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Spotlight On...

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At this exclusive series of events, you will hear about careers and sectors from professionals working in them. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get an insider's perspective so don't miss out. 

You will get tips on looking for job opportunities and how to achieve success in the recruitment process and have the opportunity to ask the questions that matter to you.

These events are very popular, so please book your place early. You can register on My Career two weeks in advance.

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Spotlight On... events this term


Management Consultancy
Thursday 19 October 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: E126, Portland Building

My Career ID: 7030

Management consultants provide organisations with objective advice and assistance, helping them to solve issues, create value, maximise growth and improve business performance

Management consultancy boasts numerous attractions, perhaps most notably its varied workload. You’ll work on multiple business projects for many different clients across many different industries.

By the end of the session you will:

  • Find out more about some of the wide variety of roles and areas that a career in management consultancy can offer
  • Hear some real life stories from people working in the industry




Advertising, Marketing and PR
Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 2-5pm

Location: B63, Law and Social Sciences

My Career ID: 7065

What do you think makes a successful marketing and PR campaign?

Find out about building brand identity and promotional strategies.

This event aims to answer your questions about the advertising, marketing and PR sectors, and give you the chance to network with employers.



Public Sector
Wednesday 1 November 2017

Time: 4 - 6pm

Location: C11, Portland Building

My Career ID: 7031

Whether your interests lie in HR, marketing, finance or the government – the public sector really does have something for everyone (almost 5.5 million people work in this sector in the UK!

By attending our event, you’ll get to chance to hear from graduates at different stages of their careers and from a wide range of degree backgrounds. This session will incorporate a panel session and then you will get the chance to ask the speakers individual questions in small groups.


This event is linked to the Public Sector Exhibition taking place earlier in the day


Property: Investment, Development and Estate Management
Thursday 7 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: A21 Council Room, Trent Building

My Career ID: 7041

Who wants to work in property? Whether that be getting involved in investment, development or estate management, this event will cover it all. Come along to see what the life is like of those that work industry and find out how you can make yourself stand out from the competition!

At this event you will have quality conversations with individuals who have been through interview processes and know how to be successful in this domain. 



NHS Scientist Training Programme
Wednesday 8 November 2017

Time: 1.30 - 3pm

Location: A09, Engineering and Science Learning Centre

My Career ID: 7052

The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year training programme for scientists and engineers wanting to apply their skills to the NHS.

There are four main streams to the STP: Clinical Bioinformatics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Biomechanical Engineering and Physiological Sciences. You will undertake on-the-job training as well as complete a masters in your chosen work.

At our event you will hear from speakers from the different streams talking about their experience, how they applied and what life is like on, and after, the programme. You will have the chance to ask questions and find out more about the application process to the STP.


  • Lee Tuddenham – Microbiology


    John Tallamy – Vascular Science


    Rachel Hutchings – Neurophysiology


    Alastair Gebbels – Clinical neurophysiology


    Sarah Adamczyk – Genomics



Working at City, Regional and National Law Firms
Thursday 9 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: E126, Portland Building

My Career ID: 7032

If working in law is your dream, then this event has been designed for students like you. We have a range of national, regional and City law firms attending this event. Come along to receive the inside scoop on what law firms are looking for when they are recruiting. You’ll be able to hear what it is really like working for a law firm and whether this is the right career for you!

This session will incorporate a panel session and then you will get the chance to ask the speakers individual questions in small groups.  



Animal Sciences
Thursday 9 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: B01/B02 Gateway Building, Sutton Bonington Campus

My Career ID: 6920

This event will showcase several different career paths available to students studying an animal sciences degree.  The alumni speakers will give a short presentation about their career path since leaving University, what their current job entails as well as advice for students considering a similar route after graduation. 

Following this you will have a chance to speak to the alumni to ask your own questions.   




Thursday 9 November 2017

Time: 5.30pm - 8pm

Location: A09/Atrium, ESLC

My Career ID: To be confirmed

This event will consist of presentations from both SME and corporate representatives from the space sector, together with leading academic staff with a specialist knowledge of this area.



Careers Using Big Data
Monday 13 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: A09, ESLC

My Career ID: 6822

Big data describes the collection of complex and large data sets such that it’s difficult to capture, process, store, search and analyse using conventional data base systems.

It’s uses are shaping the world around us, offering more qualitative insights into our everyday lives.


Ben WalkerMarketing Executive at vouchercloud

If an increasing quantity of data allows for a more qualitative approach, what does this mean for people working with big data sets?

At this event a panel of speakers will each give a brief introduction of who they are, where they work and a general overview of what they do on a daily basis, followed by a Q&A session. 


  • To be confirmed


Working at the Bar
Tuesday 14 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: D138, Portland Building

My Career ID: 7033

A career as a barrister is open to graduates from any discipline, although non-law graduates will have to undertake a law-conversion.

To become a barrister, you must be confident about speaking in public, be able to work well under pressure, be comfortable with handling a lot of information and keeping it confidential.

Don’t miss the chance to come along and hear from the experts! 
This session will incorporate a panel session and then you will get the chance to ask the speakers individual questions in small groups. 



International Internships and Volunteering
Wednesday 15 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: Careers and Employability Service, Level D West, Portland Building

My Career ID: 6986

Working or volunteering in another country is an ideal way to improve skills and learn new ones, making you attractive to future employers as well as being a beneficial addition to your CV. You can experience different cultures, improve communication skills, learn a language, see different working styles and build international networks. 

This event features presentations from a range of organisations who offer opportunities overseas plus short talks from students who have experienced time overseas first-hand.

Come to hear examples of opportunities and schemes you can apply to and get top tips on how to find an exciting internship or volunteering role overseas. 


  • To be confirmed


Building Services
Monday 20 November 2017

Time: 5.30pm - 8pm

Location: A09/Atrium, ESLC

My Career ID: To be confirmed

Building services engineers design the lighting, heating and other essential functions of a building and have a key role in environmental sustainability. 

With roles available for students from a range of subjects including mechanical, electrical and architectural environmental engineering, come along to this session to meet engineering professionals to get an insight into their work and opportunities in the sector.



Software Development
Tuesday 21 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: To be confirmed, Jubilee Campus

My Career ID: 6913

Software developers are in demand with many companies creating their own in house/custom software (or using software houses to create this for them).

This event will feature speakers from four different software development companies to tell you how they got their role, what a day in their life is like and they will also showcase some of their projects.

You will also get the chance to hear their top hints and tips on how to secure a job in the industry. The presentations will be followed by pizza and the opportunity to chat with the speakers. 








Translating and Interpreting
Thursday 23 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8pm

Location: A48, Sir Clive Granger Building

My Career ID: 6938

When considering future careers, many students with well-developed language skills are keen to use these in a specialist setting and the translation and interpreting professions offer this opportunity.

At this informal session, you’ll hear from a professional working in either area and have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. 


  • Kirsty Heimerl-Moggan, International Conference Interpreter, Senior Lecturer in Conference Interpreting and Course Leader, MA Interpreting, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
  • Interpreter speaker - to be confirmed


Careers in Scientific Research and Development - with and without a PhD
Monday 27 November 2017

Time: 6 - 8 pm

Location:  A09, ELSC

My Career ID: 6823

The question of whether to do a PhD and the potential career paths this could lead to is a big question if you’re wanting to stay in the field of science based research and development.

The impact and outcome this has on the different STEM subjects is vast. For some sectors realistically you will need a PhD for entry level research, while for other areas you may not need a PhD to get your foot through the door, but industry experience could be essential.

Whatever the requirements and the routes for progression, there will be commonalities and differences between industries and even between individual companies, so doing research now is key.


  • To be confirmed













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