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The Student Futures – Careers and Employability team at the University of Chester.

Student Hut is an online resource that has been designed by former students which enables students to post reviews about their university. Over 84,000 reviews have been submitted to the site so far.

The University received an average rating of 4.23 out of 5, from users of Studenthut.com – which was based on 220 reviews. With ever greater emphasis being placed on the importance of graduate employment, the website described those who made the top 20 list as providing ‘the best employability support for students during their degrees and beyond’.

The Student Futures - Careers and Employability team at the University of Chester provides a wide range of information, advice and guidance services as well as events and initiatives all aimed at helping students take the next steps towards their future goals. All students can access one-to-one impartial and confidential careers guidance on any aspect of their career planning and next steps.

Among the initiatives on offer are:

The Venture Programme

The Venture Programme helps students and graduates to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections to start up a business, to enter self-employment or to build a freelance career. Venture aims to challenge a student or graduate’s thinking, expose them to the business world and give them the opportunity to make something happen for themselves.

Training sessions

Enhance Your Employability (E.Y.E.) training sessions focus on the key skills that graduate employers want and students can select sessions to attend in order to build up a strong, tailored portfolio of skills and knowledge. These include CVs, interviews, assessment centres, professional communication, managing change, leadership and project management among many others.

Links with employers

Careers and Employability’s Employer Engagement team has established links with local and national employers, as well as professional bodies, that enable students to network with employers at on-campus events and in the workplace. The UniJob service enables students to apply for part-time jobs on campus, working for a University department.

Work Experience

The Chester Internship Programme (CIP) offers students the opportunity to undertake a paid internship to help them gain the skills and experience needed for today’s job market.

The Chester Difference Award (CDA)

The Chester Difference Awards reward students for all the incredible extra-curricular activities they have undertaken to showcase their employability development to employers.

Diane Appleton, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Chester, said: “I am delighted that students at the University feel that they are so well supported in their employability development. Careers and Employability, working in partnership with colleagues across the University, offers such a wide range of opportunities that no matter the stage of their career planning, students can find inspiration, encouragement and support to help them achieve their career goals.”

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