Global Employability


The Global Employability team is part of Education and Student Experience and we are located in the Career Zone, The Forum, Streatham Campus.

Visit the "What we do" section on this page to see how we can help you. 

To contact us, please email

Appointments are held every  Thursday afternoon in the Career Zone, please call the Career Zone on 01392 724493 to book or make an appointment in person. Unfortunately you cannot book an appointment via email.

The Global Employability Consultant holds appointments in Penryn on a monthly basis, please contact the Cornwall Career Zone in the Exchange on 01326 25 3735

The Global Employability team is based in the Career Zone in the Forum at Streatham Campus. 

We help and support all students with the following:

  • provide advice and finding international graduate jobs, work placements and internships
  • allocate and manage funding for Santander Travel Grants 
  • conducting inter-college presentations to students considering work abroad
  • application advice and guidance for international jobs
  • coordinates the annual Global Showcase, running in November each year
  • bookable appointments in the Career Zone;  call the Career Zone on 01392 724493 or make an appointment in person
  • promotes international work placements, internships and graduate opportunities through My Career Zone
  • co-ordinates global employer presentations, drop-ins and employability skills workshops
  • international work placement documentation for both Erasmus + rest of world placements and internships 

You can read case studies of students who have worked abroad here.

In today's increasingly global market place employers are increasingly seeking employees with soft skills which can only be gained by working overseas. 

Overseas work experience demonstrates to prospective employers your adaptability, independence, resilience, flexibility, multicultural and global awareness. The skills and knowledge you acquire through your academic work are important, but you must also be able to work with multicultural teams, accept differing work practices and have an awareness of how businesses operate globally. 

A recent report from the British Council stated that employers are looking for "candidates who can navigate a workplace that transcends national and cultural borders, particularly for positions that require interaction with individuals and organisations from nationalities and cultural backgrounds different from their own" (Culture at Work, 2013). 

In addition, grants are available to students who work overseas. This can be in the form of Erasmus + mobility funding, Santander Travel Grants* or through the Global A2I scheme*. Unlike your student loan, these do not need to be repaid (as long as you complete all the paperwork!). 

The good news is that you DO NOT need to speak another language. 

For more help and information on working overseas visit the Go International - Go Abroad website

*Subject to funding. 

Erasmus +

Erasmus + is an EU funded programme to support student "mobility" (exchange) within the EU. In the UK, the Erasmus + programme is administered by the British Council with each university being responsible for its own funds. Further information on the Erasmus + programme can be found under the Erasmus + section of this website. 

Global graduates require a blend of competencies and corresponding attributes spanning global mindsets, cultural agility and relationship management and must be able to apply them flexibly. International work experience is an opportunity to develop the following skill set:

Core skills

  • higher degree of flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative and the ability to plan
  • assertiveness and independence
  • improved use of information
  • motivation & greater confidence
  • effective communication and better listening ability 

Cultural dexterity

  • more tolerance, patience and better understanding of people
  • greater diplomacy
  • global outlook and mindset
  • confidence to work in global business and seize opportunities
  • working effectively in multi-cultural teams
  • willingness to learn and adapt to a different culture
  • foreign language skills