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About UoC Careers Team

We are the careers team at the University of Cumbria. This is our blog! Please follow us to read about improving your employability, job vacancies and volunteering opportunities, CV and application advice, as well as news stories and guest posts related to careers.

Teaching, Education and Early Years Careers

Interested in a career in education?


Come along to the Education Employer Fair today at the University of Cumbria Fusehill Street Campus!

11am to 1pm – Learning Gateway

At this event you can meet a variety of employers from the education sector. Find out more about the opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Contracts include short- and long-term supply as well as permanent, full-time vacancies.

Employers include local and national employers who are actively recruiting for NQTs into their first teaching roles, as well as union reps and overseas teaching opportunities. Employers will be recruiting for short- and long-term supply vacancies as well as permanent, full-time posts.

The fair is focused at final year education, teaching and early years students, however, we also encourage students in other years and on other courses to come along if you are interested in working in education.


Employer Fair Exhibitors:


Education Careers Resources

We have a great suite of education careers resources available about applications, CVs, job searching, what to expect in your NQT induction year and the pros and cons of supply work. Find all these resources here.


Career options with your Education degree

At 12.30pm today there will be a talk on ‘Alternatives to Teaching’ in LG003. This talk focuses on the other options education graduates have for their career.

Did you know that there are a wide range of options for education graduates? The first that comes to mind for those with QTS is teaching, however, there are also a range of other career options that are available to you.

Check out our post on alternative careers 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.


We hope to see you at the fair later today!

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Chunky Wombat Media

Chunky Wombat Media are a small team who’ve all graduated from the University of Cumbria in the last three years. We launched our studio last October and are getting busier and busier every week.

Find out all about Chunky Wombat and the services they offer here: 

One element missing at the moment is a more dedicated web developer to partner up with our resident designer. To help find someone, we’ve put together a job listing on our website here:


UoC Graduate Destinations – Ross Murray: Senior Radiation Protection Technician at ESRF

Ross graduated in March 2017 from the BSc (Hons) Radiation Protection course. We spoke to him about his new job as a Senior Radiation Protection Technician at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France.


Ross Murray – Senior Radiation Protection Technician

Where are you from originally?

West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland


What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

My good friend, former colleague and course-lead Mr Alan Marsh convinced me of the benefits of joining the course in 2012.


Which course did you do at Cumbria?

FdSc Radiation Protection and BSc (Hons) Radiation Protection (Top-up)


Why did you choose your particular course?

Work related and the need to obtain a recognised degree level qualification for possible advancement and full-time employment.


What did you like most about your course?

Learning more about my chosen profession. Meeting new people making friends and finding out more about myself along the way.


Tell me about your career so far; what work experience do you have?

I have worked all over the United Kingdom for 12 years previously as a contractor on both operational and decommissioning nuclear power stations. Have also had a brief stint on Oil and Gas and some land reclamation work.


Did you work while you were studying?

Yes worked throughout all of my study. This helped me to fund the course. It also provided me with the relevant academic qualification required to apply for my new job.


What is your current job title?

Senior Radiation Protection Technician


Who is your employer?

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). Grenoble, France


What does your role involve?

Providing safety and radiological advice and assistance to all scientific users, scientists and visitors who come to the facility or work here full-time. Carry out all regulatory radiation checks in and around the facility to ensure everyone who works here is not exposed to ionizing radiation. Checking of all samples which are radioactive being used for experiments and provide training to staff who work here.


How did you find out about your new job role?

I found out by looking on the website and then done some further research through the internet. I also have a lifelong friend who works in a facility next to my place of work so I asked him for his experience and advice on the job and life in France.


Have you always wanted to work in a job like this one?

Since I started contracting in the nuclear industry in the UK I was looking for full-time employment with good career prospects. Doing the degree made me aware of the many other type of facilities and places of work that I could apply my experience and learning in. Science seemed a good place to move towards and I always wanted to see if there were opportunities abroad as I am single with no children, so at 35 was now or never really.


What was the application process for your job like?

Was pretty straightforward as the official language of the facility is English. However the interview was quite intense technically.


How did you prepare for your interview? Any tips for others?

I did the usual, looking on the website of the company and gathering information, and used my course notes to make sure I was well prepared technically. Advice I would give is clearly understand what your job/role will be within the company and focus on the relevant aspects of your study which will be applicable to your daily job as most likely you will be asked specific questions relating to your job in the interview process.


What was the interview process like?

I had two separate interviews one from the Human Resources department about me as a person; what I felt I could offer the company and how I would settle into the life in France and the multi-cultural environment in the work place. They also asked me what I thought my weaknesses were and, if they were to ask colleagues my weak points, what I thought they would say. The second was from my immediate boss and the department head that was very technically challenging as they wanted to test the depth of my knowledge and understanding of what my job would be here and they also gave me a written test which we then discussed in great detail.


Were there any surprises/anything you didn’t expect?

The written test took me by surprise as everything seemed typically French and quite laid back interview wise until they sprung the test on me. Having two men who are worldwide respected in the field of synchrotron radiation and my future bosses grilling you across the table can be quite nerve-racking.


If you had to say one thing to someone aiming to get a job like yours what would it be?

Work hard build experience as you go and don’t let a few knock-backs deter you from achieving your chosen goal.


Thank you Ross!

Kathryn Jones – Careers and Employability Coordinator


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University of Cumbria Job Shop

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Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Enterprise Rent-a-Car: Graduate Employer of the Year 2016


Not secured a Graduate Job yet?

How about working for the the Graduate Employer of the Year 2016?

Enterprise Rent-A-Car offer a Graduate Management Trainee Programme Scheme and currently have vacancies across Cumbria with an immediate start.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car started in the US in 1957 as a small, family run business with 7 vehicles, and now have a turnover of over $19.4 billion, over a million vehicles on fleet, and employ more than 90,000 people across the UK, Ireland, Germany, USA, Canada, France and Spain.

Where can you go? 

On the Enterprise Graduate Management Trainee Programme, you will join one of our branches and learn all the business necessary to run it as your own business. This gives you the chance to experience all areas, from sales and marketing to customer service and finance.  At Enterprise, 100% of our promotions are from within, so our Graduate Trainee Programme is the fast track into a diverse management career.  In as little as two years you could be running your own business, recruiting your own teams, and earning your share of the profits!

What makes the perfect Management Trainee?

At Enterprise you’ll need to be comfortable balancing business-minded entrepreneurialism with the empathy and care needed to understand and meet each and every customer’s requirements. If you are motivated by identifying and engaging with customers’ needs and can deliver new and creative approaches to attracting new business, then this is the business for you.

Along with an aptitude for sales, team work and ability to deliver excellent customer service, our team show genuine appreciation for the hard work of others. There’s nothing we love more than someone who can motivate the people around them while gaining the loyalty and support of a team through an inclusive and inspirational style of leadership.

Ask yourselves – do I have a “yes” mentality? Am I driven by the desire to achieve results? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then a graduate career with Enterprise beckons.

A few key traits and skills they look for….

  • Current and valid UK/EU driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record                                                                                                                                            
  • Aged 21 years or over (for insurance purposes)
  • Legally eligible to work in the UK 
  • Basic IT skills
  • Experience with customers and working in a face-to-face customer environment
  • Sales orientated: knowledge of sales techniques
  • Good work ethic and ability to work independently and as a team
  • Great communication skills and ability to adapt communication style
  •  Leadership skills and ability to manage a project or team
  • Problem solving and initiative driven

 £21000 first year OTE

 Send your CV NOW to to fast track your application…

Beth Talent Acquisition Specialist North East and Cumbria

Unit 1A Seacroft Industrial Estate Coal Road Leeds LS14 2AQ

  • 07436 790186 mobile

  • 0113 301 8900 telephone

  • 0113 301 2355 fax



Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Marketing role at Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

Looking to develop your career in marketing?

Whether you’re a new graduate (or equivalent) just starting out, or you’ve more experience already, this is a tremendous opportunity to be part of a vibrant, professional marketing team – probably the most experienced and highly qualified in the county, led by two Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Based at the heart of the Cumbria business community, the role encompasses campaign development and implementation, events, social media, research, production of collateral and more.

You’ll be working across a range of activities, both B2B and B2C, with brands including Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Cumbria Business Growth Hub and Made in Cumbria. Your role will include engagement with a range of partners and stakeholders locally, regionally and nationally.

In relation to the Chamber this will be focussed on business membership, member services, networking, events and training & development solutions, targeting businesses of all sizes throughout the county.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub is about engaging Cumbria’s businesses and potential start-ups in support for growth and competitiveness. And Made in Cumbria promotes Cumbria’s fantastic food & drink and arts & craft products to consumers and businesses – locally, nationally and internationally

We’re looking for someone with the right attitude and potential – and are happy to consider training and development for the right candidate.

The starting salary package is flexible depending on experience and we see this as an opportunity to develop and grow within the business.

Please apply by 9am on Tuesday 27th June to

For further details and to access the job description and application form, click here.



Finding Your Graduate Destination, Part three – I know exactly where I’m headed!

About to graduate? Where are you in your career planning? Are you walking into a job, have no idea what you’ll be doing or are you somewhere in between? In this mini blog series, we will look at the support available to you at each stage.


We all progress through our careers at different rates, making our own choices about what is important to us and what is not. This is how it should be as we are all individuals with different goals. No matter where you are in your career journey your Careers and Employability Service can help you take your next steps.


One useful tool that offers support is 50 Ways to Get a Job That Makes Good. This allows you to either focus on where you are right now in your career or to work through 50 useful steps to help you advance your career.



Part three – I know exactly where I’m headed!

Have you already taken the first step into your career by securing a job, starting your own business or gaining a place on a postgraduate course? Congratulations! Many would say that you are lucky, however, I prefer to think that people make their own luck by making the most out of every opportunity. A great book about this is Luck is no accident : making the most of happenstance in your life and career by John D. Krumboltz; available in the university library.

Your next step, whatever it may be, is an opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and experience. Whether this is adding to existing experience or trying something new. Many people say that after graduation is when the real work begins; do you know what to expect? One useful guide is Brilliant workplace skills for students & graduates: how to hit the ground running from your first day on the job by Bill Kirton.


You can also find a range of useful online resources:

If you would like support with how to get the most out of your new job please contact You can also access careers advice and support for up to three years after graduation. Find out more here.

If you are setting up a business consider accessing some free advice and support from our Student Enterprise Service. Email for more information.



University of Cumbria Job Shop

Employers regularly contact us with vacancies that they want to advertise to University of Cumbria students and graduates. It only takes a few minutes to sign up then you can search for vacancies and set up e-mail alerts for jobs in your area of interest. Join the Job Shop!



See part one, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing next – help!’.

See part two, ‘I’m getting there, I just have a few questions…’.


Good luck with your next steps!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Graduation Ceremony Work


Graduation Ceremony work

Ede & Ravenscroft are looking for ceremony workers at upcoming ceremonies on the 18th, 19th and 20th July. The work is customer facing, and duties will include:

  • Meeting/greeting customers
  • Queue Management
  • Dressing Graduates
  • Advising on photography packages
  • Some cash handling may be involved

If you are positive, reliable and would relish the opportunity to work as part of a team in this exciting fast paced environment, please contact:

01223 205 636 or

Due to the length of the ceremony this may not be appropriate for those on an international working visa with restricted weekly allowances.

Pay is £72 – £81 per day plus overtime.