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'Great careers start' at the University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria's strapline 'Great careers start here...' reflects its commitment in supporting students to realise their career ambitions in a challenging economic context.

The new Vice Chancellor, Peter Strike, has selected employability and enterprise as two of four key themes guiding the university's corporate strategy and future developments. Only recently, the university's new employability plan was launched through a conference showcasing employability initiatives across faculties and services such as the careers service, part of Learning, Information and Student Services (LISS).

Value-added interventions

The LISS Careers Service has had a key involvement in shaping the employability plan that recognises the role of careers advisers in embedding employability within the curriculum, supporting it through 'value-added' interventions alongside the curriculum and through employer engagement and partnerships.

Nadine Sunderland, Academic Liaison, Employability and Skills Manager, said:

"Engagement with the European Social Fund (ESF) North West Graduate Employability Project has led to the careers service developing an employability award for implementation from September 2012. The award, called Career Ahead, will link to other programmes: Get Ahead, an orientation programme for pre-entry students; and Stay Ahead, a future initiative focussing on retention and achievement of students.

ESF funding has helped the LISS careers team to contribute to the delivery of well-received themed employability events to graduates and final year students. With a focus on enhancing confidence, standing out in a crowd and understanding employer requirements, faculties are now keen to see these repeated on an annual basis. New planned initiatives include an employer mentoring scheme and the delivery of virtual guidance appointments to students at gateway campuses.

These initiatives have raised the profile of the careers professionals and led to a university-wide debate on student and staff enterprise and the important links between these areas and how to provide strategic careers advice."

Tags: cumbria million+ University Sector

Created on: 24 January 2012

Last updated: 06 February 2012

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