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Following the success of last year’s on-campus events, we continued our tour of some of the UK’s top universities. This time around, Give A Grad A Go travelled to Exeter, Cambridge, Newcastle and Edinburgh, collaborating with a number of different societies and sharing our careers expertise with students up and down the country.
Check out our highlights below - and follow the links for a more detailed breakdown of each event!
“Your workshop prepped me for my first assessment day – I was really worried about the group exercise but the workshop’s mock exercise made me feel a lot more confident!”
I often hear from students that assessment days are one of the things they fear the most – and with more employers than ever now choosing to use them, I knew that this was something we could help with. With this in mind, our first stop of the year was Exeter University, where we ran an Assessment Day workshop with the Business & Finance and Women in Business societies. At the workshop, we spoke to students about what to expect from an assessment day, and gave them our top tips on how to ace one. From the feedback we received, the most useful part of the day was a mock group exercise designed to give the students a better understanding of how group discussions work. By being able to practice a group exercise before the day, students were able to fine-tune their technique and then assess the things that they did well, and the things they could work on.
“Give A Grad A Go’s Interview Workshop was so different from other on-campus events I’ve been to. It was wonderful going to a workshop offering palpable and useful interview advice that wasn’t getting bogged down by promoting its own brand.”
Something we hear from our clients all the time is that candidates were not properly prepared for their interview. We know that research is key – so to help students prepare for an interview, we headed to Cambridge University to run an Interview Workshop in collaboration with the Advertising and Marketing Society. We shared our insider tips on the best ways to structure interview research, specifically for roles in the marketing and advertising sectors. We ran a series of interactive exercises to help students identify their dream career path, learn about the four pillars of interview research and understand exactly what they should be doing to prepare for their interview.
“Rob Woods was such a fantastic speaker with a wicked sense of humour – he organised such an engaging and unique trading game that gave me a realistic insight into what it’s like to work as a trader. He certainly kept us on our toes!”
Choosing which career path you want to follow post-university can be really tricky, and I’m often asked about how to work out if a certain industry is right for you. Well, we think that there’s nothing better than being able to experience what a job would be like for yourself!
With this in mind, we journeyed up north to Newcastle University and joined Rob Woods, the Commercial Director of the Certificate in Finance and Technology and the University’s Investment Society. In collaboration with Rob and the society, we hosted a trading game evening designed to give students insight into the life of a trader. At the event, we ran a number of simulation exercises which gave students who perhaps weren’t sure if the high-paced and demanding world of trading was for them, a real idea of what the job entails.
“I really enjoyed speaking with the Give A Grad A Go Team – it was so refreshing meeting people in graduate recruitment who are not only knowledgeable of such diverse areas but who are also so relatable! I now feel a lot less daunted by the whole job hunting process.”
Our last stop was Edinburgh University, where we were involved in a few different on-campus activities in collaboration with the Business and Women in Business Societies. From getting involved in the Start|Ed conference, to networking with our Edinburgh-based Boost members and to offering tailored CV advice, we thoroughly enjoyed speaking with such an engaged student crowd. The students at these events were able to speak to us about their career aspirations, gain advice about the job hunt from members of our team, and offload their stresses – and we were more than happy to be of assistance!
Our tour of the UK was a fantastic way to meet students and share our career expertise, and we hope that the students who attended learnt a lot from attending the events!
Interested in booking an Employability Workshop on your campus? Get in touch with us today - and stay tuned for more events next semester!
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