Happy New Year from Careers and Employability!

Here are two ideas to help you kick-start your career in 2014:

1. Apply for the Chester Difference Award – Deadline Friday Jan 10 2014

We mentioned The Chester Difference Award back in October 2013…..we’re now accepting additional applications:

To apply:

· Download The Chester Difference Award application form from: http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/chester-difference-award

· Tell us in no more than 150 words why you would like to gain the Award.

· E-mail your completed application form to chesterdifference@chester.ac.uk before the closing date

2. Get involved in Volunteering

Research carried out by Reed on behalf of Timebank suggested that 73% of employers would choose a candidate with voluntary experience over one without.

Here at the University of Chester we provide information on local vacancies and run UCV (University of Chester Volunteering) – a scheme where students register, record their volunteering hours and then apply for awards.

Some examples of activities students have previously been involved in: http://vimeo.com/71327723

To find out about local volunteering opportunities including our School Mentoring programme and registering for UCV:

· Call into Martin 012 (Warrington Campus) or Beswick 010/2 (Chester Campus)

· Email h.nodwell (Warrington Campus) or student.skills (Chester campus)

Alternatively, you could search for local volunteering opportunities via www.do-it.org then register with UCV once you find a suitable opportunity.

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