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Students attend mock interviews with real employers in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

22 November 2017

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Employers from 16 organisations, including the London Assembly and the Royal Air Force, took part in the Speed Interview and Networking Careers event, organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities to help students prepare for the interview process.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Speed Interview & Networking Careers event took place for the first time on Thursday 9 November, aiming to help prepare students for the recruitment process after university.

16 organisations, including National Trust, London Assembly, Westminster Academy, and the Royal Air Force, attended the event to conduct speed interviews with students, where they had the opportunity to be interviewed by a professional in the area they would like to go in and receive a feedback at the end.

Tim Rahman from the Westminster Academy said: “It was great to meet your students, they all presented themselves very well. We hope to have delivered a useful experience for them.”

Students who attended the event commented on how valuable it was to get the feedback on their performance, so they could improve for the real-life interview for their dream job.

Elizabeth Batchelor, Work Placement Officer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and organiser of the event, said: “We understand that many of our students may not have had the experience of interviewing for graduate level opportunities and so the experience of interviewing with real employers within the comfort of the university will help prepare them for interviewing externally.”

Three presentations also took place on the day to introduce students to opportunities in the charity and education sector, as well as to how to use LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social media platform, to find a job and network.

A presentation on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education by St Mary’s University was aimed at students seeking to explore teaching as a career after university. The session talked them through the application process for PGCE.

Students who are interested in securing a career in the charity sector had the chance to learn about opportunities in one of the leading charities in the UK, Frontline Social Work Recruitment, and heard from them about a day in the life of a professional in the field.

The networking breaks were also an opportunity for students to talk to the professionals informally, get tips and build their network of contacts.

Learn more about Employability support at the University of Westminster.

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