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Revival of the UWE Careers Blog!

Posted by Colette Percival | 0 comments
17Apr2013

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

Rise in UWE Graduate Employment

Posted by Sarah Proudfoot | 0 comments
19Jul2010

UWE’s rise in graduate employment came as good news to our Careers service in what is an extremely difficult time in the graduate employment market.
Careers have been doing numerous things within the service that contribute towards these improvements against the national trend.

We have been more proactive in our work with students and employers in relation to graduate job vacancies, placements and work experience, and targeted areas of weaker performance with more support from careers advisers in working with academics and students directly to boost students confidence and increase their skills.

Increased internal partnerships with faculty staff and other service staff (particularly business relations) have allowed us to raise awareness and reach more staff and students. External partnerships with other careers services, employers and other organisations like Job Centre plus have also improved allowing us to diversify and draw in recruiters.

Developments in our IT products and communications have helped us reach more students and graduates more effectively. Being able to offer a whole range of services and learning is really important, so too is being able to engage with our clients. We are always seeking out increasingly sophisticated ways to communicate with our clients through various communication channels including social media like Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, newsletters, events and the media.

We are really pleased to see all the hard work happening in our Careers service and other areas of the University paying off and hope for more positive results next year.

http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWENews/article.asp?item=1795&year=2010

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