Double celebrations for Careers and Employability team

Posted on 17th July 2013

The University of Chester has twice the reason to celebrate after a win and a nomination in two national careers awards.

Graduate Likith Balakrishna (pictured) has scooped the Student Temp prize at this year’s Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards, and the Careers and Employability Department has been shortlisted for The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services’ (AGCAS) Awards for Excellence.Likith Balakrishna

Likith, who studied a Master’s in Business Administration, undertook several posts at the University during his studies, having joined the institution’s UniJob scheme, which places students in temporary posts on campus.

Employability Enhancement Manager Ewen McKinnon, who nominated the 25-year-old, said: “Likith really stood out as our student temp of the year. This was due to his fantastic commitment and ability to go the extra mile in every one of his eight temporary roles at the University.

“No job was too big or small for him and he approached every single role with the same positive attitude and enthusiasm.”

The SEOTY Awards are run by the National Association of Student Employment Services and recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments.

Likith, from Karnataka in India, said: “I am very happy to have won this award – it is an honour and privilege.

“I couldn’t have achieved it without the inspiration I received from my line managers and my professors and especially the Careers and Employability team, for whom I have deep respect, and from whom I have learned to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.

“I sincerely thank everyone I worked with for guiding and helping me to reach a stage where I can proudly hold up this award as a mark of my achievement.”

The Careers and Employability Department’s work with graduates has earned the University a nomination in the AGCAS Awards in the Employer Engagement category.

Its Graduate Head Start (GHS) scheme is a unique employability programme designed to help graduates develop their skills, awareness and confidence, whilst providing employers with multiple platforms to meet with talented graduates.

It offers recent graduates who are either unemployed or underemployed the opportunity to gain professional skills and experience to boost their chances of finding employment within their chosen career. It is also designed for those seeking professional development within their current profession.

Free of charge, the flexible programme consists of six carefully considered elements, designed to target key areas of a career professional’s CV.

These include three days of intensive career planning, one-to-one careers coaching, and an optional five-week work placement with a local employer to undertake a developmental project.

Jaime Cox, Placement Co-ordinator, said: “We have worked hard to further develop our relationship with employers in order to provide opportunities for our students and graduates.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and to see that our efforts have been recognised nationally. We are looking forward to attending the award event in September to find out the result.”