Careers service: Swansea University Open Day
I ran a Careers Open Day especially for students studying English.
This is one a series of projects. You can read about them all on the main project page.
Benefits to English students
The vast majority of students choose to study English because of interest, enjoyment and ability to do well in the subject, and only a few would think about or make the links to their future careers. Hence some find the transition from study to the world of work tough upon graduation. In my opinion, preparation and participation are the keys to success. By inviting students studying English to attend the Careers Open Day, we showed them what services we provided and the range of resources and facilities we had at the Careers Centre. The idea was to get them to think about how they can better prepare themselves during their time at university for the world of work.
Outline plan of activities
We had a team of careers advisers and project staff for the day which followed a loose structure of welcoming students, accompanying them for a guided tour of the Careers Centre, showing them what resources and facilities were available, outlining the services that we provided, Job and Placement staff gave them a short talk, which provided opportunities for students to sign up for various workshops for a later date and a clinic service to deal with queries and guidance throughout the Open Day.
We had a careers adviser (Jane Lingard) designated to work with disadvantaged students. Generally speaking, students studying non-vocational degrees (such as English) are regarded as disadvantaged in terms of graduate employment statistics. Jane was available to help on the day.