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Careers webinars weeks 6-9

A series of webinars delivered by Student Opportunity’s Careers team. The webinars aim to provide advice and information to help students plan and manage their careers – skills which will become increasingly important in the current situation when there is so much uncertainty around the graduate job market.


  • Provide some reassurance for students in these volatile ad uncertain times. The current situation and its impact on the graduate labour market is creating a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. However there are still opportunities to gain virtual experience and update skills through on line learning. We will provide finalists whose graduate offers have been withdrawn an opportunity reassess their career plans and explore alternatives
  • Help students make informed choices
  • Equip students with the skills to succeed in the virtual recruitment process


Week 6

Alternative experiences: multiple ways to boost your employability 26/05/2020 11.00am - 12.00pm

This session will look at what employers look for in the recruitment process and explore different ways of developing these through a variety of options beyond just the regular Internship or Work Experience placements.

You will be able to:

  • Understand what employers are looking for in the recruitment process
  • Consider your personal development aims
  • Be aware of multiple ways to gain experience
  • Be aware of difference types of development opportunities
  • Understand the need to articulate clearly the value of activities to boost employability
  • How to develop commercial awareness & research employers
How to develop commercial awareness and research employers 27/05/2020 2.00 - 3.00pm

Commercial awareness is frequently rated as one of the most important employability skills by graduate employers in recruitment surveys. But what does commercial awareness actually mean? How do you develop it and how do you prove to employers that you have it?

In this webinar we will examine:

  • How you can gain commercial awareness by researching employers and the sectors they operate in
  • How developing commercial awareness can help you to make more informed career decisions
  • How to increase their understanding of commercial awareness
  • How and what to research when they are finding out more about employers

Week 7

What to do after uni: find direction, find what's right for you 02/06/2020 12.00 - 1.00pm

From this workshop you will:

  • Understand different career pathways, which look different for different people, and know what career planning looks like
  • Explore ways to develop your self-awareness
  • Think about what your own personal reason for being/purpose is
  • Explore broader options
Career planning, dealing with change, developing resilience 03/06/2020 2.00 - 3.00pm

This workshop will cover:

  • Reflecting on what your career plans are and what you want; If you don’t have any, how to start thinking about them
  • What recruiters look for in an application and CV in the UK
  • How you can get evidence to complete these using a skills audit (supplied during the session)
  • How to use a tool such as CARR or STAR to help you complete an application question

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand career planning and how it is the foundation to a successful career
  • Know how to effectively reflect on your motivations
  • Have a clearer understanding of what a CV should look like
Employers' requirements and how to meet them 04/06 2-3.00pm

This webinar will help students to:

  • Identify employers’ requirements and consider their relative importance identify action they could take to position themselves to meet these requirements
  • Recognise how to demonstrate they meet the requirements in applications and interviews

Week 8

Bright Networks: Virtual assessment centres 09/06/2020 4.00 - 5.00pm

Bright Network are hosting an exclusive webinar for the University of Warwick, for students looking to continue boosting their employability, tackle virtual assessments and impress leading employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The skills session will be delivered by City Careers Series author and ex-Freshfields lawyer Jake Schogger, as well as our Campus Membership Manager Shelly O'Gilvie.

The webinar will cover:

  • The current recruitment landscape
  • Top tips for virtual assessment centres
  • Tackling virtual tasks
  • Answering career/firm motivation questions
  • Effectively articulating competencies/experience, including drawing competencies and capabilities from a wide range of experiences
  • The importance of resilience and how to demonstrate it
  • General tips and insights relating to internships and graduate programmes
Considering Postgraduate Study 11/06/2020 11.00am - 12.00pm

This session is for anyone considering further study post-graduation.

This session aims to:

  • Give you some insights and support to help you decide what course of further study if any might be right for you
  • Options at postgraduate level – vocational/taught/research
  • Identify reasons for taking postgraduate degrees
  • Identify advanced skills developed through a Masters degree
  • Demonstrate how to apply
  • Explore costs and funding options
  • Identify the options and reasons for further study
  • Explore the skills and attributes of a Masters student
  • Discuss the application procedure for further study across all disciplines
  • Consider career options and outcomes for Masters students
Cracking video interviews 11/06/2020 2.00 - 3.00pm

This workshop will cover:

  • Why employers use video interviews
  • How you can prepare for video interviews
  • The resources you can access to prepare for video interviews

Week 9

Self-Reliance: Realising Your Greatest Dream 15/06/2020 09.00 - 10.00am

Please sign up to access this pre-recorded workshop and you will be emailed the link and supporting resources.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to build a positive self-concept
  • Understand how aspects of non-conformity could be an asset
  • Learn how to cultivate self-belief
  • Understand the role of personal responsibility in reaching your ambitions
  • Learn how to make confident decisions
Are you ready to meet your colleagues and make a good impression at work? 17/06/2020 10.00 - 11.00am

Are you ready to make a good impression in the workplace and engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues? According to LinkedIn: 80% of professionals consider networking to be important to career success but a third still struggle with how to build lasting connections.

Although not all of us are natural networkers, we can become more effective at networking. Making a good impression at the workplace and engaging in meaningful conversations with colleagues require preparation and practice.

In this session, you will acquire tips and techniques to start you on the journey to become a more confident and effective networker - one of the more important skills for career success, according to LinkedIn.

By the end of this workshop, you will have:

  • An insight into why we need to network
  • Understood how to approach networking
  • Addressed some of your networking barriers and gained tips on online and informal networking
Starting your career - what to expect in your first graduate job 17/06/2020 2.00 - 3.00pm

In this webinar, three Warwick graduates from 2015 & 2018 will share their experience of making the transition from university to the workplace.

A recent Higher Education Policy Institute survey of 1000 undergraduates and their attitudes to starting their career produced some interesting results.

Although over ¾ (79%) of finalists were confident of getting a graduate level job, when asked about their feelings towards entering the labour market, most (28%) cited anxiety as their number one, ahead of a lack of confidence (23%), uncertainty (16%) and feeling overwhelmed by the prospect (16%). Only 14% selected excitement as their primary emotion.

Find out more about what to expect and what challenges you may face as the alumni share their advice about how to succeed and feel more confident as you start your career.

You'll probably be absolutely fine: preparing for the first few days of an internship or graduate job 18/06/2020 2-3.00pm 2.00 - 3.00pm

This session aims to give you some strategies, approaches and reassurance to help you navigate the first few days or weeks of a new position, whether on-line or face-to-face. This session is for anyone who would benefit from information or reassurance about appropriate workplace behaviour when starting a new position.

  • Successfully resolving the sorts of challenges which come up in the workplace in different contexts, and learning from other participants in the webinar
  • Challenging workplace scenarios and how they might be approached – getting to know colleagues, working effectively with managers, understanding what you are there to do, etc.
  • Consideration of some commonly raised areas – dress, time-keeping, balancing work and social life, etc.
Wed 06 May 2020, 11:15