Student Led Assessment Centre Support Day with IBM

by Dr Andy Hirst, Course Leader Business and ICT, Department of Computing

One of the hardest tasks facing tutors across campus is building the confidence in 2nd year undergraduates to tackle their first assessment centres. So some of our final year students decided to develop their own solution. Get those closest to the problem to provide the solution.

On 3December current students on placement and current students in their final year put on a Mock Assessment Centre day. The invitation was sent across campus to students in Computing, Engineering and the Business School. The goal was to arm students from SHU with the necessary recruitment ammunition to propel their career prospects to another level. The students who organised the event, who are currently on the final year of their Business and ICT degree, are Pete Smith, Joe Patterson, Stan Nedev and Dominique Brennan.

The team developed the marketing and social media campaign, invited the guests and organised the location and times.  The team was supported by their course leader and by a number of willing volunteers from IBM.

Placement students currently working at IBM came up to support the task (some were not even SHU students) and they all recognised the need to help those working hard to break through. IBM as a company understands the role of “giving back” and helping others and puts social responsibility and business ethics high on the agenda for their staff.

This is not the first time that Business and ICT students have volunteered to support their course mates. The course regularly has past students coming back to visit and pass on their career experiences. Michael Taylor, a 2010 graduate, recently gave up his time to support our students by helping them hone their CV’s during a two-hour workshop. As an undergraduate Michael spent his final year building a psychometric test question bank for placement recruitment tests. Michael knows how important placements are to undergraduates, because for him it was a one-year job interview. Now Michael enjoys a successful career with Xerox!

Without any prompting or initiation by tutors this student-led scheme now seems to be an annual activity. It’s a true testament to the collegial atmosphere built by our students.

And of course the benefit of students supporting each other works both ways. The organisers build and develop their employability skills for their next career step, whilst improving the career prospects for the next year group. As course leader I see the direct benefits; students gaining confidence and self-satisfaction by using their talents to make a difference at SHU.

For more info

Student Team @SPPTeamSHU

IBM @IBMUKCareers

Business and ICT Course Leader Andy Hirst A.Hirst@shu.ac.uk