Along with my colleague Judy, I recently took part in a webinar about the Going Global database that the Careers Service subscribes to. If you don’t know what Going Global is, hopefully you will do by the time you finish reading this blog post! So, despite the poor internet connection due to a storm in New York (oh, the perils of modern life!), I got a great refresher on Going Global and wanted to share it with you.
Going Global is an extensive careers and employment database which can be really helpful if you’re searching for a placement or graduate job abroad. The database has:
- country guides for over 40 countries, with more on the way. These guides usually contain helpful information about visa regulations, the local labour market, where to search for vacancies, CVs and interviews, and cultural advice. Reading the ‘if you want to act like a local’ advice for your home country can be very insightful!
- USA / Canada city career guides. This is the same sort of information as you find in the country guides, but specific to large cities in North America. From summer 2015 guides will start to appear for cities all over the world, so this is worth keeping an eye on.
- an employer directory of the key employers in many countries worldwide, including those which Going Global does not have a country guide for. It is possible to search the directory by geographical location, sector and the size of the organisation, as well as using key words.
- live job postings and internship opportunities. Vacancies are updated on a daily basis and there are an estimated 16 million opportunities on the database.
If you’d like to use Going Global in your search for work abroad this summer, you’ll need to create an account before you leave Sheffield. On a campus PC (in a University library or computer room), access Going Global. The site should recognise that you’re at the University of Sheffield (see the top right-hand corner) and from here you can create a personal account that you can access from anywhere in the world. You’ll get 180 days to use it before it needs to be renewed, and if you’ve left campus by this point then we’re happy to help you.
Before you get started, here are our top tips!
- Start by using our myInternational Career resource to help you to work out what Going Global has to offer you. We have information about studying and working abroad in 67 countries, and myInternational Career will give you an overview of what information Going Global has for the country that you’re interested in.
- When searching for vacancies on Going Global you may want to try searching in the local language. Using the language of the country in your keyword search for job titles can vastly increase the number of results that you get.
- For some countries you can access information about national professional associations on Going Global. In the UK professional associations can be a great way to research a sector, find out about vacancies, make networking contacts and get careers information.
So, by now you should have a better idea about what Going Global is and, hopefully, you’re busy creating your personal account! As always, get in touch if you need some help with your search – call the Careers Service on 0114 222 0910 or come in to see us at 388 Glossop Road.
We hope you find it helpful!
Katie (Careers Information Officer)