Succeeding in a Virtual World

The University of Wolverhampton’s Careers Centre presents this webinar series for the Class of 2021 on Succeeding in a virtual world from 20 - 22 April 2021.

From virtual meetings to virtual dinner parties- virtual has gone viral! Recruitment fairs have moved online, virtual interviews are now common-place, and entire businesses have moved to remote working. 

The world of work is undergoing dramatic, and in some cases irreversible transformations. Job titles are changing, new technologies are emerging at pace, and this has forced the need for businesses to adapt and job descriptions to be re-written. 

What does all this mean for you? 

With roughly half a million other students graduating this year and entering a labour market where job ads are running at a much lower level than previously, and with the 16-25s the hardest hit, we are bringing to you the information and advice you need to succeed in this new world. 

But it’s not all bad news. Change brings about innovation. Whilst some sectors have suffered challenges, other sectors are seeing this as an opportunity to adapt and innovate. In turn, this is creating new joband new remote working opportunities.  

The purpose of this webinar series is to prepare and equip you with the knowledge, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate your way through a changing world. Now more than ever, you will need to rely on your transferable skills, and you may also need to re-invent your career plans.  

This event is open to University of Wolverhampton students and recent graduates. 

Live captioning is available in each of the webinars in the series. 

If you are a current student at the University of Wolverhampton and require a BSL interpreter for any of our events; then please contact the careers team via email, at least 5 working days before the date of the webinar you wish to attend. 

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Day 1: Succeeding in a virtual world 

The first day of the event will focus on informing you about changes to recruitment trends, new virtual opportunities and developing resilience and confidence building techniques. You will can also experience a virtual mock assessment centre  

From virtual meetings to virtual dinner parties - virtual has gone viral!

Recruitment fairs have moved online, virtual interviews are now common-place, and entire businesses have moved to remote working.

The world of work is undergoing dramatic, and in some cases irreversible transformations. Job titles are changing, new technologies are emerging at pace, and this has forced the need for businesses to adapt and job descriptions to be re-written.

We will kick-start our webinar series with an opening panel event which features four fantastic panellists who are all experts in their own fields.


Richard Hewitt - Higher Education Director from EMSI

Richard will be sharing local employment insights to help you make informed career decisions. What happened to the labour market in 2020? Which sectors and occupations suffered and which are recovering?

Jamie Wharfe – Talent Acquisition Manager from Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Please join Jamie for an insight into Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and their graduate opportunities. Jamie will share the current progression and development paths Enterprise offers, as well as recent changes to their virtual recruitment processes.

Ashlie Collins- Global Account Director at Forage

Ashlie will show students what they can expect when undertaking a virtual work experience and share insider tips on how to make the most of the experience to enhance your career.

Rashpal Chana – MA CBiol FRSB EuProBio BSc (Hons) PGCE

Rashpal is a graduate alumnus of the University of Wolverhampton. He has held a very impressive and extensive career within the education sector, and will be sharing his struggles and successes, as well as providing some advice on how to succeed after graduation.

Rashpal has over 25 years’ experience working in education and management. He has delivered teacher training around the world and developed teacher training resources in partnership with DfES. Rashpal also received the Queens Award for services to the British Scientific community. Since 2008, Rashpal has been a Consultant in Science Education and led several projects for the British Council and Ministries of Education in foreign countries. For 19 years Rashpal was a Justice of the Peace and sat on the Birmingham Bench. He was also a member of the Lord Chancellors Advisory committee and held Chairmanship of the Asian Societies at Birmingham and Essex Universities.


Forage enables students to gain experience with world leading organisations including JPMorgan, BCG, Accenture, KPMG, Deloitte and many more.

In this session, Ashlie Collins, Global Account Director at Forage, will be explaining how you can get experience in your own time and at your own pace, for free, by participating in virtual work experiences on the Forage platform.

Ashlie will show students what they can expect when undertaking virtual work experience, share insider tips on how to make the most of the experience and tell the inside story of how Forage came to be.


Join Jamie Wharfe, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Rent A Car on this interactive session looking at how to not just survive, but thrive on Assessment Centres.

Jamie will give practical hints and tips and will share stories from his own personal experiences running assessment centres at Enterprise over the last 15 years.

On top of this, you will get the opportunity to participate in the Enterprise Car Club Challenge, a skills based business game very much in line with the sort of exercises you could encounter on an assessment centres for real.


Do you want to play big and become more confident?

Come and join us in this interactive session on:

  • Understand how your inner world creates your outer world to become more confident in yourself and your work environment
  • Adopt confidence building strategies to ‘think and play big.’
  • Take away tools to become more resilient to overcome your challenges in a changing environment

This webinar is being delivered by Devya Athwal

Devya Athwal CGMA provides specialised Talent Management Services helping businesses recruit their A team of finance talent. As an NLP Master Coach, she enables accountants to ‘Play Big’ and ‘Be confident’ in the work environment. Devya has 20 years of recruitment experience and has worked with thousands of accountants and has previously worked in a variety of finance positions with Blue Chips and SMEs.


Wednesday 21 April 2021

Day 2: Planning your career 

The second day of webinars will feature a talk on acing the all-important aptitude tests which can often prevent applicants progressing to the interview stages. This will be closely followed by career enhancement talks, designed to help you explore your career plans. These include mentoring, postgraduate study and running your own business.  

This webinar aims to give our graduating students an overview of the pre-hiring assessment methods commonly used by employers so that they are more aware of the current pre-hiring trends. Webinar Outline:

  • Overview of Aptitude Tests
  • Types of Assessments and What They Assess
  • A Typical Assessment Process
  • Assessment Practices
  • Q&A Segment

The University of Wolverhampton has an Aptitude Tests Portal with Graduate First .For access to these free online practice tests, please login here and click into Tools, followed by Graduate First Aptitude Tests.


Boost your career! Join our webinar to find out all about the Alumni Mentoring Scheme and how it can benefit you. 

100s of alumni mentors are available to mentor you as a current WLV student, or recent graduate.

Mentoring can massively improve your career prospects and chances of achieving your aspirations.


Why should I consider postgraduate study and where can this option take me?

Join the Careers Centre to explore these questions further.

We will also be joined by a member of the university’s postgraduate marketing team to learn about the postgraduate support and opportunities available here at Wolverhampton.


Are you considering freelancing, becoming a sole trader or setting up your own limited company (or community interest company)?

Whether this is while you are studying, or after graduation?

This business start-up session will provide information about what you need to consider when embarking on your entrepreneurial journey while also covering the first fundamental steps to self-employment.

We shall conclude with an overview of the support Students and Graduates can access through the University of Wolverhampton Enterprise Department.

This webinar will be run by Joanna Wright, a Business Consultant from the University of Wolverhampton’s Enterprise Team.


Thursday 22 April 2021

Day 3: Meet the employers day 

The event finale will feature a series of ‘meet the employer’ talks, which will be hosted by our Workplace team. They will include graduate recruiters promoting their current employment opportunities.  

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, but everyone also has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.

We are a team of over 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services.

We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

Please join this webinar to hear about our graduate opportunities and how you can build a fulfilling career with Serco.


Please join Jamie Wharfe - Talent Acquisition Manager for an insight into Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and their graduate opportunities.

Jamie will share the current opportunities and explain the fantastic progression and development paths Enterprise offers.

Jamie will also share his “TOP TIPS” around the application and interview process.

Enterprise are proud to hold several awards as an employer, such as being a 2020 The Times Top 100 Graduate Employer, a 2020 The Times top 50 Employers for Women and hold numerous diversity awards, these are just a few of the awards they hold!


A day in the life of a graduate Fast Streamer in the Government's civil service.

Colleagues from the Civil Service Fast Stream statistics profession will be giving an overview of the scheme and talking about their experiences in different roles and departments.

They will be discussing the types of roles they have encountered and their experiences of switching from office-based work to working from home full-time.

At the end of the session, there will be time for questions on statistics-based roles in government, applications to the Fast Stream as well as any questions regarding any of the experiences spoken about.


Think Pacific - Sustainable Development Virtual Program

Think Pacific have taken their award-winning programs online, so that you can contribute to government development aims in Fiji despite the current challenges.

These in-demand internships provide a unique experience within sustainable development. Learn about the program by joining this event. 

Wolves at Work information session

Employment related advice, one to one coaching, information on current opportunities – jobs, training and work experience, workshops.


These events are also bookable through our events page