This time last year I applied for a job. It may seem an odd decision. I was working in a really great department of a high ranking university, teaching professional skills to MBA students from all over the world, and building a reputation as a careers blogger. However the opportunity to build on and grow a small department is exciting and I strongly believed that my skills would benefit students in the new job at GSM London.
So, quite a lot has happened since I joined in April. We have made quite a lot of progress in eight months.
What has been interesting is seeing the different perceptions of what a Careers Service does. It might be helpful to break down the department into two main areas. The first is “Employment Services”. This includes sourcing all the vacancies we promote through posters, emails and social media. It also includes employer led events and the Student Ambassador scheme. The second is “Careers Education”. This is where we run seminars both inside and out of your academic timetable and provide information resources. Our role is to give students the tools they need to make informed career decision and successfully navigate the job market.
Here are just some of the things we have been doing:
- Regular careers academic department specific newsletters with jobs, internships & events
- QR coded jobs posters around both campuses (and they take my colleague Siddharth a long time to prepare)
- Supported the first Finance Society careers event
- Helped launch the student Oil & Gas and HR societies
- Provided daily one-to-one consultation appointments at both campuses
- Held employer led events including Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Deloitte
- Introducing LinkedIn sessions at both campuses
- Organised external visits to the Law Society and Royal Courts of Justice
- Ran a half-day careers boot-camp, Your Career. Sorted.
But, in 2014, there is much more to come!
- New, high profile Careers Zones at both campuses
- Launch of new resources on Blackboard
- Support for Year 0 students
- Piloting of a temporary work agency
- Piloting of Graduate Internships
- Launch of Entrepreneurship support
- Specialist events and careers webinars
- Alumni events
- More seminars delivered within the curriculum
Our team has also grown a lot over recent months and will continue to do so. GSM London is investing heavily in Careers & Employability and I’m delighted to be leading the department in providing better support for our students.
I look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year. Have a great Christmas break.
Director of Careers & Employability
PS Why not share this post with a fellow student? They may also be pleased at what we’re doing!