Enterprise through Experiences
Enterprise through the Curriculum offers you hands-on experiences for you to apply the theories and principles of your postgraduate programme to a number of practical, real-life contexts.
Research shows that a postgraduate degree is an effective way of making yourself more employable, but it’s not the only way to make sure you stand out to potential employers. Challenging yourself and exercising your abilities in a new environment will enable you to walk into a workplace as a professional, rather than a graduate.
Developing Your Experience
Work experience can give you the chance to enhance your CV and sometimes test careers in different environments. If employers contact us with opportunities, such as part-time jobs or internships, we advertise these via email and the Enterprise Through the Curriculum module. We organise networking events and mini fairs e.g. volunteering and part-time working, as well as offering advice and information on how to find and apply for opportunities.
If you are looking for work, a Careers Consultant can advise you on strategies and where to look for vacancies; ask to book an appointment at the Student Services office on floor 2. The module for Enterprise Through the Curriculum includes materials and information about career choice and job hunting. The website for the university’s Careers Network is another very useful resource, with more information for all students and a link to the job vacancies on Careers Online.
We encourage students to ensure that working does not impact on your studies and international students should be aware of restrictions on working while studying.
Volunteering has a number of key benefits for your personal and professional development. From sports coaching to fundraising to social media managing, volunteering may offer you more career-enhancing experiences than you think. Volunteering opportunities will be offered at various times throughout the year, and will be advertised through the Student Union and the Enterprise through the Curriculum module on LEARN.
Opportunities with the Students’ Union
Loughborough University has a long history of delivering the UK’s best student experience, and the opportunities and services offered by the Student Union play a huge role in delivering this. There are a number of different societies, volunteering opportunities, fundraising events and sports clubs you can get involved in through the Student Union. Don't be afraid to try something new – having evidence of doing something out of your comfort zone is an excellent conversation starter and is a great way of demonstrating to future employers that you can take risks and embrace change.
Working as a Student Ambassador
Recruitment for the Student Ambassador role begins at the start of the academic year; the Student Ambassadors positions for the 2016-17 academic year have already been filled.
Becoming a Student Ambassador will give you the opportunity to work with people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds and is an excellent way of developing strong communication and team building skills. This role is also one of the experiences that students can include in their submission for the Postgraduate Employability and Achievement Award. Our Student Ambassadors are paid to support a range of events by engaging with prospective postgraduate students, as well as external stakeholders, such as business representatives and visiting academics.
The working hours for the role are designed to be flexible, so that you can plan your work commitments around your studies. For more information, please click here.