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Graduate Gateway workshops and five-day course

6 June 2011

Today is the first day of our Graduate Gateway employability week!  We’ve run four workshops today for our final-year students and graduates: Navigating the Road Ahead,Selling Your Skills: How to recognize your strengths and abilities and successfully sell them to employers, Beat the competition: Success at recruitment fairs and creative job search and Writing your own winning CV.  We’ve had over fifty students attending these workshops, and have a packed schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday 7th June

  • Volunteer for Your Career
  • Personal Branding

Wednesday 8th June

  • Self-Employment – Setting Up Your Own Business
  • What do Employers Want from Graduates? Employer Q&A Panel
  • Job Seeking and Interview Success
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Spark Studio Information Session

Thursday 9th June

  • Excelling at Interviews
  • CV and Application Forms
  • Impress in Assessment Centres – run by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Friday 10 June

  • Coffee Morning: Your chance to quiz the Careers Staff!

The sign-ups are now shut, but there are still places on many of the workshops so just come along if you want to join in.  There’s more information available on the Graduate Gateway website.


We’re also accepting applications to the full five-day Graduate Gateway programme! Unlike the workshops, where you can just drop in to one or two, the five-day programme requires you to sign up for all five days of intensive employability and skills training, covering communication, leadership and teamwork, career management and more.  We also send you off for a day’s training at the Manchester and Salford Universities Officer Training Corps barracks: everyone looks very nervous to start with, but by the end of the day they’re all claiming it was the best part of the course and it really helps the cohort bond.  It’s fantastic to see the way the students and graduates help and support each other.

We had some brilliant feedback from the previous cohorts:

“I hope other people get the opportunity that I did in being able to attend GG, its a fabulous scheme and I hope it goes from strength to strength.”

“A huge thanks to Tim, Esme and everyone who was involved with the course, the past 12 months have been an incredible journey.”

“The services and support Graduate Gateway provide are vital to Salford University’s fledgling graduates. I would like to express my thanks to all of the team, they do a sterling job. ”

To apply, download and complete an application form, and return it to Mary Macfarlane in Careers and Employability no later than Friday 10 June.

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