Student job placements can play a significant role in career development, according to leading Aberdeen firm Cammach Recruitment.
And as students prepare to head back to campus after the summer break, many will use fresher’s week to seek employment opportunities which, as well as boosting term time income, may influence career choices in the future.
Cammach Recruitment is part of Cammach Group and was established in 2008 to provide recruitment solutions to the oil and gas industry and other sectors. It specialises in the recruitment of engineering personnel for onshore, offshore and overseas positions. The company recruits in various disciplines including project and contract managers, engineers, and technicians and has a particularly strong record in placing business development personnel in the energy sector. The company has also helped a number of students and graduates find both local and international employment in various disciplines.
One person who benefited from this approach is Ashleigh Atkinson who is about to begin her first year of a BSc in Geology at Aberdeen University. Ashleigh said: “The guidance I have been given with regards to prospects of a good career on completion of my degree has played a strong part in me choosing Geology as my course, and I am really excited about starting university and looking forward to a career which suits both my qualifications and my personal interests.”
Cammach recruitment Manager, Leanne McDonald said “Very often, students don’t realise that they could be gaining relevant experience in their chosen field through a part time work placement and gaining some relevant work experience in their chosen field. This can set students apart from fellow candidates when it comes to the job market after graduation.
“We are not suggesting that hard work should interrupt fresher’s week, we are merely suggesting that this may be a good time to reflect about what students want to achieve from university after graduation and set realistic goals to help reach this target.
“This year, with a large number of students unable to get a place at university, it is important to be able to offer suggestions for an alternative career path. That involves taking a rounded view of every candidate’s situation and, as well as matching students with jobs based on course content, other advice can be imparted such as career fairs, advice on CV writing and interview tips.
Leanne added: “For the employer, a small investment in shaping new arrivals into effective, committed candidates who are suitable to be introduced into the working environment will be a rewarding experience.”
Leading Aberdeen lawyer Lili Hunter says that, as in any workplace situation, employers need to be aware of the legislation affecting all personnel. She said: “Whilst young people on experience from school or higher education are not necessarily employees, employers do have responsibility towards them in terms of health and safety, working time regulations and discrimination laws such as race and sex discrimination.
Lili added: “These are matters affecting all employers regardless of whether personnel are employees or not and so should not present an obstacle to making the most of fresh talent.
“We are a small organisation which has only been trading in its present form since January 2010, but already we have participated in a staff exchange between ourselves and another legal practice to give less qualified lawyers wider experience of the legal sector. We currently have a law graduate, Alistair Fraser working with us to gain some valuable work experience, which will enhance his CV.”
Alistair said: “In the current economic climate where it is difficult to obtain a traineeship, the opportunity to gain any practical experience can only be beneficial to future career prospects.”