Category Archives: Lancaster

Career Ahead Showcase Week!

Next week is ‘Career Ahead Showcase Week’ in Lancaster, from 16th-20th March.

Don’t miss out on your chance to find out about teaching, nursing, volunteering, summer work and part-time jobs, as well as graduate internships and a range of other graduate employment opportunities! Check out our programme of events below!

The week timetable

Networking Tips for Students

We have a couple of events coming up in March where our students will get the opportunity to network with potential employers. A lot of students won’t have very much experience of networking, so the careers team have put together some downloads to help. They are available at the bottom of this post.


Upcoming Events:

From Monday 16 March, the Lancaster campus is holding a ‘Career Ahead Showcase Week‘ – this week will include a Supply Teaching Fair, a Volunteering & Part-Time Jobs Fair, an Employer Fair, as well as the annual Nursing Conference. All of these events will give students the opportunity to talk to potential employers.  Take a look at the events calendar for more details.

On Thursday 19 March at Brampton Road, the careers team, along with the alumni team, are holding a ‘Creative Networking‘ event for all current students and alumni who are either studying or working in a creative area. More details are available here.

On Friday 27 March, the Carlisle campus will be holding our annual Nursing Conference for final year nursing students.


Networking Tips – Downloads:

Top Networking Tips – Planning and Preparation
Top Networking Tips – How to strike up a conversation
Top Networking Tips – How to keep the conversation going


Bright Futures Awards 2015


Calling all of our students who have participated or trained in PASS, the Cumbria Mentor Scheme, Career Ahead or Student Enterprise.

We want to thank you for being an exceptional student and going above and beyond what your course requires!

To do this, we have organised ‘Bright Futures’ – a special celebration evening, supported by the University of Cumbria Alumni Association.

Book your place at this free celebration and receive free drinks on arrival; a delicious buffet; the opportunity to be snapped in our photo booth; live music; win prizes; hear guest speakers and share the stories of other students. This is an exclusive event with limited space so book now!

Bright Futures Celebration Evening Program:

  • 6.00pm to 6.30pm – Arrivals, refreshments and entertainment.
  • 6.30pm – 7.30pm – Welcome and introduction; student showcase; in-house address: University Senior Management Representative and prizes.
  • 7.30pm – Networking and entertainment.

The details for these events are:

Carlisle: Wednesday 25th March, 6pm – 8pm, Calva Bar
Lancaster: Tuesday 24th March, 6pm – 8pm, The View


To book for these events please visit our Eventbrite pages:



Please be aware that there are limited places available for this event and tickets are first come first served, so book now or before 13th March when tickets close to avoid disappointment! If you are a third year student and this is your last chance to attend this event you should book your ticket early.  Remember to inform us of any specific dietary requirements; for example – vegetarian/vegan or any allergies, and if you have any queries or problems with attending the event. If you are an Ambleside student, please let us know as transport may be available.

We look forward to celebrating with you in March!

The Skills, Careers and Enterprise Teams.
Library and Student Services – LISS
University of Cumbria

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 09/01/2015


Halliwell Homes is currently seeking Trainee Therapeutic Parents to join us in Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire.

We are a social enterprise that offers a clinically informed practice encompassing educational, fostering and residential care services. Our objective is to enhance the psychological wellbeing of young people within the care system through our restorative parenting recovery programme. We are the UK’s leading practitioner of the Pillars of Parenting: Authentic Warmth model of professional childcare.

To further expand and develop our psychological model of care, Halliwell are looking to recruit Trainee Therapeutic Parents to join our practice team working in our residential homes.

We are looking for graduate candidates with a relevant degree such as psychology and preferably with childcare experience who are prepared to study towards a post-graduate qualification through the Halliwell training and development programme.

As our Trainee Therapeutic Parents you need to be passionate about delivering real psychological recovery for children within the looked after system.

For more information and to apply, email or visit

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 21/11/2014

Widening Participation Retention Graduate Intern at UoC

Full time within Library and Student Services (LiSS) Lancaster. Fixed term until 30 September 2015, National Minimum Wage*

University of Cumbria

The University is looking for a motivated, and skilled graduate to contribute to the development and delivery of a number of initiatives and interventions targeting Widening Participation (WP) students. You will work alongside other colleagues on the implementation of the University’s new Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Agreement and post 2012 approach to Widening Participation.

The post of WP Retention Graduate Intern is located in the University’s Library and Student Services, within the Academic Engagement, Skills and Retention Team. The role-holder will work alongside the WP Retention Officer and the WP Learning Enhancement Adviser in the development and delivery of a number of pre-entry and on-programme retention initiatives in order to raise students’ awareness of university life and study, and to support their transition into Higher Education, through their programme of study and into employment.

The post offers University of Cumbria graduates an exciting opportunity to gain valuable work experience as members of a team with a strong commitment to supporting students at all stages of the journey into HE study and beyond. As part of the role, you will also have the opportunity to study a University of Cumbria Post-graduate Certificate qualification with fees waived and study time allowance for the duration of your contract.

Applicants will need to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a positive and flexible approach to work, good IT skills, and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Jason Hettrick, WP Learning Enhancement and Retention Adviser on 01524 385682, also have the opportunity to contact our current Graduate Intern for an informal chat about the role at  in Lancaster.

The closing date for this post is Midnight on Sunday 23 November 2014. It is anticipated that interviews for this role will take place on Friday 28 November 2014 in Lancaster.


*Dependant on age

Please click here for the full job description and for details of how to apply.

Upcoming Army and Camp Opportunitites

Over the next couple of weeks we have arranged for reps from the Army and from Camp Leaders to visit the University of Cumbria to talk about what they can offer UoC students!

Firstly: Camp Leaders!

You can come along to the Camp Leader talks at:

Brampton Road campus, Monday 13 October, Lecture Room 2, 6pm – 7pm

Fusehill Street campus, Wednesday 15 October, LG202, 1pm – 2pm and 6pm – 7pm



Secondly: Army

You can come along to the Army talks at:

Carlisle Fusehill Street campus, Tuesday 14 October, 12 noon – 2pm in the Learning Gateway

Lancaster, Tuesday 2 December, 12 noon – 2pm in the Gateway building.

If you want a career that offers challenge and adventure, then a career in the Army could be right for you.

As an officer or soldier you are at the forefront of a dynamic and fast paced work environment and work as part of a close knit team, held together by the Army’s values and standards and our inspirational leaders.

The salary is competitive and you’ll get paid from the moment you start your training. With over 200 different roles, there’s a huge range of careers to choose from, including Catering, Logistics and Engineering, Medicine, Law, IT and many more.

Are you up to the challenge? If so STEP UP, and see what we have to offer!


Part-time and Seasonal Jobs Fair


We had a really busy day at the part-time and seasonal jobs fair in Carlisle yesterday – lots of students through the doors, and a whole heap of positive feedback too!

And guess what – we’re doing it all over again tomorrow when the part-time jobs fair hits the Lancaster campus!

Pop along to the gateway building between 12 noon and 2.00 pm to meet local employers who have vacancies that they need students to fill! Why not bring along your CV as well?


One of the main talking points of the day yesterday was out ‘Dream Job’ board – everyone wrote their dream job on a cloud (or a port-it when we ran out of clouds!!) and pinned it up on the board. Some of our favorites were:

  • Batman
  • Batman’s best friend
  • Professional Squirrel
  • Assassin
  • Local vigilante
  • Ale/ Beer/Chocolate tester

What’s your dream job?

Find out about the University Officer Training Corps!



The UOTC presents students with a unique opportunity to challenge themselves by partaking in military exercises, adventurous training, community projects and expeditions both in the UK and overseas.

There are 18 UOTCs throughout the UK, each of which serves the universities in a distinct geographic area. Those serving larger areas may have several detachments. Each UOTC is effectively an independent regiment, with its own cap badge, its own stable belt and its own customs and traditions.

On Monday 29 September, Danielle from the UOTC will be visiting the Lancaster campus to give a talk so why not pop along and find out more? Come along to F2 in Lancaster at 12.00 noon.

The UOTC are also holding open evenings as follows:





Get your CV ready for the #UoCJobsFair


It’s nearly time for the part-time and seasonal jobs fair which is being held at both the Lancaster and Carlisle campuses! So now is the perfect time to have a look at your CV and make sure that it is up-to-date and fit for purpose.

Are you looking for a part-time job to help fund your studies? Want a bit of extra cash for Christmas? There will be loads of local employers at the jobs fairs, and if you can leave them with a copy of your CV it could really help with your job search.

Here are the careers team’s top tips for an effective part-time CV:

CV’s are used to demonstrate to employers what knowledge, learning, skills, competencies and experience you have. An effective CV will not only show your current abilities, but demonstrate the potential you have to be successful in a working environment.

How long should a CV be?

Ideally, a CV should be no longer than two sides of A4. CVs that exceed this may not be read to the end or at all. For part time work (during studies), a one page CV is sufficient.

Do I need to include a personal profile?

It’s not essential to produce one, but some may like to use this as an opening introduction. If you do decide to include one it should be only around a couple of lines long and follow immediately after your personal details at the top of your CV.

Personal summaries should introduce who you are, what skills you can offer and generally what you are looking for in your next role.

Do I list work experience or education first?

This depends on the type of CV you are creating and how much work experience you have. If you have recently graduated and don’t have much work experience it is probably best to start with your education.  For part time work, employers will be looking at what key skills and experiences you have in a working environment (customer service skills, teamwork etc)

Should I include my interests?

It’s not necessary to include interests in a CV. If you do, use them as examples of specific achievements, such as teamwork roles, personal achievements, leadership roles etc.

How should I present my CV?

Ideally, aim to put your strongest and most recent qualification/experience towards the beginning of your CV, where it will be noticed by an employer.

Avoid cramping your CV with irrelevant information. Instead, concentrate on what important aspects need to included, backing it up with experience. It is always important to remember where you are applying and for which position. Keep your information short, snappy and to the point.

It is important to have your CV proof read for spelling/ grammar mistakes by someone you trust. Bad spelling or simple errors can often put an employer off instantly by demonstrating lack of care/attention.

Do I need to add references?

It is not necessary at this point to provide details of references, but mention that you have references “ available on request”.


Remember that you can book to see one of the careers team at your campus for some feedback on your CV. We don’t offer a proofreading service but we can advise on areas that could be improved. Email or enquire at the library desk. 

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 18/07/2014



Full Time Front of House Staff at The Fenwick Seafood Pub – Lancaster

The Fenwick in Claughton are looking for front of house staff to join our team. Full time & part time positions are available. Successful candidates must have a good attitude to work, positive mental attitude & be a team player. Experience is preferable. This rapidly expanding company are very keen on promoting from within & are expanding all the time.

To apply, send a CV and covering letter FAO Tom Wilkinson via 

Shop Floor Assistant at Asda, Carlisle

How will you make a difference?

Here’s the short answer;

Our customers love us as much for our friendly, helpful service as for our fantastic low prices. On the shop floor you have a great opportunity to welcome customers, talk to them, help them and make their shopping trip memorable. You also have an important part to play in helping us meet our sales targets, whether it’s by recommending a product to a customer or making sure the shelves are stocked with the things they want to buy.

Everyday matters

Out there on the shop floor you’re in the front line of our business, providing great service to the very highest standards. We’re proud of our warm and friendly service. It’s what our customers love and have come to expect. So we’ll always expect you to:


  • Have a smile in your voice as well as on your face. Always say hello and goodbye and talk to customers, showing an interest in their needs
  • Treat every customer as an individual. You may be the first person they’ve spoken to in the store
  • If a customer asks where to find a product, don’t just point or give directions, take them to it – and have a chat along the way
  • If a customer has a complaint, try and resolve the problem yourself or quickly decide if it’s an issue for a manager. Be sympathetic and don’t get flustered
  • WOW customers with your friendliness


  • Try to recommend additional products to meet customers’ needs
  • Help to maximise sales (and customer satisfaction) by keeping shelves replenished and products always available
  • Be aware of promotions going on in the store and make sure customers are aware too

Closing Date: 22 July 2014

Apply online at