In our student evaluation forms, we received a large number of written testimonials. A selection are shown below:
'The ability to gain recognition for the activities I complete in my life both at UEA and outside of it. It is helpful to reflect on my learning from these experiences and write up my experiences to build up my CV. I know what employers are looking for from me as a candidate and can see my progress through my time at UEA. I actively look for activities because I know they will help me to complete the next stage of the Award, so it also acts as a motivator to get me involved in new things.' Charlotte Gaines, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, 2nd Year.
'The UEA Award has helped me realise skills that I didn't acknowledge I had, and pushed me to gain new skills through my experiences. It has also helped me develop my interviewing skills and CV writing through using the CARL framework, which is an easy method that provides efficient responses to typical interview questions.' Jennifer Templer, School of Politics, Philosophy and Languages, 2nd Year.
'The UEA Award has given me a new perspective on my career path. It has made me think more critically about decisions regarding my career and has also allowed me to reflect on what I have accomplished. It is great to be able to visually see what you have achieved, this is seen with the badges you attain and the attribute chart that you make as you progress through the award.' Jacob Hewes, School of Biological Sciences, 3rd Year.
'For me the main benefit is finding out about all the opportunities/ activities available at the UEA, there's so much available that I just didn't know about before. It's also really helpful to have all my achievements in one place so I can see areas that i need to work on and what aspects I need to be showing employers.' Lynsey Ward, School of Environmental Sciences, 3rd Year.
‘As a healthcare professional it has helped me to build my CPD portfolio and reflect on experiences I have gained through my degree and other activities outside University.' School of Health Sciences, 1st Year postgraduate student.
'The biggest benefit I have had, has been the confidence and pride I have gained from all my extra curricular activities... being actually recognised. I really enjoyed the award ceremony.' Fiona Munro, School of International Development, 2nd Year.
'The Award is a tool for motivating students. It provides a structured framework for undertaking activities that is just right - I would have never thought about doing some of the work or extracurricular activities I did for the Award had I not been provided with the incentive. Just a few months into the Award, I already started seeing my CV receiving recognition as I started getting invited to more interviews. Even in contexts where a CV was not required by the employer, such as for Union jobs, I was able to reflect on my activity submissions to predict what the employer would ask for - successfully!' School of Psychology, 1st Year student.
Research with UEA Award students in the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 has shown the main potential benefits of undertaking the Award are:
Having a record and recognition of your achievements;
Building a great CV that does justice to your time here;
Reflecting on your achievements, your strengths and next steps;
Building confidence, resilience and a flexible mindset;
Gaining unique feedback and perspective from employers;
Having great examples to use in interviews, covering letters and application forms;
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