RSS Feed

Category Archives: Global Horizons

Make the most of your time at university

As we say welcome to our new students and welcome back to our returning students, it’s a good opportunity to remind you that university life isn’t just about studying and partying, but also about developing your skills for your future career.

Welcome phrase words cloud concept

Employers are looking to recruit graduates with a broad range of  employability skills and global competencies that have been developed through academic study, work experience, and extra-curricular activities.

Understanding your skills and strengths and having the ability to identify opportunities to develop your potential will help you find the right fit in terms of your chosen career and your role in society.

Check out our Developing Your Skills & International Options sections on our website for more on this.

Advertisements

The Year of the Goat – wisdom, fortune & prosperity

Chinese-New-Year-Goat-2015Happy Chinese New Year!

According to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar 2015, The Year of the Goat, is going to be an excellent year for all of the Chinese zodiac signs.

The Goat is the eighth sign in Chinese astrology and the number “8” is considered to be a very lucky number. It symbolizes wisdom, fortune and prosperity. This year will be especially lucky and rewarding for people who are born in the Year of the Goat! So make the most of it predicts the Chinese Horoscope 2015!

Irrespective of whether you believe in astrology, we always encourage our students to make the most of themselves, so while celebrating Chinese New Year we thought we’d highlight work and study opportunities in China….

If you can get past the noise, the lack of organised queues, the complex social etiquette and the often mindboggling numbers, China offers a fascinating and fun experience for someone who is culturally open minded. Generally visitors find it is relatively safe with a lower crime rate than comparable Western cities. The main cities, Beijing and Shanghai, are used to foreign visitors and workers but in second and third tier cities you may be more of a novelty and find yourself forging your own path more.

Working or studying in China could be a smart career move for someone wanting to work in international industry or commerce. You could build a network of contacts and cultural awareness of one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Internships or Teaching English are a great way to experience China because they are accessible to western visitors. According to Hutong School, a language school and internship provider based in Beijing, other ways of finding work in China such as via recruitment websites are much less likely to reap reward. Unless you have personal, family or business connections in China, the internship or English teaching are the most likely routes into working in China.

It is normal to find an internship through an agency with support offered ranging from finding the placement only, to including airport meet and greet, orientation, accommodation, emergency support if necessary, language training and even a full activity and cultural programme with other interns.

So for all you more adventurous students, let the Chinese New Year celebrations be the inspiration you need to start exploring the opportunities to experience China. UWS students can find some useful links on our Moodle site.  If you are not sure if it’s for you why not try our “Is Going Global Right for You” quiz on  click on “Global opportunities to broaden your horizons” on Moodle – you might surprise yourself!

 

On the 7th Day of Christmas…

7thOn the 7th Day of Christmas…

UWS CES brings to you…

SEVEN ways to improve your CV

A degree on its own is not enough to impress employers! They are looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills such as planning, organising, customer care, teamwork and communication.

You have many opportunities to pick up new skills and experience throughout your time at university that will be of value to your future, though:

  • Work placements & internships
  • Gap year
  • Summer jobs or part-time work
  • Voluntary work
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Academic achievements & coursework
  • Online or continuous learning (after graduation)

Read more…

 

Happy International Students Day

internatTo celebrate International Students Day, we asked for a guest blog from one of our International Students, to tell our readers about their experience of studying and working at UWS…

I have been a full-time Mechanical Engineering student at UWS since last four years and as a non-European international student, I have enjoyed every day of it. I have lived in the University’s accommodation and the staff and faculty couldn’t have been more helpful from the very first day. It also helped me enhance some of my skills like being able to do tasks at my own initiative, have met and socialised with people with almost all corners of the world and have learnt about different cultures and countries.

I am also a part of the amazing Student Ambassador team of the University. The job provides me opportunity to develop my communication skills and a chance to help others every day. Also, since I’m passionate about UWS, it allows me to do something beneficial for the University and fits perfectly around classes.

This year as an undergraduate student, I have got a chance to do a fairly costly research project which is funded by The Royal Society of London under the supervision of University’s very experienced Lecturers. We have done a lot of practical work at UWS and I can see myself applying the knowledge from them in my near future.

Hence, I am very proud that I chose University of the West of Scotland a place for my higher Education.

Ramender Kwatra

 

The University of the West of Scotland is now a participant of the GoEuro Scholarship Programme

The University of the West of Scotland has been registered and is eligible to participate in the GoEuro Scholarship Programme. The winning student will receive a scholarship of €2000 and the chance to complete a 1-3 month paid internship at GoEuro’s Berlin office.

The scholarship programme aims to stimulate innovation and creativity by awarding the student with the best ”A Closer Europe” entry the opportunity to gain professional experience at a growing Berlin start-up company. Students must submit an entry showcasing their vision of a more connected Europe, whether that be in terms of transport, culture, communication or any other theme…

Entries will be accepted in a variety of formats from videos to essays, blog posts to YouTube clips, or whatever you can imagine!

More information about the GoEuro Scholarship can be found here: http://www.goeuro.co.uk/scholarship

One World Week – 19th – 26th October 2014

One world week is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.

“Living Differently” is the theme for One World Week 2014.

It recognises that we need to make changes now to secure a fairer, more satisfying, life for us all and one that protects the planet’s resources for future generations.

One World Week is your chance to join thousands of others…

  • to explore the links that bind us to our fellow men and women, so that we can work with them for justice and peace and a greener future for all
  • to celebrate the richness and diversity of belonging to one world
  • to recognise our responsibility to care for the earth,  share its resources fairly and use them sustainably to ensure they are available for future generations to use in their turn.
  • to challenge whatever keeps barriers between us intact or strengthens them
  • to reach out to all members of the community
  • to bring issues of justice and peace to the centre of family, education and community life

http://www.oneworldweek.org

oneworldweeklogo

What does this have to do with Careers & Employability?

A recent report from the British Council stated that employers are looking for “candidates who can navigate a workplace that transcends national and cultural borders, particularly for positions that require interaction with individuals and organisations from nationalities and cultural backgrounds different from their own” (Culture at Work, 2013).

Global graduates require a blend of competencies and corresponding attributes spanning global mindsets, cultural agility and relationship management and must be able to apply them flexibly.

Core Skills

  • flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative and the ability to plan
  • assertiveness and independence
  • improved use of information
  • motivation & greater confidence
  • effective communication and listening ability

Cultural Dexterity

  • tolerance, patience and an understanding of people
  • diplomacy
  • global outlook and mindset
  • confidence to work in global business and seize opportunities
  • working effectively in multi-cultural teams
  • willingness to learn and adapt to a different culture
  • foreign language skills

One World Week is an ideal opportunity to improve your global and cultural knowledge.

Scholarships for UK students to study at Harvard & MIT in USA

Fancy studying in the USA? Here are two fantastic opportunities:

The Kennedy Scholarship

An academic award for study at two of the world’s finest universities – Harvard and MIT. It can be used to fund a wide variety of programmes at MIT and across all the graduate schools within Harvard.   It can also fund a Special Studentship for those wanting a general programme of non-degree study.

Applications are now open for academic year 2015-16, with a deadline of 29th October 2014.

Those applying for awards must be all of the following:

  • British citizens at the time of application;
  • ordinarily resident in the UK;
  • wholly or mainly educated in the UK.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

Frank Knox Fellowships

Frank Knox Fellowships were established in 1945 to enable students from the UK, along with those from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, to undertake graduate study at Harvard University.

A Knox Fellowship pays full Harvard tuition and mandatory health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single Fellow for a 10-month academic year.   Knox Fellowship funding is guaranteed for up to two years for students in degree programmes requiring more than one year of study.

Special regard will be given to personal qualities in the awarding of Frank Knox Fellowships:

“Candidates will be selected on the basis of future promise of leadership.   Strength of character, keen mind, a balanced judgment, and devotion to the democractic ideal will be the qualities borne in mind in making the final selection.”

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

%d bloggers like this: