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Black students - boost your career prospects

By Mandeep Rupra-Daine

Friday 25 February 2011 Black Students

Are you an ethnic minority student and want to improve your career prospects?  Would you benefit from advice on achieving your ideal career?

The Black Students’ Campaign represents students from African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean communities and has linked up with the Network for Black Professionals (NBP) to improve the employability skills of Black students.

Did you know black students are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to entering the job market? A study by the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) in 2007 found that, except for Asian graduates who are slightly more likely to be working than white students, the gap between the Black graduate employment rate and that of their white peers was 7 percentage points. Ethnic minority students are also less likely to achieve a First Class honours degree and very few of them attend the elite Russell Group Universities.

The Black Students’ Campaign and NBP want to change the disadvantage experienced by Black students and graduates. The NBP have launched a special membership offer for Black students and graduates.

Student & Graduate Membership Scheme

If you want to learn more about how to successfully enter the job market or are interested in shadowing managers from a range of sectors, then the NBP Student and Graduate Membership Scheme is for you!

Benefits of membership include:

  • Mentoring support from experienced professionals
  • Work-shadow professionals including managers and leaders from different sectors
  • Gain experience through internships with one of the NBP’s 160 corporate members
  • Free career workshops
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Regular job/placement/internship alerts

You will also be entitled to other NBP services at a reduced rate:

  • Personal career coaching service – a dedicated service to support your career development
  • Inspirational Volunteer Journeys – a programme for black students/graduates who want to give something back to their country of origin
  • NBP events and conferences

It costs £15 a year to join, click here to read more about the benefits of becoming a member.