Tag Archives: Employability

19 January 2017 - 1:18 pm When enterprise becomes international: Taking the best from globalisation

When I commenced on the challenge of developing a programme for international students to develop their entrepreneurship skills I was not expecting Brexit would happen or even that we would have Mr Turmp as the next US President. When the programme ended, I was not only watching the political landscape change but also how far western nations were driving away from globalisation and becoming a closed retrogressive society.

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3 October 2016 - 4:02 pm The benefits of becoming a councillor in the Students’ Union

The union has ample of opportunities for you to develop and improve your skills, but none are as interesting and impactful on your students’ experience as standing for the role of Students’ Union Councillor. The benefits go far beyond making you more employable, including:

Making interesting friends

The council brings together people who are really engaged and are here to make a positive difference to student life. You might meet people who disagree with you completely, but may still become friends with them. Alongside this, you will meet people with similar interests who may well become friends throughout your university life and beyond.

Negotiating and learning

Many times the Union council sees discussion on topics which are quite controversial. These issues might not have a correct answer and the policy would depend on which way the council swings. You might find yourself on the less popular side, as I did sometimes, but believe me here even losing is winning. You will learn more from a lost argument than one which was popular.

Making a difference

The councillors do amazing things. They have prevented departments from shutting down,  to helping to decide which companies are able to sell their products in the Students’ Union building, . Some councillors’ sit on various committees such as the finance committee, academic representative committee and many more.

Become informed and lead the way        

Ever wondered how democracy actually works? Wondered what happens in parliamentary debates? Well, students union council isn’t the whole of the UK, but it still provides an insight on how things work in a democracy. Seize this opportunity to get yourself exposed to debates and discussion to enrich yourself. Who knows probably you might be able to chart a new direction for the Students’ Union!

Wondering how to be a councillor? Click here to know more.

Do not fret if you are a first year student. I was one when I became the Councillor for the Economics department. One things I can tell you – becoming a councillor was one of the best experiences I have had so far at university.

I am running for the International Students’ Councillor, so who knows I might see you at the council some time!

 

15 March 2016 - 3:40 pm There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in WIN! UBC 2016

Hello USE Blog readers!

 

It’s been a while since my last post (apologies for that)!  I have however, been extremely busy supporting our students to do great things!  One of them being the University Business Challenge (UBC) – previously IBM Business Challenge.  Some of you may remember that way back in September last year, we recruited our teams, by putting them through a rigorous selection process, whereby students ran their own pizza company (simulated of course).  Continue reading “There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in WIN! UBC 2016” »

10 July 2015 - 2:46 pm The ultimate secrets of getting an internship leaked…

Hello all! Yeah, I know, long time no see… But this time, I have some useful stuff to offer you: tips to get a placement, yey!

The placements market is still offering a couple of last chances to get a job for the summer or a year, so please jump onto this last train, get a great experience and boost your employability by doing one! Either way, no worries, even if it’s already too late, you can start thinking about next year, because the vacancies mainly begin to open in September. It’s almost time!

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3 July 2015 - 10:33 am An Experience to remember – diving head first into the working world.

Hello all, whether you’ve accidentally clicked on my post while browsing or genuinely have an interest in what I have to say, I welcome you to my limited edition, one and only, blog post.

I have never written a blog before so the whole concept is really quite exciting for my 15 year old, teenage self. So you, you lucky things get the pleasure of reading my first and quite possibly last blog, I know, I can basically hear your excitement.

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8 May 2015 - 1:46 pm Taste of Work Adventure

Hope I do not bore you, I am gonna tell you my Taste of Work experience in USE. Well, to be honest, I hesitated a little when I first applied this session. But then I thought “why should I let go of this opportunity?” So I decided to give it a go. And it turned out to be great after all. Continue reading “Taste of Work Adventure” »

30 April 2015 - 2:37 pm Keep calm… Summer is around the corner

Spring is definitely in the air. We’ve had some beautiful sunny days and it’s got me dreaming of the summer holidays… Continue reading “Keep calm… Summer is around the corner” »

8 April 2015 - 5:51 pm Leadership. Enough Said.

It is an interesting word- leadership. In my head, it conjures images of Lord Alan Sugar, Sir Winston Churchill and Barack Obama. But what do all of these three people have in common- they are all male. In fact, the majority of Managing Directors and Chief Executives across the globe are male and in the UK, under a third of women hold a top job . But what do all of these women have in common which can help them get to the top? Continue reading “Leadership. Enough Said.” »

17 March 2015 - 10:10 am Grab your bucket and run into a beach full of opportunities

At the time of writing this, I am about to leave USE to go onto maternity leave. But as well as spending loads of time with my new born, I have been thinking about making the most of my year by making a bucket list of all the things that I have been wanting to do for ages but because of working full time or just not getting round to it, it just hasn’t happened. Continue reading “Grab your bucket and run into a beach full of opportunities” »

17 February 2015 - 4:50 pm E is for….

If it isn’t one E word (enterprise) that I go on about, it is another one, employability.

We all know that the graduate market is highly competitive and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The way I like to describe this is by thinking of a cake: your degree is a great solid base that has got the essential knowledge that you need to do the job (or in a cake sense, you need the sponge to be a cake) but it is the things that you do on top of your degree that makes you more attractive to employers (and for me, the sprinkles, toppings and anything else you can fit on the cake makes it sooo much more attractive). Continue reading “E is for….” »