This is the semester where we prove that the Careers Service isn’t just interested in the corporate sector. This week there’s the “Environmental Careers in Focus” day (this Wednesday – if you previously had IT problems booking, it should all be fixed now). Next week we’ve got our big annual “Voluntary, Not for Profit and Public Sector Careers Fair” (formerly known as “Kaleidoscope” – which is shorter, but more difficult to spell and not quite as “does what it says on the tin” as the new title).
- When : Wednesday 4th March, 12.30-4.00pm
- Where : Manchester Academy
This is another careers information event where you can talk to exhibitors about their own career paths and how their organisations operate, rather than employers offering jobs. However, some exhibitors are key employers, like the Civil Service Fast Stream and Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the North West Strategic Health Authority, the Greater Manchester Police and Teach First, amongst others. We’ve also got a lot of voluntary sector exhibitors, who will be encouraging you both to consider volunteering with them and also be able to talk about their own experiences of working in the third sector.
It’s not a finance-free zone though. The not-for-profit sector needs business professionals of all kinds, so if you’re interested in making sure public bodies get the best out of the money we give them, we’ve also got PWC there to promote their vacancies in Manchester (and elsewhere) in their public services section, plus CIPFA, the professional body for those working in public sector finance.
Plus (and this could be the big draw for some of you), our careers information team will be providing a “Career Healthcheck Surgery” to answer your tricky careers questions – and last year they dressed up. Whether they’ll go the extra mile and don their nurses’ outfits, or just stick with the white coats has yet to be decided.
The dressing up’s a bit of a Careers Service thing – something to do with trying on all these different careers for size? Our “Insight Into Broadcast and Journalism” course [**spoiler alert**] gives our Assistant Director the chance to bring out the fireman’s outfit, yet again – and you really don’t want to see the Polaroids of our ex-banker-now-careers consultant at various careers events. No, really – you don’t …