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Unwind from Exam Stress, Festival Volunteering Fun and Careers Help

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Relax + Unwind at the Octagon

29 April - 31 May, Monday-Friday 09:30-16:30

During the hectic exam period, take a moment away from the stress. As well as a quieter space to take a break, we will have free fruit, the usual tea and coffee (plus herbal teas!), relaxing music and quick activities to give you a rest from study. We’ve also got hints and tips to help with stress and revision. Every day from 11:00-14:00, we will be running a 5 minutes volunteering of craft activity! Why not drop in? For more information email

Summer Volunteering!

The summer sunshine provides the perfect backdrop for a spot of volunteering over holiday season. Activities include gardening, festival, sporting events, play activities with young people, event stewarding……..

To find out more about the opportunities on offer in Bristol and beyond over the months ahead, please contact the UWE Volunteering team (, 0117 3282334) or drop into the Octagon on Frenchay Campus (9.30-5.00pm Monday – Friday)

How to get the Job you Want  - there will be 2 opportunities for CSCT and GEM students to attend (but other FET students are welcome too) on the 23rd at 2.00 to 4.00pm (room 4Q51) and 24th May (room 4Q68) at 2.00 to 4.00pm.

The workshops aim to cover a variety of topics including the following:

•The best vacancy sources

•Speculative approaches that work

•Making effective applications

•Compiling or polishing your CV

•What to expect at interview / assessment centres

•Careers support available from UWE Careers


To book a place students should log in to UWE Infohub:

This weeks updates were contributed by the Enrichment Team in the Octagon and the UWE Careers Coaching Team.

Revival of the UWE Careers Blog!

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The UWE Careers blog has been in abeyance for a little while but we will soon be bringing you regular snapshots of all the different areas we are working hard in. Bringing ever more local employers into the UWE fold, highlighting placement opportunities to our 2nd year students, securing funding for paid internships in real workplaces doing real jobs, organising networking events, holding employer fairs, supporting Enterprise students and more, we will be using this space to keep you updated with what we do to give you the chance to maximise your employability.

For now, here is a brief selection of things that we are interested in and working on at the moment:

Career goal for graduates. Own goal for top flight football.

Unpaid internships are a hot topic, being debated in parliament and breaking up the monopoly that goals, transfers, wages and scandals normally exert on coverage of the Premier League, due to Reading (admittedly doomed to relegation but still guaranteed £16m+ from TV money next season) advertising for a year long unpaid performance analyst. There is a campaign  gathering pace that internships should always be paid so as not to exclude those that cannot afford to work for free.

Which brings us neatly to…

As a lucky lucky UWE student we work ever so hard to bring you the UWE Undergraduate Internship Scheme 2013. Get 8 weeks paid work experience this summer – view current vacancies on InfoHub (search “UWE Undergraduate Internship”) or talk to potential employers yourself. You can sweeten the deal with a £1000 subsidy towards the cost of employing you for 8 weeks! The scheme is open to all undergraduate students returning to UWE or going on placement as part of a degree programme for 2013/14.

Employer fair galloping up on the horizon!

One of our biggest single projects is the UWE Meet The Employers Fair, which takes place on Thursday June 13. You might be thinking more carousing than careers after the end of exams but with a guest list like this you don’t want to miss out on the chance to kick start your future. Make links with potential employers, scout out the different sectors you might be considering, get feedback from the people already in the roles you’re aspiring to. It is an opportunity too good to miss. To make the most of it check out this short film on how to come prepared to get the most out of employer fairs.

No such thing as society?

UWE is home to some of the largest and most active student societies in the country. Why not get involved in one and meet a bunch of interesting new people, pick up a new hobby , get active on an issue you're passionate about and improve your employability at the same time! Our friends at Enactus and the InnovEnterS focus on life after uni and have projects to get involved in from consultancy supporting charity shops in Bristol to a project supporting a community in Kenya access clean water to inspiring speakers and networking events right here at UWE.

This weeks blog has been written by Bevan Richardson, an Employer Services Administrator in the UWE Careers team. Every week another team member will post their take on employability news and important updates that matter to all of us. Hope to see you at our Careers drop-in (EZone/2D11) soon!
Colette Percival, Employer Engagament Manager

Things are brighter than you think...

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Many of you completing your studies this summer may be worried about your career prospects and the options you have. If you are looking for jobs the message we want to give out is that things are brighter than you think.

We know that it can be challenging to establish yourself straight after finishing your studies which is why the UWE Careers team are here to help you. We offer a range of services and opportunities including…

  • Paid Graduate Internships
    Help finding appropriate vacancies
    Support for 3 years after you Graduate
    Help with CVs, covering letters, application forms and interview technique
    Careers Consultants to coach you through your career relate issues
    Don’t forget our extensive online resources

We are open throughout the summer for help…drop in if you are still in Bristol, use our online enquiry system or book a telephone appointment.

Good news

Gradsouthwest is where UWE advertise all their graduate vacancies. Between the 1st November 2009 and the 30th April 2010, the number of South West business vacancies advertised (1,723) increase by 65% compared to last year.

2010 UWE finalists can now apply for our Graduate Internship Scheme. The results have been extremely positive so far…read what our Graduates had to say:

“it has helped me so much in the current climate and I have learnt so much and feel more confident in my abilities. It has meant that I have been able to gain valuable experience in the job I want to do, which without the funding I doubt I would have been able to get”

“I've finally got a job related to my degree thanks to the internship programme! Good work!”

“Overall the internship has really stretched me and I now feel confident in using new programmes which will hold me in good stead as I move forward in my career. However, first off I have been offered a three month extension to the internship and look forward to continuing my work”

Want to apply or find out more? Click here

The Employability and Enterprise Zone

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I’m Sarah, I am part of the Careers information team and part of my role is to provide a front line service for visitors to our Employability and Enterprise Zone (room 2D11) on Frenchay Campus. ‘E-Zone’ provides students and graduates with information, advice and support with numerous career related issues including finding the right career, job vacancies, work experience, volunteering, CVs, interview techniques, further study options, overseas opportunities and much more.

The information team are here to help answer students and graduates questions and refer them to the right information or resources. We have dedicated Careers Consultants available to see students daily for specialist guidance and career related issues, and a graduate jobs link team that provide information and advice about work experience, placements and graduate jobs. The jobs link team also have connections with a huge number of employers and organise employer visits to campus and our huge annual ‘Meet the Employers Fair.’

Through ‘E-Zone’ students and graduates can also learn about volunteering opportunities through ‘UWE Volunteering’ and see our ‘Global Student Support team’ that support international students through their time at UWE. Students and graduates can also come to E-Zone to use the computers and access our extensive online resources.

If you are a student or graduate in need of help, or a member of staff who would just like to know a bit more about what we do then please pop in or contact us on 0117 3282570. Watch this space for more careers related news and new projects we are working on.

Best wishes