5 reasons why you should join a club or a society

Join a club or society and develop a range of skills that can boost your CV and help you stand out from the crowd.

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University is often one of the best experiences in a person’s life. Not only do you have the chance to learn and progress in your chosen field, but you’ll also meet some amazing people and you’ll grow as a person. There’s so much more to university than just studying, so whether you’re a first or a third year, joining a club or society can really make your experience unforgettable. If we haven’t already convinced you here’s 5 reasons why you should join one…

1. The social life

A huge part of being a member of a club or society is the social element. You’ll have so many opportunities to bond with people who share common interests, and before you know it you’ll be life-long friends! From weekly meetings and fixtures to end of term tours, being a member will bring about countless social events.


2. Follow a passion

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What is a Placement Year?

Almost every undergraduate student (1st & 2nd year) now has the option of taking a placement year as part of their degree programme. Find out more about this exciting, and potentially life-changing opportunity in our latest blog… Read More

Considering a Graduate Career in Mental Health?

If you’re in your final year looking for a graduate training programme a lot of schemes have early closing dates and are recruiting now for June/July start dates. If you’re looking for a graduate job check out the vacancies currently available on My Careers Centre.

In this blog we’ll hear more about the graduate training programme, Think Ahead, from their on campus ambassador Philippa Karikari…

Your 3rd year can be an interesting point in your academic career. It is a time when you are preparing yourself for life on the outside world and the elusive graduate job market. Sometimes the sheer amount of possibilities available to you can seem daunting, confusing and a nightmare to navigate. However over the years the process is becoming more accessible for students from a range of backgrounds and universities to achieve some of the best possible jobs in the graduate market.

If you’re someone that is ready to work but is also looking to make an impact beyond an office role then a graduate career in Mental Health may be the one for you. Here are some key points and helpful tips to help you establish the next steps into post-uni life:

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Step One – How will a Grad Scheme work around my lifestyle?

The ‘Think Ahead’ Mental Health Graduate Programme offers a number of opportunities to work at NHS Trusts and Local Authorities across England. The scheme also offers the chance to move in between placements throughout the duration but will always be within the geographical area of your first few preferences. Most roles run during Monday-Friday with allocated time for study, allowing freedom and travel on the weekends. Additionally, for the first 6-weeks of training on the scheme food and accommodation will be provided for all participants. Think Ahead participants can also make additional arrangements for those living with dependents such as children during the programme.

Step Two – What does a Grad Scheme actually involve?

Many schemes offer great starting salaries along with the chance to study for an additional qualification. However, it is important when deciding the right scheme to assess whether you can make the most out of your time and how it could help develop your career.

On Think Ahead training is provided for the first 6 weeks giving you the chance to familiarise yourself with the role, engage with your peers and receive advice from top leaders and professionals in mental health. After this, you will be led by a consultant social worker and complete a postgraduate diploma in Social Work after your first year and a masters in Social Work after the second, allowing you to lead cases that will shape and impact the mental health challenge in your community. Starting salaries for qualified social workers range from £21,000-£30,000+ depending on your location. After which you may choose to qualify as an Best Interests Assessor or Approved Mental Health Professional or use your skills and qualifications to excel in other leadership sectors.

Rebecca WebsterStep Three – Do I need prior experience in the field?

No. The lucky thing about most graduate schemes is that they focus on potential and whether you possess the core values they look for.

In Think Ahead, some of the values that would help in your role include being adaptable, motivated and a good communicator. It is also important to have a genuine passion for improving and challenging the mental health stigma in our society.

Step Four – What if I have a mental health condition or a disability?

Think Ahead values are centered around being an inclusive and effective graduate employer and therefore encourages those with lived experience of health inequalities to apply to the scheme. Additional support and arrangements will be made at all stages of the process and placements when you apply.

Jan-Michael McIntoshStep Five – Am I Ready?

Absolutely. Now is your chance to make a difference in people’s lives and the chance to shape mental health policy. Remember, graduate life is all about putting yourself out there and making the most of the skills you’ve developed during your degree.

Have fun and enjoy your journey!

If you need more information about Think Ahead, or assistance with the application process, please contact Philippa at 18006284@hope.ac.uk

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Getting the most out of your university experience

An inspiring blog, with some great ideas of Hope initiatives students can get involved in to add to their CV and future employability

Liverpool Hope University Blogs

Hi everyone. My name is Grace and I’m in my third year studying Media and Communication. I think it’s so important for students to get the most they can out of university, but sometimes it’s hard to find where to start. So, here are the ways I delved into university life.

In my second year at Hope I became a Student Ambassador and it has to be one of the best things I’ve done so far at university. It’s made me so much more confident in speaking to people that I don’t know, and enabled me to make new friends throughout the university. Any job on campus; which are advertised on Hope Works, is a great opportunity as it allows you to meet new people and gain skills in a variety of sectors. I never thought I’d have had the confidence to speak to school-age students about my learning journey…

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Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (England & Wales) opens for applications tomorrow, 8th October, so if you’re thinking of applying to teacher training to start in 2020 this blog is for you!

Research all your options

You can use the DfE search tool to find available options and research which routes would suit you. There are a number of ways to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so take a look at the routes available to you here and decide whether you’d prefer to be predominantly university-based or school-based while you train.

You get to apply to 3 choices in Apply 1 and if unsuccessful you can then apply to available courses one at a time in Apply 2.


With bursaries, scholarships and early career payments available you could receive up to £32,000 to train and teach. For more details of funding options available visit the Get into Teaching website.


You need to speak to your referees and check they’re happy to complete a reference before you apply. Your application won’t go to your provider until the references are complete so a chat with your referee ahead of time will ensure they’re not holding your application up.

If there’s something specific you’d like your referee to include you could politely remind them e.g. If you got school experience and helped at an after school club perhaps mention to the teacher you’ve asked to be your referee that you’ll include that in your statement and it would be useful if they could comment on that too.

Personal Statement

This is the main element of your application so spend time on it. Think about why you want to teach, what experiences you’ve had to date, what extracurricular interests you have that might be relevant (drama, sports etc.). Try to engage the reader – they’ll be looking at a lot of personal statements!

One statement needs to cover all your choices, including possibly going through Apply 2 so cover specifics but keep it vague enough to cover all your options.

This week we have our ‘Teacher Training UCAS Express’ in the Employability Hub, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10.30 – 12.30 focused on UCAS support and help for Initial Teacher Training, SCITT, School Direct and PGCE applications.

For more advice and tips on what to include in your personal statement have a look at the UCAS guide.

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For more information about Initial Teacher Training here at Hope visit The School of Education webpages

Further support with your application

For more support, whether it’s deciding which route to apply for or additional help with your personal statement, drop into the Employability Hub or book a 1:1 career consultation by contacting the Careers Team at careers@hope.ac.uk