Leeds Metropolitan University
Different employers have their own preferences for how they like students to approach them about jobs, placements, internships and volunteering. The Carnegie Faculty was keen to put on an event specifically for Sports students as part of the university’s Enterprise and Employability Fortnight.
David designed, project managed and led a day long event in partnership with Faculty staff and other external specialists that covered:
- Employers interested in recruiting Sport students explaining the dos and don’ts of approaching them when job and career searching.
- Students exploring the employers’ world through a ‘speed dating’ session and a networking lunch.
- Using the information and knowledge they obtained, students identifying ways to tailor how they approach employers so they stand out and have a better chance of being interviewed. The focus was on CVs/covering letters, application forms, LinkedIn and blogging. Employers gave feedback on students’ responses.
Some quotes from students:
“Found meeting employers useful and finding out what they look for in a candidate and their CV when selecting someone for a job.”
“Useful information about CVs, LinkedIn profiles, blogging and opportunity for real interaction and chat with employers.”
“I can tell already who would be likely to succeed in our business by the way they approached me and the questions they asked.”
“I’d give the three people I spoke to a job today.”
A quote from the LMU sponsor:
“Your session played an important part in contributing to the development and enhancement of our student’s employability prospects. The feedback from participating students has been very positive.” Helen Whitrod-Brown, Assistant Dean, Enterprise & Employability