Randstad’s Quick Guide for Student Teachers

We’re always keen to hear from employers and recruiters who offer jobs to our graduates. In this guest blog Catherine Stockford from Randstad reflects on some of the FAQs from our Teaching and Education Fair.

In February I attended the ‘Teaching and Education Fair’ held in the Eden Building at Liverpool Hope University. My colleagues and I spoke to many students finishing their teaching courses in a few months time, and as in other years, we heard the same frequently asked questions. Here’s a summary of those questions and answers: Read More

ICYMI Summer Jobs Fair

Last week was the Summer Jobs Fair and we had employers on campus recruiting for their Summer 2018 roles. If you missed out, here’s a run down of the roles available…

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What can you tell me about yourself?

It’s a very common interview question, often seen as an employer as a warm opener but one that might strike fear in you. How do you answer such an open question? What should you focus on?

In this blog we’ll look at how to tackle this and some other ‘tricky’ interview questions.

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Yeo Valley Guest Lecture: From family farm to national brand

On Tuesday 6th March 2018, Managing Director of Yeo Valley Karl Tucker joined students on Hope Park Campus to talk about the growth of Yeo Valley from a small family farm to a £297m annual turnover national brand. 

“Despite our growth, we strive to remain dynamic and able to make quick decisions.”

Since the start of the family farm in 1972 Yeo Valley has grown to be the largest dairy processor in the UK. Karl Tucker spoke to Liverpool Hope Business School and guests about the successful, yet often complicated journey of Yeo Valley. The organisation is 100% family owned and until recently was also family run. Over recent years, the family owners have stepped away from the running of the business and Karl has transitioned to become Managing Director. This is an exciting and challenging season for the business.

“Our brand has been driven by the organic product.”

Yeo Valley’s vision is to make great British dairy the right way forever. At the heart of this mission is the topic of sustainability. Karl talked about the role that Yeo Valley has continuously had to play in balancing the organic milk market in the UK and how this impacted on their business.

Yeo Valley produces 2800 tonnes of yoghurt producing a £297m annual turnover and creating 1750 jobs. The company is split in to their own Yeo Valley products, and own brand products for supermarkets including Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

“Working hard to take our staff on the journey.”

One of the key issues created by the level of growth that Yeo Valley has undergone is people. The dairy industry is driven by people and Yeo Valley work hard to ensure that the staff join them on the journey. For the staff in the dairies and factories, all the way to the board room to understand vision and ethos of the company is so important.

The Meade family who own Yeo Valley were also at the heart of the day-to-day life of the business with Tim Meade running the company for years. When Tim stepped down at the age of 50, it was a time of big transition for the company and the staff as Tim had created a unique, quirky and personal company culture. Now, the business is family-owned and executive-managed, spearheaded by Karl. Karl talked about how it takes a long time to instill values in such a rapidly growing workforce and this is a constant process and challenge.

“How will Brexit impact on business?”

A great student question focused on Brexit and its impact on Yeo Valley. 65% of Yeo Valley’s factory staff are immigrants. The initial hurdle was waiting for the government to confirm they will be allowed to remain here in the UK beyond Brexit. Now, it is time for them to decide whether they want to. This is one of the biggest business threats to Yeo Valley at the moment. Plus, whilst there have not been increases in their staff turnover, recruitment has become more challenging already and this is likely to be a consequence of Brexit.

It was fantastic to welcome Karl Tucker on campus and the students said “the session was really interesting and touched on a lot of what we’ve studied this year”. To stay up to date with upcoming events like this, check out the weekly e-bulletins that land in your inbox every Tuesday from the Employability Hub. 

National Careers Week

This week is National Careers Week. The week is aimed at promoting careers education within schools and colleges mainly. But I thought it would be a good chance for our Careers and Employability Team to promote our Careers and Employability service.

Here is a list of the different ways in which you can access Careers and Employability support at Hope:

Employability Hub (open term time): 

Mondays:

10:30am to 12.30pm:  Careers Express – our drop in service were you can drop in and have a quick chat with one of our Careers Advisers about anything relevant to your current or future employment or career goals.

Tuesdays: 

10:30am to 12.30pm:  Careers Express – our drop in service were you can drop in and have a quick chat with one of our Careers Advisers about anything relevant to your current or future employment or career goals.

2pm to 4pm: Work Experience Drop-in – Come and speak to one of our Employability Team about current and upcoming work experience opportunities.

Wednesdays: 

10:30am to 12.30pm: Work Experience Drop-in – Come and speak to one of our Employability Team about current and upcoming work experience opportunities.

2pm to 4pm:  Hope Works Drop-in – A member of our Hope Works team will be providing information on anything to do with working on campus. If you are interested in applying for a job on campus, you need to complete the Hope Works registration form on My Hope, then bring in the relevant ID documentation to this drop in service. Then you can search for an apply for jobs on campus.

Thursdays:

10:30am to 12.30pm:  Careers Express – our drop in service were you can drop in and have a quick chat with one of our Careers Advisers about anything relevant to your current or future employment or career goals.

Fridays: 

10:30am to 12.30pm:  Hope Works Drop-in – A member of our Hope Works team will be providing information on anything to do with working on campus. If you are interested in applying for a job on campus, you need to complete the Hope Works registration form on My Hope, then bring in the relevant ID documentation to this drop in service. Then you can search for an apply for jobs on campus.

At any other time our Employability Hub will be hosting a number of SALA training events, employer talks or you can make use of the equipment for your own career enhancement activities.

To see upcoming training or events hosted by the Employability Hub click here.

One to One Career Appointments: 

Our Careers Advisers will help you with any careers related questions you may have at any stage of your career planning, from helping you explore options to preparing for an interview. Please make use of this service to kick start your career.

To book a one to one careers appointment (lasting up to 45 mins) you can ask at the Gateway reception desk, ask a member of staff in the Employability Hub or email careers@hope.ac.uk.

Creative Campus:

We also offer Careers Express at our Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus and students based at this campus can book a one to one to take place at Creative too. For more details contact Chris Biggs biggsc@hope.ac.uk

For employers looking to recruit students from courses based at the Creative Campus we also host employer events at Creative too. Keep an eye on your bulletins and Facebook to make sure you don’t miss any.

Course subject work:

Our Careers Advisers and Employability Team work all year round to deliver career education sessions within your subjects and to bring in relevant professionals to provide insights into their field and employers to advertise their opportunities.

Events: 

Our Team run a number of Careers Education talks, Employer and Recruitment Events throughout the year click here to see what is on. Keep visiting as new events are added regularly.

Service and Leadership Award  

Click here to read our blog about the Service and Leadership Award

Placement Service

Visit our Work Experience Drop-in to find out more about our Placement Service.

My Career Centre 

Click here to find out more about our online Careers Education resource My Career Centre