If university graduates and employers can agree on one thing, it’s that international experience can improve a person’s chances of finding a job and succeeding in the global workforce. However, few students recognise its value before graduation, and many turn down opportunities to gain a more global perspective offered by their educators.
Graduates with international experience find employment faster than those without it, and they find that their languages, intercultural awareness and overseas contacts are valued by their employers. Yet many report feeling unprepared on their first day at work, despite the majority thinking they were well prepared to join an increasingly global workforce. Why is this—and what can universities, employers and students themselves do to close this gap?
That is the central issue explored in a global research effort conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which included a survey designed to examine the experiences of recent university graduates around the world and relate the results to what experts in academia and business see as important requisites for career success. The key findings of the survey, commissioned by Kaplan and conducted among recent graduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, the UK and the US, are presented in a whitepaper available for download here.
For more information, please visit the EIU website.
Going Global: Research Overview
Going Global: Why Universities Should Promote International Learning
Going Global: Realize the Importance of International Learning Before Graduation
Going Global: Variations by Region