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