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University careers team has 60 graduate jobs up for grabs

June 28 2013

Glyndŵr University has 60 graduate jobs up for grabs with North Wales companies.

The Wrexham University’s GO Wales team is working hard to fill placements and permanent roles with firms across the region.

Since 2009, Glyndwr’s careers service has dealt with more than 650 companies in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and north Powys, and advertised over 600 student and graduate opportunities.

As a result, 350 people have found jobs in the last four years, proving the University’s position as the number one in Wales for graduate level employment.

Employer engagement officer Sam Forde said firms of all sizes – from SMEs to large multinationals such as Kellog’s, Reflex and Allen, and Magellan Aerospace – work in partnership with Glyndŵr University.

She added: “We deal with a lot of referrals that come from word of mouth, networking and from going out and speaking to businesses.

“We don’t just offer graduate jobs, we offer work experience; we can help with career planning, graduate support and other services of benefit to the university through financial support and advice which in turn leads to sustainable growth throughout the region.

 “A lot of people still don’t know about this or take advantage of it, despite GO Wales celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – we need to shout about it more.”

Positions range from graduate export administrators and graphic designers, to communications and engineering and computing roles.

“We provide a link between Glyndŵr University and the business community, and that has led to other partnerships, project development and research with academic support through schemes such as KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships),” said Sam.

“We’re trying to fill these positions at fantastic local companies, including Kingspan and Thrislington Cubicles in Flintshire, and are surprised they’ve not been snapped-up yet.

“I think it’s down to many graduates who are looking for work not knowing what we do and the benefits available to them through GO Wales, Jobs Growth Wales Graduate Scheme and the many other careers services on offer here at Glyndŵr University.”

The careers service held its annual Graduate Support Day on Thursday, welcoming dozens of students to a CV-writing workshop, psychometric testing, an applications session, speed networking and job searching seminars as well as 20 career guidance appointments.

Dr Alison Green from the Graduate School was present to discuss PhDs, postgraduate study and scholarships, and staff from Jobcentre Plus, Wrexham, were on hand with tips and advice.

Glyndŵr University graduate Louis Middlehurst paid tribute to the University’s careers team having emerged from a GO Wales placement with a permanent role at Wrexham and Chester-based law firm Allington Hughes

He said: “With the help of a GO Wales placement I was able to have a taste of a potential future career, and this coupled with the support and encouragement Allington Hughes offered me has now led to a full time position at the firm and a strong start to a career in marketing.”

Graduates returning to north east Wales can register can contact Glyndŵr University’s careers team for advice on 01978 293240 or register on the GO Wales website.

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