Undergraduates meet the professionals

The Hugh Baird University Centre hosted an event recently focusing on progression opportunities for undergraduates about to finish their degree and move into the world of work or on to further study.

The ‘Meet the Professionals’ event, supported by the Sefton Education and Business Partnership, gave undergraduates a chance to talk to a range of industry professionals, asking them questions about their journey from education into business and getting tips and advice on what employers are looking for. Industries represented included digital and media, retail, marketing, legal, financial services, computing and healthcare.

Online retailer, Shop Direct, were on hand to talk about their fashion, home and marketing functions with Brand and Advertising Manager for Very, Sophie Parfitt. Sophie said:

“We’re always on the look-out for talented graduates so this is an ideal opportunity for us to speak directly to those who are keen to join our industry. The UCLan Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design degree programme delivered at the Hugh Baird University Centre is an excellent training ground for the retail sector, so we know that the undergraduates we’ve seen today will have been trained to the highest standard and to industry expectations.”

For John Morrison from Sellafield Limited, it was the first time attending the Meet the Professionals event and he was impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the undergraduates. In his role as Remote Handling Design Group Leader for the nuclear fuels giant, John leads a team of engineers responsible for the design and development of robotic and remote machinery used in decommissioning redundant plants and processing radioactive wastes. He said:

“As well as being a chartered mechanical engineer, I also qualified as a barrister in 2012 and get involved in a range of projects to ensure our designers and plant operators are compliant with all of the safety legislation which governs the way we work. Talking to undergraduates today has been very interesting and it is great to see the students so enthusiastic about a career in the nuclear industry.”

Other organisations represented were Merseycare, Sefton and Knowsley Councils, Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Alder Hey Rocking Horse Day Nursery.

Business and Management undergraduate, Phil McNicholas said:

“I have found today really useful and being able to speak directly to employers was a great opportunity. As a business student, I thought it was good that there were such diverse industries represented. I signed up to be a CMI Student Ambassador which means I get full membership of CMI for a year and gives me more networking opportunities. Speaking to businesses at the event has given me a better idea of how to progress and has clarified what my next steps need to be.”

If you are interested in progressing your career or would like to find out more about studying at the Hugh Baird University Centre, telephone the Student Advice Team on 0151 353 4444 or visit www.hughbaird.ac.uk/university-centre.

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