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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.

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Internship at Cranstons

 

Role Title: Intern – Marketing / Branding Designer
Business Name: Cranstons
Pay: £7.50 an hour.

35 hours per week for 10 weeks (Mid-June- first week in Sep)
Location: Based at Cranstons Head Office, Ullswater Road, Penrith

About Cranstons:

Cranstons Quality butchers was established in the Eden Valley village of Kirkoswald in 1914. The first shop at Kirkoswald opened in 1977 with a period of further expansion in the 1980’s with branches opening in Penrith, Carlisle, Brampton and Hexham. Cranstons currently operate four large local produce Food Halls and two traditional butchers’ shops. https://www.cranstons.net/

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Cranstons are looking for a student to undertake an internship working on brand development to help promote and expand, e.g. brand awareness, resources, stores image etc.

Other Useful Information:

There is the opportunity for the successful candidate to apply to the University of Cumbria’s Bright Futures fund for a travel bursary to help with travel expenses if required (£100 allowance available).

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Work with Cranstons marketing team to implement their new brand strategy.
• Create consistent branding across the business that is visual and creative.
• Apply Cranstons new brand concept to display cards, posters, counter displays, counter tickets etc.
• Provide support to roll out the company’s brand, including communication and engagement with internal stakeholders, store managers and key staff across the business.
• Cranstons has been working with Nicepond Creative (http://nicepond.com/) to develop a new brand concept which now needs to be applied to all the companies 6 shops point of sale

Personal Requirements:

• Knowledge of Adobe Creative desirable but not essential (training will be provided)
• Successful candidate will be working with external professionals along with staff from the company’s 6 retail outlets therefore good communications skills are required
• Would suit a student currently studying a creative discipline, e.g. marketing, brand development, graphic design, photography who is enthusiastic about the role.
• Ability to create and develop ideas.

For an initial informal discussion contact – Jane Silburn, email: janes@cranstons.net or telephone 07540 014519

To apply:

Send a CV and a covering letter to enterprise.services@cumbria.ac.uk.

Closing date: Thursday 31st May 2018
Interview date: Wednesday 6th June 2018

If you would like support with your CV and covering letter please e-mail careers@cumbria.ac.uk (please note that we offer a 5 working day service but will try to prioritize an upcoming application if you let us know the deadline).

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Unpaid Internships – Know the Facts

With competition for jobs fiercer than ever, the benefits of internships are hard to ignore. Not only do they provide students and graduates with vital skills, they can lead on to full time positions. It’s no wonder then that in the last ten years, unpaid internships have boomed with companies enticing prospective candidates with valuable experience but no money. But are these positions legal? Are they right for you? And how can you make the most of them? Here’s everything you need to know.

Know Your Rights

Under minimum wage legislation, unpaid internships are illegal. If the position requires you to attend for specific hours and complete designated tasks, you are working for that company and as such they must adhere to the National Minimum Wage (£5.90 per hour for 18-20 year olds, £7.38 for 21-24 year olds, and £7.83 for over 25s).

Back in February, business minister Andrew Griffiths admitted that more needs to be done, saying, “Employing unpaid interns as workers to avoid paying the National Minimum Wage is against the law and exploitative.’’

So if you are offered an unpaid internship, you can alert HMRC. You can either do this before you begin or once you’ve finished, claiming back the money you’re owed retrospectively.

There are some internships that are not obliged to pay National Minimum Wage but these are made clear on HMRC’s website.

Balancing the Benefits

In notoriously competitive industries like media and the performing arts, unpaid internships, though still illegal, can be hard to turn down. So if you are contemplating a position, ask yourself a few key questions.

Can they be flexible? Internships, by nature, should be looser than fixed term employment so it’s worth asking your company if you can work flexibly. The extra time may allow you to subsidise your internship by working another job on the side.

Will they pay expenses? The Sutton Trust social mobility charity recently calculated the price of doing an unpaid internship as more than £800 a month in Manchester and even more in London, so cutting costs in key. Ask your company if they can cover travel, accommodation or food expenses.

Will it lead to a full-time job? Read the job description thoroughly to check if a permanent position is tenable. Some companies will state the scope for progression but others can be vague. If there is no mention of potential future opportunities, there’s no harm in asking.

 

Do What’s Best for You

Remember, if a company is not paying you, you have no formal obligation to them. So if you feel you are not gaining the necessary skills, contacts and prospects, you are well within your rights to leave. Alternatively, you can ask to perform more challenging tasks, take on more responsibility or even shadow a more senior figure in the company. If you are not being paid, you have to make the internship work for you.

As Mr Griffiths said, ‘’No one should feel like they have to work for free to get the skills and experience they need to get ahead.’’ If you’re contemplating an unpaid internship, know the facts first.

This article was written by Ed Jones who writes for InspiringInterns.com.

A note from a Career Ahead Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Career Ahead Award offered at the University of Cumbria has been created for students to really think about the skills we have developed previously and what type of work we want to enter in to. It is there to make students think about their life after university. What job would you like to enter into and what do you need to do to achieve this? It has three tiers to it – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each one bounces off the previous and gives you an insight into the person you are and the things you have done in your life that have created transferable skills. Starting at Bronze, you just need to have a think about your skills in life and try your hand at some career planning, Silver is about creating a tailored CV for the job you wish to enter and Gold is you actually applying for this position! It is easily accessed through Blackboard and has tutorials guiding you though all three awards with the added benefit (which can be put on your CV!) of certificates to confirm completion of each. You can do this at any time and in any year, so give it a go!

Anna Mistry – Third Year English BA (Hons)

 

If you are interested in completing the Career Ahead award, you can find out more at http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/careerahead

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Kendal Calling Volunteers

The UK’s leading volunteers company, Festaff, has vacancies as part of it’s on site volunteer team at Kendal Calling 2018.

With over 30 events on their roster – including Bestival, Creamfields, BST Hyde Park, Love Supreme, Isle of Wight Festival and many more – music fans have the chance to experience top UK music events on a shoestring budget.

Volunteers are required to work 2 x 8-hour shifts in roles including wristbanders and stewards. All volunteers will be required to carry out an 8-hour shift on Thursday 26th – meaning half your volunteering hours are done before a note is struck on the Main Stage.

No experience is required just a happy outlook and a willingness to get stuck in and work as part of a team.

Perks…

  • No outlay of £150 for a ticket.
  • A meal per shift.
  • A secure staff campsite with facilities and hot showers.
  • Shifts allocated to allow you to enjoy the biggest acts of the weekend.
  • See how the event works from backstage.
  • Gain invaluable on-site experience at music festivals.
  • Volunteering looks great on your CV – email us for a reference post event.

Apply/Info: https://www.festaff.co.uk/festival-info/kendal-calling-2018

There is a refundable £15 Admin Fee per application.

Closing Date: Mon 16th July 2018

Required on Site: By 6pm on Wed 25th July 2018.

Required on  Site: Until 6pm on Sunday 29th July 2018.

No interview Required.

Website Address: www.festaff.co.uk

 

To declare or not to declare, that is the question

This month we’ve been focusing our social media campaigns on careers advice for students and graduates with a disability, health problem or specific learning difficulty.

One of the key difficulties is considering if and when you should declare your disability, health problem or specific learning difficulty in the job application process.

Change100 offer some useful advice on this in their ‘This is Your Future’ guide. We’ve included some information from this below. Get your copy here.

Change100 offer a paid internship scheme for students and graduates with any disability or long-term health condition, such as:

• physical impairments

• sensory impairments

• mental health conditions

• learning disabilities or difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD

• other long-term health conditions e.g. diabetes, MS

Find out more here.

Applications are currently closed but will open again in the next academic year for Summer 2019.

Friday’s Featured Opportunities: Content Online

Content Online Vacancies

Content Online represents leading scholarly and society publishers in the engineering, computing and technology related fields covering the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark & Estonia. We are growing quickly and working on a different way of doing things. There’s a huge amount to learn and participate in.

Customer Support Representative (Ref: 18/002)

We’re looking for a high flyer, someone who can contribute to a thriving sales team with great customer services & the ability to meet the needs of clients who need assistance. Carlisle based with UK and Scandinavian-wide travel throughout the territory.

Job Purpose:

  • Contribute to thriving sales team with great customer services and the ability to meet the needs of clients who need assistance.
  • Visit our portfolio of over 300 customers and carry out product training and other related support tasks in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.
  • Provides sales and customer service support to customers calling or emailing.
  • Become a product expert on several online databases and carry out training for our sales and support staff.
  • Create good relationships between Content Online Limited and its customers in the academic and commercial sector.
  • To actively promote our products and services to existing and prospective customers, including but not limited to the IEEE, SAE International, ACM, ASTM, ASCE and ASME Digital Libraries.
  • To work with our marketing function to create and distribute marketing materials.

Closing date: 27/04/2018

 

Digital Marketing Assistant

This isn’t just an assistant, it’s an opportunity to become a marketing genius. We’re looking to expand our marketing team at Warwick Mill Business Park. This role is full-time and to start immediately.

We’re looking for a Digital Marketing Assistant to join our team at Warwick Mill Business Park. This role is full-time and to start immediately. You’ll be taking ownership over a variety of exciting projects centred around customer data analysis, social media & email marketing. But the most important thing is you have an interest in digital marketing and the ability and desire to think analytically. You will have the freedom to drive continuous improvements in how we operate – we genuinely want you to drive improvements, not just take direction. We are a small and highly focused team; we all work together on a daily basis and support each other when our team members are away.

Key responsibilities:

  • Analyse and enrich customer data in order to improve accuracy of targeting for marketing campaigns.
  • Collect data from digital and real-world sources and analyse it to help inform decisions.
  • Assist in the planning and delivery of social media campaigns.
  • Help to develop our customer loyalty programme.
  • Creating, testing and iterating different content and collateral for campaigns.
  • Support event planning and participation.

 

Salesforce Implementation Specialist

We’re looking for a Salesforce Implementation Specialist to join our team at Warwick Mill Business Park. This role is a 12-month contract and to start immediately. Salesforce is very much at the heart of our future infrastructure and this role will be a vital in establishing efficient workflows between our Sales, Marketing and Finance team.

Experience and Qualifications

Salesforce implementation, administration and configuration expertise with experience in:

  • 3 years+ Salesforce.com experience.
  • Building and maintaining reports and dashboards.
  • Configuring standard and custom objects, workflow rules, validation rules, record types and page layouts.
  • Previous integration experience with Pardot.
  • Basic awareness of Apex/Visualforce pages.
  • Certification in Salesforce.com (Certified Admin).

Ideal Qualifications/Experience

  • The ideal candidate will possess a balance of business analysis and salesforce.com implementation and administration skills.
  • You will be a team player, work well with peers and effective communicator at all levels.

To apply for any of these posts, please send a CV with a covering letter to Michael Barber, via email at info@contentonline.co.uk. All posts close on 27 April 2018.

Reasons To Get Into Student Mentoring

 

Student mentoring can seem an unnecessary stress on top of a university workload. But rather than something that gets in the way of work, it can be something which goes hand in hand with it. Alongside the academic benefits, student mentoring can up your personal skills, boost confidence, and even help with post university employability. Read on for all the reasons to get into student mentoring.

Builds Your Own Confidence And Self Esteem

One of the best ways to feel more confident in yourself is through helping others. Not only will you realise that you’re more skilled and knowledgeable than you thought you were, but you’ll learn to use you knowledge in innovative ways. Plus, doing something nice for someone else always makes you feel better about yourself.

Develop Employability Skills

To name just a few skills: listening, rapport building, people skills, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and management are all massively boosted by student mentoring.

Makes You Feel More Involved With Your University

It’s easy whilst at uni to feel like a small fish in a big pond. But by connecting with your department and with other students, you’ll realise you’re an intrinsic part of a bigger picture.

Meet New People…

In spite of all the social events, university can sometimes feel lonely. Mentoring is a great way to meet new people – be it your mentees, or other mentors. And because you’re all studying the same course, conversation is easy and you’ll always have something to talk about!

…And Build Connections

You never know what will happen post uni, so securing positive relationships now is key. It’s always useful to put out favours that can potentially be recalled down the line.

Volunteering Looks Great For Future Employers

Student mentoring shows you to be a compassionate, driven and self-motivated person, which are all really appealing skills for future potential employers.

Enhances CV And Job Applications

Applying for jobs straight from university can be daunting, particularly if you have no experience in your field. Student mentoring is a great way to bulk out that aspect of your CV.

Good Use For Acquired Skills And Experience

Student mentoring can help you academically, too. It gives you an opportunity to test and stretch yourself, and try to put your newly acquired skills into practice.

Can Help You See New Ways To Work

Another way student mentoring can boost your academic prowess is by seeing how others work. Through close collaboration with another student, you may see new and useful ways of problem solving and producing work that you’d never have discovered on your own.

Helps You Stay Cognisant Of Your Own Development

By constantly reinvigorating your academic skills, student mentoring will help you see where you’re thriving and where you need to spend some extra time. It’s like practising at working, all while helping out someone else – win win!

 

Annie Walton Doyle writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in finding candidates their perfect internship. To browse our graduate jobs London listings, visit our website.