Milkround society awards: showcasing student success

On Wednesday 5th July, Milkround were proud to host our annual Society Awards.

The Society Awards are always a highly anticipated event, as it allows us the chance to engage with some truly inspirational young people from our candidate pool. This year, all our finalists went above and beyond for their society pitches.

Learning about what successful students are looking for when it comes to their first graduate jobs was really enlightening both for us at Milkround and for the employers that attended on the day. By going directly to our graduate audience, we can ensure we match top talent with rewarding and challenging roles.

We are grateful to the judges Adam Isle, Oli Jacob and Qayum Mannan, who joined us from AstraZeneca, IBM, and UpRising respectively. They offered great feedback to our candidates, as well as the encouragement to consider their own graduate job offerings.

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Our finalists enjoyed a day of sharing their successes and developing their skills at our London office

After an initial application process that assessed why these candidates in particular deserve recognition for their contribution to a society, we invited the finalists to our London office.

Here, they spent the day getting to know each other through career-driven workshops provided by the Milkround Marketing team, and had the opportunity to learn more about the key things employers are looking for.

Students were then asked to pitch to our judges. All three were overwhelmed not only by the sheer number of achievements highlighted by the high-quality presentations, but the students’ sense of social responsibility.

The judging panel found it incredibly difficult to choose between candidates who came from a range of societies, from Craft and Financial Trading to Law and Women in Leadership. The judges were impressed by the passion all candidates showed for diversity and inclusion. Several of the societies wanted to invest our £1,000 prize money into charity fundraisers, addressing issues including student mental health and welfare.

Congratulations to our winners!

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Eva (left) and Lucia (right), with their Individual Contribution to a Society awards.
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Open Minds were awarded with Outstanding Contribution to a Society, for their dedication to increasing confidence and leadership skills through creativity.

Adam Isle, Recruiter for AstraZeneca’s Innovative Medicines & Early Development Graduate Programme, said the nominees were ‘exactly the kind of students we’re looking for’.

The day proved to be fruitful for both students and employers. Not only did the finalists get to showcase their past achievements in front of three employers, they developed their skills in pitching both their societies and their own sense of self-branding. They were then able to engage in a final networking session at the end of the day.

If you are interested in being part of events such as our Society Awards, to not only increase your brand awareness among the student demographic, but to also grant recognition of truly unique student talent found through Milkround, do give us a call on 0333 0145 111, or email info@milkround.com.

Latest edition of The Times Student Law supplement is here

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Our latest edition of the Student Law supplement made in collaboration with The Times came out last Thursday.

This supplement delves into subjects like anonymity, shocking opinions by lawyers, pay level gaps, innovative bonus schemes, and much more.

View the full digital edition of The Times Student Law Supplement here.

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Recruitment Live

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Recruitment Live 2015, held in Old Billingsgate, London on November 3rd and 4th, is an event like no other. Coming at a time of immense change and challenge for the recruitment industry and employers alike, it is a unique forum where recruiters, agency-based and in-house, will be able to meet to discuss their industry, discover the latest thinking and practices in the industry and work together to improve the effectiveness and their service.

The two-day event will see all the major recruitment industry representative bodies in attendance, addressing their members and talking directly to recruiters across the UK industries. It will bring together some of the leading recruitment industry suppliers and the industry’s thought leaders. It will also provide a platform for recruitment issues to be placed in a wider context – creating an understanding of how recruitment can maximise its contribution to all businesses. It will inspire recruiters, deliver innovative ideas and influence the industry for months to come.

Why is the event so important? Because right now the country’s employers are facing a huge challenge. At a time when the economy is picking up, when there could be significant gains to be made, there is a potential fly in the ointment for UK plc. Talent. It’s not that there’s no talent out there, it’s just that the usual means for finding that talent are a little outdated. Skill shortages are beginning to be felt in diverse sectors, irrespective of industry or seniority of employment. Attraction strategies need to go beyond the usual – poaching talent from competitors is a short-term method which will simply inflate salaries. Finding the graduates who will make a real difference to your business is no longer a straight forward task.

The workplace has become diverse in terms of employees available, the type of work on offer and the way that work is carried out. The job for life has long gone by the wayside and employers are having to learn how to engage with employees who prize their work/life balance, who sometimes want flexibility rather than cash, and who want to see their work have a direct and significant impact rather than simply helping the company turnover another day’s work.

The recruitment function is the key to unlocking the power and value of the new workforce. It is the recruiter who understands both the employer’s need and the candidates’ desire. The recruiter who understands how an employment relationship can work to the benefit of everyone. The recruiter who can create the conditions in which employers can continue to get the talent they require.

The recruitment world is changing in order to adapt to the new workplace realities. The use of technology, social media, mobile, e-commerce and more are altering this function. On the one hand these technology are enabling recruiters to better find the required talent and engage with them. Attracting the ‘passive’ candidate should now be an essential part of every employer’s talent management strategy. Identifying the networks and locations for appropriate talent is part and parcel of being a great recruiter.

However, as the world of work evolves, so too has the legislation and regulation surrounding employment relationships. There have been – and continue to be – numerous reviews and consultations into aspects of flexible working. With attention now of IR35 and T&S regulations, there is no doubt that the recruitment industry and consequently the world of work is set to change again over the next six months. There is a need to balance the benefits of flexible working with ensuring the employment system is fair for all, and recruiters and the recruitment industry lies at the heart of this.

Recruitment Live 2015 is the place where the future of recruitment and talent will be debated and shaped. With groundbreaking presentations and keynotes identifying both the opportunities for the industry and the regulatory challenges faced by recruitment businesses, this will be the chance for recruiters to ensure they understand what is happening in their industry. It is the opportunity employers need to get to grips with their talent attraction and management strategies, ensuring they are ready for the future.

“We are delighted to be the lead supporters of Recruitment Live for the second year running,” says Carol Scott, head of corporate membership at the recruitment industry’s largest representative body, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). “This event is a great opportunity for the industry to come together and network, to meet suppliers and to find out about new products and developments that will shape the future of recruitment. We’re looking forward to sharing our data and insight, and to meeting our members and other exhibitors on the day.”

Ann Swain, CEO of Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) comments: “Now in its second year, The Global Recruiter’s Recruitment Live event is already a hotly anticipated fixture in the recruitment calendar. 2015 has already proved to be a pivotal year for the recruitment profession, and I have no doubt that the high level debate and knowledge sharing that will ensue, means that Recruitment Live 2015 is not to be missed.”

If you’re a recruiter, Recruitment Live 2015 is a must-attend event to ensure your practice and business is prepared for the year ahead. If you’re an employer, the event can put you in the driver’s seat for ensuring you get the talent you need to succeed as the economy moves ahead.

For more information please visit: www.recruitmentlive.co.uk/ or call 0845 094 8022.

To register please visit: www.recruitmentliveregistration.com/