The Open University (the OU) has been working on strengthening the employability of local students in Northern Ireland with the help of major local employers.
Over the past month, the Belfast office has hosted a variety of events all aimed at supporting our students career direction with support from the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Ernst & Young (EY) and Alexander Mann Solutions. The insight events offer students a unique look into the recruitment processes and work life behind the scenes. Students get hands-on experience and advice from employers through various means such as Q and A’s and panel discussions.
The OU see it as vitally important to enable students to fulfil their potential and to position themselves for success.
One student commented about the EY event, “I truly enjoyed this event. I found out more about EY and the finance advisory field I am interested in. I liked getting my toes dipped in the market after a break. Also, I really enjoyed meeting other fellow students.”
Over the last month, around a hundred students have taken the opportunity to meet with employers and give their career prospects a boost. Through these various events, students have taken advantage of the support and planning that the OU can offer.
Having a local employer supporting local students in the skills they want to see in the workplace is an important engagement piece for the OU in Northern Ireland.
For more information contact Nicola Joyce, Employability and External Engagement Manager, at: Nicola.Joyce@open.ac.uk