Struggling graduates offered career lifelineRecent graduates who have yet to find their dream job are being offered a career lifeline by University Campus Oldham (UCO). According to a Higher Education Statistics Agency report published last year, one in four graduates was not in a graduate job six months after graduation. UCO’s response is a new, Graduate Success Programme.
The programme is an intensive, professional programme that prepares graduates for a move into their chosen career. They will receive, expert, specialist help and advice for one day a week over six weeks at the University Way campus.
Areas the programme will cover include CV writing, building a professional profile through networking, how to search and find the right career openings, confidence building, enhancing essential business skills and specialist skills development.
The first programme starts on 27 February 2017 with more to be scheduled. It is open to graduates of any Greater Manchester Higher Education provider, or graduates of any Higher Education provider who now live in Greater Manchester.
Helen Mathers, Vice Principal, HE and Higher Skills said “It is part our mission to improve skills levels in Oldham and Greater Manchester so I delighted that we can offer this focused programme now. There is an obvious demand from some graduates who have yet to achieve their career aspirations. Our programme is very practical, makes use of industry experts as well as the specialist knowledge of our lecturing team.
“All our students currently receive specialist career help and advice as part of their student experience at UCO. Starting this month, we are introducing even more support for final year students that will enhance their employability after graduation. It includes a Festival of Business, a Business Breakfast Club, meet the professional sessions and attendance at business conferences and events.