Careers Awards 2020
Edge Hill University recognises that employability is an essential component of University life, placing high levels of importance on the ability of students to improve their work-related skills.
It is also noted that students would not be able to do this without input from employers and their staff.
We therefore work with employers to provide opportunities for our students to enhance their employability skills, aiming to ensure our graduates are well prepared when entering the graduate labour market.
In recognition of the hard work and dedication of the employers we work with in this area, we celebrate their efforts at our annual Careers Awards Evening.
This year, Careers awarded A0.com, Company Chameleon and Leigh Film Society with the Employer Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the improvement of employability and work-related skills.
These employers have assisted students by delivering talks, attending recruitment fairs, taking part in networking activities and assisting in the delivery of mock assessment centres and mock interviews.
We are grateful for all the employers/organisations that work with us throughout the academic year to enhance student employability and work-related learning skills and if you are interested in working with Edge Hill University, please email the team.
Business School Mock Assessment Day
Occurring on an annual basis, the Business School Mock Assessment Centre, is designed to enhance the employability skills of 2nd year Business School Students, whilst allowing employers to increase their brand amongst the student population.
Replicating the activities commonly used by graduate employers as part of a standard recruitment process, the students participated in three activities: psychometric tests, group tasks and group presentations, with the latter two being observed by employers.
This year, the Business School introduced a ‘Golden Ticket’ incentive, whereby employers could select outstanding students to attend a Networking event over lunch.
Employers supporting the event this year included Fletchers Solicitors, Agrial Fresh Produce, AO.com, Matalan Retail Ltd, The Sovini Group and Doris IT.
"It was good to network and support the 2nd year Business School Students with their interview skills. I particularly liked the ‘Golden Ticket’ element "
Matalan Retail Ltd
"This event was a good PR opportunity for The Sovini Group. We were made to feel appreciated for volunteering to attend the event too "
The Sovini Group
If you are interested in being an assessor at our next Business School Mock Assessment Centre, please email the team.
Psychology Mock Assessment Centre Day
The Psychology department within Edge Hill University ran their annual Psychology Mock Assessment Centre Day in January, putting 2nd year Psychology students through similar experiences which they would face when applying to major graduate recruiters.
As part of this process, students enhance their employability skills by applying for a fictional job role and then interviewing for this position. Afterwards, they take part in a group task whilst being assessed by employers, who in turn provide valuable feedback to students on their performance.
Employers supporting the event this year included Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Fletchers Solicitors, Enterprise Rent a Car and West Lancs CCG.
"This event is valuable for networking and strengthening partnerships and working relationships. It provided an opportunity to encourage students and the future workforce by instilling confidence "
Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust
If you are interested in being an assessor at our next Psychology Mock Assessment Centre, please email the team.
Department of Geography and Geology Employability Week 2019
The Geography and Geology department strive to ensure that their students and graduates develop a wide range of employability skills. Encouraging students to focus on their future career paths, they work closely with Careers to prepare them for when they apply for jobs, attend interviews and network with industry professionals.
Working with Careers to host an employability week in November 2019, the week-long event was designed to help students make the jump from degree, to employment or further study. Content was delivered collaboratively by departmental staff and Careers, with valuable input from employers, who delivered careers talks and assessed students in mock interviews.
Over fifty third year Students were given the opportunity to identify their skills, get to know and network with employers and find out about what job opportunities exist. Content was interactive and practical, with students applying for a graduate level role and having their CV and covering letter check whilst also participating in team building activities, Mock Assessment Centres, Mock Interviews and Alumni Networking.
In these sessions, students learn about career planning, management and the world of work. This annual event is an ideal way for you to engage with students who are interested in pursuing a career within the Geosciences. If you are interested in being a guest speaker, delivering a workshop or being a mock interview panellist at our next Geography and Geology Employability Week, please email the team.
"As an employer, it’s a great way to give back and meet potential new staff. We need to ensure that they realise that there are companies and academic organisations out there in all aspects of geoscience who want to find the best talent "
"Thank you for making me feel so welcome. I hope it was useful. It at least put a different slant on volunteering opportunities and the importance of being proactive "
Gorse Hill Nature Reserve
The Big Recruitment Fair
The Big Recruitment Fair 2019 was an opportunity for employers from a wide variety of sectors to promote graduate jobs, sandwich placements and short-term placements to students and graduates.
The Fair usually takes place in October, and provided over 50 employers with the opportunity to raise their profile and promote their opportunities to a large audience, with over 800 students and graduates attending.
Following the Careers Fair, we had an increase in work experience interest from Edge Hill University Students and we also recruited a Graduate – The Sovini Group.
This well-established event is free to attend and continues to grow year on year. It has a mix of local SMEs and large national graduate employers attending who see this as an ideal way to promote their organisation and the opportunities that they have on offer.
Understanding that time and resources are precious, we believe that this annual event is an ideal way for you to engage with a large proportion of your target audience, so if you would like to take part in this or any other event in the future, please email the team.