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

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


Current visa

Graduate route

Are your expectations of your Graduate route visa being met?


University, level of study and programme of study

University in North East England

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

Languages and area studies

How many roles have you applied for since leaving university?

11 - 25

Current activity


Thoughts on your visa 

I am unsure if it will help me find full-time employment. The application was an easy process, the cost was very high.

Support and development 

While at university, I received support from the careers service. I had a one-to-one appointment with a careers adviser and received CV feedback. I undertook recruitment activities, such as practicing interviews and attending assessment centres. I attended skills enhancement sessions and a careers fair and I gained access to job vacancy listings.

Employer knowledge and attitudes  

It is my impression that as employers know international students are eligible for the Graduate route visa, many are not willing to provide Skilled Worker visas anymore.

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

Plan early and avoid the Graduate route if you can get a Skilled worker visa sponsorship.