Careers and employability
In response to your request for more opportunities to gain work experience whilst at DMU, DMU launched the Frontrunner internship scheme in 2011. The scheme offers a range of three, six or nine month high quality, paid internships on and off-campus which work around your studies. In 2015, 201 students took a Frontrunner internship, totalling 29,952 hours worked.
To help gain relevant professional experience working for external employers we have invested in our Placement Service. All faculties have a locally-based Placement Team that work on sourcing placement opportunities and providing students with intensive support to apply successfully. In the 2014/15 academic year 362 students undertook an optional placement, the majority a full sandwich year, and 1,759 students were supported to undertake mandatory placements as part of their course in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
You asked us for a way to quickly and easily find work to earn extra
money while you're at DMU. We introduced the Unitemps on-campus agency which
allows you to find meaningful part-time and temporary work while you're
studying. Last academic year the number of shifts worked by students totalled 1,066.
We offered 431 six-week paid internships with companies across the UK to
recent graduates through our Graduate Champion scheme in 2015. In all they
clocked up a total of 47,841 hours of top quality work experience.
You have a wide range of volunteering opportunities through the DMU Square Mile project and DSU Volunteering, which greatly enhance your chances of securing a graduate-level job. Last year, 720 students volunteered and logged 25,500 hours.
In all, 1,500 students contributed more than 10,000 hours to schools, charities and local businesses through Square Mile in 2014/15, in the process, making a real difference to the lives of people in the local community. Through a programme of more than 50 activities, placement students and student volunteers undertook some amazing activities in the local community, including: helping to save lives through signing up record numbers onto the NHS Stem cell donor register, changing lives for the better by helping individuals develop their IT skills and knowledge, as well as helping small businesses in the community grow by providing marketing advice and support.
With the introduction of #DMUlocal, students and graduates will also have unparalleled opportunities to head out across Leicester and make a difference. Initiatives include supporting improvement of Leicester schools, spearhead work to help regenerate under-used parts of the City centre and working in partnership with a range of local organisations to tackle Leicester's biggest health challenges.
The innovative Macmillan DMU Volunteering Scheme brings together several of the university’s strategies; working together with our local community, improving the lives of people in Leicester and increasing the employability of our students. We offer a variety of roles such as Emotional and Practical Support volunteering which involves going out into the community and helping people. This could include practical help with errands such as shopping, housework, gardening, and walking the dog for people who are currently unable to do these themselves either because they have cancer or are caring for somebody with cancer. It is also a way of providing support by befriending someone going through cancer.
Starting your own business
You asked for more opportunities to work with industry and develop your entrepreneurial skills. We give away £138,500 of financial support per year to young entrepreneurs through schemes including Enterprise Inc and our Business Venture Competition, and faculty competitions like Fox's Lair (pictured). We also have a dedicated team, Campus Enterprise Opportunities, who can help turn your business ideas into reality.
Students told us that our employability services were spread across the campus and website and therefore difficult to find and take advantage of. In response we have introduced the MyGateway online career portal.
MyGateway brings all our employability services into one place, allowing you to apply for jobs, book appointments across the whole range of Student Gateway services, get answers to your queries and book onto employability events.
This online portal supports your personal development by giving you the chance to track your progress and update your CV and experience as you go.
Since September 2014 there have been more than 125,000 logins to MyGateway by DMU students and graduates. Almost 7,000 jobs have been advertised and 15,000 appointments with Student Gateway staff have been booked.
Working with businesses
You asked us for more opportunities to work with high profile businesses. We are committed to your employability, signing partnerships with local and national businesses to give you great opportunities while at DMU.
In October 2015 we organised the biggest ever careers fair on the DMU campus with 75 different employers and 1,780 students and graduates taking part.
Since launching MyGateway 1,819 employers have advertised jobs with the university. We have continued to provide the Graduate Champions scheme and in 2014/15 we placed 431 graduates in local, regional and international firms.
You told us that you are unsure of what lies ahead when going into industry and exactly what it takes to get a job. So, our Careers and Employability team has responded by providing a dedicated scheme to offer a professional mentor from industry to help students improve their employability. A professional mentor can help you understand the qualities you have and the ones you need in order to give yourself the best possible chance of gaining graduate level employment. To date, more than 100 students have benefited from being partnered with an industry mentor. For more info contact us at www.dmu.ac.uk/employabilitymentoring.
You wanted more help with tests that employers use to select students onto vacation schemes, placements and graduate schemes. We introduced workshops to help you improve your performance in two of the most common types of test: Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning. After attending these workshops, participants usually feel much more confident and knowledgeable about these sorts of tests. Workshops are available to book through MyGateway.
As a direct result of your feedback, we introduced two weeks as part of the academic calendar which are dedicated to improving your employability and study skills through timetabled activities, lectures, workshops and information sessions.
#DMUglobal offers DMU students a wide range of international opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. In 2014-15, 1,200 students went overseas, on 80 unique opportunities to over 40 different countries with #DMUglobal. Below are some of the students who went to the Gambia Development School in 2015.