In February, 88 events were organised by the Careers Development Centre in collaboration with other University teams and the Students’ Union, to help students enhance their graduate employability, develop their experience and knowledge, and meet professionals, alumni and university staff for networking.
These events featured diverse seminars and workshops covering a wide range of topics including volunteering, networking, job hunting, interviews trainings, CVs guides, creative careers fair, a mock assessment centre, and a seminar on the use of LinkedIn for finding a job.
A mix of internal and external industry professionals and speakers, including Bloomberg, SEI Investments managers, STEM Women and Civil Service Fast Stream, offered students a professional and informative perspective throughout the month.
A record number of students booked their tickets to attend the series of events. Of 1695 students, 30 per cent came from the Westminster Business School, 20 per cent from the Faculty of Science and Technology and 19 per cent from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.
One of the highlights of some activities was, in particular, the Live’s Assessment Centre in which 68 students participated in a group exercise, a presentation and a one-to-one interview. A third-year Marketing Management student, Frederico Midley, commented: “I gained some experience and confidence about how an Assessment Day in any big company is like. It was very tailored, it felt very real.”
Additionally, the live stream of the LinkedIn ‘How to kick-start your career’ presentation got almost 5.000 views on the University of Westminster's Facebook page.
The Careers Development Centre also launched a new format called, Career Consultants live Q&A, which was a great way for students to get instant advice and suggestions from the team.
Following these events, a number of students have already been approached by potential employers, in particular thanks to the Debut Careers talk.
Learn more about the range of employability initiatives the University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre offers to Westminster students.