Work Outside the UK
In this section you can find information and resources on working around the world, which can be used whether you are an international or UK student.
Information for International Students
If you are an international student wishing to pursue a career in your home country you may find that many of the vacancies on CareerConnect and employers attending Fairs or giving presentations focus on UK recruitment. So what can you do if you want to find a job in your home country, and how can you make the best use of what’s on offer?
If you’ve been in the UK a number of years, it may not be so easy to find out what’s happening “on the ground”, but stay in touch through online newspapers, country/region-specific Student Societies, Professional Bodies, etc.
Although the resources we have at the Careers Service aren’t able to cover all of the opportunities that are available internationally, we are able to provide you with useful starting-points when you are looking for relevant information. Try to maintain links with your home country throughout your time at Oxford, and keep in contact with friends at University there, or your previous University.
There are a number of international employers who visit Oxford, or publicise their vacancies through CareerConnect . Check the website regularly for details of new opportunities – sometimes these employers arrange interviews in Oxford near the time of their visit, so be ready to make your applications quickly. Some multinational organisations recruit on a global basis, but others recruit via national or region offices only. If you are interested in global recruiters who come to Oxford, why not ask their UK representatives how you can apply to work for them in your home country?
The Careers Service arranges a number of Careers Fairs outside of Oxford with other Universities, including Fairs in Asia.
We get some vacancy information from a number of international recruitment agencies, such as Disco International (specialising in jobs for Japanese/English bilinguals), the Global Career Company and Contact Singapore. Recruitment agencies like these usually provide free advice to international job seekers, and may also run country, or region-specific, recruitment events, which we advertise on CareerConnect.
The Careers Service provides a wide variety of resources covering advice, information and guidance on working in many different countries. Here you will find resources on international work, including links to embassies and business directories.
The Careers Service has a wide selection of resources and reference materials available for you to use here and some information you can take away.
- The Working Abroad Files in our Resource Centre hold additional general information about working in particular countries, especially for working in Europe, Asia and the USA.
- We also have a selection of career guides for some countries, such as Graduan (for Malaysian students), and GradChina. These are available to take away while stocks last, but can also be accessed online.
- Graduate Jobsearch Online – a guide to job search websites developed by the University of Strathclyde Careers Service.
- Jobs in Europe – information about Europe’s top graduate employers.
- Prospects.ac.uk - Country profiles from Prospects
- University of Kent - Useful links to other country websites
- Embassy World - Directory of the world’s embassies and consulates
- UK Government Trade & Investment
- European Business Directory
- Kompass - Information on 3.5 million companies, products and names
- Labour Mobility - International job-hunting
- Third Year Abroad
Resources available via CareerConnect
- VENTURE – website which covers a wide range of topics related to living, working and studying abroad.
- Going Global – the Going Global career and employment website provides worldwide information on job openings and internships, industry profiles and country-specific career information.
- WorldWide Volunteering – provides access to information about a wide range of volunteering opportunities throughout the UK and worldwide.
Useful guides and books
- International Job Seeking
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- International Organisations
- International Development
- International Law
- Books (eg Guide to Working Abroad, Summer Jobs Worldwide, … in the USA, Work Your Way Around the World, Live and Work in … )
Other resources for Oxford students
- Oxford Careers Network – a group of former Oxford students who act as mentors and provided case studies and/or are willing to be contacted about their work by you. To search for and contact a mentor log in to CareerConnect.
- Brush up your language skills at the Oxford University Language Centre
- Study Abroad as part of your Oxford degree – visit Study Abroad for further information
- CareerConnect vacancy database – find current job vacancies and archived vacancies (for speculative applications)
- Further study outside the UK – for information on postgraduate study outside of the UKin the USA and other countries
- Oxford University International Internship Programme
14th Aug 2014
A collection of recent case studies from Third Year Abroad, which feature Oxford alumni: Getting a journalism internship in Rome (Thanks to Catherine Edwards, German and Italian) Learning languages after graduation (Thanks to Juliette, History and Economics) Interning in France (thanks to Hannah Smith, French and Italian, who also contributed advice on Au Pairing in Italy)… Continue reading →
23rd Jun 2014
Thinking about working in China? The Careers Service is hosting 3 joint events in late August and early September with Cambridge, LSE and Imperial in China's major cities. These fairs are designed for anyone considering a career in China, whether in the short or long term, and they are completely free for you to attend.… Continue reading →