Interviews and audition tips, work experience in a virtual world and maximising your employability with Solent University, the University of Bradford and York St John University.

30 June 2020 at 12:00


Event speakers

An introduction to university interviews, auditions and portfolios
Angie Randall, Senior Recruitment Officer at Southampton Solent University

Supporting your university application with work experience in a virtual world
Caroline Priestley, Senior UK/EU Recruitment Officer at the University of Bradford

Top tips for maximising your employability
Louise Carr, Widening Participation Officer at York St. John University

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director, UniTasterDays.com

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays who touches upon the guidance and help provided to students to help them make good choices when considering university. This is followed by three guest speakers who each talk about different aspects of university.

Session 1: An introduction to university interviews, auditions and portfolios
The first guest speaker is Angie Randall, the Senior Recruitment Officer at Southampton Solent University. Angie speaks about the process after submitting your application and highlights that this process varies from course to course and university to university, bearing in mind that not all courses will have interviews. She explains the different types of interviews that take place, which courses usually hold interviews and why they are done. These take place at varying times after you have submitted your application and Angie explains how you will be contacted and what you should do if you are unable to attend. Once your interview has been confirmed it is a good idea to prepare well ahead and Angie shares tips for making a good first impression and important things to do beforehand. She goes on to explain what is required for auditions before ending by describing what a portfolio is and what admission tutors look for.

Session 2: Supporting your university application with work experience in a virtual world
The second guest speaker is Caroline Priestley, the Senior UK/EU Recruitment Officer at University of Bradford. Caroline reassures students that universities are aware of the current situation and the difficulties students face completing work experience. She explains what universities are looking for and ways you are able to overcome your lack of work experience. One of the suggestions she makes is gaining transferable skills and how you can develop these from home. Caroline shares resources and websites you can access from home to develop your subject knowledge and this can be incorporated into your personal statement to demonstrate your passion for your chosen subject. She finally shares which sectors you can gain work experience in whilst at home, which roles are available, where to search for these and how to apply for them.

Session 3: Top tips for maximising your employability
The third guest speaker is Louise Carr, the Widening Participation Officer at York St. John University. She explains what employability skills are, how you can gain them and how these transferable skills are preferred by employers. University helps you to develop these skills but there are other ways you can gain them and Louise touches upon them. Once you have gained the right skills you can then talk about these in any application, suggests Louise. She recommends tips for how to demonstrate them in writing, to strengthen your application.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

There were 108 registrations for the live event from students, teachers and school groups.

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Important note:

The live event is for post 16-students. Those aged 15 or under will have access to the event recordings which will be provided on this page as well, after the event.

Of course teachers, careers colleagues and support staff are very welcome to attend as well - for their own CPD purposes.


 
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