Career Planning and
Festival of Careers Preparation
Career Development Service
Your Career Planning model
What you might do after university…
• Graduate job
• Further study
• Impossible to get?
• All about who you know?
• “Not for people like me”
• Have to be at a big-name company
• Making tea
• I have to know what I want to do
• It’s the best / only type of relevant experience you should do
are received by
every position on
feature in the
Times Top 100
target more than
I haven't a clue what career
route or what I want
The two extremes of career planning…
I know what I want to
do/ where I am going
Where are you?
Both are ok!!
But doing nothing isn’t!!
Which are you?
Not well thought through and
Well thought through and
I haven’t got a clue I know what I want to do
What are your motivations and
Challenge Financial Gain
Social & Caring
Values and Preferences
How can meeting employers help?
• Explore your options
• Find out about variety of roles and opportunities
available to you
• Familiarise yourself with the sector
• Identify cultural differences
• Talk to recent graduates and current professionals
• Mythbust! What is it really like?
Where can you meet employers?
• Festival of Careers – 7th – 9th October 2014
• Employer workshops and sessions
• Industry groups
• Networking events
• Open days and insight events
87% of employers rated their conversations
with students as either good or excellent.
Source: Festival of Careers 2012 - Employer Feedback
75% identified at least 10 students they
wanted to recruit.
86% of employers would very strongly
recommend the University of Leicester.
70% of employers
don’t stipulate a
• Visit www.le.ac.uk/festivalofcareers from 1st July.
• Look at employers’ profiles, see what they are offering,
click through to their site.
(1) Who will you target? We’d suggest talking to at least 3-4
employers on each day.
(2) Which programme(s) you are interested in? Think about why
(3) What questions will you ask? What information would support
your application and give you a better insight?
But the basics really are important…
• Do dress appropriately
• Face the other person instead of looking at what’s going
on around you
• Look everyone in the eye*
• Hold your head up and maintaining good posture
• Ask open-ended questions
• Be sincere; don’t ask questions for the sake of it
• Shake hands firmly*
www.le.ac.uk/careersSource: Mehrabian, Albert (1971). Silent Messages (1st ed.).
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN 0-534-00910-7
• Facial Expressions
(How you say it)
• Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic
• Detail/ High level
When people talk about their
feelings and attitudes, it is
possible that 93% of what
influences someone’s like or
dislike of them is non-verbal.
Think about how will you open
Don’t open your conversation with…
• Who are you? What do you do?
• I haven’t come across your company before?
• Do you get a lot of applications? Is it worth
If you’re stuck try…
• What’s the typical path for a graduate that
• What sort of development opportunities are
• Do you recruit from specific disciplines?
• Beyond the entry requirements, what qualities
are you looking for?
• How long have you been with…? What made you
want to join?
• How would you describe the culture at X?
• What skills are most important to the business?
• How does the assessment process work? Have you
got any tips that would help me prepare for this?
Keep your objectives in mind…
Follow up Meeting
employers is the
How you follow up
will depend on your
objectives and what
Develop your transferable skills
• Leadership and supervision
• Researching and Analysing
• Problem solving and
• Planning and organising
• Learning, improving and
• Resilience, adaptability and
• Digital Skills
• Defining work objectives and outcomes
• Managing time and priorities
• Developing a realistic action plan
• Using project management
• Liaising with a range of stakeholders
• Identifying, assessing and weighing risks
• Developing a contingency plan
• Allocating resources to tasks
• Carrying projects through to successful
Recognise your skills and abilities
• Extra-curricular activities
• Specific academic and technical skills and knowledge
gained through your course
• Work experience
• Part-time work
• Transferable skills
Working in Social
Starting a social
Tier 1 graduate
Narrow down your options
• Reflect on your results – what is important to you?
• Research roles and sectors you are interested in
• Explore related roles – pick and choose
• Talk to people who do the job (networking)
• Work shadowing
• Social media – search for alumni/employers
• Attend employer events, talks and Festival of Careers
• Try it out: through work experience or internships
• Update your contact details
• Update your preferences.
• Review events available.
• Complete the online feedback & planning
• Put the Festival of Careers in your diary!
Tues 07 October Voluntary Sector, Charities & Work Abroad
Weds 08 October Engineering & IT
Thurs 09 October Business, Finance & Government
We can help – keep in touch