Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Opportunities at home


Are you planning to return home to work after gaining your degree from Nottingham?

We offer tips on what you can do while studying to make the smooth transition from being a student at Nottingham to moving into a graduate role at home.

While you are here:

  • research the job market in your home country
  • develop the skills and experience valued by local recruiters 
  • create a network of contacts

Your next steps


During your time in Nottingham

Research the job market

Follow developments and hot topics in the sector and geographical region you are interested in. Find out about local recruitment procedures and deadlines.

Online resources such as newspapers and professional publications, forums and job boards will be useful to gain this local knowledge.

Use the resources on our working abroad pages for country guides, sources of vacancies and useful links.

Develop the skills required by local recruiters

The experience, skills and outlook required by employers can vary from country to country. Find out what they are looking for and get involved in extracurricular activities at Nottingham to build your CV. 

Could you gain work experience at home during one of your vacation periods?

Create a network of contacts

Contacts you make through professional associations, online forums and social media can be valuable to keep up with job opportunities.

Your family, friends and their contacts at home can be a useful source of information. Catch up with people or make new contacts next time you go home.

Before leaving the UK, join the University's Alumni LinkedIn group and The British Council alumni association, if available in your country. Also, check out the University's international associations, groups and contacts listed on the Campaign and Alumni Relations Office site.

Watch our videos for tips and advice on face to face and online networking.

More advice on returning home

Our Careers teams in China and Malaysia are happy to review your CV and applications, as well as offer advice on interview technique. 

For more advice on preparing to return to your home country after your studies, go to the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

Returning home to China 

Liting Zhang, our former Global Employment Manager based in China, provides tips for Chinese students, who are looking for graduate employment when they return home.


Blog: Home sweet home: returning to China

Contact the Careers team in China for CV support and interview technique

Returning home to Malaysia

Kohila Palanisamy, our Global Labour Market Executive (SE Asia), provides tips for Malaysian students, who are looking for graduate employment when they return home. 


Blog: Home sweet home: returning to Malaysia

Contact the Careers team in Malaysia for CV support and interview technique





Careers and Employability Service

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