The Award was introduced to me through the StepTemps Program, which I applied to because I wanted to try to do a few jobs around the University, such as the Open Days, in order to gain experience and earn some money. However, even prior to this I was interested in doing a similar Award to this, as I thought it would help to improve my employability and make my CV look more appealing to employers.
It was pretty easy to get started on the Award, once I signed onto the StepTemps Program and attended an introductory session. I was able to complete the required work experience hours from my volunteering in a local primary school, which was a placement during my Volunteering in Action module.
I think that the most enjoyable aspect of the Award for me was the work experience at the primary school, because I enjoyed working with both the pupils and the staff.
I think that there were three very useful things that I learnt during the Award. Firstly, I learnt how to both create and present my CV, so that it would be more appropriate and appealing to employers. Secondly, I learnt how to effectively talk and write about my skills, using the STAR System. Lastly, I learnt how to create and structure an efficient and effective career action plan.
The Award has helped me to further make up my mind that I would like to find a job in the teaching industry, because during my placement, I discovered that I really enjoyed being a teaching assistant/classroom helper and I would like to do something similar as a full time career. Additionally, it also helped me to narrow down age ranges of who I would like to work with. Lastly, the Award also helped me to create a suitable and achievable plan, which should help me achieve my career goal.
I have not yet secured a job since completing the Award, though I believe that it has definitely made me more employable.
I would advise other students who are considering the Award to go to the other non-compulsory workshops, as well as the compulsory workshops that the Career Centre offers to those doing the Enterprise and Employability Award. Lastly, I would advise that students who are considering this Award start keeping a record of all their work experience hours, as these can then be used for one of the tasks as part of the Award.