International students enjoyed an interactive Career Readiness Day

Gradcore Work Skills Event

International students enjoyed an interactive Career Readiness Day

Postgraduate students enjoyed a dynamic learning experience in partnership with graduate recruitment experts Gradcore. This one-day event saw students take part in three activity zones, each led by an expert facilitator. The zones provided fun and interactive simulations to help students prepare for the global business market.

The event started with a keynote speaker who had travelled across the world to recruit for professional services firms. She shared her insights on how De Montfort University (DMU) students could stand out in a competitive market.

The first activity outlined how to get a head start upon joining a company. Topics included making a good first impression and professional etiquette at work. In the second zone, students worked in groups to create a strategy to successfully launch sportswear into the Asia-Pacific region. Students then had to present their innovative approach to a panel, who then asked questions and provided feedback. The final zone challenged students to work together to produce an image of the world from memory. Group work was the key method of learning throughout the day. This highlighted the great potential of individual diversity for creativity and in producing new concepts.

The learning zones each focussed on critical employability skills which can be applied in the real-world jobs market. Skills included team work, communication, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity. Technology was used throughout the day to maximise learning. In particular, students produced video logs (v-logs) using smart phones and tablets. V-logs recorded the thoughts and reflections of students on their progress throughout the day. Technology was also used so that students could participate in live feedback, self-appraisal as well as fun quizzes.