How to prepare yourself for an entry level finance job

With NatWest RapidCash

It’s easy to form misconceptions of what office working is like, with finance spaces often being depicted as very formal and serious by popular culture. This can sometimes scare students who are looking to get into the industry after completing their education. 

However, the reality is that the world of finance is actually quite an exciting and diverse space. As a discipline, finance is constantly being driven forward by technological innovations, especially within fintech, and so while there will always be a demand for mathematicians and accountants, there’s also a huge demand for creative skills, marketing skills, and communication skills needed to help bring these innovative technologies to a business. 

What’s more, because of this eclectic blend of disciplines, it could be advantageous to be a people-person; naturally able to connect with others with different backgrounds and areas of expertise.

So, how do you prepare yourself now? Here’s our top tips.

1. Make a habit of reading about finance

If you’re familiar with the key concepts in the industry, and the latest updates being discussed in the news, then it may help you play a more active role in conversations that take place at work.

Even if you aren’t completely clued in on how exactly a new development will affect your business, if you at least have a broad understanding of the main concepts, it’ll become much easier to join the dots.

The best way to keep up with the industry is by reading financial newspapers and magazines such as The Financial Times and MoneyWeek. You can also read industry blogs and join forums to get insights into what your peers think and whether there’s any important developments you should be aware of. Other ways to keep yourself up to date is to attend industry-leading annual conferences and webinars. But if you’d like to learn about the basics of finance or do topic-specific courses, then enrolling into Chartered Institute courses would be the best way to get yourself started.

2. Interview technique

Read resources online around how you can be cool, calm and collected in a job interview. You owe it to yourself to develop the skills that allow all of the hard work and experience you’ve developed to be properly reflected during a job interview.

Some simple ways in which you can be effective include:

  • Posture – make sure you sit up straight, with your arms and hands on the table, slightly leaning towards the interviewer. This will indicate that you’re confident and interested in the conversation.
  • Vocal delivery – you need to communicate with clarity and sound confident. The best way to improve your voice is by speaking through your diaphragm, not your throat. 
  • Eye contact – this is extremely important as it will show that you’re confident, engaged in the conversation, and know what you’re talking about. 

3. Hard and soft skills

Chances are you would have already developed soft skills such as teamwork, communication, and social skills through your life and work experiences. Having these skills is essential for any job as they will help you build healthy office relationships and contribute to the greater business objectives. 

You may have also learnt some hard skills during your work placement. However, if you have no previous experience, there are tons of online courses on Udemy and LinkedIn Learning that teach financial skills such as data management, financial remodelling, data analysis, building reports, setting up balance sheets and much more. 

About NatWest RapidCash

We hope this article has been useful to you. We’re a SME finance provider, NatWest subsidiary, with years of experience in the financial space. Our digital lending product relies on open banking API integrations, so we’re a perfect example of a fintech finance firm that is powered by a mix of brilliant people with completely varied talents.

A fully funded scholarship for a second degree at the University of Cambridge.

The John Crook Scholarship at St John’s College offers to exceptional students, who are first generation in their families to go to University and have studied for their first degree at the University of Cumbria, the opportunity to further their studies at Cambridge University.

The John Crook Scholarship covers up to the full costs of studies for a second 2-year BA course at the University of Cambridge. Scholars take the most advanced parts of a Cambridge degree and qualify for a Cambridge BA (Hons) in two years’ study instead of the usual three. Following the completion of their first year of study, some Scholars may have the opportunity to opt into a one-year MPhil programme, if suitable, graduating after two years with an MPhil. All subjects are eligible apart from subjects related to Law or Theology. 

In order to be considered for the Scholarship, you have to apply for admission to St John’s College, Cambridge via UCAS. For admission in October 2022, the closing date for applications is 15thOctober 2021.

For more information please go to or send your enquiry to  

Meet your Careers and Employability Team

It’s the start of a new academic year, and as we welcome back our continuing students and say hello to our new first years, we thought we’d give you all a chance to meet the Careers and Employability Team!

As you may already know, we offer guidance and support to our students and graduates for all things careers related. You can talk to us about looking for part-time work, finding graduate opportunities, volunteering, brushing up on your interview skills, developing your CV and lots more. 

The best way to connect with us is through My Career Enriched – your careers hub at the University of Cumbria.

Sign in with your student email address here:

Now, let us introduce ourselves….

Joanne Watson, Careers Team Manager. 

‘My role is to work with our fantastic careers team to deliver high quality careers services to all students and recent graduates at UoC.  I particularly enjoy working with others to get new projects and initiatives off the ground to support students reach their career goals. I couldn’t have a better job!’

Jennie Garroway, Careers Adviser. 

‘My role is very varied, and I get to work with academics, employers and students. My favourite part of my job is being able to help students and graduates improve their employability, I particularly like conducting mock interviews, helping students realise their transferrable skills and to hopefully ease their nerves going into a recruitment process.’

Carolyn Benson, Careers and Employability Coordinator. 

‘I’ve been a careers and employability coordinator at the university for nearly six years now and love the fact that every week is different and brings something new. The best thing about my job is being able to meet and get to know so many interesting people.’

Naomi Pierce, Careers and Employability Coordinator. 

‘The part of my role I enjoy most is making sure that our students and graduates get to hear about all the exciting workshops, events and opportunities that we and employers can offer them. This involves developing lots of material for social media, and making sure that it looks engaging so that students want to get involved.’

We’re looking forwarding to working with you all this year, and remember to get in touch with us on if there’s anything that we can help you with!

The Cumbria Network is here

This week the Alumni Association were excited to launch the highly anticipated new platform, the Cumbria Network, the graduate hub for mentoring, networking and alumni news.

The Alumni Association is a global network of over 54,000 alumni (graduates). Our alumni are made up those who graduated post 2007 or those who attended one of our legacy intuitions, the colleges that joined together to form the University; Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Charlotte Mason College and St. Martin’s College.  The Alumni Association is here to support you after you graduate; you may leave Cumbria, but Cumbria never leaves you, you are part of the alumni community for life.

What is the Cumbria Network?

The Cumbria Network is an online platform for all alumni, whether just starting out in careers, wishing to give back to students and recent graduates, or simply wanting to keep up with the latest news and find friends, there is something for everyone.  

What to expect from the Cumbria Network: 

  • Mentoring – Use the algorithm to find a suitable mentor or adjust your settings and help others. Look out for structured mentoring programmes and opportunities to get more involved. 
  • Networking – Adjust the ‘willing to help’ settings to show support to others, or seek advice from fellow alumni in the same industry. 
  • Directory – To searchfor friends and connect with classmates for networking. 
  • Business Directory – List your business and seek the work of your fellow graduates
  • Groups – In depth discussion areas to help better connect with those who studied in the same institute, or on the same campus or course. 
  • News feed – Regular university and exclusive alumni updates, news, events, opportunities, discussions.  
  • Jobs board – Regularly updated university jobs and selected graduate opportunities. Users can post their own vacancies too. 
  • Events – Regularly updated, further study, CPD opportunities, open days, lectures, reunions etc. 
  • Photos – Chance to reminisce about student days, users can share albums and tag themselves classmates. 
  • Email digest – Regular email keeping users up to date with what is happening on the platform and news from the network and fellow alumni. 

Keeping you connected to Cumbria and each other

The Cumbria Network’s aim is to keep graduates connected to Cumbria and each other. As a group our alumni all have one main thing in common; they all completed a degree or course of study at the University of Cumbria, or one of our legacy institutions. However, their differences are where their strengths lie. They are individuals from all over the world; they studied at different campuses, on different courses in different year groups.  They work in different roles in different industries, and have many varied skills, talents and experiences. Together they are the University of Cumbria Network, a community.  The definition of a community is a collective of people who come together for the greater good, to help each other, to elevate those around them, a community is always stronger in numbers. 

The Cumbria Network’s strength and success is in all our hands. Together we can raise the profile of the University of Cumbria, inspire current students and recent graduates, network and lift each other up, further our careers and aspirations, make connections with old friends and new. 

Can current students join?

The next phase of the Cumbria Network launch is to open up to current students, starting with final year students as they begin to start seriously thinking about life after university and their careers. The Cumbria Network can be hugely beneficial, providing a searchable directory of alumni who are willing to help and are already working in roles that students aspire to.

Watch this space for further updates.

How to register

If you are a graduate of the University of Cumbria or any of our legacy institutions we would love to see you in the Cumbria Network, join your fellow alumni and register here.

Joanne Lusher

Alumni Relations Officer

Changes to inductions for early career teachers from September 2021

Changes to inductions for early career teachers from September 2021

You may have heard that government is making changes to teacher training this year. This week, we’re taking a look at what these changes mean for newly qualified teachers, and for those who are thinking about undertaking a PGCE. 

So, what’s changed?

The term early career teacher (ECT) replaces newly qualified teacher (NQT). 

There is now a two school year induction period that all qualified teachers must undertake in order to be employed as a teacher (there are some exceptions to this applicable to certain educational settings, which you can find out more about here). This two school year induction period is an increase from the previous one school year period. 

ECTs will now have a mentor during their induction period. The role of the mentor is to provide support and mentorship to the ECT. The mentor should hold qualified teacher status (QTS). 

ECTs will continue to receive a 10% timetable reduction in their first year of induction, in addition to a 5% timetable reduction in their second year of induction. 

ECTs will be assessed at two points in their induction. The first will occur midway through induction and the second at the end of the induction period. Regular progress reviews will also take place to monitor the progress of ECTs; these will occur in each term where no formal assessment period is scheduled. 

These changes will be supported by the Early Career Framework (ECF) as central element of ECT induction. The ECF core areas are as follows and will enable ECTs to develop key knowledge and skills, setting them for a successful teaching career:

  • behaviour management
  • pedagogy
  • curriculum
  • assessment
  • professional behaviours

Why have these changes been introduced?

Statutory induction for ECTs bridges initial teacher training and a career in teaching. Induction provides ECTS with “a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue, underpinned by the ECF, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards” (Department for Education, 2021).

The induction programme aims to support ECTs and provide them with important training to ensure they are able to demonstrate satisfactory performance against the Teacher’s Standards by the end of their induction period. Induction should be equip ECTs with the tools they need to be ‘an effective and successful teacher’ (Department for Education, 2021).

What standards do these changes relate to?

The Teachers’ Standards will be used to assess an ECT’s performance at the end of their induction period. The decision about whether an ECT’s performance against relevant standards is satisfactory by the end of the induction period should account for the context in which the ECT has been working. The decision must also be made based upon reasonable expectations of an ECT by the end of the induction period, again within the context of The Teacher’s Standards. 

The decision should reflect ‘the expectation that ECTs have effectively consolidated their initial teacher training (ITT) and demonstrated their ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards consistently over a sustained period in their practice. The ECF is not and should not be used as an assessment tool’ (Department for Education, 2021). 

Where can I read more about these standards?

What are the benefits to ECTS?

  • ECTs will have access to two full school years of support from a qualified and experienced mentor.
  • ECTS will be have access to high quality ECF materials that will enable them build a strong set of professional practice skills to use throughout their career. 
  • Formal assessments will be supported by regular progress reviews, giving ECTs chance to understand their progress, and reflect on their induction period journey. 
  • The changes to the ECT induction period will ensure that ECTs have consistent professional development opportunities and protected time to undertake these. 

Where can I find out more?

You can read more about the standards via the links above. You can also find out what schools, educational charities and other teachers are saying about these changes using the links below. 

The Early Career Framework reforms – something to get excited about:

What to Expect from NQT or ECT Years: Guidance & Tips:

The Early Career Framework: what you need to know:

ECT Framework and Induction Overview | September 2021 changes | NO LONGER NQT | All you need to know:

Don’t forget!

The Careers and Employability Team can help if you are thinking about applying for a PGCE, or are interested in teacher training. Get in touch with us via My Career Enriched, where you can ask us questions, book and appointment with an adviser, send us your CV or application for feedback, and search for opportunities. 


A guide to using My Career Enriched to search for jobs

Whether you’re looking for part time work to fit around your studies, a volunteering opportunity, or a graduate scheme to kickstart your career, it can be tricky to know where to start your job search. 

My Career Enriched, your free jobs and careers portal, is a great place to begin. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you search and apply for opportunities that are right for you. 

➡️ You can access My Career Enriched by visiting

Select ‘Student Login’: 

➡️ Once you sign in, you’ll arrive at your student dashboard

💭 Your dashboard can do lots of things. You can book onto events, access the Career Ahead award and much more. Spend some time exploring the dashboard so that you can make the most out of My Career Enriched.

➡️ For now, let’s look at searching for jobs. Click on the ‘Opportunities’ tile on your dashboard.

➡️ This will take you to the Opportunities area of My Career Enriched. If this is your first time using this area or you haven’t saved any opportunities, you’ll see a message telling you to search for some. Click on the ‘Search Opportunities’ button. 

➡️ You’ll then see a page listing all current available opportunities. As you see, there are lots to choose from, so it’s a good idea to use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to focus on the things you are interested in.

➡️ You can use the ‘quick search’ fields if you are looking for opportunities using keywords. For example, if you were interested in graphic design jobs you could enter ‘graphic design’ into the ‘text search’ field. Similarly, if you are interested in working for a specific organisation, you could enter the name of that company into the ‘organisation search’ field. 

➡️ You can also search using the ‘Opportunity Type’ fields. This is useful if you want to narrow down your search to a specific type of role. You can select more than one option here too. 

➡️ My Career Enriched allows you to concentrate your search on specific occupational areas. Depending on your interests and career goals, you can select from a range of industries including ‘Art and Design’, ‘IT’, ‘Law’, ‘Marketing’, ‘Sales’, ‘Teaching’ and more. Again, you can select as many of these search terms as you wish.

➡️ The final set of filters you’ll see are those which allow you to search for opportunities based on location, salary, and date posted or expiring. These filters can be useful if you only want to search jobs in in your local region (or perhaps further afield!), or if you have a salary range in mind. 

➡️ After you have selected the search terms you want to use, these will appear at the top of the filter bar. Note that you also have the opportunity to save this search by clicking on the star icon. The opportunities matching your search criteria will then be shown on the right-hand side of your page. 

➡️ You can then click on each opportunity to find out more about it. Here we have opened the ‘Analyst – September 2022’ opportunity and can see some information about the role: 

➡️ We can also see the ‘Apply now’ link to follow to submit an application, as well as lots of useful information including the application closing date, company name, occupational area, location, and type of opportunity. 

💭 Finally, don’t forget that you can sign up for weekly opportunities emails. Get details of all the latest vacancies straight to your inbox by clicking on the link shown below. This should appear at the top of your opportunity search page. 

What Is a Digital Nomad and How to Become One as a Graduate.

This week’s blog post is a guest entry from Wikijob. You can find out more about Wikijob here.

In our increasingly globalised world, career options for graduates are no longer restricted by location, and a growing number are choosing to live the life of a digital nomad.

But what does this actually mean, and what are the key steps involved in setting yourself up for success?

What Is a Digital Nomad?

A digital nomad is someone who decides not to settle in one place, but to continually travel whilst earning a living in whatever location they choose. Thanks to technology, they can apply their skills from anywhere with a stable internet connection.

Whilst many graduates are enjoying the benefits of working remotely, the digital nomad lifestyle takes this further.

It enables those with a sense of adventure to explore the world, meet new people, experience new cultures, and broaden their horizons, funding themselves through a remote source of income. 

Many professions lend themselves well to this career choice. Essentially, any role that can be completed remotely can be undertaken as a digital nomad, for example:

  • Freelance writing
  • Blogging
  • Social media management
  • Graphic design
  • Web and UX design
  • Online teaching
  • Virtual assistance
  • Illustration and print design 

Provided you have the right equipment, skills and experience, you can set up camp wherever you choose – for however long you choose – and seek work to cover your living costs.

You can also earn a passive income; that is, income that takes little to no effort on your part. Affiliate marketing on a blog is an example of this. 

What this lifestyle gives you as a graduate is the chance to find out more about the world as well as your values, interests and motivations before you make any permanent commitments.

Of course, though it sounds idyllic, the life of a digital nomad is not without its downsides, and it’s certainly not for everybody.

Before packing your bags, it’s important to consider the key skills you’ll need to survive, and whether you’re ready to take on the challenges of digital nomadism.

What Skills and Traits do Digital Nomads Need?

Alongside those relevant to your chosen field, you’ll need to demonstrate a range of soft skills to succeed as a digital nomad.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-motivation – In most cases, you’ll be responsible for finding your own work. You’ll also need to make sure that work is completed to the required standard, and that you hit your deadlines. When you’re travelling, it can be tempting to let your experience take precedence, so you’ll need to show a great deal of discipline to ensure a steady and sufficient income. 
  • Organisation – This doesn’t just apply to your workload, but also your lifestyle. Whilst you’re not location dependent, you are reliant on being able to work wherever you go. You’ll need to make well-researched travel plans that allow you to meet your professional commitments. 
  • Communication – When working remotely, communication is paramount, and you should be comfortable communicating via digital methods. You’ll need to keep all your clients well informed, and potentially take part in virtual interviews to secure work. Keep in mind time zones and cultural differences, since you could be working for someone anywhere in the world. 
  • Tenacity – Determination is key to success as a digital nomad. You’ll need to fully commit to the lifestyle and persevere when things don’t quite go to plan. You might find your work suddenly dries up, you land in a location you dislike or struggle to make friends. In any case, you need to expect the unexpected and carry on regardless. 
  • Budgeting – It’s an unpredictable way of life, so digital nomads need to live below their means and put money aside for a rainy day. One of the benefits is that you can live somewhere cheap for a while whilst earning a comparatively high income, but you need to make sure your savings pot can sustain you in the future.
  • Self-promotion – A key skill for every digital nomad is the ability to promote their services. The only exception to this is if you have a permanent position, and your boss is happy to let you combine work and travel. Most people however will need to continually market themselves to attract new revenue streams. 

Key Steps to Becoming a Digital Nomad as a Graduate

Whilst this career choice is an exciting one, it also requires comprehensive planning and preparation. Whilst there’s no definitive process to work by, here’s a few pointers to help you get started:

Decide on a Realistic Career Path

Start by exploring what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing and their potential for earning you a living.

You don’t have to decide on one area alone. It’s better if you can come up with multiple services matched to your skill set since it’ll give you increased earning potential.

For example, you may be an experienced coder, but do you also have the soft skills, like communication, patience and organisation, to teach those skills to others online? 

You should also decide at this point whether you want to work on a freelance basis or set up your own business.

They can both work equally well for digital nomads but the former is the more popular route since it allows a greater level of freedom.

Gain Industry Experience

It’s a competitive world out there, so you need to make sure you not only have the required skill set but also the experience to handle any work you take on.

Working for a company before you start out as a digital nomad allows you to prove your skills in practice, as well as giving you the chance to learn from more experienced professionals, develop core competencies and make valuable contacts.

Work placements, internships, volunteering opportunities – there’s plenty of scope for gaining industry experience without making a permanent commitment, and it’s well worth investing the time to do so.

Build a Portfolio

Whether you’re a writer, artist, social marketing expert or web designer, having a demonstrable portfolio of work will help you land more clients.

If you’ve yet to undertake any fee-paying work, create projects that demonstrate your skills. 

You can also use examples from university projects or any work completed as part of an internship, with the employer’s permission.

Your portfolio should be accessible online, or in a format easily sent and received by digital means. You should also update this with more recent work as your skills develop.

Use the Right Resources to Find Work

When it’s time to start working for yourself, make sure you look for opportunities through trusted sources.

There are plenty of freelancer sites out there like Upwork and RemoteOK where you can search through verified opportunities. You can also use traditional job sites like Indeed to look for remote postings. 

Don’t neglect your existing contacts either. Referrals are the best source of work for freelancers so reach out to people you know that may be interested in your services.

Even if they do not need them right now, they might know someone who does.

Research Working Visas, Tax and Insurance

Whilst you’re starting to build up a pipeline of work, spend your spare time looking into the technicalities of being a digital nomad.

Depending on where you intend to travel, you may need appropriate visas to be able to work in that country. You can find a comprehensive list of digital nomad visas and their conditions in the Ultimate Digital Nomad Visa Country Guide.

You’ll also need to research appropriate insurance and understand your tax obligations. The latter will depend entirely on the countries you intend to work from, as each has its own tax system in place.

To make sure you’re covered, seek professional advice before you commence with your travels and, if necessary, hire an accountant.

Join a Digital Nomad Community

Owing to the increasing popularity of this lifestyle choice, there are now various online communities for digital nomads.

Through these, you’ll be able to learn about the challenges first-hand, seek information and advice, and make valuable contacts. You may also pick up a few jobs if you’re active enough. 

This kind of support is invaluable when you’re out in the world by yourself and your digital nomad companions can often become a source of reassurance and support.


Once you’ve done your research and started to build up a portfolio of work, it’s time to start planning your adventure.

This is the exciting part but remember, life as a digital nomad is not an easy ride, and you need to be 100% sure you’re ready for the challenges ahead. 

There are no guarantees, and you’ll need to work hard to earn a living, but if you can make it happen you’ll benefit from a world of opportunity and experience.

Event spotlight: EmployAbility Bloomberg Launch Programme, 31st August – 10th September.

💡In this week’s blog post, we’re spotlighting the upcoming Bloomberg Launch Programme.💡

Bloomberg have partnered with EmployAbility to promote the Launch programme as an inclusive and supportive opportunity for you to gain insight into the application process at Bloomberg, and the working culture with this international financial tech company.

The programme is aimed at students who identify as having a disability. You do not need a formal diagnosis to benefit from EmployAbility’s support. Find out more here

Who are EmployAbility?

EmployAbility are an organisation dedicated to disrupting the biases in current recruitment processes and working environments that prevent many people from gaining employment and thriving in their chosen career. EmployAbility are clear that ‘Disability is the result of disabling environments’. 

As part of their work, EmployAbility partner with organisations committed to disability inclusion. The opportunities advertised by EmployAbility with partner companies are well worth exploring if you are looking to start a career with an organisation committed to making society fairer. 

Where can I find out more? 

🖱You can find more about the workshops, internships, and graduate schemes offered through EmployAbility here.

To learn more about the work that EmployAbility do and how you can get involved, click here.

📝Tell me more about the Bloomberg Launch programme. 


From the 31st of August until the 10th of September, with a 60 min or 90 min webinar each day at 14.00 London Time. You will be required to participate in all webinars. Applications close on the 20th of August 2021.


The Bloomberg Launch has been crafted to give candidates the outstanding and unique opportunity to boost their chances of securing a role with a global financial technology company such as Bloomberg. We know from experience that many candidates often possess the required skills to be successful at Bloomberg; but struggle to demonstrate those skills throughout our recruitment process. The programme is crafted to overcome this challenge and to give candidates the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed. The participants will receive a free license to complete the Bloomberg Market Concepts.

By taking BMC, participants will:

  •  Learn about the financial markets.
  •  Become familiar with over 100 Bloomberg terminal functions.
  •  Practice articulating this knowledge with over 160 interactive questions.

In addition to the BMC, participants will benefit from 8 hours of interactive webinars and workshops delivered by a range of Bloomberg Professionals.

By taking part in the interactive webinars; participants will:

  • Meet with specialists from Analytics & Global Data to discuss the concepts taught in the BMC and to embed a deep/solid understanding of the content.
  • Spend time with recruiters from HR to understand how to submit a successful application, including tips on how to build a strong resume and how to perform well in an interview
  • Meet with Bloomberg Communities to discover the rich and diverse company culture.

The Bloomberg Launch will run virtually from the 31st of August until the 10th of September and will have a 60 min or 90 min webinar each day at 2 pm London Time. You will be required to participate in all webinars. Applications close on the 20th of August 2021.

To be eligible for the Analytics and Sales programme you will need:

  •  The ability to start a full time role in 2021 or 2022
  •  Have graduated from all studies by 2022
  •  A proven interest in Finance and Technology
  •  Business fluency in English
  •  Business fluency in German, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese is a plus

To be eligible for the Global Data programme you will need:

  •  To be available to start a full time role in 2021 (in London, Frankfurt or Dubai)
  •  A strong passion for data, technology and finance
  •  Understanding of Python, VBA, R and/or SQL
  •  Business fluency in English
  •  Business fluency in another European language/Arabic/Turkish/Hebrew

The amount of spaces is limited, and we will be progressing only with selected applications. Upon successful completion of the programme participants will be guaranteed a first round phone interview for the most relevant Bloomberg department.

If you have any extenuating circumstances or require further information about the programme, please contact EmployAbility on +44 (0)7852 764 684 or email

💻Click here to apply

🖥You can also apply through My Career Enriched here.

Where can I access disability related careers information and support within the university?

The Careers and Employability service has lots of useful resources that can help with your career planning if you are living with a disability or health condition. 

➡️ Click to access our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages on MyCumbria. Click on the ‘Disability and health conditions’ tab. Here you’ll find links to useful websites, information on disclosing a disability to potential employers, reasonable adjustments and more. 

The Careers and employability team are also available for advice and guidance appointments if you’d like to have a chat with us about your career or job application plans. 

Get in touch with us via My Career Enriched:

✅ We hope you’ve found this week’s post useful, and make sure to get in touch with us if you apply to Bloomberg Launch. We’d love to hear how you get on!

Time to Celebrate: Graduate Outcomes Survey

🎉We’re top in the North West for the second year in a row! 🎉

Earlier this month, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) released the latest national results from the Graduate Outcomes Survey.

94.9% of the University of Cumbria’s graduates who responded to the survey confirmed that they were in employment or further study 15 months after completing their courses. That’s impressive!

It’s even more impressive considering that most of these graduates were starting their careers, looking for employment or further study opportunities during the pandemic. 

For the second year in a row, graduates of the University of Cumbria have achieved an employment / further study rate that is:

  • Higher than the national sector-wide average 
  • Higher than the comparable rates achieved by all of the other 11 non-specialist universities in the North West. 

These latest results of the Graduate Outcomes Survey show that University of Cumbria graduates are equipped to succeed in finding employment or progressing to further study, and that not even a global pandemic can stop them!💪💪💪

🚀Looking to boost YOUR graduate potential?

Don’t forget, the Careers and Employability Team are here to support you during your studies and for up to three years after graduation. You can:

Get in touch with us via the Student Enquiry Point:

And browse our resources on MyCumbria:

And finally…

📝🧑🏽‍🎓A reminder for the Class of 2020👩🏼‍🎓📝

If you’re a UoC Class of Summer 2020 graduate, look out for your chance to complete the Graduate Outcomes Survey this September. You’ll receive an email with a link to complete the survey securely online. 

You can find about more about completing the survey here.

All about internships

Internships can be a great way to gain some work experience in a specific industry or role and find out whether a particular job or career path is right for you. 

 They can also help you develop a whole range of skills to include on future job applications and your CV. 

An internship can last just a couple of weeks, or as long as a couple of months, depending on the employer and the sector you are working in. 

Successfully completing an internship can help you to: 

  • increase your workplace skills and knowledge.
  • improve your understanding of a particular job or industry.
  • expose you to other types of jobs that you may not previously have been aware of or considered as a career.
  • increase your understanding of how organisations operate and deal with challenges.
  • take advantage of networking opportunities.
  • show you other roles you may not have previously considered.
  • understanding whether the type of work your internship involves is really for you. 

It’s true that doing an internship might help to secure a job at the company you intern with. The ISE Annual Recruitment Survey 2018 found that employers rehired an average of 52% of their interns and 43% of their summer placement students.

If this is something that you’re interested in, it’s important to check the likelihood of this being possible before you apply for an internship. Find out more about standing out and impressing your employer during your internship here:

Additionally, during your internship you may also be able to:

  • Attend in-house training at the company.
  • Get subsidised travel to work or lunches.
  • Gain a referee who can write a reference for you as part of future job applications. This is usually a supervisor or mentor who you will work closely with during your internship.

Don’t forget…

It’s important to remember that you’ll be classed as working for an organisation if you have set hours, responsibilities, and tasks as part of your internship. These means that you should receive the National Minimum Wage during your internship. This guide to internships from Inspiring Interns has some useful information about being paid fairly for your internship.

Ready to start looking for an internship? Take a look at some of these sites. 

For arts and media opportunities, Creative Access is a great place to start:

Inspiring Interns has a whole range of opportunities available:

Prospects also advertise internships in a range of different industry areas:

For STEM internships (and placements), take a look at Gradcracker:

Internships at the University of Cumbria.

Paid internship opportunities within the university’s Research and Knowledge Exchange department are advertised on our current vacancies section of the website. 

If you are interested in signing up to hear about available internship opportunities, please, click here.

And finally…

Our MyCumbria pages have even more information on internships; take a look here or get in touch with us via My Career Enriched