Date of release: Friday, October 21, 2016

Passport networking eventThe 'careers culture' of the University of Greenwich was showcased in a networking event attended by nearly 200 of its ambitious students.

The event was a reward for those who have been part of the Greenwich Employability Passport scheme. This allows students to enhance their employability skills while at university, and therefore boost their chances of career success, by taking part in activities such as extra-curricular lectures, part-time work and holding positions of responsibility in student clubs and societies.

In the event at the university's Stockwell Street building, students from the faculties of Business, and Architecture, Computing & Humanities, made vital contacts with a range of representatives from the world of business and graduate employment.

Mark Young, a Sociology student who was among those attending, says: "Our tutors made it quite clear the Passport scheme was a beneficial thing to get involved in. Going through the Passport process means you stand out from the crowd, and shows you are involved in things outside of your degree."

Fellow student Bilan Sharif, who is studying International Business with Language, is one of 20 lucky competition winners looking forward to a visit to financial news and media giant Bloomberg – another major graduate employer. She adds: "I found the whole event really enjoyable, and despite my initial nervousness I created some really positive connections with both peers and employers."

Keynote speaker Sarah Devlin, a director with Barclays Bank, praised the invaluable support offered by the university to its students as they prepare for their careers. She also offered plenty of job-seeking tips on how students can sharpen their networking skills and successfully promote their skills to employers.

To gain their Greenwich Passports, students have to collect a total of 200 'points' for their various activities and achievements during their degree programmes. For more on the Greenwich Employability Passport scheme:

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Picture: Students networking with employers at the Passport event.