Pagoda are delighted to offer our 4 online skills courses to all Cardiff University students, for free!
This is a funded opportunity for you to complete Pagoda’s certified skills courses in your own time, to improve your skills.
Our courses are carefully designed to enhance all aspects of the working world to make you more employable: Intercultural Fluency, Digital Competency, Employability Skills & Workplace Basics.
Each course takes approx. 8 hours to complete, you can save your progress and work through them at your own pace. Upon completion of the courses, you will be awarded a certificate which can be displayed on your LinkedIn or downloaded as a PDF.
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What are the skills courses?
Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of student and recent graduate’ current skillset with the fundamental elements needed to improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic business world.
The skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability and Digital Competency. We believe this framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace, preparing them with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team, tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ once they enter the workplace.
As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is provided following each completed course.
Why are they important?
Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.
This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this would allow them to achieve both the first and second most important values when attaining employment. For non-placement learners, these courses may be integrated into course projects or their own self-development actions, allowing the learner to practice their new skills in real-time.
Estimated course completion time: 8 hours.
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This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and society. There will be a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing the individual’s cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.
By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:
- Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
- Have self-assessed their knowledge of intercultural communication and how they can improve management of these
- Understand how to adapt this knowledge into the real working world through business-scenario case studies
This course aims to improve employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify their current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer their skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout their working life.
This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and making the most of the LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.