International students applying in the UK
If your educational system is different from thatof the UK (1
-class degrees, A-levels andGCSEs), you will need to help an employerunderstand what your qualifications mean. TheBritish Council Office in your home country(access via www.britishcouncil.org.uk) may beable to help, and the NARIC (www.naric.org.uk)can provide formal equivalence documentation.
Boston University, USA BA in Political Science
Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.75 out of max 4.0680 on GMAT (top 5%)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Total Points: 41 (out of 42)
Maths (6), Ancient Greek (7), German (7)
English Lit (7), Physics (7), Economics (7)
Technische Universität Berlin
Mathematics (equivalent to BA level)
fung” Final results: Very good (1.3)
Work Permit status
Employers find it useful to know about youreligibility to work in the UK. Give them yournationality, and if you already have the right towork in the UK, then say so.Nationality: French & US dual nationality (withright to work throughout the EEA)Nationality: Canadian (eligible to work in UKunder TWES scheme)Nationality: Indian & British (by marriage)Nationality:
Chinese (work permit required)
Applications outside the UK
Styles of CV vary greatly from country tocountry. Consult
The Global Resume Guide
(Mary Anne Thompson, Wiley & Sons, 2000),available for reference at the Careers Service, orthe country-specific information atwww.prospects.ac.uk (Jobs and work > Exploreworking and studying abroad). For moreinformation about styles across Europe, see thecareer planning area of www.eurograduate.com.There are often changes to the rules affectinginternational students and recent graduateswishing to work in the UK. It is recommendedthat you check with UKCISA:
The UK Council forInternational Student Affairs,www.ukcisa.org.uk/.
The advice given in this Information Leaflet isrelevant to postgraduates as well asundergraduates. However, presenting two (ormore) degrees in a way that maximises theimpact of your experience while addressing anyconcerns that a potential employer may havecan be challenging. For some roles (egacademia) a higher degree is virtually essential.You may need to include further sections (egpublications, conferences attended, researchproposals). For other sectors you must adaptyour CV to meet with the interests of theemployer, drawing on the extensive transferableskills you will have gained from your extra study.Have a look at the excellent Vitae website formore advice for doctoral researchers andresearch staff on presenting your skills andachievements on a CV, www.vitae.ac.uk.
Employer-friendly transferable skills typicallydeveloped by DPhil students:
project managementgoal-settingprioritisationtime managementdata managementrecording and presenting informationself-reliancecreativity and innovationself-disciplineself-motivationteamworkinstructing, trainingreport writingpresentingnetworking
Demonstrating ‘commercial awareness’
Include any experience of budget management,fundraising, work outside of academia (fromorganising department/college events or societytreasurer positions to bar work).Emphasise any involvement in grant proposals,budgeting for equipment/fieldwork/resources, etc.Talk the talk
research the market that theemployer operates in, who their customers/ clients/competitors are and any recent initiativesthey have been involved in, so that you can talktheir language.Think about joining societies with a businessfocus (eg OU Entrepreneurs).
Look out for business courses, eg at the SaidBusiness School or through communityeducation.