Success for Enactus Reading

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

The Enactus team at the University of Reading pledges to strive to create sustainable lasting social change. They are currently undertaking 5 projects involving communities and individuals around Reading and beyond. The members of Enactus Reading are proactive students who work in the business environment and are involved in social projects at the same time. They gain work experience while at the university,  expand their network, and develop new skills which increase their employability.

After presenting their Social Enterprises at the Enactus UK National Expo in April, Enactus University of Reading was one of the 20 UK teams which made it to the Semi-Finals. To have a stronger social impact in the future, Enactus needs new like-minded members. If you are proactive and want to be involved in social projects, looking to develop valuable skills and gain working experience, learn more about Enactus and become a member.

CEOing for a day

 

Have you heard about CEO for a Day programme?

Organised by Odgers Berndtson, it provides mid-Year students the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a successful CEO. As an undergraduate, you apply to spend the day with a top Chief Executive and learn about the responsibility and complexities required to lead some of Britain’s leading business and organisations. This is how this scheme is designed to uncover some of the UK’s most promising future leaders and give them an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive.

Happening for the first time in the UK in 2016 with 15 students, CEOx1 Day welcomed the participation of big companies and organisations such as BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust. Following the pilot edition, it was regarded as an eye-opening programme by both the students and the professionals.  Apart from the immediate benefits of sharing the office with a CEO, tagging along at meetings and official work visits, there are the not-so-obvious advantages:

  • gain insight into how successful people operate;
  • get catapulted in at the last level of administration and get a better view of the long road leading there;
  • understand management, the priorities and duties which come with it;
  • learn more about a specific industry from a top position;
  • gain relevant experience to succeed in your potential career.

The former participants left the scheme more knowledgeable about what being a CEO involves, feeling the real taste of success and responsibility and hoping to become suitable for such a role in the future. You can read their opinions to find out how this sort of experience may change you.

Now, do you want to share the tasks of a CEO, his office and one-day’s schedule? Do you have what it takes to do this? Create your professional profile with the help of the Careers consultants and apply for the amazing experience until June 30.

Join Warner Bros.

 

Warner Bros. Studio is offering a 12-month Publicity Placement to all the 2nd Year Publicity and PR students out there.

If you are one of them and wish to build-up your CV, gain a new set of skills, and work for a renowned brand, take this offer into serious consideration.

You will work closely with the department Publicists and you will have a wide range of key responsibilities and objectives. These will include supplying publicity materials to UK TV, radio and print publications in line with our publicity strategy. You will also be responsible for distributing and analysing the daily press cuttings to the UK and US teams. You will also have the opportunity to work as part of the team on key projects, press events and premieres

You need the following abilities:

  • Excellent (fluent) working knowledge of Word and Excel, and some experience of using databases and Powerpoint.
  • Experience of using the internet for research purposes.
  • Media Studies, Marketing or English undergraduates will have more relevant experience but this position is open to all who are interested in film and media.
  • Should have solid GCSE and A level results.
  • Must be well organised and disciplined with the ability to prioritise workload and use time effectively.
  • Must be self-motivated and work with limited supervision.
  • Must be able to communicate with people at all levels in a professional and mature manner.
  • Must be analytical and pay close attention to detail including spelling.
  • Must have a proficient and confident phone manner.
  • Some previous work experience would be advantageous.

In order to perform these tasks:

  • Go through the national daily papers and media monitoring email updates, to compile and highlight all of the key coverage on Warner Bros films and talent.
  • Monitor and file all the Publicity materials that arrive from our US office.
  • Work closely with the project publicists to ensure that all materials are up to date and in line with the Publicity strategy.
  • Research all publications on an assigned subject matter. Contact those publications and collate all journalists details in order to despatch press materials.
  • Liaison with agencies to provide materials and review content.
  • Assisting with project publicists on briefing agencies and external partners
  • Monitor receipt of merchandise for Publicity placement.
  • Work with members of the team at press events and Premieres.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of editorial media mailing list
  • Analyse competitor publicity activities and campaigns.
  • Monitor performance of select suppliers.
  • Deal with telephone and email enquiries from the press and general public.
  • Inform press of release dates and press materials available.
  • Work with the project publicists to upload designated press coverage on to the FTP site.
  • Work with the team to staff and manage screenings.
  • Communication with media to secure and file screening reactions
  • Upkeep and distribution of weekly publicity meeting minutes.
  • Working with the project publicist on designated elements of tours and events.
  • Organization and filing of magazines, newspapers and specific film coverage

To complete these projects you will need to liaise with company personnel both in the UK and US, by telephone, email and in person. You will need to be a confident communicator, have good research skills and follow through on projects ensuring their completion.

You have time to update your CV and write a convincing covering letter stating your suitability for the role until Friday, April 7. Email the materials you prepared to Naomi Walsh, at naomi.walsh@warnerbros.com.

 

 

 

UROP opens up opportunities

The applications for UROP, the scheme offering research internships to undergraduates at the University of Reading, are closing today, March 31. This programme gives students the chance to participate in research projects led by academics, gain a wide range of transferable skills, and kick-start their career in the area of their interest.

Two of the students who participated in the scheme in 2016, Francesca McPeanne (Education) and Hamza Abu-Elmagd (Pharmacy), took their research projects further and, after being selected as overall winners at the Undergraduate Research showcase event last November, presented the outcomes of their research work at ‘Posters in Parliament‘ in Westminster during March.

The annual exhibition, hosted by University College London, showcases some of the best UG research in the country and saw 52 students from 27 universities display their research to a range of MPs and higher education policymakers. While Francesca’s project explored the controversial ‘bilingual advantage’ in word learning, Hamza’s work focused on evaluating stakeholder experiences of pharmacists in General Practice clinics. His poster was one of eleven research projects to be shortlisted for the overall Posters in Parliament competition on the day and was awarded joint third prize by the judging panel, which was made up of leaders in the higher education and research sectors.

A growing number of universities are engaging their undergraduates in research. Reading remains at the forefront with 2016/7 being another record breaking year for the number of UROP applications received and the number of projects being funded across the university.

Posters in Parliament, Photos by Kirsten Holst

Posters in Parliament, Photos by Kirsten Holst

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…

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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.

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