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Walk of Life Volunteers Needed
Location: Loughborough
Rainbows’ Walk of Life raises the funds the charity needs to help  Rainbows offer the very best care and support to children and families from across the East Midlands. The group is looking for volunteers to help with the running of the day. Jobs include manning stalls, car parking and/or marshalling Parks. Learn more

Support Visually Impaired Athletes
Location: Coventry
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, British Blind Sport is staging a Festival of Visually Impaired Sport. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is blind or partially sighted to try new sports, learn new skills, gain confidence, make friends and above all, have fun. Volunteers are needed on the day for a variety of roles. Learn more

Latest Opportunities

Football Managers and Coaches
Location: Melton Mowbray
Mowbray Rangers junior FC currently has 12 teams from the age of 7 – 17 but could have more if there were willing volunteers to manage and coach additional teams. As a result, the club is seeking volunteer coaches and managers and would support any willing volunteer and help them achieve FA coaching badges. More information

Run Marshals
Location: Market Harborough
Parkrun Market Harborough is a free, timed 5k run or walk that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am in Welland Park. Volunteers are needed to carry out tasks ranging from directing participants so that they don’t get lost to assisting with the timing system. Find out more

Assistant Coaches
Location: Leicester City
The Active Sports School is focused on providing children with the opportunity to make new friends through the alliance of sports. The group is looking for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to assist the head coaches with running an exciting project aimed at children 6-16 years old. Learn more

European Wheelchair Basketball Championships
Location: Worchester
Applications are now open for volunteers for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, taking place in Worcester from 28 August to 6 September 2015. The Championships provides an exciting competition of twelve men and seven women’s teams fighting for the European Title and for highly coveted qualification places for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Find out more

Colour Blast Dash
Location: Melton
The Laura Centre offers a wide range of bereavement services to help people cope with sudden death. On 29 June, the centre will use ‘Colour Blast Dash’ to raise funds. Volunteers are needed to support the event by becoming marshalls or by joining the Colour Blast Regiment and showering the runners with paint. Learn more

Girl’s Team Manager
Location: Hinckley
Hinckley Rugby Football club is looking to establish a U14 or U16 Girls XV as part of its existing Mini-Junior section. As part of that process, the group wants to identify a female team manager to help develop and manage the team in association with an already identified team coach. Learn more

International Summer School 2015

Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics is proud to announce that applications are now open for our International Summer School 2015. sbe_summer_Page_1

The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in pursuing a career in international sports management, or in a sport-related social enterprise.

This module will be intensive and challenging – and lots of fun! You will gain experience of working in international teams and an understanding of the issues involved in your chosen pathway and will develop your own intercultural skills. The module is worth 10 Loughborough credits – 5 ECTS credits, or 3 US credits.

Our International Summer School will also give you an opportunity to do more than just study! Our social programme includes site visits to some of the UK’s most prestigious sporting venues and a weekend trip to London!

All teaching and trips are included with the fee, as well as accommodation for the two weeks. Please find more details on our website and our Summer School brochure

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from your students.

Best Regards
International Relations Team
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
01509 222161

4 extra-curricular activities that can boost your employability

Provided by Selesti Limited

When it comes to writing your CV, it can be difficult to know what activities outside of your studies to include. Below, we’ll look at four things that top graduate job candidates have on their CVs, which you can work towards while at university.

First aid volunteering

Taking part in volunteering activities looks great on a CV, helping to show your well-rounded character. Becoming a first aider is a hugely rewarding and valuable skill to have, adding to your personal development. Not only that, first aid skills are also useful to your future employer. Employers are responsible for the wellbeing of their employees, which includes ensuring there are enough first aiders at work.

If you already have a first aid certificate, make sure it’s still valid before you put it on your CV. That’s because due to a recent change, there is no longer a grace period after a first aid certificate expires, so if yours is out of date, you cannot call yourself a first aider any longer. As with anything on your CV, you should be able to back it up with evidence if questioned about it.

Helping to run a club or society

With countless clubs and societies on your doorstep, there’s a wealth of opportunity to bolster up your CV by taking part. But rather than going out and joining as many clubs as possible, it’s better to only get involved in one or two and play an active part in its running. For example, if you play for a sports team, work your way up to become a team captain, or help lead training sessions. Or if you’re in a society, put yourself forward to become elected for a committee position, such as treasurer or secretary.

In a leadership role, you’ll learn lots of great skills that can help you stand out when applying for jobs. This might include motivating and leading a team, taking charge of your club’s financials as treasurer, learning negotiation and decision making skills in committee meetings, as well as showing good people skills by getting elected for your role.

Writing a blog or getting involved in student media

A great way to improve your writing skills is to get involved in in student media such as The Epinal, or contributing to a blog on topics that interest you. This is a great way to build up your portfolio if you’re looking to enter industries such as journalism, advertising, or marketing.

With blogs existing on almost every topic imaginable online, there are countless opportunities to publish articles on your interests. Blogs are often on the lookout for guest authors, so it’s simply a case of getting in touch with those that do and pitching an idea for an article. You can of cause also set up your own blog using software such as WordPress or Blogger.

Developing your digital skills

Experts predict that by 2017, the UK will need 750,000 skilled digital workers to keep up with the growing technology industry. However, in 2011 the UK produced just 56,000 computer science graduates, suggesting a growing deficit in digital skills.

Even if you’re not looking to enter the technology sector, the truth is that the internet is increasingly important in all industries, whether for making sales, acquiring leads or for customer service. As a result, web skills are becoming a necessity, for example learning how to update website content on a CMS, updating email marketing lists or even basic coding.

A great way to get started is to take a free online course with Codecademy or setting up your own WordPress blog.

What other skills do you have?

Think of any other activities you take part in outside of your studies. What skills have you developed by taking part? Are these skills relevant to the role you’re applying to? If the answer is yes then add it, and remember to prepare for your interview by being able to discuss each activity at length.

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Study abroad – UNITECH Programme

UNITECH Programme

  • Are you on-track for a first class MEng degree?
  • Do you aspire to a senior position in a global engineering company?
  • Would you like to experience another culture and study for a semester at a prestigious European university?
  • Are you interested in a work placement with a top European engineering company?

If so, this exclusive programme could be for you.

UNITECH International is an international association based in Zurich, Switzerland. Its aim, together with leading European universities and companies, is to prepare qualified engineering students for their professional future, as it is formulated in the core values statement: UNITECH is a community that connects corporate and academic talent to develop technical students across borders and cultures to jointly face tomorrow’s business challenges.

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The Young Investment Banker Weekend: 14th March – 15th March, 2015 at UCL

At the Young Investment Banker Weekend (held at UCL), you will work directly with senior bankers from bulge-bracket institutions who will provide you with a comprehensive competitive advantage in securing a position at a leading investment bank.

The weekend is split into two – with one day dedicated to Sales and Trading (Saturday) and another to Investment Banking (Sunday).  You will be given real-life case studies and exercises such that the weekend becomes a ‘mini-internship’, during which you learn the skills and knowledge required to obtain a top job in banking.

Stellar Leadership Development – A two-week almost fully funded opportunity for some of the UK’s most talented graduates

Delivered in partnership with the London Law Trust Stellar 2015 University Flyer

The 2015 Programme will take you to the village of Evje, at the foot of the 147 km long Setesdal Valley, in Southern Norway. The team will be based 2 km away from the village, at a training camp situated by the River Otra. The two-week expedition will be split into four phases:

  • Phase 1: Programme Foundations
  • Phase 2: Canoe Journey
  • Phase 3: Community Project
  • Phase 4: Reflection and Feedback

The London Law Trust is seeking up to 21 high calibre participants to take part in the programme, to whom the trustees will award substantial bursaries. The only costs participants are required to cover are for personal equipment and their flights (approx. £350).

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£4,500 HDC Bursary now open for applications

  • Applications for bursaries now open from undergraduate students on courses involving a placement year in industry 2015 – 2016
  • £4,500 per student is available from Horticultural Development Company (HDC)
  • Placement year in industry must be strongly horticulture related

A generous bursary scheme from HDC is open for applications from undergraduates on courses ranging from agriculture to zoology to chemistry. Any undergraduate can apply as long as their course incorporates an industry placement year during 2015 – 2016, and the placement taken up is in a horticultural business, research establishment or advisory company.

The HDC will award up to 10 bursaries in any year, currently set at £4,500 per student. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

This year six final degree year students from Harper Adams University and University of Sheffield, all taking a range of qualifications that incorporated a horticultural placement, benefitted from the scheme.

Any student on a UK based undergraduate degree that includes an industry placement linked to horticulture is eligible to apply. Visit for more information.

Data Discovery Summer School – 29 June – 3 July 2015

Love working with data and analysis? Ever thought about a career in marketing?

You know those cool discounts that pop up on your phone from your favourite brands? That’s customer insight marketing. All made possible by digital technology and by the talented people who know how to use it. If your degree is about analytics or numbers, apply for a free place on the IDM Data Discovery Summer School and that could be you.

In 5 days of discovery you’ll:

  • learn how data helps top brands make great campaigns
  • meet the people who bring them to life
  • visit a London data marketing agency
  • get hands-on on a real data marketing brief
  • get the jobsearch tips to be a top data candidate

There are hundreds of fascinating new roles opening up in data marketing and not enough skilled people to fill them. If you’re great with numbers and analysis, marketing needs you! Applications close on Friday, 19 December 2014.

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IDM Summer Schools for final year students

IDM Marketing Summer School – 22-26 June 2015 SUMMER SCHOOL A5 2015-SINGLES_Page_1

A free, week-long, residential where final year students learn what it’s really like to work in marketing. They’ll visit a top London agency, tackle a real marketing brief and meet top professionals with graduate vacancies to fill. Students don’t have to be studying marketing to apply – but they do have to get through the IDM selection process.

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Application deadline: 19 December 2014


Data Discovery Summer School  – 29 June – 3 July 2015 IDM-DATA-DISCOVERY-2014-V3-online (2)_Page_1

Final year students who are great with numbers or analytics are highly sought-after in the marketing profession. Data Discovery shows students how the ability to make sense of customer data and turn that insight into marketing ideas can reap huge rewards for skilled data people. Another free, intensely hands-on week that opens doors and gets them ahead.

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Application deadline: 19 December 2014