With the appearance of snow and sunshine, our day at the University of Bath’s Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 26th April was a similar mix. Although some final year students were busy completing their dissertation, those that attended the fair were well prepared for seeking employment.
Students from all disciplines came to visit us on the day, including many Masters students due to finish in September. It was also fantastic to meet some of the companies advertising graduate jobs with Gradsouthwest including Hilti, AECOM, SelectScience and Antech as well as companies we have helped in the past including Dyson, PWC and Sparx.
One frequent question from international students was whether our clients provide sponsorship. With many international students due to graduate in the next few months, they would like to use their knowledge and skills in the local area but were concerned over the ability to get sponsorship and this is an issue affecting many international students.
Gradsouthwest advised those students from the University of Bath that the ability for a company to sponsor will vary. Many of the larger graduate recruiters will have the time and resource to provide sponsorship whereas many smaller companies will not have the resource and expertise. We would advise international students to search the graduate jobs available and on finding a job of interest, to check the job description. If there is no information about sponsorship, then visit the recruiter’s website. Many corporate companies that run annual graduate programmes will have this information available on their careers website. Where information about sponsorship is not available then we would advise contacting the graduate recruiter directly.
We would encourage graduate recruiters to make sponsorship information apparent in their job adverts.
Fiona Boyd, Gradsouthwest