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Placements & Internships

Never mind the BAFTAs, three cheers for the NUEAs

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I attended the National Undergraduate Employability Awards last week (although not, sadly, the BAFTAs) and it is hard to think of another event that creates the same blend of informative speakers, interesting discussions and a proper feel-good factor. I like the NUE Awards for two reasons. First, the two headline awards are based on student generated feedback and metrics. If you really want to know how your placement scheme (or careers service) is working, ask a student. When I was running the careers service at City I spent a lot of time measuring impact. I looked at how and why students used our different offerings, and tried to understand how these activities had an impact on their success – which of our interventions really helped students to get a graduate level job? I used student feedback to supplement the metrics we generated through CareerHub and DLHE to do this. Second,…

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PlaceNet – A great Place to Network

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On Friday I visited the University of Coventry to attend the PlaceNet Workshop, “Using Social and Digital Media in Employability Initiatives” (http://www.placenet.org.uk) The presentations really got me thinking about how careers professionals and graduate recruiters face a similar challenge: how can we engage with students that come from a generation which processes and discards information very quickly. 8 seconds is, on average, the window of opportunity we have to catch their eye, according to Alex Field from Rate My Placement (@FieldRMP). Alex and Graham Kaye-Taylor from Brunel University (@PlacementBlog) shared some fascinating thoughts on why we need to be disruptive with our engagement activities, including a live demonstration of Periscope with Sandy Chow at Centrica (@SandypwChow). The use of video to deliver short, catchy bursts of information as a “teaser” to lead students towards a more detailed message clearly has a lot of potential. The workshop also reminded me why…

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