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Why that Graduation #Selfie may not be a good idea

It’s Graduation week here at the University of Cumbria and we’d like to take a moment to congratulate everyone graduating this week – Well Done!

We know you will want to shout your achievements from the rooftops – and you should! You’ve achieved so much in your time at University, and you’ve received your reward – your degree certificate.

But stop before you snap a photo of it and upload it to Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook.

Why? Because there is evidence that fraudsters are using social media to copy students’ degree certificates and then use them for illegal purposes.

Sellers of fake degree certificates browse the internet to find the latest designs, logos, crests, signatories, stamps, holograms and wording. They can then be easily copied from shared photos on to fake certificates and passed off as genuine to unwitting employers.

Remember that degree certificates are legal documents – just like driving licences and birth certificates. The best way to protect yourself from certificate misuse and degree fraud is to not post photos on to social media.

If you would like any additional information or would like to report a bogus institution there’s now a degree fraud line on 0845 077 1968.

Remember that the Careers & Employability Service are here for you even after you graduate – for up to 3 years. Contact us by email careers@cumbria.ac.uk to arrange a chat.

Graduation selfies: student warning against degree fraud

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Graduation is an exciting time. Students are understandably proud of their achievements and want to share the news on social media. However, seemingly innocent selfies taken with degree certificates can have undesirable consequences.

We’ve found evidence that fraudsters are using social media to copy students’ degree certificates and use them for illegal purposes.

Sellers of fake degree certificates browse the internet to find the latest designs, logos, crests, signatories, stamps, holograms and wording. They can then be easily copied from shared photos onto fake certificates and passed off as genuine to unwitting employers.

Just a reminder that students should not be retweeting, Snapping or using Instagram to post images of degree certificates. Like passports, driving licences and birth certificates, degree certificates are legal as well as personal documents.

The advice is simple: the best way for graduates to protect themselves and their universities from certificate misuse is to not post their degree certificates online in the first place.

The Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) is working with Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to address issues concerning degree fraud. This includes identifying bogus institutions and tackling the misuse of the word ‘university’.

If you would like any additional information or would like to report a bogus institution we’ve now set up a degree fraud line on 0845 077 1968. Calls to this number will be charged at 2 pence plus your operator’s standard fee.

You can also contact our degree fraud team at k.tobin@prospects.ac.uk

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Scottish Ambulance Service

HCPC REGISTERED PARAMEDICS (NHS Band 5)

 Stations throughout Scotland

The Scottish Ambulance Service is the frontline of the NHS in Scotland, providing an emergency Ambulance Service to a population of over 5 million people, across the mainland and island communities.

We always welcome enquiries and applications from individuals already qualified as HCPC Registered Paramedics for vacancies at one of our 100 stations across Scotland.

To be successful, you will need to undergo our usual selection process and may be subject to educational and clinical assessments to ensure that your qualifications and experience meets the required standard of the Scottish Ambulance Service. You will also need to hold C1 driving license and satisfactorily complete various pre-employment checks including an occupational health assessment and membership of the PVG scheme.

If you would like to investigate joining the Scottish Ambulance Service further or would like to speak to someone about possible vacancies in your area, please email Heather Watson, HR & Recruitment Administrator at scotamb.northrecruit@nhs.net

 

Career Case Study: Fashion

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Today we have a case study from Susan Leaver, Commercial Director at Turtle Mat

Susan Leaver is the Commercial Director at Turtle Mat with a focus on sales, marketing and product development. Initially training in fashion design, Susan spent her formative years in a commercial design environment supplying lingerie and nightwear products to M&S. In 1999 she formed part of the New Product Development team at Sara Lee Courtaulds where she worked on future technologies such as fragranced and therapeutic fabrics, and investigated ultra-sonic technology for seam replacement.

In 2000, Susan left Sara Lee and spent a year designing and developing products for Cerie International (Hong Kong) and for Heathcoat Fabrics in the UK. In addition to her freelance work, Susan enrolled on a Master’s Degree course at Central St Martins where she gained an MA in Design Studies.

In 2002 she joined Turtle Mat where she developed their mail-order and e-commerce business alongside expanding their collection to include design. Susan was appointed Commercial Director in July 2009 and is responsible for all sales, marketing and NPD across both the Direct and Retail channels of the business.

 

Which subject did you study at university (and where did you study)?

I studied Fashion Design at Epsom School of Art & Design in the 1980’s (Now merged into UCA University for the Creative Arts). I also did a Post-Graduate (MA) degree in Design Studies at Central St Martins (now UAL- University of the Arts London).

 

What was the most important thing you learned in education/university?

Good design isn’t just about creativity or being able to put pen to paper and make something look good.  As with other industries, there is still a ‘commercial’ process sitting behind the design activity. This is often neglected and people aren’t always aware that being able to dissect (and question) a brief requires a level of understanding of the end use or end user that cannot simply be imagined. Research is key to this understanding as well as being creatively inspired.

 

Why did you decide to work in this industry?

Having worked in the fashion industry for some years, I was keen to explore other design fields, particularly those with a textile connection, Home interiors was a natural choice and closely linked to fashion. I really enjoyed the combination of design and business in my previous role and the position at Turtle Mat gave further opportunity to expand on this experience.  In addition, Turtle Mat were at an exciting point in their growth with new (design) technologies opening up to them, I felt I had the skillset to turn what was quite a mundane product into something more beautiful.

 

What was the turning point in your career?

Having developed product collections for some years for a major high-street retailer, I moved internally to work on research-led projects within a NPD team. This really opened my mind to all manner of possibilities within the current field I was working in, plus those beyond it.  It was from here that I went back to college part-time and did an MA.

 

What does a typical day at Turtle Mat look like for you?

Working in a small business doesn’t bring many typical days! Supplying both to trade and direct to consumers means that we have to often be responsive to their needs. We are a small niche team and my day can be anything from coming up with new mat designs to planning product launches and liaising with both clients and suppliers.

 

Do you have any motivational words for students aspiring to make it in this very competitive industry?

As with anything, it’s about hard work and determination.  By all means have some fun but make sure you have a clear goal and get as much as you can from every one and every available source- in a nutshell, make every day count. A firm grounding sets you up for the future, fashion courses are renowned for pushing you to the limit in terms of creativity and stamina, this training has served me well throughout my career. Also, don’t underestimate your transferable skills; I went from designing underwear to designing mats- think outside the box. And lastly, write every idea down, physically or digitally, keep a note of it you never know when it might be relevant.

 

Guest blogger – Daniel Yeo – Search Laboratory

Friday Featured Vacancies – IT Manager / Communications & Marketing Intern

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Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for a dynamic and motivated person to help with their communications and marketing needs. The full-time role will be for 12 months based at their office in Dovenby.

The position provides an opportunity to further develop experience in marketing, communications, research and events management as well as gaining experience of social policy, grant making and community philanthropy.

The aim of the role is to provide support to staff members across a range of activities and functions. The position will be packaged as support to a range of projects to ensure effective management of the intern’s time.

The Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of the community life in Cumbria by making grants to voluntary organisations and individuals and managing grant making funds on behalf of individuals, companies and government organisations.

Established in September 1999 the Foundation has given out almost £30 million in grants to more than 4,000 groups and 4,000 individuals.

The Foundation has a strong donor base and is held in high regard by key stakeholders.  As an organisation committed to the local community and a track record of delivery they are looking for a key member of the team to contribute to the exciting development of the organisation.

Salary £14,000 – £16,000 per annum

For further information including the job description and application form, visit their website http://www.cumbriafoundation.org/

Closing date 9.00am Monday 16th May 2016

Interview date 24th May

 

 

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Carlisle Brass is looking for an IT Manager. This role offers the opportunity to travel, locations include Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham and Dubai.

To apply send a CV and covering letter to cgraham@carlislebrass.com.

Find out more about Carlisle Brass on their website – http://www.carlislebrass.com

Closing date for applications is 10 May 2016.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title:                     IT Manager                        

Reports to:         Head of Finance

Dotted line to:  CBG MD / Divisional FD

Location:            Carlisle

Sites:                     Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham, Dubai

Salary:                  £40-45k (37.5 hour week with out of hours and weekend work required occasionally to meet business continuity needs)

Benefits:             3% pension contribution, DIS 2 x’s salary, 23 days holiday                               

 

Background

The role arises as a result of the need to strengthen the IT function within the business, in the light of increased growth and technology dependence as well as the increased complexity arising from a proposed ERP replacement in 2017.

The hardware infrastructure for the current systems is largely based at Carlisle, with remote servers at Blackburn and Kirkham.

The parent Group’s IT infrastructure will also continue to evolve towards consolidation and standardisation of solutions for its other UK businesses based in Daventry, and this role holder should therefore expect to collaborate with other parts of the Arran Isle group in achieving  realistic synergies. It is likely that this would comprise further virtualisation of storage and servers, as well as a roll out of virtual desktop technology

 

Job Purpose      

Deliver an infrastructure which continues to support the growth of the organisation and become knowledgeable about all its aspects to ensure continuous support for the operational hours of the business.

Provide day to day management and leadership of support staff making sure that appropriate skills are in place and effectively deployed in order to meet the function’s responsibilities to its users at all sites.

There will also be scope to provide forward looking guidance and strategy on where the Group can deliver more through IT, as well as responding to and developing ideas arising in the business units.

 

ERP replacement

Carlisle Brass currently operates a range of software applications to control the business, largely based around a bespoke database (Corserine), and developed in .NET from an original Phoenix database. Much of this development has been undertaken in house by the current IT manager. Corserine has in turn has been integrated with Sage 200 to provide the financial reporting and analysis. It is intended that the IT Manager will remain within the business focussed mainly on support of the legacy systems and immediate development requirements of these.

Carlisle Brass is currently planning to replace its existing legacy  systems with a fully integrated ERP solution in 2017. It is highly likely this will be based around a MS Dynamics Navision solution already developed for other businesses in the Arran Isle group, and being implemented during  2016.

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting this project from the early stages through to post completion support.

The business does not currently have Navision experience available, but this will be supported by other sites and experienced third party implementers.

 

Key responsibilities and Standards of Performance

  1. Helpdesk resources and performance including reporting and improvement programmes
  2. Allocation of support resources and software resilience as agreed with business units including up time
  3. Coordination with external support providers which includes managing their performance and negotiation of contracts to support the operational requirements of the business
  4. Developing business specific Service Level Agreements (SLA) for each business unit and subsequently ensuring that IT service meets or exceed agreed targets
  5. Contribute to the development of the IT strategy encompassing hardware, software, security, resources and other aspects that support the achievement of the business plans of each business location
  6. Project planning and management of infrastructure maintenance and development projects including engagement and management of 3rd party contractors and service providers as and when required
  7. Creation of Disaster Recovery plans covering all aspects of IT resources and service for each business including periodic testing and subsequent updating. This includes from minor incidents such as theft of mobile phones to larger scale issues such as downtime on main systems
  8. Managing the hardware estate for the business units including:
    1. Physical servers, switches, firewalls and other associated hardware at Carlisle and other UK locations
    2. Local PC’s, photocopiers
    3. Telecoms: fixed line, broadband, mobile phones & devices, wifi, scanners
    4. Video conferencing assets
  1. Development and roll out of IT policies across all locations, periodic maintenance and enforcement
  2. Overall management of website hosting for all business units including the development and monitoring of service level performance from 3rd party resource providers
  3. Management of all aspects of IT security for all locations including PCI compliance, hardware and software integrity and resilience
  4. Contribute to wider company projects that require IT input such as new process planning, new functional specific software such as demand planning or business reporting
  5. Form part of the wider Group’s IT resource by working collaboratively with other IT professionals in the business and contributing to the IT Board
  6. Keep up to date with new software and technologies that can make our business better and build competencies within the IT team

 

Other Relationships

Coordinate with Divisional Finance based in Daventry, UK.

Liaise with other IT professionals around the Group

IT of customer/supplier functions around the UK

 

IT / Business systems

Sage 200 accounting software used for financial reporting

Interfaced with internally developed Corserine / Phoenix operating systems

Local IT hardware infrastructure includes virtualised servers and remote servers at business locations in Kirkham and Blackburn.

 

Background, education and experience 

Extensive 1st/2nd and 3rd Line support for a variety of infrastructure & application environments (pre-dominantly MS focused)

Extensive Design and deployment of Windows/PC based hardware

Management of an IT function within a larger multi-site SME or

Management of teams within an outsourced IT services environment

 

Qualifications

Good general education with at least strong A level or equivalent education.  Degree level education likely.  Appropriate technical certifications to demonstrate technical areas of expertise.

 

Technical Experience

  • LAN/WAN Network
  • MS Server platforms
  • Full and Thin client architecture including Citrix
  • Hardware performance monitoring and improvement
  • SQL
  • Business Continuity, backup & recovery
  • VMware
  • Antivirus, Anti-spam & Firewall management
  • PCI compliance
  • Website/Ecommerce/EDI
  • SQL
  • Programming, e.g. Linux, .NET
  • Video conferencing (Lifesize)
  • Support ERP and Business Intelligence tools

The template for the future ERP system is  based around MS Dynamics NAV 16 (Navision) with extensive use of  Phocas (BI) and Jet Reports (BI)for much of the reporting requirements. Experience in any of these would be advantageous

 

Organisation Structure

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TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!

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TEDx, an independently organised TED event, is coming to Carlisle for one night only!

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

The Theme

For the first ever University of Cumbria TEDx event the theme ‘Progression’ has been chosen, this ties in nicely with university life and can have a broad interpretation. Expect talks on career progression, the progression of ideas and much more. The event speakers really have had some great ideas on what progression means to them and the world.

 

The Speakers:

  • Andy Beeforth – Chief Executive Cumbria Community foundation
  • Jacqui Filkins – Honoury Fellow, advisor to EU on health matters – Sustainability Strategies.
  • Brenda Crossley – Graduate – Aging & Adapting With Technology.
  • Nathan Roberts – Zoo Keeper – Conservation and Effective Communication.
  • Phillip Wilson – Musician. Making Music Accessible For All.
  • Annie Weir – Self-published creative writing graduate – Age Is Not A Barrier.

Developing a great line-up for this event has been tough, there are just so many talented people with great ideas! There will be something for everyone with six super talented speakers all with unique ideas to share from varied backgrounds. Be sure to check out the event blog here for updates on speakers with details about them and their talks.

 

When

Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30

 

Where

The event will be held in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus close to the centre of Carlisle in the Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre.

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH

 

Tickets

A ticket must be purchased to ensure attendance. Just to make it even harder to resist temptation you will get a free beer and a burger with each ticket. Now that’s food for thought…

Tickets are £8.49 per person (including booking fees)

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.

 

 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Find out more on the TED website.

New to TED? Here’s 11 must see TED talks.

 

This event is being organised by Ben Parker (University of Cumbria Events Management Student)

 

Five Graduate CV Blunders and How to Avoid Them

Entering the working world after graduating can be challenging and a little overwhelming, especially if you’re not that sure what you want to do. Your CV is the ultimate tool to get you invited to job interviews; employers use CVs to make primary judgements about whether someone is capable of making a success of the job. Therefore, how you portray yourself on paper becomes extremely important.

Here at Wayfair.co.uk we’re always on the lookout for talented graduates to join our team, but all too often applicants are let down by their CV. Here are five common graduate CV blunders and how to avoid them:

  • Poor spelling and grammar

A spelling mistake on your CV is a cardinal sin in the world of recruitment as it shows laziness and carelessness. It’s also typical to find CVs written in a variety of grammatical tenses; for example, under key responsibilities someone might write ‘create content for…’ or ‘created content for…’. A mixture of the two can be awkward to read and confusing.

Keep the tense the same—pick one and stick to it. Get someone to proof read your CV, whether that’s a proof reader, a career advisor, a friend or your mum—a second eye will help you catch those mistakes. Another tip is to read your CV backwards, that way your eye won’t naturally jump over spelling mistakes!

  • Inconsistent formatting

Your CV not only needs to say the right things but it also needs to be visually pleasing. CVs that look messy or too busy won’t attract the eye and will force the reader to work hard to understand it.

Keep your formatting consistent; use the same font, size of font (except for titles), type of bullet points and page layout throughout, with line brakes in between sections to separate information clearly. Once it’s written, leave your CV alone for a few days and then come back to it with a fresh perspective.

  • Too long

Graduates often end up applying for a wide variety of jobs so they shove everything on their CV in the hope that the employer will pick out the relevant bits. A graduate CV that’s over two pages long looks like the person can’t communicate succinctly.

The key to a good CV is tailoring it for each job that you apply for. Think about the skills and experience that are necessary for the job and then edit your CV accordingly, highlighting your most relevant experience and skills so that the employer doesn’t have to work hard to understand why you’re a good candidate for the job.

  • Empty words

Empty words are a common trap to fall into, writing things like ‘I am hardworking, motivated and a good team player’. We’re all desperate to get across how perfect we are for the job and how hardworking we are but simply writing this is not going to convince the employer that it’s true.

Show it! Use your experiences to show that you work well in a team or are an enthusiastic and hardworking person. You can of course use any experience you have that is relevant; for example, you might have been on the committee of a university society, in which case you developed your team work, communication and organisational skills.

  • Online presence

It’s common for employers to Google someone who they think is a likely interview candidate so be aware of what is out there about you.

Google yourself! If you type your name into impersonal.me you’ll be able to search for yourself incognito and can do any necessary damage control. If you have a Linked In profile (recommended!), it’s a good idea to keep it up to date and consistent with your CV as employers are likely to check that too.

For more information about Wayfair and our many full-time jobs and internships suitable for students and graduates please visit http://www.wayfair.co.uk/careers.

And with that, we wish you the best of luck!