Aston leads the way in supporting unemployed graduates

Aston leads the way in supporting unemployed graduates

Future career prospects for the University’s 2011 graduates look promising, thanks to the continued success of the Aston University Graduate Internship scheme.

Over the summer period of 2011, 13 graduates were placed in a range of roles across Aston University. These opportunities varied from marketing to translation work and research projects, depending on the skills of the graduates and the needs of the departments within the University. Results from our follow up survey show that 50% of the graduates are now employed, one of these interns has been offered a permanent role within the University, two interns have had their internships extended and a further three are in full-time employment and credit their internship as assisting them to win their new roles*.

Joanne Eze spent six weeks working with Adèle McKinley, Chief Operating Officer at the University and gave this view of her internship: “I was able to secure an internship position within a month of completing my undergraduate BSc Hons degree in Human Resource Management. This Aston University internship provided me with phenomenal experience. I was able to utilise the skills acquired throughout my degree and see how my work influenced at the strategic level. This internship was integral to my subsequent achievement of a permanent position of employment.”

Adèle McKinley commented on Joanne: “I really don’t have enough positive adjectives to describe Joanne – she is simply outstanding. The work that she has done over the summer with researching the student experience in addition to the way she goes about interacting with people is exceptional. She has exceeded all expectations. I would have her on my team permanently in a heart-beat.”

Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor External Relations at Aston, added: “In a time of cutbacks and low recruitment levels, this programme is having an enormous impact on the overall strategy of the University both now and looking to the future. My colleagues have been delighted not only to assist our own graduates but benefit from bringing fresh and innovative ideas into their departments.” 

The need to support Aston’s graduates in a difficult job market has been recognised by the University and the internships scheme has provided graduates over the past three years an ideal opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

* Figures are based on a survey of 12 respondents 

Words by Serena Johal
11 October 2011

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