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Launch of improved job search facility for international students and graduates

AGCAS, HECSU, NASES and The Careers Group, University of London, working in partnership, have undertaken enhancements to the International Graduate Jobs on as a result of research with international students and graduates, employers and careers professionals. The work has been funded by the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI 2) and develops the work undertaken in a previous PMI 2 project which saw The Careers Group, University of London’s International Job Online made available through

International Graduate Jobs has:

• 100s of jobs;
• from lots of employers;
• in a wide range of job sectors;
• which are available worldwide.

Improvements to the website have addressed key points made by careers advisers in the research, namely that international students and graduates needed to take a more strategic approach to their job search, and also the following issues for students and graduates:

• helping them avoid a 'scattergun approach' applying for anything and everything;
• encouraging them to look for information, advice and guidance – not 'just vacancies';
• helping them to develop their awareness of effective job search strategies;
• helping them to improve their understanding of the application process.

In addition to improving the search functionality, the general interface and usability of International Graduate Jobs, the new system will include value-added content to address some of the issues raised. This is achieved through contextual links to content related to the job ad the user is viewing. For example, if they are looking at a job in China there will be links to the AGCAS Country Profiles and the i-graduate Country Guides, plus more general information about working abroad. As part of their recent update the Country Guides now include example CVs for all the countries covered, and for some there are individual cases studies. The Country Profiles and Country Guides provide a wealth of complementary information, and hopefully by giving international students and graduates access to these resources at a high level they will be encouraged to make use of them.

The enhanced International Graduate Jobs was launched in early March 2011 and is being promoted to international students and graduates, employers, careers and student employment services.

Tags: international international students pmi2 international graduate jobs HECSU NASES AGCAS country profiles

Created on: 08 March 2011

Last updated: 08 March 2011

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