The Central European University Career Camp was a week full of career development programs to help students kick start their career goals. A plethora of sessions were designed to tackle the most pressing career related questions and topics that students face while starting their job search. From longer workshops that deepen to a specific topic, to “grab and go” style lunch break info sessions, every CEU student could find a program that fit into his or her interest area. As part of the Career Camp, Steve Westlake, who is a recipient of the Alumni Scholarship at CEU, organised a career workshop to help students apply to and secure jobs in the United Kingdom.
"I wanted to set up a project where I could apply my experience in working in the UK employment sector to help CEU students," says Westlake. "Having spent last year working as a Job Coach for Coventry City Council in the UK and helping young people write CVs, prepare for interviews, and improve their job search techniques, I thought it might be of interest for CEU students applying for jobs in the UK to get a little 'insider knowledge'—especially for those who are less familiar with the UK job market and the way it differs from those of other countries both within the EU and further afield."
Westlake said that given the Brexit vote last year, he wanted to help show that the UK is still a great career destination and encourage applications for work in the UK. The workshop both urged CEU students to consider the UK as a potential career destination and offered support and guidance to any students considering applying. Westlake's advice ranged from general tips on UK CV etiquette to one-on-one consultations on specific job applications.
The project was designed in consultation with CEU's Career Services Office. Westlake’s knowledge base is pretty UK-specific so he decided to share that knowledge with workshop participants. As somebody who has worked with employers to help them find suitable candidates for vacancies, his aim was to give a sense of UK recruitment culture in order to help students get a competitive edge.
If you missed the workshop and want more info, Westlake is currently meeting individuals for one-on-one consultations regarding their CVs and ongoing applications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice related to the UK job market.