Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Amazon

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Graduate Area Manager role @ Amazon:

Amazon is looking for ambitious and enthusiastic graduates to join the fast paced world of Logistics in European Operations as a Graduate Area Manager. This will be a permanent role from day one with structured onboarding and plenty of training and support.

An Area Manager is a manager with a bias for action. You will manage day-to-day operations in one of the segments from inbound to outbound (receiving, stowing, picking, packing, and shipping) and liaise with other departments to ensure a smooth flow of operations. Through your work, you will continuously improve the functionality and level of service that the Fulfilment centre provides to our customers.

In this role you will lead and develop a team of associates to their full potential, ensuring your team meets performance objectives in order to fulfill and exceed our customers’ expectations. You will learn to carry out a manager’s responsibilities in accordance with Amazon’s policies and procedures; ensuring that standards of discipline are maintained and infringements are handled appropriately.

Furthermore, you will be responsible for measuring, evaluating and improving the processes in the areas of Transportation, Supply Chain and Logistics, obtaining and reporting on key metrics data and driving production within your area.


You will be managing aspects of output in your area: people management, metrics, productivity targets, and process improvements. The extent of your duties will include:

  • Maintain health and safety standards within your area and promote a positive health and safety culture on site.
  • Lead, manage and mentor a large and diverse team of associates in a specified department within a very fast-paced and high-volume environment. Take responsibility for all HR related activities within the team, including Employee Relations and Time Recording activities.

The result is a learning environment that’s quite unlike any other. You’ll have the chance to work alongside experienced leaders, giving you a unique insight into our business and the skills you need to excel within it.

About you:

We want to hire the world’s brightest minds, and offer them an environment in which they can relentlessly improve the experience for our customers.

  • You will be able demonstrate strong leadership ability and excellent communications skills across all levels within a diverse culture.
  • You will be results driven with analytical capability, with the ability to innovate and simplify current process and practices.
  • You should have strong decision making skills, that use sound reasoning and when required use consultation to achieve consensus.
  • You will be willing to work to flexible schedules / shifts (including nights) and commit the time required to get the job done

Person requirements:

We are looking for forward-thinkers who take a continuously proactive approach and create a culture of creativity within the workplace.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Recently Obtained or be working towards your degree (2:1 and above)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Flexibility to move around the EU
  • The right to work in the UK
  • Evidence of leadership skills – perhaps you were president of a sporting or social club at university or took the lead in charity work or a group project
  • Highly developed analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience – a summer job, internship or full- time role; if it’s in an operations or customer-facing environment so much the better
  • The ability to speak and write another European language, particularly German, French, Italian or Spanish would be an advantage
  • The personal drive and enthusiasm that makes you stand out from the crowd!

If you are interested in this post, you can apply online at:

Closing date: 13/08/2015

Carlisle Business Interaction Centre (CBIC) – a great place to meet!

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Carlisle Business Interaction Centre

Did you know that the University of Cumbria has a Business Interaction Centre based at Paternoster Row, Carlisle, which plays host to courses such as ‘Applied computing’ and the part time ‘MBA’ programme. In addition it has several businesses that are based at the centre and a fantastic interaction zone where students and graduates can meet and share ideas.

There are monthly events at different times of the day, a recent evening session delivered by the Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED), who is also based at the CBIC, on ‘Developing an e-presence for local retailers’ received excellent feedback. Sessions like these are free and great to attend. By attending, not only will you be developing your knowledge but you will also have the opportunity to meet with local businesses, share ideas and will be able to raise your profile with potential employers.

Each Friday morning there is a networking session which is of particular interest to those involved in programming, coffee and Danish are usually part of these informal sessions, there is no need to book, you just need to turn up between 9:30 and 11:00.

If you would like a quick look around let me know, and don’t forget the ‘interaction zone’ which is great for student meetings or a quiet place to work on your assignments and of course you can access the high speed broadband. Contact James on 01228 888740 for details of forthcoming events.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator


Does your University degree have to match your career path?


Having a maths degree on your CV when applying for a fashion role might not seem like a match in heaven, but don’t be discouraged. Skills can be transferred from unlikely places, with past education and employment being invaluable in all professional experiences.

We recently spoke to three members of staff at fashion retailer bonprix about how their different career paths led them up to working in fashion. Offline Campaign Manager, Rosie; Project Manager, Lydia; and Marketing Services Manager, Paul discuss their experience.

How did you get into your current role and why?

Rosie – I had four years’ experience working in a couple of marketing roles. I was lucky enough to get a taste of both B2C and B2B companies’ communications. Through that experience I figured out exactly what my interests and strengths were and what type of environment I wanted to work in. This realisation led me to the role that I am in now and I couldn’t be happier.

Lydia – I was given the opportunity to work on a bonprix website migration project which then led to further opportunities focusing on specific project work. bonprix had a big project on the horizon which involved the migration of a warehouse and customer systems to the UK and I was asked to play the role as Business Change Manager on the project, which I accepted and thoroughly enjoyed.

Paul – My first role as a graduate was in a marketing department where I was coordinating direct mail campaigns.  I was identified as someone who had an eye for numbers so I was drafted into the analysis team and I’ve done this ever since.

What impact has your university studies had on your career?

Lydia – Firstly, I would not have been able to apply for my first job without having my degree. The course allowed me to gain some real work experience which was invaluable and lastly I developed some important skills while I was there which I use in my day to day job role: communication skills, presentation skills and influencing skills.

Paul – Rightly or wrongly, the opportunities I’ve had in my career aren’t really open to people without a degree, so it’s had a huge impact.

What kind of work experience did you undertake in the past?

Rosie – Before gaining full-time marketing positions after university I was lucky enough to have had jobs from the age of 16: waitressing, bar work, retail, promotions and stewarding.

Lydia – My placement year was spent at a nursery and baby company, and by the time I left I was a product expert for their full range of pushchairs and car seats. My work experience allowed me to put into practice some of my learnings but most importantly prepared me for the real world when I completed my degree.

Paul – From turning 16 I worked in supermarkets and pubs, which gave me a good work ethic and customer focus.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

Lydia – Don’t take a student loan if you can manage without one! It has to be paid back. Plan your time better and start coursework a lot earlier in order to stop that last minute panic. Fail to plan, plan to fail!

Paul – Don’t get stressed about things.  Look at your boss and if they’re not worried, you don’t have to be.

As bonprix’s team discusses, it’s not necessarily like-for-like experience that you will be judged on in interviews. Employers look for the willingness to learn and hardworking qualities that will really stand the test of time in a new role.

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Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Teach English in China




If you have just graduated, looking for gap year opportunities, want a break from studies and are seeking an adventure and opportunity to gain some valuable experience, we have 35 English teaching positions available for a late AUGUST, 2015 START.

We also have another 10 POSITIONS available at our partner schools in some other provinces, available to suitable applicants/candidates.

Position: Oral English teacher – Assisting students to practice their spoken English

Location: Wuhan (China’s 5th largest city) and surrounding cities

Time to start: LATE AUGUST, 2015 – Teachers are asked to arrive in Wuhan between August 25-27

We Provide our Teachers with:

  • Salary: 5500-6500RMB per month (The quoted salary in RMB is commensurate to the quoted salary in British pounds when considering the salary package as a whole which includes the provision of a modern 1-2 bedroom apartment, medical insurance, airfare reimbursement, Chinese language classes etc)
  • Work time: Monday to Friday (during the daytime)
  • Contract length: Late August 2015 to mid July, 2016 (teachers are more than welcome to resign with our school if they wish)
  •  Accident and Injury Medical Insurance provided
  • Modern fully furnished, fully self contained apartment provided
  • Airfare reimbursement provided
  • Provide a SAFEA authorized school employment contract BEFORE arrival,
  • School sponsored official invitation letter and working permit, so that you can obtain your CHINESE Z WORKING VISA before coming to China
  • We will express courier your Visa documentation to you
  • Provided with ALL legal living and working documentation for China
  • Offer you travel and visa advice
  • Provide full support throughout your entire stay in China
  • Full TRAINING provided to all teachers in China

You can view our website for past and present teacher testimonials, pictures and videos of apartments provided etc at

Additional Services and Benefits provided for our Teachers:

  • Sponsored – TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) Certificate Program Course and a 100 Hour Observed Teaching Practicum Certificate
  • FREE – Structured Chinese Language Course (with textbooks, CD’s and online learning classes provided) – With completion Certificate Provided

Teacher requirements:

  • Qualifications/Education: Bachelors Degree, TEFL Certificate (if you do not have one, we can sponsor and pay for a TEFL program for you)
  • NO Teaching Experience necessary
  • Age requirements: Age 20-35years old

Please send your resume and recent photo to the email addresses below and receive a DETAILED TEACHING OFFER outlining the specifics of your particular teaching position to:

Miss Ke, Foreign Director – Wuhan International Kindergarten


We will ensure a thoroughly challenging and rewarding experience awaits you in China!

Become a Cumbria Mentor and Enhance Your Employability


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What is the Cumbria Mentor Scheme?

The Cumbria Mentor Scheme gives new students a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into what the year ahead will be like from someone who has already been through their first year. The mentor’s job is to offer a friendly and supportive helping hand through the transtion into university life, providing a personal perspective on developing in this environment. The goal is to encourage an open setting where students feel free to explore their issues and raise questions.

Why become a Cumbria Mentor? The Benefits:

Training to be a Cumbria Mentor works to enhance your employability by developing your skills and experience. Skills such as leadership, communication, empathy, active listening, safeguarding, interpersonal skills and much more. One of the main skills the scheme can give you is helping you to gain much needed confidence through one-to-one student support.

Upon training as a Cumbria Mentor, you are encouraged to use the hours accumulated in the scheme toward completing the Career Ahead Award. This is a great way to evidence all you have achieved volunteering as a mentor, whilst also gaining an award that actively boosts your employability through targeted skills development and reflection. Both the scheme and award combined show prospective employers how you have gone above and beyond! To find out more about the employability award email the team at:

How do I become a Mentor?

Mentor training involves attending a half-day session. This session looks at: the role of a mentor, how to get started, mentor duties and responsibilities, benefits and skills gained as well as the different types of mentor. If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer mentor then please email the scheme leader with your student number, contact details and the course you are studying at:

Why is social media so important to your present and future career?


Whether you are currently seeking a job or you are already employed it is vital that you ensure that your social media is fully private and that you understand the distinction between personal and professional.

People are now inviting their clients, colleagues and professional contacts onto their social media, which was something that was rare in the past.

If you are looking for employment you should give off the right impression on social media if you choose to keep it open to everybody.

A recent study by Jobvite found that 90% of employers use LinkedIn as part of their initial search for new talent. This is hardly surprising considering that LinkedIn is a social site for professional use. The scariest statistic is that two thirds of the survey admitted to checking Facebook before hiring, whilst over half (54%) admitted to checking your tweets!

To make sure that you are on the safe side here’s the top five tips for staying professional online and cleaning up your digital footprint:

Maximise your privacy

If you are using Facebook for personal use make sure that you have your privacy setting on maximum. By clicking the ‘settings’ menu you can limit your seen data.

According to a study by The Safe Shop, 66% of social media users don’t have their privacy settings in use. This is quite a startling statistic and this can mean that anybody can use or see your personal information.

You can also limit your privacy on Twitter and Instagram but using an invite only method.

Think before you tweet, comment or post

Always think before you post! The worst thing you can do online is to use crude or offensive language. This will put a potential employer off straight away! Avoid any topics related to religion, politics or sexuality.

Twitter can be the most damaging as its aim is to be as open as possible.

Don’t discuss work

There is no point in running the risk when you talk about work online. It can be very easy for something to be taken out of context. There may even be a non-disclosure clause in your contract if you are employed, so be aware!

Join industry groups and interact

If you are professional using social media channels including Twitter and LinkedIn, feel free to interact with industry experts and show off your skills to recruiters or potential employers. This will maximise your chances of impressing and showing that you are willing to invest time in interacting with people in a similar field to you – this can also enhance your online credibility.

Keep separate profiles

It may be a wise idea to have two accounts, particularly on Twitter where you may want to maintain two types of personality. It can be a hassle to maintain multiple accounts but it stops the chance of unwanted posts being seen.

If you have old or unwanted social media profiles on Myspace and Bebo, delete them. There’s nothing worse than recruiters checking out what you were up to ten years ago when you were in your teens.

From the above points it can be seen that your dream job could be easily dashed by a single tweet or inappropriate post. Don’t ruin your chances of landing your dream job, or any job for that matter! Tidy up your social media and stay professional.

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Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Marketing Assistant


Marketing Assistant with Thomas Graham & Sons

Thomas Graham & Sons are the largest local independent steel stockholder and industrial suppliers in Cumbria & SW Scotland, well-established with over 100 years’ experience.

We are looking to recruit a talented, organised, enthusiastic individual, with a creative flair, who is pro-active and looking to further their career with a varied and broad marketing role:

  • Demonstrate effective preparation & planning for marketing activities including a full review of current strategies
  • Online copy/content writing
  • Managing the company social media sites
  • Implementing digital advertising campaigns and analysing performance
  • Develop content for online, print and press releases
  • Develop, manage and analyse direct mail & email campaigns
  • Review digital communication trends, competitive services & website performance indicators to measure success
  • Liaising with various teams and provision of copy/content for all other marketing collateral
  • Deal with adverts, direct mail, HTML and website
  • Manage the design process for sales collateral
  • Ad hoc marketing support where required

Reporting to our Retail & QA Manager, the successful applicant will ideally be educated to degree level in Marketing or have at least one year’s marketing experience in a business to business environment. Be able to demonstrate their ability to manage projects and work to tight deadlines. They will also have strong digital skills in email marketing, social media and copy, excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Knowledge of google analytics is desirable, but not essential. An attractive remuneration package is available for the successful candidate.

Got what it takes to be part of our team, apply in writing with your CV to: Rachael Johnston, HR Department or VIA EMAIL to     Closing Date 24th June 2015

Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd, Kingmoor Park East, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4SQ

Tel : 01228 525364