Creating the ‘Global Graduate’ through Innovation in Technology and Employability

Abstract

The University of Birmingham Careers Network provides its students with the chance to participate in a wide-ranging programme of employability-focused international experiences that include both traditional ‘in-country’ opportunities and Virtual Internships. 

In particular, these technology-enabled virtual internships, co-designed with Swinburne University of Technology, are opening the door to very ‘real’ international experiences for students who otherwise face financial, personal or programme-related barriers to more traditional forms of international study or work abroad.   They offer a unique and innovative experience, global peer connections and professional career development connecting students across different continents.

Managed by the University’s careers service, both experiences are specifically designed to help students develop the adaptability, leadership, creativity and innovation that is now required for the volatile, complex and rapidly evolving global graduate market. 

This skill development is enhanced by Birmingham’s dynamic combination of financial support, opportunity awareness and pre-experience preparation and, most critically, post- experience reflection. 
Using programme materials, case studies and videos, this workshop will share our approach to both developing and managing our programmes as well as how we specifically approach the development of our ‘Global Graduates’.

This workshop will be relevant for academics, careers staff and mobility professionals.