The Olympic task of finding a job after graduating has been made easier thanks to University of Ulster Work Experience Week.
Two events will be hosted at Magee this week, yesterday’s, ‘European Jobs Day’ and ‘Volunteering and Work Experience Day’ on Thursday 23.
Among the jobs on offer on Monday were a list of jobs at this summers Olympics and Paralympics, opportunities to teach English in China and Japan and the High Commission of Canada was also represented at the jobs fair with details on career opportunities also.
The chief draw however were the Olympic jobs which were billed as “summer jobs of a lifetime.” Opportunities to work in the Olympic Stadium, the Velodrome and the Aquatics Centre in transport, catering, security, cleaning, welcome team and/or response team “patrolling the field of play” were all on offer, even a post of guest list manager was up for grabs. Some jobs were paid at an hourly rate of £8.12 but some offered between £30-40, 000.
The jobs were secured as part of the European Employment Services (EURES) cross-border partnership scheme and in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus, UK.
“There is a full range of jobs on offer and students will most likely find accomodation in ‘tented villages’ which means there will be a festival feel to the whole experience for them,” said Joe Lavery, EURES Cross Border Co-ordinator. Professor Deirdre Heenan, Magee Provost, said: “These jobs offer a tremendous opportunity for our students to work at a world event, to enhance their CVs by learning new skills and bring them back to help develop our local economy. It is a very exciting prospect.”
Another exciting prospect was on offer from Dramatic English. Represented by Emma Copeland, she explained: “We target humanities graduates and offer them placements teaching english through drama productions. We employ people in both mainland China and Hong Kong. Those employed have 20 teaching hours per week so they’ll have lots of time to explore the country.”
Magee students where joined by their counterparts from the North West Academy of English, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and North West Regional College as well as fourteen schools from across Derry and Donegal.