You will have likely noticed the words ‘Global Experience’ (GE) flashing up on UniSA computers lately; the words zipping across the screen and urging you to participate.
Outside the computer pools, posters line the halls. They are difficult to avoid and have crept into nearly every corner of your university, including student common rooms.
But what exactly is GE?
According to Sky Bennet, one of the masterminds behind the initiative, GE is a means of gaining an edge in the competitive workforce.
GE has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a research project in 2007, with about 650 undergraduate students currently enrolled in the program.
Given its success, the program is gradually branching out to postgraduate students and a postgraduate GE course will launch in Study Period 5.
The program counts the different activities you do while studying as points; if you go on a student exchange, hold a leadership role in a club, volunteer with an organisation or do any extracurricular activity, you gain points. Once you have reached 120 points, you can graduate from GE. GE is about building your connections and adding a little something extra to your graduation certificate.
“The GE program is about gaining experience, and employers really want graduates with a degree and experience,” Sky said.
“Graduates who can demonstrate both are at an advantage when it comes to graduating alongside those who have only a degree.”
For me, the program has been more about making friends while having fun at uni and on my travels in Cambodia.
Sky believes there are many areas of expertise that can be gained from GE.
“The skills students gain are varied and include networking, communicating across cultures, initiative, leadership skills, flexibility, adaptability, problem solving and time management,” she said.
So next time you see the ‘Global Experience’ screensaver, remember it is not just about gaining a competitive edge; it is also having fun through doing the things you enjoy.
Learn more at unisa.edu.au/globalexperience.