We really hope you are finding these posts useful and interesting but have you thought of writing a blog of your own? It could be a great way for you to improve your language skills and to develop your own writing style. Karen Deadfield talks you through the basics.
International Jet-setter Nick Elliott reports on the differences between three very different working cultures. Vive la difference!
A recent British Council report into employability in India offers good news to foreign-educated Indian graduates. Over 200 companies (both Indian and international) were probed on their likeliness to recruit internationally educated graduates, and the anticipated benefits of international versus Indian educated students.
Though half of companies recruit exclusively form India's top ten unis, a large number (41%) have hired from international universities (including the University of London) in the last two years. Many cite internationals as having a greater capacity 41% of all companies have hired at least one foreign-university graduate in the last two years.
39% of graduates from international universities were seen as being better prepared for working life, compared with their Indian-educated peers. Conversely only 14% of employers rated Indian education as better preparing students for employment.
The report also highlights the continued increase in companies' reliance on internships as a method of recruitment. Two thirds of Indian firms now have internships programmes, and of those who don't half are planning to in the next few years.
You can find out more about the British Council's work in India (including their popular UK/India Career Summit) at http://www.britishcouncil.in/
Here at International Futures we’re all very excited about our online international careers research tool – GoinGlobal. It’s a premium website which allows you to search for literally millions of jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities, across the globe. Whatever your career goals, and wherever you plan to work, GoinGlobal allows you to find the opportunities that are right for you.
As well as the powerful job search function, GoinGlobal also offers a superb employer directory detailing over 400,000 companies worldwide (yes, 400,000). This is an invaluable source of market intelligence, giving you the lowdown on the top employers in any given sector, across the globe. Want to work for an accountancy firm in Papua New Guinea? Find them on GoinGlobal – along with contact details, number of employees and annual sales. This allows you to determine who is likely to be recruiting, and how to contact them.
Last – but by no means least – the site features dozens of extremely detailed country profiles. These give you the lowdown on individual country’s’ major job sites, graduate recruitment fairs, professional organisations and masses of other useful info. You’ll also find interview etiquette tips for a particular country, visa and tax information, networking groups, CV & cover letter guidelines, advice on relocating, cultural information, and much, much more.
I know I’m gushing about this site, but it really is a bit special; and so easy to use. Here’s the catch – it’s a premium, subscription service. This means’ you can’t just access it freely. Your college may already subscribe (most of the University of London colleges do), so you’ll need to contact your careers service to find out how to get a personal account. Once signed up, you can use it from any computer, anywhere you are, where you’ll find a whole world of careers at your finger tips. Enjoy!
A frequent problem that international job applicants face is explaining their school grades. Online job applications frequently require you to complete a section on UCAS points (the grading system that universities use to determine whether a student has sufficiently high exam results to be admitted. All too often there is no option but to complete this, or you can’t continue with the application.
Over the next 20 years, global energy demand is expected to rise by 40% (www.bp.com). Whilst fossil fuels remain the dominant force in the energy sector, alternatives are playing a very significant part in filling the gap. Alternative energy – be it wind, wave, solar or geothermal energy, is an ever expanding global sector - so if you are looking for an interesting career in a growing, rewarding, valuable field, here are a few good resources to get you started.