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A mature student, with the additional complications of financial commitments and familial ties needs support to make sense of her options and to navigate a crowded, uncertain and changing job market. by Mind Map: A mature student, with the additional complications of financial commitments and familial ties needs support to make sense of her options and to navigate a crowded, uncertain and changing job market.

1. Clear routes to find the information you need for MA/PHD application process/funding streams

2. A mature students' network to provide an informal way to talk over concerns with people in the same boat

2.1. Online portal and discussion boards

2.2. Social events

3. A Mature Students' Advisors as members of university and Student Union staff

3.1. Proactive outreach to mature students

3.2. Regular counselling sessions to talk through any issues

4. Job fairs with a specific focus on the local area - create links with local industry and also provide connections for students who are not at liberty to move all over the country

5. Your Future - University one stop shop and first port of call for information (e.g. job markets, continuing in education etc)

6. Vocational and life skills training in addition to the academic course options

6.1. Business skills for freelancers

6.1.1. Accounting

6.1.2. Client relationships

6.1.3. Working from a brief

6.2. Confidence and self-esteem

6.3. Non-academic/course specific training carry credits that can count towards a qualification

6.4. How to improve your employability - seminars given by employers, perhaps

7. A nationwide jobs database that careers advisors can reference to make practical suggestions for individual students

8. Register of paid internships and voluntary positions that students and exiting students can apply for

8.1. vetted by the university so able to have confidence

8.2. given ratings by students who have worked with them in the past - measure of trustworthiness

8.3. work placements carried out during semester breaks carry credits that can count towards a qualification

8.4. database searchable by which degree courses might find this experience particularly useful for future job applications

9. Students from a university given preferential access to job openings within the institution they graduated from

10. Buddy/mentoring system

10.1. Alumni who have gone into the career area the student would like to pursue

10.2. Members of doctoral research staff who can help with the entry process for MA/PHD

10.3. employers who are looking for graduates from particular disciplines

10.4. community outreach/social enterprise sector

10.5. alumni who have moved to a new area of the country and are willing to act as a point of contact in a new town

11. Able to gain a separate, concurrent qualification that includes business/vocational training, life skills training and work placements

12. Part time university course with a related part time work placement - apprenticeship route.

13. Age specific recruitment agencies - e.g. those looking for people aged 40+ - positive discrimination

14. University published books/ebooks on subjects of interest to mature students entering the job market

15. Lobby the government on policies that would help mature students

16. Online tools that help students to assess their skill sets and the sorts of jobs their qualified to do

16.1. this links to live job opportunities

17. A blog written by mature students at the university, linked to from the Mature Students' section of the institutions website

17.1. have an interactive Q&A that students can use to raise issues they'd be interested to see written about

17.2. link to and from the online portal and discussion boards - social networking site with a niche focus

18. Regular employers talks

19. Profiles of what it is like to work in different industries available on the careers advisory website

20. Mature student only graduate schemes

21. Postgraduate funds that are only open to mature students

22. Help completing a Continuing Professional Development record

23. Universities to share best practice on careers advisory and mature student support systems