Graduate gains employment after one-off employment session

Published: 12 August 2010 at 11:13

Psychology student lands job in learning support at local school

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Anglia Ruskin University is helping graduates from any university to get the practical skills they need to secure jobs as a result of its Graduate Employment Sessions, the very latest initiative from the Survive & Thrive programme.

Since graduating last month with a degree in Psychology from the University of Northampton, Rebecca Howlett has applied for over 15 jobs. She said:

"It was really frustrating. I wasn’t getting interviews because I didn’t have any experience, but when I went for supermarket or cleaning work I was dismissed as over-qualified."

Rebecca heard about the graduate employment session at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford from her Dad. The free two-hour session is delivered by an experienced team from Anglia Ruskin’s Employability Service and covers skills assessment, CVs, applications, job search, networking and interview techniques. Rebecca attended one of the sessions in July and remarked:

"I thought I knew all there was to know about CV’s, covering letters and interviews but attending the session I realised I didn’t know anything!"

Rebecca put her new skills into practise the following week at a job interview for a Learning Support Assistant at Felsted Preparatory School near Braintree.

"Using the interview techniques I learnt in the graduate employment session, I was able to structure and articulate my answers clearly. I think I came across well in the interview, and much more confident than I actually was. I’m over the moon that I got the job, I start in September."

The session takes place at 2pm every Wednesday until 1 September 2010 at the Chelmsford campus. It’s open to graduates, postgraduates or undergraduate students from any UK university, who currently live in the East of England and are eligible to work in the UK. There’s also a ‘What about self-employment?’ session on 25 August 2010.

Anyone who books a place on a session and attends will get entered into a draw to win an iPod Touch.

Book your free place by calling 0845 196 3177 or email surviveandthrive@anglia.ac.uk. There’s more information on www.anglia.ac.uk/surviveandthrive/graduates