Taste of the working world for international students
Friday 20 June 2008
The International Student Enrichment Programme is an eight-week course which includes a three-week work placement at a West Midlands company. The scheme is being piloted this year with 13 international students from a range of EU and non-EU countries.
The aim of the course is to help students make the transition from full-time education to full-time employment and get ahead in the increasingly competitive job market when they graduate. The taught element of the course includes modules on leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation and also includes elements on CV enhancement, employability and interview skills.
The work placements are being organised by the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) and wherever possible, students will be in a company that matches the area they have been studying. They will be given the opportunity to shadow senior management staff and get a flavour of the working world. Their final week will be focused on reflecting on their work placement.
Director, International Jo Gittens, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for our international students to broaden their skills and help them make the move into a job in the UK or their home country after graduating. The scheme is part of our Internationalisation Agenda and we hope to expand this to more students in the future."