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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.

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

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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 bethany.j.jackson@ehi.com 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

http://www.enterprisealive.co.uk/

 

 

So your degree result was disappointing?

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If you’re reading this you may be feeling that your world has turned upside down because the degree result you were expecting didn’t happen. Maybe the result was a complete shock, or maybe you have known for a while that getting a 2:1 was not going to happen.

In this post I am going to signpost you to some useful advice on how to pick yourself up, take stock and get a game plan together.

Firstly, the University of Cumbria’s Careers and Employability service is open throughout the summer, so make an appointment with one of the careers advisors. This can be a face-to-face, telephone or skype meeting.  We can talk through your options, help you put together a plan and help you market yourself positively to a potential employer. To make an appointment email: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

Secondly, there are some really useful articles online which are definitely worth reading. ‘How to job hunt if you get a 2.2′ in Target Jobs  provides lots of information on a wide range of sectors and organisations who have a more flexible approach  to degree classification.

The Guardian suggests graduates target smaller companies and those who focus on extra-curricular skills. Smaller companies are often less bothered about degree grades and may, in fact, offer you the chance to gain a wider range of experience and responsibility more quickly.

Rozina Zazur writing in the Telegraph says graduates should ignore the 2.1 myth as many employers place a higher value of work experience. Remember you are more than your degree and many employers recognise that.

Finally, try and keep firmly in your mind the fact that there are many people who didn’t do particularly well at university but who have gone on to have highly successful careers. One of the most inspirational messages about the importance of failure was given by JK Rowling. Check out her speech to Harvard graduates. It’s definitely worth a watch and you’ll feel so much better.

 

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

To teach or not to teach…

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I’ve been advising quite a few Primary Education students recently who are coming to the end of their initial teacher training and are now uncertain about whether to continue on a teaching career path.  Teaching is a hugely rewarding profession, but it can be tough and is not for everyone.  It’s also perfectly normal to have a change of heart and want to change direction.

The good news is that there are lots of alternatives career paths to consider and some very useful information online.  If you are reading this, and have doubts too about whether teaching is right for you, the following articles and guides may well give you some inspiration. Don’t forget too that you can come and talk to us in UoC Careers.  Email us on careers@cumbria.ac.uk to make an appointment.

In the meantime, here are some useful resources that we refer students to and which may give you some inspiration!

Education Alternatives. This AGCAS publication (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) is probably the most comprehensive resource for students who are still interested in education generally, but don’t want to work in a school as a classroom teacher.  The guide has been written by a team of experienced university careers advisers and covers two main pathways:  roles which involve teaching, but not in mainstream education; and roles within the broader education sector.

For a lighter read, Target Jobs has a useful article called ‘Alternative careers in education’. Their options include training and development, careers and education guidance, family support and advocacy, and adult and community education.

You may of course need to boost your career chances with a further qualification at diploma or post graduate level. Some options for further training or postgraduate qualifications which you can add to your initial teacher training are covered on Target Jobs.

For general research, Prospects has a list of Job profiles which you can browse by sector or job title. Each job role is profiled and gives some useful factual information about the qualifications, skills and experience needed. The National Careers Service’s Job Profiles is a good resource too, and has interesting job market information.

Finally, remember you will have developed a whole range of useful transferable skills all of which will be relevant to other careers. If you need some help identifying these, don’t forget you can contact Careers at careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

 

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)

 

#UoCMedia Industry Day: Why Work Experience is Important and How to Get It

 

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There are many ways to gain relevant work experience in the media industry and they don’t all involve traveling to London!

I recently represented the University of Cumbria at a BBC Digital and Creative Careers Day at Media City in Salford. One of the biggest things I took from the day is the need for graduates applying for training schemes, jobs and freelance work to have relevant work experience.

 

How much experience should I have?

As a current student or recent graduate you are not expected to have years of experience in the sector you want to work in. Instead, you need to demonstrate that you are committed and interested in working in your intended field. You can do this by attending relevant work experience, reflecting on what you have learned and asking for a letter of recommendation from the employers you work for.

Work experience opportunities can range for a day’s shadowing, a week or two, a few months or a longer-term internship. With such a wide variety of opportunities available it is important to focus on the quality and relevance of a work experience placement rather than the amount of placements you do.

 

How to get relevant work experience:

  • Send a CV and covering letter to companies and ask for shadowing/work experience
  • Make your own content
  • Volunteer for university or community radio and TV
  • Apply for advertised work experience

 

It’s all about the money…

Some work experience opportunities will be paid, others may not be. If you are planning to take part in unpaid work experience I suggest deciding (before you apply) under what circumstances you will work for free and for how long.

Think about: what benefits you will receive, what skills and experiences you will gain, if you have done the same thing or something similar already, how much it will cost you, when you are available, if you can get funding and how it will benefit your career.

When thinking about if you should take part in an unpaid placement consider:

  • Are you being asked to do work that you would usually be paid for?
  • When you are on placement are you doing the same work as paid staff members and are you being given responsibility for work?
  • Are you being asked to take on an unpaid placement for more than 6 weeks?

If the answer to any of the above is yes the placement offered should be a paid one.

Note – we know it can sometimes be difficult to judge whether a work experience placement should be paid or not. If you are unsure you can e-mail careers@cumbria.ac.uk for advice.

 

I have included a list of work experience opportunities below and some information on the upcoming Media Industry Day on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

 

Good Luck!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

University of Cumbria

Careers and Employability Service

 

 

#UoCMedia Industry Day

Wednesday 13 April 2016 – 9am to 4.15pm – Brampton Road Campus (registration at main reception)

Find more information here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/media-industry-day-tickets-23238632375?platform=hootsuite

Registration has now closed but UoC students are welcome to just come along on the day.

 

 

Media Careers – Work Experience Opportunities:

 

BBC Work Experience

There are four application windows every year and each one will last two weeks.

Various Locations

www.bbc.co.uk/careers

 

ITV Insight

There are four windows of opportunity to apply each year, with the Insight Programme open in January, April, July and October.

Various locations

www.itvjobs.com

 

Discover Wildlife Magazine

BBC Wildlife welcomes work experience students for a period of one week throughout the year.

www.discoverwildlife.com/work-experience

 

C4 Pop Up Events

C4 Pop Up is a day of industry talks, creative workshops and down to earth careers advice and support from Channel 4. Dates for the London, Belfast and Cardiff events are already up with more to follow.

http://4talent.channel4.com/4talent-days

 

Event Volunteer Quays Festival 2016

Quays Culture – North West England

Deadline – 30 June 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Volunteer Venue Assistants and Festival Runners

Bradford Literature Festival – Yorkshire

Deadline – 6 May 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Event Steward

Wild Rumpus – Staffordshire

Deadline – 18 April 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Treasurer

Lake District Summer Music – Cumbria

Deadline 25 May 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Volunteer media opportunities at the Animal Refuge and Carlisle Youth Zone

Cumbria

Contact Max Evans-Kirkman – mekmedia@outlook.com

 

Mullholland Media

Cumbria

Contact David Mulholland (Company Director) for potential work experience opportunities

david@mulhollandmedia.co.uk

07770 676766 / 07879 444443

www.mulhollandmedia.co.uk

www.monsteraerial.com

 

Cloudscape Studios

Cumbria

Contact Lou Kneath Gibson (Company Director) to find out more

lou@cloudscapestudios.com

07521 295534

www.cloudscapestudios.com

 

 

Useful Contacts

 

Careers and Employability Service

Contact us for CV, application and personal statement feedback, careers appointments, career planning, help finding placements and graduate jobs.

www.cumbria.ac.uk/careers

careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Student Enterprise

If you are thinking about starting your own business, whether it’s for profit or not, we can help and support you all the way.

01228 888734

Sylvia.grainger@cumbria.ac.uk

www.cumbria.ac.uk/studententerprise