job market, you don’t know which roles can offer you valuable experience which will help you in getting sponsored when you finish your studies,
and you don’t know which jobs or employers are a good fit to bring you on board as a part time employee.
The truth is, this is something you can only learn by being in the market, so no wonder as an international student you don’t know any of this,
So it’s crucial to give yourself enough time to start learning about the job market and seeing what trends are occurring.

3. Never give up. Finding a part time job in a skilled field is not easy, sure it’s always easier to default back into some odd job packing grocery at Sainsbury’s or working at front office assistant at some hotel (glorified receptionist),
but achieving your goals has never been easy and it never will be, so you must be prepared to do whatever it takes, and this is where you start, and this is where you should never give up.

By getting a relevant part time job it will a lot easier for you to secure your sponsorship after studies, and then you’ll be able to have the future your family has always wished you’d have.

Why It’s Crucial To Find a Part Time Job with RELEVANT Skills as an International Student

If you have just started your Masters Degree in the UK.

As you progress in your course, YOU do NOT want to waste your time by working as a bus boy/girl at KFC.

I see a lot of international students who have an internship or placement part of their programme, go and throw this valuable opportunity down the drain by doing some admin job which is completely irrelevant to their degree.

The other half just miss their deadline, get their visa curtailed and miss out on the greatest opportunity they had to find work with sponsorship in the UK.

By the time your last semester comes, it’s panic time because you have zero experience in the field they’re trying to find a job in.

You really need to plan and secure your job which gives you industry experience because during the summer you can work full time.

Even if you have classes in summer, it’s still important to get relevant experience within whatever time you’re allowed to work.

There’s a reason why the government gives you those 20 hours on your BRP!

This is your best shot at improving your chances in getting sponsored before your Tier 4 expires.

So you don’t end up being one of the 98% non-eu students who spend hundreds of thousands of ££ on binging degrees to buy more time in the UK.

How I Found a Part Time Job which Helped me Get Sponsorship.

Many international students tell me they’re not able to find part time opportunities relevant to their subject of study,

because most jobs they apply to want them to start immediately and they don’t even offer any flexibility to work part time.

And many people say, there isn’t any jobs out there.

Well, I thought I’d share some stories with you to help you see how this is not true at all.

It’s always simpler to default to the easier option, which is in this case doing some admin job as a receptionist or back office assistant.

While it is true getting a part time job in your industry is not easy, but it’s not impossible.

The fact you are struggling to find a job doesn’t mean there isn’t any jobs, it just means you’re either not looking in the right places, or not putting enough effort into it.

When I found my first job, I didn’t go on job boards, or LinkedIn and clicked on Easy Apply every day and waited for something to happen,

I did did many things, tried different things, talked to different people, It wasn’t just one thing that worked for me.

I built a human connection with someone I knew could help me, that’s how I landed my first job as an IT tester, this wasn’t my dream job, but it certainly opened the door for me into the industry.

The same goes for my students and many people I know, no one ever starts by doing their dream job from day one.

You just have to start small and work your way into the job which will get you sponsorship eventually.

So at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, what is your goal here?

Is earning 800 quid a month working at Tesco’s worth throwing away your dream of working in the UK after your studies?

If you are serious about achieving your goal of getting sponsored, you must be prepared to to what it takes and you must plan ahead.

Move in angles, work smart, and never give up!

Three Non Technical Jobs Which Will Get You Sponsorship.

Many international students are terrified with the idea of having to study something technical in order to qualify for sponsorship.

Others have just found themselves doing an MBA or some other business related subject, and they’ve started to realise this isn’t something that’ll offer sponsorship.

So they start to feel trapped.

But it doesn’t have to be this way,

Yes it’s true the job market always appreciates those with STEM knowledge & skilled workers. (science, tech, engineering, maths).

But STEM sectors as a whole are growing which means there are a lot of jobs being created in these fields and they are not all technical jobs!

Companies will look for people who can work in different positions in order to cater for this fast paced growth,

What are these roles? We can see people getting sponsored for:

Business Analyst

In this role you will be working within a tech team & liaising with business stakeholders, to understand their requirements and break them down into features of a product.

Account Manager

In this role you will be also working with business stakeholders, or more likely clients, to make sure they are taken care of and have everything they need during their engagement with your employer which is usually a digital agency or consultancy business.

Digital Project Manager

In this role you’ll be working on some exciting digital projects, working with the development team to make sure everything is in line with the set goal, and the work is on schedule.

So these are only a few examples, there are many other opportunities in the Tech & Finance sectors which are super exciting right now for international students.

Your mission is to match yourself to one of those, and work like an animal to prove yourself as the best candidate. Be in the right place at the right time.

So go ahead and start your hunt right now, and do not stop until you make it!

To skyrocketing your career 🍻

International Student UK Starter Pack – Beta

Living Expenses:

As a student you are allowed to work 20 hrs a week, this job could get you about £1000 per month.

An example of how much expenses you would need per month:





Plus other expenses like going out.

So with a part time job you’ll be able to pay for all you essential expenses.

1- The first thing you’d want to do is to apply for a National Insurance number which is important to be able to start any kind of job. Because it can take up to 8 weeks for the student to receive it and sometimes employees want to have it before signing the contract! Even for part-time jobs.

Dial the contact number on this page and choose to apply for National Insurance, Some questions you might be asked:

  • When did you arrive in the UK?
  • What is your passport number?
  • Why you need an NI?
  • Your address details

2- Next step is to get a Bank Account. Signing in up with Revolut is the easiest option, All you will need is a phone number & Passport. With Revolut you get a free card & it’s especially useful if your family or parents are going to send you money from abroad.

Also another option is Monzo, it has the same sing up process and it’s super easy to use and send money. Another useful resource for money transfers to checkout would be TransferWise as it supports more countries.

Proof of address is either a letter sent to your home address , utility bill or a provisional driving licence.

Once you sign up to Revolut or Monzo, you’ll be able to easily deposit money and spend money, and also issue a bank statement which would be your additional proof of address which you can use for any other paperwork in the UK.

3- You should also apply to a provisional driving licence as that will be very helpful as an ID in the UK, rather than using your passport for everything, and also as a proof of address. you to apply for provisional driving licence it should come in come in about a week or so.

Another reason to apply for a provisional driving licence is because using your BRP can be risky and if you lose it you’d have to pay £500 to £1000 for a replacement BRP.

4- Register your nearest GP. You still need your two proof of addresses. Go to you nearest GP centre fill up few forms and register with your doctor . Sometimes a GP confirmation letter posted on your address is considered as proof of address as well. You can also checkout Babylon GO which is an easy way to get GP appointments on your mobile.

5- If you are planning to work in the UK after your studies.. This is the most important step for you, once you are done with all of the above, it’s time for your start planning for your Tier-2 work visa sponsorship.

There are many steps involved in this process, so it’s crucial to start with this as early as possible not just the job search.

You must to start by:

  • Understanding the UK jobs market,
  • Tailoring your CV,
  • Applying to jobs with confidence &
  • Getting as much RELEVANT experience as you can.

If you need help with any of these steps, feel free to get in touch.

98% of international students fail to secure work sponsorship in the UK because they don’t plan ahead.

Links and Resources:

Apply for a National Insurance number

Apply for your first provisional driving licence

Claim your Revolut gift

Transfer Money Online | Send Money Abroad with TransferWise

Babylon Health UK – The Online Doctor and Prescription Services App

Get a free mobile phone SIM

If any of these steps or links do not work for you, please provide me with feedback here or at

A Simple Guide for those Interested in Coming to Work in the UK.

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.

Is Your Tier 4 Visa Expiring Soon?

Has your Tier 4 visa already expired or it’s about to and you still haven’t found a Tier 2 job yet?

For those who are very unlikely to find a Tier 2 job because they’ve left it until it’s too late, I definitely recommend looking into getting a PG Cert programme.

At £4k it’s the cheapest program you could find. This will help you buy some more time to stay in the UK.

But this also means that you need to work harder and make sure you find a job with sponsorship, by planning for this as soon as possible.

Get the right guidance and help to achieve this, DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE you did the last time!

Example of available PG Cert programmes here.

Example of available PG Cert programmes.

Once you are settled in and have secured you visa for the next year, feel free to get in touch if you want to follow a proven structured system to help you find a job with Sponsorship.

To your success.

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?

“Various 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.

The Benefits of Hiring International Candidates for Shortage Occupations

The UK’s Shortage Occupation List (SOL) was amended on 6 October 2019 to include a number of new occupations.

UK Restaurant Owners & culinary companies will also welcome these changes given they can now hire skilled chefs (SOC code 5434) into their kitchens even if their business is providing a takeaway service. Other key occupations added to the list include all civil engineering roles (SOC code 2121) and architects (SOC code 2431).

The list also now includes a number of new (or expanded) Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes including the following widely used digital and IT occupations:

  • All IT business analysts, architects and system designer roles SOC code 2135
  • All programme and software development roles SOC code 2136
  • All web design and development professional roles SOC code 2137
  • Cyber security specialists classified under SOC code 2139

Companies seeking to sponsor a non-EEA national into a ‘shortage’ role, will find the Tier 2 rules are a lot less stringent. Namely:

  • Exemption from the Resident Labour Market Test (‘RLMT’)– The ‘shortage’ vacancy does not need to be advertised by your organisation.
  • Exception on attaining salary level– A ‘shortage’ worker is not obliged to meet the minimum earnings threshold when applying for Permanent Residence.
  • Lower costs– The government applies reduced Tier 2 application fees in relation to those occupations listed on the shortage list.
  • Priority allocation– Roles on the shortage occupation list are awarded priority allocation when the ‘cap’ on the monthly allocation of certificates of sponsorship is reached.

This mean international students & professionals who are applying to work in the UK, have a much higher chance in being sponsored for a SOL job due to the above benefits.


The Top Jobs You Should Apply to If you Want to Get Tier-2 Visa Sponsorship in the UK.

Whether you are an International student in the UK or an experienced professional abroad who are interested in finding work in the UK which provides you with Visa Sponsorship.

There is ONE question you need to ask yourself. 

Is the job you are applying for on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)?

You may be asking what the hell is the SOL? well it’s a list of roles that UK companies have hard time finding people to fill, hence the government has given less restrictions on these jobs for companies in order to be able to sponsor professionals from abroad for these jobs.

The SOL contains many fields which you can pick from, which will give you a good chance in getting sponsored, because it offers a lot of flexibility for employers to be able to sponsor on Tier 2 visa. Read more about the benefits of the SOL here.

If you are an international student, your only option is to look for a job which is on the Shortage Occupation List, you need to have finished your degree, and previously obtained some experience in the relevant domain.

If you are interested in studying in the UK the same rules apply, you just have to pick a job from the SOL & study a university degree relevant to it.

If you are a professional living abroad and looking to relocate to the UK, You need between 3 to 7 years of experience in a field which is also listed on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

Why does it have to be a SOL job?

Your other question might be, why do I need to pick something from the SOL? why can’t I just apply to the jobs I have experience with. Well if you are coming from abroad and you need to find a job in the UK, you need to have the best chance in getting sponsored.

Because these jobs are the most in demand in the UK right now, this means companies are 80% more likely to sponsor you for this role than any other role which is not on the SOL!

Here are some fields which ARE NOT on the SOL:

Business Management, 
Project Management
Accounting & Finance.  
Customer Service

These jobs are not in demand in the UK because there are enough nationals & EU citizens who can do those jobs, so you have a very low chance of being able to get sponsorship for these areas, I DON’T recommend you study these programmes in university if your plan is to find work in the UK!

If you want to get an edge & beat the competition in the job market, you need to pick something from the SOL.

What if my target job is not on the SOL and I am already studying one of the above subject?

Targeting a job on the SOL will give you the highest chance in getting sponsored, but I do understand there are many students who don’t have technical skills.

For this I wrote an article to highlight a few non technical jobs which you can target.

If you want to know what SoC to target but also make sure the job you are applying to qualifies for sponsorship, You need to look the Codes of practice for skilled work – Immigration Rules document and pick a job which is RQF Level 6 and above.


UK Shortage Occupation List

Codes of practice for skilled work – Immigration Rules

If this is all gibberish to you and none of it makes sense, get in touch today.

Advice For those Struggling to Get a Job with Visa Sponsorship in the UK from Someone who had too Many.

When I was applying for sponsoring jobs, one of the companies had offered me a role at £25k with visa sponsorship,  

The story I don’t usually tell is that I actually turned down that offer, because I knew I could get something better, which I did.  

But I wasn’t always that confident, actually it was a real struggle for me to get that job offer in the first place, But I did it, and I knew I could do it all over again, how?  

Because I knew what was in demand in the job market, I knew where the market need is and I jumped right into the thick of that. 

The biggest mistake jobs seeking International students make is not doing the research on what degrees will open the door for them to get hired,  

That’s not entirely their fault alone, there’s little to no guidance at all from universities to people around getting into market driven educational programmes,  

But this has rather turned into a money making venture for educational institutions, where it’s only optimising for more recruited students, and not really whatever the f* happens with them after graduating.  

This means it’s now on the student to do their own homework, because there’s 10s of thousands & years at stake here.  

Let alone the pain & hassle of your visa expiring, going back and looking for other ways to get back into the UK job market.  

Always look for what’s in demand in the market, and I will tell you right now:  

It’s not Business Management, 
It’s not  Marketing. 
& sure as hell it’s not Accounting & Finance.  

All things technical like engineering, programming, development & IT. These are what’s really in demand,  

And none of that other stuff where for each international student you can find 10 nationals who have studied it and can do it better!  

For more info on what are the most in demand jobs in the UK right now which give you the highest chance at getting hired, checkout the Government’s shortage occupation list here:

UK Shortage Occupation List

To your success!