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Career planning

  1. 1. Career Planning and Festival of Careers Preparation Career Development Service
  2. 2. Your Career Planning model
  3. 3. What you might do after university… • Graduate job • Further study • Travelling • Volunteering • Internship
  4. 4. Mythbusting! • Unpaid? • 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
  5. 5. 400,000 graduates enter the labour market every year 85 applications are received by the largest graduate recruiters for every position on offer 56% of employers that feature in the Times Top 100 target more than 16 Universities
  6. 6. 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!!
  7. 7. Which are you? Not well thought through and little research Well thought through and properly researched I haven’t got a clue I know what I want to do
  8. 8. What are your motivations and passions?
  9. 9. Challenge Financial Gain Personal Recognition Fun Security Co-operation and Teamwork Structure Advancement Personal Growth Social Good Practical / Technical Investigative Problem Solver Artistic & Creative Social & Caring Enterprising & Business Conventional Values and Preferences
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  11. 11. Research
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  16. 16. 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?
  17. 17. Where can you meet employers? • Festival of Careers – 7th – 9th October 2014 • Employer workshops and sessions • Industry groups • Networking events • Conferences • Open days and insight events
  18. 18. It’s not about this….
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 70% of employers don’t stipulate a discipline…
  21. 21. Research and prepare
  22. 22. Define your objectives Insight Contacts Confidence Personal Engaged Employer Impressed Recognition Plan Application Quality Gaps
  23. 23. Research
  24. 24. • Visit from 1st July. • Look at employers’ profiles, see what they are offering, click through to their site. • Identify: (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 too. (3) What questions will you ask? What information would support your application and give you a better insight?
  25. 25. Meeting face to face
  26. 26. Employers aren’t expecting this….
  27. 27. But the basics really are important… • Do dress appropriately • Smile • 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*
  28. 28. Mehrabian, Albert (1971). Silent Messages (1st ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN 0-534-00910-7 Visual • Eye-contact • Posture • Gestures • Facial Expressions Verbal (Your Words) Vocal (How you say it) • Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic • Pitch • Pace • Volume • Emotion • 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.
  29. 29. Think about how will you open the conversation?
  30. 30. 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 applying?
  31. 31. If you’re stuck try… • What’s the typical path for a graduate that joins you? • What sort of development opportunities are available? • 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?
  32. 32. Keep your objectives in mind… Insight Contacts Confidence Personal Engaged Employer Impressed Recognition Plan Application Quality GapsGaps Insight Impressed
  33. 33. Follow up Meeting employers is the first step…
  34. 34. Gain experience More research Make an application Develop Skills How you follow up will depend on your objectives and what information you gained.
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  36. 36. Develop your transferable skills • Teamwork • Communication • Leadership and supervision • Researching and Analysing • Problem solving and decision-making • Planning and organising • Learning, improving and achieving. • Resilience, adaptability and drive • Digital Skills • Defining work objectives and outcomes • Managing time and priorities • Developing a realistic action plan • Using project management methodology • Liaising with a range of stakeholders • Identifying, assessing and weighing risks • Developing a contingency plan • Allocating resources to tasks • Carrying projects through to successful completion
  37. 37. Recognise your skills and abilities • Extra-curricular activities • Volunteering • Specific academic and technical skills and knowledge gained through your course • Work experience • Part-time work • Internships • Transferable skills
  38. 38. Volunteering projects Volunteering Award* Tomorrow’s Teachers* Newspaper & broadcast journalist Languages at Leicester Exchange and study abroad Course Rep Student Groups Mentor Sabbatical Officer Peer Assisted Learning* Part-time jobs, internships & vacation work Student Engagement Team Working in Social Enterprise* Business Projects Leicester Ambassador Experience Employability* Enterprise Inc* Starting a social enterprise Student ventures, enterprise fellowship Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur Tomorrow’s Managers* Entering competitions and awards
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  40. 40. 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
  41. 41. Come and see us!! Actions… • 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
  42. 42. We can help – keep in touch