Whether you’re looking for a part-time job while you study, wondering what career would suit you, or want to improve your transferable skills, our Careers and Employability Service is here to help you!
We interviewed Tracey Wells, the Careers and Employability Service Manager, to find out more about opportunities that our students have access to.
Can you tell us more about the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Westminster?
The Careers and Employability Service is there to help all Westminster students and recent graduates with their career aspirations. We provide a range of services and programmes to help students to enhance their employability skills, explore a range of options open to them, and make decisions about their future careers.
What sort of programmes and services do you offer?
We provide individual support to students to help them with all aspects of their career, ranging from understanding their options, searching for internships, placements or jobs, applying for opportunities including further study, and helping them to prepare for interviews and the working world.
We offer programmes such as the Westminster Employability Award (a structured way that students can navigate the opportunities available to them), Talent Bank (a way of gaining paid part-time work experience in the University alongside studies). We also offer other placements, volunteering and work-based learning opportunities, and a programme called ‘Explore Teaching’, which allows students to gain work experience in education.
We also connect students with employers via careers fairs and networking events and advertise a wide range of job opportunities to students. Our online resources cover many topics from what you can do with your degree to how to network and find employment.
What kind of workshops do you run?
We run workshops as part of some academic courses, and these can be on a range of topics such as understanding your career options, writing CVs and applications, preparing for interviews, or using social media to enhance your career. We also run workshops and talks on key career topics, such as preparing for psychometric tests, navigating job searches and applications if you are disabled, and how to use LinkedIn.
The workshops and talks run at different levels and at different times of the academic year, to suit the specific needs of the students.
How does the service help students after graduation?
We continue to provide access to our services for up to three years after students graduate. These include most of our resources, appointments with our Careers Consultants and we also run some bespoke workshops for graduates.
How can students get involved with the services that you offer?
When students join the University they can find us on the Engage platform. It allows them to sign up for events, workshops and other services.
We encourage students to follow our blog and social media channels for further information. See the links below. You can also find out more information about us here.
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