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Connecting students with IET boosts career prospects at Medway

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A student-led initiative is helping to improve career prospects and build industry links in engineering and technology.

An 'IET On Campus' group was set up by Computer Engineering undergraduate student Richard Blair to help students enhance their academic skills and expand their professional network. More than 100 students signed up during Fresher's Week at the University of Greenwich Medway Campus.

The aim is to connect students with the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) to help them get the most out of their degree and membership of the organisation. IET has more than 168,000 members across 150 countries and can offer access to tailored practical, technical and career-related resources, create links with industry and other universities and helps students demonstrate their skills and raise their profile.

The Institute also runs an international award to recognise the exceptional work of 'IET On Campus' groups. The Greenwich IET On Campus group was delighted to welcome this year's winners of this accolade -- 'IET PSB Academy On Campus' from Singapore. The group was also accompanied by Zara Shafique from Pakistan, who came runner up in last year's 'IET Present Around The World' competition. The visit was a great opportunity to network and share ideas.

About the day, Richard said "It was a fantastic day and very inspiring meeting Zara Shafique, she certainly gave us a different way to look at engineering topics.  We would like to thank the Faculty of Engineering and Science for supporting us and for all the staff involved in the lead up and on the day".

The visit was also supported by Professor Simeon Keates, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor. "We are working in an increasingly globalised environment and it is important to find examples of best practice from around the world. This initiative allows our students to see how other international groups work with their professional body to improve their skills, knowledge and employability," said Professor Keates. "The ultimate aim of any good degree programme is to prepare our students to get a great job."

If you have not signed up yet, you can follow the IET On Campus University of Greenwich on Twitter and Facebook