Careers Service

Working outside the UK

You may be considering working outside of the UK once you graduate, whether that's to return home or work in another country. Although planning your career from a distance can be challenging, the Careers Service can provide you with help and support in the process

Careers Service support

The Careers Service can support you if you're planning to work outside the UK after you graduate; the 'International Experiences' section of our website has extensive resources on working in other countries including some regional guides and our staff can help you to find information that is not readily available:

International Experiences

Get information, advice and guidance

Although we cannot be experts on every country, we can help by discussing your plans, helping you to organise your job search and evaluate what you have gained from your time at Edinburgh.

We actively work with employers around the world who advertise vacancies on MyCareerHub. Look out for video conference events and presentations from international recruiters:


Other support

The University of Edinburgh has a worldwide network of alumni who may be able to help if you're returning home or going elsewhere. Joining LinkedIn and keeping in touch through the Edinburgh Alumni Networks is a really good way to get advice from other Edinburgh graduates:

Edinburgh Alumni network

TARGETjobs international student guides include tips on seeking work outside the UK and returning home:

TargetJobs - tips for seeking work outside the UK

UKCISA offers practical advice for international students returning home:


Planning to return home

  • If you plan to work in your home country we recommend you start your career research well before you begin your final year (or one-year Masters) studies. Graduate recruitment timescales may be different from the UK, so be prepared with a well written CV or resume.
  • Try and gain some relevant experience, either in the UK or your home country. Ideally, you should do this in the summer before your final year of study (or one-year Masters). If this isn’t possible, spend some time researching graduate recruitment. When are the big recruitment fairs? Which employers will you target? Where do they advertise vacancies?
  • University careers services in your home town or city can be a useful resource. Their websites may feature articles on how to write your CV or resume and where to look for work. If you were a student in your home country before you came to the UK, check whether you can use your previous university or college’s career service.

Related Links

Regional guides