Alumni get helping hand from careers advice workshops

  • Scope: Workshops for Alumni supporting their professional development
  • Client: East Berkshire College

Employability Town supports professional development of East Berkshire College Alumni by boosting their employability potential.

Explore below a case study written by East Berkshire College that demonstrates a good practice of how College can support their alumni.

Alumni get helping hand from careers advice workshops

At East Berkshire College we’re dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals, even after they’ve left.

From part-time courses and professional qualifications, to online careers advice and resources, we have the tools to help you get ahead and support you at each stage in your career.

As part of our alumni association, we run careers advice workshops to help our former students with the job hunting process, two of which took place recently at our Langley College. These workshops were delivered by Klaudia Mitura, an experienced Employability Skills Trainer from company Employability Town,  and focused on the key areas of CV writing  and using LinkedIn to unlock job opportunities.   Both sessions were jam-packed with useful tips and invaluable advice on succeeding in today’s jobs market.

The first workshop, Is Your CV Juicy Enough?, provided practical techniques on how to improve the content and layout of your CV and make it as ‘JUICY’ as possible to secure that job interview. In other words, making it:

J – Job relevant

U – Unique

I – Informative

C – Concise

Y – Your skills

 Incorporating group discussions, quizzes and case studies, the workshop was a huge success and well attended.  In fact, 100% of participants found the session enjoyable and felt more confident in their abilities afterwards. One alumni who was in attendance, former ECDL level 2 student Sanjay Sharma, is currently unemployed and attended the workshop to improve his chances of finding a job.

He said: “I found the workshop really useful, Klaudia was very good and really helped me improve my CV.”

Fellow alumni, Susan Burton, also found the CV workshop beneficial from a personal and professional point of view. “This is the best workshop I’ve attended,” said Susan. “It was very interactive, moved at a great pace and the trainer was excellent!”

The second workshop was equally well received and focused on an online tool that no jobseeker should be without these days: LinkedIn. This session covered everything you would need to know about LinkedIn, from creating a profile and choosing privacy settings to searching and applying for jobs.

The two workshops were a runaway success, with the vast majority of attendees saying they will be able to apply the knowledge gained to their job hunt. They also said that they’d recommend them to a friend, so watch out for further workshops taking place in the future!

To find out more, visit http://alumni.eastberks.ac.uk/news/alumni-get-helping-hand-careers-advice-workshops/

Participants’ feedback on the workshops