Josie Turner

Career Zone

Developing students' employability

Name Josie Turner
Email J.Turner@exeter.ac.uk
Position Employment Services Officer
Division Academic Services

As Employment Services Officer at the Penryn campus, Josie’s role mainly resides within employer liaison. This involves organising employer fairs, employer presentations, skills workshops, mock interviews, and finding internship and placement opportunities for students.

“The Employability and Graduate Development (EGD) team has a front-facing element called Career Zone, which is for students and staff. That’s where students may come in to have careers appointments, one-to-one guidance… We also offer drop-in sessions for students who need support…” As well as Career Zone, EGD covers careers consultants, work-related learning, employer services and postgraduate development.

Employment support takes place within and alongside the curriculum. Employability modules are highly useful to students through the form of CV workshops or work placements, but “from an extra-curricular perspective, we’re there when students need that advice and support… There’s a whole raft of other activities they can take part in that don’t necessarily fit within the curriculum, which we can offer.”

“Within the University, we introduce students to employability when they get here… From the outset it’s a very soft approach to building and developing what they need to be doing in terms of engaging with the services we offer. Also, thinking about work experience… It’s getting quite competitive out there, and we want to make sure [the students] are taking advantage of every opportunity that we’re giving them.” The Work-related Learning team supports students throughout their time at university in a variety of ways; from finding internships and part-time work to workshops developing networking and leadership skills. As Josie explains, “the transferable skills that [students] can pick up through extra-curricular activities are those that are directly applicable within a workplace.”

Aim 2: Excellent employment experiences & capabilities
To measure and improve the employability attributes of all students through course, extra-curricular and out-of-term-time activities

Developing employable attributes within and outside the curriculum

"… The workshops cover more of a workplace context in terms of what employers are looking at from those transferable skills."