Personal development

Career development plan

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Planning your career Personal development and your career
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Success after Sussex
Success after Sussex Personal development and your career

Helen Boaden                                      Other high-fliers

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Undergraduate prospectus section 4: Personal Development


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Section 4 of the University of Sussex undergraduate prospectus 2009. Visit to view online or order a printed copy of the 2010 prospectus.

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Undergraduate prospectus section 4: Personal Development

  1. 1. Personal development Personal development at Sussex Personal development and your career at Sussex Personal development and your career T here’s more to Sussex than getting your work in on time. We encourage our students to be inquisitive, engaged and entrepreneurial, and to question the world around them. While you’re here why not get involved with a society, or local project? After all, you never know where it will take you. Josh’s The Students’ Union: clubs and societies Student development projects perspective The University of Sussex Students’ Union The University’s Career Development and ‘Just three months after graduating x (USSU) supports, and helps fund, a large Employment Centre (CDEC) offers a range from Sussex I became the director of x number of clubs, societies and volunteer of opportunities under its eXperience factor my x own limited company, developing projects. Run entirely by students, these scheme that can develop your experiences an x award-winning product I had range from Amnesty International to and skills, build your confidence and be fun. designed, intended to reduce CO2 x photography and rugby clubs. However you emissions from appliances left on x The Student Development and Alumni like to fill your spare time, there will be a club standby. I was also fortunate to gain a x Fund offers funding for group projects that place as an NCGE-Kauffman Fellow on x or society on campus for you. And if there contribute to a community or personal x five-month training and mentoring a isn’t, start your own. development goal. Previous projects have scheme in the USA. x ‘None of this would have happened Joining a society is a good way of getting to included establishing a creative writing x without the diverse range of courses x know people, particularly from outside your magazine, producing a play and sending x people, extracurricular activities, and year and subject area. Many societies have musical instruments to a developing country. x social events that Sussex offered and a thriving social programme in addition to Schools Programme allows second-year during my degree. x their main activities. You will have plenty of x passion for the environment ‘My students the opportunity to work in a local opportunities to find out more during the x enlivened through debates and was school alongside a classroom teacher or Students’ Union Freshers’ Week held at the discussions with fellow students; x with individual pupils as a mentor. x acquired technical knowledge from I start of the autumn term. To explore the studying; and gained commercial x range of current activities available, visit Another alternative is the work-shadowing insight from extracurricular seminars x the Union’s website at programme that provides the chance to gain x workshops based around and an insight into an area of work you wish to entrepreneurship. x explore. ‘These, to me, highlight the rounded x The Union also has an active media produced experience you can expect to gain x by students including the popular weekly Relevant work experience is increasingly from the University of Sussex.’ paper, the badger, a termly magazine The important in securing a graduate position and Pulse, and a campus radio station, URF – CDEC can advise you on finding opportunities Josh Seal Engineering University Radio Falmer. Recent badger and how to use them as part of your personal graduate journalists have gone on to win national and development plan. international journalistic prizes, giving them a helping hand on to the first rung of the career ladder. Project V Project V is an USSU scheme dedicated to helping students get involved in the local community through volunteering. There are numerous opportunities including working in an art gallery in central Brighton, volunteering with the NHS and Age Concern, helping run a drop-in support service for people living with HIV or AIDS, or taking part in leisure activities with someone who is visually impaired. By doing something different and rewarding, you can help others, develop new skills and gain valuable experience for your CV. For more information, visit 23
  2. 2. Career development plan Planning your career First years Planning your career Personal development and your career Get involved in student clubs, write for the student press and volunteer Personal development and your career in the community through Project V. Explore part-time work options with CDEC, attend employer drop-ins and develop your CV. Talk to a careers advisor about vacation work or your CV; try to show how resourceful you are and that you’re making the most of personal development opportunities. Second years F or employers, it’s not just what you know, but what you can do with your knowledge that counts. At Sussex your degree is designed to help you develop the intellectual flexibility and Clarify your career ideas with a CDEC advisor. Attend campus recruitment fairs to explore work experience opportunities, employer talks and career development workshops to transferable skills that will be invaluable for your career. We work explore your options. Bolster your CV through student development with you from the start to enhance your personal and career opportunities such as the development and the options to earn while you learn. eXperience factor schools and work- shadowing programmes, student tutoring and mentoring in schools, or try something different altogether through Project V. Think about how you can make the The Sussex academic experience – Career Development and most of summer work in the UK or investing in the future Employment Centre (CDEC) abroad; talk through your ideas with Whatever degree you take, you will leave The University’s Career Development and a careers advisor. Sussex with a wider view of the world. Our Employment Centre (CDEC) complements Finalists interdisciplinary approach to degree study the academic training you receive during Spend time each week moving your plans forward. Attend employer ensures that students exchange ideas across your degree at Sussex. Our team of career talks, Gradfair and Lawfair. Attend the traditional subject boundaries. development professionals can help you to CDEC workshops to learn how In many subjects you can also learn a foreign identify specific career aims and to develop to make your applications stand language, giving you the freedom to move in the career planning strategies you will need out and feel confident about interviews, employer selection tests the international academic and commercial to achieve them. Then we help you put your and assessment centres. Many communities throughout your career. plans into action. employers, and study and training providers, have deadlines early in Work experience is available with a variety A well-presented and targeted CV can make the year (many before Christmas) so of degrees, from sandwich years for science the difference between a rejection letter and don’t miss out. students to school placements for those a first interview. Similarly, an informed Use employer directories to find interested in teaching. understanding of your potential employer graduate opportunities and check vacancies on the CDEC website. can help you make a favourable impression. By planning projects and giving presentations, Participation and preparation are the keys to Attend the Sussex Postgraduate Study Open Day, and check funding and through managing deadlines and successful job hunting, and CDEC is here to deadlines and how CDEC can help defending your views in written exercises, you help you. you once you graduate. will develop the intellectual confidence you need to make your mark in the world of work. To find out more about CDEC, visit 24
  3. 3. Planning your career Personal development and your career Careers advisors are available every day But it’s not just the money that counts. Some during term time for short individual discussions, opportunities can provide specific experience and group sessions are often available for or training and advance career aspirations. honing your job hunting strategies. In the recent past CDEC has advertised CDEC’s large open-access information temporary jobs for computer programmers, centre provides information on different media assistants and translators. It’s types of work, career pathways, employers, also important to ensure that your study vacancies, further training/study, DVDs, commitments don’t suffer − we advise that reference books and takeaway publications. that full-time undergraduate students work CDEC also has its own well-resourced no more than 15 hours per week. website. It includes work experience, part- CDEC promotes over 3,000 temporary time jobs, finalists’ and graduate vacancies, and part-time jobs each year. You can look and a regular newsletter The Message, which through vacancies in the information centre, can be found at or make use of our job vacancies website Alongside these career pathways and where an average of 300 jobs are advertised professional development resources, we each week. In addition, we list a selection of provide a full programme of career events vacancies advertised in the local press. designed to put you in touch with employers Many jobs are within the University itself, in a and professionals: from workshops to help range of clerical and administrative posts (as you secure that first interview, to fairs and well as catering and bar work). Off-campus employer talks about graduate opportunities. there are varied opportunities in Brighton, We run skills workshops throughout the year, during term times and in the vacations. Local covering topics such as career planning job opportunities include the service sector, and assessment centres, and talks about clerical and data processing, and English specific careers such as those within the language teaching. It’s good to know that, media, scientific research, international according to a 2007 survey (the RBS Student development and the environment, as well Living Index) of 27 university towns, earnings as different ways to establish your own for part-time work in Brighton are significantly business. Many sessions are led by outside higher than average. professionals and give you the opportunity to CDEC can also help by bringing employers ask detailed questions. to you. There are a range of drop-in sessions During the year we organise a range of fairs held each term on campus and attended by focusing on different aspects of graduate a variety of local and national employers who recruitment – for example, GradFair and the have part-time or vacation opportunities. Sussex Law Fair are both attended by a wide We run regular drop-in sessions, and staff range of graduate employers and former are on hand to help you find paid work, Sussex students. and provide guidance and support with Part-time work opportunities applications, as well as on issues such Learning to live on what is often a tight as how the income tax system works for budget while making the most of student life students. You can also pick up a range is one of the challenges of being at university, of publications with tips on how to make and many students work part-time and in successful applications. vacations to earn extra money. 25
  4. 4. Success after Sussex Success after Sussex Personal development and your career Personal development and your career Y ou can be confident that your experiences at Sussex will help give you the best start possible in your chosen career. You will also be entering the company of many Sussex graduates who have gone on to be highly successful in a variety of fields. Samantha’s perspective ‘Being particularly interested in x development and conservation issues, x x how the two can be compatible, and x Geography degree programme the Ian McEwan CBE x Sussex seemed to fit my needs at Author perfectly. x Ian, an English Literature graduate, is one of x was through the University that ‘It x first came to Madagascar – after I the UK’s best-known living authors. Over the finding out about VSO’s Overseas x past 30 years, he has written novels, short Training Programme – and I spent x stories and TV and film scripts; a number of x year working with the NGO a his novels, including Atonement and The Feedback Madagascar (www. x Cement Garden, have also been adapted during x for film. Ian has won several literary awards, x degree. This was a life-changing my experience, bringing a whole new x including the prestigious Man Booker Prize dimension to my studies and giving me x for Fiction for his novel Amsterdam (three of x Madagascar “bug”; I have been out the his other novels have also been shortlisted here ever since. for the same award), and is a Fellow of both x 2005 I was awarded an MBE for ‘In the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal “services to healthcare and community x Society of Arts. development in Madagascar”. We xx x continuing to build on our rural are development and conservation x programmes, and work is forever xx challenging and fulfilling – both in the x field and in the office.’ Samantha Cameron MBE Programme Coordinator, Feedback Michael Fuller Madagascar Chief Constable of Kent Police Michael, who started out as a cadet with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, rose to the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner (the fourth highest rank in the Met) before becoming Chief Constable of Kent Police in 2004. He worked in a variety of roles at the Met, including setting up and commanding Operation Trident, the unit set up to tackle gun crime within London urban communities. Michael, a Social Psychology graduate, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service, as well as honorary degrees from the Universities of Sussex and East London. He is also a qualified barrister and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2007. 26
  5. 5. Helen Boaden Other high-fliers Success after Sussex Personal development and your career Director, BBC News Arts Helen Boaden, an English Literature graduate, Turner Prize winner and Tate began her journalistic career with the BBC Trustee, Jeremy Deller; film as a news producer with Radio Leeds. She soundtrack composer, John Altman; and musician, Jem worked as a reporter and presenter on radio Griffiths. and television before taking on a series of Business senior management roles including Controller Sir Robert Wilson, Chairman of of BBC 7, Controller of Radio 4 and, since BG Group and former Chairman 2004, Director of BBC News. Helen has won of Rio Tinto plc; Hannah Jones, Vice President: Corporate a number of awards for her work including Responsibility of Nike Inc; Anthony a Sony Award for Best Current Affairs Carlisle, Executive Director of the Programme for her report on Aids in Africa. marketing and communications She is a Fellow of the Radio Academy, and group, Citigate Dewe Rogerson; Jonathan Catherwood, Executive has been awarded honorary degrees by the Vice President of Wendy’s Inc; University of East Anglia (Suffolk College) and Keith Skeoch, CEO for Standard the University of Sussex. Life Investments; and Gail Rebuck, Chair and Chief Executive, Random House Group. Media Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor of UK Vogue; Jane Root, former Executive Vice President of Discovery Networks and General Zhang Xin Manager of the Discovery Channel in the US; and TV presenter, Dermot Property developer Murnaghan. After achieving a degree in Economics at Public service Sussex and a Masters in Development Sir Suma Chakrabarti, Permanent Economics at the University of Cambridge, Secretary of the Ministry of Justice; Zhang Xin worked as an analyst on Wall Jamie Shea, Director of Policy Planning at NATO; and Ann Grant, Street before returning to China to pursue a former British High Commissioner career in real estate. Her company, SOHO to the Republic of South Africa. China Ltd, has undertaken a series of stylish Politics residential and commercial building projects UK Government ministers, Rt Hon that have made her into one of China’s Hilary Benn and Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw; and The President of most successful property developers. One the Republic of Botswana, of her projects – the Commune by the Great Festus Mogae. Wall – won a prize at the Venice Biennale, a Science world-renowned contemporary art exhibition. Georgina Mace OBE, Director of She also won the 2004 Mont Blanc Arts Science, Zoological Society of London and Trustee of the Natural Patronage Award in recognition of her efforts History Museum; Calestous to promote the development of contemporary Juma, Professor of the Practice architecture in Asia. Her company was of International Development and Director, Science, Technology and floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Globalization Project at Harvard October 2007. University; and Sir Peter Knight, Professor of Quantum Optics and Principal of Natural Sciences at Imperial College, London. Sean Phelan Founder of Multimap After taking an Electronic Engineering degree at Sussex, Sean became a programmer for a software consultancy, designing, building and debugging computer networks around the world. With his heart set on a career as an entrepreneur, however, Sean took an MBA at the Theseus Institute in France, then worked as a media and technology consultant before setting up his own business, called Multimap, in 1995. The business has gone on to become a leading provider of mapping and location-based services with a multi-million pound turnover. In 2006, Multimap was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category. In December 2007, Sean sold his majority stake in Multimap to Microsoft for over £12 million. 27 001-037.indd 27 30/1/08 18:31:35