Educative, Elucidative, Exclusive is how the students who attended this year’s Coffee & Conversation, described the event.
Our guest speakers Subhojit Mukherjee and Prithviraj Ray immediately connected with everyone which led to a very exciting and interactive discussion. Engaging in intelligent and pertinent questions, the students participated enthusiastically, making the session, as rightly put by Aditya, insightful.
Subhojit began the conversation by comparing the careers of four of his friends who are employed in different countries of the EU. What they all had in common were four things: academic excellence, proactivity, visibility and networking.
He stressed on the importance of maintaining good grades as they make you immediately stand out. However, good grades are not enough. Even if you are an excellent student from a renowned university, there are still many others like you. So why should the employer choose you?
Show that you are the better option, become eligible to be considered, stand out. Employers look for additional skills which you can develop by being involved in various activities. Be proactive, participate in events, join clubs and societies at university, work in projects, intern. Subhojit worked in the university’s student union as a treasurer where he learnt how to organize events with budget constraints and developed negotiation skills. All this gave him an edge over others.
Being from Cambridge or Oxford will not entitle you to a job. The employer chose Prithviraj over an Oxford student because he showed experiences. Through his active participation in various university events, he clearly displayed his independent personality and showed that he can take initiative. Prithviraj today holds the position of Vice President at Enactus, a youth social enterprise to support young people in the UK and got multiple future offers while still in the first year of his degree.
You might face adversities, find ways to beat the limitation. Subhojit, for example, had to regularly come back to India (for personal reasons) during his term breaks, but he worked around it. He found research projects to work on every summer that he was home, at KPMG, the Indian Statistical Institute and IIM Calcutta. He utilized his vacation periods efficiently and wisely.
Have you thought about how important foreign language skills are? Subhojit’s senior got himself a project only because he could speak Portuguese. In a collaborative project, if you know their language, you will be more easy to work with. It also gives you more possibilities when networking. Besides, if you speak their language, you instantly enter their book of trusted.
An athlete himself, Prithviraj pointed out why employers look for sportspersons. Their ability to cope in high pressure situations, their drive, resilience and teamwork, all of these transferable skills makes one highly attractive.
The importance of networking was also widely discussed. Before trying to establish contacts, it is important to plan your career goal first. Once you know where you want to go, try to get in touch and interact with people associated with it. Subhojit carefully chose his mentor after researching all the alumni members and talking to them. Prithviraj’s professional mentor at the university guided him with how to tailor make his CV for every job application and how to highlight his strengths. Where can you meet people to network with? At events organised by your university, at it’s clubs and societies or job fairs. You can also get in touch with your university alumni. But most importantly: build your network of contacts and stay in touch with them.
At the end of our Zoom session, Subhojit finally drew our attention to the existence of “hidden opportunities”. Without keeping in touch with his professor and mentor, he would have never come in contact with the person who informed him about a project at IBM Italy. Subhojit bagged the job as he was the only one to apply for it. No one else knew of the project.
Talking to Subhojit and Prithviraj was inspiring for everyone and a great opportunity to learn about how to establish a career abroad. We are looking forward to next year when we will again invite everyone for a Coffee & Conversation.
Join us for another round of Coffee & Conversation. This year’s interactive session will focus on possibilities of making a career abroad. Subhojit Mukherjee will tell us how he became a successful business analyst in Milan, Italy. And Prithviraj Ray will talk about how networking is benefitting him.
We invite all interested students and ex-students. Whether you wish to study or are currently studying abroad, if you have successfully made a career abroad or are in the making: do join us and share your experiences or ask your questions and clarify all your doubts.
Due to the present lockdown, this year’s Coffee & Conversation will take part online on Zoom. All you need is to download the app and contact us for registration.
How does an international degree enhance one’s career possibilities? Are there chances to find a job in the UK and in Germany after your studies? And how can one finance one’s stay abroad? These were some of the questions discussed in the workshop “Study Abroad” hosted by Globe Ed on 2nd March 2020 at Techno India University, Salt Lake. The workshop was attended by more than 60 students interested to learn more about higher education abroad.
Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, ex-Lecturer Heidelberg University, Germany, mentioned that the number of Indian students in Germany has tripled over the past few years due to the increasing number of English language postgraduate programmes in the fields of science and engineering. Because of its strong, export-based economy and it’s aging population Germany is currently searching for high skilled workers which makes it an ideal destination for students seeking to work abroad.
Professor Subhamoy Bhattacharya, who holds the chair of Geomechanics at the University of Surrey, UK, talked in a video presentation about the MSc Advanced Geotechnics and the excellent career possibilities in the fields of civil engineering, discussing especially structure and bridge engineering and offshore wind farms. Smriti Kunz, education enthusiast and co-founder of Globe Ed, lead us through the workshop and explained to the students the recently introduced post-study work permit as well as the new point-based immigration system in the UK.
Do you want to know what Art & Design schools abroad look for in application portfolios? Come and learn how to build a good portfolio for successful university applications. This workshop is open to all students interested in pursuing Art and Design related courses, such as Photography, Product Design, Architecture, Fine Arts, Film, Graphic Design, Media etc. The Workshop is open to all students interested in pursuing Art & Design related courses. Call or WhatsApp for free registration.
On 19th July, the team of Globe Ed organized a presentation on intercultural communication at Indus Valley World School, Kolkata, for students of class 11 and 12. The talk was led by Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, a former lecturer of Social Anthropology at Heidelberg University, Germany.
Intercultural communication seeks to understand the differences in how individuals with different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds act, communicate, and perceive the world around them and how they connect and share information across different cultures and social groups. The students learnt that today it is necessary to enhance cross-cultural competence. Models such as the culture onion made them understand different layers of their identities and the cultural iceberg explained that what we perceive of others is only a small part of their culture, the surface. The main parts of culture such as ideas, values, notions of morality or manners, approaches to studying/learning and religion or different communication styles, are lying below the surface and are not easy to identify.
Ms. Amita Prasad, the Director of Indus Valley World School, contributed to the talk and introduced us to the term, “Otherization” as it stands against “Inclusion”. She pointed out that intercultural communication is very important to break down walls, overcome prejudices and build awareness of cultural differences.
We thank the director, Mrs. Prasad for inviting us to her school and hope the morning raised enough questions in the minds of the students.
“Network, network, network!” was Anneysa Ghosh’s advice to students at our this year’s Coffee and Conversation round. During her years at the University of York she embraced every chance to connect with people, volunteering to help them out. This way she gained precious work experience and boost her CV. “Think about what kind of impression it gives if you have worked for a mayor of a big foreign city”, she advised and pointed out that infact in many cases, she even got paid back for her free work later, through “real” job offers and a network which helped her to establish herself as a successful business woman.
Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, former lecturer of Social Anthropology, told us about the traps of intercultural communication. “Everyone makes mistakes while staying in a foreign country, so don’t be afraid to make any. Important is that you communicate as much as possible with people. Only, try not to address your western professor as “Sir”!
Those who made it to the event reported that they got a lot of new insight and advice. The evening was well received by everyone and students thanked us for hosting it.
See you again next year for a Coffee & Conversation!
What do international art & design schools look for in application portfolios? Last Saturday at our Globe Ed session on portfolio creation in openhouse, Art and Design students learned what to include in an application, the importance of research for it, the value of keeping a sketchbook and the huge variety of international art & design programs. Ritika Agarwal, a graphic design graduate shared her experiences as a student in Singapore and UK. We learned about the advantage of cultural diversity in the student communities of UK and the strong presence of Asians in Singapore. Ritika told us how beauty is interpreted in art, how the thought and process of creation holds more value in the west and the extensive collaboration work among students within the creative schools. A participating student, Saloni showed us her minimalist artwork made using a matchbox which won many accolades. If you are interested in studying art & design abroad and want to learn more about portfolio creation, come to our office and discuss your plans with our Globe Ed team.
Is studying in Germany really free? Last Saturday a group of students discussed their career plans at our Globe Ed workshop on higher education in Germany at openhouse. With its 450 universities and 17.000 degree programs (almost 2000 of them in English) Germany offers a diverse range of study opportunities and is the 3rd most popular country for students worldwide. The highly international environment, affordable living expenses and very low tuition fees (and often none at all), the 18 months post study work permit and the wide range of job possibilities are attracting more and more Indian students every year. If you want to learn more about possibilities of higher education and a career in Germany, come and discuss your plans with our team at the Globe Ed office!