Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Assistant Curator


Glasgow International Glasgow International is a unique visual art festival taking place over three extraordinary weeks in April and May 2018 and it happens in over 60 venues. More than 200 artists will participate next year, which will be our 8th edition. Our purpose is to celebrate, showcase and enhance Glasgow’s position as a leading international city for contemporary art and promote the city, and its artistic community, at home, nationally and internationally, as one of the UK and Europe’s most important festivals of contemporary art.

The role of Assistant Curator is a new post for GI and offers recent graduates, and exclusively those who received a maintenance grant during their study, with an incredible opportunity to start their career within a fast-paced, small and dynamic team. Should you be successful in your application, you will become an integral member of the GI team for a whole year. This role has been designed to offer an exciting entry into a career in contemporary visual art and to open out career opportunities as part of the company’s approach to equalities, diversity and inclusion.

Assistant Curator (year-long fixed-term paid placement)

Closing date: Midday, Thursday 16th November 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 21st November 2017

Term: 1 year fixed term (December 2017 – December 2018)

Salary: £17,095 (35 hours per week based on living wage £8.45 per hour)

Find out more by reading the application pack here: 241025_GI Assistant Curator_Jerwood Placement_JOB PACK Final


Future Legal Mind Award 2018 Offers £5,000 Top Prize

The annual Future Legal Mind Award for undergraduate law students is now open for entries, offering UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.

The award, sponsored by National Accident Helpline, offers the country’s brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry.

Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said: “Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies. I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

Entrants are required to submit an original essay on a specific subject relevant to today’s legal profession.

This year’s Future Legal Mind essay question is:

“The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture.  What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?”

Essays must be a maximum of 1,300 words, excluding footnotes and a 100-word summary and need to be submitted by January 14th, 2018.

Other previous winners and shortlisted candidates also say the award has enhanced their career prospects and has been great thing to have on their CVs, including 2016 winner Tom Phillips, who said: “I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage. I would encourage all law students to enter the Future Legal Mind Award – it is a unique and valuable opportunity.”

Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind Award 2018, said: “At National Accident Helpline, we set standards for our solicitors, and we believe that it is crucial to attract the very best people to the legal sector. With that in mind, in 2014 we introduced the annual Future Legal Mind Essay Award, to bring recognition to young legal talent who share our passion for giving customers the best service. Our winner is awarded with a financial contribution towards their studies and work experience at one of our high quality legal firms. It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last three years’ awards has had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

You can read more about the award, and enter your essay, at:


5 Benefits an Internship Will Give You


To intern or not to intern? That is the question many soon-to-be or recent graduates keep asking themselves. With repeated media coverage suggesting that internships are exploitive, many may be tempted to skip the temping.

But when done right, internships are a hugely valuable experience for young career starters. Here’s why:

1. Money

Unless you’re working for a charity or doing a placement year as part of your degree, UK companies must pay interns at least the minimum wage. Ergo, interning through your university holidays will boost your CV and your bank account.

2. Experience

58% of employers say past work experience is the most important thing they look for when hiring graduates. Just 16% cared more about degree grades. Internships are a great way to start learning these key skills in related industries.

3. Contacts

Networking is super important for your career – some studies suggest up to 85% of employees are hired through contacts. Internships will introduce you to key people in your chosen industry and give you access to great references, invaluable mentors and helpful informational interviews.

4. Try Before You Buy

Sometimes, working the job you thought you wanted may reveal that it’s not actually right for you. But quitting several permanent roles in a short space of time will make you look like a job hopper – a characteristic 40% of hiring managers mark as the biggest obstacle for job-hunters.

Internships, however, are understood to be temporary placements. That means you can get a feel for whether an industry suits you before having to commit long-term.

5. A Full-Time Job

Graduate jobs are competitive. But almost three-quarters of students with paid internships under their belt receive a job offer before graduation.


Beth Leslie is a career and lifestyle writer. She is also the editor of the Inspiring Interns blog, which gives graduate careers advice to career starters.

How do I book an appointment?


Q: How do I book an appointment with the Careers & Employability Service?

A: First ask yourself – do I really need an appointment? We have a range of information and resources on our website and on Blackboard to help with things like CVs, personal statements, interview skills and finding work. We also have a page full of frequently asked questions which – you guessed it – answers the common queries we receive from students.

If you would still like to book an appointment, you will need to complete the questionnaire here: and a member of the team will get back to you. This is usually within 2 days, but may be up to 5 working days during busy periods.



Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Visit our website for more.

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Graduate Opportunities with Civil Service Fast Stream



Realise your potential in a place where talented people do brilliant things. The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies and deliver the public services that we all rely on. Our Fast Stream graduate programme develops people from all kinds of backgrounds, to be our leaders of the future.

We’re looking for visionaries. People with the imagination to see things not just as they are, but how they could be. Creative thinkers who can flex and adapt to a limitless range of situations. Innovative people who want to be challenged. Those with the intellect and the emotional intelligence to motivate and inspire. People who want to make a real difference to the world.

Whatever your talent, Fast Stream offers a dynamic career path, with a variety of opportunities in 15 schemes across the UK. Wherever you join us, you’ll thrive in a supportive environment, with excellent training, flexible working arrangements to ensure work/life balance and real responsibility from day one. Whoever you are, whatever your background, you’ll help to shape the decisions that touch everyone’s lives.

We’re changing along with British society, to reflect the communities we serve. In the Fast Stream, talented individuals living with a disability or health condition are supported during our assessment process, and throughout their Civil Service career.

In addition, we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you have a disability and meet the minimum qualifying criteria for your chosen scheme, you may choose to skip part of the first stage of the assessment process.

To learn more and apply, visit
Closing date: 26 October 2017.
Where will you lead?


Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact with your careers queries.22

Finding part-time work #JobShop Pop-ups

If you are looking for a part-time or seasonal job you can ‘pop’ along to our Job Shop Pop-ups, taking place over the 2 weeks of welcome week. Dates are:

Ambleside: Wednesday 20 September, 10.30am-12.30pm in the Barn

Brampton Road, Carlisle: Tuesday 26 September, 11.00am-1.00pml in The Works (refectory)

Lancaster: Tuesday 26 September, 11.30am-1.30pm in the Gateway building

Fusehill Street, Carlisle: Thursday 28 September, 11.00am-1.00pm in the Learning Gateway

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to one of the pop-ups, as we also have a handy guide that you can download HERE!


Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact with your careers queries.

Where’s Gary? Welcome Week 2017 Competition


Gary is the Careers and Employability  Service’s gorilla mascot, and he’s been on another trip around the world – can you identify which landmarks he visited this summer?

Follow Gary around the world as he visits famous landmarks for a chance to win a £40 book token!

How to enter: Gary visited five famous landmarks on his round-the-world trip – all you have to do is identify which landmarks Gary visited from the postcards he sent home. Simply complete the form below and click submit to enter the competition.

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This competition closes at midnight on Friday 29 September and is open to students at the University of Cumbria ONLY.  Terms and Conditions apply.