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Even after leaving Ulster, the University continues to offer a range of support programmes and options to ensure graduates have the best chance possible of gaining the practical skills and knowledge necessary to secure their ideal job. With the entire workplace landscape having changed dramatically as a result of the global pandemic, this support has never been so important.

If you are a recent graduate who hasn’t yet secured your first graduate role, then Future Skills Week could be an ideal solution to help you get a foot on that much sought-after career ladder.  Equally, if your son or daughter or other family member is a recent graduate, make sure to tell them about Future Skills Week.

Future Skills Week is a programme of skills-boosting activities for Ulster University’s students and graduates, delivered by a range of high-profile speakers and industry experts including alumnus David Meade and the Big Motive. The hugely inspiring Katie Piper will make a welcome return to this year’s speaker line-up with an opening talk entitled ‘the Answer to Happiness’.

Throughout the week, the impressive list of guest speakers will cover topics including:

  • How to find internships or placements
  • Graduate opportunities available through the University’s vacancy management system, Handshake
  • How to identify suitable roles based on your experience
  • Interview skills and preparation
  • Digital upskilling
  • How to connect with professionals in a range of sectors

Angela Scanlon, Director of Employability at Ulster, gives an insight into what’s on offer:

Future Skills Week will provide an invaluable programme of support to students and graduates including, inspirational advice, digital skills boosters, job search support, career coaching, enterprise development and personal confidence.  As workplaces transform due to the impact of the pandemic, the University is providing increasing support for students and graduates to prepare for their professional working lives.

Camilla Long, UU graduate and Co-Founder of Bespoke Communications, who will be offering students and graduates the opportunity to upskill on their professional presentation skills during Future Skills Week, shared her thoughts on the week’s activities:

Competition for opportunities will remain high over the coming years and this programme of support will help significantly in preparing students and graduates to confidently engage and compete for careers they have already started to invest in.

Participants can choose to attend all events throughout the week or simply select those they feel are most relevant to their experience or sector. Essentially, they can design their own week-long programme of support so that it’s fully relevant to them. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity and make sure to share with anyone you know who could benefit from the events. Register for the workshops now.

In line with the University’s commitment to enhancing the employability of its students and graduates, it will also offer further support during the summer months with an intensive programme of advice and guidance for job search and applications, interview support and assessment centres.

A further way in which the University extends its support to graduates once they leave is by advertising graduate programme opportunities. These programmes are flexible to suit a range of business needs including the traditional year-long option, to shorter term alternatives including virtual, micro and research-based options.  If this is something that you or your business is keen to explore, please contact the university.