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    • Getting Experience Sue Briault Careers Adviser Careers Advisory Service University of Bath http://www.slideshare.net/sabriault
    • 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 www.prospects.ac.uk/planner
      • On-line Guidance tools http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/guidance/online.html
      • Preparing for a Guidance Interview http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/guidance/guidanceprep.pdf
      • 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 http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/earlybird.bho/intro.html
        • 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”
      • www.GradSouthWest.com
      • www.step.org.uk
      • 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. www.milkround.co.uk , www.topinternships.com
      • 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
        • http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/earlybird/cvgy.html
    • 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
        • http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/earlybird.bho/bursaries.html
      • Alumni Fund – placement grants
        • http://www.bath.ac.uk/alumni/fund/placement-appln.pdf
    • Questions?