International Connections Conference

The International Connections Conference taking place 7-9 April 2021 is a great opportunity to explore your career options and connect with other students through interactive volunteering and entrepreneurship sessions as well as talks from the Students’ Union.

The events will help you understand the importance of cross cultural knowledge and working. You’ll also have the opportunity to mingle with your fellow students at our social event on the final day of the conference. The full schedule is below.

Title: Transcribing the value of your university experience for your CV

Date: Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Time: 9am-10am

This session will look at the experiences you have had whilst studying at university on campus and remotely. We will explore ways in which you can use these experiences to demonstrate skills to an employer on your CV. In the session you will learn how to transcribe these experiences so as to be more competitive in the labour market. You will also have opportunities to ask questions. Please be aware that you may be asked to put your cameras on and to unmute yourselves.

Title: Demonstrating your skills effectively on employer selection tests

Date: Wednesday, 7 April, 2021

Time: 11am – 12pm

Many recruiters across the globe use psychometric testing to select and hire graduates for jobs. This session will explore some of the main psychometric tests currently being used by UK employers to identify particular skills, qualities and behaviours in applicants. You will have a chance to practice a number of test questions (situational judgement tests, games-based assessments, reasoning tests), hear about the qualities being looked for, and to ask any questions that you have about the best ways to prepare for future tests. You will also go away with information on free test help available to University of Manchester students and graduates.

Title: Volunteering- Making a Difference in a Pandemic

Date: Wednesday, 7 April, 2021

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Times like this show just how important volunteers and communities coming together can be. Find out about to how to volunteer your time in the current crisis and discover how to source volunteering roles including opportunities to volunteer from home. Hear about the Stellify Award and how to ensure your volunteering is recorded if you are an undergraduate. This session will be presented by Fran from the Volunteering Team who can also answer any general questions or COVID related volunteering questions you may have.

Title: SU in Employability 

Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021

Time: 11am-12pm

The session will highlight two projects that the Students’ Union is working on to enhance the employability of our students. One is a collaboration with the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre to promote entrepreneurship education, co-curricular activities, mentorship, and the support needed to launch a start-up business. The second project is a Sustainability Fund which will enable students to apply for funding for their sustainability projects.

Title: Careers Q&A: How to Find a Graduate Job During A Pandemic

Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021

Time: 1pm-2pm UK time

We recognise that your time at university has been challenging, and that you may need extra support as you plan your next steps after your degree. Whether you know exactly what you want to do, have no idea, or feel overwhelmed when you think about the future, the Careers Service is here to help. Join us for this interactive lunchtime session and get all your job-hunting questions answered!

The session structure will be:

10 minutes: Welcome – overview of the resources available to you as you search for graduate roles.

20 minutes: Q&A with Careers Consultant – participants will be spilt into smaller groups and moved to a breakout room where a Careers Consultant will answer your questions.

30 minutes: Panel with Careers – it’s back to the main room, where you can ask your remaining careers questions to our panel of expert Careers Consultants.

Title: Teamwork and Presentation skills for the workplace

Date: Thursday, 8 April 2021

Time: 2.30pm-4pm

If you feel that you are lacking work experience, or have been unable to undertake work experience during the pandemic then this workshop is for you! Over the course of this practical session, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the cultural and social skills needed to thrive in the UK workplace and share your own international study and work experience insights
  • Take part in activities to boost your employability skills such as working virtually in collaboration with others to achieve set tasks under timed conditions
  • Present with confidence, receive support and feedback

Title: Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

Date: Friday, 9 April 2021

Time: 10-11am

In this session you will hear top tips on how to work in diverse teams. You will then hear from Anne Akello, Global Gender and Inclusion Advisor at MAG Mines Advisory Group, who will share her story and an overview on how her role is enabling her to make her sector more inclusive cross-culturally. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and share your own experiences at the end.

Title: How Enterprise and Entrepreneurship skills developed at the university can have multiple benefits in your chosen pathways

Date: Friday, 9 April 2021

Time 11am-12pm

Tony Walker from Masood Entrepreneurship Centre will discuss how enterprise and entrepreneurship skills are increasingly important and so is the University’s desire to provide as many opportunities as possible for you to gain valuable experience that will help you secure the job you want or even set-up your own business.

He will show how your core discipline knowledge can be applied in an enterprising context – providing you with the ability to recognise commercial opportunities and the insight, confidence, knowledge and skills to act upon them.

Title: Quiz & Speed Mingle

Date: Friday, 9 April 2021

Time: 4.30pm – 5.45pm

Join us for the social and quiz finale! You’ll be able to test your general knowledge from around the world and put your networking skills to good practice during the Speed Mingle by moving around the breakout rooms and getting to know each other in small groups. 

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