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Opportunities for International Students at Aston University

As an international student, it can be hard to know what your options are after completing your course. The questions around visas and permits are many, and knowing where to look for roles that suit your needs can be tough. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on how to get the most out of the opportunities available to you as an international student at Aston. So let’s get started…

Visas & permits and rights to work.

The Hub at Aston University is the first place you should go to for support and advice on a number of issues, including visas and your right to work in the UK. You can speak to an International Student Adviser or take a look at the wide variety of resources they have on their webpages:

Visa advice

Working in the UK during your studies

EU students working in the UK

Doing a placement year as part of your course

Working after your course has finished

A current visa in an expired passport

Tips and support

Once you have decided which country you’d like to study or work in, it’s helpful to know what support is available to you. Here’s a list of resources that can help:

Guide to job hunting for international students (TARGETJobs)

Resources for international students

Postgraduate advice for international students (TARGETPostGrad)

UK Council for International Student Affairs

When applying for an opportunity, whether international or in the UK, it’s important to have a good CV (curriculum vitae) that sells your skills to potential employers. We’ve put together a few tips for creating the best CV possible:

CV, application and interview tips

Where to look for opportunities

There are 100’s of places you can look to find opportunities for international students. But to save you time looking for the best of them, we’ve put together a list of great job hunting tools and websites. Take a look!

  • GradConnection has one of the largest pools of graduate jobs for international students. Employers using the system are looking to hire returning students for both full time jobs and internships.
  • GoinGlobal is an amazing resource for international opportunities. It is an online internship and jobs database that we have subscribed to so that you access to the latest vacancies worldwide.
  • Aston Futures is an exclusive platform for Aston University students and hosts a number of international graduate opportunities.
  • Student Circus hosts exclusive jobs and internships from employers willing to sponsor the UK Tier 2 visa.
  • Gradlink is useful if you are an international student or graduate who has studied or is studying in the UK. It features job opportunities in China, ASEAN, Gulf, Canada, Africa, India and Bangladesh.
  • Midlands International Group consists of representatives from careers services at 16 universities across the Midlands, all with a specific focus on working with international students. There are a number of useful blog posts on the site, as well as events to help you launch your global career.
  • IHipo helps students and graduates to find internships, jobs and graduate programs abroad. As well as vacancies, it offers advice on applying for international posts and finding summer internships, internship programs and internships abroad.
  • LockIn China gives Aston students and graduates access to an online jobs portal which contains opportunities from thousands of Chinese employers looking to provide career help to Chinese overseas students as well as other international students and alumni who are willing to seek opportunities in China.

Working or studying in another country

Leaving home to work or study overseas can be a daunting prospect. There are so many new things to learn, not only about your new job or course, but about language and culture too. TARGETJobs have put together a fantastic series of tips and advice for working overseas:

Prospects have also published a series of country profiles on their website, where you can find out more about visas, language requirements and the typical working life of the country you are interested in working in. Make sure to take a look at them too!

Want to find out more? 

You can book an appointment to speak with our friendly and professional advisers. Just log in to Aston Futures. Alternatively, you can drop-in to the Careers+Placements Centre between 9.00am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, all year round.

4 tips to a fruitful placement experience

Hello everyone, my name is James Chew. I am a third year International Business and Management student, currently undertaking a year-long placement as the Products and Affiliate Assistant at British Tourism Authority in London. Getting a placement is tough, ensuring that you learn and develop skills during your placement is tougher! Here are some tips to ensure that you get the most out of your placement year!

1.Management Style

Take the time and effort to understand the management style of your line manager. This is crucial as different managers have different ways of leadership. My manager loves to give us the ideal outcome and ask us to suggest solutions to achieve that. This gives us a lot of freedom and creativity space to find the ideal solutions. In addition, you should also learn how your manager processes information. My manager loves to view information in the most visually appealing way. Hence, I would usually do mock-up designs or add lots of diagrams and colours in my spreadsheets when I’m presenting to her. Happy Boss = Happy Me!

2.Office Culture

Every team, department and company has a different vibe. You should try to immerse yourself in this office vibe as much as possible. By immersing yourself in the office vibe, you will learn to better communicate with your colleagues even if you are not on the same team or department. Being able to communicate with people is an important skill to learn and it takes constant practice to perfect the art.

If you are an introvert like me, then you can always start with attending social events and just starting with “How’s your day been?”. Being friendly with your colleagues from other teams and departments don’t just create a vibrant office environment, it always makes collaboration easier.


3.Time Management

Most people usually work for 8-9 hours a day with an hour of lunch in between. That may seem like a lot of hours for those who have never held a full-time job, but trust me it is never enough to get all the work done. Especially when you are an intern, there will be times when you are assigned multiple tasks from various colleagues or even managers. Here is a tip, always ask for the deadlines for every task or assignment that lands on your desk. This would allow you to manage your tasks better.

If you realised that you have too much on your plate, don’t be shy to voice out and ask for help. Learning to put your pride down and ask for help doesn’t make you weak, instead, it makes you stronger as an individual! As the saying goes, “Time is Precious”. Do not waste time on inefficient ways of doing things.



4. Results & Achievement

Results and achievement may seem quite straightforward to most students. However, it is almost impossible to constantly deliver results and achievements in the work environment as the definition of it changes over time. Take note of your company’s management directions, this will guide you on what the management deems important which would then be classified as results and achievement.

Here is an example, the management has decided to focus on increasing revenue for the next 6 months but you were more focus on developing a new function which is not crucial to increasing revenue. Even if you had succeeded in getting the new function to work, it would not have been an achievement as it was not the management’s focus.


As I reach the conclusion of this blog entry, I would like to tell students on internships/placements to not be afraid of failing, getting reprimanded or even shun away by your colleagues. We are all in this to learn and gain professional experiences which would contribute to our future career paths. How much you want to gain from your internship/placements is not in the hands of your company but in yours!