Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Year abroad students'


Before you go abroad you might want to start thinking about your career options. Career planning takes time, and leaving it to your final year may be a decision you regret ─ this tends to be a busy year in which  students need to focus on their degree. 

  • Explore your careers ideas using the types of jobs pages
  • Identify the skills you already possess and those you want to develop


Career planning whilst you are abroad

  • Look for part-time work or work shadowing
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in your field
  • Reflect on the skills gained
  • Keep a diary of your time abroad

Keep up to date with job vacancies

Familiarise yourself with the UK recruitment processes

Research postgraduate study options

Online careers presentation

Watch this screencast for tips and resources to make the most of your time abroad (7 mins)


When you return to the UK

On return from your year abroad you will face many tight deadlines for applications: 

Use the final year career timetable

Read our Careers Handbook

Online careers presentation

This screencast will help you to reflect on your study abroad experiences and present them effectively to employers in applications and interviews (9 mins)




Further resources

AIFS student guide to study abroad and career development
Practical information on using your time abroad effectively

Make a careers appointment
See a member of our team to help articulate your study abroad experience

Careers and Employability Service

The University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679