Getting out of your comfort zone, the Turing Scheme helps you to see a different world.
by Tina Yen Cheng
BA Hons Media, Industry and Innovation (2024)
Read more about the Graduate Attributes that Tina developed through this experience
In the summer of 2022, I was very glad to have a chance to apply to the Turing Scheme which has provided me with financial support to work abroad for a global media marketing company – Zenith Media, Taiwan. The exciting experience of working abroad has enhanced my soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and organization; and improving my hard skills including data analysis and strategic planning. These skills have boosted my employability for my future career.
Zenith Media is a diverse company whose staff come from a variety of countries, such as the USA, Canada, Malaysia, and, like me, Britain. They encourage their workforce to be mobile and work internationally. Also, global mobility has become a global trend and it benefits students who are English speakers to work across borders and connect more deeply to the world. On top of that, the Turing Scheme’s funding has helped me to gain a world view, find self-worth, and overcome a variety of challenges to become a more independent and confident individual.
Why I chose Taiwan as my overseas work placement: Taiwan is one of the safest countries in the world, the cost of living is acceptable, Taiwanese people are friendly, and the health system and social insurance are outstanding. For visa details, you can contact: the Taiwan representative office in the UK
Employer: Zenith Media Company
Zenith Media is a global media marketing agency, and its clients are mostly international brands so you can use English in your communication. You can also learn Mandarin to communicate with native colleagues.
Once the company has accepted your application and signed an employment contract then they will assist you to apply for your work permit from the Ministry of Labour. The company will also obtain health and social insurance from the Ministry of Health.
Accommodation: Taipei City
Finding a place to rent can be challenging for non-Mandarin speakers. You might need to speak to your employer to arrange a place for you to stay during your work placement period. The rent will be the biggest part of your living costs. However, the Turing Scheme funding will cover part of the cost.
Tina was supported on her overseas mobility by the Turing Scheme.
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