£100 to be given to all final-year students to boost their employability

At DMU we’re committed to providing a student experience that boosts our graduates’ employability. So we’re delighted to once again offer all final-year undergraduate students a £100 #DMUworks Employability Award in January. This bursary will help students meet the costs of securing employment.

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#DMUworks for your career prospects

The award is part of a range of measures the university is taking to support our graduates to find work in an increasingly competitive jobs market. Earlier this year we launched #DMUworks, our ambitious and game-changing plan to rethink work placements and work experience. Working in partnership with a range of employers, this initiative placed 151 students in one to ten day professional experiences. The programme offers DMU students and alumni a range of opportunities including:

  • Professional experiences, placements, internships and volunteering
  • Work-readiness training, coaching and development
  • Business insider visits
  • Enterprise support
  • Research and consultancy opportunities

Over the past year 3,500 students benefited from a range of career enhancing employability fairs and events that brought them into contact with leading employers. More of our students also undertook a placement opportunity than in any previous year. One hundred more students secured a one-year sandwich placement than in 2016-17. In total, 425 five students secured a competitive one-year placement in industry. Through our Graduate Champions and Frontrunners programmes, over 550 internship opportunities were secured for DMU students.

Other initiatives at DMU that help maximise students’ employability include a Unitemps agency on campus, an employability mentoring scheme and an online portal for career planning and job hunting. We also offer a Travel Bursary to job/internship/placement/further study interviews and/or assessments and employer events such as careers fairs or open days.

You can find out more and sign up for all #DMUworks opportunities and careers appointments on MyGateway.

Derrick Mensah, Vice President Student Activities at De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), said “We greatly appreciate the £100 bursary given to students by DMU as students are under a lot of financial pressure. As an alumnus, I benefitted from it greatly and hope students use it wisely to aid in their employment opportunities as this can help pay for business clothing or travel to an interview as graduating students increasingly look toward securing a job”.

DMU is always listening to and acting on student feedback and making positive changes. We’ve also made lots of other improvements to the student experience which we’ll be highlighting and celebrating in this year’s #loveDMU campaign. This will be launching soon so keep a look out on our student news channels. Also, keep a look out for communications via your faculty as to the exact time and place you can collect your cheques.

Posted on Thursday 22nd November 2018

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