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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

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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.

Global Online Internships 2022 – (For students at Australian & New Zealand Universities)

New for 2022, Pagoda are offering both full-time and part-time online internship programmes across all sectors with rolling start dates from Semester 1. You will gain skills highly valued by employers, enhance your cultural understanding and become work ready.

This is real-work experience with a company in one of our many international host locations. The programme also features an individually matched Cultural Mentor, regular online events and online courses. Full or partial funding may be available from your university*

*This is a fee-based programme which may be fully or partially offset by government or university grants, of which we have many available with our university partners. Both the fee and programme specifics may vary depending on the requirements of your university, such as host location, start-date, duration, min/maximum number of hours or inclusion of language training. We suggest enquiring to find out further details and your funding eligibility.

GET A HEAD START IN YOUR CAREER

GAIN INTERNATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME

LEARN CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

PROGRAMME DETAILS

  • Browse over 500 online internship listings and find your perfect position from around the world!
  • Chat with our experienced placement team, undertake interviews and secure your position.
  • Be paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Live virtual events across various themes, including skills development, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
  • Complete the digitally delivered Pagoda Skills Courses focusing on improving your employability, cultural fluency and digital skills.
  • Become part of our global network of students and graduates completing various Pagoda programmes from around the world.
  • Dedicated check in service and staff on-hand at the touch of a button through the Pagoda Projects APP to assist you throughout the internship.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of being a Pagoda Alumni member with dedicated Linkedin / Facebook groups & know about Pagoda Job opportunities first!

PROGRAMME DATES

Flexible start dates*

The internships on offer can be completed full-time (i.e. during your Winter or Summer Break), or part-time (i.e. reduced hours during semester time to fit around your existing commitments).

Because of the associated commitment with an internship, we recommend a minimum duration of 6 weeks for full-time or 10 weeks for part-time in order to complete the programme. However, shorter durations may be possible depending on your ability to commit to a more intensive schedule. There are no programme cost differences associated with duration. In most cases, students who opt to complete the programme over a longer period of time will benefit from a greater number of host companies being able to consider hosting you for an internship.

Deadline to apply*

Because we are accepting applications on a rolling basis, there is no specific Pagoda deadline date to apply for this programme. However, we recommend applying 10 weeks prior to your preferred start date to ensure enough time for the placement/interview process, establish your funding eligibility and process associated funding before commencement.

*Please note that there may be specific start dates, durations and additional application deadlines required by your university. We strongly recommend enquiring to find out more. In most cases the requirements specific to your university can be found on the associated university page for Pagoda Projects. 

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1

Submit a quick application below to register your interest.

STEP 2

One of the Pagoda team will be in touch to inform you of any funding we have in place with your university along with any associated costs and refundable deposit.  Once you understand your funding eligibility and associated costs (if any), our staff will review available internship opportunities to discuss with you and provide you with the booking form to sign.

STEP 3

Pagoda will introduce you to your preferred company to finalising an internship, provide all the onboarding instructions and welcome you to the digital world of Pagoda!

INTERNSHIPS

  • Company Sector

  • Destination

EVENTS

TAKE PART IN NUMEROUS EVENTS THAT ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

THE COURSES

What are the skills courses?

Skill courses aim to encourage the development of students, as well as recent graduates, by teaching fundamental elements that are needed to improve your ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic business world.

Our courses focus on Employability, Digital Competency and Intercultural Fluency. We believe this framework will provide you with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace. We’ll give you the aptitude to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team so you can tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence. You’ll also have an amazing understanding of ‘digital’ for once you’ve gained employment.

As qualifications have become a significant measure in terms of employability, each course provides a certificate of completion to show in your job applications.

 

Why are they important?

On a survey conducted by Universities UK which asked about what’s most important for getting a job, the survey showed that ‘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%)’. 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.

COURSE DETAILS

EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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.

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 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 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.

CULTURAL MENTORS

A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES

You will be partnered with a Cultural Mentor who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.

  • You’ll schedule one audio or video call each week and exchange common interests and areas of study.
  • Pagoda will provide you with a theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food, music/arts etc.) to discuss knowledge and experiences in relation to the home country culture.
  • You’ll produce a weekly cultural blog sharing what you have learnt with inclusions of videos, pictures etc.
  • Interact with your cultural mentor and intern community in online events and discussions.

APPLY NOW

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Pagoda Projects Vietnam

TupuToa – Communities and Culture in Vietnam

TUPUTOA IN VIETNAM!

Internships, Communities and Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

This programme is funded by Education New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

Programme Dates: 21st November 2022 – 22nd January 2023

IMPORTANT! Please read our Covid 19 Travel Policy

OVERVIEW

Ho Chi Minh City is, in our humble opinion, the most exciting destination in Southeast Asia! Bursting with cafes, craft breweries, street food, markets and mopeds, the city itself is full of colour and energy. Pagoda and TupuToa are offering an exciting employability and cultural onboarding week followed by an 8-week internship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for Māori and Pacific youth with funding from Education New Zealand’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

1 week onboarding + 8 week internship in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Programme Fee:
The cost of this programme will be covered by Education New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia

*Please note, a NZD $200 deposit will be requested upon booking form being signed. This is a refundable deposit to cover no-shows and/or any damage incurred to accommodation.

Dates:
+ Arrival: 21st November 2022
+ Onboarding Week: 21st to 27th November
+ Full-time Internships: Monday-Friday From 28th November until 20th Jan 2023
+ Departure: 21st/22nd Jan 2023

Throughout your time in Vietnam, you’ll be supported by Pagoda Proojects’ friendly and experienced on-site team. Support will include pick-up and orientation, full onboarding week, 24-hour emergency assistance, and opportunities to join a range of additional ongoing events, trips and activities with other participants on-place.If your application is successful, you must register with https://safetravel.co.nz prior to departure.

TupuToa will require you to attend onboarding and induction workshops in Auckland before you leave for Vietnam. This is compulsory.

Accommodation:

You will stay at studio apartment with kitchenette & en-suite bathroom:

+ WIFI, Rent, bills & all management fees included
+ A fully furnished apartment: cookware, bedding all included
+ Cleaning service 2-3 times per week included
+ In safe and interesting areas with good local options

THE ITINERARY

Our onboarding week will immerse your group in the amazing Vietnamese culture, visit local attractions, take part in tours a presentations from both corporates and NGOs with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable business practices.

You will then individually join a local organisation for an 8-week internship in a field of your choice. Pagoda Projects will work with you to find a position in a host company that will give you a quality work experience relating to your interests and aspirations. You can browse the various opportunities below.

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REGISTER INTEREST

Register interest with TupuToa and be approved by their selection panel. Once you have been awarded the scholarship, register via the form below to provide Pagoda with your details.

02

CONFIRM INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

Successful participants will be introduced to the Pagoda Projects team who will work with you to apply to the most suitable internship positions and prepare you for the programme.

03

PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATIONS

Following your internship confirmation, we will help you with your pre-departure preparations. There will be predeparture calls and an online predeparture session delivered by Pagoda Projects.

What’s Included?

+ Support before, during and after your programme
+ Full onboarding week including; 10 hours Vietnamese tuition, visits to international businesses and community organisations, cultural activities and theme-specific workshops
+ Arrangement of full-time internship with one of our partner host companies
+ Flights
+ Stipend of NZD $1000
+ Medical and travel insurance
+ Visa application letter and support
+ Accommodation as detailed above
+ Welcome pack including SIM-card, T-Shirt, bag, reusable bottle
+ Orientation & personal introduction to your host company
+ 24/7 emergency contact person
+ Option to join regular trips & events
+ Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni networkWhat’s not included?

+ In-country transport (except for onboarding week)
+ Day to day living and personal expenses
+ Any vaccinations/inoculations recommended by your doctor or required by Vietnam
+ Any other costs incurred that aren’t specifically mentioned as being included in the programme
+ Optional activities and dinners

We are looking for people from a Māori and/or Pacific ethnicities with genuine interest in Vietnam, dedicated to their studies and future career goals.

THE INTERNSHIPS

  • Company Sector

  • Destination

APPLICATION FORM

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