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So far this academic year, Give A Grad A Go have travelled up and down the country to visit 8 of the UK’s top universities.
Throughout the semester, we’ve hosted a series of on-campus employability workshops in collaboration with our sponsored student societies at those universities, with the intention to help students prepare, apply and interview for graduate jobs. Following feedback from last years’ events, we’ve covered a wide range of topics – including CV writing, interview tips and personal branding.
Being able to speak to hundreds of current university students about their career goals and apprehensions has been beneficial for both parties – helping them to prepare for their job search post-graduation, and enabling us to gain an insight into students’ career concerns.
It’s been a great semester for Student Outreach - here’s where we’ve visited so far:
Back in October, we headed just down the road to UCL, to host an event in collaboration with the UCL Guild (comprised of UCL Business Society, UCL Data Science Society, UCL Entrepreneurs Society, UCL Investment Society, and UCL Women in Finance Society).
Given that there are 5 different societies included in UCL Guild, the turnout for our first event was considerable – so we hosted a large workshop for CV and cover letter writing, then conducted a Q&A session with the students in attendance. Having such an variety of students at the event meant that the types of questions asked were very diverse - covering topics including assessment days, the recruitment process, and choosing the right career path.
Next up, we headed to The University of Sheffield to host an event in collaboration with the Sheffield Economics Society. Following positive feedback from the event at UCL a few days earlier, our team held a small CV & cover letter writing workshop with Econ members. Due to the society itself being much smaller in terms of membership, the attendance for the event was also less – meaning that we could speak to students on a one-to-one basis, offering bespoke CV screenings and careers advice.
It was time to head up North – and the team visited St. Andrews University. Having received feedback from the students that they wanted one-on-one careers advice, we held a drop-in CV and careers clinic on campus, which allowed both members of the St. Andrews Entrepreneurs Society and other students to drop-in at a time that suited them, for one-on-one advice and CV screenings.
Something we often hear from students is that they are unsure how to stand out on their CV and in a graduate job interview, so the event covered both personal branding and successful CV writing. This was followed by a spot of networking, with drinks and nibbles, during which time members of the societies were able to speak to members of the Give A Grad A Go team about their interview concerns, and seek advice on making their applications to graduate jobs successful.
“I found the evening incredibly informative, and feedback from the attendees has been great! Being able to network with members of the Give A Grad A Go team gave our society members a chance to get expert advice that was tailored to their own career goals, interests and concerns.” - BizSoc President
Next, we headed to Leeds to visit the Leeds History Society. Having received feedback from the previous year’s events that students benefitted from one-on-one careers advice, the event comprised of a networking dinner, during which students moved around between courses to chat to us. Students were able to talk to our team about whatever they wanted – which included their career goals and concerns, and to gain advice on writing a great CV, nailing an interview, and successfully landing their ideal graduate jobs.
The start of November saw us heading to Oxford to host a CV and interview workshop in collaboration with the Oxford Women in Business Society (OXWIB). With around 30 society members in attendance, our team gave a presentation, ran an interactive session, took questions from the audience, and finally, spoke to students on a one-on-one basis, to give bespoke advice and individual CV screenings.
Heading back up north to Durham University, 3 members of the Give A Grad A Go team joined forces with Durham Women in Business Society. With a turnout of 25+, the employability workshop covered interview tips and tricks, and personal branding – then was followed by some networking, where we were able to speak to attendees in more detail about their career goals and fears. Getting to know the students one-on-one also gave us the chance to tailor our advice to different personalities and desired career paths.
“I attended the session on CVs, interviews and assessment days, and found it extremely helpful – especially the one-on-one CV advice. I’ve now tried to echo much of the advice given during the session on my own CV!” - Durham University Student
For our final event of the semester, we headed to Manchester to host an event in collaboration with Manchester HackSoc. Attendees and society members benefitted from individual CV screenings and advice, as well as an interview workshop that helped them overcome their interview nerves and fears.
Our whistle-stop tour of the UK has been a great way to network, connect and share our career expertise with hundreds of fantastic university students – and we hope that those who attended learned something from the events.
Interested in arranging an employability workshop on your university campus? Get in touch with us today – and look out for more events next semester!
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