Get ahead

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  • learn from our enterprise programmes
  • meet a mentor
  • develop your professional skills
  • search for a student job
  • showcase your work in industry competitions
  • network, network, network
  • get careers advice.

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Get involved, get ahead

Teesside University invests in ‘wraparound’ career support for you from the moment you join the University and that help continues if you need it once you become an alumnus.

The Get Ahead initiative begins in Welcome Week for new students when you are provided with information on all the activities and the help you can access from that moment.

A flagship three-month paid internship scheme runs annually for new graduates from January to March with internships provided by both employers and the University. Placements are combined with a training and development programme run by the University. From the first cohort 70% gained substantive full-time employment within two months. 89% of employers rated the programme positively.

The University has also invested in a dedicated portal as part of the Get Ahead scheme which allows students and graduates to search a database of all opportunities available – from jobs and careers to skills development and volunteering.

As well as employability skills being built into the curriculum for all students there are a number of activities throughout your time at Teesside University.

  • Employability Summit Mobilise is a half-day session open to all first-year students - it shows you how to recognise the skills employers demand and what you can do for yourself to acquire those skills using all the opportunities the University can offer.
  • Common Purpose Frontrunner - three-day leadership development programme organised by Common Purpose, an independent organisation that runs courses all around the world. This programme helps you develop your leadership skills. Sponsored places available on this programme. You find out what makes a great leader - you learn how to be a great leader.
  • Employability Summit Base Camp – a great opportunity to see if you have the employability skills that prospective employers look for. One of two practical half-day sessions to sharpen your views on your future career options. Recognise the skills and attributes you can already demonstrate and those you need to proactively develop and generate personal plans to allow you to stand out from the crowd.
  • Employability Summit Managing Self – for students beginning their third year, it challenges you to self-assess your positions and the actions you need implement to secure employment or further study.
  • Aftercare graduate package – this offers a whole range of opportunities to boost career prospects from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to start-up business support and Digital City Fellowships worth £4,000 plus business support.

Teesside University is working with the North East Chamber of Commerce to build an endorsed programme that will allow employers to ‘fast track’ graduates straight to interview in their selection processes. NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said: 'I am delighted to support this excellent programme. Teesside University provides students with an excellent academic experience, but with this initiative they’re helping young graduates make that sometimes difficult step between education and employment.'