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Magee Showcases Value of Work Experience

The benefits and importance of work experience was showcased at the Magee campus as part of the University of Ulster’s Work Experience week.

According to latest research figures, over half of potential employers say graduates without any previous experience are unlikely to find employment.

That is the stark finding from The Graduate Market in 2013, an annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at Britain’s leading employers.

Professor Deirdre Heenan, Provost of Magee and Pro Vice Chancellor, Communication said: “The University of Ulster is among the top UK universities for work placement, which is proven to greatly enhance career prospects.

“We encourage our students to get involved in a wide range of activities, including volunteering and we give official university recognition through the EDGE Award to evidence these achievements to future employers.”

Moira McCarthy, Career Development Manager at Magee, urges students to get involved in volunteering.“We are committed to encouraging our students to get involved in giving back to the local community, for example, volunteering in the City of Culture is an opportunity of a life time.

“The city is also hosting the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August, the largest celebration of Irish traditional music in the world. Volunteering experience such as this on a student CV accompanied by official university recognition via the EDGE Award could really help bolster employment prospects for the future.”

Moira continued: “Through this event, which was organised by Business Studies student, Paula Donnelly, who is doing a placement in the Career Development Centre, we showcased all the opportunities through which students can build their employability. These include full-time, holiday, voluntary, short-time and part-time employment.“

A full programme of activities has been organised to put our students in contact with potential placement providersand to support personal and professional development.”