Mind Work Experience Competition

Win two weeks' work experience in London

Our Mind courses give skills to travel

London calling! Are you studying English as a Foreign Language and over 18? Are you looking for a work experience opportunity abroad to kick-start your career? Or perhaps you're inerested in trying a different field of work?

Why enter? How to enter? Information for Teachers

Why enter?

First prize - work experience with us!

Three winners will be awarded a two-week work experience placement at the Macmillan Education offices in London. Return economy class flights, accommodation, travel and subsistence allowance will be included in the prize.

The work experience prize will take place over two consecutive weeks in Spring 2017.

Runner-up prizes - online coaching sessions!

Three runners-up will win online coaching sessions with a business coach.

The online coaching sessions will take place in Spring 2017.

Bonus - developing your language and life skills!

Whether you’re learning English to broaden your career prospects or looking to take the first steps towards an international career, having language skills can be hugely valuable in terms of employability.

By bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace, general English courses like the Mind series and Open Mind help you to develop your language skills alongside the life skills you need to succeed.

To help support you in this, this year Macmillan Education are offering you the opportunity for a two-week work experience placement in our London office. As a leading educational publisher, work experience at Macmillan Education will give you insight into a variety of roles across publishing: from the Editorial processes in developing a course like Mind to the Marketing and Sales operations that promote it in an international business.

How to enter our Mind competition?

The competition is open to all students aged over 18 studying general English, regardless of whether you study with the Mind series and Open Mind courses or not.

  1. Prepare an up-to-date CV (resume)
    Prepare an up-to-date CV (maximum two pages) and covering letter (maximum one page) stating why you would be a suitable candidate and why you wish to win the two weeks’ work experience in London.


  2. Prepare a presentation
    Using PowerPoint or Prezi, prepare a presentation on the following topic:

    How has education changed in the past ten years and how do you see it changing in the next ten years?

    Use presenter’s notes and research the topic, giving full references where applicable. Your presentation should consist of 6-10 slides and be 7-10 minutes in duration when delivered.


  3. Email it all through to us by the 30th of November 2016
    Email your CV, covering letter and presentation before the competition closing date of 30 November 2016 to mindcompetition@macmillan.com. Please ensure that you have read and comply with the full terms and conditions of the competition before entering.

    Email us to enter Read terms and conditions

Judging and shortlisting process

Our panel of judges will choose the best 15 entries to attend an online interview between 5 January and 31 January 2017, at which the shortlisted applicants will be asked to deliver their presentation to the interviewers.

Following the interview and presentation, the interviewers will select the three applicants who performed the best as winners of our first prize and three runners-up. All winners and runners-up will be contacted by 6 February 2017.

Information for teachers

As educators and teachers we know that language skills are an essential requirement for employability. Our students need the best support and teaching materials not only to improve their English but also their ability to seize existing and future employment opportunities.

Why a competition for work experience?

Macmillan Education would like to provide the opportunity for adult students to experience first-hand how their language and life skills can benefit them in a working environment. That’s why we’re offering three lucky winners two weeks’ work experience at our international office in London.

Work experience at Macmillan Education would be a great opportunity for your students to gain practical experience of an English-speaking business environment. As a leading educational publisher, work experience offers students an insight into a variety of roles across publishing: from Editorial to Sales and Marketing functions.

The language and life skills our students need

Mind is the only adult course with a life skills strand that helps students to develop life skills in different aspects of their lives, alongside its solid language syllabus. Students also develop skills to help them in their working lives or for employability, in their academic lives or for learning in general, and in their personal lives and interaction with others.

A full double page section is dedicated to life skills in every unit in each of the six levels of the Mind courses, giving students the chance to actively improve in all these skills, such as negotiation, time management, presenting, identifying bias, and being culturally aware to name but a few.

As well as the life skills section in the Student’s Books, you can help your students develop the same skill in a different aspect of their lives, using the extra material from your Teacher’s Resource Centres. This provides you with a huge bank of life skills resources and lessons per level – and if it’s employability skills your students need –  each of the lessons are transferable and feature skills for work and career development.