To help English Literature students consider their future employment options, the careers service has set up an innovative new project: The E-zine. Student teams compete through two pitching sessions for £2000 of CETLE-provided funds in order to design, write, launch and distribute an electronic (online) magazine, or e-zine. The aim of the project is to create a specialist publication but also to explore the employment possibilities that an English Literature degree provides.
The Career Service’s Kate Copland is behind the project. She says that the idea for the project arose when ‘careers advisers noticed that many English students feel unsure about what career path to take’ and ‘wanted to do something especially for English students to help them engage with the idea of career planning, but also give them an opportunity of developing more employability skills through participating in the project’.
The project allows participants to develop a comprehensive array of skills. As well as journalists, each team requires project, finance, marketing, IT and events managers. This builds skills in areas such as budget management and business planning which would not normally be developed within the student’s degree course. Participants also have the opportunity to attend teaching sessions from industry professionals and are advised how best to incorporate their new-found skills into their CV.
To hear more about the project from the 2008 student team, and project developer Kate Copland, please watch our feedback video.
Originally published in Enterprise focus.