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Employer Mentoring Programme

Are you in 3rd or 4th year?
Develop key skills for your future & boost your confidence with the UWS Employer Mentoring Programme!

What Is Employer Mentoring?
Employer Mentoring is where a professional person gives their time to share their experience of work with a student mentee.
The programme is designed to motivate and inspire students.
What Will I Get Out Of It?
You will have the opportunity to explore a range of things. Previous participants felt it helped them to feel more confident about…
• The skills/experience they already had
• Potential directions/options open to them
• How to address their weaknesses
• Their interview skills
What Students Have Said…..
“Do it! It’s really helpful!”
“It was very useful for me as I didn’t have any experience in my chosen career path. My mentor gave me an insight into the HR world and how to prepare my CV.”

“My mentor has helped me gain more confidence and has helped me a lot. I would definitely recommend for students to give it a go.”

How Does It Work?
You will be matched with a supportive employer mentor who will meet with you on a one-to-one basis, usually in their workplace. Mentoring can help you to:
• Get a better understanding of what employers are looking for
• Enhance your communication skills
• Develop your networking skills
• Enhance your job application skills
• Find out more about the work environment
• Gain contacts in the world of work
Am I Eligible?
ARE YOU: in your 3rd or 4th year at UWS?
HAVE YOU: lived in Scotland for at least 3 years prior to starting Higher Education
DO YOU: meet any 1 of the following criteria:
• Your parent(s) did not go to university
• You joined university after studying at college
• You are a mature student (over 25)

Want To Find Out More?
Come along to an Information Session:
Campus Date Time Room

Hamilton Mon 13th Oct 12.30pm – 1pm A319
Paisley Tues 14th Oct 1pm – 1.30pm J105
Dumfries Wed 15th Oct 12pm – 12.30pm R149
Ayr Thurs 16th Oct 12.30pm – 1pm GT 26

Contact Lynsey McMahon
Direct Dial: 0141 848 3451|

Make the most of your time at university

It’s extremely important to make the most of your time at university, not just because you will want to leave with a good degree, but because when you graduate and are looking for a job, employers will be looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills, such as:

  • communication
  • team work
  • absorbing and analysing information
  • organisation, planning and time management
  • working under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • problem solving

So, while it’s important to do as well as you can academically, being at university isn’t just about getting a degree. Employers are also interested in the variety of skills you can pick up in other areas, such as:

  • taking part in student activities
  • getting involved in clubs or societies, the student association, or becoming a class rep
  • work experience
  • volunteering

Make sure you get involved in as much as you can and remember that in these competitive times it is vital to get some work experience during your time at university, related or unrelated to your course, through paid work or volunteering.

Register with our Vacancies and Events site here:

Find out about getting involved with the Student Association here:

For more information and ideas, check out the National Union of Students Guide: Working Towards Your Future

Coffee & Careers

The new refurbished space of the Careers and Employability office is now OPEN!

Welcome to all new and returning students, come along and visit. Free coffee and juice available.
Come in, visit, relax, have a seat, look around, pick up some leaflets.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, staff are about and are happy to help.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Volunteer Opportunity – Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine

Mentoring Support for Ex-Service Men and Women and their Families
TimeBanks’ new Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine project is working in partnership with the charity Erskine, to offer one to one volunteer support for ex-Service men and women (veterans) living in Glasgow and Edinburgh who are recovering from mental health issues – and to help their families adjust to civilian life.

Volunteer mentoring can be a powerful tool to reduce the risk of social exclusion in veterans and family members, to signpost them to services and build supportive social networks; therefore strengthening the family unit as a whole.

As a volunteer mentor you will have the opportunity to meet other mentors and engage in a rewarding volunteering programme. You will help in the recovery of veterans and help their family members to lead independent lives, to identify goals and build confidence.

We ask that mentors provide support once or twice per month, over a period of three to nine months. You don’t need any special experience – just time, patience and an understanding of the issues that are most important. TimeBank provides full training and you will be required to join the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme – you need to be 21 years and over to be a mentor.
If you’d like to volunteer as a mentor, you can complete our online application at:

Or call Ali, the project co-ordinator on 0141 814 4510, mob: 07437 437 867 or email

Scholarships for UK students to study at Harvard & MIT in USA

Fancy studying in the USA? Here are two fantastic opportunities:

The Kennedy Scholarship

An academic award for study at two of the world’s finest universities – Harvard and MIT. It can be used to fund a wide variety of programmes at MIT and across all the graduate schools within Harvard.   It can also fund a Special Studentship for those wanting a general programme of non-degree study.

Applications are now open for academic year 2015-16, with a deadline of 29th October 2014.

Those applying for awards must be all of the following:

  • British citizens at the time of application;
  • ordinarily resident in the UK;
  • wholly or mainly educated in the UK.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

Frank Knox Fellowships

Frank Knox Fellowships were established in 1945 to enable students from the UK, along with those from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, to undertake graduate study at Harvard University.

A Knox Fellowship pays full Harvard tuition and mandatory health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single Fellow for a 10-month academic year.   Knox Fellowship funding is guaranteed for up to two years for students in degree programmes requiring more than one year of study.

Special regard will be given to personal qualities in the awarding of Frank Knox Fellowships:

“Candidates will be selected on the basis of future promise of leadership.   Strength of character, keen mind, a balanced judgment, and devotion to the democractic ideal will be the qualities borne in mind in making the final selection.”

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

How to Kick Start your Career: Job Hunting Tips for Students by Lauren Knowles

Are you keen to land a job before or soon after graduation?

Read our top tips on how to lay strong foundations for your career while finishing your final year.

How to lay strong foundations for your career right now

Job hunting for a full-time role after university can seem quite daunting to final year students. But there is no reason to worry. By remaining proactive and dedicated throughout the search, making full use of the methods available to you, standing out from the crowd and getting your foot on the career ladder is completely within your capabilities.

This handy guide outlines the steps we recommend that you take in order to give yourself the best opportunity of ensuring a smooth transition from university to employment.

Do your homework

Before you do anything else, take the time to think about your future and what you want from your career.

Carry out research into the industries, organisations and roles you would like to work in, to determine whether the skills and knowledge gained from your education coincide with your future aspirations. Be practical in your choices and realistic about your future, but don’t worry if your career goals and degree don’t perfectly match. Many employers offer training as part of graduate level positions, as they expect you to grow and develop in these roles.

Also look into the different graduate positions available, their average starting salaries and whether you need any additional skills to break into particular industries. This can help you to gain a full understanding of what to expect from your job search, while also giving you the opportunity to pinpoint areas you need improve on.

Boost your contacts

Building up a strong bank of professional contacts and getting your foot in the door at businesses can also be highly advantageous

Attend events or talks organised through the university, and look out for any workshops or conferences put on by organisations you would like to work for. When networking with attendees, try to discuss your current situation and career goals as you may find out about opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

Ongoing interaction through social media, email or face-to-face meetings with anyone you meet is then recommended, as this can help you to develop trusted relationships and also find out about opportunities that become available in the future

Work experience and internships

Building relationships with a bank of contacts can provide you with a chance to enquire  about work experience or internships.

These roles can be a great addition to your CV, as they allow you to gain first-hand experience and further your industry knowledge. You also have a chance to demonstrate your commitment, work ethic and passion to the organisation you are interning at, which can give you up an upper hand should they go onto advertise any graduate roles.

Securing a place on a relevant graduate scheme can also strengthen your CV. While these programmes are competitive, they offer training and development opportunities, a good level of support and a chance to gain qualifications, so it is well worth making every effort to get on a scheme. Completing work experience beforehand can help to set you apart from the thousands of other candidates who apply for these training schemes every year.

Getting the right support as you job hunt

When job hunting, make full use of the support that is available to you. The university careers service can offer valuable information on vacancies, work experience and internships, while providing one-to-one sessions for specific advice and support

Getting in contact with a recruitment firm specialising in your chosen industry can also prove beneficial. With a strong network of contacts, an understanding of graduate vacancies and insider knowledge of employer expectations, they can inform you of upcoming job openings, offer CV support and use their understanding of clients to help you present your skills, experience and knowledge well to prospective employers

While the graduate jobs market is known for being competitive, by being proactive and using these methods to improve your opportunities, you can really start to stand out from all other competition and put yourself in a strong position for landing your first full-time role after university

Author Bio: Lauren Knowles is a digital content writer with Portfolio Credit control, a recruitment firm specialising in selecting quality candidates for credit control vacancies at reputable firms throughout the UK.

Are you a UWS 2014 graduating student with an idea for a new creative business?

Graduate Business Incubator Opportunity

Are you a UWS 2014 graduating student with an idea for a new creative business?

The UWS Creative Media Academy, in partnership with the succesful Entrepreneurial Spark Hatchery, is offering an individual or a creative team a free 6 month creative industries mentorship and business programme of activities based in Dundonald, East Ayrshire and at the UWS Ayr Campus.

The successful candidate/s will have access to film/broadcast/audio/computing equipment and facilities as well as a bespoke creative industries mentorship programme.  The UWS Creative Media Academy will also support the successful team with a £1000 travel bursary.

This programme will complement the existing E-Spark Hatchery programme that offers budding entrepreneurs a calendar of activities including the opportunity to apply for a further 12 month business support and the chance to pitch for funding from a £60,000 investment fund.

Our new intake starts on the 31st July 2014 with a 5 day bootcamp which the winning team leader would attend.

Deadline for applications Monday 18th July 2014 (interviews to be held 24th July 2014, Ayr)




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