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Hugh Baird University Centre undergraduates consider their next steps


Undergraduates at the Hugh Baird University Centre are benefitting from a series of events involving industry experts aimed at enhancing their career readiness and preparing them to embark on their future career paths.

The Spotlight on Employment events have been created by the University Centre itself and involve a variety of organisations across a range of sectors such as Hays Recruitment, Shop Direct, Matalan and Claire House Children’s Hospice from the not-for-profit sector.

Throughout the events, students hear from leading figures within organisations about their careers, their achievements and the challenges they have overcome. In addition, undergraduates also benefit from careers advice and guidance, job interview tips, support with graduate scheme and internship applications and advice on networking for business.

Colette Mawdsley, Dean of Higher Education at the Hugh Baird University Centre, said:

Students often aren’t aware of their own skills and experience or how to take that huge first step from full time education to career. They need more meaningful careers advice. This is where we feel our Spotlight on Employment events along with our well established Careers Advice and Guidance service can really help our undergraduates to become career ready.

Over the course of this series of events, students will rub shoulders with some major figures from the Liverpool City Region’s business community and they will receive actionable advice from people who make hiring decisions on a daily basis.

I would personally like to thank all the organisations who are supporting our events and who are giving up their time free of charge to help prepare and develop our undergraduates here at Hugh Baird University Centre.

Speaking following a Spotlight on Employment event delivered by Clare Doig, Hospice Lead Nurse at Claire House Hospice, student Layla Saunders, said:

The event today was a great opportunity for us to hear from an expert working in the charity sector. Before the talk today, I had very little knowledge about the range of possibilities and job roles within this sector. The talk also helped me to understand the importance of developing my employability skills and work readiness.

Clare Doig from Claire House said:

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the Spotlight on Employment event and talk to the students regarding the amazing work we do at Claire House. This was a fantastic event that gave the students a real insight into our sector and the range of opportunities available to them once they complete their studies at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

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