Business students grab a chance to gain a global advantage

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The annual Gain A Global Advantage (GaGA) event will take place at Newcastle University Business School on Wednesday, February 17.

The event gives all Newcastle students from any degree discipline the chance to attend inspirational talks and workshops, whilst networking with employers with a global focus.

Students will have the opportunity to find out why global experience is vital in today’s job market and how they can stand out from other graduates.

A study conducted by QS found that 60% of employers “are actively searching for graduates with international experience and competencies” (QS Global Employer Survery Report, 2011). 

Speeches will be given by key global employers, including Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC; Steve Hulme, Chief Financial Officer at PayPal Credit; Lynne Basset, HR Director at Nike UK/Ireland and the Quilliam Brothers, Sam and Pat Quilliam, amongst others.

Alumni Relations Officer, Jesslyn Alverina said: “Students with global experience have increased adaptability & communication skills and often more open to new ideas. Over 400 students attended last year’s GaGa event and we’re aimed for 500 sign-ups this year.”

“A lot of the GaGa speakers include in their presentations what type of graduates their organisations are looking to employ.”

Alverina added that students who undertake global internships have gone on to achieve graduate jobs with the likes of Santander, PwC, BT and Accenture.”

During GaGA, there will also be interactive workshops run by leading experts, including Boost your Global Profile, ran by Sam Waterfall, Founding Director at Obvious Candidate.

Mr Waterfall is a CV writing and personal branding expert who has worked with leading global organisations such as Facebook, Virgin and the World Economic Forum. His workshop will teach students how to upgrade their LinkedIn profiles and avoid CV mistakes. This interactive workshop encourages students to bring along their own laptops and get involved.

Other workshops will include The Global Hot Seat, during which representatives for Nike, Virgin Money and Newcastle University Career Service will discuss the do’s and dont’s of interviews, as well as Assassin’s Creed Goes Global, World Café, Global Tea…Locally! The Quilliam Brother’s Story, Driving Innovation in Financial Services, Brits Abroad: Taking UK Retailers International and A Question of Sport: A Global Industry.

Paul Campbell, CEO of Amazing Media Group said: “If you have ambition and you are not constrained by geography then you can do everything.”

All workshops need to be signed up for in advance at www.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/studentlife/globalexp/gaga.

Last modified: 8th February 2016

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