Think your employability is just about your employment? Think again…

Employability is about skills, and how you demonstrate them. Here’s a round up of opportunities to gain new skills, develop existing ones, and also gain recognition for your achievements. And it’s all CV gold, people…



Part Time Catering Assistants required on all campuses! Part-time opportunities for students paying £7.91 p/hour. Various shifts. Email your CV and covering letter to BEFORE you do so check your CV against the advice on our Your CV pages and/or make an appointment with your campus Careers Team to get your CV checked out.

The Reed Graduate Training Scheme is looking for graduates (2.1 or higher) for January 2017. £23,000 to start (up to £27,000 in London), £1k joining bonus + on-track-earnings (OTE) bonuses. Three year scheme with opportunities to rotate (after year 1) in to non-sales roles and/or one of our international offices. Sponsorship for professional qualifications (e.g. CIPD, CIM, ACCA) after one year’s service. Search and apply via our vacancy service or direct with Reed at

Interested In Sports Coaching in the US? The US Sports Institute needs energetic young coaches to join its Sports Squirts program to deliver exciting sports experiences to young children. A squirts coach will be working with children aged 3-7, and so must be able to motivate young children, using their imagination, as well as teaching the essential skills and basic coaching points for each sport.

Opening for applications 3 October: Change100 is a 3-month summer internship for students and recent graduates with a disability or long-term health condition. The programme incorporates a paid full-time role at a prestigious employer as well as a development programme including self-directed and group work.

Opening for applications 6 October: Charityworks is a paid 12-month graduate scheme where graduate trainees deliver a full time job in a partner charity or housing association and take part in an acclaimed leadership programme.  Last year they recruited 149 trainees into over 80 non-profit sector organisations.

Competitions and awards

Closing 21 October at 12pm (noon): Do you know a sportsperson that has had a remarkable year? Perhaps you know an organisation that is doing amazing things in their community? Or a volunteer that goes above and beyond to help others enjoy sport? If so, then please nominate them for the Sussex Sports Awards 2016! Nominations are sought in 14 categories and the ‘young’ awards are now open to anyone under 25. Find out more at

Closing 28 October: Shell Springboard provides funding, marketing and networking support to UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with commercially viable business models that help reduce carbon emissions. they are currently accepting applications for awards ranging from £40,000 to £150,000.

Closing 2 December:  The P1 Marine Foundation 2016 National Student Awards. UK students in higher education, in any course, are invited to submit projects focused on the conservation and innovative sustainable development of the marine and coastal environment.


Hands up anyone who’s ever MOOC’d. Be honest, we don’t judge. MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) are a great way to plug skills gaps and gain new knowledge for the hell of it – and they’re short, sharp and best of all FREE. Check out what’s on offer from Future Learn at

Scared stiff by the idea of assessment centres and psychometric tests? Pish. We splashed some cash and now we have you covered. GraduatesFirst has an extensive suite of practice tests which you can access via studentcentral at is also one of *the* go-to resources for improving your skills from soft skills to rock hard tech type skills. Have a browse and get learning at  . Once again for free, because we paid upfront. You’re welcome…

Image*: Chris Murphy via Compfight

*Whaddya mean this has nothing to do with careers? My blog post, my say. Don’t make Superbear come down there, you wouldn’t like it…

Paul Rothwell • 29/09/2016

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