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

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
  • Transcript

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

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