4th Annual SW Employability Conference a success!

4th Annual Social Work Employability Conference a success!

Held in The Great Hall, final year students were well looked after with breakfast refreshments and lunch at one of the highlights of the academic year.

First started by the Head of Subject Donna Jones in direct response to student feedback for more information about the Assisted and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), the February event has gone from strength to strength! The Conference is well supported by Employer Partner organisations London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Havering as well as British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Social Work England (SWE) who have attended and spoken for the third year running.

‘This is a great event for students to hear directly from Employer organisations about the ASYE as well as to network with employers and each socialise with each other. I think it gives London Met students a preparatory edge in a very competitive ASYE market. I am thrilled that BASW and SWE have agreed to attend again. Providing this opportunity for our students is what London Met does best’ Donna Jones

Students were able to hear about the purpose of the ASYE, ASYE processes and Employer expectations of applications – i.e. what they are looking for in applications as they receive so many. London Met’s Career Service also contributed with an informative session on CV and Job Application hints and tips. Valuable stuff!

There were a LOT of questions from eager students who made the most of having a range of experienced colleagues and expertise in front of them.

Students felt much better prepared for entering the world of professional social work at the end of the conference.

‘I feel overwhelmed at the amount of information, but now I know what to expect when applying for ASYE positions – and I’m ready to get on with it!’ MSc student

‘It was brilliant being able to talk to employer agencies about opportunities and who were all so friendly and informative!’ BSc Student

‘Thanks for letting us take the biscuits!’ Students generally…!