What's going on at World of Work Careers Centre?
10 April 2012
Experiencing Justice: Student Conference
Ninety Level 5 students from the Criminal Justice programme gathered together for an 'Experiencing Justice' conference at the World of Work Careers Centre (formerly the Graduate Development Centre) as part of their module assessment.
The World of Work Careers Centre worked alongside module leader, Ester Ragonese, to organise the event which allowed students to integrate academic learning and gain work related skills from a real life experience in a world of work conference setting.
Deborah Pownall, Employer Engagement Manager for the World of Work Careers Centre, opened the event with a presentation focusing on the values and benefits of the World of Work programme. Many of the students in attendance have already successfully completed the Bronze and Silver stages of this award.
Guest speakers for the day included John McIlveen from North Liverpool Community Justice Centre, who spoke to the students about the Community Justice Centre and its role and Jan Varty from the Cheshire Probation Service who spoke about her probation work in Germany with the Army in relation to punishment and sentencing issues.
During the morning, students gave presentations based upon observational visits to the courts, which were assessed by the module leader, employers from the probation service and other members of the teaching team. A high standard was reached and the students were pleased with their achievements.
"The students were smartly dressed, enthusiastic, punctual and participated in the event well as if engaging in a real work conference. This had a positive impact upon the performance of their presentations and mark awarded."
For further information about arranging employers to feature in similar events or as guest speakers, contact the Brokerage Team at the World of Work Careers Centre on 0151 231 8099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LiverpoolSU Critical Friend to the World of Work Careers Centre
Representatives from LiverpoolSU met up with World of Work Careers Centre staff recently to act as a critical friend to the activities of the Centre and provide advice and feedback from a student's perspective.
It was the second time the group have met and the LiverpoolSU representatives gave the World of Work Careers Centre staff invaluable feedback about how to communicate with students in the most effective way.
Topics up for discussion at this meeting included the types of marketing materials used to promote the Centre to students, including the World of Work Star newspaper. A further debate centred on internships, their benefits, duration and what constitutes a worthwhile experience. The World of Work Skills Certificate Blackboard module was reviewed and what students want from employer events was also discussed together with the idea of using student advocates to help promote the World of Work Careers Centre.
A lively debate ensued with ideas from both sides about how to keep improving careers provision to enhance the student experience even further.
For further information about the World of Work Careers Centre visit www.ljmu.ac.uk/wow or call 0151 231 8099