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Official blog of the University of Surrey's Employability and Careers Centre

My Professional Training placement – Alice Bentham, BA Theatre and Performance


The experiences you can gain as a placement student are invaluable – especially in an industry such as ours where it can seem impossible to get a foot in the door.”

Hear the Professional Training experience of Alice Bentham, BA Theatre and Performance, who split her Professional Training placement year between the National Theatre and the Young Vic Theatre, in London.

“My first placement was in the production department at the National Theatre, assisting Production Managers at the very heart of the organisation.

I joined the department during the production period for As You Like It, from the first day of rehearsals until press night. A major part of my role was assisting the Production Managers in the day to day running of pre-production work. Examples of tasks included research, sourcing materials, liaising with suppliers and purchasing items using the NT’s purchasing systems. I was also expected to act as runner to the production team during fit-ups and onstage production periods. As You Like It was particularly tech-heavy as the scene change involved flying 30+ chairs and tables, which had to be concealed from the audience until the last possible second.

Sprint 2017: helping undergrad women fulfil their potential!

Sprint Programme

In a study by the Higher Education Careers Unit, 70% of women graduates were earning less than £24,000, compared with 55% of men. Sprint was developed to help to close this gap and support women in achieving their goals and aspirations.

What is Sprint?

The programme consists of four action-packed half day workshops which explore areas such as assertiveness, making an impact, personal power, goal-setting, managing change, exploring personal values, confidence, networking and time-management. Plus, Sprinters get the opportunity to meet inspiring, successful role models in business, as well as coaching and work shadowing opportunities.

70% of Sprint participants said the programme improved their effectiveness in studying. Many women have increased their focus on their studies at university, achieving results such as improved visibility and effectiveness in tutorials, better time management, less study stress, and a boost in confidence and self-esteem.

Highlights from the University of Surrey Nursing Fair

nursing fair

This year’s Nursing Fair, held on 31st January 2017, welcomed a wide range of NHS Trusts, hospitals and hospices, charities such as Young Epilepsy and Great Ormond Street Hospital, private organisation such as BUPA and Virgin Care, as well as organisations such as the Royal Navy and Army Medical Services to the University of Surrey campus.

170 final year nursing students at the University had the unique opportunity to meet 32 different nursing and health related organisations to discuss potential career paths. The event was a great success, particularly as it gave professional preparation students a better understanding of the vast range of career opportunities available to them.

Get connected – using LinkedIn to enhance your job search
















It is estimated that 80% of people find jobs through people they know. Engaging with social media as part of your job search is a vital way to build your own network of useful people who can give you tips and ideas for breaking into the sector that interests you. These contacts may even notify you about actual job vacancies. The most effective tool to use for professional networking is LinkedIn. Jeanette Holt from the Employability and Careers Centre tells you more…

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking website in the world with more than 430 million users in over 200 countries, including 40 million students and graduates. It is now part of the job seeking process so don’t miss out!  When you apply for a job, many graduate recruiters will check out your online presence, so having a good LinkedIn profile is a positive way of managing your digital footprint.

Resilience – an attractive skill for employers and your career
















Career resilience means the ability to overcome barriers and adapt to change or problems in the workplace as they arise.  It is the ability to cope with setbacks and bounce back, being able to boost your self-esteem and try again. Sounds scary or almost superhuman?  In fact, resilience is a skill that can be learnt and developed. Vicky Ransley from the Employability and Careers Centre tells you more…

Why is resilience important to consider?

Resilience is a skill that employers value and seek in today’s graduates.  The need for resilience has grown due to changes in the job market.  Years ago, a good employee could hope to stay with the same company for life, loyalty being a key attribute.  It is now more likely for graduates to work for several different companies throughout their careers.  A career may move through many phases requiring different skillsets, and sometimes, you might have to face challenging or difficult changes in your work environment.  As a university student about to start your career journey, you cannot predict where it will take you, but you can be prepared.  Resilience will help you achieve success and ease the transitions you may have to face.

How to Ace A Job Interview

manager-308474_1280If you’ve been invited for a job interview, congratulations! You’ve passed the first hurdle and your application captured the company’s interest.

The interview is your chance to demonstrate to the employer what you can offer their business, and that you would be the best candidate for the role.

How should you prepare for your interview?

Careful preparation is crucial to success, so here are some tips:

  • Review your application and know what you can offer the employer in terms of your relevant skills and previous experience. This will help with the “Why should we employ you?” type question.
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