Once you have graduated from university in the United Kingdom you can progress to a masters or doctorate or step into a career. Many graduates will combine employment with future studies, either taking chartered qualifications or agreeing post graduate studies as part of an employment package.
Getting a permit to work in the UK used to be difficult. Before the end of 2020 employers in the UK were obliged by law to prove they could not hire a European Union citizen before being allowed to offer a job to an international student. Now Britain has left the EU and the rules have changed. From the summer of 2021, all international students who complete their courses and earn their degree can apply for a Graduate Visa; this allows you to work for 2 years in any career (or 3 years for PhD students). A Graduate Visa means you get 2 years to test the market, take as many different jobs as you want and experience the UK world of employment. Real work experience makes it easier to choose the career that suits you and opens opportunities to more permanent visas if you decide to stay longer. Remember, a good British degree will always help with employment prospects, permits and visa applications anywhere in the world.
The British economy is one of the most globalised economies in the world, largely based around service exports. The major industries, such as Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Education, Defence, Logistics, Media and Tourism, all require a highly skilled educated workforce and there are never enough British nationals to fill the jobs. The big-name employers will often recruit future employees directly from universities at job fairs. In the UK most graduates will have their first job contract agreed before receiving their results. This first position usually carries a starting salary of around US$40,000 rising to market rates for that industry at the end of the first year. Once established in a career most UK employees are expected to switch employers every 5 years to increase their earnings, promotion prospects and knowledge; this leads to a buoyant employment market where the best people can earn the best salaries.
If you study medicine or nursing in the UK then there is a strong likelihood that you will have been employed from the beginning of your degree studies at a university hospital. Most students in the care sector continue seamlessly into full employment as there are never enough medical staff in the UK and demand is high. As an example, the typical salary for a student nurse in the UK is around US$30,000 per annum whilst studying. This rises quickly on graduation with experience and specialisms to an average of US$45,000. A long serving charge nurse or doctor can expect to earn up to US$120,000 per annum in the public sector or more in the private sector.
International students are particularly sought after in industries where cultural diversity and foreign language skills are beneficial. Many global businesses such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Defence, Engineering and Hospitality Management need a wide range of employees who might be flexible to travel overseas, fluent in languages other than English, and able to bring international understanding to the organisation.
Educational establishments in the UK are highly regulated to maintain the highest standards. This means that qualifications from British universities are highly desirable globally and will always be valued wherever your career takes you in the world.