Literature and Language students weren’t getting the same opportunities as other subjects so School Rep Rebecca stepped up.
On Wednesday 6th February, 3sixty was taken over by Literature and Language students for their first Employment Show. At previous University of Reading Careers Fayres, Literature and Language students felt overlooked and pushed to the side, with the majority of stands focused on Real Estate, Business, or Science.
There’s a lot of us on our programme. If I’m feeling a bit concerned about what I’m going to do after I graduate, a lot of people will be.
Noting this concern, School Rep Rebecca began to plan the first Literature and Language Employment Show. A big success in the planning phase was funding given by the Alumni Supporters Award. Working closely with the Academic Representation team at RUSU, Rebecca secured a list of renowned speakers in various industries to present at the Employment Show.
I feel it’s my responsibility to do something about it. I didn’t want to spend my year as a School Rep giving the bare minimum.
The Lit and Lang Employment Show was full of enthusiastic students, eager to begin discovering which path was the right one for them.
Everyone seems to be really happy about it. Seems really positive. A lot of people have come up to me and said it’s really helpful, thank you. So even it’s just one person who thinks ‘Oh I’ve never thought about journalism before but I might, after hearing that, go into it’… Hopefully it will help people, so it’ll be worth it.
Reflecting on the event, Rebecca thinks that starting to organise earlier would definitely help to secure the big names of the Literature and Language world for speakers. She gives high praise to the Academic Representation team who were vital in making the event happen.
Rebecca hopes that the next School Rep will be keen to carry this on and that the Literature and Language Employment Show will become an annual event. She was inspired by the Young Biologist Association and fully believes this Employment Show can be transferred to other Schools that feel they are also overlooked.