Hello my fellow students, I’m super excited and I just had to blog about it, so here goes....
Last year I negotiated a deal with the university asking that the strike money that was deducted from staff at the university who took part in the industrial action in June and November 2011 could in some way be given to students. This amounted to over £60,000! I’m happy to say that this money has been split between two funds. £45,000 has gone in to the Hardship Fund (ALF) and £15,000 has been given to the Students’ Union for the creation of a Student Employability Fund.
My plan is that students in their final year can apply to this fund to help with their employability. So this will help students in their attempts to secure future employment. Students will be able to apply for items such as money towards a business suit or assistance towards travel for a job interview.
I intend to launch this at a brand new Employability Fair on May 1st 2012 12-4pm. More details to follow shortly. But just to give you a sample, we will have CV clinics, giving you tips on improving and maximising your impact, Mock Interview Sessions, Careers Advice, Info on the university’s Alumni Association, Tips and Advice on Business Start-ups, University Graduate Internship Opportunities, Guest speakers from local businesses including Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Swan Education, Student Entrepreneurs Matt Weston & Mike Chinn of Stones Throw Media and many more.
It’s going to be an afternoon that you don’t want to miss and will give you tonnes of information, advice and skills to help you stand head and shoulders above the rest when you apply for that all important graduate job.
I hope you are as excited as I am!
Keep posted for more info and watch out for the flyers soon to be handed out around campus