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Employability and entrepreneurship

You can expect us to:

  • expect undergraduates to take a placement year as part of their course and/or  provide opportunities for integrated workplace learning within a professional degree programme
  • secure appropriate professional accreditation for our programmes
  • support your search for employment or further study with advice and information on careers, qualifications, courses, enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • provide access to vacancies, advice on application procedures and training for job seeking skills, including support after you graduate
  • foster and encourage entrepreneurship

We expect you to:

  • take advantage of paid and unpaid, short-term and one-year placement opportunities relevant to your course*
  • engage with the Careers and Employability Centre and participate in employability activities relevant to your programme
  • seek contacts and opportunities with people and organisations, including the Aston alumni network, that might help your employability and global citizenship
  • comply with the requirements of the professional bodies appropriate to your degree, including standards of conduct and behaviour and fitness to practice
  • engage with relevant student peer mentoring opportunities
  • gain skills and experiences that enhance your CV by participating in Students' Union sports clubs and societies, volunteering, work experience and fundraising*
  • You can expect the Students' Union to:

  • provide opportunities for personal development through clubs and societies, volunteering, work experience and fundraising*

  • allocate funding or provide sponsorship for sports clubs and societies that will widen participation

  • support student proposals that positively benefit the larger student body

  • host or support careers events, creating face to face contact with placement and graduate employers 

 *where applicable; for example this may not apply to students who are distance learners or those studying at partner institutions.

Checked and updated 30 May 2014, AJW

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