Cardiff University – Easter Skills Programme

Pagoda Projects are delighted to offer a bespoke 3-week Digital Programme, over the Easter holidays for students from Cardiff University!

 In the post-pandemic world, our mission remains focussed on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping our participants to gain valuable experiences in new and innovative ways.

We’ve designed this exciting new programme for Easter 2021 for the students who are looking to enhance their future prospects through a fun and interactive course, with minimal commitment of time and one that’s flexible to work around your Easter celebrations!





  • A full induction to the Pagoda Projects app from a member of the UK team.
  • Access to 4 digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, workplace understanding and digital skills.
  • Paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Gain access to our weekly live virtual events all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
  • Access to over 40 hour-long and previously recorded live virtual events.
  • Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our programme from around the world.
  • Full support from the UK and international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the programme.
  • Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni network, with over 3,000 past participants of our programmes and where exclusive international job opportunities are posted regularly
  • FULLY FUNDED programme for eligible students from Cardiff University!


29th March 2021 – 16th April 2021

The beauty with this programme is it’s flexibility!

You’ll have access to over 40 quality events to watch in your own time and be enrolled onto our skills courses, which you can complete day or night as they’re all delivered through our website.

We’ll host a live event each week of your programme, which you can tune in from anywhere in the world that has a decent Wi-Fi connection.

The other consideration is the required calls with your cultural mentor, which shouldn’t equate to more than 1-hour a week and these are arranged directly between yourself and the mentor, so also perfectly flexible around both of your commitments!

DEADLINE TO APPLY – 1st March 2021



Submit a quick application below and one of the friendly Pagoda UK team will respond within 1 business day to confirm your application has been received. We’ll then contact your university to confirm your student status and if you’re eligible for the university funding to take part.


Once we’ve heard back from your university and if you’re eligible to take part, we’ll be back in touch with you to confirm your place on the programme. You will be issued a booking form that summarises the programme t&c’s, which is something you’ll need to look over carefully and sign to finalise your place on the programme.


When you’ve confirmed your place on the programme and paid the programme fee, our team will be in touch with confirmation of the online onboarding session and begin the process of matching you with a cultural mentor.



No matter what course you’re completing down in Cardiff, the event library you will be provided access to has something for everyone!

There’s employability workshops, specific industry events, top level fireside discussions with industry leaders and interesting webinars all focusing on improving your employability and international mindset.

Each event is roughly an hour long, with you being able to pause/skip should you want and a helpful summary, with event speakers bios provided to ensure you’re able to get a feel for each event and if they’re likely to be suited to your interests.

Along with the events library, you will also be invited to our weekly live events running each week throughout the programme dates. The themes and topics of the events are unknown at this time but will be confirmed before the start date and more details will be provided to those who sign up to take part.


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.



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 completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:





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.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:


By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to their skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand the skills that need to be developed

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.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to their advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course is designed to equip all students and recent graduates with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide learners with the skills needed to identify their current skillset, recognise the skills they’re lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified their strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.



As part of the programme, participants will be partnered with a ‘Cultural Mentor’, who will help them to increase their intercultural awareness. This cultural exposure will bridge barriers and connect students and graduates from all corners of the globe.

– Be paired with a Cultural Mentor based on common interests/areas of study to schedule one audio or video call each week.

– Provided with a theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to home country culture

– Produce a weekly Cultural Blog sharing what they have learnt with inclusions of videos, pictures etc.

– Interact with the Cultural Mentor and Intern Community in online events and discussions