25 / 11 / 19
Being on committee this year as Careers VP has been a fantastic experience; working with new committee members, expanding on the skills I enhanced last year and most importantly, planning the careers events throughout the year. When tasked with writing this blog post, I thought it would be useful to discuss a breakdown of our career’s calendar across the semester thus far. For students who haven’t attended our career events before, this can hopefully offer a small insight into what is on offer for you and useful information for anyone considering to run for Careers VP.
Starting the year off, we had the legal recruitment fair which attracted a vast amount law firms, agencies and other bodies that seek out law students for the skills acquired from their degree. It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm and interest amongst both the students and the representatives from various different areas of work. Speaking with students during and after the fair, I got a real sense that this style of event is something students are most attracted to – real conversations with individuals working in the legal sector, and others, is something we can only seek to build on!
Following the fair, we had our first networking event courtesy of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. We as a committee were absolutely delighted to host representatives from HSF Belfast office in Dundee. Furthermore, representatives from Burness Paull LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP and CMS attended. Students were afforded the chance to speak in a more enclosed, intimate environment with industry professionals once. We had fantastic attendance at the highly anticipated event.
Moving from September to October, I was pleased to announce another year of “How to Law” drop-in sessions supported by the law school. Covered in these sessions were OSCOLA referencing, critical essay writing skills and Legal databases. These sessions were particularly beneficial for first year students whom may find the transition to higher education daunting. From speaking to students across all year groups, so many were grateful for the help they received and the tips they could take away from the sessions However, all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the law school’s support, time and effort – it would be great to express gratitude to them all once again.
November can often be a stressful month with exams looming, which is why we have opted for a ‘LinkedIn Awareness’ night supported by the University of Dundee Careers Service. This event takes place on Tuesday 26th of November. This event will educate and enhance student’s skills in the world of online networking and online presence, something which is becoming increasingly important in recent years. This is something that I am very much excited about and interested to see the outcome of!
Looking to the year ahead, there will be some changes to the typical career’s calendar for DULS. Members can expect to see more networking events, an alternative careers event as well as an event that will coincide with International Women’s Day – to name a few. I am feeling very positive for semester 2 and determined to take on a whole host of new challenges that will arise. Thank you to all members who have supported the careers team across the year so far, we appreciate it and we thrive off it.