Employability Week at NBS 2nd November to 6th November 2015
By Dr Graham Manville, Director of Employability and Andrew Holdsworth, Careers Advisor for SSF, UEA
At the end of the last semester, NBS hosted its annual Employability Week in partnership with The Careers Service. The week long programme of events was a step change on an already successful 2014 Employability Week and featured more than 50 events and 50 employers many of whom were Times Top 100 Graduate Employers such as: IBM, BT, PWC, NHS and EY.
The employability events included CV building workshops, careers in accounting, starting your own business, working for a SME, generalist graduate trainee schemes and many more. The particularly exciting events were the evening events aimed at careers in specific discipline areas and they comprised of a one hour slot of 3-4 speakers talking about careers in their organisations followed by another hour to network with the employers over pizza and drinks. The employers supplied speakers from all levels of the business ranging from newly qualified graduates to Director level speakers. In total over 850 students attended the week long series of events and the feedback was very positive.
Some or our recent alumni who have recently joined blue chip organisations were grateful of the opportunity to give something back to their alma mater and our students were equally grateful of the opportunity to network with alumni who were in their shoes only a couple of years earlier.
Our event helps to build student confidence and awareness of the amazing career opportunities that our NBS students can embark on once they graduate.
For a flavour of our employability week, we compiled a 30 second photo montage to music of the week’s events which can be viewed here.
In addition to our employability week, we also ran a competition for our annual employability prize. This year it ran over a three week period and required students to submit an application, deliver a presentation, take part in a group exercise and finally to be interviewed by a panel of experts. The winning student was Toyosi Oni who received a cheque for £300 which was presented by our Head of School Professor Paul Dobson at our monthly team briefing session.
Left to Right: Professor Paul Dobson, Head of School, Winning Student, Toyosi Oni and Andrew Holdsworth from Careers Central.
Toyosi was delighted with her award and added “The NBS Employability Prize presented me with an incredible and practical opportunity to hone my employability skills through activities such as group exercises, online psychometric tests, interviews and giving a presentation. I am now more confident to apply for graduate jobs and kick start my career.”
The Careers Service within UEA also acts as a broker for Graduate Opportunities and provides an array of services such as CV workshops, psychometric tests and mock assessment centres.
At NBS UEA, we believe that preparing for employability begins in semester one, year one and not semester two, year three. Director of Employability Graham Manville was really pleased that our message was getting across and recommended that students should also “build their LinkedIn profiles to develop a wider network of business contacts as well as showcasing their skillsets to potential employers”.