Career Enhancement at Home Series: Utilising online learning opportunities

There are many things which you can be doing while in isolation which can enhance your career opportunities.  One of those is to make the most out of online learning opportunities.

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The Careers and Employability Team at Hope will be putting on several live and recorded online career development sessions during the University’s temporary closure. You can visit the events page of my careers centre to see what is on here: .


Here are some external organisations offering many different free online learning opportunities:

You can learn British Sign Language:

The Google Digital Garage:

Future Learn


The OU of some free online courses:

If you find anymore MOOC’s or online courses which are not listed here, let  know so we can update our list.

Remeber all learning can count towards the SALA 3 task – Skills development events!


Job hunting amid Covid-19

We’re living through unprecedented times, with so much changing and so many uncertainties due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. In this blog we’ll look at some of the ways you may have been affected and aim to offer hints, tips, advice and support.

Graduate Recruitment

If you’re in your final year you will have received notification of the university’s decision to delay graduation ceremonies until December.  Liverpool Hope University will still endeavour to publish degree results in the early Summer for anyone who has completed their studies so you will still ‘graduate’ in the summer but the graduation ceremony will be later in the year.

You should continue to look for and apply for jobs. We’re still posting opportunities on our online jobs board. If you have applications being processed, or have already received a job offer, you should contact recruiters for their latest update (just bearing in mind this is a period of uncertainty and it might take longer for recruiters to get back to you).

If we receive updates directly from recruiters/employers we will post these on our social media channels – if you’re not already following us now might be a good time to start (all links in the tabs to the right of this blog).

Placement Year Recruitment

As above, we would recommend that you continue to look for and apply for jobs. We’re still posting opportunities on our online jobs board. If you have applications being processed, or have already received a job offer, you should contact recruiters for their latest update (just bearing in mind this is a period of uncertainty and it might take longer for recruiters to get back to you).

Overseas Opportunities

We’re still receiving job adverts for overseas opportunities and will continue to post these on our jobs listings. Please check FCO travel advice before applying, booking and travelling. You should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Part-time Work

We know a lot of our students work part-time and if you work in the leisure, entertainment or service sector you have probably been affected by the closures announced to combat the spread of coronavirus. The government are making regular announcements on support packages so stay in touch with your employer. This BBC news posts details more on wages, sick pay and time off.

If you’re looking for work the retail sector is recruiting as supermarkets faced unprecedented demand for their online and in-store services. Some supermarkets are fast-tracking applications so be quick to reply to job adverts. You can find jobs via a range of search engines like Indeed, TotalJobs or even putting keywords like ‘supermarket job Liverpool’ into Google


If you’ve been inspired to get involved in your local community and help others don’t forget you can count any hours spent volunteering towards SALA. We’ve got a SALA task manager online at My Careers Centre and you can get in touch if you have any questions.

Our Services

We’re still working and our services can be accessed online via My Careers Centre here you can access online support and book a careers appointment.

You’ll also find all the university’s Coronavirus advice and support online here.

Good luck & stay safe

Making job ‘Connex-ions’. Gaining experience to support my studies and my future employability

The graduate job market is a competitive place. What can you be doing whilst at university to stand out, gain experience and ensure you’re one step ahead of your peers when it comes to securing your dream job? In this student blog we hear from Sophie Chada, BA Primary Education with QTS, who is adding to her CV by gaining paid teaching experience via Connex Education.

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I started working for Connex Education in January 2020, after being recommended by a friend who had also been working part-time for the supply agency during her studies at Liverpool Hope University. The recommendation was easy and took a matter of minutes to fill in personal details and what area of supply teaching I would like to work in.

The team at Connex Education contacted me quickly after this to fully sign up and come for an interview at the office. The interview process was very relaxed and the team put me at ease as soon as I entered the office with their friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The interview was more like an opportunity for me to find out about the opportunities the company could offer and for Connex to get to know me a bit better and so it was explained that I would be able to start work as soon as my DBS cleared me for work.

As I am in my third year studying to become a primary teacher, I decided to undertake supply teaching assistant work for Connex as a way to gain further experience in the sector of special educational needs during my days off university.

As I work every Friday the team at Connex will contact me early in the week with informational about where I will be working and support me in planning my route to the school. This gives me time to prepare and get organised for work prior to the morning and so it is beneficial to keep the team up to date with my availability to work.

On each working day, I arrive at the school with my DBS and one form of identification at 8:30 am and I’m greeted by staff and shown to the class in which I will be working that day. The school procedure will vary from school to school. However, each time I have arrived I have been welcomed by friendly staff who have been keen to support my professional development as well as providing me with all the information I will need for my role that day.

If I am returning to a school I have already worked in with Connex it is not necessary to bring a DBS or form of identification as the school will have the information required from previous visits. The work throughout the day includes getting to know the children who I will be working with, carry out the normal functions of the staff member for whom I am covering and taking initiative and supporting the staff I am working alongside.

The working day finishes at 3:30 pm and supply workers are not expected to stay beyond this time although other school staff may remain in school to prepare for the next day.

This has been a fantastic opportunity for developing my professional ability to work as a team to support learners and has given me further classroom experience to develop my practice. I have been able to support myself financially through my third year of study at university whilst at the same time gaining valuable experience that will positively impact on my classroom practice.

This experience will be beneficial when it comes to seeking further job opportunities after I graduate as I now have a range of schools I have experience in and contacts. Furthermore, I’m confident that Connex will be able to support me in completing my NQT year and help further my career either as a teaching assistant or as a qualified teacher.

If you’re looking for work experience or a job Careers & Employability advertise part-time roles, internships, graduate jobs and more on MyCareersCentre

Our Fairs and Events are also a great way to meet employers and develop your employability.

Connex Education recruit Exam Invigilators, Teaching Assistants, Cover Supervisors and Supply Teachers – if you’re training to be a teacher, or interested in teaching as a profession contact Connex to see if you too can gain experience with them like Sophie.

British Science 2020 at Liverpool Hope

Its that time of year again when we get celebrate everything science, technology, engineering and maths…its British Science Week 2020!

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At Liverpool Hope British Science Week 2020 runs from 9th-11th of March and is a great opportunity to take part in events and activities throughout the week. During British Science Week our academics from the Faculty of Science will explore Sport, Nutrition, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geography & Environmental Science and Psychology. This is a great chance to get involved and to learn something new, meeting experts within Science.

Here is the low-down of the various happenings and some personal choice picks all taking place exclusively at Liverpool Hope next week.

Click here to view the full British Science Week 2020 Programme.

Click here to view the full British Science Week – Guest Speakers


Monday 9th is sport-led, consisting of assessing sports performance and the role of science in sport, finishing off with a presentation exploring science more broadly, providing critique on scientific truths and their value in challenging accepted ideas.

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Tuesday 10th provides a broad offering of science applications featuring hands-on bio-science experiments in our laboratory, nutrition and health, with guest speakers during the afternoon. Lastly, David Park will share his experiences of entrepreneurships and running hi-tech start-ups.


On Wednesday 11th Hope’s Psychology, Computer Science and Mathematics host a range of presentations to capture the imagination, starting with an introduction to visual illusions, as well as human perception in virtual reality, cryptography and an introduction to robotics.

The afternoon will bring the curtain down on British Science Week with two presentations exploring research on High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and, lastly, a presentation on the Psychology of stalking.

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If experimenting in British Science Week wets your appetite about your own career interests then the Careers and Employability Team can help explore your ideas and inspirations, how you brand yourself online, networking on LinkedIn, getting that old CV up-to-date or just talking through what your next step might be.

Making a careers appointment couldn’t be easier. Please follow the link:

Second Year Placement Blog

A great blog from Hannah via @hopeuniblogs putting learning into practice on placement as part of her Primary Education degree

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Back in university this week since the first week of December… you might be wondering why? I’ve been on teaching practice for 8 weeks! I’m Hannah, a Primary Education student here at LHU, and I’m in my second year. In first year, we had a 6-week long placement, and this year was the same teaching wise, however we had an induction week and a Professional Focus week. I was in a lovely Year 6 class at a school in Childwall, which is only a twenty-minute drive away from I live.

The first week was induction week, which is where you spend a week familiarising yourself with the school and the class that you’ll be working with, and you don’t have to do any teaching but act as a teaching assistant instead. I wanted to start teaching as soon as possible so during my induction week I did some team teaching…

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