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PROFX - Sources of Opportunities

  1. 1. Session title:Sources of opportunitiesWhere to look and how to approachcompanies / organisationsGuy Townsin and Paul Barnes
  2. 2. Learning outcomes understanding of the wide range of opportunities and where they canbe found effective communication with employers further help
  3. 3. Work experience – key points Essential for most occupations – understanding of role and shows commitment Provides opportunity for acquisition of insights as well as generic and relevantskills (employability) Provides clear evidence of skills and other attributes
  4. 4. Sources of opportunitiesopportunities for speculative applicationspart time jobsVolunteeringInitial general information (useful for preparatory reading and planning)
  5. 5. Speculative applications – most opportunities for work experience will not be advertised These sources will help you to locate organisations There are more – local and
  6. 6. Occupation/subject (photography) (illustration) (fashion) (art, graphics, illustration, photography) (computer games) (television) (film) (entertainment technology, venues) (music) (animation) (professional writing) (acting/theatre)
  7. 7. Finding a volunteering placement – for theProfessional Experience unit
  8. 8. Benefits of VolunteeringVolunteering is a great way to boost your CVIt gives you the chance to try out your career ideas Gain real-life work experience that you can use as examples in your graduate job interviewsBuilds up the skills that employers will be looking for in that all important graduate job huntChance to serve the community
  9. 9. Finding opportunitiesRely on a number of different strategies; • Networking – who do you know and can they offer anything? • Events – across campus • National websites – • Students’ Union - • Volunteering at Purple Door
  10. 10. Volunteering @ Purple DoorVolunteering Bank • Ongoing volunteering opportunities • Across a wide range of disciplines • Working for charities or statutory organisationsOne off volunteering • Specific needs from charitable organisations • Will be a “unique” opportunity
  11. 11. Volunteering OpportunitiesHeadway – Marketing & Admin volunteerRNLI – Student Engagement Co-ordinatorAlzheimers Society – Publicity VolunteerKings Theatre – Events AssistantPortsmouth City Council – Digital Champion
  12. 12. More Volunteer ExamplesPortsmouth MIND – Wellbeing VolunteerHampshire Constabulary – Student WatchMotiv8 – Appropriate Adult or MentorAurora – Domestic Abuse Helpline AssistantThe Portsmouth Foyer – MentorHeadway – Support Worker
  13. 13. Contacting employers to ask about work experience Speculative enquiries – these do not have to be difficult Generally very straightforward – just some simple ground rules
  14. 14. Clarify personal goals (what, when, how?) – this is where the actionplan/programme of learning are importantFormulate strategy (names, tasks, dates, timescales, review, checkwebsite!! - e.g. King’s Theatre, BBC)Key decision maker (HR manager, owner, managing director etc.)Establish appropriate contact methods (telephone, letter etc)CV, possibly samples of workTry to maintain contact where possible/helpful
  15. 15. Networking – this is very importantFirst thoughts?....... or perhaps…………
  16. 16. Actually networking is more - it is all about becoming part of aprofessional community; building a professional mindsetImportance – information/latest trends, contacts, work experienceSome
  17. 17. Contacts with the professionEvents www.stellarnetwork.comcompetitions www.daretobedigital.comon-line discussions www.d-media-network.comShowcasing of work www.everycreative.comBlogs and other …………… www.wordpress.comKey idea: the above and work experience can help you to become part ofa professional community, building networks and personal brand (thiscan apply to all disciplines)
  18. 18. conclusion..….what are the key learning points here? Importance of employability skills these can be acquired and refined during your course skills audit – what skills are needed? Evidence? Programme of Learning with clear action pointsmany sources of opportunities – lateral thinking can help networking is very useful (professional mindset)
  19. 19. Contact usPurple Door Careers and Recruitment Purple Door, 28 Guildhall Walk Portsmouth 023 9284 2684
  20. 20. Thank you – any questions??