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Be A Better You! – Army Recruitment Drop-In

Army Drop Ins

Calling all UoC Adult Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Radiographers and Education Students!

If you have ever considered joining the army or just want to find out more about the roles available then this event is for you! The army will be running a week of drop-in sessions at the University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle campus in May to answer your questions.

Where? Learning Gateway Ground Floor, Carlisle

When? Monday 16 May 2016 to Friday 20 May 2016, 10am to 3pm

Why recruit at UoC?

The army is currently recruiting for Regular and Reservist roles in Cumbria and your course could make you eligible to apply for specific roles in your field of interest. These include:

  • Learning Development Officers – The Educational and Training Services is a specialist graduate Branch. As an ETS Officer you’ll have the opportunity to teach soldiers from across the Army and help them to achieve their full potential. Find out more here.
  • Adult Health Nurses – As a member of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps you could be working in modern UK hospitals or the more austere and challenging conditions of a field hospital. Find out more here.
  • Adult Health Nursing Officers – As well as providing the best clinical Nursing Care in a wide variety of settings, both in the UK and Overseas, you will be developed to be able to lead clinical teams, and to support and develop less experienced nursing and healthcare staff. Find out more here.
  • Mental Health Nurses – You provide essential mental health nursing to the Army, working in community-based teams as part of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. Find out more here.
  •  Mental Health Nursing Officers – Nursing management is a challenging job, and nowhere more so than in the Army. You lead a team of nurses in a Department of Community Mental Health in the UK or on operations overseas. Find out more here.
  • Radiographers – You work alone or with others in emergency international trauma teams. When you’re not helping those on the front line of operations you use your skills to help patients in radiology departments. Find out more here.

Check out the Army Role Finder here to see what other roles are available in the Army.


There is a wide range of benefits to joining the army reserve, including paid bonuses for completing training milestones, learning skills that can add real value to your degree and having the opportunity to undertake training exercises in places such as California, Belize and Kenya. Benefits do differ between roles, so search Army Reserve for more information.

Find out more about the Army on their website here.


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

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!

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


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. 

#Refreshers 2014

Good Morning!

Refreshers image 2014


Just dropping in to let you know that the careers team will be at the refreshers fair from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm today in the Learning Gateway, Carlisle.

Come along to find out about Summer Jobs, to discuss part-time work, or bring your CV along for some 1-to-1 advice!

See you there!