Experiencing the UK Graduate route: Colombia, master's degree

Date:Jul 2023
Topic(s): Graduate route, Student employability, Transition, Recruitment
Type(s): AGCAS Case study

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), a member of UKCISA’s International Student Employability Group (ISEG), has captured the experiences of international graduates seeking employment in the UK after graduation in a series of case studies.

Who are you?



Nationality / country of origin


Current visa

Graduate route

Are your expectations of your Graduate route visa being met?


University, level of study and programme of study

University in Yorkshire and the Humber

Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


How many roles have you applied for since leaving university?


Current activity


Thoughts on your visa 

Even though I have the right to work in the UK, most employers hold their offers back when they know eventually I will need sponsorship. The application process was easy. However, I had to pay for the biometrics appointment. It wasn’t clear why some applicants had the opportunity to submit their biometrics by their phone, whilst others had to book an appointment. During my application process, I never had the option to do it by myself.

Support and development 

While at university, I had a one-to-one appointment with a careers adviser, received CV feedback and attended a careers fair.

“Employers prefer candidates that do not need any immigration support.”

Employer knowledge and attitudes 

I haven’t reached many interview phases therefore I cannot give an accurate comment about how employers react to it. My main impression is that employers prefer candidates that do not need any immigration support, eg., visa sponsorship, as this makes the hiring process more complicated. This is particularly challenging for small to medium size companies.

“Apply as early as you can.”

What advice would you give to current international students seeking graduate employment in the UK? 

Apply as early as you can and try to get volunteering experience.