Friday, 17 January 2014

Point of Difference

If you’re considering becoming a student at the University of Chester, you might be curious as to how Chester can make a difference to your future employment prospects. With some of the best employment stats in the region, it’s an area where we feel we can make a big difference. There’s tons of help and advice available at Chester and several initiatives all geared towards making you more employable. And in recent months, we have developed The Chester Difference Award; an award that can help differentiate you in a crowded job market.

Balancing Act

We often hear employers say how they’re particularly impressed by students and graduates who’ve taken part in extra-curricular activities such as sports and voluntary work. Conversely, students often tell us that, although they realise the importance of undertaking extra-curricular activities, balancing their studies with part-time work and their social life often leaves them with little time or energy for getting involved in activities outside their lectures.

Transferable Skills

However, when probing a little deeper, we often find that students are actually already involved in extra-curricular activities which could make them more employable upon graduation. Experiences such as being a carer for a friend or relative, casual work experience or being a student rep are actually really useful. Students often just don’t realise the importance of these activities and therefore don’t include them on their CV.

So, to help our students understand the activities employers’ value and to highlight the skills and experience they have gained from undertaking these activities, we’ve developed The Chester Difference Award. All in all, the sole purpose of this award is to enhance your employability and help you to stand out from the crowd.

An Award of Credit 

How’s it all work? Well, it really is quite simple. The idea behind the award is to help you to appreciate and acknowledge your skills right from the start of your time at University. Our advice is to engage as soon as you can with our world-class careers service and find out how you can gain accreditation for anything you’re already doing. This could be:

  • Part-time work
  • EYE training
  • Being a committee member
  • Volunteering
  • Being a mentor
  • Being a Student Representative
  • Attending an employer event
  • Attending Development Week sessions
  • Attending an interview with a career consultant
  • Writing an effective CV
  • Gaining the ECDL qualification
  • Engaging in entrepreneurial activities

Enhanced Employability

The Chester Difference Award not only enables you to enhance your employability. By getting involved in the wide variety of extra-curricular activities available to you, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for you to add value to and make the best of your time at University. Overall, our aim is to maximise your progression and this is a great way to do it.

Visit Us

If the topic of this blog if something you’d like to know more about, why not visit us on an Applicant Day. Applicant Days offer you the perfect opportunity to find out more about the University, your course and the added extras on offer at Chester that will enhance your employability.

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