(Poster) ‘Getting Inside’: realising student ambitions through work shadowing

Lyn Kennedy, Munwar Hussain, Sharon Homan and Lisa Bews (Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences)

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This poster describes the ‘Getting Inside’ project offered by the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences Graduate Employability Team to Psychology, Social Sciences and Criminology students. It describes the benefits to students and the local community, showing staff how the scheme can be offered University wide.

‘Getting Inside’ was launched in March 2014 and offered students the opportunity to apply to participate in a four-day work shadowing placement with local organisations (degree subject related). Eight opportunities were secured and students were required to go through a competitive recruitment process (including an application form and Assessment Centre), with successful candidates undertaking the shadowing placement.

This poster takes viewers through the ambitious concept, showing the journey and process that students went through in order to secure a place on the programme and show the follow up work with students after placements. It includes quotes from successful and unsuccessful students, showing the benefits to all, not just successful candidates. It also includes feedback and quotes from organisations. This project was ambitious not only for students, but also within the community, as community engagement was a key part of this project. The benefits to organisations and the University is also demonstrated in this poster.

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