Dress to impress, or the formula for success?

Posted by pt91 at Dec 21, 2011 05:05 PM |
Employability is the word as the University introduces two new ways for students to gain the skills they need for the competitive job market.
Dress to impress, or the formula for success?

Jim Eastwood meets our enterprising students.

The Department of Mathematics has introduced a new module in the third year of its BSc Mathematics degrees aimed at providing experience and skills which are invaluable in gaining a high prestige first job.

It culminated in an event on 14 December where teams of students were asked to set up a drinks company in Eastern Europe and present their proposals. Those assessing the presentations were potential employers who will grade the candidates and provide useful feedback that will help students prepare for the working world.

The project has been driven by Head of Department Professor Jeremy Levesley, who is keen to see undergraduate degrees incorporate more extra-curricular activities that improve employability and life-skills in general.

It’s not only mathematicians that are benefitting; the Leicester Award is a training programme for all students that develops commercial awareness, ability to critically self reflect and present themselves in a positive way to future employers.

It has just announced a new initiative with Leicestershire-based fashion retailer NEXT that aims to enhance the employability skills of its students.

The University has introduced a new Award for Industry Awareness, through which students can receive specialised training from graduate recruiters at the FTSE 100 company. It joins a range of employability courses available via the Leicester Award, and 600 students throughout 2012 will be completing courses and self development opportunities that will give them that extra edge once they finish their degree.

And for those who missed the opportunity to hear The Apprentice’s 'Jedi Jim' (otherwise known as Jim Eastwood, finalist from the seventh series of the BBC show) share his secrets on successful enterprising, pictures from his talk on 7 December are now online, as is video footage from the day.