Keele 2008 05_14

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I was invited in 2008 to give a talk to final year students at University of Keele (my Alma Mater) on job hunting and careers.

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Keele 2008 05_14

  1. 1. Stephen Booth http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth May 2007 to Present: Technical Lead, Service Birmingham Apr 2006 to Apr 2007: Oracle DBA, Service Birmingham Aug 2004 to Apr 2006: Oracle DBA, Birmingham CC Dec 1999 to Aug 2004: IT Analyst, Birmingham CC Oct 1998 to Nov 1999: Oracle DBA, Sema Group Aug 1996 to Oct 1998: Support analyst, Fraser Williams Pharma Systems May 1995 to Aug 1996: Unemployed Dec 1994 to May 1995: Care Assistant, Solihull MBC Jan 1994 to Nov 1994: Care Assistant, Solihull NHS Jul 1993 to Jan 1994: Unemployed Oct 1989 to Jul 1993: Student, University of Keele (Biochemistry and Electronics + Foundation year + Subsidiaries (Computer Science, Engineering Mathematics and Economics))
  2. 2. http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth I’d planned to go in Biochemistry research! What you plan to do may not be what you end up doing
  3. 3. http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth Where can you get help? That’s why you’re here. Right?
  4. 4. http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth Use the web! Well, DUH! <ul><li>Monster </li></ul><ul><li>JobServe </li></ul><ul><li>Fish4Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul><ul><li>&c </li></ul>
  5. 5. http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth It’s less what you know, more who you know <ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Fellow Students </li></ul><ul><li>Tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Former Co-Workers </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul>
  6. 6. http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth What’s going to get you the job? Accomplishments Achievements <ul><li>What did you do? </li></ul><ul><li>How well did it go? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the result? </li></ul>Collaborated with other technicians in other companies in the Fraser Williams group to develop a nationwide extranet to allow inter-company communication and sharing of knowledge and resources to reduce costs. Introduced Linux as a cost saving measure for the extranet project, bringing the costs within the allocated budget
  7. 7. Last but one slide, honest What else? I asked a question If you were giving job seeking advice to a recent graduate or final year student, what is the one thing you’d want them to remember? <ul><li>Do your homework - before you go for your interview find out everything you can about the company. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't leave your mobile phone switched on [in an interview]. </li></ul>More on the web! http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth
  8. 8. http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ Stephen Booth What’s the one thing I want you to remember? http://www.stephenbooth.org/Keele/ This presentation, links and more information are on there and I’ll add more as I find it.

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