Applications are open for the Generation UK – China Autumn Language & Internship Programme!

Are you still undecided on your plans after graduation?

Spend 8 weeks this autumn in China learning the Chinese language and gaining meaningful work experience that will look fantastic on your CV.  With 30 funded places available across two locations, it’s a great chance to get ahead and boost your employability and cross-cultural awareness.

Open to recent graduates from all UK universities, this autumn programme offers a combination of three weeks of intensive Mandarin language study at a leading university, followed by a five-week internship placement in an industry sector of your choice.

Placements available in:

  • Chengdu
  • Qingdao

Applications are now open and will be handled on a first-come first-serve basis, so the sooner you apply, the better.

Deadline to submit your application is 31 July 2017 at 23:59 PM (BST). Find out more about the programme and how you can apply here .

Follow the journey’s of this year’s participants on Instagram and get inspired!

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Are you a student interested in a Career in Risk or Wealth Management? This FREE membership may be for you?

To help get your career off the ground the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) or Personal Finance Society (PFS) are giving you an opportunity to access inside knowledge and connections to improve your chances of landing your first placement or job.

To find out more click here

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Your interview went well but you didn’t get that job? Here are some tips on how to cope and what to do next?


So you’ve had your interview and you thought it went well but you’ve just had the letter or phone call to say that you haven’t got the job. It happens to everyone. Here is an article written by Target Jobs on ‘Coping with Rejection‘.

Don’t forget these following tips as well;

There are lots more resources on MyCareerHub

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Are you interested in studying for a master’s degree or PhD in the USA? Find out more from US-UK Fulbright Commission


The US-UK Fulbright Commission can help you achieve your goals and attend a US graduate school through their programmes, events and services.


The Fulbright Postgraduate Awards provide the only scholarships available for academic work in any graduate programme at any accredited US university.


As part of the US Department of State’s EducationUSA network, the Fulbright Commission also offers students from the UK accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited universities in the USA.

Their online guides provide information on:


  • Choosing a US university
  • Funding a US education
  • Admissions processes and standardised tests
  • Preparing for departure to the USA
  • US higher education events in the UK, and more


Learn more.

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Want to develop your skills and add to your CV? Why not Volunteer at BU with SUBU?

Volunteering is an opportunity not only to help others but it can also increase your employability and give you the chance to enhance your CV. It will also show future employers your motivation to gain more from your time at university.

Participating will enable you to:

  • Learn new skills.
  • Boost your confidence.
  • Start networking and make new friends.
  • Develop transferable skills such as team work and communication.
  • Improve your wellbeing by helping others.

You can volunteer with SUBU while you are studying here at BU and here are just three types of volunteering opportunities that they have:

  • Student led projects ~ these are aimed at volunteer leaders to help develop leadership skills.
  • Charity Volunteering ~ local charities register and promote their opportunities on the SUBU website.
  • MAD (Make a difference) Day ~ such as wrapping Christmas presents for a local care home.

To discuss this in more detail please visit the SUBU website where you will also find their contact details. Don’t forget that you can meet with a Careers Advisor to discuss how to add these to your CV and ‘showcase’ your skills to prospective employers.



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You’ve got the interview ~ but what questions do you have planned to ask the employer?


Remember that an interview should be a two-way process and that while the person interviewing you will have questions to ask you, they will normally give you the chance to ask questions as well.

This is your opportunity to find out more about the company and the role that you have applied for. It also shows that you have a genuine interest in working for them and that you have taken to time to prepare.

onrec have written an article listing 7 questions you should ask, read more here.

Don’t forget you can book a Mock Interview with a Careers Advisor here at BU. This ensures that you have an idea what to expect and an opportunity to ‘practice’ beforehand. To book this either come to the Careers Centre (outside the library), email or call Tel: 01202 961663


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Want to Study, Work or Volunteer Abroad and expand your Employability Skills while studying at BU


Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have had a global experience and can therefore demonstrate a level of not just commercial but also intercultural awareness. It is an opportunity to add to your CV, stand out from the crowd and enhance your networking skills. Here at BU there are various opportunities open to you;

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to experience a new country and culture while continuing your degree. There are various options for studying elsewhere in the EU under the Erasmus+ Student Mobility Programme, as well as for travelling further afield to one of our partner institutions in Asia or North America.

All of our study exchanges are faculty and, in some cases, course-specific, ensuring that you have suitable choices to match your academic pathway and receive credits for your study.

To find out more including who the International Exchange Partners are for each Faculty click here.

If you go on a study exchange within the EU, Erasmus+ funding could help you meet some of the costs of studying overseas. To find out more about the funding options click here. You can apply for funding for a study exchange outside the EU via the BU Global Horizons Fund and all the information including an Applicants Guide is detailed here 

Work Overseas

Working abroad is a fantastic opportunity to combine professional development and cultural immersion, so many students choose this option for their placement year. Having a year’s worth of industry experience by graduation is good, but having a year’s worth of industry experience abroad is even better! Companies and organisations also benefit from hiring a foreign intern due to the fresh outlook and work ethic they bring in, so securing a placement abroad may be easier than you think.

To find out more, including the funding opportunities to support you while you work click here.

Other International Opportunities

There are plenty of ways to have international experiences and gain intercultural competencies that don’t involve a formal academic or professional commitment. You are welcome to organise your own activity that allows you to travel overseas. To read more click here.

Need more help

You can talk to a member of the Global Engagement Mobility Team in our weekly drop-in session at The Edge: Wednesdays 1-5pm. Check MyCareerHub for confirmation and updates.

If you require an appointment or further advice you can email the Global Engagement Mobility Officer or call 01202 965824.

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