WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GLOBAL CITIZEN? (AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO MY FUTURE CAREER)

29 Aug 2021 Learnali Admin 0 News

There is a lot of buzz about the term – Global Citizenship – particularly within universities.

Global Citizenship means that your identity, perspective and reach extends beyond the country and culture where you grew up and/or where you are completing your university degree. 

EMPLOYERS SAY THAT AN ATTITUDE OF GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP MAKES GRADUATES MUCH MORE EMPLOYABLE FOR TWO REASONS:

  • Global Citizenship expands your geographical reach in that you are open to, and have developed the capability of, working in many parts of the world and effectively with diverse people.

  • Regardless of where you work (including if you stay where you were born and studied) you have reached out and expanded your horizons and cultural understanding meaning that employers can count on you to provide great customer service and respect to all stakeholders from all parts of the world.

WHAT ARE THE KEY PRACTICAL STRATEGIES THAT STUDENTS CAN USE TO DEVELOP AND IMPROVE THEIR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP?


  • Meet and greet and spend time with students from many different countries and cultural contexts. Ask them questions to try to understand their experiences. Maintain these networks. Stay in touch even after graduation.

  • Seek opportunities to contextualise your assessment activities in different national and cultural contexts. Consider the application to different countries than your own.

  • When your professors share case studies from other countries and cultures, take them seriously and learn what you can from them.

  • Consider completing an international exchange or internship and take the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the culture and make connections while there.

  • Pay attention to customs, protocols and what constitutes politeness in diverse cultures. Take the opportunity of the university to observe, listen and develop your emotional intelligence.


In conclusion, global citizens have the capacity to change the world because they interact within and care about the whole world and its entire people which can lead to peace, an end to world-hunger, environmental sustainability and global quality of life.

BY: Learnali Admin

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