An Open Letter to all of you Graduating this Week

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Dear soon-to-be SOAS Graduate,

On behalf of SOAS Careers, congratulations on completing this stage of your student journey!
The Careers team will be there at your ceremony to congratulate you in person so do come down to SL62 or see us at our table in the Cloisters.
If you already have a job lined up, we’d love to hear about it, and invite you to come back and talk to current students – the feedback we always get is that students really appreciate hearing from their contemporaries about how they decided what to do and how their SOAS experiences helped them.
If you’ve not got anything sorted yet, then do come and see us on your graduation day. Even if you’re planning to take the summer off, we have some useful resources that will help you, wherever you are in your career thinking, and we will work with you to support the next step in your career journey.
We are open all summer, and are happy to work with you in person, on the phone or via Skype, so no matter where you are in your journey, we can be there with you!
Look forward to seeing you soon,
– SOAS Careers Team
Philippa Hewett, Head of SOAS Careers
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Everything you Need to Know About Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visas

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SOAS provides students with the opportunity to set up and develop their business in the UK, by endorsing them for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.  These are exclusively available to Tier 4 visa holders who are current students.

The process for applying is simple.

If you have a viable and innovative business idea and want to take this to market in the UK, this is a great opportunity for you.  The idea must show visible benefits to the local community.

As part of the application process for endorsement from SOAS, you will be expected to submit the following documentation:

  • A business plan summarising your business idea, market research, marketing plan, customer analysis and pricing model.
  • A 12 month financial forecast
  • CV
  • Covering letter.

Shortlisted applicants will be expected to present their business idea to a panel. The next deadline for application is 11.59pm on October 19th 2017.  If you are shortlisted, the judging panel which you will be asked to present at is taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 16th November (each presentation slot will be 20 minutes maximum, including questions).

Before you apply you must first meet with the Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) to determine your eligibility for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

For support through the application process, you are welcome to book an Enterprise appointment with the SOAS Careers Service by emailing careers@soas.ac.uk or calling 0207 898 4115.  These are available on Friday afternoons.

To apply, please submit the requested documents to studententerprise@soas.ac.uk by 11.59pm on October 19th 2017.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant