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Roehampton students succeed in employment market

Roehampton students are among the most likely in London to be working or continuing to study soon after they graduate, thanks to the University’s commitment to raising awareness of employment skills and helping students arrange internships.

Posted: 15 August 2014

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The University's Employability and Entrepreneurship Team operates year-round to help students

Latest figures show 92.3 per cent of full-time, first degree graduates were in work or further study six months after finishing their courses, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Roehampton was named the sixth most successful university in this area in London, compared with 21 major universities in the capital. It was ahead of the LSE, Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths College.

Julie Powell, Head of Employability and Entrepreneurship at the University of Roehampton, said: “We’re hearing more and more from employers that successful recruits need a great degree, and the ability to hit the ground running to really stand out. We promote useful and related work experience and paid internships alongside making career skills integral to our lectures and seminars, so students can build that knowledge early and see what they learn being applied in practice.

All academic programmes place a strong emphasis on enhancing students’ career skills and include the opportunity to undertake paid internships. Recent examples include partnerships with regional newspaper publisher Newsquest, and the Wimbledon Book Festival. Many Roehampton departments also offer work experience modules and students have been placed in organisations including Debenhams and Sky Media.

The University’s Employability and Entrepreneurship team works throughout the year with individuals to sharpen CVs, give interview advice and arrange mentoring from people already in employment. It runs workshops, provides one-to-one advice and guidance, a jobshop and online employment resources including a CV builder, a mock interview simulator, and video/audio guides.

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