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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thinking about Placement? Not sure what the benefits are?

Top 10 Benefits of Placement

Taken from feedback from UWS students who have undertaken placements:

  • Improve your career prospects. Employers are very interested in placement experience.
  • Boost your confidence
  • Improve commercial awareness and business acumen
  • Build people skills such as communication, problem solving, team work and self management
  • Improve knowledge about yourself
  • Opportunity to network and build up industry contacts
  • Develop new skills
  • Transfer theoretical knowledge into practical experience
  • Clarify career plans
  • Make your CV stand out from the crowd

Visit for more information, or pop into the Employability Link  on Paisley Campus, or Student Link on Ayr, Dumfries & Hamilton Campuses.

Are UK graduates equipped to compete in a global marketplace?

Graduates seeking work are being urged to develop ‘global employability skills’ to help them succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace. Multinational employers are looking for graduates who can bring something ‘over and above’ core graduate skills.  

In a groundbreaking research project, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) and research agency CFE,have explored how businesses define global graduates.

The skills identified as the most important by some distance were ‘an ability to work collaboratively with teams of people from a range of backgrounds and countries’ and ‘excellent communication skills’; these were followed by ‘drive and resilience’ and ‘an ability to embrace different perspectives’.

The report highlights that external mobility among UK students is low, lagging way behind our international competitors.  There are 370,000 foreign students studying in the UK, and recent estimates suggest there are just 33,000 UK students studying abroad. This is borne out by the fact that the UK has the lowest participation rate for the Erasmus programme in the UK.

Full article on Training Zone website

Related articles:
People Management
The Herald

Guardian Careers Talk podcast: why the job market needs global graduates

Download the Erasmus Students Work Placement Guide from the Placement Support Service page of our website. We also advertise Erasmus opportunities on our Vacancies website:


New Paid Internships from TSIS

The latest batch of internships from Third Sector Internships Scotland have been released on their website and applications are now open! Don’t miss out on these fabulous opportunities!


These paid internships are open to all students and can be worked around your studies.

There are 18 new opportunities in total, and many of them are in the West of Scotland area. A few examples:

  • Research Intern Exploring alternative energy and communications in Africa, located in the west end of Glasgow
  • Marketing Development Intern Greenock
  • Communications and Outreach Intern Govan Road, Glasgow
  • Development Intern (Moving Stories Education Competition project) Glasgow
  • Digital and Social Media Intern Glasgow or Edinburgh

For full information and how to apply visit:

As a UWS student you are encouraged to see a UWS careers adviser for help with your application. We have already had 5 of our students take part in this scheme.

CV Drop In Day – Paisley Campus – 17th Nov 10am-4pm

Bring along a printed copy of your CV and get tips and advice on how to improve it!

In the News – Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games boost for graduates

A £10m scheme which aims to provide 1,000 jobs for graduates as a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games is being unveiled by Glasgow City Council.

The Commonwealth Graduate Fund will pay employers 50% of the salary costs for graduates they take on, up to a maximum of £10,000 per graduate for one year.

Full article:

Study China Programme

Funded places on the Study China Programme.  Open to full-time undergraduate/HND/Foundation Degree/Nursing Diploma students in English, Scottish and Northern Ireland Universities and Colleges of Further Education.

Would you like to spend time in China to learn its language and develop an understanding of its culture, business and life in general?

Following the huge success of previous Study China Programmes since summer 2007, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Scottish Government and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland are continuing to fund over 400 places per year for students to go to China.

Successful candidates will be learning Chinese language, attending lectures on Chinese culture, society, history and economy and visiting local businesses. Host universities are in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Hangzhou and Nanjing.  Programmes run every summer and Easter for 17 days with a choice of two locations each time.

This time we are offering a small number of internship-based places known as SCP-I.  This will be very similar to the main programme but with a daily work placement tailored if possible to your degree subject area.

You can expect a once in a life experience through this programme.  Our previous students have written glowing reviews on our website –

The online application for the next programme is live on the Study China website now (How to apply page). You will also be required to obtain an online reference from a member of staff at your University. If you do not want to miss this unique opportunity, take action quickly!  The closing date for is 03/01/12 at 5pm for applications and Wed 21/12/11 for references.

Facebook page for those interested in applying is here: –

Study China Brochure summer 2011 v8


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