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University students receive careers advice

Posted by: Tom Webb-Skinner 10 Feb 14 - 9:50AM  | Recruitment

What guidance did you receive when you were at university about writing CVs and going for interviews? Did you receive any?

As a recruitment consultancy it is in our commercial interest to be able to effectively present a candidate well on paper and in person so it was a logical step to offer our advice to the students at Harper Adams University (HAU).

The prestigious university, based in Newport, is the leading specialist in agriculture and land-based studies so its ties to engineering are strong. With an impressive 98% employment rate, we don't need it spelled out to us that these students are our future candidates and clients so the opportunity to support them at the very beginning of their career was one we were more than happy to take.

Engineering Courses Programme Manager at HAU, Greg Rowsell, said "the students have all greatly benefited…they are more confident in their applications, and we have certainly seen a marked improvement in quality." Aside from talking to the students about what makes a good CV and how to approach an interview, we ran some interesting group exercises and provided live feedback sessions on their CVs.

The importance of the session wasn't lost on the students, with Year 4 MEng Course Representative Finlay Whitehead saying "every one of us is going to have to construct and distribute a CV within the next 2 years to apply for jobs and so input from a leading Engineering Recruitment agency was not an opportunity to be missed." We were really impressed with the enthusiasm from the students and how engaged they were with what we had to offer and we really believe it's paid off, as student Tom Sutton agreed saying "overall I think the day was a massive success and helped me secure my job."

Jonathan Lee Recruitment Operations Manager Mike Rowles, who spoke to the students, said "it was a privilege to be able to advise such a switched-on group of individuals who I know we will be placing in jobs or even recruiting for in a few years' time." This note of success was definitely echoed by Greg Rowsell who extended his thanks to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, adding "we would very much welcome Jonathan Lee Recruitment to HAU again for a similar event next year."

Is your university a leader in the development of the UK's engineering talent? Do you think you could benefit from our support? Email me to discuss further.

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