International graduate profile - Sabrina Chiang (Finance and Investment, 2019)
Originally from Taiwan, I went to Nottingham in 2018 for my master’s degree and graduated in 2020. During my time in Nottingham I’ve met some brilliant people who inspired and motivated me to dream big. With a growing idea of working in a global financial centre, I decided to stay in the UK and moved to London to chase my career.
After two years of experience in placement agencies, I’m now working at SME Capital as a business development associate. Passionate about private markets, my role focuses on helping UK SMEs to grow their funding needs together with helping our own business thrive in the alternative lending space. At the same time, I’ll always carry with me my Nottingham values as I develop my career further, aiming high and always doing my best to achieve my goals!
My top tip to secure a job in the UK:
Be brave, be confident! Reflecting on my experiences, there are many differences to consider throughout the application process, e.g. formats of your CV, questions in interviews, ways of networking.
Your application path might be tougher than local students but it's not as scary as it sounds! Just be brave and apply for jobs! While embracing the differences, I'd suggest being confident in talking about your amazing skill sets and experience together with your foreign background. Highlight your international value (background, experience, bilingual (or multilingual) skills.
You'll be amazed by the leverage of an international student!