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  • What do graduates do?Types of jobsSectors and employersWhere do graduates work? Geographically labour markets are different Local, regional, national and internationalWhat can you do to increase your chances? Finding vacancies Making successful applications Having alternative choices Patience and tenacity Your strategy
  • Coming up this (Autumn) term:Read out examples from list – many of the larger recruiters.Spring Term: Make it Happen – alumni and other speakers representing industries that don’t send reps around campuses.Avoid job stereo- typing - it’s easy and lazy to think you know all you need to know about types of work. Please rise to the challenge and find out more – our ‘researching careers’ pages , sector guides and our events with speakers. Explore and find out more.
  • Linked In or similar professional networks may help Your Facebook presence should be professional and well maintained (appropriate use of privacy settings) Branch Out is a Facebook career networking application Twitter can be used to follow (and engage with) people and organisations in sectors you are interested in. We have examples of people who have successfully ‘tweeted’ their way into a job they wantSussexPlus
  • It’s an on-going process – won’t do it all in one go. Keep re-visiting these concepts ExploreExperienceConnectAnd build your skills in each of these areas
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  • Graduates and Labour Market

    1. 1. Graduates and the Labour Market Strategies for Finalists
    2. 2. This session covers:• What do graduates do?• Where do graduates work?• What can you do to increase your chances?
    3. 3. Graduates at work Non Graduate Jobs Graduate Jobs Graduate Jobs 65% Non Graduate Jobs 35% All UK graduates responding to survey 6 months after graduation
    4. 4. – What sectors do graduates work in?• Public sector Civil service, local government, public protection, education, health service• Commercial sector Manufacturing, retailing, business services, professional services, engineering, media• Voluntary sector Charities, not for profit organisations, community organisations• Freelance and entrepreneurs Setting up on your own often in IT, web design, media, writing
    5. 5. Who employs graduates?Small & Medium sized companiesLarge graduate recruitersProfessional firmsPublic sectorSelf Employment Small & Medium sized companies Large graduate recruiters Professional firms Public sector Work experience/Temping
    6. 6. Where do graduates work?Global labour market: international
    7. 7. Sources of vacancies for UK graduate jobsCareers website: choose jobs for graduates on jobsdatabase and sign up for email alertsGraduate career websites and directories –Prospects, Hobsons, Milkround, TargetjobsSpecialist career websites – e.g. (film/TV),,,, others by sector in Researching CareersEmployer’s own website – look carefully for ‘careers’
    8. 8. Meeting employers on campus• Weekly events here• Careers fair• Make it happen! Every Spring term• Other opportunities
    9. 9. Creative job search• Networking• Research using: contacts, attending events , internet, RSS feeds, social networking, professional directories• Information interviewing• Work experience/shadowing/volunteering/research project
    10. 10. Online Networks• A professional online presence can help you to make contact with people in the sector you are interested in.• Examples of your creativity on web pages, blogs, online videos are important in media/ creative industries
    11. 11. Where to start? Explore these:• Identifying what you can offer: skills and experiences Know your strengths• Understanding some things about what you are looking for• Reflecting on what you want from a job in terms of: • Types of activity you want to engage in • Level of financial or other rewards • Types of people you want to work with • Location- where do you want to be?
    12. 12. Getting a graduate job• Explore – keep learning: our website, events• Experience – get out and practice• Connect – make your argument to potential recruiters• Don’t give up
    13. 13. Get a strategy! Establish a routine Look ahead at the jobs you may be aiming for in the future Exploit contacts and work experience Positive mental attitude Review your strategy regularly Careers & Employability Centre
    14. 14. Careers and Employability Centre support• Workshops – daily events, weekly programme• Short interview with a careers adviser: Mon – Fri from 10 am ‘til 5pm and Wed ‘til 7pm• Vacancies – part time, work experience, internships, graduate