Get a head start… with Careers and Employability’s free Graduate Head Start programme

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If you have graduated recently from the University of Chester, or will complete your degree in the coming months, you might be interested to hear how Careers and Employability can help to enhance your employability, giving you a head start in what is a crowded job market.  With some of the leading employment stats in the North West, it’s where we come into our own – helping you to make a huge difference to your future employment prospects.

Careers and Employability offers a wealth of advice and guidance, with various initiatives and support on offer, all aimed at enhancing your employability upon graduation. Our unique, innovative and highly successful Graduate Head Start (GHS) programme was developed to provide you with the employment skills and professional development needed to give you that head start towards your chosen career path.

So, what’s in it for you?

To help you to acknowledge and articulate the skills you’ve gained from your time at Chester, and to highlight the skills and experience employers require, our employability-enhancing GHS programme, delivered by our world-class Careers Service, will offer you the opportunity to attend three essential taught days (9.30am-4.00pm).  Having attended these days participants are also able to undertake the following optional elements:

  • the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), a nationally recognised IT qualification
  • a five week unpaid work placement, carrying out a developmental project
    a 20 credit module at Masters level through the University’s Work Based Integrative Studies (WBIS) programme
  • one-to-one careers coaching

Further information about the GHS programme can be viewed here:

http://www.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/graduateheadstartprogrammeguide2014.pdf

What did previous participants think?

“GHS was extremely enjoyable and it helped me to gain a new perspective, to evaluate myself and I found I had skills I didn’t think that I had. The staff covered all of my expectations, were easy to approach and always asked if we understood what was being discussed. It really is a confidence booster.”

“This is a great opportunity for graduates to consider their skills and abilities and to think about what they can offer to a workplace. Lots of people in my group spoke very highly of their learning and had ideas to take forward for the future.  I found the employer session was informative, sharing useful knowledge from an employer’s perspective.”

“The GHS programme was very helpful for me as it taught me skills that are important to learn for successful employment.  I particularly enjoyed the networking and ‘Branding Yourself’ sessions.  The placement that was sourced for me was very enjoyable and relevant to my job searches and aspirations.”

So, what next?

If you are interested in applying for the GHS programme, please follow the link below where you will find dates of future cohorts:

http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/graduate-head-start/dates

An application form is available here:

http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/graduate-head-start/entry

Remember, if you are a current University of Chester student or you have graduated from the University within the last three years, you can also contact us with individual enquiries or to access further support.

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