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International student career advice

Are you an international student who plans to work in the UK during your studies or after you graduate? There are a few things that you should be aware of.

Visa restrictions

Most important is being aware of work restrictions on your visa. If in doubt, seek advice from the international adviser here at Solent University by emailing

You should consult the UKCISA website for up to date information:

Options available to you after graduation include:

CVs and applications in the UK

You need to be aware that CVs in the UK may differ from your home country. You can go onto Solent Futures Online for detailed advice on how to build a CV, but at a minimum remember that it should include:

  • Personal details: name, email, telephone and LinkedIn (but only if up to date).
  • Personal profile.
  • Education/qualifications.
  • Career history, work experience and volunteering.
  • Skills.
  • Achievements and interests.

A CV in the UK does not normally include your:

  • Nationality.
  • Date of birth.
  • Photo.
  • Gender.

Workplace etiquette

Understanding how to behave in the workplace is something all students and recent graduates have to learn, but it may be more challenging when you are navigating cultural differences as well. Solent Futures Online has some information on workplace etiquette that may be useful.

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