I was quite scared when I decided to look for a job in the UK - coming from another country, with experience only at home but not in the UK and with a limited level of English. But I soon realised that it is not as hard as I imagined.
First I used all the resources on the Careers Service website to get me
started - especially to write my CV according to the UK standard. This
was when I realised that all my experiences from home are still very relevant
because I have developed the same skills as are normally looked for by
employers here in the UK. I also used the website to write my cover letter
because I have never written anything like that before.
I then used myVacancies to look for jobs because I believed these would
be most suitable for students. I was worried about my level of English, as it
could never match the level of British students. But I realised that average
English is enough and that I just have to overcome my shyness and fear and the
employers will like me.
Until I found a job I never even heard of a National Insurance Number
and was a bit nervous about getting it. But the process was straightforward and
easy; I booked an appointment myself by calling the phone number and received
the NI number within a few weeks.
My first job was as an interpreter which was very easy to find and to do
because all I needed was to be able to speak English and my native language.
And once I started with this job, I gained much more confidence, developed my
skills and my CV, and improved my English. So when I was looking for another
job, the process was no longer scary or difficult.
To sum up, looking for a job as an EU/international student was quite
daunting at the beginning but it is not as difficult or hard as I imagined when
I came here. If I could give everyone one bit of advice it is to get help from
the Student Jobshop and the Careers Service, and you will be a lot less scared
about looking for work in the UK!
Martina (Final year Legal Practice Course student)