Talk On New Work Permit Regulations

If you’re an international postgraduate, you’ve probably been following the saga of the changes in work permits for working in the UK on my colleague, Amanda’s Manchester International Careers blog (if not, good idea to bookmark it now). 

Although the latest changes having taken effect just this week, Amanda’s already on the case, and has organised an information session with an immigration solicitor, Nicky Dean, from Slater Heelis Collier Littler, for Wednesday 16th July at 2pm. This will tell you more about what the new Post-Study Work 2 year visa involves, the new points scheme and the new eligibility requirements. There will also be an opportunity for questions.

It all takes place in Room B10 Manchester Business School East, Booth Street East (that’s the building opposite the Careers Service, in the lecture theatre next to the cafe near the entrance).


NW Employers WLTM Asia Pacific Postgrad Engineers

Not sure if you need a GSOH, but if you’re

  • from the Asia Pacific region
  • and a postgraduate engineer (Masters, PhD or EngD) studying at the University of Manchester
  • and would like to meet employers from the North West who are interested in your international experience

then sign up asap for our Networking Event on the 5th March, 5-8pm (buffet included). This will give you quality time with employers specifically interested in our international students – and there’s even a prize draw.

You have to register in advance to get an invitation but the closing date has been moved to this Friday, 8th February, so there’s still time (just) to sign up.

 (Not sure what these acronyms mean? Use the Acronym Finder mentioned in my previous blog on Deciphering Job Ads)

Engineers @ Manchester – Australia Beckons!

If you’re an engineering postgraduate (or graduate) from the University of Manchester, did you know that there’s a special scheme for which you may qualify which allows you to spend up to 18 months in Australia with no restrictions on work or study?

Looks like an attempt to recruit skilled workers from universities “recognised by Australian employers as offering world class degree programmes in the field of Engineering” – and we’re one of the 15 European universities recognised.

There are some eligibility criteria, naturally – got to have graduated within the last two years, got to be under 31 when you make the application, got to be from one of the engineering degrees on their list (includes most I could think of) – but it does allow for “secondary” applicants, so you can bring in a partner or children, even if they don’t have engineering degrees.

There are also some interesting extra hurdles to overcome to get entry to Australia (introduced in October – a parting shot from John Howard?). You now have to pass the “Character Test” and sign up to the “Australian Values Statement“. Instead of taking cheap pot-shots at the homeland of our dear leader (bet he can fire up a mean barbie though), it did set me wondering about what’s in the UK citizenship test :

  • practical test to see how long you can go on about the weather without hesitation, deviation, repetition – or interruption?
  • name all the actors who have played Doctor Who in reverse chronological order?
  • discuss, at length, the best way to get from Knutsford to Buxton, taking into account the time of day, the use of B roads, the weather forecast and whether you’ve got a shovel to dig yourself out of the snow on the Cat and Fiddle (male applicants only)?

Other suggestions welcomed …

Web Resources – Careers Using Languages

We recently ran a new event on careers using languages. The event was focused on students on our modern languages courses (due to restrictions on numbers), but the slides from all the presentations are now available on our careers website as downloads. Although you’ll have to log in to access the slides, there’s useful information in there for any postgrad considering using their language skills either as the main focus of their career, or to add to their employability for a range of careers.

The presentations include employer sessions from Barrett Dixon Bell (international marketing communications specialists), Bloomberg (global financial information provider) and GCHQ (shhhh, they may be listening right now…) as well as advice from languages recruitment website, Top Language Jobs.

 Another resource mentioned in the “Careers Using Languages” presentation is the website “Languages Work” including loads of profiles of people using languages in a range of work settings – inspiring to think of all the jobs where languages could be a real asset.

Au revoir!

(I’ve now exhausted the full range of my linguistic ability – and yes, I am ashamed…)

Research in Japan – Postgrad & Post-Doc Short Fellowships

Japan seems to be the place to go this year. Hot on the heels of the Daiwa Scholarships (closing date – Thursday 6th December, and new lunchtime talk date – 16th Nov), two more fellowship schemes, aimed at postgraduates, are currently recruiting, offering funding opportunites for PhD and post-doc research in Japan in a range of predominantly science and engineering subjects.

Newly Arrived in the Blogosphere

… is the Manchester International Careers blog, from my colleague, Amanda Wood who heads up all things international in the Careers Service, to keep you up to date with events and news just for our international students.

Amanda has been responsible for introducing loads of innovations for supporting careers for international students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and this year received a national award for our international work.

Of course, we’ll now have a duel over who can get the highest blog stats – expect bribes and inducements to follow…

Wanted – International Postgraduate Taught Masters Students

The Careers Service are developing a new careers support programme, just for international Masters students – and we need your help.

What’s In It For You?

  • Extra support for you to move your career forward this year
  • The chance to get the inside view on what employers want from international Masters
  • Be the first to see and “test-drive” new support materials targeted at international Masters students
  • Regular access to careers consultants – in return for helping us, we’ll be happy to offer extra opportunities to discuss and support your own career ambitions
  • The chance to shape an exciting new programme for supporting our students – and to add something to your CV

What Will It Involve? 

  • Discussing your own career ambitions, your background and the actions you take over this year to move your career forward
  • Giving us your opinion on materials being developed and the approach we hope to take in developing the programme
  • Either face-to-face meetings, occasional focus groups, or e-mail contact at different points throughout the year
  • Possibly taking part in video clips, either giving your opinions, your experiences, or (if you’re feeling brave) practicing answering interview questions – but only if you’re happy with being filmed (no pressure!)


E-mail us at, with the title “International Masters Pilot”, giving us a few brief details about yourself including :

  • which degree you are doing
  • when you started and when you expect to finish
  • any ideas you have about what you would like your next career move to be
  • any previous experience you have (first degree, work experience etc)
  • details of your home country 

We hope to select a group of up to 20 international students, who have recently started their Masters degrees, to work with us on developing this new programme. However, we are also keen to hear the views of all our international Masters students and for any of you who register your interest, we will offer you the chance to keep updated with progress and to contribute your comments. We look forward to hearing from you.

Elizabeth Wilkinson, Amanda Wood, Scott Foley

The International Masters Careers Support Project Team