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A busy week ahead for the careers team!!

This week is going to be pretty busy in the careers team – there’s the U Stand Out event that the UCSU are running, that’s on Wednesday in Carlisle and Friday in Lancaster. There are also the CV Drop-ins, those are Wednesday morning in Lancaster and Thursday afternoon in Carlisle. And! There is also a Career Ahead workshop taking place in both Carlisle and Lancaster on Tuesday evening!


Phew! We’ll need a holiday after all that! 

I’m planning a post all about the U Stand Out event later this week, so watch this space for that – there’s going to be loads of workshops, stands and events running throughout the day.

Today I just wanted to remind you all about the Career Ahead award. You may remember that back in December I published ‘An Introduction to Career Ahead‘, and also an interview with one of our Career Ahead students, Sam (who now writes a monthly post for us – first Monday of the month so watch out for it!!).

The workshop that is running this week is a quick overview of the award, what you need to do etc, as well as a little bit about graduate skills. We will also be able to show you how to sign up on PebblePad (it’s really easy – promise!), and show you where you can find everything on there and on Blackboard too!

The Career Ahead workshops are on Tuesday evening, 4.15 to 5.15 at both Lancaster and Fusehill Street campuses. The Lancaster workshop will be in room HB9 and the Fusehill Street workshop will be in room LG102. Feel free to bring along anyone you think might be interested too!


Careers Fairs – How to make them work for you!

If you are in Carlisle tomorrow why not drop into the Sands Centre for a careers fair – the Carlisle Skills Fair from 2-8 pm. (2-4 pm primarily for jobseekers and 4-8 pm primarily for school leavers).

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of attending a careers fair.


Plan ahead

Do your research! Double check the date, time and location of the event, research which employers are attending, and which employers are currently recruiting. You probably won’t be offered a job on the spot, but if you can tailor your approach to the different employers present, it will show them that you have prepared thoroughly. If you don’t have a list of organisations you’d like to work for, careers events can also give you a chance to find out more about other employers, and give you an opportunity to network.

Take your CV

Just the same as employers handing out freebies to promote their company, you can promote yourself too! It’s a good idea to take along items that you can leave with employers so that you leave a lasting impression. This can be your CV (tailored to each company, of course!), along with a short cover letter perhaps, highlighting your skills and what you can offer. Alternatively you could take along some business cards, with your contact details and career goal on one side, and a memorable fact or achievement on the other.

Create an elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a short speech you can use to quickly and simply outline you and your career goals to a prospective employer. The name “elevator pitch” comes from the idea that you should be able to deliver your pitch in the time span of an elevator ride (between thirty seconds to two minutes). The term itself comes from a scenario of an accidental meeting with someone important in the elevator. If the conversation inside the elevator in those few seconds is interesting and value adding, the conversation will continue after the elevator ride or end in exchange of contact details or a scheduled meeting. Use your elevator pitch to quickly and succinctly show how you are a good fit for the organisation and what skills and experience you have.


Don’t just grab the freebies and run – have a chat with people. Careers fairs are an informal way to meet employers and they give you a great opportunity to practise talking to recruiters without the pressure of a formal interview. You could talk about relevant experience such as an internship or work placement in a similar field. Even if your experience isn’t directly relevant to that company, it might be useful to talk about why you want to work there, or more generally about your career motivations and interests. Don’t hang around too long though – don’t outstay your welcome! Move on once you have had your questions answered and have made a lasting impression.

Dress professionally

This is probably fairly obvious – you never know who you are going to run into when you attend a career event so act and present yourself as a professional, both to the employers and to other job seekers. You are there to meet potential employers and first impressions count; it’s important to dress appropriately to make the right impression.

Follow up

Make sure that you take along a notepad and pen, or collect business cards from employers that you are interested in. Then after the event you can follow up with a short email a few days later. Thank them for their time and ask for a short 10-15 minute networking meeting. Even if you don’t have much success on the day – not a lot of people get offered a job there and then – it doesn’t mean you can’t have success a few days afterwards. 

Recruitment Fair – Supply Teaching

Are you a newly-qualified teacher (NQT) or graduate seeking work locally or nationally?

The University of Cumbria’s Careers Service is organising a Teaching Supply Agencies Mini Recruitment Fair 
Date: Tuesday 19th June, 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor, Learning Gateway, Fusehill Street, Carlisle

Agencies represented will include M2Education, Reed Education, Hays, High-Flyers and Teaching Personnel.

All are welcome to attend.

Further information from Joanne Watson, Careers and Employability Adviser.

Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair

Also on the Careers Fair trail, The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair takes place on Thursday 31st May between 11.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. at The Edge, University of Leeds and is open to graduates of all UK universities.

There will be over 90 employers, CV checks and a series of 10 minute workshops.

Find out more at http://careerfairs.leeds.ac.uk/ygrf/

Manchester Graduate Recruitment Fair

We have received the following reminder notice about the above event from Manchester University:

  • Hundreds of graduate jobs (local and national) starting June onwards (mostly permanent and paid, but a handful of voluntary positions too) plus some postgrad course opportunities, all on offer at:  The Graduate Recruitment Fair, Manchester.
  • Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June 2012, 10.30am – 4.00pm, The Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester.  DIFFERENT EXHIBITORS EACH DAY .
  • 160 companies and institutions – with graduate vacancies for this year. Attend on both days if you want to see all the exhibitors.  BRING COPIES OF YOUR CV.
  • FREE bus from Piccadilly Railway Station to the Armitage Centre and back.
  • For details and to register to attend, see http://www.manchester.ac.uk/graduatefair


The Manchester event is probably the biggest Graduate Fair within easy travelling of Cumbria, so it’s well worth booking a place.

International Teacher Recruitment Fair in Glasgow

International Education Recruitment agency Worldteachers are holding their inaugural Teacher Recruitment Fair in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow – UK on 13th and 14th February 2012.

A number of International schools will be attending from various countries, to interview and offer jobs to teachers at various levels in different subjects.

Opportunities range from graduate Primary and Kindergarten teachers through to senior Secondary teachers, as well as TEFL and ESL language teachers.

If you want to attend you will need to register in advance at http://www.worldteachers.net/_microsites/teacherrecruitmentfairs/getintouch

I understand Worldteachers will also be offering  interviews to applicants from  6th February 2012.

Manchester Careers Fairs 2012

Manchester University have announced the details of their careers fairs for the coming year:

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 June 2012

Graduate Recruitment Fair for graduate jobs and courses commencing 2012 (different exhibitors each day) – see www.manchester.ac.uk/graduatefair

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Engineering, Science & Technology Fair (graduate jobs and student placements)

Thursday 18 October 2012

Finance, Business & Management Fair (graduate jobs and student placements)

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Law Fair (law firms offering training contracts and placements, course providers offering training courses, professional bodies such as the Bar offering advice)

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Postgraduate Study Fair (universities and training organisations promoting their postgraduate study places for 2013 – NOT a jobs fair for postgraduates)

Full details will soon be available at www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/fairs