Monday, 21 February 2011

Helping Graduates Together

Yesterday marked the closure of Conservative Future’s first ever dedicated careers week, containing a series of new events and seminars to help drive membership numbers and generate fresh interest in our movement. The week’s achievements were only made possible by the tremendous hard work, preparation and organisation from the national executive, plus an army of other volunteers who helped deliver a spectacular week of exciting events.
The first event was a panel discussion on Graduate Recruitment in conjunction with the Conservative Women’s Organisation. Over fifty members attended to hear unemployed graduates explain their difficulties of getting onto graduate schemes. Amongst the panel members Andy Stephenson MP, Managing Directors of top recruitment firms and top employers voiced their concerns over the unemployed graduates experiences and hoped that the Coalition Government’s current proposals mark the beginning of the end to these problems.
On Wednesday it was our second evening in Parliament where Tory Reform Group members advised students and graduates of parliamentary job opportunities and how to access them.
Our week culminated on Thursday at the Daily Telegraph where we launched the Young Professionals network for Conservative Future activists. Various MPs attended and we were lucky to be addressed by the Minister for Children, Tim Loughton MP, Senior Government Whip Brooks Newmark MP and ex-Conservative Future member Chris Kelly MP. All of them provided interesting, differing accounts of how they managed to climb up the career ladder- before and after parliament. The event included networking drinks sessions, providing an opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle over a glass of wine. I was impressed not only by the numbers that turned up for the event, but also the broad range of attendees from across the UK and would like to thank members who travelled from as far afield as event Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
These events were organised to drive membership and show existing members that Conservative Future is still a great organisation to be involved with. By working together to deliver these kinds of events, we can show the party and the country that our organisation is a truly passionate and impressive political movement. This is just the beginning.

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