Career Focus | Case studies and interviews
EMPLOYMENT STATUS OF MDX GRADUATES (six months after graduation)
Not employed but not looking for employment, further study or training 14%
Employed full-time 47% Other 13%
JIA LIU, CHINA MA INTERPRETING
Jia is currently working in the IELTS Testing Centre at Middlesex University.
Unemployed and looking for employment, further study or training 8%
Employed part-time 12% Employed/freelance 6% Source: DLHE 2010
Putting you in touch with employers We run a series of employer presentations across the university. Companies and organisations and other recruiters come to us to raise their profile amongst our students and promote their graduate, internship and placement opportunities to students. We hold regular careers fairs at the university and will help you find the best of the ones that happen externally.
We also have an online vacancy service. If you are a Middlesex University student or graduate you can search our online database for full or part-time work, holiday or temporary work, work experience or voluntary positions.
Companies that have attended our recruitment fairs include: • KAPLAN • Metropolitan Police • Endsleigh Insurance • Walker Dendle Financial and Technical Recruitment • Majestic Wine • Graduate Jobs • Inspiring Interns
Why did you choose Middlesex University? I chose Middlesex University for two main reasons, one being the specialised course MA Interpreting which was a new programme in 2007, the other reason my Lecturer Dr. Kevin Lin who is the best Interpreter in the UK and the most experienced person in this field.
Which course did you choose and what are your learning outcomes?
I completed my MA in Interpreting. From the course I acquired presentation, time management and negotiation skills, how to work as a team member as well as research skills.
The lecture classes were quite small and therefore we had a lot of attention from the academics. In our seminar classes we had ample time for discussions and group work.
The course provides placement opportunities and I had the opportunity to work in my lecturer’s own company. The placement opportunity was easily available and was very rewarding.
What are you doing now in terms of employment? I am an Administrative Assistant at Middlesex University.
The course also has helped me work as a freelance interpreter, translator and a tutor.
What are the skills or knowledge you have transferred from your studies into your work place? Team building skills and communication skills have helped me liaise with my colleagues and customers.
Based on your experience at the university what tips would you give to new students? Always put yourself out of your comfort zone and be brave to face new challenges and try new things. Gain as much work/volunteer experience as possible. This will always help you with job hunting. Try to relate what you’ve learnt from your course to your work and be conscious of what you do and what you learn.
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