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Graduate Ambassador (Widening Participation and Direct Recruitment) – University of Exeter

The internship was invaluable in helping me to develop the skills required to secure a training contract to be a solicitor. I am now back in full time education completing an MA in Law and look forward to starting with the firm in 2020.

What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

As a Graduate Ambassador, I worked in both widening participation and direct recruitment. This involved delivering presentations for schools and colleges to inform students about their Higher Education options. I represented the University of Exeter at Information Fairs and UCAS Exhibitions, as well as helping with events on campus such as Open Days and Offer-Holder visit days.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Leadership, strategic planning, IT

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Commercial awareness, logical thinking, professionalism

eXepert Administrator – University of Exeter Employment Services, Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

As the sole administrator for the eXepert scheme I was responsible for ensuring all student applications were processed and the information was inputted into the relevant databases. I then conducted searches to find suitable alumni for each student. When students then selected the alumni they wished to speak to, I facilitated communication between them.
I was also responsible for marketing the scheme, and I did this in a number of ways. From posting a small descriptive piece in the ‘What’s on’ newsletter, to sending emails to students informing them of the scheme.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I enjoyed many aspects of my role and the responsibilities that came with it. It was certainly rewarding helping a vast number of students. I feel my biggest achievement was definitely beating the targets that had been set for the number of applications to the scheme. I was also pleased with how much I learnt about excel. I have definitely acquired skills I will use in future employment, such as excel skills and becoming comfortable speaking to alumni.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to look after the eXepert scheme myself, which allowed my supervisor and manager to focus on other projects. I also improved the spreadsheets used for the scheme which will make it easier to process applications in the future, saving time and resources. I also increased the volume of applications processed in the same period of time, this shows that I have increased the efficiency of the process.

Employment Services Administration Assistant – University of Exeter, Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

Latterly my main role was to oversee and organise follow up for the Employment services team, and deal with any queries that revolved around this. Previous to this I also helped with returning signed contracts, advertising new GBP placements on external University sites, finance and help with careers fairs.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

My biggest achievement was likely the ability to run my student workload alongside my Employment Services work. This particularly helped hone my time management skills. Furthermore, the way in which the role was situated ‘within’ the university helped me to better understand the different degrees of professionalism necessary for work within and outside of the job.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

The way in which I came to be solely responsible for the follow up process meant that I had full ownership for it which meant I was usually aware of any ‘exceptions’ or predicaments that arose. In this way the follow up process was largely taken away from my employer’s remit and I hope they felt able to trust me with the process as it was ‘my baby’ to that extent. This lessened the workload of my employer and, I believe, increased the efficiency of which it was done. Furthermore, this ownership meant that I felt able to build more of a relationship between myself and the interns, and could be colloquial in my approach and relationship with them, which I think got better results when asking for feedback.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

Occasionally there would be slight delay in communication between updates (such as extensions and resignations) and my emailing. However, this was solved by making a structured approach to follow up, such that I would create lists on Mondays and send out emails on Thursdays, which generally gave a ‘buffer’ for unexpected changes.

Peer Mentor and Advisor – Business School Career Zone, Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

The SCP role with the Business School Career Zone was diverse. It included advising WIE students throughout all years and organising and assisting with Careers Cafe sessions and employability workshops. Office-based responsibilities included database creation/organisation and organising employer events and fairs. I have also represented the Careers team at University events, open days, and employer events.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I learnt how to create complex forms on the Career Hub booking system, allowing student attendance at events to be tracked fluidly and accurately throughout the term.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My placement within Technology Consulting gave me the skill set to assist with data/technology problems faced by the team. The work I undertook on the Career Hub booking system greatly improved student attendance tracking at events and significantly reduced the manual work involved with the process.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

The team were always fantastically supportive and understanding regarding university assignments.  If I ever found balancing working alongside studying they would always support me and reduce my workload.

Data Analyst – Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

These included analysing data from their recent wellbeing survey, specifically exploring gender and age differences and summarising my findings in a report.  I also provided recommendations on how to improve the survey. Once this was finished, I helped with research into local estate agents (specifically whether they were adhering to new laws) and trends in Universal Credit claims.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

Being able to work independently and successfully manage my time.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped with research (on estate agents) and provided a comprehensive report of their survey findings.

 

Graduate Finance Associate – University of Exeter, Finance Services

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What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My main responsibilities were assisting my colleagues with various daily and monthly tasks (including staff monitoring and modelling bursary allocations), carrying out and presenting data analysis and processing journals for management accounts. I contributed to the preparation of the University’s Access Agreement (a document that outlines the work that the University will undertake to widen participation) for 2018/19. I was also able to attend a variety of meetings and get an insight into different areas of the University.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I learnt a lot about working in finance and confirmed that  I would like to pursue a career in this sector. I was able to use the knowledge and experience I gained in my internship to secure a permanent graduate role in finance.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to lighten the workload of my colleagues during busy periods by taking over some of their usual activities.

“Our GBP made a really valuable contribution, was a fast learner and fitted in well to the team.  She was able to use her experience here when interviewing for the permanent finance role that she has secured.” – Management Accountant. 

Economic Development Assistant – Devon County Council

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My duties included dealing with business relocation and grant enquiries as well as managing the Business Promotion Grant. In addition, I monitored media, including social media, for local, regional and national news and analysis with inward investment focus. I also attended events with an inward investment/economic focus. I updated the company website by generating content, source news, and case studies. I supported both events and an apprenticeship campaign.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

Gaining new skills, such as networking.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I lightened the workload for other colleagues by providing support.

 

Alumni & Employability Administrator, University of Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?My duties included:

  •  Engaging alumni in volunteering activities such as careers events and creating careers profiles.
  • Organising careers events including alumni careers panels, workshops, mock interviews; booking rooms, ordering catering, parking, promoting to students, etc.
  •  Updating the alumni database.
  •  Promoting careers events to students within our College.
  • Writing and compiling content for the SSIS Employability Newsletter.
  • Helping academics engage alumni in various activities/events.
  • Liaising with the alumni team and working with them on various events/projects when needed.
  • Helping student societies engage alumni & helping promote events where necessary.
  • Dealing with any general alumni enquiries.
  • Organising law mock interviews with alumni, making arrangements for the day, advertising to students etc.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I became a lot more confident in speaking to a range of people as I was liaising with students, academics, colleagues across different teams and alumni – many of whom were in senior positions in their companies. I reached a point where I felt comfortable speaking with such a diverse range of people.

Another achievement was starting the College Employability Newsletter from scratch and working on improving on this over the duration of my internship, and being able to see the open rate increase and the subsequent increase in events bookings.

I also had the opportunity to get involved in so many different aspects and gain a lot of experience in organising events, working in an admin-type role in Higher Education which has enabled me to go on to secure a permanent job at the University.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I started up the College Employability newsletter which the team did not have capacity to do so before and I worked with Design Team to rebrand our College employability branding. Our College also had its highest ever number of alumni volunteering hours and number of volunteering activities during 2015-16 as with more capacity, we were able to organise more events, engage more alumni and I was able to update the database much more regularly to reflect this.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

I was asked to help an academic organise a very last-minute overseas alumni trip which required asking colleagues in GED and they need a much longer time frame to organise these type of events so it caused a problem. I overcame it by ensuring I kept both the academic and the alumni team regularly up-to-date with progress, managing the expectations of the academic and making it clear the number of attendees may be low as it is last-minute. It made sure I was clearly communicating the academic’s requests to the alumni team and being persistent in making sure the academic provided us with the key details as quickly as possible. In response to this we then wrote a procedure summary for all academics to follow in future when wanting to organise an alumni event and to provide them with realistic time-frames.

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“My Alumni & Employability Assistant provided vital support to events, newsletters & alumni engagement” – Line Manager. 

Careers Information Assistant – Career Zone, University of Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

My role was to provide front desk careers support for the Career Zone at St Luke’s Campus. Aside from this customer-facing role, I was also responsible for several projects within the Careers Service such as Finalist Fridays. My role also included providing admin support to the central team and help organising careers events. My role varied from those at Streatham Campus as it involved tailoring the careers service to the needs of St Luke’s students. This required a lot of collaboration with local departments and services.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I would say my biggest achievement has been leading a project and seeing it grow from an initial idea to an active part of our service.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I believe my internship lightened the workload for my colleagues as I was able to work on several key in-year targets, allowing my colleagues to work towards other key goals. I would like to think it has also helped our relationship with other departments as I have tried to strengthen the relationship between the central careers service and departmental employability leads.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

One of the main problems was that there was a lack of awareness of our presence on St Luke’s so I had to devote a lot of time to promoting the service and advertising what we offer. We now see students come in for careers support and enquiries on a more regular basis. The other key problem was working remotely from my team but it just highlighted the importance of good communication and made me keep in regular contact. It also allowed me to work more closely with local teams and services for campus-specific support and guidance.

Employment Services Administrator – Career Zone, Exeter

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What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

Over the course of my internship I had several  responsibilities. At the beginning of the internship I helped to process intern contracts, inputting student and employer information and making sure that our records were up to date. I also ran finance reports, and made sure that the information in our finance spreadsheets matched expenditure. In the second half of my internship I was responsible for organising a careers event for CEMPs students. This involved shortlisting potential employers based in the South West, and getting in contact with them via email and telephone to encourage them to sign up to the event. Whilst doing this, I marketed the event to students via social media, targeted emails, and through student societies. I was also responsible for making sure that facilities were booked for the day of the event.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

Organising the careers event for CEMPs students. I became much more confident speaking to external contacts after inviting employers to the event and providing them with further details about the event. I also gained new skills in areas that I previously had limited experience in such as digital marketing, through marketing the event to students.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped to streamline the processing of intern information during the busy period before Christmas, which meant that departments and employers were able to employ student and graduate interns quickly and easily. I also helped to make sure that the finances were accurate, as I was able to check them more frequently. Finally, I organised the careers event for CEMPs students, which my manager would not have been able to organise alongside their other responsibilities.

“He has been an excellent team player, very hardworking, flexible and reliable for the 3 months he was with us. He has been involved in calling employers about attending an event, writing promotional text to send to students and drawing up an action plan list. He also helped prepare GBP and SCP contracts and worked on finance.  Having him in the office really helped us get on top of the workload.” – Line Manager.