Virtual Open Day – Careers and Employment

Virtual Open Day – Careers and Employment


(upbeat music) – So at the University
of Derby we’re very proud of the fact that our students
leave us actually ready for the real world of work. We’ve got a very full
programme for the students if they want to engage
with the Careers Service. We do that by offering
them work experience, internships, year placements. We have Career Connection Weeks which we have a Careers
Fair, Volunteering Fair. – My experience at the Careers Service has been really rewarding. They introduced me to the
Employee Mentoring Scheme. The Employee Mentoring
Scheme allowed me to connect with the Dean of Students. She took me to an International
Conference in Belgium and just being in that
environment really inspired me to want to take a placement
or even to work abroad, and so I recently just came
back from a placement in Berlin. I was able to interview
several ambassadors at their embassies;
it’s even encouraged me to go beyond myself again and I applied for another placement
but this time in Taiwan. – The Careers Team at
the University of Derby work very closely with
our academic colleagues so we know what students are learning on their programmes of study. We also work very closely
with academic colleagues in regards to year placements. All students from the University of Derby now have the option to
go on a year placement and we have placements
at various organisations. – After having my session at
the Careers and Employment Service, we analysed in detail my CV. After talking with people
and getting advice, I just started to explore
every experience I have, embrace the idea of
applying to different jobs. I’m more confident. – We also can offer mock
interviews for students. We will ask them real-life questions that they will get in interviews. – So they did a lot of
mock interviews with me and that really helps me to structure my points, my experiences. Looking back on my academic
journey and just seeing the person that I have
become, it’s clear to me that I would’ve never been able
to find these opportunities but also to develop personally. – It doesn’t matter
what the opportunity is; it could be something that’s part-time, it could be an internship, it could be a year placement,
it could be a graduate job, but to know that we have helped that student get to that point, that’s the best feeling in the world.

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