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Enterprise Rent A Car – Come Alive -Graduate Opportunities…and Beyond

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In Brief
With the largest fleet on the planet, we’re the biggest rental car organisation in the world and
operate out of more than 8,200 neighbourhood and airport locations, and are expanding all the time.
Better still, we have over 400 offices in the UK, so we can offer you real freedom as to where
you’d like to start your career.

The Facts
In as little as two years, you could be ready to run a branch yourself. That’s because our training
and your entrepreneurial approach are an incredible combination. After a classroom-based induction you’ll be assigned to a branch office where the real business training begins. It includes business management, marketing, sales, customer service and fleet control. With brilliant mentors to help you, and tests and evaluations that lead to pay rises and other rewards, you’ll be well on your way. Your first promotion will be to Management Assistant, setting you on the right career path for a role as Branch Manager, Area Manager and beyond!

About You
Diversity is a huge goal in all areas of our business, and our commitment extends to every employee,
customer and business partner. We strive to celebrate the many differences that make us unique
as they help make our business a successful one. Whatever your background we’re certain you can
bring us all the qualities we’re looking for. You’re passionate, hard-working and have bags of
initiative – not least when it comes to grabbing the huge number of opportunities there are at Enterprise. You’ll be a good leader too, and sufficiently savvy to make the most of what comes your way.

Rewards & Apply
You’ll start on a competitive salary and be in line for bonus plans and promotion. There are many
other rewards on offer too, from employee referral bonuses to fun, company-sponsored events.
So apply online at
http://www.enterprisealive.co.uk

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The Role of a UWS SIE Intern – Angela Castellano

This month we asked UWS SIE intern to tell us about her role with SIE and how it is helping her gain key employability skills for the future…

I am a first year Web and Mobile Development student at UWS. Right after starting my university experience I learnt that good grades alone are not enough. What an employer wants is someone bold, able to handle responsibilities and step out from their comfort zone.

Soon after starting classes in September, I started to look for an opportunity to develop my transferable skills. Being a first year student I didn’t expect to find a great internship in my field right away, therefore volunteering for different organisations looked like the best option. This is how I came across The Scottish Institute for Enterprise. SIE is a charity organisation that gives free business advice to students and also helps them develop employability skills through workshops, events and competitions – both locally and all around Scotland.

I first got involved with SIE as a volunteer ambassador after my module coordinator forwarded to his students the flyer promoting the ambassador position. After a couple of months, the SIE paid intern position at UWS became available and I decided to apply. SIE employs one student in every Scottish university and this role is to promote the organisation through stalls, lecture shout-outs, social media and events. I got the role and I had the chance to engage with a large number of students coming from all different backgrounds. It inspired me so much to witness how brave some of them were to challenge themselves by opening their own business in their early 20’s while still studying.

I am aware that I still have a long way ahead of me before graduating, but after this experience with SIE I feel more confident and inspired by my own ideas and possibilities.

There are many ways to get involved with SIE:

• Participate to the monthly competitions. All a student needs to do it is to have an idea that they believe could evolve into a business.

• Come along to one of the free workshops organised in the UWS campuses. These are held by a trainer and are extremely interactive and interesting. They are a great way to develop new skills.

• The intern’s role is also to organise and run small events – in the past months the Paisley campus held a Game Jam competition and a Movie Night organised by the intern and the ambassadors.

• SIE also has a big event open to all students in Scotland: the annual SIE SUMMIT. At this year’s event, the students had the opportunity to listen to business owners that started as entrepreneurs themselves, ask questions to an employability panel and to network with other students.

It is often wrongly assumed that SIE can only be useful for business students! What’s extremely important to understand is how the Scottish Institute for Enterprise welcomes students from every field of study.

By Angela Castellano

International Nurses Day 12th May 2015

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International Nurses Day on May 12th gives everyone in the careers and employability team at UWS a great chance to thank and congratulate our nursing students and graduates for the amazing effort and dedication they put into their studies and career! The event, to commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale, is an international day to focus on nurses and the role the profession has in every society.

The theme for 2015 is “Nurses: A Force for Change; Cost Effective and Care Effective” and organisations such as the Royal College of Nursing or International Council of Nurses have more information on the theme and the profession.

Of course, if you are a current nursing student the careers staff will work with you as part of your programme to make sure you have as much advice and guidance as possible to compete in the jobs market when you graduate, but if you are currently in the profession remember we also work with graduates up to 2 years after completing. So, if you are considering your nursing career path or need help with that Band 6 application statement, remember we can help!

For now, we wish you every success in your career, and take the time around this International Nursing Day to reflect on the great work you do every day as a nurse. For those non-nurses reading this, have a look at the role and the demands of the job and the amazing work of nurses all over the world – you might just find a possible career path……..!

Women have historically been underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths ie STEM fields.

We asked Jennifer Reid, a UWS School of Engineering student, to tell us about her role as an Interconnect representative:

Interconnect is a programme run by Equate Scotland to encourage women into underrepresented subjects such as the STEM subjects. The programme also forms a support network and various programmes to encourage women already in these areas of work. Interconnect has many representatives spread out over the majority of the universities in Scotland and when I was selected for UWS I was the first one for the University.

My first step was to attend a meeting with the other reps and get an idea and advice on how to set up a group. As I want to be a teacher in the future, I decided that as well as support girls in my university, I wanted to encourage high school children to choose subjects that would allow them to move into STEM subjects at a higher level.

In order to do this effectively I became a STEM Ambassador. To gain members for the group I attended the Freshers Fair on the Hamilton campus and contacted the careers advisor for Engineering (as this is my subject) as well as my head lecturer who were both very helpful and offered any support possible.

I attended as many of the Equate workshops and networking events as possible to make contacts, and these connections led to site visits for the group of about 8 girls to Bridge of Weir Leather and Rolls Royce. During my first trimester being a representative I also went along to a careers fair at a local high school to promote Equates philosophies and offer advice to any potential STEM students.

Through the role I have been able to join the committee who are applying for UWS to gain their Athena Swan award and have been able to discuss continuing Equate’s work within the university with the Manager for Equality and Diversity.

In the future I am planning for two women in the industry to come to the University and give a talk to the group about their experiences. I hope to continue working closely with the university and would like the work done at Hamilton campus to be spread across the other campuses as well and to include more disciplines.

For more information visit:

http://www.equatescotland.org.uk/students

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Interconnect-Network/

https://www.facebook.com/STEMettes

You can also contact Jennifer via her student email account: B00230641@studentmail.uws.ac.uk

Whether it is about Church or Chocolate for you, the Careers and Employability Team at UWS want to wish you a Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Whether it is about Church or Chocolate for you, the Careers and Employability Team at UWS want to wish you a Happy Easter!

This time of year is very appropriate to make use of our service, whether you start to plan ahead to the next year of your course and what you could be involved in, or are approaching the end of your course and are thinking about graduate jobs or postgraduate study. We are on every campus so make use of the help and expertise we offer.

For now though, we couldn’t resist a few intriguing Easter facts (we really are a mine full of information you know…..!)

Easter Fact 1: Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week (data was not available for how many eggs a UWS student receives……)

Easter Fact 2: When people munch a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent opt for the feet and 4 per cent go straight for the tail. Psychometric analysis of what this says about you can probably be found by a careers adviser…….

Easter Fact 3: The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. We are unsure of the exact approach taken to eat it……..

Easter Fact 4: Before the exchanging of chocolate eggs (in the early 1900’s) gifts consisted of decorated chicken eggs and stuffed hollow cardboard eggs. See kids, you don’t know how lucky you are these days……….!

Easter Fact 5: Different countries celebrate Easter in different ways. In Sweden they do not have an Easter Bunny, they have an Easter Wizard!

And on that magical note, we are off. Happy Easter everybody!

 

This post was brought to you by Colin Dewar, Careers Team Leader

On the 9th Day of Christmas…

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UWS CES brings to you…

NINE tips to dress for success

In job-hunting, first impressions are critical. Do not underestimate this! Remember, you are marketing a product – yourself – to a potential employer. Will dressing properly get you the job? Of course not, but it can give you a competitive edge and provide a positive first impression.

Many would suggest that you shouldn’t be judged by what you wear, but the reality is, that you will be!

Read more… 9 Essential Tips for Dressing for Success

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Thanksgiving… Gratitude… and Your Job Search

Thanksgiving2This week our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving… a holiday that celebrates feeling grateful for the good in life and showing appreciation, despite circumstances and conditions that may otherwise make us feel quite negative. It’s a holiday I wish we celebrated in the UK – we appear to have taken on board the Black Friday shopping spree, but not the sentiment of the Thanksgiving holiday.

So, what does this have to do with careers?

During a frustrating and prolonged job search, it can be very difficult to maintain a positive attitude, so the gratitude mindset of Thanksgiving can be very useful. It’s important to remember how far you’ve come and the challenges you’ve worked through.

Gratitude is not just a catchphrase that new age gurus use to sell books. Studies have shown that feeling and expressing gratitude can help you be more successful in your job search and in your career.

Cultivating gratitude not only makes you a happier individual, but also makes you a more attractive person to work with. Employers want to hire positive people. They do not want to hire the next whinger to contribute to the water cooler moans and groans, so if you want to do one better than the competition, exhibit a positive mindset and how you enjoy life’s simple pleasures and appreciate what you have. People who are happy in life, and are proud of who they are, have a glow about them that attracts more positive energy to them.

Demonstrating resiliency is another way to set yourself apart from the competition. Companies want employees who can bounce back quickly from the adversity thrown at them. Be a forward-thinker rather than dwelling on the past – this is what companies need!

Expressing thanks can also differentiate you. Believe it or not, the simple act of saying “thank you” can make a big difference! Check out this infographic http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/thanksgiving-thank-yous/ for some dos and don’ts on saying thank you during your job search.

So, today think about what makes you great! List all of your strengths and competencies! Think about that job you really want and how you can sell your skills to get you that job! Use our downloadable tools to help you.

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By Carol Vaughan (Information Services Co-ordinator, UWS Careers & Employability Service)
@cfvaughan on Twitter

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