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Career Clinics and Career Consultations

Just a quick query? Come along to one of our clinics - reserve your place by booking online. Visit our website for full details:

Book a consultation with a careers adviser and let us help you with:
• Planning your career and study options.
• Finding and applying for jobs.
• Preparing for interviews.

To book a longer careers consultation, make an appointment at the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building, or contact them by email:

Two month internships in China with Generation UK



Two month internships in China for just about every degree discipline at GCU are now available, thanks to the Generation UK-China programme run by the British Council. Companies across the world are looking to engage with China, and value employees with experience in China immensely. Developing a connection with China could be the smartest choice you can make right now and help you stand out from the crowd in future job applications.

What’s on offer?
These two-month internships are set up through British Council partnerships with CRCC Asia and InternChina, who cover a wide variety of sectors including IT, legal, marketing, accounting, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and tourism.  Which company you choose to go with depends largely on what city you want to work in. CRCC Asia have internships in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen; InternChina have openings in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai. It’s recommended that you undertake some research on these cities before you apply.

How much funding will I receive?
Generation UK-China funding will cover all placement fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance, as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement. As part of the programme, you will also receive weekly Chinese language classes and business/cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China. You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which obviously depends massively on where you’re living and how you like to live. Previous interns have been able to get by perfectly happily on the equivalent of about £50 a week, but it’s entirely up to you. You’ll also need to pay for your flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel.

Applicants must be:
• Aged 18 years and above
• Currently enrolled full-time at an UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year
• Be a UK or EU passport holder
• Achieved or on track to achieve a 2:1
• In receipt of or have received a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance or SAAS bursary for Scottish students during their university career
• Not in receipt of any other Generation UK – China funding

How do I apply?
The British Council are currently accepting applications for students and recent graduates wishing to take part in the programme in 2017. The final deadline to submit your application is 12 December 2016. Please note you can only apply to one supplier – it makes things easier for everyone further down the line. If you apply to both, your application will not be considered.

Applicants will be subject to our competitive assessment process, and funding will be awarded to those students who display an excellent academic record and strong interest in China, subject to British Council approval. There will be three stages of assessment:

• Written Application
• Phone Interview
• Final British Council Assessment

To find out more visit the British Council Generation UK (China) website.
Remember – closing date for applications is 12th December 2016.

Career Conversation with AWE – work in the nuclear defence industry



When: Tuesday 25th October 2016

Time: 12-2pm

Where: Careers Area, Campus Lounge

Keeping our world safe and secure – AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK’s nuclear deterrent. AWE is seeking degree, MSc and PhD graduates in the fields of science, engineering, business and assurance disciplines. Working with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities and with internationally recognised experts, you’ll gain invaluable practical experience and be supported to develop your skills and expertise.

Exciting opportunities in a truly unique environment

If you want to work in a unique and innovative environment, then AWE could be the perfect place for you – whether you are currently studying science, engineering or business disciplines. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we’re always looking for high quality candidates.

For more information visit the AWE website



Career Conversation with GCU Alumni: David Bennett & Campbell Sims – getting started with your career in Engineering


When: Monday 24th October 2016

Time: 12-2pm

Where: Careers Area, Campus Lounge

Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering alumni David Bennett and Campbell Sims are returning to GCU campus to host two Career Conversations sessions with students. The events will be an excellent opportunity for engineering students to find out more about how they can improve their occupational awareness, how to navigate their career focus and how to get started in their professional field.

More about the speakers:

David Bennett
Senior Engineer – Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (Atkins)

With 13 years of mechanical engineering experience, David works on delivering complex, large-scale engineering projects, ensuring successful co-operation and liaison between teams, clients, suppliers and authorities on a global scale. In addition to his current position at Atkins, David has worked with 5 other established companies in the engineering industry over the course of his career.

Campbell Sims
Engineering Compliance & Operations Leader, Subsea Systems (GE Oil & Gas)

Campbell is a global engineering leader for safety, technical regulations and standards. He works with an international team of highly skilled engineers to make products safe for use in even the most challenging of environments. In addition to GE, David has worked with a number of other companies, including FMC, Doosan Babcock and BAE Systems.

Training scholarships available for language teachers




The British Council are about to invite applications from students who are passionate about training to teach French, German or Spanish, and who want to inspire young minds. You could receive a languages scholarship of £27,500 to support you during your teacher training year, and the scholarship provides the most gifted languages graduates with the chance to start an exciting career in teaching.

You will join a community of like-minded enthusiasts with whom you can share ideas and be inspired. In addition to the financial support, you will receive access to a range of professional development resources, CPD opportunities and mentor support.

Am I eligible?
Before applying, you’ll need to establish if you’re eligible:

•you should have a minimum of a 2:1, or be predicated to achieve this; candidates with a 2:2, (or predicated) may also be considered if you can demonstrate significant knowledge

•or have a relevant PhD or Master’s degree or recognised equivalent

•secured a training place on an eligible non- salaried languages teacher training course in England for the 2017/18 academic year by September 2017

•met the bursary eligibility criteria

How do I apply?
Aspiring scholars apply directly through the British Council for a languages scholarship. A separate application will need to be made for securing a place with your preferred school or university. You can find out about the routes into teaching and how to make an application for teacher training on the Get Into Teaching website.

Full details for language scholarships including eligibility criteria, the application process and application deadlines will be available soon. If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to receive information register your interest, and the British Council will keep you informed of further news and announcements.

Hansel Village Open Day, Tuesday 18th October



Hansel is a leading social care provider, based in Ayrshire, and for 50 years have been at the forefront of innovation in developing supports for adults with learning disabilities. They continue to grow and evolve with the active participation of the people they work for, and in partnership with others who share their commitment to providing the best services possible.

The Recruitment Information Open Day on Tuesday 18th October from 12pm to 2pm at the Taigh Mor site, Academy Brae, Scholars Wynd, Beith, KA15 1EQ. Taigh Mor is their vibrant, friendly and welcoming respite service in Beith, Ayrshire, supporting people to enjoy a wide range of activities while on a holiday or short break at Taigh Mor.

The day is all about giving people with an interest in working in social care information about what goes on at Hansel and the opportunities they have for employment in social care. There will be opportunity to speak to existing Support Workers about their roles and what life is like working for Hansel.  Representatives from many of the services will be present to talk about what each service does. Members of the HR team will also be available to advise on the recruitment process and current vacancies.

 They are interested in meeting people with and without experience who are interested in full, part time and bank work, and who share their values and want to make a real difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities.

If you require any further information on this event or anything else about Hansel please do not hesitate to get in touch with them – current vacancies can be found here.

They also share all vacancies and recruitment events on Facebook


Erasmus + : continue your studies in the EU



Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. One of its aims is to boost the skills and employability of university students by taking your studies overseas for between three and twelve months. It’s your chance to continue your course in a new environment and experience a different culture while you’re at it.

You can take your pick from any one of 32 countries in Europe, with whom your university or college has an agreement and most students receive a grant to help cover the cost of living. So whether you fancy brushing up your languages, meeting up with new people or just immersing yourself in a completely new culture, Erasmus+ will have something to suit you.

Can I apply?
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then you need to make sure you’re eligible to apply. Erasmus+ courses are available to anyone who is:

•studying for a degree or recognised tertiary level qualification
•at an institution, such as a university or college, with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
•in their second year or more of study.

You can also apply if you’re taking a short-term higher vocational education course, or studying part-time, providing you’re willing to study full-time when abroad.

What countries are involved?
Besides the UK there are 32 countries working with Erasmus+. They are:

Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Turkey.

How much will it cost?
The cost of living abroad can vary massively depending on the country you choose to visit, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be left out of pocket. Eligible Erasmus+ students currently receive a grant of between €250 – €300 a month to contribute towards accommodation and living expenses, and that’s on top of any existing grants or loans that are in place through your current university. There’s also currently an extra €100 a month available for students who already qualify for additional support for higher education and further financial support for students with special needs.

There’s no need to worry about any tuition fees at the university you choose to visit, and you may even be able to take advantage of a financial contribution for your existing UK tuition fees if you study abroad for the whole academic year. Speak to the Erasmus+ rep at GCU to find out more.

When’s the deadline?
If you’re interested and eligible then you should probably arrange a meeting with your Erasmus+ university office as soon as possible. Deadlines for the following academic year are normally in the winter term, but it does change depending on your university.

Erasmus+ at GCU
If you’re applying to participate in Exchange in Trimester B  (starting January 2017) in an EU Country, you’re invited to join the Exchange and Study Abroad Team at this Application Workshop:

When: 20th October 2016

Time: 5-6pm

Where: M541

The team will assist you with submitting your online application, so please bring your application documents and email them at if you have questions.

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Thinking about starting your own business? The Scottish Business Exhibition is for you!


When: Thursday 10th – Friday 11th November 2016

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: The Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow

This FREE show gives your business access to all the suppliers, support organisations and partners you need to increase your profitability and drive your company forward. The glittering line up of seminar speakers includes the best of Scottish Business – be inspired as you learn from the country’s most successful business people and develop valuable skills to transform your business in the interactive workshops.Find out more by visiting the official website.

Attending this exhibition can make your business:

  • more competitive
  • more innovative
  • more efficient
  • more profitable


Top 10 Reasons to Visit:

  • The right advice- With over 60 free seminars from an outstanding collection of successful entrepreneurs and experts
  • All the suppliers and support organisations you’ll need
  • Develop your business skills – take part in our detailed and interactive workshops
  • Build new contacts – both the networking and coffee areas give you the opportunity to interact with thousands of business owners and managers
  • Get straight answers – talk to real business owners from real businesses
  • stay up to date – Demonstrations of the latest products and technology
  • save thousands of pounds – from valuable show discounts, promotions, giveaways and competitions
  • it’s all completely FREE!

Register here for your FREE ticket