Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair 2018 – Exhibitors Announced!

The Futures Festival is a three-day event offering Institute of the Arts students the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, get involved in networking and meet potential employers.

Find out more here.


The Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair gives you the opportunity to speak with potential employers, network and find out about creative arts projects happening in our area.

Event Details
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Time: 11am to 2pm
Location: Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road campus

Alumni and students from all years are welcome to attend.
Please tell your friends!

Please see the full list of exhibitors already confirmed below (we are still taking bookings and will update you as they come in).

Want the most up-to-date information about our careers fair exhibitors? Book your FREE place at the fair here!



Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair Exhibitors

01900 62838
Adecco Workington/Carlisle work with clients all over Cumbria and the Scottish Borders, we deal with both Temporary and Permanent roles in both industrial and commercial.
Offering: graduate jobs and agency work.



Electric Theatre Workshop (Carlisle Fringe)
01387 271820
Electric Theatre Workshop is a creative collective that was set up in 2011 by a group of friends who wanted to work creatively with each other.
​Our Creative Industries training is one of our stand out programmes, and over 49 people have trained with us to develop their careers, placing us as one of the UK’s most consistent hot beds for talent development.
Our signature projects bring us much attention, including Big Burns Supper Festival which has become one of Scotland’s leading Festivals.
Offering: paid internships and volunteering opportunities.



Enterprise Rent A Car
Add an annual turnover of more than $20.9 billion to a rental and leasing fleet of over 1.9 million vehicles spread across some 9,600 locations worldwide and you get Enterprise Rent-A-Car – a business that’s grown into the largest car rental company in the world who won Target Jobs Graduate employer 2016.
Offering: graduate jobs, graduate schemes, trainee schemes and paid internships.



Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work we do with, and on behalf of, our members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.
Offering: trade union membership and tips for a career in the creative sectors.

Graduate Talent Pool

Graduate Talent Pool enables graduates from any discipline to find paid internships in any sector through a simple and easy to use website. We also provide free and impartial advice on graduate internships to any who need it.
Offering: graduate schemes and paid internships.

01931 711 300
We are Inspira, a leading career management and personal development organisation operating in the North West of England. Our mission is to empower young people and adults with the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential in life and work.
Offering: training courses, paid internships and work experience opportunities.



Lakes Alive


Lakes Alive is an arts festival that celebrates landscape, people and place, showcasing and creating world class work for both the outdoors and site specific locations. 7-9th September 2018, Kendal and surrounding areas.

Offering: volunteering opportunities, work experience opportunities and tips for a career in the creative sectors.

Link Recruitment
01228 550181
We at Link Recruitment are proud to work in an industry that transforms lives! We are here to help you find the job that meets your needs whether that’s about finding a new challenge or flexible working hours to fit around your course.
Offering: agency work.



Signal Film and Media

01229 838592

Signal Film & Media is an award-winning charity providing opportunities in film and digital media

Offering: funding opportunities, volunteering opportunities, work experience opportunities, tips for a career in the creative sectors and further training and development.

Theatre by the Lake
017687 72282
Theatre by the Lake is a producing theatre, presenting up to nine of our own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year. Six plays are performed in repertory from May to November by a resident company of up to 14 actors. We aim for the highest standards of production and design and many Theatre by the Lake productions have won multi-star reviews from national and local critics. The theatre hosts a variety of festivals and visiting companies and is open for 52 weeks each year.
Offering: graduate jobs, trainee schemes, work shadowing opportunities and work experience opportunities.



The Mill
The Mill is a visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries. We partner with the world’s best agencies, ground-breaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands.
With over 27 years of insight, we pride ourselves on forming partnerships built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies.
Offering: graduate jobs, paid internships and tips for a career in the creative sectors.




Ubisoft is 10,000 creative minds spanning 6 continents. With around 85% of its staff devoted to game development, Ubisoft has the 2nd largest in-house creative team in the world. The company’s 27 different creative studios work hand-in-hand each day to deliver rich and innovative gaming experiences that reflect the creativity and diversity of their teams. This cross-studio collaboration model means every team member has the opportunity to participate in challenging projects based on brands including Assassin’s Creed®, For Honor® Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Rabbids®, Rayman®, Watch Dogs®, Far Cry®, The Crew®, Just Dance® and more. With an expansive global distribution network, Ubisoft is also a company that stays in close contact with its local fans.
Offering: CV and portfolio reviews on the day of the fair, graduate jobs, graduate schemes and tips for a career in the creative sectors.

UoC Careers and Employability Service

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most

of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. Support is available with: discussing your career options, job search skills, further study options, CVs and applications, interview skills, part-time jobs and placements, graduate jobs, gab year planning and more!

Offering: Careers information, advice and guidance.

UoC Student Enterprise and Placement Support

01228 616201

Helping students, potential students and graduates develop their careers is a crucial part of the Enterprise and Business Development team’s work. Get advice on entrepreneurship and starting or developing your own business. You can also find out more about out paid placements scheme for undergraduate students.

Offering: Student Enterprise support and paid placements.

UoC Students Union (volunteering)
01524 590810
Would you like to make new friends, have fun or do something that benefits others or the environment? Maybe you’d like to apply the learning from your course or build your skills and enhance your professional profile?  Volunteering can help you do all this and more! We run regular volunteering project days, can support you to create your own volunteer project and offer you the chance to apply for opportunities through our website. UCSU is a student-led charity, representing the views and interests of students.
Offering: volunteering opportunities.



UoC UK Recruitment Team

0333 220 4521

Find out more about our range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, designed to help you take your career to the next level.

Offering: undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and CPD courses.

Careers and Employability Service



Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Student Mentoring Scheme

The UK Recruitment team are currently looking for confident, enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed students, who are interested in enhancing their CV, having the opportunity to participate in training and development activities and experience the satisfaction of helping young people to develop and achieve their goals, whilst being paid for doing so.

Student Mentors are University of Cumbria students who mentor learners in secondary schools in Cumbria and North Lancashire at a key stage in their educational journey.

We are looking to recruit Student Mentors for the academic year 2017/18.  They would be required to attend all five sessions in their allocated school plus a campus visit – with the approximate dates as follows:

Option 1 week beginning 26 February; option 2 week beginning 23 April.

The deadline for applications is 22 January 2018.

Any student interested in applying can do so HERE, and for more information email

Paid Placements: Eco Innovation Internships

Paid internships with local businesses

The Enterprise & Business Development team at the University of Cumbria are running two business support programmes that are recruiting students to work with local businesses on innovation research projects.


  • We are recruiting for short term internships – 20 days (140 hrs) maximum
  • You will be paid @ £7.90/hr

The type of project will depend on the individual businesses and will give you the opportunity to focus on a new idea or particular issue that a company has. You will be supported by an academic and someone in the business.


  • Get paid for conducting a research based project with business
  • Link it to your dissertation
  • Apply your learning and demonstrate your creativity
  • Gain insights into business challenges and how to respond
  • Enhance your business skills working alongside and learning from colleagues in the workplace
  • Further develop your employability skills such as communication, team working and organisational skills in the workplace
  • Develop your network and get connected by collaborating with local businesses

How to apply

Current Opportunities: 

Undergraduate Internship with Modular Build Solutions (MBS) – closes midnight, Monday 15 January 2018. Download the MBS Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Undergraduate Internship with Twoey Educational Resources – closes midnight, Friday 26 January 2018. Download the Twoey Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Lidl Graduate Schemes

Bring Your Best. We’ll Do The Rest.

Lidl offers a range of graduate schemes in areas such as management and buying. Open to students/graduates from all degree subjects and with starting salaries of £36,000, these programmes offer intensive training and quick progression.

Find out more here.

Deadline – 9 February 2018

Would you like support with you application? Contact


Careers and Employability Service

Graduate Schemes – Apply now for September 2018

One for our final year undergraduate and postgraduate students:

As we wind down for the winter holidays it can be tempting to switch off for the next few weeks. It is of course important to take a well earned rest (yes, even if you have January deadlines!) and enjoy the holidays. However, we would suggest taking a bit of time to consider your next steps.


Why do I have to think about this now?

One of the opportunities open to you now are graduate schemes that start in September 2018. Many of these schemes have deadlines in January 2018. So if you don’t take some time to look at what is available now, you won’t be able to apply until next year.


What is a graduate scheme?

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme ran by an employer to develop future leaders of their organisation.

These graduate schemes, which usually last between one and two years, are often available in a number of specialisms – or streams as they’re known – ranging from finance, retail, HR and marketing, to management and law.

As a trainee, you’ll benefit from being handed responsibility from the outset, an opportunity to gain real hands-on experience and develop a broad understanding of your chosen profession, as well as support in building key skills.

The information in this section is from the Prospects website. Find out more here.


What’s the average graduate salary for my degree?

The current average graduate salary in the UK is around £23,000, but they vary a lot. Click on this link to find out more.


Are there any schemes relevant to my degree course?

Many graduate schemes are open to application by graduates of any degree discipline and are a great opportunity to spend time developing a range of transferable skills.

Some schemes are focused at specific course areas; we suggest checking the entry criteria before you apply.

Please see the list of opportunities below (click on the links to find out more).


Creative Arts Opportunities

Publishing Editor

Ford Design Graduate Scheme

Fundraising Training Programme

Graduate Digital Consultant – Graphic Web/UX Designer

Ubisoft Graduate Scheme


Communications and Marketing Opportunities

Journalism Programme

Communications Consultant Trainee

Graduate Trainee (Communications and Marketing)

Ford Marketing and Sales Scheme



Teach First Leadership Development Programme

Assistant Director



Intelligence Officer Development Programme – MI5

PC Graduate Scheme

Unlocked (Prison Officer) Graduate Programme


Leadership, Management and Business

Commercial Graduate Scheme 2018

Ford Graduate Opportunities

Business Operations Management Graduate Programme

Graduate programme for aspiring leaders


Search for more graduate schemes on the Prospects website –

Or on our UoC Jobshop –


Graduate Scheme Deadlines – 2018

You can find an extensive list of graduate schemes and their application deadlines here.

There are over 300 graduate schemes listed at the link above, many of which take on multiple graduates. Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities!


If you would like support with your applications please contact

Please be aware that we are closed for the winter break from 5pm Friday 22 December to 9am Tuesday 2 January.

Careers and Employability Service


Top 8 Tips for Disclosing a Disability from #Change100










1. Disclose because you want to. You’re under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.

2. Disclose because it’s beneficial to you! Ask yourself, if I don’t disclose, and don’t ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance? Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.

3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.

4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.

5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any barriers your disability may present. Employers care more about this than what those barriers are. (If you don’t know what reasonable adjustments you need at work, Change100 will help you find out!)

6. Avoid complicated medical terminology. Employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.

7. Get experience! Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need. (At Change100, we’ll provide you with this paid experience at a prestigious UK employer!)

8. Talk to your careers team about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you. Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to? Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.

Got questions and want to learn more? There are online workshops on 12 December and 17 January. To learn more about employer perspectives of disability disclosure, have your questions answered and to learn more about Change100 internships, visit or click here to sign up!

Friday Featured Opportunity – O2 Graduate Schemes

Our Graduate development  offers you more…

We don’t just train our graduates to get to know our business. We inspire them to love it. Starting by offering you much more than you’d expect from a graduate programme. More chances to be flexible, to take your career path in the direction you want. More chances to get connected, not just with your fellow graduates but with the movers and shakers within our business. More chances to shape and deliver our services, for today and, crucially, for tomorrow. And more perks than you can shake a big stick at!

O2 (Telefonica) is recruiting now for the 2018 Graduate Intake. The deadline for applications is the 08.01.2018.


Our Graduate Schemes:

  • O2 Graduate Scheme – General Leadership
  • O2 Graduate Scheme – Technology
  • O2 Graduate Scheme – Finance

Find out more here.


Would you like feedback on your application before you send it to O2? Email