Specialist courses and training can enhance employability

Issue date: 27 April 2009

UWE Postgraduate Open Evening The current economic climate makes further training and specialist courses an important aspect of ensuring employability and enhancing career prospects.

The University of the West of England is holding an Open Evening for Postgraduate, Professional and Part-Time Courses on Wednesday 6 May 2009, 16.00-20.00

Last year around 40,000 new graduates went on to further study on postgraduate and professional programmes in the UK. Over 400 UWE graduates in 2008 went straight on to further study, either full or part-time. In recent years the trend has been for increasing numbers of graduates to seek to differentiate themselves through postgraduate study or to improve their career options with professional training. The current economic conditions with even greater competition in the job market and fewer traditional graduate training schemes means this trend is likely to accelerate further in the coming academic year.

UWE offers a broad range of postgraduate, professional and part-time courses that are closely aligned with the needs of both the private and public sectors.

John Clarke (Assistant Director, Student Services) at UWE says, “Postgraduate and professional training through appropriate courses can enhance an individual's employability through increasing their level of skills and specialist knowledge, or through developing them in a new direction. Professional training in areas such as teaching and health have virtually guaranteed employment at the end, while short specialist courses (such as those with green technologies) and broader businesses courses (such as MSc and PG Dip in Management) help equip graduates for the changing nature of the UK and global economy.

“UWE has substantial links into regional, national and global business in private and public sectors. These are reflected in both the range of programmes offered and the quality of teaching. Real world examples, practical case studies and live research projects are essential elements of further study at UWE and can help prepare graduates for the challenging times we face.”

During the Postgraduate Open Evening there will also be the opportunity to find out about: Course information, entry requirements and applications; Postgraduate Research Study; Accommodation; and the Students' Union. Student Ambassadors will be on hand to take visitors on a tour of the campus.

The Frenchay, St Matthias and Bower Ashton Campuses of UWE will be open to visitors. At Frenchay Campus staff will be available to talk about Health and Social Care courses (Glenside Campus will be closed).

For further details see: Open

•Thursday 7 May 10.00 – 17.00 The KTP Gradbus will be visiting UWE car park 19 to give students a chance to find out how government-supported Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can fast track their career. They can speak to graduates with first hand experience of KTPs and receive CV writing and interview technique tips. For more information e-mail ktp@uwe.ac.uk

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