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How to get a job in the UK as an international student— step by step

Many international students want to work part time with their studies. Tier4 visa allows up to 20 hours of work per week, so you can still keep track with your studies. Even though Coronavirus may have complicated the situation with labour markets around the world, there are still plenty of part-time jobs offered in the UK. Here’s how to get one!

Right to work in the UK

Usually, you would need a National Insurance Number (NINo) to work in the UK. However, at the moment the process of getting a NINo is taking a long time due to Coronavirus situation so you might not be able to get one before you start working.

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That doesn’t mean you cannot work! You can still prove you have a right to work in the UK.

According to gov.uk page, your official national document, such as passport or a UK visa gives you a right to work.

Your employer needs to make a copy of:

· Applicant’s passport (including visible expiry date)

· the applicant’s details (for example nationality, date of birth and photograph)

· any endorsements (for example a work visa)

Then once possible again, make sure to apply for a National Insurance Number here.

Look for open vacancies

One way to apply for a job is to look for open vacancies on various websites. One of them is indeed.co.uk where you can find all kinds of jobs. You can find general info about a job there such as hourly pay, expected start of the role, work shifts information and similar and how and where to apply. Other pages where you can take a look are reed.co.uk and cvlibrary.co.uk.


To apply for any kind of job, you’ll need a good CV and a motivational letter. Not all jobs are the same and therefore, not all applications should be the same.

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Check what the keywords in each and every application are and tailor your application accordingly. So if you are applying for let’s say a job in a pub, highlight your customer service skills and your ability to multitask and work in a team. If, on the other hand, you’re applying for an administrator position, you’ll want to highlight your attention to detail and organization skills.

Of course, describe where and how you had a chance to acquire those skills, mentioning previous roles you may have had or what you learned from your previous education. Maybe you volunteered somewhere and that brought you soft-skill practical knowledge. Think about all activities you took part in and take the best out of every one. You can always contact your university’s careers&employability office to help with your application and check out how to create a good CV here!

Open a bank account

In order to get paid in the UK, you need an UK bank account. Usually, you university will suggest a branch during your Welcome week, but you can explore other options as well.

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For opening a student bank account you’ll probably need your passport, university card and proof of residence. If you experience any difficulties opening an account in a UK based bank, try one of the so called ‘online’ banks that have a possibility of opening an UK account.

Some of them are Monzo and Revolut. You apply online, confirm your identity and get your sort code and bank account. The only thing is, online banks don’t have physical branches, so all customer services are being held online.

Let us know if you recently got a job or if you want to share your experience of applying to one! We’d love to hear your stories. Email us at info@okstudent.co.uk.



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