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Greetings from the new Careers Intern.

Hello Everyone, I’m writing this to introduce…. Well ME!

I am the New Careers and Employability Graduate Intern. I recently graduated from the UoC Working with Children and Families course (July 2018).

I wanted to write this to introduce myself and describe some of the experiences I had as a student in relations to careers, future planning, time management and general student activities. Hopefully so you can see ways you can make the most of your time at Uni.

Future Planning – It’s never too early to start exploring what you want to do. I came to university not knowing what career path I was on or what pathways and avenues were open to me. However through exploring using the careers service, work experience and speaking to my course (both staff and students) I was able to focus on what was important to me and to get to somewhere I want to be.

Time Management – Obviously your course should be a priority to you, but if you plan and prepare efficiently then you can find the time to do other things. For those who have dependants or other responsibilities you have even more to balance before you can look to do other things (and, if you manage it, you deserve it). Whereas if you have free time there is so much you can do to boost your employability and improve yourself whilst at university:

Being a member of a society (especially if holding a leadership position or helping to start a society); work experience, voluntary or paid work; being a Student Ambassador, course representative, or serving on the student council/panel. All of these provide and demonstrate key life and job skills.

General Student activities – I’ll be honest I didn’t always turn up to lectures on time and if something wasn’t timetabled 50% of the time I wouldn’t be there (and if I was I might not have been fully invested). Looking back I would shout at myself and force myself to go to the extra events, to listen and make note. It was through one of these events I made contact with someone from an agency that provided me with work through my second and third years. They are there to help the students so use them to your own advantages.

My Career Enriched – There is now a Careers Hub called My Career Enriched where you can ask queries, book appointments, see advertised jobs (that you can also filter for relevance), and submit applications and CV’s for feedback.

You can find this in the student hub from the university login, or at

Career Ahead – Career Ahead is an employability award offered by the careers team. It is an award that is designed to make you ready for your career. There are different levels of the award and none of them are overly taxing to complete: Bronze, Silver and Gold. It is that extra thing to help you stand out and show that you have put in extra time and effort. This is available to every UoC student and is worth completing. I only did bronze myself but wish I had completed the full award even with all the experience I got with agency work and events through UCSU.

For more information visit here:

Graduate Success Guide – As a Graduate the university doesn’t just stop offering support, it is through ‘us’, you and whoever is in the next class of graduates that they can show their success. My Career Enriched is still accessible and the careers team even produce a guide on planning the next steps, for both further study and career support. The guide is a useful tool and worth looking at even whilst studying. As I said before it is never too early to start planning and it can be really daunting to transition from one thing to another, especially when your course has been your life for the last few years. This is here to help you light that dark time.

It is available here: Graduate Success Guide [PDF]

But it is also worth looking at:

I hope this helps some of you, and remember, the student services are always here to support you with issues. I know they helped me a lot especially when I was unsure or felt lost. Hopefully we can help you too.

Paid Placements: Eco Innovation Internships

Paid internships with local businesses

The Enterprise & Business Development team at the University of Cumbria are running two business support programmes that are recruiting students to work with local businesses on innovation research projects.


  • We are recruiting for short term internships – 20 days (140 hrs) maximum
  • You will be paid @ £7.90/hr

The type of project will depend on the individual businesses and will give you the opportunity to focus on a new idea or particular issue that a company has. You will be supported by an academic and someone in the business.


  • Get paid for conducting a research based project with business
  • Link it to your dissertation
  • Apply your learning and demonstrate your creativity
  • Gain insights into business challenges and how to respond
  • Enhance your business skills working alongside and learning from colleagues in the workplace
  • Further develop your employability skills such as communication, team working and organisational skills in the workplace
  • Develop your network and get connected by collaborating with local businesses

How to apply

Current Opportunities: 

Undergraduate Internship with Modular Build Solutions (MBS) – closes midnight, Monday 15 January 2018. Download the MBS Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Undergraduate Internship with Twoey Educational Resources – closes midnight, Friday 26 January 2018. Download the Twoey Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

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 to arrange a chat.

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)


Alumni Spotlight: Abigail Ede

Abigail Ede, Class of 2010, PGCE Early Years

Abigail EdeAbigail is a year 1 class teacher at the Nord Anglia School in Dubai. Her teaching career has taken her from the UK, to Beijing, now to Dubai and next onto Hong Kong! Rightfully proud she says, “I’ve achieved my ambitions and have a fantastic lifestyle full of interesting people and fantastic opportunities to see the world.”

If Abigail hadn’t come to Carlisle she would most likely be living and working in her home town in Wales. She chose the University of Cumbria because of its location in a most beautiful part of the world and the quality of the course, where she learnt from teaching professionals and had a fantastic experience – meeting her now best friends along the way.

Training to teach has been one of the best decisions she has ever made. “It felt good to have a qualification that allowed me to go on to earn good money and get a job straight away.” Abigail’s hopes for the future include becoming a part of the leadership team in her school and to start up a story-telling business with a fellow teacher.

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Nathalie Grobe

Nathalie Grobe, Class of 1996, PGCE Secondary French

Natalie GrobeOriginally from France, Nathalie secured a place at St. Martin’s College through the Erasmus programme with an ambition to teach in the UK. Now employed at the French International School in Hong Kong as a French teacher, Nathalie has travelled and taught all over the world.

Crediting her PGCE with changing her life she says, “the qualification gave me the chance to do what I love, travelling and teaching in great schools.”

She has never looked back after deciding to leave to UK to teach internationally and states, “it was the best choice ever. Teaching is the best job to have when you are travelling as it is easier to find work. I am most proud of being able to combine a family and work life balance – my job has taken me to places many people only ever dream of.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Alex Louise Hodgson

Alex Louise Hodgson, Class of 2008, Photography, Film & Media

Alex HodgsonOriginally from Lazonby and schooled in Penrith, a career in anything creative seemed miles away until Alex grabbed the opportunity to study in Carlisle.

“I undertook my A levels at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Photography, Film and Media studies from 2006 – 2008. My time spent there really set the ball rolling as to where I saw myself going in the future. The teachers were wonderful: Edward Cooper, Debbie Sweeny, Rachael Elliot and Darren Connor. Darren Connor, who is sadly no longer with us, introduced me and my classmates to topics such as British New Wave cinema which continues to inspire me. I could not praise their influence on me enough and they were all very encouraging.

“Upon graduating, I moved from my home county to study a BA (Hons) degree in Photography and Film at Edinburgh Napier University. Currently, I hope to extend my studies further and undertake a Masters Degree in Screenwriting. In the mean time I have worked on-set and as a film editor on low budget films. Although my years at college are nearing a decade ago, I’m thankful for the doors which studying there opened and the memories made. I could not have spent my most influential years at a better place.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.