Students From Across the Humber Region Discover Importance of International Opportunities
21 November, 2017
The Stand Out in a Global Market careers event came to Hull for the first time last week, and saw over 60 students explore the international opportunities available to them, both abroad and on their doorstep.
The event took place at Hull’s KCOM Stadium, with schools from across the Humber region attending for a day of information sessions, interactive workshops, networking activities and employer talks. A highlight of the day was the event’s keynote speaker Dr Kirsty Clode, who shared her experiences of working for BP across America and Asia with the students and also gave an inspiring insight into the world of women in manufacturing and engineering.
The Stand Out in a Global Market event was organised in collaboration between the UK’s Euroguidance and Eurodesk centres, which are supported by the EU to offer advice and guidance on international mobility prospects to local communities. It also saw other European services such as Europass and Europe Direct involved, as well as the University of Hull.
A common theme heard from students throughout the day was that there are so many options available to young people that they are sometimes unsure which is the right path for them. That is why Stand Out in a Global Market is so important; it helps young people get out of their comfort zone and find their own international pathway – whether that is through a study abroad exchange, volunteer project or work placement – something which ultimately allows them to develop skills which help them get ahead in today’s competitive labour market.
“This careers event has been successfully taking place in West Yorkshire for the last three years, but this year where better to expand to than in the UK City of Culture 2017?” explains Caroline Harrison, CEO of Euroguidance UK’s parent company, aspire-igen. “Hull’s expanding industries and cultural repositioning means that there’s increasing demand locally for staff who have international experience”.
“Our intention at the Hull event was not only to highlight the international opportunities available to students, but also to explain what skills they can gain from these experiences, and how valuable these transferable skills are to local employers - a long term benefit which is often less known among students”.
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