Check out our global talent stars and read about the highlights of their GTP experience.
Unchisa completed the programme while working towards her Master’s in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Reflecting on her GTP experience she said:
I am pleased to have completed all stages of Postgraduate Global Talent Programme which is run by Bournemouth University for preparing students to the worldwide real workings.
I can say that this was an opportunity to develop professional and soft skills from employer-led workshops such as British Airways, Sainsbury’s, Cadbury and Southampton City Council. It is broaden my horizons in global issues, social development, interpersonally, cultural boundary, value, resilience and new challenges.
Thank you to GTP team for this useful programme that let me gain special experiences while studying in the university as well as give me a space for exchanging ideas with speakers and students from other courses.
Jasmiina joined the GTP during her final year of BSc Psychology studies. She challenged herself to complete the Disciplined Researcher badge of the programme which is designed for Postgraduate students and developed a prototype for a mobile application as part of a team for the Global Talent in Action workshop. Jasmiina has made significant contribution to the Programme as a GTP Influencer taking part in several promotional activities.
The Global Talent Program has opened so many doors and opportunities that I wouldn’t have taken if I wasn’t part of the programme. For example, I applied to take part in conferences to present my work, which previously I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do. It really has encouraged me to push myself and step out of my comfort zone.
The program has also allowed me to meet people from a variety of different backgrounds expanding my understanding of cultural differences in the workplace. I am so grateful for GTP for the amazing opportunity and enjoyable experience as well as the inspirational guest speakers for sharing their real life experiences. I would definitely recommend the program for future students.
Bettina completed the programme during her BA (Hons) Politics and really enjoyed the experience:
The GTP was a great companion during my four years at BU. It was like a promise I had made to myself and the University that I was going to have an awesome and unique experience. The Programme is a great opportunity for students to develop essential employability skills. It can even help to develop your personal skills. All future employers value an employee who has something more than a degree. That’s your opportunity to make your degree unique.
Gary enrolled on the GTP as soon as he started his Master’s in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. He actively engaged with the core workshops and made the most out of the opportunities to develop his global mindset. Commenting on the experience he says:
Hi, I am Gary from China. I sincerely recommend you have a look at GTP. Because they have great resources here. It is very helpful for students who want to find jobs or placement. You can learn a lot about career skills in GTP, such as interview tricks and how to make a resume.
In fact, this is my first time abroad and I have no idea about the rules of the workplace here. GTP helped me get familiar with it so that I could get used to it quicker.
There will be a lot of guests from different industries, who will share their own true stories, which is instructive. You will talk to students from all over the world and find how the different culture works.
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Joe joined the Global Talent Programme on top of his second year BA Film studies. Joe set himself challenging goals as part of the programme, such as securing a place for the Global Festival of Learning in Vietnam and signing up to complete the Disciplined Researcher badge of the programme which is designed for Postgraduate students.
Joe excelled on the programme, receiving and Outstanding Contribution Award but also created a real difference for his fellow students with his engagement on campus. He is an active Student Ambassador, contributes to the student Nerve Media, produces vlogs and blogs on important student issues, and takes an active part in Resurface - an innovative project in support of student wellbeing.
Cerys joined the Global Talent Programme during her first year Computer Animation and Technical Arts course. She attended the core workshops and developed strong aspirations for a global career. Some of the optional activities she chose to develop her global mindset were learning French with Languages@BU, Cultural Awareness workshops and working as a Student Ambassador. As a result of her engaged participation in a core workshop delivered by J.P. Morgan, Cerys was invited (amongst 300 other students nationally) to compete for 5 summer internships with the company. Throughout this highly competitive selection process Cerys used the employability skills learned as part of her GTP experience and was one of the successful candidates!
Cerys shared that the programme has helped her,
grow and develop as a person and develop the skills needed to navigate an international career and opened many doors.”
Cerys has been recognised with a Global Talent Outstanding Contribution award.
Sergio completed the Programme on top of his Business Studies with Marketing course. Being born in Colombia and speaking Spanish and English, Serge is passionate about travelling and aspires to work internationally and learn about different cultures. He actively engaged with the core workshops and made the most of the real-life opportunities to practice the models and skills learned. He completed a study exchange for a semester in Newfoundland, went on placement at a multi-national company, attended professional development workshops with STEEP and participated in startup and networking events. Reflecting on this experience Sergio said,
The GTP is much more than just sitting through lectures. The programme has really complimented my course, given me a new growth mindset and encouraged me to achieve more. The guest speakers are so interesting, everything they are telling us is real life experience, real people’s stories. It is inspiring and really useful for finding jobs and handling interviews. I would recommend the GTP to anybody who wants to grow personally and professionally and stand out from others on their course.”
Georgina joined the Global Talent Programme during her second year of BA Sociology and Anthropology studies. She challenged herself to complete the Disciplined Researcher badge of the programme which is designed for Postgraduate students and developed a mobile application project solution as part of a team for the Global Talent Project Lab. Georgina has made significant contribution to the student experience as a PAL Leader and Student Ambassador and has been recognised with a Global Talent Outstanding Contribution award.
I have enjoyed developing my global mindset, heartset and skillset with the Global Talent Programme and putting these into practice to solve a real life business challenge in the final stage. Working with students on vastly different courses and timetables, this experience showed me how commitment, teamwork, and understanding can be truly rewarding. I am so grateful that GTP gave me confidence in facilitating PAL sessions, so much so I encouraged many of the students to join. As a Student Ambassador I am interacting with a mixture of students and what I have learned as part of the programme has made it a lot easier to engage culturally, work collaboratively and give excellent customer service to my fellow students."
Jade joined the Global Talent Programme on top of her second year of BA Public Relations studies. She has been actively involved in the programme, was successfully selected to join the Global Festival of Learning in Vietnam as a social media specialist and made a difference in the University as a Student Rep and Ambassador. As a result Jade has secured a placement with the Walt Disney Company and was recognised with a Global Talent Outstanding Contribution award.
Reflecting on the GTP experience, Jade says,
I truly can't speak more highly of the programme that has brought so many amazing opportunities to me. My values and hopes have changed. My core values are compassion, determination, respect and making a societal contribution. In order to make a difference in the world, you need to start by believing in something bigger than yourself and my heart goal studying Public Relations is to work on a campaign in the future that raises public awareness on autism.”
Leah was raised in Mangalore, a lively coastal city in India and earned an Engineering degree from Manipal University India before coming to Bournemouth University to pursue a Masters in Computer Animation and Visual Effects. She enrolled on the Global Talent Programme and took part in problem solving competitions inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and developed a mobile application project solution as part of a team for the Global Talent Project Lab.
My biggest achievement as part of the Global Talent Programme was winning the Project lab along with my wonderful team. It was a great opportunity to apply the concepts of project management on a realistic scenario. Getting feedback from a professional panel and viewing other presentations gave me greater understanding on how projects attain their goals based on given constraints. I am very grateful to have been part of the Global Talent Programme. It has been a very rewarding experience and I hope even more students will join our global talent community in the future.”
Leah was recognised with a Global Talent Outstanding Contribution award.
Sam joined the Global Talent Programme as part of her first year BA Events Management studies and has consistently exceeded the formal GTP requirements and developed strong interest in other cultures and global citizenship, being actively involved in cultural activities by starting to learn Mandarin Chinese with Languages@BU and becoming one of the Global Talent Influencers, a Global Buddy and Global Cultural events participant.
The Global Talent Programme has encouraged me to fully immerse myself within university life and given me the chance to participate in activities and events that I would otherwise have not had the opportunity to do, for example taking part in workshops with real life employers. It has provided me with the confidence that I now have acquired the global skills that many businesses are looking for. As a first year, the Global Talent Programme has also provided me with an additional aspect to add to my CV that will hopefully stand out when applying for my placement year in future."
Sam was recognised with a Global Talent Outstanding Contribution award.
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