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The essential Grad+ attribute - Global outlook

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Global outlook

To have a ‘global outlook’ is to see beyond narrow, culturally/subject specific interpretations of ‘fact’ and to explore a more multifaceted approach. Looking at the multiple ways that knowledge can be combines, comprehended and applied to the world.

Graduate+ have broken down the attribute to make it easier for you to achieve:

  • Moral and Ethical awareness
  • Social and environmental awareness
  • Self-Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Commercial awareness
  • Resilience and Tenacity

Moral and Ethical awareness

Being morally aware is to remain conscious of one’s morals (knowing right from wrong) and being able to dictate when something violates that. In addition you should remain aware of your surroundings to avoid saying/doing something that can be viewed as socially sensitive.

Ethical decision-making is based on core character values like trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, empathy and good citizenship. Ethical decisions generate ethical behaviours and provide a foundation for good business practices due to the universal outlook.

Social and environmental awareness:

Being socially aware suggests you are able to understand the trials faced by different members/groups within the community, whilst maintaining good, current knowledge of societal pressures and affairs to avoid cultural bias. In all this will help build your emotional intelligence which can be applied to the world of work.

Environmental awareness is becoming aware of how fragile the environment is on both a local and worldwide scale. You must also understand the importance of protecting the environment.


Self-awareness is the key cornerstone to emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman. The ability to monitor our emotions and thoughts from moment to moment is key to understanding ourselves better, being at peace with who we are and proactively managing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.


This is a key quality to have. It suggests you are honest and have a strong moral compass. Integrity is often viewed in opposition to hypocrisy.

Commercial awareness:

Commercial awareness refers to being able to stay up to date with current affairs in development and business.

Resilience and Tenacity:

Resilience and tenacity are the ability to persist in resistant situations and continue to work on projects/assignments in the face of obstacles and difficulties.

Some example questions you could be asked about your Global Outlook may include: 

  1. Describe a moral or ethical dilemma you have faced?
  2. Describe a time where you have demonstrated a social or environmental response to a situation?
  3. Reflecting on the activity, what were your key strengths?
  4. How did your personal &/ or professional values fit (or not) with the situation you encountered?
  5. Commercial awareness is everywhere, how does this relate to your activity?
  6. Tell us about a situation where things deteriorated quickly? What did you do and what was the outcome?

You should come up with answers to these questions in your own time and make sure you’re prepared. If you can master each of these aspects then you have your understanding of Global Outlook.

Quote of the week “Treat people as if they are what they ought to be and you can help them become what they are capable of becoming” ~ Johann Von Goathe.