July 01, 2006

An Interesting Job Opportunity…

Long, long ago in the early days of Warwick Blogs, I wrote an entry which was ever–so–slightly critical of the Careers Service of Warwick. I got some interesting responses, and on leaving Warwick thought "ah, maybe they weren't so bad".

That was until I flicked through the jobs section in the Guardian. My eye is always caught by an advert with University of Warwick in it…

Business Development Manager - Careers Service

Hmm… why would the careers service have a business to manage???

You will manage our employer liaison team, building strong relationships with recruiters and improving communication links with academics within the University.

So far so good. But then…

You will secure external income through the marketing and development of priced services to enable the Careers Service to extend the quality of activities that enrich the employability of our students.

Just as I always suspected. Warwick's only interested in inviting 'attractive' and presumably 'wealthy' employers to its careers events. No wonder you don't see small companies at the main careers fair (only at some off–shoot where no–doubt the prices for businesses are lower, along with publicity).

I'll put the same point I made a couple of years ago: why does Warwick need to charge employers to get in touch with students? Surely the more the merrier?

I know for a fact that at least one employer has shirked Warwick because it couldn't afford its 'rates'. That's a potential job that Warwick students won't know about because the Uni's too obsessed with charging people to come onto campus. I'm surprised Gibbet Hill Road doesn't operate a toll–system!

But why the hell should employers be charged? Yes, for sure, KPMG, Deloitte et al. can afford to pay the fees that Warwick clearly charges (you can't deny it now – it's in the Guardian!).

Isn't it in students' interests that they have as many employment opportunities as possible? Surely it must be clear that the big companies don't have enough jobs between them to satisfy the needs of all students at Warwick (in terms of number of jobs available as well as preferences of profession too).

Yet again, Warwick seems to put raising money above the prospects of its current students.

(I'd be very interested to know how much the Careers Service brings in through this method, and see what it translates to in terms of expenditure on campus.)

- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Christopher Rossdale

    'But that money creates valuable infrastructure which maintains the high level of whatnot to sustain investment to…..'

    Just thought i'd get to that one first…

    02 Jul 2006, 02:54

  2. Roberta Wooldridge Smith

    Dear Chris,

    I'm glad to see that you remain as interested as ever in the activities of your alma mater. I'm disappointed, however, that your journalistic instinct isn't yet any more finely honed and that you continue to reject deeper research in the pursuit of polemical headlines. Perhaps your year in Cardiff will encourage a different approach.

    I could rehearse a number of the points that I put to you when I first responded to you last year in your blog. I would draw your attention to the response of your first reader; there is more than a grain of truth in the response. It also remains the case that we work hard to get companies on site for campus recruitment fairs, approaching 10–12 organisations for each which accepts our invitation. Rejections are very rarely on cost grounds, and a number of types of organisations – SMEs, charities, voluntary, public sector bodies etc – benefit from heavily discounted rates or can attend some events free of charge. A number do not wish to vsit Warwick and do not wish to dedicate time to Warwick–based recruitment activities and we work hard to educate such employers about the skills and abilities of Warwick students and the educational environment here in order to encourage them to review their recruitment practices. Still others don't have the time to send reps to sit on stands talking to students for a day at a time – it is the time, not financial commitment which is a barrier. Others, quite frankly, do not ned to seek out students; they expect speculative applications from the brightest and most proactive.

    I'll leave this here since you already have my thoughts on record. All the best for a successful year at Cardiff.

    25 Jul 2006, 09:14

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