Award HQ has been rather busy lately, last week we brought you news of the new Enterprise strand that has just been developed. Today I am excited to reveal another strand: The Global Award and we need students for our pilot commencing in March…
The Cardiff Global Award supports you to develop global skills through participation in cultural experiences both home and abroad.
What’s it all about?
It focuses on giving participants the opportunity to develop their skills by participating in activities abroad. This will help to develop a set of skills to help you to become a ‘global graduate’; increasing your employability and social mobility.
Employers are serious about social mobility. They are increasingly seeking to recruit ‘global graduates’ – graduates who see the world through a wider lens and who can demonstrate both global knowledge and cultural agility.
The Global Award is part of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy. It aims to encourage student mobility and to support students who want to spend their professional training year abroad, who want to participate in mobility schemes such as ERASMUS and seek opportunities through the Global Opportunities Centre or independently. Its aim is to enable students to see the value of such activities on their own employability and equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in the global marketplace.
When is it?
The Cardiff Global Award will start from March 2015. You will complete the Award in the December following your return from your activities abroad.
Who can take part?
The Cardiff Global Award is open to all current 1st, 2nd and penultimate year undergraduates across all disciplines. You must be thinking about or have arranged work experience/study/volunteering/paid work abroad.
What do I have to do?
To participate in the Cardiff Global Award, you will need to undertake at least 40 hours of skill-developing activities abroad. You must also be involved in activities that involve working cross-culturally. E.g.:
- Activities arranged via Global Opportunities (such as ERASMUS/Study China)
- Work experience/study abroad as part of your course
- Independently arranged work experience abroad (e.g..Camp America/UNA Exchange)
- Cultural activities at home such as society work where members are from different backgrounds and cultures
- A language ambassador
- International ambassador
- Working with international students
- Involvement in the Student Unions’ GO Global Event
You will also need to undertake some additional activities including a small number of compulsory workshops (pre and post departure). These sessions focus on developing cultural awareness, as well as understanding and selling your skills.
What do I get out of it?
Successful completion of the Cardiff Global Award will give you:
- A good understanding of what it means to be a global graduate.
- Development or global skills to enhance your CV and LinkedIn profile.
- An understanding of the skills sought by employers.
- Practical examples to provide to future employers or to help you further develop your own ideas.
- Improved self-confidence and self-awareness.
How is it assessed?
To pass The Cardiff Global Award you are required to:
- Undertake at least 70 hours of extra/co-curricular activities at home and abroad.
- Complete a Skills Audit at the beginning and end of the process (this will help you identify strengths and weaknesses and will aid your reflection as you approach the end of the Award).
- Undertake a set number of personal development sessions.
- Present written submissions to evidence your learning, 1) Produce a career-focussed CV, 2) complete a competency based application form, 3) Deliver a 10 minute presentation to a panel.
How to apply
Send an email (no more than 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6th, with the following information:
- Your course name, year of study and student ID number.
- Why you want to participate in the Cardiff Global Award and what you hope to get out of it.
- What activities you think you have already planned or might undertake to complete the Award, including any relevant societies or groups you are a member of.
Can’t wait to hear from you…