Five Things You May Not Know About Careers…

In February, we asked UoR students to participate in a Careers Survey to listen to your ideas, and ensure that we keep on improving the service we provide. Over 1000 students replied and we are excited to announce the results are in. With the Easter holidays soon to be over and the final term of the academic year fast-approaching, here are 5 things you may not know about your Careers Centre…







1. Those who have used us, would recommend us…

If you have never thought to use your Careers service, and want to learn more, why not speak to someone who has done so already? 97% of students who have previously used our services would recommend visiting Careers to another student.

2. And more often than not, we meet your expectations.

Whether you have a vague idea of what your future holds, or feel totally lost on the subject, we in Careers do all we can to help you plan and build your career. An overwhelming 95% of respondents who had previously used our services felt that Careers met their own personal expectations.

3. We’re not just here for final year students…

Do not feel you have to wait until your final year of study to start thinking about careers! Based on the Careers Student Survey, 87.7% of all first-year students at the University would recommend the us, while an even higher 87.9% of all second-year students would do the same.

4. However graduation is no reason to panic…

For those of you rapidly approaching the end of your studies, Careers has a wide range of resources and opportunities to help you start planning for life after university. Whether looking for graduate schemes, placements, part or full-time work, 88.4% of all third-year students would recommend Careers.

5. Because here at Careers, we cater for everyone!

Students from schools all across the University have used some of the services on offer by Careers. 93.2% of Pharmacy students would recommend us, while an even higher 94.4% of Law students would too. Alongside this, nearly 70% of overseas students have use our services.


So regardless of whether you are at the very beginning or very end of your time at university, or are studying the ways of the law as opposed to the specifics of pharmacy, there is something for everyone within Careers at the University of Reading. So browse online  or pop into the Carrington Building (Building 135 Whiteknights campus), located next to the Palmer Building.


Creative Access Paid Internships


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For those of you who are not familiar with Creative Access’s work, we are a charity that provides paid internship opportunities in the creative sector for young people from under-represented BAME backgrounds (Black, Asian and non-white Ethnic minorities). We aim to improve diversity within the creative world and address the imbalance in the sector by improving the chances of each of our candidates and helping them secure permanent full-time jobs.

Since launching in 2012 Creative Access has proudly placed 500 talented interns into the creative industries. By adhering to our motto, ‘Media cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media’; we have generated hundreds of internships with more that 200 media partners across the UK in 13 sectors  (advertising, book publishing, film, magazine publishing, marketing, music, newspapers, PR, radio, talent, television and theatre, museums & galleries).

Here at Creative Access, we make sure that our interns are equipped with all the knowledge and skills that are needed to have a successful career in the creative sector. Each of our interns is assigned a senior mentor at the company they are placed with. We also provide comprehensive training through our monthly masterclass sessions where they are encouraged to network with one another and our experienced panel of industry professionals. Our masterclasses have proven to be a huge success and have been hosted by the House of Commons, The Telegraph, the BBC and Google to name a few.

To date, 80% of our alumni have gone on to secure permanent positions in the creative sector. This fantastic achievement motivates us to continue our mission to ensure that under-represented communities continue to thrive in the creative world.

We are currently advertising a wide range of opportunities with companies such as Sugar Films, Google, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Harlequin UK, Radiocentre and National Theatre

You can take a look at our full range of opportunities here and register with us here to receive regular email updates with our brand new internships.

Reading and Henley shortlisted for NUE Awards 2016

NUE Award

The University of Reading and Henley Business School have been shortlisted for a total of 4 awards at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE).

Both the University and Henley Business School have been nominated for awards that reflect institution-wide performance and individual student participation in work placement schemes.

The nominations are as follows:

  • Best University Careers / Employability Service: Careers, University of Reading
  • Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience: Harriet Kirk, Careers Consultant, Henley Business School
  • Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium-Sized Employer: Lewis Sargent, Rachel Pitman (students)

Now in its seventh year, NUE Awards are presented to employers, universities and students who have demonstrated exceptional support and engagement with the undergraduate employment market. The awards ceremony took place on Friday 12th February in London, hosted by the king of reggae sauce himself, Levi Roots.  Despite not winning all four awards Rachel Pitman, one of our students picked up the ‘Highly Commended’ award in her category as a result of her outstanding contribution during her 1 year placement.

10 Things to do at University to get a Graduate Job

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There are a number of thing you can do outside of the classroom during your time at university that will help towards securing your dream graduate job.


Volunteering abroad is a great experience and looks great on your CV – and so does volunteering locally. Approach your university, local charities and not-for-profit organisations to gain relevant industry experience. For other industries, network professionally and set up a week’s work shadowing during reading week, or two days a week at a local agency.

Get part-time work

A part-time job gives you the facts and figures to back up your well-writtengraduate CV, and you never know what connections you’ll make through your work.

Make the most of media

Contribute to university media outlets. There are multiple opportunities ready for the taking on campus, including: writing for the university newspaper, hosting or producing a university radio/TV show or getting involved in the annual fashion show.

Take on a Responsible Role

Consider holding a position of responsibility within a society or at the student’s union. This will tick the voluntary and the work experience box on your CV and enhance your people and communication skills.

Play a sport

Represent your university at national and international competitions, or just play for fun. Playing a sport show’s future employers that you’re proactive, a team player and passionate about something other than work or education.


A lot of graduates avoid doing sales, but it is some of the best experience you can get. Sell tickets for university events and develop your negotiation and relationship building skills. A lot of careers involve working with people, so being able to communicate effectively is often essential.

Social media

Create a strong profile on LinkedIn and check your privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re looking for a job in the creative industries, get involved with Pinterest, Instagram, follow what’s going on in the industry, and contribute.


This is particularly relevant if you’re thinking about a career in PR, marketing, editorial or otherwise. Improve and promote your writing skills and show an employer you’re willing to invest time in a project. Go one step further and use Google Analytics to track your blog’s progress and quote these stats in an interview if you hit a large number of sessions on your site. Sites like wordpressare free and easy to use.

Start your own business

This may sound like a huge undertaking, but it can be part-time. Tutor other students, sell things on eBay, get involved in competitions seeking entrepreneurs and put your ideas forward to gain feedback, visibility in the industry, media and potentially funding.


If you’re looking for a graduate job – or to hire an intern – now contact Inspiring Interns, we’re the UK’s largest graduate recruitment agency, having placed over 5,000 graduates. Here is a full list of our graduate internships in London.

How to Get Into the 3D Printing Industry

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The 3D printing industry is growing rapidly and with it the demand for 3d printing jobs. This article will give you an understanding of what 3d printing is, what jobs are available, what these roles involve and some useful interview tips.

What Is 3D Printing?

3D printing is a process of building a three-dimensional object. Digital files determine the shape of the objects that are printed. 3D printing is an additive process: objects are usually created as very thin layers of material (e.g. 0.1mm) and are added in succession. The 3D-printing process is also known as additive manufacturing.

3D printing is often used for prototyping, customisable objects and one-off designs. The digital file defining the shape of a 3D printed object can be easily modified or replaced and each print can be completely unique, unlike in traditional manufacturing processes where alterations involve remaking expensive moulds or adapting established production lines. Recently, 3D printers have also been used for large batch productions as companies have invested in better quality machines.

There are a number of 3D printing methods and a range of different print materials. Plastics, ceramics and metals – including titanium and gold – are all printable. There is also a process called 3D bio-printing, which involves 3d printing with cells to build tissue and organs.

3D Printing Methods:

These 3D printing techniques illustrate the different methods that can be used. This is just a brief summary and there are many other techniques, you should try to read up in more detail before going to an industry interview.

Fused Deposition Modelling, FDM, involves the accurate layering of heated plastic-filament or metal wire. High temperatures are used to soften or melt the material and fuse together each layer. The layers harden as the material cools.

Stereolithography, SLA, uses a photo-reactive, liquid polymer-resin, which is cured (hardened) in layers by a UV laser. With many SLA machines, the platform is lowered every time a layer is cured to make room for the next layer (see diagram).

In Laminated Object Manufacturing, LOM, thin layers of adhesive-coated paper or plastic cut into shape with a laser are fused together using heat and pressure.

Jobs and Required Qualifications

3D designer

Candidates from many design backgrounds can apply for a role as a 3D Designer, designing objects and products for printing. A design qualification is desirable and 3d modelling or CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills tend to be required. A CAD Designer is a more specific role that involves 3d modelling designs as digital data. Most design courses will have CAD modules. There are also free CAD packages online, such as Blender and SketchUp, which you can learn through online tutorials. It’s definitely worth your while gaining some CAD skills for the more hands-on 3d printing roles.


Another common role is 3D Printer Technician. This job involves responsibility for operating the machines themselves and doesn’t necessarily require any design skills however you will need to learn the print preparation software packages required for their particular machines. Experience is always beneficial, so try to get some work experience involving the use of 3D printers before applying to a role.

Printer engineer

The companies that manufacture the printers themselves need a team of engineers. Most printer companies will also have Service Engineers who will maintain a customer’s printer over time. These roles usually require experience in a similar field as well as an engineering qualification.


Software comes hand in hand with 3d printing so there are many Software Developer roles that are available in the industry. A programming/coding qualification like computer science is likely to be needed for this role.

Research and development

There are research and development (R&D) roles in companies that are trying to use 3D printing in innovative ways. Many of these are in the consumer product market, but other exciting research opportunities include roles in biological and scientific modelling, which will require qualifications in the sciences.


Roles in architecture include the 3D printing of architectural models and more recently the 3D printing of buildings and structures in the construction industry. These roles will tend to require engineering or architectural qualifications.


More and more schools, colleges and universities own 3D printers, providing many opportunities for educational roles. These roles will usually require first hand 3D printing experience, so if you want to teach it’s best to start with a role in industry first.

Operations, administration and sales

Less technical roles include those in operations and in administrative positions. A growing number of sales positions are also required due to increasing demand for the machines’ services and for consumer 3d printers.


Lawyers and Legal Professionals who specialise in intellectual property are important for the industry in order to protect companies and individuals from infringers.

A good place to see which 3D printing jobs are available is

Interview Tips

  • You’d be surprised at how many candidates apply for a 3D printing job without understanding what 3D printing is. Let the employer know that you have a good understanding of a few different 3D printing methods and it’s wise to email the company to ask which machine(s) they use prior to your interview, then you can learn about that particular technology.
  • If you don’t have experience with their particular software or technology then show an eagerness to learn. There tends to be a fair amount of training for new starters.
  • Read up on the company and if you can, ask questions in the interview in order to work out how you could be beneficial to them. Many 3D printing companies are start-ups and are still learning the best way to run their business, they’ll be impressed if you can explain how you could improve their performance.
  • Find out about the latest in 3D printing news and advances.
  • Most importantly be yourself and try to enjoy the interview, if nothing else they are good practice. Good luck!

Useful Links

Jobs – 3D printing job board website:

News – 3D printing news:

Types of printer – an overview of multiple types of 3D printer:


Provided by Dee Fisher of 3D Printed Jobs

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