LU London Students
At Loughborough University London you have the benefit of a dedicated programme of learning, experiences and events called Enterprise Through the Curriculum (ETC) designed to help you prepare for your next step after your studies. We have guest speakers, networking events and opportunities to attend the careers fairs at Loughborough University plus our on-site Careers Consultant can help with your job search and making choices about your future. Expert advice, support programmes and mentoring is available too if you are thinking about starting your own business. Please note that access to opportunities within ETC are only available to Loughborough University London students and alumni.
The team members work together to help you to develop your skills, meet with employers, prepare for job hunting and make career choices.
Adam Adesina is our Employer Partnerships and Employability Manager, developing links with external organisations for the benefit of our students. He manages our programme of activities designed to develop your skills and ability to cope with recruitment processes and he also organises guest speakers and networking events.
Nadine Lewis is our Careers Consultant, offering one to one discussions to focus on your career plans, job hunting, improving your CV or LinkedIn profile, preparing for job interviews and applying for further study. Book your discussion via Careers Online. Nadine also delivers regular talks and workshops on job hunting topics; these are advertised on campus and any student is welcome to attend.
Dan Robinson is the Stakeholder Engagement and Employability Coordinator. Dan coordinates the team responsible for the delivery and development of the ‘Skills Check’ programme within Enterprise Through the Curriculum, a market leading Employability initiative exclusive to Loughborough University London.
As part of the Stakeholder Management and Employability team, Dan coordinates delivery of key Employer Engagement opportunities, events and experiences for the development of our student’s career goals. Dan also works within the SME team to coordinate external student employment during term time.
Dan joined the University in 2014 supporting the London Senior Management team with a background in finance, logistics and human resources and joined the Stakeholder Management and Employability team in the summer of 2016.
Ben Cole is our Stakeholder Development Manager and seeks out partnerships with external organisations that support and enrich the curriculum and the student experience for students in London. Ben primarily looks after student and graduate enterprise on our London Campus as part of the emerging Loughborough Enterprise Network. Ben offers, mentoring, workshops, talks, competitions and events to support London’s growing group of entrepreneurial students. Ben works on International partnerships leading the campuses connection with the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers as well as local partnerships as a key member of the campuses community engagement team. He leads London’s partnership work on its Innovative Dissertation module – seeking Internships and Projects for students and helps to connect the two campuses to opportunities in London.
Ashley Gray is Learning Partnerships Manager, generating links and appropriate challenges with outside organisations for the campus-wide module; The Collaborative Project. Working alongside the academic lead he also oversees management of the module while developing and implementing non-academic initiatives around it in operations and enhancement.
Tim Barnes is our Head of Enterprise Development and as the recipient of the Queens Award for Enterprise supports our team to connect our students to a wealth of enterprise opportunities across London and beyond.
Enterprise through the Curriculum is just one of the extra ways we help and support our students in addition to their academic studies. Our aim is to help you stand out in terms of directing and developing your own career. It includes access to advice and guidance, skills development, events and experiences. It offers challenges, competitions and networking opportunities. Most of all it is about learning. It’s about connecting you to all the things that will enhance your CV and your future prospects.
From Skills Check to the Collaborative Project, from company visits to evening networking events, you have the opportunity to be part of a comprehensive set of experiences, activities and support. For more information, go to the ‘Your Career’ page of the Loughborough University London website.
‘Skills Check’: Loughborough University London’s professional development programme.
As a Loughborough University London student, you’ll have access to the Skills Check programme of professional development which features activities, designed to help you develop attributes and skills you need to thrive in the workplace or run your own business.
At the start of the year, you’ll take part in a series of Skills and Attribute Challenges, timetabled into your programme, to help you recognise your attributes and identify your skills gaps. You’ll receive feedback and a skills development plan, designed to help you succeed during the Collaborative Project and prepare you for professional life.
Throughout the year you’ll have access to your feedback, development plan and a series of activities to help you with your personal and professional development needs.
Check you’ve developed the right skills and gain an advantage in future job interviews by completing additional Professional Skills Challenges in the Spring before applying for the Postgraduate Employability and Achievement award in the Summer to help you stand out from the crowd.
The My Employability Profile is open to you at the beginning of your course to give you an insight into a recruitment process that is typical for many employers of graduates in the UK. It is also designed for you to benefit from personalised feedback on your performance in the three stages:
- An online questionnaire
- A video interview
- An assessment centre including an observed group exercise and observed group presentation
The programme enables you to assess your ability to cope with some of the tools used by many employers to select candidates for job vacancies. It is also a wonderful opportunity for you to assess some of your skills and decide what you need to develop and take action.
The programme is repeated later in Semester 2 when you can opt to take part again and see how well your performance has improved and how your skills have developed.
NOTE: if you are a student from the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance you are not required to take part in the My Employability Profile programme. If you would like to do so, please email Londonfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Your collaborative project has been designed specifically to mirror typical activities at work. It is a great opportunity to enhance your CV and apply many skills that are sought by employers e.g.
- working in a diverse and multi-disciplinary team
- resolving a real organisation challenge
- communicating with each other and company representatives
- writing a report
- managing a project and meeting fixed deadlines
Interacting with key players in the organisation that you collaborate with also enables you to gain insights can help you demonstrate contemporary industry awareness and real world relevance.
Talk to the Loughborough University London Careers Consultant if you would like help with planning what to do at the end of your course, finding and applying for jobs or considering further study. You can book a discussion via Careers Online or ask at Loughborough University London reception to book a consultation or interview coaching:
- Career Consultation 30 minutes to discuss your career plans or job seeking.
- Interview Coaching 45 minutes to have a practice job interview and receive feedback on how to improve.
- Email Advice 30 minute to receive information, advice and guidance on CVs, applications, LinkedIn and job seeking.
The Careers Consultant on campus can give advice on where and how to look for jobs in the sector that interests you as well as help you with your job applications, your CV, preparing for interviews, tests used in selection and assessment centres, and how to develop your LinkedIn profile.
The Careers Network website has very useful information on how to find jobs and opportunities including internships, that is, short periods of professional work experience often completed during vacations.
Check Careers Online regularly for full time jobs and internships.
Loughborough University London also utilises ‘Hoot Board’ an internal online opportunities board to share local part time jobs, internships, volunteering experiences, events and lots more. Please email Londonemail@example.com if you do not already have access to this facility.
A section of the Careers Network website is devoted to information for international students and your needs, including example CVs and tips on marketing yourself to employers in the UK. Make sure that you check the International Students Careers Blog for news, events and job vacancies and Careers Online for vacancies too.
If you are looking for work outside of the UK, GoingGlobal has information on how to look for work in specific countries and also advertises job vacancies. Go to the online tools in the Careers Network website.
The Gradlink UK website is a useful source of vacancies in China, SE Asia, the Gulf, Africa, Canada, Bangladesh and India.
If you have a business idea you should talk to Ben Cole to get advice, guidance and support on taking your ideas to the next level. Ben can connect you to events, skills sessions and workshop, mentors, acceleration and incubation programmes and much more. Ben runs regular ‘Mentoring Monday’ sessions on our Second floor enterprise space – no need to book, just drop in.