What do you get when you mix international relations, mentoring and diversity together? A career in careers advice, in the case of Monira Ahmed. She is a self-confessed straggler – someone who took a while to find what she wanted to do after graduating. After a series of random jobs, she pointed her interests, transferrable skills and post-graduate qualification towards supporting students from different cultures in higher education. Fourteen years later, she is the proud winner of a national Careers Champion award for her work at the Universities of Central Lancashire and Liverpool. I caught up with her for Learning to Leap’s latest podcast.

We talked about:

  • How an inspirational lecture on diversity sparked her career journey to help young people overcome obstacles and succeed.
  • The importance of transferrable skills and languages.
  • The challenges facing International students in the UK, especially work experience.
  • The economic, social and cultural contributions International students bring to university life.
  • The opportunities that exist to learn from different cultures within a university setting.
  • Tips for being a global graduate.

Different cultures

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Monira has a great personal blog called Everything Careers that I thoroughly recommend. There you will find a more in-depth account of what led to her winning her award. You can also pick up on the issues we discussed and more by connecting with her via LinkedIn and Twitter (@MoniraAhmed1).

Look out next month for another stimulating podcast with interesting people in the jobs, careers and employability space.