Summer has come to London! The heat! The
sun! The Olympics! The week started off
with such promise and the weather hasn’t
disappointed. With a dissertation deadline
looming and writing that needs to get
drafted, the smell of summer distracts for
the joyful celebration of the sporting event
of the year. They’re also known as ‘study
breaks’ as I like to call them.
With my dissertation near completion the
next step of the process comes to light:
internship or part time job? It’s a topic I’ve
struggled with throughout the year. As an
international student, I’m allowed to work
but only part-time during my studies. Once
I’ve submitted my dissertation, I believe my
visa allows me to work full time, as long as
it isn’t a permanent position. This means I
can work on a contract basis, for example
as a full time editor for a newspaper for
three months only.
The whole working whilst you study as an
international student is a bit of struggle to
wrap your head around. Isn’t it enough
work studying in a foreign country? Then
again, who has the ability to not work and
study at the same time? The debate has
been ongoing. In between term breaks I’d
try to tackle the task of transferring my
work skills to the UK standard employment
Curriculum Vitae also known as a CV. Not
every country uses the CV format and is
was a task to ask my friends constantly to
look it over or for their opinion. The CV is
the ultimate gamble because you have no
idea how on the other side is looking at it.
It’s impossible to know what they expect or
want to see unless you know them
personally.
As it’s a ‘productive’ use of my time, when I
take breaks from researching, drafting and
editing my dissertation, the next project I
work on is creating a decent CV. The plan is
to apply to roles that are part-time and
located within an acceptable distance of
where my university is.
Where does an international student start
looking for work? It’s certainly not the same
in every country so learn how it relates to
your country.
Source: Hotcourses Nigeria.

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