Now that you've completed your studies, you have some important decisions to make on what your future holds next. Choosing the right option will come down to personal preference and aspirations.
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Whatever your reason, make sure it's the right one for you. The financial cost can be very high and the study extremely intense, but there are many benefits to furthering your education.
Now that you've graduated or are about to graduate, you'll need to make sure you're in compliance with your current visa. Navigating the process can be stressful, especially as the eligibility requirements and legal rulings are constantly changing.
If you're looking to stay on and gain practical work experience in your chosen field of expertise, then speak to the international student department at your university first. They'll be able to help identify options available to you and provide the necessary forms for you to apply. This will usually need to be done before your current visa expires.
It's good to do your research. The UK's post-study work visa allows eligible undergraduates, post-graduates and even PhD graduates to stay on for another 2 years to find employment. Other countries that offer foreign students attractive post-study work visas are Germany, Australia, Finland and Ireland.
Don't forget to get your banking sorted. Many employers will require you to have a local bank account for your salary deposit.
Be prepared and avoid "reverse culture shock" when you leave your host country. Many students look to return home and use the experience they've gained whilst studying abroad to help better their lives back home. However, moving back after a few years away can be quite a shock to some students. After all a lot has changed during your time away. You've lived in a foreign country, adjusted to a new culture, made new friends and earned yourself a degree, too!
To help prepare for returning home read 9 things every college student should do before graduating.
We can tell you the best way for you to apply for an overseas account. Simply select your current location and where you would like to open an account. We'll then walk you through the steps.
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