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Presentation by Alice Stuart, Senior Career Development Adviser, May 2011

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  • Session approx 1 hour- input & also activities
  • If you are unsure about where to start your career planning, using a framework can help. This is one approach based on the DOTS model (Bill Law/ Tony Watts) but there are other approaches that you can take. Comprises 4 elements that you can use throughout your life. 1/ Self awareness/ reflection- helps you to understand yourself in career terms – 3 broad areas Interests- ideas and activities which interest you can influence your choice of job Skills- an ability to identify skills you develop and describe them is essential in demonstrating employability Values- what is important to you- think about your views of the world operates and how you wish to function in it All help you to define a criteria 2/ Opportunity awareness- research what is out there/ opportunities/ the labour market/ how to enter roles and what they involve/ location/ salary Make decisions based on your criteria 3/ Action Planning- Draw on the information about yourself/ research/ opportunity and make a plan! Ask yourself Where am I now, where do I want to be/ how do I get there/ do I need to develop experience/ do I need to develop my skills/ How? Make a plan! 4/ Developing experience- making applications/ writing a CV & covering letter/ approaching employers/ networking to gain experience
  • Give group booklet and ask them to fill in initial exercise 10- 15 minutes
  • When you have defined a criteria to begin with, what next? Use our subject guides to give you detailed information about the skills you will develop during your degree studies & also to generate ideas – Jobs that are directly related/ jobs for all graduates etc Use web resources- profiles on prospects, sector specific information DHLE stats- what did previous graduates in your area go on to do? Look at LMI information- do you want to stay in Brighton? Does your area of interest exist in the local area- find out what the labour market looks like- salaries etc
  • Come to events that we run – talk to employers- find out how they got into what they are doing now- routes into professions etc networking, insider view of careers, mentoring etc etc
  • Make a plan- think about what you need to do next- do you need further research into the labour market? What could you do to develop your experience?
  • Gaining experience- to group initially- what could you do next? 5 mins- some ideas about the kinds of experience that could be useful to you. Go through possible sources of experience
  • How we can help- resources – where to look for vacancies, contacts etc
  • Taking action- what is helpful action that you can take now/ this week/ this month? What help will you need to do this? 5 mins
  • Getting started

    1. 1. Careers & Employability Centre <ul><ul><li>Getting Started in your Career Planning </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. Session will cover: <ul><li>What next after University? Where are you now and where are you going? </li></ul><ul><li>Research your options </li></ul><ul><li>Where to look for jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Making applications </li></ul><ul><li>How the Careers & Employability Centre can help </li></ul>
    3. 3. Where are you now and where are you going?
    4. 4. Thinking about what you want to do <ul><li>What are you interested in? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you good at? What do you want to learn/improve? </li></ul><ul><li>What is important to you in what you do next? </li></ul><ul><li>What have you done already that you did or didn’t like? </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your skills, interests, values and personality </li></ul><ul><li> What jobs would suit me? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    5. 5. How do you find out what jobs are out there? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>- Industry insights </li></ul><ul><li>- Types of jobs & job descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>- Job sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Options with your subject </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    6. 6. Research your options <ul><li>Careers with your degree (booklets and web resources) </li></ul><ul><li>Information centre resources - career guides </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Job sectors, job profiles and job descriptions </li></ul>
    7. 7. Events Programme Build your confidence and meet employers See:
    8. 8. Making a Decision <ul><li>You have: </li></ul><ul><li>1 Assessed your skills, interests , abilities and values </li></ul><ul><li>2 Done your research </li></ul><ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Where am I now? Where do I want to be? How do I get there? Do I need to develop experience? Do I need to develop my skills? How can I do this? Are there stepping stones to help me to get to where I want to be? </li></ul>11 May 2011
    9. 9. Gaining Experience - What could you do? <ul><li>Your part time job </li></ul><ul><li>Internships with large organisations </li></ul><ul><li>International work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Local vacation work and work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary work </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your own work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Sussex Plus Schools and Colleges Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Work shadowing </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to Lead </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    10. 10. Making Applications <ul><li>For local jobs and graduate jobs use our jobs database: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>We also have links to a large number of Graduate Job Websites: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Come into the Careers and Employability Centre - free guides to Graduate Employers </li></ul><ul><li>For CV, Covering Letter, Application Form & Interview advice: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>or come in & pick up our booklets </li></ul><ul><li>For Postgraduate Study Options: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    11. 11. What next?
    12. 12. Careers & Employability Centre <ul><li>Short interview with a Careers Adviser- discuss your career plans 10-4 Mon- Fri & 5-7 on a Weds </li></ul><ul><li>Briefing sessions: Applications forms, CVs, Skills, Finding Work </li></ul><ul><li>Events: we have a comprehensive events programme </li></ul><ul><li>Mock Interviews, CV and Application Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Sussex Plus </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>