Working Wardrobe: Donations welcome to help support sustain-ability initiative for job interview success

Nailing that first impression in an interview has never been more important. To give all students a fair chance, a new event has been launched at the University of Hull and the team is asking for donations ahead of the big day.

On Friday 12 May 2023, the Student Futures Team at the University of Hull are hosting a preloved ‘Working Wardrobe’ event to help all students prepare for their interviews.

To make the event a success, donations of any interview or office wear that is currently going unloved or unworn are welcome. Providing the perfect opportunity for a spring clean, these items of clothing will be given a new home to students embarking on interviews at the start of their careers.

The event has been created with the University’s overall strategy of sustainability in mind while aiming to help students who are facing the cost of living crisis.

Speaking about the event, Joe Hancock, Acting Head of Service, said: “The Working Wardrobe is a fantastic initiative from the Student Futures team, which amplifies important messages about sustainability in fashion and helps out students during the current cost of living crisis.

“We have been delighted with the response so far with donations coming in from staff and external partners.

“The scheme is a great example that our institutional values in areas such as sustainability and social justice feed directly into the way we work and develop our services.

“I am really looking forward to the event, which should mean getting kitted out for an interview doesn’t need to cost the earth!”

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The Working Wardrobe follows Hull University Students’ Union swap shop event
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The Students' Union swap shop encouraged students and staff to ‘exchange to make a change'

This event is just one step the University is making in its commitment to operating as a sustainable organisation, with our teaching, research, and professional services also focused on making advances in driving sustainability.

Alongside key research, partnerships and raising awareness of sustainable practices, the University is keen to hold events which highlight the importance of sustainability on campus. Another fashion-related event also recently took place, in collaboration between Hull University Students’ Union and the University of Hull, in the form of a ‘swap shop.’

The swap shop encouraged students and staff to ‘exchange to make a change' at the pop-up. This resulted in generous donations of pre-loved items and the opportunity for people to reduce their waste and embrace being more ethically-minded. The next Swap Shop takes place on Wednesday 3 May (10am-3pm) outside Student Central.

Find out more about Hull Students’ Union Swap Shop here.

Working Wardrobe donations

For those wishing to donate any interview, office, or smart attire, for the Working Wardrobe event please drop donations off at the Central Hub reception desk (located on the first floor of Student Central) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The team is asking for donations to be handed in before the 4 May. The Working Wardrobe event will be held on Friday 12 May.

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