On Monday 20 February the Careers Insight and Networking week began for the Faculty of Science and Technology with a variety of alumni and industry professionals coming to the University to talk to students within the School of Physical Sciences and Computing, the School of Psychology, the School of Engineering and the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences.
The week started with events in Darwin Building for psychology students, and the Media Factory for physical sciences and computing students. There were opportunities for students to network with companies, whilst also being able to listen to talks from former and current students who were succeeding in their field of work.
Liam Rushton, a current Computer Network Technology student currently on placement at NuBlue, was one of the many guest speakers and had some great words of wisdom for aspiring students in one of the most popular talks of the whole week.
“Go out and search placements. Days like today are such fantastic opportunities to network with industry professionals so make the most of it and be confident,” Liam said. “It is important to show yourself off - so tell them why they need to hire you not why you need to work for them.”
As we reached the middle of the week, it was the turn of the School of Engineering to welcome companies and alumni to Darwin Building.
Nick Ingham, a graduate from nearly 20 years ago who now works for Lancashire Fire and Rescue as a service delivery manager, was arguably the highlight of the day as he spoke to students about placement opportunities and his experiences after graduating. Bradley Roberts, a second year Motor Sports Engineering student, said that the day had more than exceeded his expectations.
“I came here thinking it was going to be quite dull, but I have left more motivated than ever about securing a placement and coming out with a first-class honours after my third year,” he said.
The week finished with the School of Forensics and Applied Sciences taking centre stage. Although Storm Doris had left the day a couple of speakers short, students still enjoyed a wide range of different talks.
Miriam Shellabear kicked the day off talking about her year in industry with LGC and the process of going from being a “big fish in a small pond at university to the smallest fish in a huge company”; whilst graduate Lucy Haigh, rounded off the day and the week talking about her role as a police constable since leaving UCLan.
The events attracted nearly 600 students and Carol Sanderson (Head of Careers) added that “the feedback from students and employers showed how well received the events were, with over 88% of students rating the event as ‘very good’ or ‘good’”. Many students also took the opportunity to have a professional photograph taken for their LinkedIn profile with one student commenting that they “hope for more of these exhibitions”.
Martin Brown, Director of Business Development, advised that the Faculty are already gearing up for the next STEM event in November following the success of this event. “The STEM Careers Fair was a tremendous success, with feedback from students who attended being overwhelmingly positive. There were inspirational talks from UCLan graduates and STEM employers. Following the success of the event, the Faculty is already planning the next STEM fair in November 2017 as part of the wider UCLan Careers Event.”
Overall, the Careers Insight and Networking week was a huge success for all within the Faculty of Science and Technology. Not even storm Doris could ruin it!
View pictures of the week on the UCLan Flickr Gallery.