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Considering an international job to start your career

Students sitting at a desk
Students sitting at a desk
Jack Heard, Paula De La Orden, Garima Singh with Julie O'Sullivan (Course Leader MBA). Photo Alys Tomlinson
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Careers and Employability
Published date
14 March 2022

Getting your first career break after graduating can be tough. Have you submitted dozens of job applications only to hear nothing back? If you’re open to experiencing new cultures and travelling, it might be worth considering jobs and internships abroad. UAL's jobs board, Creative Opportunities, promotes creative industry roles and opportunities both in the UK and internationally. We shared 1,600+ paid jobs and internships in 2021, making Creative Opportunities a great place to start your creative career.

Between November 2021 and now, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a positive increase in the number of vacancies in the UK across most industries. However, for the creative industries (including arts, entertainment and recreation), the number of vacancies decreased from the previous quarter. It’s likely to take some time for the creative industries to recover, but that does not mean you can't start your career right away.

Creative Opportunities specialises in listing creative jobs and internships, particularly entry-level roles for final year students and recent graduates. Whilst most roles are London-based, in 2021 we advertised vacancies from cities and countries across the world including Paris, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Germany, Italy, Spain and USA.

In line with our minimum wage policies, each role is approved on condition of meeting the minimum wage in that respective country. When applying for international roles, we recommend confirming the salary with the employer, and to ask if any extra travel expenses are available. It's also worth reaching out to current employees through LinkedIn to ask for first-hand experience.

Getting your first job is just like a first chapter in a book. It's a start. It's rare you will have the experience to land your dream job right away after graduation but working abroad can help you to build the skills and experience to get there. If you’re an international student struggling with visa sponsorships, it would be easier to find a job in an area with fewer barriers to entry.

How working abroad can make your CV stand out to future employers

  • Demonstrates your determination to get out there and to take advantage of opportunities. You won't let your comfort zone hold you back.
  • Working with colleagues from different backgrounds proves your ability to work in a team.
  • Living in a different culture develops your communication skills. You may even pick up a new language.
  • Learning to budget and manage your own finances overseas can inform your work, especially when managing budgets.
  • Building both professional and personal networks internationally could open doors and help create leads for future jobs.

Need further advice on how to get your first job? Why not access tailored one-to-one careers support for up to 2 years after you graduate. Our online advisors will support you by discussing your career ideas and options and providing advice on applications and interviews. Email or book a one-to-one appointment to get started.

With approximately 20,000 students from 130 countries, half of which are international students, UAL alumni can be found across the globe. If you’re planning an international move, connecting with your local UAL alumni network could help you to connect with peers.