Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Saturdays With Chambré: Volunteering at the Hardman’s House

Ruth Childerhouse is a second year English student at LJMU. Here, she reflects upon her volunteer role as a guide and conservator at the National Trust Hardmans' House, on Rodney Street.  I have always loved museums. There is something beautiful about being in a space dedicated to a collection of objects filled with history. Even the most insignificant paperclip can become a story. It’s magical. I began volunteering for the National Trust in the summer of 2015. The property, Hardmans' House, is a tiny, overlooked photography studio which ran from the 1920s to the 60s. During the open season I work as a room guide, showing visitors around, and during the winter, when the house is closed, I work on conservation. We are often freezing cold and frantically scrambling to cover the fact that we are short staffed. It’s the highlight of my week. The photographers who ran the business, Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife and business partner, Margaret, were brilliant people. Both...
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Choose your Career! Level 6 English Careers Event: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 at 2pm

Choose your Career! Level 6 English Careers Event: Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 at 2pm

What could be more important than your future? On 2nd November 2016, we're running a special Careers Event for L6 English Students (in John Foster 1.27, from 2-4). When you're not stressing about assignments, are you thinking about life after graduation? Still not quite sure how to tackle your job hunt? Frazzled by the application forms you've dared to download? Dazzled by so many possibilities? Like eating pizza? Come along to our special event to listen to, and chat with, the experts - all with a focus on the skills and experience you’ve developed through studying English. • LJMU English Careers Advisor Gary Douglas will explain the mysteries of 'Graduate Training Schemes' and 'The Job Market Uncovered’; • Professor David Gibson, from LJMU’s Entrepreneur Hub, will talk about how Freelance Working can open up opportunities you never knew you had. So, (for one afternoon only), forget about your reading lists, put your dissertation research on hold, have a late lunch with us and: CHOOSE YOUR CAREER! To book your place (and your pizza!), please...
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Your (English) Career Calendar: To Dos for October

Your (English) Career Calendar: To Dos for October

Welcome to our brand new monthly featurette (now that's a neglected word) to keep you, wonderful LJMU English student, aware of all the Careers support available to you. Ah, autumn - season of mists and ... well, UCAS. This month is an important one for budding teachers, or those thinking about teaching as a potential option. You can find out more about the various graduate teacher training schemes with the brilliant LJMU ‘Train to Teach’ event, which takes place this year on the 12th October. For all the details, click here. If you have already decided on a teaching career then UCAS Teacher Training has just published the new Search date - 11 October 2016! This is the big moment when the search tool goes live, and will allow you to find training programmes starting in 2017. The first opportunity to make your selection - 'Apply 1' - is currently scheduled for 18th October 2016, although this may change, so keep checking the UCAS website here....
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Internships with The Reader Organisation

Internships with The Reader Organisation

Calling all LJMU English students! The (Liverpool born and bred!) Reader Organisation have been in touch, and want to let you know about their next round of intern recruitment. They have a variety of roles available, and pay travel expenses and sustenance remuneration. This is a really great opportunity for volunteers to gain an insight into a national charitable social enterprise, and to use the skills you're honing on your degree to their best advantage. This round of internships will run over the summer from July till September/October and the deadline for apps is Monday 27th June. Click here for all the details. You can also get some top tips from current student Victoria Jordan and graduate Christopher Lynn on their experiences at The Reader. Please let me know if you decide to apply!...
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Careers with English: The Reader Organisation II

Careers with English: The Reader Organisation II

'The Reader' is a national reading charity with a unique shared reading model that reaches across all ages, demographics and settings, and began in Liverpool in 1997. They use great literature as a tool for living which helps people better connect with themselves and others, enabling them to realise the changes they want to make. Christopher Lynn, a recent LJMU English Graduate, began as a volunteer for the organisation back in 2014, and has gone on to secure a permanent position. Here, Chris gives LJMU English students some inspiring advice as to how to make the most of your skills, and to get a career that'll really mean something to you: 'I discovered "The Reader" through a vacancy on the LJMU graduate website (sign up folks!). Alas, it was for a senior management position, but after reading about the work The Reader does, I just had to get involved. Luckily, The Reader has a number of voluntary projects, so I signed up, and was trained to deliver weekly poetry groups...
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Prescot Work Experience: Megan Bagnall

Prescot Work Experience: Megan Bagnall

The second year 'English Work Experience' module... well - even if you haven't taken it, you can guess what it does. Part of LJMU's commitment to preparing our graduates for the world of work, the module also aims, where possible, to involve students studying English in the research activities being carried out by staff in the department. Prescot, a town eight miles to the east of Liverpool, is coming out of some very difficult economic times with a cultural revival. The long-term efforts of a wide variety of residents, community and charity organisations, and members of Knowsley council are soon to be crowned with the construction in Prescot of a Jacobean theatre and education hub. LJMU English's Professor Elspeth Graham has played an important part in this exciting regeneration, and for many years has offered students on 'English Work Experience' the chance to take part in a range of community-based cultural projects. Megan Bagnall has recently completed the module, and here she reflects upon the...
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Careers with English: The Reader Organisation

Careers with English: The Reader Organisation

Studying English with us? Fancy a career that would allow you to carry on doing what you've been doing on your course, in a home-grown, innovative Liverpool organisation? Victoria Jordan is in her final year of an English degree at LJMU, and she is currently working as an intern at The Reader. Here, she describes what lead her to the role, and what it involves: "As you enter your final year of Uni, it starts to dawn on you that soon you will be fighting off all the other graduates for the career you really want. Internships are a great way of making you more desirable to a prospective employer, as well as allowing you to learn new skills to add to your CV.  I am currently halfway through my four month internship with The Reader Organisation and already feel more confident about entering the big, bad world! The Reader is a charity and social enterprise based in Calderstones Park, Liverpool, that promotes well-being...
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Teaching English in Thailand: Naomi Sykes

Teaching English in Thailand: Naomi Sykes

After a placement in Malta teaching English last year, arranged through LJMU's Erasmus office with the help of Jayne Kerwin, Level 6 English and Creative Writing student Naomi Sykes couldn't wait to work abroad again. And now, once all her assignments are handed in, she's off to Thailand to teach in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Naomi says: 'Jayne knew how much I thrived over there teaching English so she recommended applying for this placement in Thailand too. I had to send in an online application including a cover letter and a C.V and there was a very long waiting process for the verdict. It all seems so close now though, as I have booked my flights, sorted out my DBS check, the ball is rolling and the dream is becoming a reality! I will be 2/3 hours from Bangkok the capital which is perfect and I am super excited to do what I love and get some adventure in there too! I was thrilled to find...
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