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  • 1. Session title:Sources of opportunitiesWhere to look and how to approachcompanies / organisationsGuy Townsin and Paul Barnes
  • 2. Learning outcomes understanding of the wide range of opportunities and where they canbe found effective communication with employers further help
  • 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. Sources of opportunitiesopportunities for speculative applicationspart time jobsVolunteeringInitial general information (useful for preparatory reading and planning)www.prospects.ac.ukwww.creativeskillset.orgwww.ccskills.org.uk
  • 5. Speculative applications – most opportunities for work experience will not be advertised www.wiredsussex.com www.sedf.org.uk www.ipa.co.uk www.mediauk.com www.biid.org.uk These sources will help you to locate organisations There are more – local and nationalwww.chb.com
  • 6. Occupation/subject specificwww.bapla.org.uk www.photoassist.co.uk (photography)www.theaoi.com (illustration)www.fashionunited.do.uk www.drapersonline.com (fashion)www.a-n.co.uk (art, graphics, illustration, photography)www.gamesindustry.biz (computer games)www.theknowledgeonline.com www.grapevinejobs.com (television)www.filmcrewpro.com (film)www.etnow.com (entertainment technology, venues)www.musictank.co.uk (music)www.animationforumwm.co.uk www.imagineanimation.net (animation)www.writers.net (professional writing)www.starnow.oc.uk www.spotlight.com (acting/theatre)
  • 7. Finding a volunteering placement – for theProfessional Experience unit
  • 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. Finding opportunitiesRely on a number of different strategies; • Networking – who do you know and can they offer anything? • Events – across campus • National websites – www.do-it.org • Students’ Union - www.upsu.net • Volunteering at Purple Door
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Networking – this is very importantFirst thoughts?....... or perhaps…………
  • 16. Actually networking is more - it is all about becoming part of aprofessional community; building a professional mindsetImportance – information/latest trends, contacts, work experienceSome examples:www.linkedin.comwww.viewcreatives.comwww.behance.net
  • 17. Contacts with the professionEvents www.mediavolt.co.uk www.stellarnetwork.comcompetitions www.daretobedigital.comon-line discussions www.d-media-network.comShowcasing of work www.allourbestwork.comwww.designgraduates.com 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. 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. Contact usPurple Door Careers and Recruitment Purple Door, 28 Guildhall Walk Portsmouth 023 9284 2684 www.port.ac.uk/careers
  • 20. Thank you – any questions??

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