Ryck Williamson

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Volunteering opportunities aplenty on the Cornwall campuses

As an undergraduate he received help from some Exeter graduates and now recent alumnus Ryck Williamson is doing his bit to give something back.

Ryck has volunteered several times at the Penryn Campus since he graduated in Geography last year. After graduation he secured a role as a Business Management Graduate with Thales UK, working in Business Development, and Bid and Programme Management functions. He works out of their Bristol and Basingstoke offices, but still finds time to return to Cornwall to volunteer.

The former student ambassador has also given a talk on graduate opportunities at Thales UK, and is now working with the University to develop support for an Xfactor day on commercial awareness.

Ryck is using the skills and knowledge he has learnt in his position at Thales to help current students and said: "Volunteering represents a great opportunity to put something back into the university system and where I benefited from the returning input of previous students, hopefully some present students will benefit from my input."

Ryck highly recommends coming back to the Cornwall campuses, see what has changed and ways in which you can help current students with their career plans.

Getting involved in Cornwall

Could you give a few hours on campus to help students onto the career ladder? We are keen to hear from alumni across a variety of professional backgrounds who could help with either or both of the following careers activities:

Conduct mock interviews

Requirements: No particular requirements but alumni should have experience of conducting recruitment interviews and/or work in recruitment roles. Time commitment: Full or half day. Can be arranged around your availability.

Give a careers talk

Requirements: Just a passion for your chosen field and the ability to communicate this to a group (sometimes large) of students and field questions. Time commitment: 1 – 2 hours to give a talk and answer questions to be arranged around your availability.

We have particularly strong demand from students looking to forge careers in:

  • Civil Service/politics
  • Journalism (TV & paper)
  • PR/Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Energy (renewables policy)
  • Charity/third sector
  • Teaching
  • NHS
  • Retail
  • Law (for those without an undergraduate law degree)

Find out more on our volunteering webpages. If you would like to get involved, please contact Katie Wade, Alumni Officer, Networks and Groups, on 01392 726349 or at k.wade@exeter.ac.uk

Date: 12 September 2013

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