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Friday Featured Opportunity – Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme Graduate Interns

The University of Cumbria is currently recruiting for three graduate interns to work on the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme. This is a full time role for 12 months and the interns will be based at one of three locations: Carlisle, Energus (Workington) and Barrow-in-Furness.

Can you:
  • Work alongside area officers to deliver educational initiatives in schools and colleges within Cumbria; as well as with community groups, in order to raise aspirations and achievement and support progression to Higher Education
  • Work impartially and effectively to build good relationships with a range of partners both internally and externally, including schools, colleges, employers, communities and universities?
  • Work with other colleagues to reach operation targets and goals
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the WP agenda for under-represented groups in higher education?
We are looking to recruit three motivated graduate interns to develop and deliver an agreed programme of outreach activity within their area for the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme (CCOP). This is part of HEFCE’s (Higher Education Funding Council for England’s) national initiative to ensure Government targets to double the number of young people from WP backgrounds in Higher Education by 2020 are met. You will report to the CCOP area officers under the guidance of the CCOP manager.
The University of Cumbria is the lead institution for CCOP – the Cumbria consortium, which includes partners ranging from higher education institutions, further education colleges and employers operating within Cumbria.
One post will be based within the University of Cumbria but will work for the consortium and report to the CCOP Manager. The programme aims to work in identified target wards with specific young people in three key areas of Cumbria to provide sustained, progressive and intensive outreach in order to broaden aspirations and ultimately increase progression to higher education.
There will be three posts, one for each area, to support the co-ordinating of the programme– Barrow in Furness, Workington and Carlisle.

These posts are fixed term for 12 months.

Informal enquiries: Lisa Martin at
Closing date: Tuesday 29 August 2017 (midnight)
Interview date: Tuesday 05 September 2017, Furness College, Barrow in Furness
     Wednesday 06 September 2017, Energus, Workington
      Thursday 07 September 2017, Fusehill Street Campus, Carlisle
Reference: 83058
Starting Salary:  £15,379


Find out more and how to apply here.

Graduate Destinations – Lauren Mines, Graphic Designer

Today we’ve been speaking with Lauren Mines who graduated from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course in 2016. We asked her about getting her first graduate job as a Graphic Designer.

Lauren Mines – BA (Hons) Graphic Design, University of Cumbria


Where are you from?

Chester-le-Street, County Durham


What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

The area felt safe, the living costs were affordable, and the course stood out amongst other universities where I attended interviews.


Why did you choose the Graphic Design course?

The small class sizes, and the many projects you completed per year compared to other Universities, which often only offered 4 projects a year to complete.


What did you like most about your course?

The incredibly regular interactions you have with your tutors, which is unrivalled. Tutors know you by name, and offer support throughout your time there.


What is your current job title?

Graphic Designer


Which company do you work for?

Autodesk, in Birmingham


What was the application process like?

The job was advertised online without saying who the employer was, as it was advertised by an agency. I sent my CV and a link to my portfolio to the agency, who contacted me to say I had an interview to which they then disclosed who the employer was.


How did you prepare for your interview?

I thoroughly researched the company, and prepared some questions to ask at the end to ensure I came across as engaged. I also, by this point, had already been through two other graphic design interviews (one of which asked particularly tough questions such as “What would you say your biggest weakness is?”), which I felt had prepared me well for this one.


What was the interview process like?

The interview was conducted by one person (who is now my senior designer). I answered some questions, talked through my CV, and presented my portfolio. I then had to complete a test which entailed replicating a printed leaflet into InDesign.


Were there any surprises?

I was informed when I was offered the interview that it was for the company Delcam, a CADCAM software company. However, during the interview process it was revealed to me that Autodesk was buying Delcam and so I’d be working for Autodesk. This came as a huge surprise as Autodesk is a huge international company and I had even used their software in my graphic design work – I couldn’t believe I had a chance to work for them so left the interview quite shocked!


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

Don’t be put off applying for jobs that do not disclose who the employer is due to being advertised by an agency, and if you secure an interview for a company you’re not too interested in working for, still attend the interview. It firstly gives you the chance to gain more experience in being interviewed, and secondly, there could be a huge surprise like there was for me.


Want to find a job like Lauren’s?

Contact for advice and support.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Events & Exhibitions Coordinator

Events & Exhibitions Coordinator (Full-Time | Fixed Term up to 12 Months)

Employer: Tullie House, Carlisle

Salary: £20,660

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Tullie House Programme and Projects team in coordinating and delivering a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme as well as the involvement in a diverse range of programmes and projects.

The role is required to work across all areas of exhibition projects from development to delivery, motivating and coordinating cross-departmental project teams to ensure the successful delivery of an outstanding programme.  You will require excellent administration, organisation, communication and practical skills.  A positive attitude, creative thinking and the ability to problem-solve under pressure make this challenging role extremely rewarding.

Closing date – 4pm on Monday 22nd August 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the above position please see the relevant Job Description and Application Pack on our website and apply using the Application & Equal Opportunities form which can be found as a Word Document on our website.  All completed applications should be emailed to by the closing date.

Find out more here.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Market Vendor at The Lowther Show, Penrith

Job title: Market Vendor – two days.

Employer: O’Donnell Moonshine

Requirements: Applicant must have access to a car, valid UK driving license and be 18 yrs of Age.

Wage: £9 per hour flat rate + £1 commission on every bottle sold.

To Apply: Send your CV and cover letter to and be able to do a 10 minute video call interview.

The successful applicant will receive a consignment of our product and all other materials required to deliver the market via a pallet delivery service to their home/term time address. They take all the product to the market (details below) set up the stall, trade for the duration of the show and at the end of the weekend take all stock back to their address.


12TH – 13TH AUGUST 2017

8:30 to 18:00 BOTH DAYS

Guest Blog – The benefits of a paid graduate internship

Today we have a guest blog from Step. The Step team connect enterprising students and recent graduates with smaller, growth-focused businesses through a portfolio of student placements, graduate internships and permanent positions.

There are a range of paid opportunities for students and graduates on their website.


The benefits of a paid graduate internship

Internships are often an afterthought in the graduate and student world. Second fiddle to the sandwich placement or graduate scheme, but they are no booby-prize, in fact they offer many distinct advantages over a longer-term role.


Here are some reasons why a paid internship could offer you the golden ticket:

Trial a role/company

An internship is perfect for the student or graduate who isn’t sure what direction they want to take their career. Maybe you’re a recent marketing graduate, but you aren’t sure whether you want to work for an agency or go in-house with a leading business. Perhaps you’re an engineering student with the gift of the gab and are toying with the idea of engineering sales. A lot of graduates and students find their long-term career through an internship but even If you discover that your internship isn’t for you, you can still leave at the end with a great reference and experience gained without anything lost for you or the business.


Foot in the door

While graduate schemes are often ultra-competitive, comprising many stages of interviews, assessment days, psychometric tests and more, an internship offers a far easier entry route. Often requiring less experience and a more simple one stage recruitment phase, internships can offer you the same foot in the door that a graduate scheme would. Many internships lead onto a full-time position – in fact over 80% of Step graduate internships turn into permanent roles!


Develop your skills / experience

Internships can offer you the route to gaining the vital work experience and skills that may be the missing piece, preventing you from landing your dream permanent role. An internship is your opportunity to develop your employability skills and gain valuable experiences that give you real world examples for competency-based questions at future interviews.


Building contacts

An internship can offer you an invaluable way to build up contacts that may point you in the right direction of an opportunity you might not otherwise have come across. Make it part of your internship to network with as many people as possible both in and out of your host company, as this could open up endless possibilities. You may make current industry contacts who could offer you a permanent job, recommend you to their best friend who just happens to be MD at a similar company, point you in the right direction moving forward, or at the very least they might check your CV is the best it can be for the sector.


One of the most important things you need to ensure, before embarking on your internship, is that you will be PAID. While unpaid internships do exist, we believe they are wrong for a variety of reasons. They hinder social mobility, they may be illegal and ultimately you should be paid for the valuable work that you contribute, just as any other worker would. All Step internships are paid, but if you do decide to source your own internship, make sure you are compensated (at least at the national minimum/living wage) for your work.

Find out more about Step and the paid opportunities available to you here.

Summer Career Fix: Do some Volunteering

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd? 

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance:

So what’s Gary doing this week?

He’s finding out about volunteering opportunities!

Volunteering is a great way to gain really useful work experience and skills, try something new or different, and do something worthwhile and rewarding. Furthermore, it will give your future job applications a competitive edge, as it will enable you in job applications or interviews to draw on real life practical examples. For example, employers often want to know what experience you’ve had of working in a team, communicating with a range of different people, or problem solving. So volunteering helps you build up a useful skills bank.

If you are not sure what to do, consider something new to see if you like it. Lots of volunteering roles offer a trial session, so you can get a feel for whether you would like to become more involved.

Volunteering is also useful for getting an inside view on what the workplace is like and seeing what other people in other roles do. Importantly too, it develops your network. You’ll meet other volunteers and make contacts which could lead to other things.

There are lots of different ways you can volunteer. These are just a few ideas to get started.

University of Cumbria Student Union (UCSU)

UCSU have dozens of different volunteering opportunities, and also help students to facilitate their own volunteering experiences – so if there’s something you want to do, let them know and they’ll help you make the most of it. Maybe you’d like to apply the learning from your course, develop your skills, help people in the local community or just try something completely new. Visit to register and create your volunteering profile or email for more information. UCSU runs volunteering information events too.

Other UK wide options you could explore are:

Do-it makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community and lists hundreds of opportunities throughout the country.

vInspired is a youth volunteering charity which connects young people with volunteering opportunities.  Use their search tool to find placements to help make a difference.

GoodGym combines physical tasks that benefit the community and keeps you fit at the same time! You can join a group run to work on a community project, do one off missions to help vulnerable people, or commit to visit an isolated older person every week.

Environmentjob  lists conservation and wildlife opportunities throughout the UK and overseas options too.

If you are interested in bird life, the RSPB welcomes volunteers from bird identifiers to graphic designers.

The homelessness charity Crisis helps deliver services, campaigns, fundraising, administrative and IT support and always needs volunteers.

The Red Cross has lots of opportunities too from working in a charity shop to fundraising and it doesn’t matter how much time you can give.

Cancer Research UK recruits event, media and office volunteers.


Volunteering abroad

For a summer volunteering placement, the International Citizen Service programme is worth considering. It’s funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development and runs 12 week volunteering placements in over 20 countries. The programmes are aimed at 18-25 year olds.

VSO provides volunteering placements overseas, mainly in developing countries, but you can support them in the UK too by volunteering at fund-raising and community events.


What are your rights as a volunteer?

As a volunteer, you don’t have the same rights as an employee, and you won’t receive a contract of employment, but you will usually be given a volunteer agreement that explains what training you’ll get, the level of supervision and support you can expect to receive and whether you’re covered under the organisation’s employer or public liability insurance. Health and safety issues should be covered too.

You aren’t paid for your time as a volunteer, but you may get money to cover expenses. This is usually limited to food, drink, travel or any equipment you need to buy.

GOV.UK has a section on volunteering which includes information about your rights as a volunteer.


Come back next week for another #SummerCareerFix 

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.



Friday Featured Opportunity – MI5 Intelligence Officer Development Programme


No one ever got lost in the world of accountants.

As we grow up, fewer and fewer of us actually get the jobs we first dream of having. It’s why graduates across the country apply for development programmes to become management consultants, accountants and recruitment specialists. But what if you aspired for something more exciting, rewarding and impactful – like preventing acts of terrorism? Well, our Intelligence Officers do just that, playing a vital role in running MI5 investigations that help keep the country safe against threats to national security.

The Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP) is designed to help you learn about MI5 investigations before you lead them. And you’ll get the ultimate insight into international events and help change them for the better. It’s why we choose people carefully. As an essential part of a closely-knit team, you’ll enjoy a great mix of challenge and support and where business requirements allow, a flexible approach to working that gives you exactly the work-life balance you would hope for.


The Development Programme
For the first two years, you’ll be assigned to a role that will help you develop skills directly relevant to leading investigations. It could be anything from digital intelligence and analysis, to warrantry and legal casework. This will be structured as either two postings of one year each, or one posting over two years.


The Foundation Investigative Training course
Subject to successful completion of performance reviews, you’ll advance onto our Foundation Investigative Training (FIT) course. Lasting five weeks, it will prepare you for a direct move into one of our investigative sections as an Intelligence Officer. Upon successful completion, and subject to line management approval, you’ll also be eligible to apply for an advancement interview for promotion.


The future
As a fully trained Intelligence Officer, your first role could be countering threats from international terrorism, espionage or Northern Ireland related terrorism. As your confidence and experience grow, so will your responsibilities. From then on you may choose to specialise in investigations, where you’ll pull together intelligence, working with different departments to gain resources. You’ll also set investigative strategies, making recommendations based on perceived threat levels, collaborating with colleagues and the police to thwart terrorist activity where needed. Alternatively, you could move into roles managing or training new IODP entrants, or broaden your experience by taking on an operational or policy role.


Working culture and hours
By being part of MI5, you’ll benefit from the close support of your team, together with increasing autonomy to progress investigations yourself. While the role does have a big impact on the security of the nation, a formal structure is in place to ensure that every employee feels supported in their decision making.

There’s also a strong focus on work-life balance. Where business requirements allow it, flexi-time enables you to vary your start and finish times to fit the other commitments in your life.


What we look for
Safeguarding the UK against threats to national security requires intelligent, talented people, and those people aren’t found in any one particular section of society. Graduates from a range of backgrounds and degree disciplines join the Intelligence Officer Development Programme.

As a confident communicator, you can quickly establish productive working relationships with your colleagues. You’ll need to be organised, have a good eye for detail and trust your own judgement. While happy to take responsibility for your own areas of work, you’ll also enjoy collaborating to solve problems and make decisions. MI5 also expects its employees to have a high degree of honesty and integrity.


To apply to MI5 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 18 years of age and normally have lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.


Find out more here.