International careers services collaborate to share employability best practice in Higher Education

The University of Leicester’s Career Development Service has partnered with the University of California, Berkeley’s Career Center to host an employability event that is the first of its kind.

Bob Athwal, Director of Student Experience at the University of Leicester and Tom Devlin, Executive Director of University of California, Berkeley’s Career Center first spoke informally about a Global Careers Services Summit in June 2015 at the NACE (National  Association of Colleges & Employers) Conference in Los Angeles.

Now our University is co-hosting the pioneering, fully booked conference at College Court, Oadby from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 March.

Over the three day summit, sponsored by The Smarty Train, Grad Connection, Enterprise rent-a-car and Nestle, a variety of presentations and workshops have attracted careers directors from across the Globe with delegates from Canada, US, Australia and Abu Dhabi.

With topics ranging from careers service strategy, global employment, recruiting millennials and trends in student behaviour, the summit will also feature a global viewpoint by Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice Chancellor of our University.

This event follows the announcement last week that Leicester was awarded ‘Best Preparation for Work Initiative (Higher Education) at the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ annual Development Awards. This follows an award in 2015 in the ‘Best Preparation for Work: Overall Strategy’ category making Leicester the first University in the UK to consecutively win awards from the AGR.