Responding to calls for increased access to our Employability Advisers on campus - this term we have extended our service and recruited a further 4 full-time advisers: one additional for each Faculty and a dedicated Graduate Employability Adviser. In addition - we have increased the provision for bookable appointments with Advisers to ensure that we fully deliver tailored 1:1 support to our students.
This year we will be launching MDXcelerator - our new student start-up support programme - that recognises that many of our students have start-up business aspirations but just don't know how to tap into the right support. MDXcelerator will support students through a programme of 1:1 and workshop activities; 'Dragon's Den' style pitch challenges and will open up access to start-up seed-funding and start-up mentor support.
Employer engagement is a consistent theme in student feedback to the MDXworks service and so we have recruited a new Engagement Manager who will have responsibility for developing and extending our employer networks. This is in addition to the work that our Employability Advisers currently do with sector-specific employer partners.
We know that students often want to have more interaction with industry experts and those who have succeeded in specific sectors - including our very own Alumni. Early in 2019 we will be launching our new MyMentor platform that will enable us to connect and manage student > mentor relationships - opening up those who have transitioned successfully into the wide world of work to share their knowledge, insight and wisdom in navigating student career pathways.
Communication to / from students is critical for us and we have recently launched our FB bot on the MDXworks FB page. This will now allow students to communicate with us in real time and to get quick information and support including instant links through to our portal mdxworks.com.
MDXSU offers a wide range of flexible, part-time, London Living Wage jobs for students every year. These student staff play a vital role in MDXSU’s work, supporting student communities and societies and working within the MDXSU Advice service, as well as utilising skills and experience in areas such as social media and animation. The Students’ Union also provides Community Placements, which offer students well-paid, flexible job opportunities which fit around their studies and utilise their skills, while also supporting local community organisations and charities.
Through many different feedback mechanisms, students have stated that they wanted it to be easier to find a job, whilst studying as a student and after they graduate.
To help students find part-time jobs on campus, we are launching Unitemps at Middlesex University in February 2017. It will be based within the MDXworks Employment Hub in CG07. This will highlight all on-campus jobs that are available to students and will all be offering at least the London Living Wage.
For off-campus and graduate roles, we launched our employability portal www.mdxworks.com. This is an exclusive student vacancy database packed full of opportunities for both international and UK students, with the jobs board also synced with the UK’s most popular job search engine, www.Indeed.co.uk
Student feedback within MDXworks’ Skills Assessments said that the graduate employment support was too generic.
We have now recruited an Employability Business Partner for each School, to focus on specific sector requirements as well as deliver tailored sessions such as Job Clubs for Business School students.
Students can now also complete a final year self-assessment to support a student and their assigned Employability Adviser to kick-start a job search campaign. The assessment will provide you with your own, personal check list as well as an overall score and summary.
Feedback within MDXworks’ Skills Assessments said that students wanted to be able to meet an advisor to have a 1:1 discussion.
In August 2016, we launched a student-centred space for drop-in support, information, advice and guidance on all things related to student’s employment prospects. Plus via UniHub, you can now book an appointment with your Schools Employability Business Partner.
Students fed back to Employability Service (now MDXworks) that they weren’t always able to attend the workshops available.
Workshops are now run throughout the entire academic year, including a summer programme of workshops to support final year students in particular.
Following student feedback from recent graduates, the MDXworks on-line team, now provide dedicated engagement over the telephone, email and web chat to graduates, assigning graduates to an Employability Adviser who supports them secure a graduate role.
Following feedback from students about having more opportunities to find part-time jobs, in September 2016 the Students’ Union launched a brand new Community Placement Scheme.
The Community Placements offer students well-paid, flexible job opportunities which fit around their studies. As well as enabling students to utilise their skills and knowledge in a practical setting - to the huge benefit of their CVs – the placements also have a positive impact on the local community, raising the profile of Middlesex students within Barnet and beyond.
Fifty students have found placements already, with placements in areas such as research, teaching, campaigning, and even developing a mental health app for a local primary school.