Winners of The National Undergraduate Employability Awards Announced


(PRWEB UK) 12 March 2014

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards (formerly known as the National Placement & Internship Awards) took place on Friday 7th March at etc.venues in London. Sponsored by PwC and supported by AGCAS and AGR. This year, the Awards were also in association with The Guardian in order to further showcase the nation’s top employers, universities and students in the field of undergraduate employability.

The Awards were attended by over 400 representatives from both the corporate and higher education world. Sahar Hashami, OBE and co- founder of coffee republic joined the day as a guest speaker, and spoke about the importance of entrepreneurial spirit in business.

The show was stolen by Enterprise Rent- A- Car who took home the Award for Best Diversity for the second year running. This year they have surpassed their goals with regards to the percentage of female and Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals who are recruited through each local community – an increase of 20% since 2010.

ProspectSoft once again won the Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer, taking home the prize for the third year running. Having taken on 102 placements and re-employed 51 per cent of those in a 50 person company since they launched, ProspectSoft were the clear winners in this category.

Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder of RMP Enterprise shared his thoughts on the ceremony:

“Work experience schemes are now firmly established as an integral part of a student’s path through university and into full-time employment. As competition is becoming fiercer than ever before, both student and employer must respond to the markets need for schemes to be expanded, from an employer perspective, and for our students to take on as many opportunities as they can.”

“Increasingly students are entering the job market earlier, taking the leap into a successful graduate career by climbing from insight, to internship and taking as many opportunities as they can.”

Linklaters were finalists for two Awards, and RBS’s innovative ‘Indian Summer’ campaign won the Best On Campus Marketing Campaign. With 15 Awards up for grabs the competition was strong in all categories.

Other winners included Aston University who took home the Award for Best University Placement Service and Warwick Finance Societies who took home the title of Best University Society and a £1000 cheque.

To find out more on the Awards, visit the website at http://www.nueawards.co.uk.

The Winners:

University Awards:

Best University Placement Service: Aston University         

Best University Careers/ Employability Service: University of the West of England

Most Improved Commitment to Employability: University of Birmingham (College of Social Sciences)

Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience: Graham Kaye-Taylor, Brunel University

Highly Commended: Tim Ward, University of Salford                    

Student Awards:

Best Placement Student: Elinor Goodhead, IBM

Highly Commended: Connor Adams, NETAPP

Best Intern: James Edmunds, L’Oreal

Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium-sized Enterprise: Natalie Diver, Baggers Original

Best University Society: Warwick Finance Societies, Warwick University

Employer Awards:

Best New Provider of Work Experience: Teach First

Best Short-term Insight Scheme: Schlumberger

Best Diversity in Work Experience: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Best On Campus Marketing Campaign: RBS (submitted by ThirtyThree)

Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer: ProspectSoft

Highly Commended: Magpie Communications

Top Medium-sized Undergraduate Scheme 2014-2015*: **Top Secret until September 2014**

Top Undergraduate Scheme 2014 – 2015 (Headline Award)*: **Top Secret until September 2014**

-ENDS-

For further information please contact the NUE Awards team on 0203 0567 703 or email francesca(at)rmpenterprise(dot)co(dot)uk.

Notes to editors:

•The final two Awards, Top Medium-sized Undergraduate Scheme and Top Undergraduate Scheme were based on student-written reviews from http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk who have completed placements and internships. The winners of each Award are embargoed until September 2014 and will be announced in due course.







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Today’s Wise Tips: How (and How Not) to Hire


Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

A job becomes a career when it’s a good fit for the employee. As the business owner, it’s up to you to not only choose good people, but also to know your company’s needs before you ever start interviewing candidates.

Wise Business Plans, which helps companies of all sizes create custom roadmaps to success, has a few pointers for planning and hiring a strong team.

1. Hire for your needs and required skills, not the candidate’s: “Too often, people hire someone just because they seem like a smart person with a great education,” said Joseph Ferriolo, director at Wise. “But hiring a brilliant political analyst to be an office manager doesn’t automatically translate into success. Even if a candidate has great credentials and a unique skill set, it won’t work if they aren’t the skills you need.” Ferriolo says Wise advises clients on the kinds of positions they need to hire for while still in the business planning stages.

2. Know your market: “Some markets and industries require a certain level of staffing to succeed,” said Ferriolo. “If you’re the only shop in your small town that repairs foreign-made cars, and you only have one mechanic, you’re turning people away, and that will hurt business.” Underhiring to save money can cause a business to lose in the longrun, he said, so good market research and an understanding of your competition and local demographics is actually a key part of the staffing process.

3. But don’t overhire: Businesses sometimes overhire in an effort to create the impression of immediate success or because they didn’t take Year 1 financials into account when planning personnel needs. Not only can overstaffing stress the company’s finances from Day 1, getting out of the situation creates the impression of a business that’s not doing well. “Even if you’re raking in profits and lining up clients, if you start letting people go because you overstaffed in the beginning, it sends up a red flag.”

4. Don’t get talked into hiring unqualified friends or family members: This can sound like a harsh way to do business, but keeping a family company strong and vital is good for everyone involved. This means not hiring your cousin’s son who just needs a second chance after stealing at his last job. But it also means not putting a friend or family member into a position where they don’t have the ability to succeed. “So often, people set loved ones — and their businesses — up to fail by giving them management positions they aren’t ready for,” said Ferriolo. “By all means, have a family business. But do yourself, your business and your loved ones the honor of getting to know each person’s skill set and hiring them only for positions they can excel in.”

5. Do your homework: Wise helps its business planning clients create organizational charts and lists of needed personnel even before businesses are funded, allowing owners and entrepreneurs to not only understand their staffing — and payroll — needs, but to show investors that they have a grasp on human resources. This kind of planning, said Ferriolo, is sometimes overlooked but truly vital to getting a strong start with a new company.

And hiring, he said, is also a kind of investment — in your success, in your community, and in your future employees.

“When you hire well, you show respect not just to your employees and your business, but for yourself.”

Wise Business Plans (http://www.wisebusinessplans.com), staffed with professional MBA writers, researchers and financial experts, is a trusted partner for businesses across a broad spectrum of products and services. Our mission is to empower our clients to make the best possible business decisions, boost company performance and facilitate their funding success by laying the groundwork for strong businesses that excite, inspire and retain talented and exceptional employees.







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TechCXO Continues Nationwide Expansion by Adding Minnesota Presence; Tom Venable, Thom Dasher to Lead

Minneapolis-St. Paul (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

TechCXO, a leading provider of C-Suite-level strategic and functional consulting services for technology companies, is furthering its nationwide expansion with a new presence in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The firm has tapped veteran technology sales and marketing expert Tom Venable and Finance, Technology and Private Equity pro Thom Dasher to lead TechCXO’s efforts here.

“For business, the Greater Twin Cities is well known as a hub for large corporations, but there is growing and dynamic technology and entrepreneurial base with many exciting companies in medical devices, software and tech services,” said Tom Venable, TechCXO Partner. “We will be focused on delivering in three primary ways for the local tech community: launching the sales and marketing efforts for a new business or product line; changing the slope of client companies’ growth curves; and helping sales and marketing migrate from the offline world to the on-line world for both B2C and B2B environments.

“I’ve worked with all sizes of organizations from pre-revenue start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, and I’ve never been more excited than in joining TechCXO, primarily because of the expertise of a high-powered, interconnected network of professionals across multiple disciplines,” Mr. Venable added.

TechCXO has been included in the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in each of the last five years.

During the past 28 years Tom has worked with over a dozen founders and entrepreneurs helping them launch the revenue side of their business. Over the past 15 years, Tom led the revenue charge at Digital River, Innocentive, Gelco Information Network (now Concur), and Rainmaker Systems. In those posts he organized, recruited, and structured sales, marketing and delivery teams on a global basis and has personally recruited, managed and coached thousands of client facing professionals and managers in North America and Europe.

Mr. Venable specializes in helping both emerging and growth companies that aren’t satisfied with their top-line growth projections.

Mr. Venable holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He volunteers in his spare time coaching championship high school football teams in his hometown of Eden Prairie, MN. View Mr. Venable’s full bio at http://www.techcxo.com/partner/tom-venable/.

Mr. Dasher is a top-performing executive with experience building entrepreneurial, software and financial services products for Fortune 500 and high-growth corporations. Most recently he was CFO and owner of Heliplane, LLC, a manufacturer of the AirTrailer, a game-changing new technology in cargo aviation. Prior to that he was CFO and an investor in EiVia, a leading provider of predictive intelligence technology, specializing in trade promotion planning and complex data warehouse analytics. Major clients include Nielsen, PepsiAmericas, Procter & Gamble, and Cargill. Mr. Dasher holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Mr. Dasher specializes in creating top line growth for technology-enabled companies as well as Merger & Acquisition and Risk Management counsel and services. View Mr. Dasher’s full bio at: http://www.techcxo.com/partner/thom-dasher/.

“TechCXO’s model of autonomy matched with a team of accomplished executives is very appealing to me,” Mr. Dasher said. “I’m looking forward to bringing the full complement of services and capabilities to tech companies ready to grow.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.techcxo.com.

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About TechCXO

TechCXO is a professional services firm that provides experienced, C-Suite professionals to deliver strategic and functional consulting services for technology companies. TechCXO helps tech companies at every stage of their growth, development and transition, including concept and early-stage tech companies to late-stage and mature technology companies. TechCXO practice areas include: Finance, Sales, Marketing, Technology, Operations, VC/Private Equity and Executive Search/HR.

With offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Mid-Atlantic, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Research Triangle Park and San Antonio TechCXO creates value for our clients by leveraging knowledge and experience to create options to: Invest, Reposition, Obtain Capital, Build Market Visibility, Increase Revenue, Make Acquisitions, Build Sales Channels, Enter New Markets, Develop New Products, Improve Operating Margins and Exit. For more information about the firm, please visit http://www.techcxo.com.







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MyLooks


Florida (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

MyLooks® Inc., a company dedicated to providing high-quality care for cosmetic surgery patients, just improved its website by adding comprehensive 3D plastic surgery animations to better educate prospective patients and develop their understanding of cosmetic procedures.

The MyLooks® website provides patients with an interactive body map for each procedure, as well as real patient photographs with extensive descriptions of each procedure and downloadable FAQ sections. To assist patients in getting the information they need, the MyLooks® website now offers a selection of live animations supported by Understand.com to provide medical insight.

“Live animations provide patients with answers to common plastic surgery questions,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Korpeck, MyLooks® Boca Raton. “The videos present visual demonstrations for each procedure and a breakdown of the medical terminology and components involved from preparation before surgery to the recovery period”.

Bridging the communication gap between patients and plastic surgeons, the 3D animations feature surgical and non-surgical procedures offered at each MyLooks® clinic. Surgical procedures such as liposuction and facelifts are thoroughly explained with a step-by-step images guide. The library of plastic surgery procedures includes a selection of non-invasive treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing.

“MyLooks® selected Understand.com to promote custom animations on the MyLooks® website to improve patient knowledge of the cosmetic industry,” said Lee Zoppa, Chief Marketing Officer for MyLooks®. “We find that a lot of people considering a cosmetic treatment want to learn more about what is involved and we want to be a ‘go to’ resource for them”.

Understand.com is a renowned medical education company that focuses on assisting physicians to better educate patients with user-friendly learning solutions, detailed surgical techniques and a step-by-step guide to cosmetic procedures and recovery.

About MyLooks®

Florida-based MyLooks® is a leading cosmetic and surgical service provider dedicated to helping women and men achieve their personal aesthetic goals. Each MyLooks® clinic provides a high-quality total experience, including plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, procedure customization, a safe and clean environment, patient financing and complimentary consultations. More information is available at http://www.MyLooks.com.







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