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Career planning

  1. 1. www.le.ac.uk/careers Career Planning and Festival of Careers Preparation Career Development Service
  2. 2. www.le.ac.uk/careers Your Career Planning model
  3. 3. www.le.ac.uk/careers What you might do after university… • Graduate job • Further study • Travelling • Volunteering • Internship
  4. 4. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers What are your motivations and passions?
  9. 9. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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
  10. 10. www.le.ac.uk/careers
  11. 11. www.le.ac.uk/careers Research
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  16. 16. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers It’s not about this….
  19. 19. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 70% of employers don’t stipulate a discipline…
  21. 21. www.le.ac.uk/careers Research and prepare
  22. 22. www.le.ac.uk/careers Define your objectives Insight Contacts Confidence Personal Engaged Employer Impressed Recognition Plan Application Quality Gaps
  23. 23. www.le.ac.uk/careers Research
  24. 24. www.le.ac.uk/careers • Visit www.le.ac.uk/festivalofcareers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers Meeting face to face
  26. 26. www.le.ac.uk/careers Employers aren’t expecting this….
  27. 27. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careersSource: 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers Think about how will you open the conversation?
  30. 30. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers Keep your objectives in mind… Insight Contacts Confidence Personal Engaged Employer Impressed Recognition Plan Application Quality GapsGaps Insight Impressed
  33. 33. www.le.ac.uk/careers Follow up Meeting employers is the first step…
  34. 34. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers 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. www.le.ac.uk/careers We can help – keep in touch

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