Enhancing students’ career prospects

17 February 2006

Outlook Programme

Shaun Atkinson with Outlook mentor Ron SkillingThe Outlook Programme is a mentoring programme that has been successfully enhancing the job prospects of students from the following groups:

  • Black and Asian students
  • Disabled students (including those with specific learning difficulties)
  • Mature students (those who are 30+ at the first point of entry into HE)
  • Students who are the first generation in their family to go to university

Research shows that these groups are at a disadvantage in the graduate labour market.

If you are a 1st or 2nd year undergraduate from one of the above target groups you can take part in a series of employer-led and careers service workshops (known as Stage 1). These workshops offer you expert advice on applying for jobs, how to market yourself, developing your skills and even networking with employers. We also offer support and advice on diversity issues. Stage 1 involves a 1-hour Induction session and 3 workshops between March and June 2006.

After completing Stage 1, you will then be selected onto Stage 2 where you will be linked with a mentor from your chosen career area of interest. Our mentors come from a wide range of career areas such as Marketing, Finance, IT, Law, Public sector, Museums, HR, Education and more.

Many students, including Shaun Atkinson, have benefited from Outlook. Shaun graduated with a Computer Science degree in July. He was mentored by staff from Knowsley Council and has now gained a job in the IT Department at Knowsley.

Shaun said: “I’d like to thank everyone on the Outlook Programme for a fantastic experience. I have now got a job in the IT department at Knowsley Council- this certainly wouldn't have happened without the Outlook programme and the support of my mentor.”

For just a little of your time, Outlook can make a difference to your career prospects. For more information and to register, visit the web-site http://www.mdm-outlook.org.uk/ or contact Monira Ahmed, Outlook Programme Officer, on M.Ahmed@liv.ac.uk by Friday 24th February 2006.

Pictured: Shaun with mentor Ron Skilling from Knowsley Council.

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