SALA – your need to know guide

Want to graduate with valuable experience and an additional award? We’d recommend completing the Liverpool Hope University Service and Leadership Award (SALA).

What is SALA?

SALA, an award you can receive upon graduation, offers you the opportunity to enhance your university experience, boost your career prospects and develop a variety of skills.

What do I need to do?

You need to complete some core training by attending our talks on Volunteering and Service to the Community, Health & Safety, Personal & Professional Reflection, Leadership in the 21st Century and Cultural Awareness with Equality and Diversity.  You’ll also need to attend 3 skills development talks. There’s a really wide variety of talks taking place on campus for you to choose from. Visit My Careers Centre via MyHope for a full list of upcoming talks. If you’re attending training or talks as part of your volunteering (e.g. safeguarding, counselling skills, health & safety) we can count this towards your skills development too.

To qualify for the SALA award you need to complete 80+ hours of volunteering in at least 2 different projects and complete dated reflective reviews alongside this.

Once you’ve completed your volunteering hours and attended all the talks you then need to complete a Reflective Review Task. The Reflective Review Task can be a 200 word essay, a presentation or a blog, vlog, YouTube film or other multimedia format.

I’m already volunteering – can this count towards my hours?

Yes! come and see us in the Employability Hub so we can make sure all the health & safety paperwork is in place and to chat through what you’re doing. We can then make sure your hours count.

Is there a time limit on SALA?

There will be a cut off date in your final year before which you’ll need to complete everything. If you’re registered on SALA we’ll be in touch ahead of this date.  from 2016/17 all students starting at Hope are automatically registered on SALA. If you started your course before September 2016 you’ll need to opt in – you can do this via My Careers Centre on My Hope.

Make the most of the fair

We’ve got a whole host of employers on campus at the Summer Placement & Grad Jobs Fair on Thursday 23rd Feb – how can you make the most of this opportunity and ensure that the time you spend here is time well spent when you’re busy with coursework and dissertation deadlines looming? Here are our top tips…

1. Ask pertinent questions

Think about what you want to know and ask the employer while they’re here. Ask for their top tips for applicants or speak to them about which roles they feel you’d be most suitable for. If they’ve given you useful advice ask them for their name/contact details then should their application form ask where you heard about them or what research you’ve done you can be specific about who you spoke to and the advice they gave.

2. Do your research

A number of recruiters are coming along with some great roles to fill. Spend some time before the fair looking at their websites, be aware of their deadlines and think about the questions you want to ask them (see above!)

Recruiters with jobs to fill include National Citizen Service , Abercrombie & Fitch, ion Search, Smaller Earth and Graduate Talent Pool

3. Prepare your pitch

Think about what you might have to offer each company & what they might be interested in about – this could be the course you’re studying or the work experience you’ve got. This can then form the basis of your conversation e.g. ‘Hi, I’m Anna and I’m studying Childhood & Youth. I’m currently volunteering for the NSPCC as I’m interested in getting into Social Work. I’ve seen that you have a Learning & Behaviour Mentor position available at NCS this summer can you tell me more about the role and what experience you look for?’

4. Get you application checked before you send it

If you’ve found the perfect job/internship, spoken to the company and are ready to apply that’s great! Don’t delay in pressing send on your application but do get it checked before you send it. Use our drop-in to get applications  or your CV professionally checked before you submit them. We’re here to help every step of the way!