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  • Getting Experience Sue Briault Careers Adviser Careers Advisory Service University of Bath
  • Benefits of work experience
    • Test out your career options
    • Help put academic theory into practice
    • Develop new transferable skills
    • Opportunity to work with variety of people
    • Help your CV stand out from the crowd
    • Generate contacts for the future
    • Earn some money!
  • What is work experience?
    • Any form of work that you do before you start your career
      • Sandwich placement or internship
      • Summer internship
      • Summer placement
      • Part-time work
      • Volunteering
      • Work-shadowing
      • Self-employment
  • Student “work experiences” survey
    • Tax and Accountancy
    • Government Economic Service
    • Internet developer/security
    • Environmental consultancy
    • Mechanical design engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • TEFL
    • Tour guide in Spain
    • Sports coach
    • Swimming instructor
  • What do you have to offer already?
    • What general skills have you developed during your studies?
  • Skills valued by graduate recruiters..
    • What skills would you like to develop?
    Commercial awareness IT Commitment/motivation Numeracy Flexibility/adaptability Problem solving Interpersonal skills Leadership Initiative Teamwork Self-awareness Communication
  • What are you looking for?
    • Something related to my degree?
    • Something to test a career idea?
    • Something to develop specific skills?
    • Something local to home/university?
    • Public, private, or voluntary sector?
    • Other criteria?
      • e.g. fun, challenge, abroad, money!
  • How to decide?
    • Skills, interests, motivations – self analysis:
    • Prospects Planner
    • On-line Guidance tools
    • Preparing for a Guidance Interview
    • Job ideas:
    • Prospects websites
      • Industry insights – good overviews/ Job profiles – useful for skills req’d
    • TARGETjobs guides or website
      • Careers Sectors – good overviews and graduate profiles
    • Careers events – Development and Springboard diaries (not just for Finalists!)
    • Further guidance/resources:
    • Careers Advisory Service
      • Work Experience Guide
      • Careers Adviser
  • How to start?
    • No single place to look for all opportunities
      • do some research to identify relevant sources
    • What’s your strategy?
      • target a range of employers
        • large and small, national and local (competition)
      • advertised vacancies? (passive)
      • speculative applications? (proactive)
    • How much time do you have?
      • a few good applications >>> lots of poor applications….particularly in the current job market
  • Experience related to my degree/test a career?
    • How to start?
    • Professional organisations - contacts
      • e.g. Biochemical Society
    • Your department - contacts
    • Bath CAS Destinations of Bath graduates by subject
    • Options with your subject Prospects website
    • Bath CAS Graduate Contact list & Employer Index
    • Key websites and publications for contacts/vacancies in your subject area. Use catalogue
      • e.g. New Scientist,
    • Speculative applications to relevant employers
      • CV and covering letter
  • SW sources of vacancies
    • MyFuture: Earlybird – select “local”
    • Employer Index – click “local”
    • University of Bath and other local universities e.g. Bath Spa, Bristol
    • Local news – who’s doing well?
  • “ National” sources of vacancies
    • MyFuture Earlybird opportunities
    • Large national employers’ websites
      • mainly want second/penultimate year students
      • tend to recruit early by Q1 2009
    • Work experience guides & websites
      • e.g. TARGETjobs Work Experience
    • Numerous careers websites
      • e.g. ,
    • Other university careers service websites near to location e.g. University of London
      • Useful local information links (and vacancies)
  • Are there other ways to find work?
  • Creative Job Hunting - the Concept
    • Up to 70% of jobs are never advertised
    • Why? Advertising is expensive
    • Employers may receive many speculative applications, use word of mouth or recruitment agencies
    • May not know they need someone (YOU!) to do a particular job for them
  • Networking to find opportunities (which are not advertised)
    • Get your request out there!
    • Start with someone you know in a related field ….or a Graduate Contact
    • Questions to ask –
      • NOT – “Do you have a job?”
      • BUT –
      • “ How did you enter this role/gain experience?”
      • “ What would you suggest I can do to get some experience in XXXX?”
      • “ Do you have any other contacts I could talk to?”
      • When you find someone useful, follow-up & keep in touch
  • Networking
    • List your existing network of contacts
    • Every contact has another contact…
    • Carry out some informational interviews
    • Contacts may advise on your CV
    • Volunteer to work or ask for work shadowing
    • Be prepared to take stepping stones
  • Speculative Applications
    • Draw up a hit list of employers to send your CV
    • Research them thoroughly
    • Tailor applications to each employer
    • Be specific about what you can offer and what you are looking for
    • Try to make yourself known in advance
    • Follow on with a phone call
  • Volunteering
    • Events next Semester jointly run by SU and Careers
    • To tie in with Volunteering and Work Experience Fair 18 th Feb 2010
    • Directory of Charities, Volunteering and Gap year Opportunities
  • How the CAS can help
    • Information staff
    • Employer & Occupational Information
    • Information about Professional Bodies
    • Handouts/ Leaflets
    • My Future vacancies
    • Careers Advice (e.g. job hunting strategy, CV feedback)
    • Guidance (e.g. best course of action, what area of work to choose)
  • How Bath University can help
    • Enterprise Bursary
      • Up to £1000 to assist with expenses
      • Non-finalists, preference given to those not on a placement programme
    • Alumni Fund – placement grants
  • Questions?