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TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!


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.



Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30



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



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)


The Careers Team are going to be famous!


Well, OK, so Anna from the careers team is appearing on the Money Talks programme tonight on BBC Radio Cumbria – so I suppose you could say the careers team will be famous, for an hour at least!

Anna has been invited onto the programme tonight by Adam Powell, who will be interviewing her for his recruitment special. It’s timely given that the academic year is drawing to an end and students are now looking for employment. It’s a great opportunity for the University to be represented on the programme and gives us a chance to talk about all of the opportunities available for graduates, especially those opportunities that are right here in Cumbria!

Some of the areas we hope to cover include: What are the skills needed to secure that job once you have your qualifications? How competitive is the jobs market for graduates at the moment? Where are University of Cumbria graduates finding employment?

If you want to hear Anna talk about recruitment and graduate prospects (and probably ramble off on a tangent about toast or something) then you can tune in to BBC Radio Cumbria at 6.00 pm tonight! You can listen live at

P.S. Anna will be tweeting from the Careers account tonight as well, so for lots of behind the scenes photos and tweets follow us @UoCCareers – if there is anything you want us to ask Adam, please feel free to tweet us a question!!

5 Smartphone apps to help you in your job search



LinkedIn is one of the best places to find a job. You can follow companies that you are interested in working with, get in touch with employees of that company, make links and ask questions of the very people who are in the place you want to be. A lot of companies use LinkedIn to advertise vacancies, and the larger companies often have a dedicated recruitment page, with videos and case studies that gives you a really good insight into what working there is really like.


A lot of jobs are advertised on Twitter nowadays, and this is one social media platform that you really can’t afford to ignore. You can follow companies that you are interested in working with (some have dedicated job accounts) and you can use it to ask questions and find out what’s happening in your industry – great for those tricky interview questions!

Jobsite Jobs

This is just one of the job sites out there, most sites have an app that you can download – try a few until you find one you are comfortable with. You can search for local, national and international jobs by different filters. Have a spare 10 minutes on the bus? Get your phone out and find that job!!

Job Interview Q&A

This is a great app that can help prepare you for general interview questions. There are those standard questions that everyone gets asked at pretty much every interview: ‘Tell me about yourself’ ‘Why do you want to work here?’ ‘Tell me about a time when you worked in a team’ – this app helps you find questions that you might not be expecting!

Google Maps

The last thing you want is to get lost on your way to your interview! Make sure you plan your route the day before, and take into account things like traffic, the possibility that the car could break down, and so on – expect the unexpected!! You could also use the street view facility in Google maps to ‘walk through’ your route so that you can recognise the area and the building when you arrive.

What apps do you use in your job search? Let us know in the comments!


Tips for Using Social Media to Market Yourself to Graduate Employers – Part 2 of 2

If you haven’t seen Monday’s post, which is part 1 of this mini series, head on back there now, I’ll wait for you here! Part 1.

Great content is not only in written format. The internet gives you the opportunity to post videos, pictures, make podcasts etc etc. Utilise the media forms with which you feel the most comfortable. Create relentlessly. Learnt something new? Post something. Done something interesting? Post something. Read an interesting article? Post something. You get the idea. You can never post enough content. If you are interested, read more about content marketing at The principles applied to marketing for businesses here can be extrapolated to yourself.

4 Engage in conversations


Twitter is a fantastic tool. Use it to search for relevant conversations about your chosen career area and engage in them. Use the search bar at the top of Twitter and search for relevant terms. Once you get some Tweet results, engage in the conversations that are occurring. Be complimentary and conversational. If you are interested in becoming an engineer and you find someone who is talking about a tough project they are working on, ask a question, show interest. Questions are always the best way to engage. The best companies will respond to questions so you should search these companies out and start to ask away. Try to get on their radar by being friendly, inquisitive and complimentary.

5 Do it all in one place


Evidencing your skills and engaging with employers can all be done in one place – on Kloodle. The site is a Social Network for Graduate Recruitment. Your profile gives you the ability to create your professional presence and engage with potential employers.

The initial part of the profile is like a CV where you list your education, employment and achievements. The second part of the profile is dynamic and gives you the chance to showcase your ability to potential employers. Like above, you can create engaging content and showcase your skills.

This can be done via blog posts, videos, photos and document uploads. In these you can tag the skills you demonstrate in that particular piece of media. An employer can then view each of your skills through the evidence you create.

Kloodle then enables you to interact with potential employers, engaging in conversations and putting yourself on their radar long before you graduate. You will get jobs for which you are relevant for posted directly to your newsfeed. No longer will you have to search Google for irrelevant jobs – you will see them right in front of your nose. Your Kloodle profile will be searched for by employers interested in people like you. You will be on the map before you even apply.

Creating a great profile is easy – download the ebook guide here:

Create your profile today –

We would love to hear from you – send us a tweet @kloodleuk

Tips for Using Social Media to Market Yourself to Graduate Employers – Part 1 of 2

This is a guest blog post by Phillip Hayes, Co-founder of Kloodle. Find out more at

You are but 1 Google search away from hundreds of potential graduate employers. What will they discover if they type your name into the world’s all pervading search engine? A dodgy Facebook profile? A potentially offensive tweet? Or, potentially even worse – nothing! The internet provides unbridled access to all of the facilities that you could possibly need to market yourself effectively to graduate employers. The trick is to utilise this power efficiently and effectively to your own advantage. Putting yourself on the radar of potential graduate employers has never been easier, yet many of today’s students allow this opportunity for self marketing to pass them by. You are living in an age in which competition for emerging talent and graduate career opportunities has never been more fierce, therefore, the opportunity to take some control over your career profile should not be lost. The internet provides you with a chance to tell your story, to show how you are different, and to kick start your career by putting you in the shop window for graduate employment. How do you do this? The following are 5 tips on how to get started on the internet marketing offensive, and how you will get ahead.

1 Buy your domain name and start a blog

aasasaasThe first step in the process is to head over to and buy your name as a domain name – for example  There are plenty of video tutorials on how to do this on the GoDaddy website, so if you are struggling, have a watch and they will point you in the right direction. Also, if you are experiencing problems, look at the forum, where it is highly likely someone will have experienced the same problem you are. After this, head over to and sign up for a blog. You can then use GoDaddy to point your domain name at your blog. This is again explained through tutorials on GoDaddy and is straight forward. The benefits for doing this are thus: – Imagine the wheel of an old style horse and cart. Your own website / blog is the centre hub of the wheel. The part which holds everything else together and the part to which all other aspects are connected. Your own site should be the place you are trying to draw people back to using your other online tools such as Social Media. Social Media profiles are the spokes – the offshoots of the hub of the wheel. When a person engages with you on social media, or stumbles across you in a google search, your aim should be to direct them to your main website. This will be the place where you record all of your experiences, learning, activities, and skills.

2 Sign Up for social media accounts

sdafadsasdYou should then create an account on all of the major social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Kloodle, Pinterest, and Google +.  You will probably already have a lot of these accounts, but if not, get signing up today. Your next step is to provide a link from your social media accounts back to the blog you set up in step 1. On your website, you also want to list your social media profile links which will give people the opportunity to follow and eventually engage with you.

3 Create great content

dfsdfsdafYou will then use your blog to create great content about what you are interested in. If you are interested in a career in teaching, write about an article you have read on a particular teaching technique and how you would try to apply it in the future. Look at the skills you will be required to possess in your future career – teamwork, communication etc. Then find examples in your daily life and write about how you have demonstrated these particular qualities. Look at companies you would like to work for and research their firm and their graduate recruitment scheme. Write about their company. Write about their scheme. Show how much you have looked into their company and that you value what they are about. Spending the time to conduct this research is never time wasted, and it will stand you in great stead come interview time. Once you have written these articles, post the links to your various social media outlets. If you are using Twitter, tag anybody who you may have mentioned in your article in your Tweet, get them interested and hopefully entice them to click back to your blog.

Come back on Wednesday for the last 2 tips, as well as some more info about social media!

Student Services Week – #mystudentservices

Student Services Week 10-14 February

Student Services Week is your opportunity to find out more about the support which is available to you and how you can make the most of it. From help with essays and dissertations with the skills@cumbria team to support with your career and using the library, the Student Services Team will be coming to a venue near you to answer all of your questions!

Can’t make it to the drop ins or fairs? No problem – why not tweet us your question? We’ll be chatting to you through our live Q&As and for the whole week using #mystudentservices


New Trends in CV Writing

A paper for careers professionals produced by a group calling itself the Career Thought Leaders Consortium has suggested amongst many other things some new developing trends in the use of CVs.

Apart from some interesting comments indicating for example that 50% of hiring managers no longer read covering letters and have an “almost-universal dislike” of functional CVs, there are some interesting tips that you may find useful when compiling your CV:

  • It is still vital for the CV to make a strong impression “above the fold” i.e. in the first half page 
  • ‘Hybrid resumes that combine an amplified profile (the “functional” component) with abbreviated reverse-chronological detail on jobs can work for those with less experience, employment gaps, or other challenges.’ Translated into more normal English, this basically means: Skills-based CVs can still work for the groupings mentioned.
  • For online CVs it is becoming important to ensure a good match of keywords between any person specification and the CV text, e.g. by using software like Wordle
  • It can be useful to include endorsements in the form of brief testimonial statements. LinkedIn recommendations can provide a useful source of quotes for testimonials.

If you are looking to try some more innovative approaches to CV writing, there are some emerging ideas suggested in the full report. You could look at producing a CV in a series of ten 140 character tweets as a #twesume on Twitter, an infographic CV in the form of a diagram, a popup CV that appears on your website, or a pocket resume that you can leave at networking meetings and careers fairs on the back of a business card.

Perhaps what needs to be added at this point is that many of the Career Thought Leaders Consortium are US-based and it may take some time for the likes of twesumes to establish themselves this side of the pond.  But in a situation where candidates are routinely urged to put out large numbers of CVs, it is easy to see that there may be a need to go for more innovative approaches.

Please let us know whether you have heard of any of them being used in the UK (and with what result) by adding a comment below.