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Graduate Start-ups


You have worked hard and achieved your degree and now moving onto the next chapter in your life, but what direction should you take?

There are different options open to you that will allow you to build on the skills that you have developed, one these options is starting your own business.

Running a business is hard work and challenging, but it can also be exhilarating, exciting and rewarding allowing you to use your skills to the full and develop new ones along the way.

If this is the route you chose to explore then help is at hand. UoC students and graduates can access the help and support to research your intended business, everything from market research, to raising finance to business planning, this could be one to one support or attendance at workshops where you will be able to meet likeminded people. To find out more, drop me an e-mail and we can start to put the support in place which will help you. If you have moved away from the area we will be able to put you in contact with local provision and also provide support via e-mail, telephone of skype.

Keep an eye out for details of the different business sessions we will be running this year on campus and during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November!

In addition the university has agreed to offer graduate start –up support packages to help you with business location at their business centres, again contact me if you would like further information.

Whatever you chose to do, think it through, get help were you can and good luck with it.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator


Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Hill Dickinson


If you are a Law student seeking employment after you graduate, Hill Dickinson’s Graduate Scheme might just be for you!

Who we are

Hill Dickinson is an award-winning, full service international law firm with big clients, great people and fantastic opportunities. With around 1300 people, including 180 partners, we have offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Sheffield in the UK, alongside international bases in Singapore, Piraeus, Monaco and Hong Kong.

What we do

We are a full service firm, so we cover all areas of law and work across a number of sectors, including: insurance, retail, aviation, sport media, health and marine.

What we’re looking for

You will need at least a 2:1 and ABB or equivalent. We want trainees who show a commitment to learning and who will continue to learn throughout their careers. We want trainees with the insight and awareness to understand our clients’ demands and what is expected of us as an international law firm, so we want to hear about your business background. You will need to have experiences that demonstrate your passion for a career in law and the motivation you’ve got to get there.

What you’ll do

We recruit to retain, so for 2017, we’re taking on up to 14 trainees which means we’ll have the resources and time to give you as much support as you need. Because of our small intake, there’s lots of interesting work to go around and you will be given challenges from the start. You will do four seats and will be able to select preferences from a variety of different areas of law. You will have a mentor on hand throughout your time with us to offer advice, guidance and support. Before you officially start your training contract, you will spend a number of days in our offices learning about our business, as part of our LPC+ scheme. Our trainees work really hard and as you’d expect, it’s not all fun and games. But when they do let their hair down, they get together and do it properly! You’re welcome to get involved in the firm’s sports and CSR teams, too.


As well as a host of fantastic training opportunities, we also provide some pretty good perks: pension, travel insurance, buying and selling holiday entitlement, permanent health insurance and life assurance, season ticket loans, BUPA cover, and we’ll even give you your birthday off (paid).


We’ll pay your LPC fees in full and provide a maintenance grant.

Application process

Apply to: Emma McAvinchey/Jen Reed/Hannah Williams

How: Online application via website

When: By 20 July 2015 for training contracts commencing in 2017

What’s involved: Online application, video interview, critical thinking and assessment day, which includes a formal interview, presentation, written exercise and group exercise.

Apply to be a UoC Graduate Intern!















(Left to right) Chloe Hilton, Sarah Smith at the Bright Futures Awards 2015 

In each new academic year Library and Student Services takes on two Graduate Interns on a full-time, paid basis! If you’d like to try your hand at working in the student services, this internship offers an accessible way into such a career. It offers a varied and continually evolving role in which you are encouraged and supported as you develop as a graduate employee. Here’s an idea of what you can expect from an internship in LiSS:

  • creating and delivering academic skills and careers sessions/workshops
  • planning and attending student events
  • creating and maintaining marketing materials and online training resources
  • training student mentors
  • signposting students to appropriate services within the university
  • providing advice and guidance to students requiring support
  • collating student services evaluations and building models for future service improvement

One of our current Graduate Interns talks about her experience working in this role:

“I really love the variety, and the fact that I have a bit of freedom to choose which projects I work on and enjoy them! Being a graduate intern really is an invaluable stepping stone into employment for graduates. You can learn new things, apply what you learnt in your degree, get loads of experience – all things that are essential to being employable and getting the most out of your degree! You’re also free to find out what kind of worker you are, and are able to make mistakes and learn from them.”   (Sarah Smith, Graduate Intern 14-15)

If you are interested in applying to become a Graduate Intern in LiSS you can contact our resident interns directly:

–  Chloe Hilton (Lancaster): chloe.hilton@cumbria.ac.uk

–  Sarah Smith (Carlisle Fusehill Street): sarah.smith@cumbria.ac.uk


5 Tips for using your careers service at University

I found this really useful post over on the Enterprise blog, and thought it would be good to share with our readers. You can view the original post on the Enterprise blog here.

Taking advantage of your university’s careers service is extremely important, but the reality is that a vast majority of students don’t even visit, and most of them don’t even think about making the most of what they offer until they are in the final year of university.

University is supposed to prepare you for a career, and one of the ways that they do this is to make sure that you get all the support during your degree to find a job. Many universities continue to offer this service to new graduates, sometimes up to two years later depending on where you studied.

Here are five great things that you can get help with when you visit your university career service.

Find a direction

Some people, like dentists, doctors or nurses, have a degree that normally leads into a specific job. But if you are still a little bit confused about all the options available to you, then it is worth booking a consultation with your career advisor well before you start your final year.

For your initial meeting, they will find out a little more about what you are up to and the things you enjoy. They can tell you more about different industries and types of roles you could explore. If you go early enough you can arrange placements and internships that could help you understand which career you should pursue after graduation.


Most companies and recruiters who are looking for students to take part in their internship programmes will ensure that they share opportunities with careers services around the country, so they are a great resource to help you find a summer internship or an industrial placement.

It’s certainly worth going to meet them. It might be that you haven’t yet developed the right skills or have not thought about other possibilities when it comes to where you could spend your internship. By sitting down with a careers advisor and telling them your career plans you can find something that suits your future plans.


One of the best ways to find your way in the career market is to speak to someone who’s already applied for graduate jobs and internships and has ‘inside’ knowledge about the kind of work you hope to do. Universities have access to a great pool of alumni who work in all different fields, and some of them offer to mentor graduates from their university.

Because you have a shared connection, it makes it easier to be invited to networking opportunities and to help you make those connections that you’ll need once you start looking for a job. It’s also a great way to find out more about the recruitment process at companies that you want to work for.

Interview and CV skills

Writing a resume isn’t a skill that you’re born with, but something you develop. Some universities will offer one-to one sessions for CVs, whilst others will arrange classes so that you can work in a group and find out more about presentation skills, what to include and how to pen the perfect cover letter.

Interview technique is also an important skill to develop. If you can, book a mock interview session –  this is a great way of getting some practice in before the big day, and especially important for those who haven’t had a lot of interview experience.

Starting your own business

The career service might look like it focuses on finding graduate trainee positions for students, but they offer some more alternative services too. If you’ve got a great idea to start your own company or want to find out more about loans, business planning and how to start out in general, then the team will be happy to help you with that as well.

Don’t forget that you can find plenty of careers and employability advice on Enterprise’s website, from job application tips to interview techniques. Make sure you also visit the Enterprise website if you’re looking for internship opportunities or graduate management trainee roles.

Friday’s Featured Vacancy 29/11/13

Last week at the Carlisle campus we had Enterprise Rent-a-Car visit us to talk to the students about how they use social media, what graduate employers are looking for, and to talk about their graduate schemes. The Carlisle branch of Enterprise is among the most profitable branches in the country, and this week, our featured job gives you the opportunity to join this worldwide organisation.

enterprise rent a car employee

Graduate Management Trainee – Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Join the Enterprise management training programme and following an initial classroom-based orientation session, you’ll be based in one of our branches, learning all the business skills you need to manage it yourself.

You’ll join us as a management trainee and develop skills in all areas, from sales and marketing to customer service and finance. So it really is a general management scheme.

Career progression
You’ll start off as a management trainee and in as little as eight to twelve months, you could move up to a management assistant. From there, in your next year, you’ll continue your training and you could become an assistant manager. That’s when you’ll receive a percentage of the profits generated by your branch, which means your earnings will be directly related to your performance.

Throughout our graduate programme, there’s a series of tests and evaluations, after which you’ll receive pay increases, rewards, and more opportunities for promotion. You’ll almost certainly be a branch manager within just two years of starting, and after all that it’s up to you how fast you move – there’s area manager, group rental manager, general manager and then you might take over the world! Well, we are a global company after all.

Click apply now to search for all the latest Graduate Management Trainee jobs available.

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* Friday’s Featured Vacancy is a new weekly series where we highlight current vacancies and opportunities from the University of Cumbria’s Job Shop – register your details to receive all the latest vacancies, tailored to you.

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.

Accountancy Training with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

In a previous post on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme it was noted that Cumbria Partnership NHSFT will also accept CV applications from qualified Accounting Technicians who wish to apply for Accountancy traineeships with them.

If you come into the above category or similar, you can submit your CV and covering letter to our University of Cumbria email address careers@cumbria.ac.uk and we will forward your details to the Trust.  Just remember to say that you read about this opportunity on “Col’s Blog”.

We would also be keen to hear from any local students or graduates who would be interested in applying for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme next year i.e. for entry in 2013.   Just use the same email address and we will endeavour to keep you informed of any local events to promote this scheme when they arise.


Make It Happen

Make It Happen is a national mentoring service for students and graduates thinking of starting up their own business. The service is an online website href=”http://www.mihmentoring.com/” http://www.mihmentoring.com and the service is very student focused. Everything has been designed in response to students’ feedback in forums and questionnaires.

For example Make It Happen run twice weekly webinars on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm on a variety of topics about starting your own business. Many of the speakers are from well-known companies e.g. HSBC.

Currently 2% of graduates decide to go into business for themselves after completing their studies.

Note: This information was provided by Sarah Fox, Senior LISS Adviser Careers and Employability, University of Cumbria

Graduate Recruitment Trends

Some good news from a recent survey:

– The UK¹s leading employers are expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 9.4% in 2011 and three-fifths of employers expect to recruit more graduates in 2011 whilst a quarter plan to maintain their intake at 2010 levels.

– The leading accountancy & professional services firms are intending to hire almost 10% more graduates than in 2010, an increase of more than 350 trainees year-on-year. There will also be substantial increases to the graduate intake at the City¹s top investment banks (up 12.2% compared to 2010) and the high street banks (up 24.8%).

– The largest recruiters of graduates in 2011 will be PricewaterhouseCoopers (1,200 vacancies), Deloitte (1,000 vacancies), KPMG (900 vacancies), the Teach First scheme (780 vacancies) and Ernst & Young (740 vacancies).

– A quarter of top graduate programmes will pay new recruits a starting salary of more than £30,000 when they begin work and seven organisations are offering at least £40,000 to this year¹s graduates. Public sector employers (average of £22,200), retailers (average of £24,000) and engineering & industrial companies (average of £24,500) have the lowest graduate pay rates for 2011.

– Three-fifths of employers are providing industrial placements for undergraduates (typically for 6-12 months) or vacation work lasting more than three weeks. However, nearly two-thirds of recruiters caution that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisation’s graduate programmes.

Source: Highflyers