St George's hosts its first careers week.
As part of National Careers Week, St Georges hosted its first Careers Week from Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March. During the week numerous careers events took place across the University’s physical and digital space including opportunities to meet the university’s Careers Service and better understand what they can offer students, information on how to fully take advantage of the careers resources on Canvas and a dedicated Careers Fair for radiographers.
The latter provided radiography students with the opportunity to discuss employment and progression opportunities with 25 visiting NHS Trusts and Private organisations.
Third year Therapeutic Radiographer, Saira Alam, said of the fair, "It was so useful to me. I was able to meet so many friendly staff who were incredibly encouraging. I’ve been able to network with prospective employers and make important connections for my career. I’m planning my final few months as a student and have well informed ideas for electives and where I’d like to apply and hopefully work."
The careers service was also based in the Social Learning Space outside the library on the 1st floor of Hunter Wing during the week, offering guidance to students on topics ranging from answering specific course related career questions to how to optimise the effectiveness of a LinkedIn profile.
Associate Dean for Graduate Outcomes, Julie Hendry, commented, “This year was the first Careers Week St George’s has hosted and we hope it will grow into an annual event. We’re delighted with how the week has gone and I hope it encourages students to think about their future and to take advantage of the careers support available at our university.”
The week followed Biomedical Science Careers Fairs which took place on Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 February. The fairs included opportunities to meet companies including GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG and the Institute of Cancer Research as well as a discuss the benefits of a Professional Training Year with students currently completing one.
Of the event, third year Biomedical Science student, Atharv Patankar, said, “The careers fair has been great for exploring the different options available through studying Biomedical Science. Meeting the different companies here has really helped me understand what I can potentially go on to do.”
Academic Lead for Biomedical Science Employability, Androulla Elia, added, “We’re delighted to be able to showcase to students the potential opportunities available to them with a Biomedical Science degree. We hope the students found the careers fair useful and informative and that it will inspire them to progress in their professional careers.”
St George’s careers service has doubled the weekly provision available to students for the 2019/20 academic year. This increase has been implemented in response to feedback previously provided by students to the University.
The service offers one-to-one career discussions, CV and application quick queries, and career education sessions on career routes for different course specialisms. There is also a Careers Information stand in the Library near Blossom the cow.
You can find out more changes that have been made at the University based on feedback provided by students here.
Published: 23 March 2020