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Exploring future career opportunities at UK Care Week Conference

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Published: 17 May 2024

UK Care week 2024

In March, our MSc Nursing students attended the UK Care Week Conference at the NEC Birmingham – engaging with employers and suppliers in the social care sector - as they look ahead to their next career step.  

The UK Care Sector employs over 1.5 million people and demand continues to grow. With this in mind, a group of MSc Nursing students travelled to Birmingham to attend UK Care Week, an annual event attended by over 2,300 social care professionals – including employers, suppliers, and training providers. 

Students attended speeches and workshops of their choice and spoke to conference exhibitors - including recruiters, training organisations, and digital healthcare suppliers.  

UK Care week 2024

The conference also offered students the chance to discuss future roles with employers and sign up to job opportunities for when they complete their MSc Nursing course. They also received industry reading material, which they will use to supplement their learning.   

The trip to Birmingham, organised by Juliet Savanhu, Postgraduate Lecturer (Nursing) was an opportunity for the students to build their network and industry knowledge away from the classroom – gaining valuable social care sector insight and a demonstration of the university’s ambition to be professions-facing 

UK Care week 2024

“Extracurricular activities within educational settings have multiple benefits.”, says Juliet, “Such as enhancing networking skills, boosting confidence when interacting with employers, and extending social networks. As a teacher, spending a day with the students in a non-teaching environment was refreshing and empowering.”. 

The feedback from students who attended UK Care Week was also positive, with MSc Nursing student Augusta Tejan Sei explaining - “The insight I’ve gained will enable me to better manage the challenges I face in my current role and has widened my knowledge and understanding of the social care sector. There were also a broad range job opportunities to explore at the conference.”.