University Careers Service provide students with head start

Updated on: 06/06/2017

The careers team at Newman University have been working hard to integrate careers modules into general teaching, putting their students in an advantageous position when it comes to securing employment after their studies.

The careers team at Newman University have been working hard to integrate careers modules into general teaching, putting their students in an advantageous position when it comes to securing employment after their studies.

Running a graduate summer school in May for final year students, the Careers Service team aimed to build confidence, knowledge and awareness for graduating students to ensure that they knew the options which were available to them and were able to promote themselves to employers in the best way possible. The summer school was also open to students progressing into their final year of study with the aim of preparing the students to get the most out of their last year at the University as well as enhance their employability skills.

The summer school took place over 2 days and involved a variety of interactive activities focusing on opportunity awareness, self-awareness, CV building, statement writing, interview techniques and assessment centres. The opportunity proved to be popular with students with many stating their confidence grew as a result of attending the sessions. Students stated they felt the session was "very engaging" and they "really enjoyed the activities" with one student even stating "I feel so much better after today and feel more confident in applying for a job."

A particularly useful part of the 2 day programme for students proved to be the opportunity to practice interviews. One student commented "I found the interviews really useful as this is something I struggle with. I found it useful getting feedback on ways I can improve at interview."

Senior Careers and Work Related Learning Officer, Melissa Clarke commented "Employability is high on the agenda for all Higher Education (HE) institutions with the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Destinations of Leavers from HE outcomes. This initiative at Newman University demonstrates our commitment to the student journey during and after their course, with graduates being able to access careers support for 3 years after graduation. This is something the careers team hopes to build upon and grow and possibly run a similar event for graduates in the autumn."

The ground breaking work to integrate careers into the curriculum, through programmes such as the summer school, led to the careers team being nominated for the ‘Outstanding Student Services Team’ in the Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards 2017. In just 2 years more than 1600 students at the University have undertaken a number of modules which have related to careers advice, in turn resulting in a 225% increase in students who have been exposed to careers guidance at Newman University.

The University prides itself on being the top university for graduate employment 1 year and 3 years after graduation and in the top 10, 5 years after graduation.

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