As you participate in ‘Global Awareness’ activity, you will find opportunities with a global and cultural focus to grow your knowledge. There are many possibilities to help you build hours in this area and we would recommend that you search around to find activity for the award that interests you. To get you started, we have highlighted a few ideas below:
The University of Reading Careers service have an extensive central events programme which ranges from developmental workshops to career advice sessions and recruitment events. A number of them have a global and cultural focus, such ‘Staying in the UK to work’ or ‘Working internationally’. You will be able to find Careers workshops on MyJobsOnline (via the 'Events' tab).
Undertaking formal preparatory training programme
There is pre-departure training available for those that choose to participate in visiting another country as part of the Study Abroad programme.
There are many exciting learning opportunities online, and as part of being a student at the University of Reading you have access to many free course via platforms such as Future Learn, LinkedIn Learning (all Reading students get free access) and Global Graduate modules. You may also want to learn a language and this could be through the Institute-Wide Language Program (IWLP) or an app such as Duolingo. Below are some specific courses we have seen which you may be interested in completing.
- FutureLearn: Systems Thinking to Tackle the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis
- LinkedIn Learning: Communicating about culturally sensitive issues
- LinkedIn Learning: Communicating across cultures
- LinkedIn Learning: Adding Value through Diversity
- LinkedIn Learning: Global strategy
- LinkedIn Learning: Inclusion in a Global Enterprise
- LinkedIn Learning: Best practise for managing projects across cultures
- LinkedIn Learning (Learning path): Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All
- OpenLearn Language Courses
Thrive mentoring - if the mentor has a global or cultural link
Thrive is the University of Reading award-winning career mentoring scheme, exclusive for second year undergraduates and taught postgraduate students in select departments. Getting involved provides you with support, collaboration, and guidance with a successful professional. With mentor and mentee meeting for a minimum of 1 hour per month, typically for 3 – 9 months, but sometimes less. This will count for your activity hours if your mentor has a global link which you utilise within your sessions.
Other activities could include...
Other activities could include attending workshops, conferences or webinars, either by the University, the Reading Students' Union or beyond. This is not an exhaustive list and we encourage you to think of opportunities you are interested in. If you would like to confirm your potential learning opportunity is eligible to count towards this award please do contact the RED team.
Once you have completed your activity you will be able to keep track of what you have done by submitting an entry within your ‘Pathway’ on MyJobsOnline. For more information take a look at Get Started.