We piloted the Chester Difference Award (CDA) last year. Our aims were to:
– encourage students to get involved in extra-curricular activities, for example attending our EYE Training workshops and networking with employers, alongside their course in order to boost their CV and future employability
– assist students to understand the importance of volunteering and other unpaid activities to employers
– help students appreciate the skills they gain from extra-curricular activities, other than studying for a degree, and to be able to articulate these skills to an employer. Many students assume that only paid work is valued by employers.
After a successful pilot, we’re now in a position to fully launch The CDA and are therefore inviting students from all subjects and all years of study to apply.
The chances are that many of the associated Award activities are those which you may already be involved in. However, why not take a look at the list of activities which are included in The Chester Difference Award Activity Checklist: http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/chester-difference-award/structure for further information.
To find out more about the Award and to apply visit: http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/chester-difference-award