Nick Elliott offers more insights on working culture across Europe.
International Jet-setter Nick Elliott reports on the differences between three very different working cultures. Vive la difference!
Are you looking for a part time job in term time? Some full time work over just the summer period? An internship? UK work gives you skills and experience that UK graduate employers value, as well as offering the opportunity to use your English in a business setting and with a variety of people.
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/
Earlier this term, we posted some questions and answers to help you draft a great CV. With the vacation fast approaching, now is a great time to review your CV so here are a few more questions which will help you look at the detail of what to include:
Whether you are a researcher in the UK or abroad, having an effective CV is a must. Please see below for some helpful tips that have been provided by Vitae (an online resource that provides advice and resources for researchers on professional development and careers).
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Writing a CV to work in the UK often raises questions from international students. In fact, 92 people tuned in to a webinar we gave in June on UK CVs and applications and it raised lots of questions. We thought you might like to see a selection of the questions raised on the day:
Q: What exactly are employers looking for on a UK CV?
A: First, check the Job Description and map your skills and experience examples to each skill or competence listed. If there is very little detail about the job, you will need to do some investigating. Try checking the website or finding a name for someone you can ask about the detail of the work.
Q: So should you have different CV's for different types of jobs?
A: Yes, you should tailor your CV for every job you apply for, even those which seem quite similar. Employers are looking for your ability to do the job but also your motivation for applying to the organisation for that particular role.
Q: I do not have enough work experiences to fill 2 pages on my CV, and I do not know how my academic achievements can distinguish me from others
A: Lots of people tell us they have very little experience. However, often there are ways you can demonstrate skills from the things you do outside your studies. Think about voluntary work, hobbies, working for family and part time work. They are all good experience. For example, someone who is applying for a job in ICT support may have built their own website or helped others to do so. And, don’t forget that your Careers Service can look at your CV with you and help you think about what else to include.
Q: If I am interested in more than one advertised position by one company, should I send several applications separately, apply for all in one cover letter and CV or should I decide for one position?
A: It is likely that there will be different people on the recruitment panel for each job so you will need to treat each of them as separate application processes. You will need to demonstrate your motivation for each of them.
Q: comparing the application form, CV and covering letter which is the most important?
A: They are all important in their own way. Follow the employer’s instructions – they will ask for either an application form to be completed or a CV with Cover Letter. The CV is really a summary of facts including examples of your skills with evidence or examples. The cover letter is your chance to explain why your skills and experience make you the best candidate and why you are interested in that job.
If you want to get an idea of the basics and see an example, try looking at the guidance on this website.Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Webinar and do please send us any updates, especially if your updated CV gets you an interview! Good luck!
Think of this as Europe’s equivalent to the well heard of US Green Card. The scheme which was announced in December 2011 allows European employers to connect with non-EU nationals and offer them residency and employment in the EU. The network is a free online service that allows individuals to create a profile and submit an electronic application. Employers can then browse profiles and connect with candidates to initiate an interview process where relevant.