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MDXworks support during academic year 21/22

Carefully following government guidance (which is constantly under constant review and development) we have decided to offer a variety of ways for you to access MDXworks Careers & Employability Service, both online and on-campus.

We are committed to giving you the advice, guidance and relevant tools to help you to shape your future career and achieve your goals. We will aim to do this in a flexible way that works for you and follows government advice and our community statement around keeping safe.

Have a read below to find out how to get in touch and maximise the support available from your Careers & Employability Service.

Get in touch

Currently, only operating online. Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Email: MDXworks@mdx.ac.uk
Tel: 0208 411 6161

24/7 career centre for students and graduates

Booking a 1:1 appointment

If you prefer chatting with us online, you can book an appointment with a Faculty Employability Adviser or, alternatively, if you cannot find any available slots, email our MDXworks team or call 0208 411 6161.

Appointments will take place via video chat (e.g. Zoom or MS Teams) or over the telephone.

Appointments can be booked for the following:

  • CV, cover letter and application review
  • Interview support
  • Placement, internship and work experience search
  • Finding part-time work
  • Graduate job search
  • Self-employment/entrepreneurship advice
  • Further study applications

On-campus drop-in

Otherwise, if you’d rather pay us a short visit to the College Building, CG07, our doors are now open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm.

We are looking forward to meeting you in person again!

  • Sign-up to MDXworks.com

    Through our online employability portal, you can access personalised careers & employability resources including CV and Cover Letter templates, tips on interview preparation and networking, how to improve your presence online and more.

    Based on your preferences, you will receive announcements about relevant events and thousands of job opportunities.

    Create your profile

  • Sign-up to Unitemps

    Unitemps provides you with an ideal place to look for paid flexible work both within the University and in the local community.

    Due to COVID-19, many of these roles are also available remotely. When you register for Unitemps you will receive regular updates and notifications on new opportunities, skills development events and workshops.

    Sign up to Unitemps

Additional ways we can help

Attend MDXworks’ pop-up webinars

This academic year, we will be continuing with our Live Pop-Up Series. These are dedicated to adding value to the time you’re spending at home and preparing you for an even more competitive recruiting environment. You can also revisit our sessions on MDXPlay or YouTube.

For exclusive webinars with our partner organisations, and workshops on all things careers and employability, make sure you’re signed up to MDXworks.com and checking out the event listings.

You can also follow our social media pages @MDXworks for weekly updates on the themes of the sessions, timings, and how to join.

Can’t make a webinar? We have you covered! All MDXworks and employer presentations will be uploaded to our dedicated YouTube channel.

Check out MDXworks’ Community blog

Like hearing what other students are up to? Looking for some work experience or placement inspiration? Want to know what it’s actually like being in a graduate job with stories from our alumni?

Then sign up to MDXworks.com and stay connected with your #TeamMDX peers through the MDXworks Community page.

Placement concerns

If you’re currently on or due to start a placement, your wellbeing is our primary focus. If you have any concerns, please email our team.

If you are still looking for a placement, please note that employers are offering remote working to ensure your safety during COVID-19. Get in touch with us if you need some help with searching and applying for placements.

Get more information about placements

Finding work

We recognise that these are uncertain times and the job market is still evolving from recent events which have affected us all. Many roles have been placed on hold or may no longer be required.

However, there are still companies that are recruiting! We will provide up-to-date opportunities via the jobs board on MDXworks.com, with further advice and guidance around finding placements, work experience and part-time jobs.

For help with networking and graduate job search, we have relevant guides for this too.

The number one priority in all of this is your health and the people around you. You should only apply for roles if you feel comfortable doing this. Also make sure you check the official UK Government advice.

  • Work related questions

    • Are employers still hiring?

      In short, yes!

      Whilst recruitment for placements, internships and graduate roles is down, employers are still hiring – with many recruiting for remote positions. For example, Times Top 100 Graduate Employers including Aldi, Barclays, Civil Service and Teach First are continuing to recruit for schemes as usual, or are even increasing their intake.

      Prospects have created a page specifically around the impact of COVID-19 on students and graduates searching for work experience and jobs. All current vacancies, including graduate roles, placements and remote work can be found via the jobs board on MDXworks.com.

    • Do you have advice about working from home?

      Working from home has been the mainstay of the ‘new normal’ and it’s not always easy to know how to make the best use of your time in unfamiliar and often more comfortable surroundings.

      Maintaining a routine is essential – both when it comes to finding remote work and undertaking it.

      LinkedIn have written an article around remote working practices and how to use LinkedIn to find remote roles.

    • What can I do if I need to get a part time job?

      First and foremost, get in touch with MDXworks. We’re here to help you with your search and applications for any roles, including part-time work. We have a live jobs board, guides to help you find opportunities, and a number of websites to explore for local businesses.

      You can also sign up to Unitemps for part-time roles within the university itself, many of which are online.

    • What do I do about my placement?

      In light of changing COVID-19 health and safety advice regarding placements, please email our MDXworks team well in advance of accepting any position, so that we can review the suitability of your placement.

      You MUST NOT start a placement without approval of both MDXworks and your module leader.

      If you have concerns on placement, please get in touch with us ASAP.

    • Is the university offering any jobs?

      Yes! Temporary, part-time positions through Unitemps and full-time opportunities via the main MDX vacancies page.

    • Can I apply for a job if I am an international student in the UK?

      If you are an international student on a Student route (formerly tier 4) visa, you can apply for work in the UK whilst studying – as long as this is part-time and up to 20 hours a week.

      Full-time work can be undertaken out of term-time (all elements of your programme must be completed, including a dissertation) or as part of an approved placement.

      Please seek advice on this from the International Student Advice Team and MDXworks.

      View up-to-date Coronavirus information for international students.

    • What other support does MDXworks offer?

      Our aim is to support you in preparing for a world of exciting opportunities when you graduate. To ensure that you can confidently step into the next chapter of your career journey - able to fully articulate and evidence your true value and worth to future employers.

      We offer tailored support, advice and guidance - working with students to identify your aspirations; your strengths and potential, your lived experiences, talents and passions. We do this via a menu of co-curricular and work-related activities that develop and nurture the new skills for your future.

      We can help you with all kinds of things without you needing to make an appointment. For example, you can email or call us to get feedback on your application documents, including CVs, cover letters, application forms or similar. We can provide suggestions to help you make improvements and stand out from other applicants.

      We recommend booking an appointment if you'd like to discuss your search for a work experience placement, internship, or graduate job. We can discuss your career options and give you suggestions on where to look for opportunities in your industry. We can also support with preparing for interviews or assessment centres, including arranging mock interviews to help you practice.

      During your time at Middlesex and even after graduation, you're entitled to:

      • 1:1 employment support – information, advice and guidance
      • Work experience and placement support
      • Dedicated Employability Advisers with specific sector knowledge
      • Employer engagement and networking opportunities
      • Real-world employer-driven projects to help you develop your employability skills
      • Skills for employment workshops
      • Support from CV to interview helping you to apply for and secure an opportunity
      • Paid, part-time opportunities through Unitemps
      • Information for students who cannot continue with their studies and help with finding work
    • What is an extra-curricular activity?

      An extracurricular activity can be almost anything you do at university, that isn’t required for degree credits. These activities are increasingly important if you’re looking to stand out in the graduate recruitment landscape and will help you to develop your talents, interests and passions.

      Examples of activities can be found via Prospects.

      MDXworks offer an abundance of programmes for you to get involved in.

      As an MDX student you have access to LinkedIn Learning, providing over 16,000 courses to complete in your spare time. MDXSU is also a great place to get involved!

    • What is a ‘virtual’ internship or ‘virtual work experience’?

      Virtual work experience is a hot topic right now thanks to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also referred to as online, remote or e-experience, virtual work experience gives students and graduates the opportunity to complete a full internship from home, in most cases using nothing but a laptop.

      Online work experience is open to all and for the majority of opportunities all you need to get involved is access to a computer and a stable internet connection.

      Find out more on Prospects

    • Do you offer volunteering opportunities?

      The COVID-19 pandemic has had a real knock on effect on the number of paid placements, internships and opportunities available, so volunteering has become even more important, particularly during these times of need.

      MDXworks have a number of partnerships to get you involved with volunteering, including in the local borough of Barnet.

      For more volunteering opportunities in both the UK and abroad, check out Prospects.

    • I am a EU/Overseas students and I don’t have an NI number – what should I do?

      EU and EEA Nationals:

      HMRC are not currently issuing NI Number but it is possible for people to work and be paid as long as they have a valid RTW check.

      Non-EU and EEA Nationals:

      If you have a Visa and have applied for before coming to the UK, you can call the 0800 1412075 number and you will be sent an application form to request an NI Number.

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