Experiencing the UK Graduate route: Hong Kong, postgraduate diploma or certificate

Date:Jul 2023
Topic(s): Graduate route, Recruitment, Student employability, Transition
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

Hong Kong

Current visa

Skilled Worker

Are your expectations of your Graduate route visa being met?

Strongly agree

University, level of study and programme of study

University in Yorkshire and the Humber

Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


How many roles have you applied for since leaving university?


Current activity

Employed – full time (permanent contract)

Where do you work?

Job title

Research Assistant

Employer / organisation

University in South East England

Briefly describe your role and your main responsibilities

I work in a genetics lab and am responsible for making transgenic models.

Time between the end of your course and start date for your current role

Less than 3 months

How did you find your current job?

Through the university job website

Thoughts on your visa 

The visa allowed me to get the job I wanted. The application process is straightforward and everything went smoothly. My only complaint would be the cost of the application, which was nearly one month’s salary.

Support and development 

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

Employer knowledge and attitudes 

I found employers’ visa knowledge to be extensive and their attitude supportive.

“Improve your language skills, be fearless and apply for jobs that interest you.”

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

Improve your language skills, be fearless and apply for jobs that interest you.