At Nelson College London, our aim is not simply to support our students with their academic studies, but to fully and properly prepare them for their future. Our students’ relationship with the College does not end at course completion, in fact, they continue to remain part of the Nelson College Family, under the auspices of the College’s Alumni Association.
However, we don’t wait until our students are ready to leave us to begin that support. It starts from the moment that they join us. All courses at the College are designed to be relevant to today’s employment market. In some cases, students (alongside employers), play an integral role in deciding the selection of modules. Additionally, lecturers are supported with visits from industry professionals to deliver workshops, whilst some courses have dedicated work-based learning modules and/or industry-based research projects.
A key pillar of the employability support offered to students is channelled through the College’s Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC). The KEC team hosts a series of employer-related events, such as the annual Employers’ Forum and other employability workshops, whilst also arranging industry-specific guest speakers. An exciting feature is the plethora of supporting initiatives, which include the KEC Mini Guide series, incorporating CV writing, cover letter writing, interview techniques etc. We also deliver the highly accessible 5-Minute How to and Nano Learning Moment videos. This support also continues through individual blogs and social media activity – and it doesn’t end there.
The Career Advisory Service (CAS) was launched in 2021. This service enables students to seek one-to-one guidance with employability professionals on matters specific to them as individuals. Operating hand-in-hand with the NCL Career Planning Journal, available to all students to help them prepare for and record their career planning journey. This journal gives guidance on crucial areas such as selecting the right employer, interview preparation checklists and even aspirational charts.
The launch of an employability-specific website for students will take place on 10 March 2021. This will allow students to upload CVs for reading by one of the ubiquitous AI CV Readers (and then work with the CAS team to improve it, based upon the findings). Students may also attend a mock AI Interview (with questions based upon their own CV) and access a series of training modules. There will be both website and mobile application versions of the site.
As the job searching process can be daunting for most people, the KEC has embedded this facility into the KEC website itself (KECJobSite). This has a live link to an external resource, therefore, all the positions listed on it actually represent current vacancies.
None of the services listed above were impacted in any way by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The number of videos produced to support students in this area was increased. The College operates two separate YouTube Channels:
a. KEC, which hosts videos focussed upon career development and employability and
b. NCL, which hosts videos specific to students’ studies and curricular matters.
Employability workshops were taken online, and delivered through Microsoft Teams (in line with the delivery of students’ lessons, which were also through the same platform).
The Employers’ Forum for 2020 was reimagined in video format; those for 2021 will also be created as virtual or video-based events.