Improving Your Employability

Community and Development Officer Katy Ashford is currently running a campaign to improve YOUR employability.

What is the issue behind this campaign?

It is becoming harder and harder for graduates to find employment. Increasingly, having a degree isn’t seen as enough and we believe that RUSU should be helping students to attain the skills and experiences that make them stand out from the crowd.

What will RUSU be doing?

RUSU will be holding a number of events and activities to improve your employability. These events include; an information session on ‘What is Psychometric Testing?’ to find out about the tests you will be taking for jobs, a practice ‘Psychometric and Personality Testing Day’ to practice for the tests, an information session on ‘What is a good Internship?’ to find out how to attain a worth-while paid internship and a panel debate called ‘THE BIG QUESTION- is a degree enough?’. This panel debate will have guest speakers and will give students the chance to meet with potential intern and graduate employers over tea and coffee.  All of these events will improve your employability. Likewise, they will count towards your red award. The sign of session will be at the end of the debate.

How can you get involved?

Please see below for the dates, times and locations of our employability events. If you have any questions, or would like to book a place please on any of the events please email




Monday 10th February 1.00pm-2.00pm

What is Psychometric Testing?

Find out about the tests you will be taking for graduate applications, what are  they? How to practice them? How to pass them? Psychometric tests are used in application processes for companies like Deloitte, Cancer Research, KPMG, NHS Leadership Scheme and many more.

Sign up by emailing or turn up on the day.

Thet Win Aung Boardroom

Monday 17th February 11.00am-12.00noon

Test Practice for Employers- Verbal and Numerical Testing’

Facing verbal or numerical tests to get a placement job or graduate role?

This session run by the University Careers Centre will introduce you to the typical tests run by employers. The session will show you what is available from the Careers Centre and you will be able to use the test package on their website.

Find out what makes you tick, What your strengths and weakness are in a job, perfect for preparing for interviews, what areas  you excel in, Many employers use these tests in the interview process. Likewise, it’s perfect for preparing to talk about your strengths in interviews. to book a place

Palmer G05b

Monday 17th February 2.00pm-4.30pm

Know what makes you tick

Would you like to get some insights on your strengths and as person and what you bring to a team?

This session run by the University Careers Centre uses a couple of personality instruments that will allow you to identify some preferences. Great for reflecting on career choices, impression employers on application forms, interviews and CVs! to book a place

Thet Win Aung Boardroom

Tuesday 18th February

 What Makes a Good Internship?

Thinking about obtaining an internship this summer? Find out what makes a good internship, and where you can get one. Also find out how to claim money back from internships where you worked for free. to book a place

Thet Win Aung Boardroom

Tuesday 18th February

Internaware Campaign

We will be raising awareness with ‘Internaware’ of what makes a good internship and asking students to sign a petition to ensure all internships in Reading are paid.

Inside RUSU

Tuesday 18th February
Door open for students 6.00pm







THE BIG Q- is a degree enough?

A panel debate on if a degree is enough anymore and a networking event to find out about jobs.

This is a chance for you to both network with employers and find out about potential jobs. Also the chance to hear a panel of industry professionals have their say on what they think makes a good internship and whether just having a degree is enough to stay afloat in the 21st century job market.

Panel debate with special guests:

Julie Bowen - Member Services Manager at     APSCo

John Slattery - Career Coach and former Head of Development at United Biscuits

Chris Hares - Internaware

Tom Slater - Assistant Editor at 'Spiked!'

Please sign up to attend by emailing



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