May 2013

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RED Award logoIn today’s increasingly competitive jobs market employers consider everything a candidate has to offer – not just their educational achievements. The Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award is here to help all University of Reading students stand out from the crowd when applying for work by giving you precisely the examples of self-development that employers are looking for.

The RED Award is really very simple to complete and has been designed to give you credit for the extra-curricular activities you get involved in while at University.

 What do I have to do?

  1. Sign up for the RED Award on the RISIS web portal, under the ‘Programme & modules’ tabDownload a copy of the ‘activity checklist’ from the RED Award website.

    Complete the following:

  2. Core activity = 35 hours
    Paid work, work experience, volunteering or a combination of these
  3. Volunteering = 10 hours
    For example, any University of Reading scheme such as Student Tutoring, Peer Support, Course Rep, SSLC, JCR Rep, Active role in a RUSU sports club or society, or working with a local charity
  4. Training & development  = 5 hours
    The Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP)
  5. Once you have completed the 3 components of the RED Award you will need to attend a Sign-off session*. Register online via the RISISweb portal. During this session we will look at the skills you have developed as part of the scheme and how best to present them to employers whether on a CV, application form or at interview. 

The RED Award has been designed to be as flexible as possible so that you can complete the scheme in your own time. You can include activities you participated in before registering with the scheme, provided you were a Reading student at the time you carried them out. So even if you’re a finalist and graduating this summer it’s not too late to complete the RED Award! There are lots of sessions scheduled after the exam period so you should easily be able to find a time and date convenient to you.

If you have any queries please email red@reading.ac.uk or visit the RED Award website.

Reading Internship Scheme logoThe Reading Internship Scheme is managed by The Careers, Placement and Experience Centre. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with recent graduates, the opportunity to undertake an internship within local and regional small to medium sized business.

The scheme offers students a number of benefits:

  1. The opportunity to gain skilled work experience within the South East.
  2. All positions are paid (at least the National Minimum Wage).
  3. The Internships last between 4-12 weeks with start dates from June 2013 – January 2014 (For graduates, internships can be extended by mutual agreement between the employer and yourself).

We attract internships from a wide variety of diverse organisations and each placement will vary depending on the nature of the position and its duration. The internships offer the opportunity to develop new and existing skills and ultimately give you the edge in the employment market.

You can click here to find out more information about the scheme and register your interest.