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OUR SKILLS COURSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE ON A PAY WHAT YOU CAN BASIS

In line with our core value of inclusivity, we want to help improve the intercultural fluency, digital competency and employability of every student and recent graduate. We don’t want money to be a barrier, so our courses are available at whatever price you can afford.

We’ve designed these fun and engaging online courses for students who are looking to enhance their future prospects. Each course is flexible enough to plan around your busy lifestyle, take them at your own pace and in your own time!

COURSE DETAILS

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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 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.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Click ‘register now’ and complete the short registration form, log in to your profile and click each course to buy access on a Pay What You Can basis.

STEP 2

Complete each course in your own time, saving any progress you make throughout the course.

STEP 3

Once you’ve completed a specific course from the range, you will automatically be sent a Pagoda certificate of completion for you to share on your LinkedIn profile and save for future use!

WHY DID WE CREATE THESE COURSES?

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 LinkedIn-ready certificate is provided following each completed course.

Why are these courses 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.

Denise’s Marketing Internship in Zhuhai

You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River Delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best-kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life, as well as population size, have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.

InternChina -Fishergirl
InternChina -Fishergirl

This blog is featured on Denise and her internship with International Futures (ZHBS48 and ZHIT06). See below her interview questions.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

“I am 23 years old and in my 2nd year of my International Communication and Multimedia studies in Denmark.

I am a role-player and in my free time I like to play video games.”

InternChina - Denise at her desk
InternChina – Denise at her desk

What made you come to China? And how did you find out about InternChina?

“For my internship, I knew that I wanted to get out of Europe and a friend of mine recommended InternChina to me. So I applied and soon after an interview I got accepted by International Futures.”

How do you like your internship?

“I am very satisfied with my internship. I am given a lot of space to do my job because the company trusts me to finish my projects on time. I can bring in my own creative ideas. Also, I like to do a lot of different tasks and this internship makes it possible for me. My boss is constantly looking for new ways to fully utilize my skill set and gives me tasks that can contribute towards my career after I graduate. I’ve never been asked to complete menial tasks. I learned many new skills.”

InternChina - A roll-up banner I created myself
InternChina – A roll-up banner I created myself

Tell us about your company:

“My company’s name is International Futures. It is a business English consultancy that specializes in teaching international business practices at the same time as they teach English. For each client, they make special programs which fit the client’s need. International Futures is a start-up company (2013) and they are one of the first firms offering the possibility to combine international business and English.”

InternChina - International Futures
InternChina – International Futures

What do you usually do on a normal day and what are your main roles and tasks?

“I am here for a Marketing Consultant position. I do graphical marketing, for example creating flyers. I also designed the characters an educational game for children and I made a website. I’ve also been involved in some non-graphical work, for example attending large trade fairs for networking purposes. A typical day starts with checking if my boss has any new tasks for me, then viewing my to-do list what needs to be done during the day and then I get started on these tasks.

I have a meeting with my boss twice a week to discuss the current projects and brainstorm new ideas. Although my boss is not always in the office, he takes a very keen interest in my work and is always available either on the phone or via email”

InternChina - Made my own flyers
InternChina – Made my own flyers

How do you like IC’s service?

“It was nice being picked up at the airport on my day of arrival and being taken all the way to my host family. Also whenever I had a problem InternChina was there to help.”

China in one sentence:

A unique culture with a lot of potential.”

Which are your best experiences so far?

“I had a lot of great experiences and it is hard to say which one is the best. Here the top three:

  1. Living with a host family (getting close into a Chinese family and see how they live)
  2. Seeing some of China’s cities
  3. Living in another country.“

Why would you recommend your experience to others?

“It is a great experience. Getting out of your country and see the world before you settle down. A good way to really get an experience of lifetime.”

Have a look at the video here 

Interview with International Futures’ CEO, Andy Navias

Tell us about International Futures:

“IF specializes in teaching international business practices in English. I could go on all day about it, but in short, we give our customers a platform to practice speaking English whilst teaching them the different expectations and priorities that western customers have. Hopefully, our customers develop stronger relationships with their western customers by behaving in an international manner. Although we are still in our first year we have already launched an online language school, we have an educational app in development and we are currently researching some other projects. It is fair to say that we are expanding rapidly and now is a really exciting time to join us.”

Tell us about your internship programs:

“There’s a real mixture of opportunities. You’ve already heard from Denise, who has been mostly focusing on graphic design projects. Over summer we’ve got three computer engineers coming in to work on the app, several multilingual marketing people who are going to promote the online school around Europe and a journalist who I am going to train to develop our syllabus further. The duties of our internships are very flexible depending on the candidate’s skill set and what they want to learn. With so many projects going on, we can find room for a large variety of skills!”

What can interns expect when working with you?

“To be trusted and respected. We really value our interns at IF and as such we always make sure that their to-do list reflects their skills and ambitions. We’ve all heard horror stories about people signing up for internships only to realize once they got there that they would spend most of their day either beside a photocopier or a kettle. I personally oversee all of our interns and although my schedule is extremely busy, I always make time to ensure that everybody has everything they need to get the most out of the internship.”

What do you look for in an intern?

Whether it is an intern or a full-time employee, personality always comes first. Most of our branding is about being polished and credible, so it is important that anybody we work with has a professional attitude and demeanour. As I said earlier, we’ve got the room for such a wide range of skill sets that we can look at people from almost any background. When I interview a candidate I’m generally thinking, what will this person be like to work with, or would I be proud to introduce this person to a key client.

 Want to intern in a company like International Future – Apply now and reference ZHBS48 or ZHIT06

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