Careers Service

Employability essentials for international students

A selection of tips and strategies from our international alumni and from global graduate employers who recruit at Manchester.

Make the experience count

Getting involved in extra-curricular activites can help you to develop skills and experience for your CV. Excellent English language fluency and communication skills are a priority for many graduate recruiters too so make the most of opportunities to practise.

Understand how the job market operates

Get work experience

Many graduate employers look for previous work experience when selecting graduates and see commercial awareness as a quality lacking in many applicants. Consider internships, placements, part-time work, projects or volunteering as a starting point to building experience.

  • Work during study Specific information for international students on working during study.
  • Get experience Explore different ways to build your work experience such as internships/placements, volunteering, part time work and more.

Market yourself effectively

It's not just about what you have to offer, but how you communicate that to an employer. Find out how to adapt your CV/resume for the UK market and how CV styles differ around the world.