During the second semester of the 2015–16 academic year, the University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre together with the Students’ Union held a number of successful careers events for current students. Presentations, workshops, fairs and events featuring guest speakers were held across the University’s many disciplines and campuses with the aim of helping students kickstart their careers. 

Events for students included the very well attended Creative Careers Fair at the University’s School of Media, Arts and Design, the Volunteering Fair, the Legal Skills Academy, a Westminster Insights event for careers in Politics and International Relations, as well as a series of lunchtime sessions on job seeking strategies and interview techniques held across all faculties at the University.

Visiting industry professionals attending the fairs included representatives from big industry names such as Sony Music, House of Fraser, All Response Media, NCS The Challenge, Inspire me Korea, and many more.

This year’s new HACKminster event was a collaborative project delivered by the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and The Rain Gods, supported by Circle Health and Capital Enterprise. The event allowed students to take part in a practical project enabling them to develop core skills such as pitching, problem solving, teamwork, task led research and decision making. Students from the Cavendish, Marylebone and Harrow campuses joined HACKminster for a weekend of collaboration, innovation and skill sharing as part of the new initiative.

Media Management MA student Yasmine Abdelkhal who took part in HACKminster said:

“HACKminster was such a great opportunity to connect and network with people from different backgrounds. Also, it was so beneficial in terms of structure and knowledge shared. The best thing about it is that you practice on the spot.”

Graduate Consultant of Circle Health, Grace Singh commented:

“It was incredibly impressive that each team diligently formulated ideas that were different, yet all held value in tackling either of the challenges set. And it was great to see what could be accomplished in under 24 hours.”

The University of Westminster Students’ Union also welcomed back Westminster alumni from a variety of professions to a panel and drinks reception held at each of the University’s faculties. Alumni included; Council Member at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) and Business Information Systems BSc Honours graduate Haroon Hussain; Freelance London Correspondent for ITN Productions and ABS-CBN and Journalism BA Honours graduate Jenny Ybañez; and Mark McDonald, Barrister at Mansfield Chambers and Law LLB Honours graduate.

Next term we will hold the Skills Academy – a series of seminars and workshops designed by both external industry experts and internal speakers – across the University’s campuses.

Coming up in the 2016–17 academic year will be: the University of Westminster’s Skills and Part Time Jobs Fair, the Property and Construction Fair, a Careers in News and Publishing Panel, networking workshops and further alumni networking events, as well as many more great opportunities for students.

The University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre is committed to increasing the employability of our students and graduates, and to enhancing the reputation of the University in the wider business community in line with the Westminster 2020 Vision.

Westminster students can learn about the careers events that are the most relevant to their field of interest and enhance their employability through Engage, the University’s interface for jobs and events.

People at the HACKminster event

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