Global awareness and intercultural skills
The Sheffield Graduate Attributes includes being 'equipped to work in diverse cultural settings', recognising the importance of global awareness and intercultural skills. These skills include:
- Appreciating and respecting personal and cultural differences
- Being aware of the diverse needs, feelings, and views of other people
- Communicating and working with people from different countries and backgrounds
- Understanding how world issues may affect society and people’s lives
- Being able to consider issues within different contexts – local, national and international
As we travel more, and increasingly live and work in different countries as part of a multi-national business environment, so employers of graduates look for global awareness in their recruits.
“Employers are under strong pressure to find employees who are culturally astute and able to thrive in a global work environment.” ‘Culture at work’ British Council 2013
|What do employers look for?||
Employers often describe the global competencies they look for including:
To summarise, a globally aware person is likely to be someone who is flexible, adaptable, curious and tolerant; able to discuss world news and current affairs and talk about international aspects of their course/career; and be open-minded and sensitive to other people’s cultures. They may well have spent time living and working abroad and can probably speak more than one language.
“KPMG like many UK firms recruits globally. We want the best wherever they may be. The UK develops some great talent. It attracts some of the best from around the world. We will recruit that talent but to remain competitive we want to see more UK graduates developing a global perspective through international experience. They will have to work with global clients and mix with a range of people from different cultures. They have to be at home with cultural differences.” Keith Dugdale quoted when Director of Global Recruitment at KPMG
|How do I develop these skills||
The University is a major international institution committed to helping you develop global and inter-cultural awareness. So you should take advantage of the opportunities on offer and engage with students from the 130+ countries on campus. Have a look at the tips below. Some are quite easy to achieve while others may take up more of your time, but all will help you improve your global focus, add a new dimension to your CV, and enhance your employability.
If you want to work abroad, look at our Careers Service Information resource to find country-specific careers advice and details of international vacancies.