The eXfactor


The eXfactor is a day of activities and experiential learning. It is designed to encourage all first year students to think early on in their academic careers about the skills and attributes they will need to develop to enter the graduate recruitment market and how these may be assessed in the recruitment and selection process. It also encourages students to think about work experience and volunteer work at the beginning of their university experience.

The eXfactor is a chance for you to share your experiences as an employer or alumni with our students and for them to gain an insight into your ‘Career Story’.

  • Exposure to a high calibre of future graduates
  • Opportunity to help and inspire future graduates to think about their careers at an early stage
  • Involvement in a national award winning programme
  • A space to impart knowledge and experience as well as getting to know our students as potential employees

How you help our students:

  • Present students with an early insight into careers they might be considering
  • Provide first-hand knowledge of personal and employability skills which students can then develop throughout their time at university

Most importantly, your involvement revolves around a short question and answer session with the students and session facilitators – they will ask you questions about your ‘career story’. If you have LinkedIn, and are happy to share it, the participants will inform their questions by looking at your LinkedIn profile prior to lunch, aiding their networking and research skills.

Further information, including the timings for the day and specific topics you may wish to cover in your talk can be found in the employer / alumni ‘Career Story’ guidelines

We are looking for employers and alumni to talk at the eXfactor sessions running over this coming academic year (2018/19).

If you would like to volunteer to speak at the eXfactor, please contact Charity James, Work-Related Learning Assistant.

If you would like to discuss getting involved in the eXfactor please contact:

Charity James
Work-Related Learning Assistant

01392 725827

At Michelmores we are increasingly aware that students and graduates face a huge challenge and intense competition for work experience and graduate employment, probably more so than ever before. I believe that by participating in eXfactor, students will gain a competitive advantage by developing the types of skills and attributes that Michelmores, and other professional organisations, are looking for as part of the graduate recruitment and selection process.

Malcolm Dickinson, Managing Partner, Michelmores LLP

The graduate recruitment market has never been so competitive than it is currently. With as many as 80% of applicants failing at the application stage in some sectors, initiatives such as eXfactor are essential for students to ensure that they are able to effectively articulate their understanding and possession of key employability skills required by the graduate labour market.

Bob Athwal, HR Partner, RWE nPower and AGR Board Member 2011

The eXfactor programme is an incredibly important first step in preparing undergraduates for the competitive world of work. This opportunity shows how incredibly proactive the University is at preparing students as early as possible in order to allow them to reach their full potential.

Matthew Williamson, Graduate Recruitment Officer, Teach First, 2015