A Student exploring the Nationwide Innovation lab through Virtual Reality
Nationwide Student Ambassadors Jake and Sam recently attended the University of Bristol careers fair.
With around 70 employers present and 200 students visiting the stalls, it was a great opportunity to showcase what Nationwide has to offer. Throughout the day they were able to truly understand what 2nd and final year undergrads and post grads really want to know, and what Nationwide can do to support them into a career which fits with their aspirations.
Bristol students meet Nationwide Student Ambassadors
There’s evidently still a pre-conception that Nationwide very much focuses its schemes on Finance related roles, with many students saying “I’m looking for a computer science or tech related position, but I know that’s not something you offer”.
The fair was a great opportunity to dispel this myth and inform the students about the wide range of schemes Nationwide have on offer. Particularly our Technical Development Programme, which offers a number of different IT related placements, ranging from Infrastructure Development and Architecture Solutions to IT Security.
“ While the majority of students were interested in the Graduate Schemes and Industrial Placements, there was also interest in our Summer Internships, applications for which open in January 2017. ”
What Bristol students wanted to know about Nationwide
By having our Student Ambassadors attend the careers fair, Bristol students were able to have their questions answered by graduates who have recently been through the application process themselves. This makes it easier for our Student Ambassadors to relate; they know how difficult a time it is for students making that first step in their careers.
On the day, students typically asked for tips around the application process, such as ‘what does a good cover letter look like?’ and ‘what happens at the assessment centre?’. This gave Sam and Jake the opportunity to provide some great tips, and often lead to more in-depth conversations around their own experiences on the graduate scheme this year.
“ In addition, the students were interested in finding out about Nationwide as an organisation, which was the perfect opportunity to explain that as a Building Society we’re different to banks. As a mutual organisation our members are at the heart of everything we do. ”
It's not just an opportunity to market careers…
These events offer our graduates the chance to work closely with universities across the country, and showcase what Nationwide can offer students looking to start their careers. It's a great opportunity to show students examples of innovation at Nationwide, whilst explaining our commitment to 'building society, nationwide'.
The project also allows our graduates to enhance many of their own core skills, such as project, budget and people management.