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Developing your Global Career webinar series

In Spring 2016 the Midlands International Group, a consortium of 16 universities, delivered a webinar series consisting of 13 online events targeted at international students. The sessions were supported by funding from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and careers professionals from across the region worked with employers and alumni to run a week of online sessions, which were designed to prepare for students for the global job market.

The project provided opportunities for information-sharing, student employability development, employer engagement, reflection/action planning, and networking within the international student community across the Midlands.

Lots of interest

Over 1,000 students registered for the interactive sessions on a range of topics, from developing a global mindset and making the most of your time in the UK, to top tips from international recruiters, graduate entrepreneurship and visa law. Several of the webinars were run by top graduate employers and opportunity providers, including KPMG China, the Global Career Company, BUNAC and Access Tier 5. Technical support, critical to the project success, was delivered by the University of Birmingham IT Team and used an Adobe Connect platform.

Getting feedback

Feedback from students and employers indicated using this technology-based approach as an ideal way to reach large numbers of international students across institutions. In particular, students valued the opportunity to interact with employers and careers professionals online, to build a clearer idea of what’s needed to enter the graduate job market, and to plan their next steps.

All webinars in the series were recorded and are available for use by the professional community supporting international students online.

Further details

If other AGCAS members, member services or regional groups are interested in finding out more about the Developing Your Global Career webinar series, or the Midlands International Group please email Iwan Griffiths.

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