7/7: Getting the job you want
14 December 2012
In the past you told us that you wanted more support to kick start your careers. Over the last year, we have developed our employability initiatives based on feedback from students and trends in the graduate job market.
Here are some of the careers services available to our students:
Linking students with potential employers
A key goal of our Career Development Centre (CDC) is employer engagement, in order to expose students to high profile employers that have not historically come on campus. We recently had KPMG host a skills session on ‘Getting the job you want’.
The CDC also hosted its first ever Annual Careers Fair in October 2012 with over 2,500 students attending. More than 50 industry leaders from a number of sectors came to the event spanning Retail, Finance, Tourism, Technology, Government and Charity.
Getting work experience while you study
The Talent Bank, the University’s recruitment bank for on campus work, offers part time and casual jobs across the University’s departments so students can gain work experience and acquire transferable skills.
“The Talent Bank helped me find work throughout my second year of study. I gained call centre experience whilst working on the DLHE project and office work experience whilst working for the Careers Information Team, both of which were valuable additions to my CV.” Holly Mooring, Spanish with Arabic BA Honours graduate.
Careers Guidance and Mentoring
In response to student demand, the number of mentoring opportunities offered to students by the CDC has been increased from 40 to 76 this year.
“Joining the mentoring scheme has helped me as an individual to get to know myself better. Getting an insight into the industry and talking about my future career prospects has really boosted my motivation.” 2nd year Computing Science student
Volunteering allows you to give something back to the community and opens up opportunities for valuable work experience, increasing your employability.
“Not only does the opportunity allow you to give back and make a difference, but it gives you the skills and experiences needed to obtain a full time job. This was particularly important for me in gaining my first job.” Michael Wilshire, Postgraduate student, 2011/12
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.