Aberdeen's universities join forces to support graduates

For the second year running, Robert Gordon University's Careers Centre and the University of Aberdeen's Careers Service are jointly participating in a nationally-sponsored initiative to provide additional support to graduates residing in the North East of Scotland, irrespective of which institution they graduated from.

The initiative provides an out of hours drop-in and bookable appointments service available on Thursday evenings and Saturday lunchtimes throughout February and March. Recent graduates can gain assistance from the universities' professionally qualified and experienced Careers staff who will support them in developing their career planning, job search and application skills so they can realise their full potential.

Funded by the Scottish Government and supported by the Association of Graduate Careers Services (AGCAS) Scotland, the initiative aims to help graduates who may be experiencing difficulty in securing their first graduate job in the current economic climate.

Christine Buchanan, Dean of Students at Robert Gordon University, said, "This initiative complements and expands on our existing GRADLINK service which we offer to all our alumni to support their career development needs. GRADLINK also provides our graduates with ongoing access to our University Careers Service for job vacancies, help with CVs, application forms and interview techniques. We are delighted that this initiative will also enable us to support graduates in the North of Scotland."

Peter Fantom, Head of the Careers Service at Aberdeen University, added, "These evening and weekend sessions are an extension of both universities' current provision. We hope they will prove popular with all recent graduates currently located in North East Scotland looking for career support. In addition Aberdeen University graduates enjoy a life-long commitment from the Careers Service to support their career aspirations. We recognise in today's complex and ever changing labour market, effective career planning is vital."

Radoslaw Bialek, a BA Hons Management and Marketing alumni who graduated in summer 2009, said, "I used the out of hour's service as I was working during the day in a temporary job, and the sessions allowed me to meet with a careers consultant to review and develop my job search, my CV and covering letter and later a mock interview.  Thanks to their support I was offered two graduate positions in one week!  I would strongly recommend and encourage all graduates to use the support available to them in moving forward with their careers."

Workshops on both vacancy sourcing and marketing yourself to employers will feature as additional services available during the Saturday lunchtime sessions.

Demand for these services is expected to be high so participants should register by contacting the University Careers Service hosting the session at Careers Centre -Robert Gordon University - 01224 262110 / 262113, or Careers Service - Aberdeen University - 01224 273601


Graduate Support Initiative:

Thursday 11th February

Robert Gordon University Careers Centre (Garthdee Campus) - 530pm - 730pm

Saturday 20th February

Aberdeen University Careers Service (The Hub Building) - 11am-1pm

Thursday 25th February

Aberdeen University Careers Service (The Hub Building) - 530pm - 730pm

Thursday 4th March

Robert Gordon University Careers Centre (Garthdee Campus) - 530pm - 730pm

Saturday 13th March

Robert Gordon University Careers Centre (Garthdee Campus) - 11am-1pm

Thursday 18th March

Aberdeen University Careers Service (The Hub Building) - 530pm - 730pm