Your International Exchange Opportunity and its long term benefits….

449px-Empire_State_Building_by_David_ShankboneUndertaking an exchange programme during your study is an excellent way to develop, diversify and strengthen your CV, portfolio and experience.  The opportunity to develop new practice, possibly learn new language and develop deeper cultural awareness are just some of the benefits you will gain, others include opportunities to;

  • Broaden personal perspectives Studying and learning abroad will help to develop your personal experience, interpersonal skills, resourcefulness, confidence and independence.
  • Widen university boundaries and learning– undertaking courses not offered at GSA will expand your; technical/theoretical knowledge, experience of learning environments /different professors and accessing different programmes of study.
  • Explore your future ambitions– Explore future employment opportunities in your exchange country within your sector, take time to investigate graduate or professional schools and lookout for opportunities to establish your professional network. Prospective employers in almost every field look favourably upon experience gained while living overseas and knowledge obtained of another language and culture.

When deciding on your international exchange programme, it is really important that you select an exchange opportunity that you are really interested in and one that will have a long term impact on your ambitions and practice.

Becoming a Global Graduate…… Employers value international experience on CV’s and applications, so while on exchange remember to keep a diary of the experience; who did you meet, what have you experienced, how has your network developed? And don’t forget to seek references from your exchange tutors as this will add to your professional portfolio too.

The graduate market continues to be competitive, having an international experience will  boost your employment prospects and make your stand out from the crowd.  A recent report by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) highlighted that employers welcome international experience in new graduates experiences.

“a global graduate should have the core competencies expected of any graduate, but they will also have: a global mindset; the ability to communicate and manage people of different cultures and backgrounds; an openness to learning new languages (as a route to better communication); an adaptability and flexibility that extends to being open to global assignments and mobility; and a knowledge of global affairs that shape their work and life”

 AGR Global Graduates 2011read the report here:

So don’t forget to highlight your exchange programme within your CV’s, covering letters and applications. Find out how to enhance your job prospects using your international experience:

Find out more about GSA Exchange programme:


Not sure that you can go on an exchange programme or struggling to find a placement? Don’t worry, exchange programmes and placements are  not your only option to develop your professional portfolio, volunteering is also an excellent way to enhance your CV and stand out from the crowd.

According to World Volunteer Web, volunteering is highly regarded by employers. A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses.

  • 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
  •  94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
  •  94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted

See the full article here:

Find out more about Volunteering:


Want to find out more about GSA Exchange programmes email for the companion handout and come along to Writing your statement of intent seminar.  Wednesday 12th December 2012 4-5pm Bourdon Lecture theatre.



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