Career Aspirations

Emily B

As I am in my second term of my 2nd year, I am starting to think really hard about what I want to do when I leave university. Being surrounded by teachers in my family the obvious choice would be to become an educator myself! However, I don’t feel like this is the route I would like to take so I have had to have a real think! Every opportunity that I have been offered at Derby I have taken so I can better my chances at employment when I graduate and get a feel of what I would like to do. I have been a programme representative, I have volunteered for the National Trust as well as being a student ambassador and part of the marketing team as a digital ambassador.

If you think that you are set on a particular job don’t just aim for experiences that will cater to that. Engage in other experiences as you never know, you may change your mind and the career you were working towards may not appear as great as you thought it would!

Get involved with everything that the Uni is offering. Become a student ambassador for your course, volunteer, join some societies or go on a placement. Talk to lecturers or the Careers and Employment service to see where you can get involved and make your CV stand out. University will fly by so you may as well make the most of your time and experience all you can experience as the opportunities given to you are priceless!

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Careers and Employment

Emily B

Doing a degree is a great gateway to your dream job as it provides you with the academic qualification you may need. It also gives you some life skills that don’t come with a qualification but are just as important such as confidence, team working skills, time management and the ability to network. That being said, many students even in their 3rd year have no idea what job they want to do when they leave Uni! Obviously there will be those who go to Uni with their future planned out and the degree is a fundamental step in that journey but it is not that simple for everyone, including myself.

I embarked on a Tourism Management degree not knowing the exact job that I want at the end. That is quite a good thing in a way because it means that I can see what I like and what I don’t like within the industry so can cross some potential jobs off straight away. And equally, I can focus on what I do enjoy and then see what jobs I can potentially do along those lines. There are so many opportunities thrown your way at Derby so you get plenty of time and chances to find out what floats your boat, so don’t worry too much about knowing exactly what it is you want to be when you finish. The Careers and Employment Service are there for just that purpose. They will guide you in the direction you want to take or assess your skills and see where you could fit in in the world of work. Whether this be continuing with education through a postgraduate course or applying for graduate programmes, they are there to help. The employability advisers are there from your first day at university until up to 3 years after you have left so there is always time to have a chat with them. They can help by arranging a one to one appointment, improve your CV and prepare you for interviews. So take advantage of this service so you can bag your ideal job after you graduate!

They recommend you view your career ahead in three stages:

1st Year-

  • Create your CV and let an advisor review it to make it even better
  • Try and gain some paid work experience through part time work to gain extra skills
  • Think about what you like and dislike in a job to eliminate careers
  • Think about volunteering in your chosen industry- this looks great to employers and you may really enjoy it!
  • If commitments allow it, think about a summer internship in your industry!
  • Book an appointment with an advisor for a careers chat

2nd Year-

  • Identify your skills, if you find it hard to compliment yourself, ask your lecturer or a fellow student! Also identify what you are not so good at so you can work on improving that
  • Research job areas that interest you and the skills/ requirements you would need to get into that career
  • Book another appointment with an advisor to talk about which direction you would like your career to be in
  • If it is a postgraduate course or teaching you are aiming to get into then make yourself familiar with the admissions for these options

3rd Year

  • Review your CV- add anything you have undertaken in your first and second year such as volunteering, paid work and experience.
  • If there is a particular job you re aiming for, target your CV to that and then have an advisor review it.

Good luck!

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University Life- Isabela

Business, Isabela

University is all about academic knowledge! Wrong!

University life is about you developing as an individual more than anything. The aim is after four years to become not only a graduate, but a responsible, committed and reliable person. Regardless of how much you think you will struggle, maturity will come along the way.

University work:

Part of your degree might include individual reports and some will be the result of teamwork. In unfortunate cases, it can be a learning curve that helps you to choose your co-workers carefully next time. Not everyone’s style of work is compatible, so you might encounter arguments, become irritated with peers, unhappy and encounter stressful situations. This is where planning becomes key, because not everyone will attend all meetings. You will be more concerned about the project than others and even in my case, end up doing someone else’s work. You will realise further on that other students’ perceptions of Uni life and their degree differs massively from yours. Don’t be afraid, lecturers will read every single student and when you will thrive, others will fall.

Accommodation:

The majority of the students will opt to go into halls in their first year. It offers safety and convenience for the newcomers, the international students or the ones moving away from other cities around the country, as well as parents’ peace of mind. I chose to commute from a close village for the first 2 years of my degree and halfway through my placement. For personal reasons, it was convenient initially, but after the first year, the strain of getting up very early in the morning coupled with the many sweaty runs for the bus meant my enthusiasm had worn off. However, I had many friends who found commuting in their cars quite enjoyable and preferred it that way.

Life at university:

Three years at University will become a very complex journey. You will meet new people, make new friends, swap friends, dump friends but you will always look back to great times you might never live again. As long as you have fun consciously and do not go overboard to miss consecutive lectures and deadlines you will be fine. Weekends are to have fun, enjoy them as three years will fly by before you know it!

Choose right:

Choosing the right University is a big decision for each and every student. The truth is, the University goes hand in hand with the degree you want to do and they will always complement each other. Be it a single honours course or a joint honours course (JHS) you get full support from the staff. Think well in advance if you want to combine two subjects because as weird as the combination might be, in most cases, you can do it. And if it goes wrong, don’t worry, everything in life is a learning curve, you can drop or change the subject after the first year.

Diversity at Derby:

There are students coming from all over the world to study at Derby, so you’ll be able to meet individuals with other cultures and maybe even learn new languages. Everyone’s new so that will make the process easier and be able to interact without being too shy to introduce yourself. The more open you are, the easier it will be to adapt to the new environment and integrate yourself amongst the other new students or ‘freshers’ in Uni terms. Speaking of ‘freshers’ as a student, you have discounts through your University cards, stores like Topman, Topshop, New Look and others will give you discounted rates for essentials like clothes, food and even haircuts!

But remember:

On the other side, as a new student, you are bound to forget that you will have stuff to read, homework to do and other similar things in advance of your lecture so make sure you check your e-mails! Every two days at the least, but even before you start a new game of Candy Crush or check Facebook a million times and still no updates, make a note – Unimail check!

University is not for granted, so make the most of it! Your degree is really important but don’t waste your time sleeping forever, you can gain invaluable experience while studying! Get involved with the Students’ Union and do volunteering to fundraise for charity causes. Otherwise, you can apply to do the Futures’ Award and participate in projects to gain an extra qualification to be put on your HEAR certificate at graduation or use as a talking point at interviews! So many things to do, you can also register to work through the Student Employment Agency for some extra money in your pocket. Casual vacancies come up all the time; so again, check your e-mails so you can grab it first!

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Useful Tips- Isabela

Business, Isabela

If I could give one very important tip to all prospective students would be: ask!ask!ask! And carry on until someone responds because everyone knows something at Derby University. Here’s some examples:

1st year – Panic arises because assignments/coursework are due and referencing is still an issue or IT skills needed. University of Derby has a small department in the Ground floor of the University who can help with that, it’s called the Study Skills Office.

2nd year – You’ve improved a lot but the search for a placement is never ending and no results by December. Is it your CV? Is it your nerves at the interview? Why not visit the Careers and Employment Service to see an Employability Advisor? Furthermore, Derby Uni has the employability service, our own little Employability and Enterprise Hub located in the Atrium so it’s right there for you.

3rd year – Placement was ace, you would have stayed if you could. Or maybe you got a taste of what you don’t want to do. Or maybe you’ve turned into an entrepreneur, you want to work for yourself. Now you see all the marketing projects with fresh eyes, it all makes complete sense so you’re ready to roll – 1 st class degree here we come!

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Accommodation

Emily B

Choosing your accommodation is a relatively simple choice in the first year. Most students who are moving away from home are doing so for the first time and this can be a daunting experience. There is a choice between University Halls of Residence( Halls – University of Derby) or private accommodation. 

Halls

 This accommodation choice is ideal for first year students as it is an ideal way to meet new people. I went into halls for my foundation year as I thought it would be a great way to settle into university life. 

Halls consist of a number of rooms per flat, with a shared kitchen and bathroom with the option of your own en-suite or not. Being put together with strangers from all over the country really helps to maximise your university experience. You can make friends for life at Halls and it’s the easiest choice when it comes to accommodation as all bills are included and it has all the amenities you would need. You get a Halls manager who will deal with any queries you may have to either to do with the people or the site itself. 

All Derby Uni halls are on the Unibus bus route and within walking distance of Uni so are ideal places to live. They are all close to the main town centre whether based at the Derby or Buxton campus. 

Returning students also have the opportunity to pick friends that they want to live with, so if you wanted you could live with the same group for your full 3 years. 

Private Accommodation

You may decide you want to live in private accommodation from the first year. The University has approved private dwellings (Student accommodation in Derby – houses homes flats housing) to choose from which are checked by the Uni to be a certain standard. 

Most students opt for this from the second year, when you have found your feet and made friends that you would like to live with again. 

Bills are not always included with this option so budgeting is essential but you learn many useful skills for  when you do live privately in the future. 

Living with others

Living with people you do not know well or not at all can be tricky. It may take a little while to become accustomed to as it is a big change from living with family. The key thing to remember here is to respect each other! You may not have a lecture in the morning but one of your housemates might, so keeping the noise down after an agreed time is not unreasonable. 

The best way to tackle issues with housemates is to talk to them. If you set up some living arrangements or house rules from the beginning, then everyone is clear on what is acceptable and what is not! You will also have to learn to compromise, this is the fairest way to settle discussions.

It is also essential that you keep the communal areas tidy and clean as everybody will be using this area and it is only fair you leave it how you found it to avoid upsetting your housemates.

But don’t worry, most of the time you will really enjoy living with new people. You may learn something new from them such as how to cook something or they may give you budgeting tips. There is a lot of time to socialise whilst at Uni so getting off to a good start with your housemates means that you will always be coming home to some good friends to hang out with. 

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Presentations at University

Business, Isabela

First and foremost, let’s talk about the format. Mostly everyone uses PowerPoint (yes the old PowerPoint) for creating presentations. Depending on the subject, usually for Business themes and similar projects putting images/pictures in or links to Youtube to make it more interesting and modern. Some other students also try the Prezi online application which is useful for adding collages to presentations. Although I’ve never used it personally, I have come across presentations which looked amazing through Prezi. The other interesting thing about Prezi is that it is very interactive and has effects to keep the audience engaged.

Now, to the nitty gritty of presentations. In general, people run away from delivering presentations for of two main reasons: lack of confidence which leads to panic and group work.

Let’s start with the latter and elaborate. Teamwork is different from groupwork. Groupwork will be what you do most of the times in class, exchanging ideas and opinions and working together to finish a certain task. The same applies to teamwork but it’s more conclusive, because in order to become a team you have to blend together so the finished result is high quality work and everyone has contributed effectively. The issues arising with groupwork is that not all of us are compatible, some will want to lead, some will be unreliable, some will end up doing more work than others and so everything will be part of a learning curve. However, if everyone puts in the same effort, the grades will reflect the hard work and you will become an ace team!

The 5 most important tips I can recommend for presentations are:

  1. Prepare well in advance: make sure to rehearse the presentation with the team at least 3 times. This helps you gain more confidence as well as being able to know if you go over the time. Most presentations are timed for about 10-15 minutes so you should stick within that time limit, rather than go over and not be able to say important information.
  2. Think of a confident start to the presentation – the first few words always make an impact, so you can engage the audience from the beginning because otherwise they will be bored straightaway and they will pay less attention to the rest of the presentation.
  3. Make the transition between everyone’s parts as swift as possible so everyone gets to say their part without having an awkward silent break in between.
  4. If you feel better have cards to help you while presenting. Some lecturers allow it but do not come with an A4 piece of paper as it’s more likely you’ll lose your way trying to read off the paper. The cards should contain small structured sentences just to help you remember key facts.
  5. Know your stuff! It’s the best starting point to any presentation to understand the subject. Research well around it and prepare for any possible questions. Then, you will be more relaxed and it will come across during your presentation!

Here’s some further information to make you more comfortable before your presentations:

http://careers.theguardian.com/top-tips-for-improving-your-presentation-skills

 

Further tips in regards to how to structure a presentation:

  • Don’t use more slides than needed. You will notice in time that slides need to be concise and short, instead of wasting time using too many transitions.
  • If you can, use visual imagery such as photos, graphs and charts which show that you have made some research around the subject.
  • Do not overload the slide – the content shouldn’t be too little nor too much, just enough to make your point.
  • Key rule: ensure your presentation can run on any computer. Prepare to have compatibility issues, take a memory stick with you as well as sending it off to your e-mail.
  • Use simple fonts rather than becoming overwhelming so everyone from all over the room is able to read it. On the other hand, use contrasting colours for text and background so it’s easy to read but not too striking. Work on the balance of colours before the final draft of the presentation.

I hope these tips will help you with your future presentations!

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5 Budget meal ideas

Emily B

As a student, you may be a bit short on money so you need to make the most of the money you have and therefore the meals you make. Here are some really yummy but cheap meal ideas for you to try!

Cheesy Cottage Pie (£1.40 per serving)

This classic is perfect for a cold day and can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen. Serves 4 hungry people!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 500g pack beef mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • large splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 85g butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 75g grated cheese

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a pan, and then add the onion and carrots for a few minutes.
  • When soft, turn up the heat, add the beef and cook, tipping off any excess fat.
  • Add the tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce, then fry for a few minutes. Pour over the stock, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for around 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4. Then boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain, then mash with the butter and milk.
  • Put the mince into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and ruffle with a fork and sprinkle on the cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is starting to colour and the mince is bubbling through at the edges. Enjoy!

Homemade tomato pasta sauce with mozzarella and spaghetti(£1.25 per serving)

Having been taught this by my lovely boyfriend I will never buy a tomato sauce for pasta again! It’s so delicious and easy to make. Serves two hungry people!

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 balls of mozzarella
  • 150g spaghetti or pasta

Method:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook on a low heat until soft.
  • Add the garlic and tomato purée. Cook for a few minutes then add the chopped tomatoes and mixed herbs.
  • Let it cook off for about 5 minutes then add the sugar.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil a pan of water and add the spaghetti. Cook for 10 minutes until the pasta is soft then drain.
  • Add the mozzarella to the tomato sauce and take off the heat, the mozzarella should just start to melt, don’t stir it too much otherwise it will break up.
  • Serve the sauce over the spaghetti and enjoy!

Nacho chicken with sweet potato wedges (£1.50 per serving)

This recipe is so simple but so delicious! You can swap the sweet potato for white potatoes if you’d prefer. Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 40g bag tortilla chips
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 200g tub tomato salsa
  • 142ml pot soured cream
  • handful grated mature cheddar
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  • Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Crush the tortilla chips.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into wedges, drizzle with olive oil and season. Stick in the oven for around 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile after 20 minutes, put the chicken breasts on a non-stick baking tray, season, then slash each 3 times with a knife. Spoon 1 tbsp of salsa on top of each, then 1 tbsp soured cream.
  • Sprinkle the tortilla chips over the chicken, then the cheese. Roast for 15-20 minutes until the topping is golden and melting.
  • Take both out of the oven and serve with another dollop of sour cream. Delicious!

And who said desserts aren’t important too!

Lovely lime and ginger cheesecake (60p per serving)

This recipe is delicious, quick to make and will give you 8 helpings. You could also adapt the ingredients to suit your tastes, just make the basic cheesecake and add alternative flavours!

Ingredients:

  • 225 grams ginger biscuits – crushed
  • 115 grams unsalted butter – melted
  • 300 grams full fat soft cheese (or mascarpone if you can afford it!)
  • 250 ml double cream
  • 2 limes – juice and rind
  • 8 pieces stem ginger or 4 teaspoons of ginger powder

Method:

  • Mix the biscuits with the melted butter and press into a 23cm spring form tin and then chill in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour or overnight if you prefer.
  • Lightly whip the cream and then mix in the cream cheese (or mascarpone) and lime juice.
  • Add the stem ginger (or powder) and lime zest and mix in thoroughly.
  • Spoon onto the biscuit base and spread evenly over the surface.
  • Chill in a refrigerator for 2- 3 hours until firm.
  • Upon serving, sprinkle extra lime zest on to the top and enjoy!

 

Lemon Drizzle cake (35p per serving)

This simple and easy recipe can again be adapted and serve as a base for almost any cake recipe. Just swap the lemon for orange, chocolate or whatever you like! Approx. 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon & 1 lime
  • 225g self-raising flour

For the topping

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 85g caster sugar

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  • Beat together the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs and mix thoroughly.
  • Sift in the flour, and then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon and lime and mix until well combined. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper or butter, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • While the cake is cooling, mix together the juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, and then pour over the drizzle.
  • Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. It will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month so I often double up the recipe, freeze one and keep one.

Students Union

Emily B

As a student at the University of Derby, you will automatically be enrolled as a member of the Students Union. It is independent from the University and is fully student led to represent the voice of students. Current students are elected to be the group of officer trustees who’s roles include the president, athletic union president, vice president of academic affairs and vice president of student welfare and students rights. Their main focus is to listen to any queries you may have as a student or deal with any problems you may be unhappy with and improve the students experiences.

You may consider running to become a student officer yourself. It is an opportunity to make a difference within the Uni and will also count towards your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record). You will receive full training within your role, with some roles such as the president, needing you to take a year out of your studying to fully commit to it.

If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea but you still want to make a difference within your course then you could become a Programme rep. This will see you involved in meetings about issues within your course specifically. There will be 2 representatives per academic year of your course and you will be required to attend an annual conference at Derby campus to discuss your viewpoints and issues. You will still need to be elected for this role by your course mates but is a great way to gain some confidence and really get stuck in with your course. You will give your classmates a voice at the meetings and better the experiences for future students. I would recommend giving at least one of these a go as it is a fantastic experience.

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Let’s talk Marketing!

Business, Isabela

As prospective students, you all might have different ideas about what marketing means and why you want to study it. You will probably be even more surprised to find out through your degree that marketing hasn’t got a clear definition; it’s described in many ways by a variety of theorists who have studied its aspects and adapted the theory according to the context.

Marketing is more complex than anyone would think, myself included. The degree is fascinating and brings the geek out in me! So why am I writing this blog post about marketing as you are all going to learn about it anyway in your courses?

Well, sometimes, people want to know more details about their course, in order to become more enthusiastic or disappointed in the worse cases. The main reason why I want to talk about it is because I can relate from a student perspective. There are three main things that I feel you need to know or be interested about:

  1. Creativity – You don’t have to be the best at art or design to study or do marketing but you need to be able to spot the difference between a bland presentation and vibrant packaging that makes you buy the product even if you don’t need it.
  2. Vision – Understand the market and the values of the product or service, how would consumers see it and why should they buy it?
  3. Communication – Some of us are born leaders, some are team workers and some of us are the geniuses in the company that think of the stuff other people have missed. We all fall into a category but you probably don’t know it yet.

I hope it’s all starting to sound exciting because that’s what I was hoping for when I started writing!

I’ve heard someone say recently marketing is not glamorous but hard work and I disagree completely! Surely there is no particular job in the world that doesn’t involve some kind of work, it might seem more glamorous than others but that’s probably due to peoples’ opinions and some marketing involved.

Marketing can be applied to almost anything and everything, from toilet roll to America’s Next Top Model because they all need some kind of connections to make themselves known. Some will be on the supermarket shelves and others in magazines. For me, marketing is about getting out there, even if you work for a catering company, electricity company, automobile company or in the clothing industry it doesn’t matter. You are the front face that customers want to see.

Surely Facebook and Twitter are the most used social media sites for our generation but imagine how many companies use them to promote their business and increase sales. It might not seem straightforward but it’s true, customer service has moved nowadays into the online era. We, as Marketeers need to move at the same speed with the technology and that’s the best bit about the job. We never stand still and do boring jobs but we move along and have fun with the times!

So, can you see now why Marketing hasn’t got a definition? #coolMarketeers

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Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Future You ‘On the Road’ at Buxton: An ambassador’s role.

Emily B

ITT Future You conference

The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Future You conference came to Buxton campus on March 10th 2015. It is a travelling conference that the industries top employers attend and they give lectures on the latest trends within the travel industry and about future jobs. It is essential to attend if you are part of a tourism related degree or are looking to go onto such a degree.  It was mine and another student ambassador’s role to ensure the event ran smoothly.  Supported by industry experts, it was a day packed full of talks, speed workshops and networking.  With over 170 students attending from Derby University as well as prospective students from surrounding colleges including Burton and South Derbyshire College, Derby College and Buxton and Leek College, the event was a hub of information and networking.

Student Ambassador Role

As a student ambassador, one of my roles is to make sure that any events or conferences held by the tourism or events department are well supported and a success. It involves setting up the rooms ready for the events, ensuring the speakers are well looked after and making sure the attendees are directed on where to go and what to do. It is a busy time and a long day but the chance to network with the speakers and be involved is well worth it!

The Day

It was an early start because I needed to be up at Buxton for 8am to start preparing for the conference. We arrived at Buxton and were greeted by the College Marketing Manager for Business, Jenny and the Senior Marketing Assistant in Education Liaison, Sarah. Myself and my friend Lydia were assigned tasks for the day by the Event organiser for ITT, Kelly. The first role was to organise the tables for the day and set up the goody bags that each student and lecturer were going to receive upon arrival. There were 170 in total and so this was no quick task! Upon completion, we were informed of the itinerary for the day:

10:30am- Conference- Leading industry experts Guest Speakers educational conference

13:00- Lunch Break

14:00- Speed Group Networking

15:00- Coffee Break

15:15- Speed Group Networking Continued

16:30- Event Ends

At around 10am colleges and speakers began to arrive and it was my duty to check in each visitor and speaker and assign them a group number for the speed dating session. Here, they were also handed a goody bag and informed of where to go. Around 170 students from various local colleges came to the event which including New College Nottingham and Burton College as well as students involved in tourism courses at Derby University. Once everyone had arrived and been allocated their group numbers the conference could begin.

The Conference

The conference in the morning began at 10:30am and consisted of seven speakers. These were:

– ITT ‘Future You’      – Perfect Weddings Abroad           -STA Travel

– BH Mallorca            – Stella Travel Services                 – Derby University

– Chatsworth

Each speaker gave a presentation of their personal background in the tourism industry and how they got to the position they were in. They then spoke about the jobs they were currently in and the potential jobs available within these organisations currently. Some included graduate programmes, internships, summer jobs and straight from college/ university work. They gave a real, honest insight into the jobs and how it is best to apply for these jobs, including some hints and tips. It was great to see how people can progress in their jobs, with some even starting their own business.

There was plenty to take in and the size of the companies and job roles varied from each organisation so there was a wide range of information, which was great. Now it was time for a well-earned lunch break- which was free because we had worked the event- bonus!

The Speed Group Networking

Once lunch was over, the students got into their assigned groups and the speed networking workshops began. The companies that took part in the networking were:

-ITT                    – Perfect Weddings Abroad             -STA Travel

– BH Mallorca      – Stella Travel Services                   – Derby University

– Shottle Hall        – The Co-operative Travel Management

Each session lasted for 10 minutes and allowed students to ask the companies any questions they may have specifically for the company or of the industry in general. It was great to be able to chat to the people that new all about the tourism industry on such an informal level. They gave really useful hints and tips on improving your CV, interview techniques and how to approach applications.

Why the day was such a success

The conference was great as I further developed my skills in hosting and preparing for events but also I got the opportunity to liaise with the speakers themselves on a more personal level and gain a fantastic insight into their industry. It is with events such as these you get to get a real taste for the area of work you would like to be in and also really flaunt your skills to prospective employers.

If you get the chance to become a student ambassador- go for it! Not only do you get paid for your help but the experiences and people that you meet could help further your career in the industry.

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