Derwent Student Development Seminars – learn from York graduates

  • Week 2 – Monday 29 April, “Building your Skills at University”, 
  • Week 4 – Thursday 16 May, “Enterprise in the Third Sector”

Derwent College will be hosting two seminars aimed at helping you to reflect on the skills and experiences you might gain at university outside of your academic course – and looking at how these can help to inform and support your future career choices.

Each event will consist of three speakers and will be followed by free drinks and a chance to talk to the speakers.  Although the events are being run by Derwent College, all students are welcome to attend.

Week 2 – Monday 29 April “Building your Skills at University” Derwent SCR,  6.30 – 8.30pm

This seminar will specifically focus upon on how people have used their experiences from University to develop their careers and will feature:

Chris Mason

Chris is a former Corporate Relations Manager at Shepherd Building Group and has also been a member on the deciding panel of the York Award. Chris is going to talk about the type of skills that potential employers like to see in graduates.

David Jones

David is a former Derwent JCR chair (2006) and has recently completed a PhD in Mathematics from Herriot-Watt University where he held positions of Mature and Postgraduate Student Representative and Departmental Representative. David is going to talk about his experiences of student activities at both the University of York and Herriot Watt University and how they have helped in his career so far.

Chris West

Chris West is the current YUSU Student Activities Officer. Chris is going to speak about the importance of student activities in building new skills, and the ways in which students can get involved in such activities.

Week 4 – Thursday 16th May 2013 ‘Enterprise in the third sector’, Derwent SCR 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

In this seminar three professionals who have founded charities or social enterprise as young adults will come in and talk about their experiences and motivations:

Daniel Marshall

A former York University teaching fellow and special constable, Daniel has recently completed a PhD in Criminology at Cambridge University.  Whilst studying at Cambridge Daniel co-founded Spark Inside a social enterprise aimed at mentoring youth offenders as they leave custody.  Dan is an Emerge Social Venture Lab fellow and a Shackleton Foundation Leadership Awardee. www.sparkinside.org/

Fawzia Mir

Fawzia Mir is currently director of the Pay & Employment Rights Service and is also a freelance trainer and consultant.  She has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years.  She was a founder member and Chair of the Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange and WomenZone, and also founded the Leeds BME network.

Kev Curran

Kev is a filmmaker and cofounder of Inspired Youth, a non-for profit enterprise which uses media, arts and film to engage communities and individuals on a range of social issues.  He has a first class degree from Plymouth University, and has won a Royal Television Society Award for drama. www.inspiredyouth.org/

There is no need to book a place – if you are interested please go along.