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ICAEW 100 Reminder!

Remember that the ICAEW 100 Competition is Closing on the 15th April 2019!

“ICAEW, the world leading professional qualifications organisation, is searching UK universities to find the brightest 100 students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders and inviting you to take part!

This inclusive competition is open to all current students who are keen to undertake a short exercise with the chance to advance their career. Test your skills against your peers, and students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes at noon on the 15 April 2019 will be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes and exclusive opportunities.

The student with the highest overall score will win:

  • A £5,000 cash prize to be used for personal development towards your future career!
  • A one on one employability skills session with a member of our student recruitment team. You will learn how to improve your interview technique, create an eye-catching CV and increase your commercial awareness amongst other skills.

Through a short online application and a quick exercise, students from all years and disciplines have the potential to win this fantastic prize as well as the opportunity to add exceptional extra-curricular experience to their CV.


Take part here: https://icaew100.com/uk

Good luck!

The ICAEW100 UK Team”


ICAEW100 logo

Greetings Everyone, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Are hosting a UK competition. Open to UK students.

“ICAEW is searching UK universities to find the brightest 100 students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders”

THE ICAEW 100, has been run in multiple countries and regions. It’s now being run for a UK demographic to find the best 100, this is open to all students who are studying in the UK.

Opportunities and prizes await those who what to prove they have what it takes.

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“ICAEW is searching to find the brightest students who have the potential to be the next generation of business leaders. Test your skills against your peers by taking a short online exercise and the students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes will be in with a chance of winning unique opportunities and prizes! ” – Taken from their completion flyer.

This Completion closes at noon on Monday 15 April 2019.

Submissions can be found here.

Use these links to find out more about the ICAEW100 and read completion FAQ’s.

And for information about the ICAEW as a company look here.

To all the hopeful future Business Leaders out there I wish you Luck!

And to those who need an extra hand looking for what to do or how to fill out job applications remember you can always book an appointment through My Career Enriched.



Career interview with the Head of Online and Digital at The Entertainer

This week we have been talking to Rob Wood, Head of Online and Digital at The Entertainer to find out about his career journey and what tips he would give to students who are keen to develop careers in ecommerce.Rob Wood

What did you study at university and what impact did it have on your career path?

English. I started my ecommerce career focussing on online content so it gave me a good grounding in how audiences respond to language.

What work experience did you undertake per landing a permanent position?

I did lots of odd jobs – silver service waiting, accounts payable, reporting on non-league football matches. I didn’t have a master plan for what I wanted to do but it gave me a good flavour of different workplaces and cured me of any interest in working in accountancy.

Did you take part in any societies while at university, and if so, did you learn any valuable skills from your time?

I played a lot of sport which develops great skills for most career paths – teamwork, communication, competitiveness.

What advice do you have for those who are just starting university right now?

You’ll never have so much spare time again so make the most of it. And enjoy yourself.

How important is a brand’s culture when choosing positions to apply for?

Really important and it’s definitely worth asking lots of questions about it when you interview. There are advantages and disadvantages of working everywhere – understanding what they are and adapting to them is the key to succeeding. So ask the person interviewing to talk you through the culture as it will help you decide whether it’s a place you will do well.

What is the most challenging part of your current role?

Deciding where the priorities are. There are 1000s of possible ways to grow our online sales and my job is to decide which ones are the most time and cost-effective. Because technology is changing so quickly it’s impossible to predict how customers will shop in a couple of years’ time, so our strategy is to find low risk projects that keep us up to date with the latest trends in online shopping and communication but allow us to react quickly if things change.

Has your role changed, or have your responsibilities evolved, as you’ve worked for The Entertainer?

My role has changed a lot. When I joined The Entertainer I was running a small online content team. Over the last five years I’ve gradually taken on responsibility for user experience, commercial performance and online marketing and I now lead a team of 15.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting career interviews with some of Rob’s colleagues: a  Copywriters, an Online Merchandiser, and a Content and Social Media Assistant. The interviews are all about what they learned at university, the impact it had on their careers and their advice for current students. Watch this space!


Friday Featured Vacancies – IT Manager / Communications & Marketing Intern

cumbria community foundationCommunications & Marketing Intern

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



logoIT Manager

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.



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                               



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



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


Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Associate Recruitment Consultant

If you are a confident person, have sales skills and can communicate well with people, this could be a career you would enjoy. In this job you will need to be a good negotiator. You will also need to be organised, professional and enjoy working towards targets.

Metis Human Capital Graduate Scheme 2016

Our goal is to support your growth so that you can establish yourself as a confident consultant with Metis Human Capital in six months. We offer an in-depth training scheme that will allow you to progress from the classroom to a mentored seamless integration into your team. You will be taught about the financial service’s market, your specialist area(s), typical sales structure and the candidate side of the recruitment process. There will be additional client based training to develop your skills to influence and negotiate, pitching for PSL’s and develop new client relationships. Once you have graduated from our academy we will continue to support your career development to help meet our mutual goals.

Desired skills

  • Graduate level education.
  • Focus and self-motivated.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong networking and presentation skills.
  • Other language skills would be an advantage.
  • Sales experience is desirable but not essential.

Role Benefits

  • £20k-£22k annual salary + commission.
  • £35k OTE year one.
  • Market leading commission of up to 40%.
  • Structured career path.
  • Ongoing training and development.
  • International opportunities.
  • Quarterly and annual prizes for achievements including overseas vacation.

Apply via


Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £35,000.00 /year









Thinking about starting a business…


As you start the new academic year at University you may be considering what the future holds on graduation or how you are going to earn an income whilst you undertake your studies. If you are considering starting a business, either part time or full time following graduation, did you know that help and support is on hand?

Support can be provided to help you to develop the skills to take your idea to the next level, this could be by attending one of the planned workshops which will be running during November – more details to follow in this regard, or by receiving support on a one to one basis.

As student enterprise coordinator I can help you and provide you with a range of templates and access to tools which can be valuable as you consider self-employment, so if you have an idea that you would like to explore further please get in touch, there is of course no pressure to start a business just the support to help you to consider this option.

Freshers will also see the launch of the student enterprise society where you can get involved and develop transferrable skills, it will be run by students for students and I will provide help and support as required.

So if you want to get involved or would just like to hear more, please drop me an e-mail, I look forward to hearing from you.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator


UoC Student Enterprise Society coming soon!


Over the past few months I have been supporting one of our enterprising and entrepreneurial students as he works towards the development of a new Student Enterprise Society at the University of Cumbria. Sam who is studying at our Lancaster campus has worked so hard on moving this forward. It is great to see his passion and commitment developing a society which will offer you the opportunity to get involved.

The Student Enterprise Society will welcome and encourage students and graduates to come together and share ideas and experiences as well as the opportunity to identify and take part in activities which will help develop enterprising skills.

As you may have guessed, I am passionate about enterprise and the transferrable skills you can develop which will help you in your future whether running your own business or working for an employer.

So now is the time to get involved and help shape your society which will meet on a regular basis and will also have a programme of interesting and inspirational guest speakers.

We would love to hear your ideas and thoughts so please get in contact and start to take a positive step towards the success of your society.

What a fantastic opportunity and one not to be missed, open to all students and graduates!

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator


What will I do next?

student enterprise

As we move to this time in the Academic calendar many 3rd year students are thinking about what they will do after they have undertaken their final exams and submitted their final pieces of work.

Many will be thinking where did the last 3 years go!

Help is on hand, you can talk to the careers team for help and support on applying for jobs, producing your CV or interview techniques, or if you are considering self-employment as an option I can give you advice and guidance either directly or can arrange support if this is more appropriate.

Being entrepreneurial is about making your future work for you, taking the path that you want to take and can mean something different to everyone. Having an enterprising approach will help you to make things happen.

If you are looking to start a business or have set one up already, let me know and we can help you develop a case study to be used in PR and marketing, it is important to get you and your business known in the market place.

There are also pockets of funding support, we can do a funding search for you!

I guess a key message from me in this blog is don’t struggle by yourself, there is lots of support available to UoC students and graduates now and in your future.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 20/02/2015


Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities – (One year Placement)

Energize your career with Westinghouse Electric Company!

Our commitment to safe, clean nuclear energy is second to none. If you are interested in being a part of a company that values exceeding customer expectations and providing future generations around the globe with emission-free energy, we want to hear from you.

Through our four core businesses – Nuclear Fuel, Automation and field Services, Nuclear Power Plants and Engineering equipment and major projects we’re committed to delivering superior services and value to our utility customers worldwide.

Westinghouse, UK is currently looking for talented students interested in placement opportunities. We are seeking applicants in the following disciplines:
• Process/Chemical
• Mechanical
• Physics
• Business
• Environmental
• Electrical
• Accounts/ finance
• Metallurgical
• Electronics

The successful placement candidates for this position MUST possess the following:
1. At the time of the placement – the candidate must have completed at least one year of their degree, but not have completed their final year of study.
2. A minimum grade average of 2.1.
3. Pursuing a BSc, MSc or BEng, MEng degree in an appropriate discipline.

To apply, please visit https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/home.aspx?partnerid=11716&siteid=5336
Click on Search Openings and leave all the fields to “All”
Click “Search”
You will then see “1 year placement opportunities Internships” select this and click apply to job.

For any queries or issues, please contact Jill Marrow on 01772 763616.

Westinghouse Electric Company is a group company of Toshiba Corporation. Check us out at http://westinghousenuclear.com/springfields

Closing date for applications is 31st March 2015.

Friday’s Featured Vacancies – 24/01/2014

Today we have two opportunities for placements through UNITE with Business. You can keep up to date with placement opportunities on the UNITE with Business web pages at the following address: http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/AboutUs/Enterprise/WorkingWithStudents/CurrentOpportunities.aspx


Product Designer – Planet Knox Ltd

Planetknox need to strengthen the design department in order to grow and develop innovative new products, so we are looking for a highly inventive and motivated Product Designer to join the design team.

About (The SME): 

Knox is an innovative sportswear company with a rich history in motorcycling and bikes, based in the Lake District. For the last 30 years Knox has specialised in developing innovative products from all types of impact protection, accessories and technical clothing. www.planet-knox.com

Overall Purpose of the Role: 

To develop and design innovative products and marketing material for the Planetknox range.

Other Useful Information: 

This will be a creative and diverse role so an instinctive and ambitious designer would flourish within the role. We are keen to develop our team so this could develop into a permanent post for the right candidate.

Online Marketing Specialist – Conference Business Agency Ltd

Business Need:

To improve online presence through search engine optimisation, updating design of websites and social media. Currently ranking on search engine websites is low and there is not enough experience or staff time to adequately improve our online presence.

About (The SME):

CBA Ltd has been placing and managing meetings, conferences and events throughout the UK and Europe since 2002, providing clients with a completely free of charge venue-finding service. Last year we launched ‘Cumbria Conference Desk’ to bring more business to Cumbria. http://www.cba-solutions.co.uk

Overall Purpose of the Role:

To re-design where applicable websites for CBA and Cumbria Conference Desk; to implement search engine optimisation and create a strategy for the future; to advise and develop on social media (create Facebook page, advise on current TWITTER activity and create Google + account). To work alongside current staff in order to ensure they can continue to implement online marketing strategy for the future.

Other Useful Information: 

Remote working possible with regular meetings.

To apply for any of these opportunties, please visit the UNITE with Business web pages at: http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/AboutUs/Enterprise/WorkingWithStudents/CurrentOpportunities.aspx