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One World Week – 19th – 26th October 2014

One world week is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.

“Living Differently” is the theme for One World Week 2014.

It recognises that we need to make changes now to secure a fairer, more satisfying, life for us all and one that protects the planet’s resources for future generations.

One World Week is your chance to join thousands of others…

  • to explore the links that bind us to our fellow men and women, so that we can work with them for justice and peace and a greener future for all
  • to celebrate the richness and diversity of belonging to one world
  • to recognise our responsibility to care for the earth,  share its resources fairly and use them sustainably to ensure they are available for future generations to use in their turn.
  • to challenge whatever keeps barriers between us intact or strengthens them
  • to reach out to all members of the community
  • to bring issues of justice and peace to the centre of family, education and community life


What does this have to do with Careers & Employability?

A recent report from the British Council stated that employers are looking for “candidates who can navigate a workplace that transcends national and cultural borders, particularly for positions that require interaction with individuals and organisations from nationalities and cultural backgrounds different from their own” (Culture at Work, 2013).

Global graduates require a blend of competencies and corresponding attributes spanning global mindsets, cultural agility and relationship management and must be able to apply them flexibly.

Core Skills

  • flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative and the ability to plan
  • assertiveness and independence
  • improved use of information
  • motivation & greater confidence
  • effective communication and listening ability

Cultural Dexterity

  • tolerance, patience and an understanding of people
  • diplomacy
  • global outlook and mindset
  • confidence to work in global business and seize opportunities
  • working effectively in multi-cultural teams
  • willingness to learn and adapt to a different culture
  • foreign language skills

One World Week is an ideal opportunity to improve your global and cultural knowledge.

Making The Most Of The Graduate Fair

Graduate fairs can be busy, intimidating and generally scary, however, they are an ideal opportunity for you to start networking with possible graduate employers, to learn a bit more about the graduate recruitment process and most importantly build up your confidence in professional situations.

First off- what is a graduate fair? It is basically a very busy hall filled with potential employers- in graduate jobs and placements or internships, professional bodies, and educational establishments offering post graduate study information. Therefore, the best thing you can do before you go is prepare! Have a think about what you want to get out of it.

- Check out the website to see what companies are attending
– Follow the hashtag if there is one
– Research any companies you have a particular interest in
– Think up some good (well informed) questions
– Prepare your CV and take plenty of copies with you

While you are there be polite, enthusiastic, take your time to have a walk round and find out where the companies you want to talk to are situated. Use this opportunity wisely! It is a very valuable networking opportunity and a chance for you to make a good impression on recruiters and learn about opportunities. Ask questions, take notes, be prepared to talk about yourself and the skills you have that are relevant to the company- not about how drunk you were at the weekend! Relax and enjoy the experience.

In the days following the fair take the chance to make connections and reinforce possible networks- social media is an ideal way of doing this. Connect with people on Linkedin, follow people on twitter- make sure your own profile sells you as best it can and keep it professional at all times!! Start to identify 10-15 companies that you want to target, find out about their recruitment process and take note of the closing dates for applications. Then all you have to do is work on making your application forms and CV’s the best they can be!! Come and see us in the Careers and Employability Service and we can help you along the way, and make sure you are making the best applications possible, giving you the best chance of getting that all important first graduate job.

Good Luck!

Saltire Foundation

Here is a blog to give you a brief overview of the Saltire Foundation, an idea of what is expected in the application process and what it’s like to gain an internship.

Who are the Saltire Foundation?

• The Saltire Foundation are a charitable organisation who aim to invest in creating the next generation of Scotland’s business leaders.
• All of the Saltire Foundation internships are global – 70% are outside Scotland and 30% are based in Scotland
• All Saltire Foundation internships are fully funded – including flights, visas, insurance and weekly stipend.

What does the application process entail?

The Saltire Scholar Application consists of 5 stages, which are detailed below:

1. The Application – Asks genuine questions such as why do you want to want to become a Saltire Scholar? Questions about past experiences both within/outwith University.

2. The Speed Interview – consist of two back to back 15-minute interviews one with a previous Saltire Scholar and one with a professional businessperson. They will ask you genuine interview questions that may be similar to your application.

3. Cover Letters – This is where you want to make an impression on your chosen organisation, be sure to link your skills and qualities to your duties/role, which will be detailed in the project specification and tell them why you would like the position.

4. Company Interview – The method of your interview may vary slightly depending on the location of your organisation, it could be Face to Face, Telephone Interview or over Skype. Whichever method it is it’s important you prepare for it, research the background of your company and learn the STAR technique to help you produce effective answers.

Check out my video for more hints and tips:

What is it like to gain an internship?

Gaining an internship is certainly an incredible experience, I spent 8 weeks this summer interning with brightsolid and I learned so much both on a personal and professional level, I was treated like a valued member of the organisation and not like an “average intern.” I got the opportunity to work with some amazing people who were really passionate about their work, and I felt that I could ask any questions and they would happily answer them. The fact that the projects I worked on had real significant value to the company meant that I was given a level of responsibility to make sure my work was completed to a high standard. I really liked this because it made me feel like I was there to serve a purpose and not just to learn. Although work is a huge part of your internship make sure you have fun too, it’s always great to network with new people, and try different things, visit new places etc. It is an adventure after all, a very quick one at that. The 8 weeks just flew by. To find out more about my 8 week adventure read my weekly blogs: – /blog/chelsea.douglas

Interested in a career as a primary or secondary teacher?

Interested in a career as a primary or secondary teacher? Then this blog is for you!!

The first stage is research in order to gain a greater understanding of the role of teacher and the different routes into both primary and secondary teaching. The Teaching in Scotland website and the Teach in Scotland (2013-2014*) downloadable booklet would be good places to start as they both cover core entry requirements, where to apply and how to apply.

Applications for all the PGDE courses in Scotland are now open and this year the process for application will be through the main UCAS undergraduate section of the website – Registration is required and the application form consist of personal details, choices of courses, employment, a personal statement and reference. The personal statement is a vital part of the admission process and the Careers Staff at UWS are available to help you prepare this. Early application is recommended as competition is high for both routes. Students are also encouraged to gain experience within a class room environment, ideally that can be within a school setting, however experience in local youth clubs, sports, dance clubs or guides or scouts are also useful.
Careers Advisers are on hand to ensure that you have all the core entry requirements, relevant experience and support you in completing the application form. Please visit you campus Careers and Employability Service.

A representative from Teach in Scotland will be on campuses to host Information Sessions. These sessions will cover the role of a teacher, current developments within the curriculum and entry requirements for both primary and secondary teaching routes. Please do come along.
• Ayr Campus: Thursday 16th October 1-2pm: GT25
• Hamilton Campus: Monday 20th October 12 – 1:30 pm A424
• Dumfries Campus: Wednesday 5th November 12.30pm – 1.30pm R149
• Paisley Campus: Thursday 16th October: 3:15 -4:30pm Careers and Coffee space (Ground floor J block)

(*at the time of publishing this blog the 2014-2015 document was not available)

Top internships provider to visit UWS

Want to gain experience while studying and improve your employment prospects?

TSIS (Third Sector Internships Scotland) might be the answer. To date TSIS has provided nearly 300 internships to students studying in Scotland including a significant number of UWS students. Ed Blackburn from TSIS will be on Paisley campus on October 8th to promote the current set of internships and give you insider tips on applying. His information session will be video conferenced to other 3 campuses. Ed will be accompanied by Claudette Baker-Park who studied Contemporary Screen Acting at UWS and recently undertook an internship as a fundraising and appeals intern.

There are opportunities across Scotland with internships currently available in Ayrshire Glasgow and Lanarkshire in a range of disciplines from Business, the Creative sector, Policy and Research. The main attractions of these internships are the TSIS insistence that placements should be flexible and can fit around your studies and other commitments. All placements must also be live projects which challenge students and develop their skills. TSIS pay a “living wage” (currently £7.65ph) so that students are able to devote the time and not lose out financially.

Former UWS student Jason Dowd says
“TSIS was amazing for me as it gave me the much needed experience I required for working in the IT sector”

Given its popularity it is no surprise that TSIS receive over 20 applications per internship which means that your applications and interview skills need to be as good as they can be. Careers Advisers at UWS are on hand to give you vital hints and support in this process. You can also access some invaluable advice from TSIS on their website under “tips and pitfalls”.

TSIS was established to fill a gap in opportunities for Graduates in the Third Sector. There was demand from students for relevant experience and a desire from Third Sector to tap into their skills and knowledge. The project has been funded for the last four years by the Scottish Funding Council and is a partnership with the Scottish Universities and SCVO. More information about TSIS can be found at their website but why not come and hear from Ed and Claudette first hand on 8th October!

Any students wishing to attend the TSIS presentation at any of the campuses should visit and click on events Calendar. You will need to be registered with the site.

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


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