one in four undergraduates wants to work abroad

One in four UK students plans to work abroad after graduating

One in four UK undergraduates intends to start work overseas, according to the 2014 trendence UK Graduate Barometer survey. The annual survey, which took in the views of more than 27,000 university students this year, found that 25% agreed with the statement ‘After graduating I will leave my country to find a professional position abroad.’

There has been a dramatic increase in the proportion of UK students wishing to work overseas after graduation in recent years. When the trendence Graduate Barometer survey posed the same question at the start of 2013, 20.6% of students said they intended to leave the country, and in 2012 the figure was lower still, at 18.3%.

Chris Phillips, the information and research director at GTI Media, which is the parent company of and trendence, suggested that graduate employers could respond by adapting their recruitment campaigns to publicise opportunities to work abroad, such as secondments to offices overseas. Recruiters could also introduce students to recent graduates who have worked overseas and emphasise the international make-up of the workforce in the UK.

He commented, ‘When students say they want to leave the country, they may be articulating a whole range of feelings about work in the UK. They may not leave, or leave immediately, but something has made them look round and conclude that over there is more attractive and exciting than over here.’

The booming interest in working abroad has been reflected in the surging popularity of the relevant advice content this year. Between January and June, traffic to our working abroad advice section more than doubled. There has also been strong growth in traffic to the studying abroad advice on our sister site

The studying and working abroad advice on and is written mainly by expert careers advisers as part of our content partnership with AGCAS, the professional association for careers advisers.

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