This is the question that many of our students ask us every day. For us, foreigners, it’s really complicated to find a job in our field as we used to do in our home town. I don’t have the answer of this question, but I would like to share with you some tips that I’ve learned when I arrived in the UK.
We had to leave our countries looking for a change, a new and fresh start. But once you arrive here, you realize that finding a job related to your occupation in a culture and different language as yours is not so easy.
The first thing you should consider is that you need at least an upper intermediate level of English, to be able to understand perfectly and have a fluent conversation. One of the biggest mistakes that we make when we arrive to the UK is thinking that only with a job in the Hospitality field without attending to English lessons we are going to learn English, this is a big mistake because after some time you realize that you are not learning anything and you are stuck with you English furthermore you cannot improve your professional career either your English skills.
When I arrived to the UK I tried to find a job in my field (Marketing) as soon as I got here, the first thing I did was to go to the Job Centre to get some advice about where to start. They gave me a lot of websites (very useful) to send my CV and cover letter. These are some of the websites that I used to use:
However, after sending my CV and cover letter and doing several interviews, I realized that it was going to be harder than I though. When you are looking for a qualified job in the UK, you are competing against British people, and the first thing the interviewer asks you is if you have experience working in the UK, and I though… how am I going to have experience in the UK if anyone offers me a job and they ask me always the same question!?
So I found the solution! Do an Internship! I know sometimes is hard when you have been working in your country in a higher position but, in my opinion and from my experience, it’s one of the easier and faster ways to get a qualified job. I saw it as an investment, because you will get the experience, and it’s likely that the employer take on you after your Internship period is over if you have worked hard, and this is exactly what luckily, happened to me!
It’s a great way to improve your English, get specific vocabulary in your field, see how British companies work and get the experience you need to get a qualified job.
So if you are looking for a qualified job in the UK and you don’t know where to start from, please contact us, we will help you to find a company who takes you to do your internship program and we will give you advice and support during all the process!