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How can I increase my online presence?

Digital tools for student lifeThis week’s guest blog post explores how international students can benefit from developing their online presence, especially with a view to enhancing your employment opportunities in the future. It is provided by Dean Reilly, Deputy Editor of Ofcom-accredited comparison site www.cable.co.uk:

The UK is a connected country and, if you want to get your future career off to a flying start, having a strong online presence is a great starting point for any international student graduate. There are plenty of options for you to start building your public profile online while studying, using social media and blogging tools that are highly functional, well-recognised and free.

The use of social media is now a recognised method for communicating with industry experts and insiders both in your own country and overseas. In the UK, starting an account on Twitter, Facebook or the network for professionals, LinkedIn – and keeping it up-to-date and relevant – is a great way to announce your own online presence and interests. Sites like LinkedIn are great tools for hosting your CV, making an impression and managing your professional identity. What’s more, your profile will be searchable by potential employers, so by keeping it relevant you’re doing a great job of advertising yourself to potential clients or employers.

Joining groups on these media can also help you find out about the key players and companies in areas that interest you, and keep on top of any news and developments. Eventually you’ll develop contacts and connections that will help further your career once you start looking for work.

If you find yourself building up followers and gaining a reputation, one of the next steps would be to set up a website or blog. There are plenty of free online blogging tools available, such as WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr, that make posting your ideas simple and easy.

If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog next time.

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Can I work in the UK?

This week’s blog post is in answer to a student’s question about doing a part-time job while studying at university in the UK. To find out whether you, specifically, are allowed to work while studying as an international student in the UK, you will need to check your own passport (or possibly identity card). This is quite complicated as there are various categories and levels of permission associated with working. It is also possible that your passport stamp will say ‘work prohibited / no work’. For the information you will need to decide whether or not you are allowed to work while studying in the UK, and to see examples of the different passport stamps relating to work permission, you are advised to look at the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website: UKCISA: Can you work?

If you are already studying at university in the UK and are wondering if you can do any part-time work or not while you are here, the Student Services department of your university or college may be able to help you find the answer.

If you have a question related to academic life and study in the UK and you can’t find the answer in the Prepare for Success learning resources, write it on the Question Wall and we will try to answer it here in the blog.

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