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Glasgow Caledonian University

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Real World approach

The project funds the Real World Employability competition where students from across the university get the chance to work on a short real-life task set by a graduate employer based in the region, such as BarclaysWealth, Santander or Enterprise-Rent-Car.

Employability cuts across all that Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) does, with the Real World Project, the Careers Service and the Students’ Association working closely together to benefit GCU Students.

GCU is committed to working in partnership with staff, students and employers to develop graduates with the appropriate attributes to meet the complex demands of the modern workplace.
The Real World Project is the central forum for co-ordinating, promoting and supporting the University’s approach to employability. The project team undertake research on work related learning and act as a central hub and source of advice.

The project also funds the Real World Employability competition where students from across the university get the chance to work on a short real-life task set by a graduate employer based in the region, such as BarclaysWealth, Santander or Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Three prizes are awarded based on employer feedback and the winners receive a cash prize and a short internship with the employer.

The projects and internships are an excellent way of improving students’ employability and adding value to their CV. With support from the project team, academic staff develop innovative ways of embedding employability in the taught curriculum across all years and all three academic schools.

Business and Society, Health and Life Sciences, and Engineering and Built Environment. In one example, fourth year International Business students write an international business development plan for senior management of a European company wishing to expand their international business activities. Following research on international markets, students are required to recommend a realistic strategy to support internationalisation of the firm in a 30 minute group presentation to representatives of the company.
The Careers Service helps individuals with career planning, produces tailored advice for specific groups of students and organises networking and employer events. The Students’ Association also provides students with opportunities to volunteer and build on their leadership skills through their Student Leaders Programme.

To find out more, visit www.gcu.ac.uk