I have been working on a two video projects for a while now, the products of which have been available on the SSDS YouTube channel, however these have not been utilised to their full potential. Until now.
The first project is an employer video projects I have been collaborating on with my colleague Valerie, Careers Adviser. Over the past year we have been filming employers when they come onto campus, we edited these into three themes, based around the Career Development minimum programme:
- A degree is not enough: Targeted at 1st years to explain that they need to engage in activities and work experience alongside their degree.
- Get ahead, get experience: Targeted at 2nd years to explain the type of experience employers are looking for.
- Countdown to graduation:Targeted at final year students, includes tips on making applications and making a good impression at interviews.
Thus far the video clips have only been used in in workshops, however this week we decided to embed them into the Career Development website, identifying content that the clips supplement. Here are the videos (views so far) and the resources they link to:
- Barclays – Degree is not enough (6 views) in Benefits of experience
- BBC – Effective applications (28 views) in Completing Application Forms
- BBC – Interviews and Assessment Centres (291 views) in Interviews and also How to prepare for assessment centres
- TGW – Countdown to graduation (16 views) in Job hunting
- Next – Countdown to graduation (19 views) in Find out about employers
I hope this is really going to add something to our site and furthermore, increase the number of views these clips receive.
The other project is a Prime-minister Innovative funded project called International Voices. For this project my college Martin Pennington and I filmed a series of International students. We inviting them to discuss the types of activities they have been involved in, including volunteering, work-placements and student societies. The purpose of the videos is to promote these types of engagements to fellow international students and to describe the cultural benefits of getting involved.
This was a really interesting project, throughout which I learnt a huge amount about the video production process and have also presented the outputs at the UKCISA conference. I will blog about this more in the future, however for the purposes of this post I was really pleased this week to find out the institution our now promoting this project on the International Study with us pages of the University website.These pages get a lot of hits as they are used for recruitment for prospective students. I’ll be interested to see how this impacts on our video views and site hits.