Successful candidates will be those who show the greatest potential through the recruitment process and who show a motivation to work in Higher Education, and in particular at Birmingham.
We receive a high number of applications for the scheme. To position yourself well before applying, research the sector and the University. Some good places to start are the Strategic Framework and the Our University pages on the main website. Also, take a look at what our previous graduates have to say about the scheme and ensure you meet the application criteria.
The online application is your first chance to make a good impression, so take time to tailor it to the role and ensure that your CV is up to date. Demonstrate enthusiasm for Higher Education and be clear on how your own skills and experiences meet our requirements. Where possible, demonstrate your engagement with Higher Education, for example through work as a student ambassador, course representative, volunteer or involvement in societies. Finally, make sure you check your application thoroughly before submitting it!
Before the assessment centre, set some time aside to think about why you want the role and why you would be suited to being a Management Trainee. For the interviews, make sure you answer questions honestly and with clarity and are able to talk about the experiences you have mentioned in your application. With the written and group exercises, follow instructions carefully and make sure you ask questions if there is anything that you are unsure about. Also, ensure you understand the requirements of the task before launching in. In the group discussions we will be looking at how well you can work with others, so make sure you get involved – show both your ability to lead and your ability to listen!
Finally, try to stay calm, focused and positive throughout the day!