Looking for a graduate job


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Presentation from a workshop by the Careers and Employabilty Centre on finding a graduate job, June 2010

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  • Different ways of finding work Vacancy sources Be creative
  • 60% of graduate jobs are non subject specific
  • Do you know where graduates work? – sectors, employers.
  • sectors.
  • Where do you find jobs- adverts, websites Word of mouth , speculative
  • GRADFAIR, Employer led events. Check out Careers and employability website to book.
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  • Looking for a graduate job

    1. 1. Careers and Employability Centre workshop aimed at students wanting to learn how to undertake effective job search in the UK Top tips for job hunting
    2. 2. Appreciate the different ways graduates find work in the UK Learn about vacancy sources and how the Careers and Employability Centre can support you in your job search Understand how to make creative approaches Workshop aims
    3. 3. Graduates in the Labour Market
    4. 4. Large graduate recruiters – household names, eg Tesco, Boots, HSBC, Unilever, Rolls Royce, annually recruit Professional firms – e.g accountancy- year round recruitment; law firms- training contracts two years ahead ; engineering-varies Public sector- civil service, teaching, HMR&C, NHS, armed forces- annually recruit Small & Medium sized companies – eg less than 250 employees – employ graduates but no regular cycle of recruitment ( publishing, arts and heritage, media) Work experience/Temping Self Employment Who employs graduates?
    5. 5. Public sector – civil service, local government, public protection, health service, tax Commercial sector – manufacturing, retailing, business services, professional services, engineering, media, Voluntary sector – charities, not for profit organisations, community organisations What sectors of the labour market do graduates work in?
    6. 6. Advertised vacancies – websites, newspapers, specialist publications Non advertised vacancies – eg word of mouth, previous employer or contact, speculative approach How are graduates recruited?
    7. 7. Careers website – choose jobs for finalists or graduates on jobs database www.sussex.ac.uk/careers Graduate career websites and directories – Prospects , Hobsons , Milkround , Targetjobs Specialist career websites – e.g. Mandy.com ( film/TV), Environmentjob.co.uk , Charityjob.co.uk , - others under sector headings on our website in careers information section Newspapers – Guardian -Media (Monday), Education (Tuesday), Public Sector (Wednesday), IT (Thursday), Graduates (Saturday)- or website http://jobs.guardian.co.uk / Independent – Careers supplement (Thursday ) Sources of vacancies for graduate jobs
    8. 8. Creative job search- what does it involve? <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Research using: contacts, internet (search engines), professional directories, attending events </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience/shadowing/volunteering </li></ul>
    9. 9. Networking- what is it? Making contacts to help you find out more about a career, to set up work experience, to prepare for applications and interviews – all of which might eventually lead to a job Contacts can be friends, family, tutors, professional bodies, names on websites or job ads…. Talking to contacts can help you understand the nature of the work, what kind of experience and qualifications you need to build, find out about job opportunities, tips on entry Networking
    10. 10. Applying when you don’t know a vacancy exists – in writing, by phone or in person Targeted CV to named person Follow up What are speculative applications?
    11. 11. Careers and Employability Centre support <ul><li>Careers and Employability Centre, 1 st Floor, Falmer House </li></ul><ul><li>Short interview with a careers adviser – 12 – 4pm Mon – Fri, </li></ul><ul><li>plus Wed 5 –7pm </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops – Career Planning, Preparation for Interviews.. </li></ul><ul><li>Careers in ….. </li></ul><ul><li>Vacancies – part time, work experience, graduate jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Website www.sussex.ac.uk/careers </li></ul>