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Revival of the UWE Careers Blog!

Posted by Colette Percival | 0 comments

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

The Employability and Enterprise Zone

Posted by Sarah Proudfoot | 1 comment


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