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Graduate Internship: BLS Postgraduate Careers and Employability Champion

  • Location:
    North West
  • Position:
  • Salary:
    £19,202 pro rata (£10.08 per hour + £1.22 holiday pay = £11.30 per hour)
  • Date Posted:
    11 Jan 2019
  • Advertising End Date:
    27 Jan 2019
  • Vacancy Type:
    Internship (paid)
  • Reference:
Job Description
Lancaster University Biomedical and Life Sciences (BLS) are looking for a graduate intern to assist with a project aimed at improving careers and employability support for postgraduate students in their department.
This internship is part of the Graduate Jobs Programme, which aims to provide valuable work experience and skills to recent graduates, to help kick-start your career! This opportunity is open only to graduates of Lancaster University who completed their undergraduate degree in 2018.
Pay rate: £19,202 pro rata (£10.08 per hour + £1.22 holiday pay = £11.30 per hour)
Working Pattern: Full time
Placement length: 8-12 weeks
Graduate Jobs Programme projects have been carefully scoped to give you some valuable work experience in a large world-class award winning organisation, help build your network, and develop new skills that will stand you in good stead for your next steps and ongoing career success.
BLS has recently set up a vibrant Careers & Employability Team, who are aiming to improve the provision of faculty-specific careers support, and of postgraduate careers support. However, BLS will need to gather data on which measures for improving careers support would be worthwhile and effective.
BLS are offering a valuable opportunity to support the development of their new careers support strategy by gathering data on careers and employability provision, and then communicating your research to the department through report writing and consultations.
Your duties will include:
  • To identify gaps in students' careers and employability training and knowledge.
  • To host focus groups to gather ideas on how to fill these knowledge gaps.
  • To create on-line questionnaires to gather opinions from alumni on what would have benefited them during their time at Lancaster.
  • To evaluate what postgraduate careers and employability support is provided in other university departments.
  • To evaluate what postgraduate careers and employability support is provided at competitor universities.
  • To summarise data, using statistical analysis where appropriate.
  • To list potential bespoke Postgraduate Careers and Employability activities in order of need, potential impact and cost-effectiveness.
  • To present the main findings to BLS staff at a divisional staff meeting, and to the Careers Service.
  • To incorporate any relevant material arising from those meetings into the final report.


Skills and experience you will develop during this project:

You will experience strategically evaluating how best to address a need (in this case postgraduate careers & employability provision) and providing a solution that is both worthwhile and cost-effective. More specifically, you will gain:

  • Experience of gathering and analysing of both quantitative and qualitative data, including:
    • Developing audits/questionnaires
    • Conducting internet searches
    • Interviewing students and staff
    • Analysing data and presenting that data in a meaningful format
  • Experience of using a pragmatic approach to rank the needs for careers and employability provision based on demand, importance and the resources available to address them, developing your skills in:
    • Strategic thinking
    • Appreciation of resource constraints
    • Evaluating examples of best practice elsewhere 
  • Experience of ‘selling’ any proposals to staff via a written report and oral presentations, developing your skills in:
    • Written and oral presentations
    • Teamwork
    • Consultation
    • Negotiation
  • Experience of managing a project to fulfill specific objectives, developing your skills in:
    • Self-management
    • Working to deadlines
    • Using initiative
Apply online for this fantastic opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills and experience!

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Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand. 


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