'Study Abroad' programmes develop employability skills
Published 26 May 2011
A group of students nominated for a Study Abroad scheme in 2011/12 met for a pre-departure session with LUMS Careers Manager Louise Briggs and LUMS Academic Adviser Gill Burgess recently. The objective of the session was to help the students develop reflective skills and learn how to link their Study Abroad experience to their general employability skills and to developcultural awareness.
“Many employers look for candidates who can demonstrate leadership skill, cultural awareness, global economic knowledge and many other skills that can be developed during the year abroad. It is important for us to prepare the Study Abroad students for their new experience and take them through this journey and help them recognise how this experience fits with their personal development”, said Louise Briggs. Gill Burgess complemented the employability focused session with cultural awareness activities that will prepare the students to cope with a possible cultural shock and will also open their minds about their own culture and customs.
The interest for the Study Abroad scheme is growing all the time and this academic year LUMS has nominated over 65 undergraduate students and 30 Masters students to spend a year or a term abroad and complement their Lancaster studies with a new and fascinating international experience.
LUMS Careers Manager Louise Briggs presenting at the Study Abroad seminar.