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  1. 1. NEWSLETTER February 2012 Are you using LinkedIn for jobhunting? You probably use Facebook almost every day, even several times a day. But have you developed your LinkedIn presence yet? LinkedIn is considered to be the professional social networking website with more than 6 million registered users in the UK and as such it allows you to connect to employers and gain insights into their businesses. It is the place to network in 2012. A recent employers’ survey in the USA showed that 89% of the employers questioned will use social networking for recruiting (Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2011). Of these 86.6% use LinkedIn and 55.3% use Facebook. So why don’t you start by creating your LinkedIn Profile. Make sure it is effective and corresponds to your objectives:  is it for jobhunting?  is it for networking?  is it to attract more clients to your freelance services? We have created a simple LinkedIn profile checklist for you to refer to and you can also look at the fictional student profile of Sam Routledge, created by the University of Manchester. Once you have your profile ready, connect to as many of your family, friends, classmates, colleague as possible. This will increase the visibility of your LinkedIn presence. Search and join groups. These might be local groups (Gloucestershire) or our Alumni group - University of Gloucestershire Alumni Network group which has more than 450 active members. You can also join sector groups - our team belongs to UK HE Careers Professionals and others related to careers guidance and information. Seek recommendations – if recommendations from your tutor or employer appear in your LinkedIn profile, then others will know that you are a useful contact. If you want to learn more, log into LinkedIn and see their tutorials: Your options.... EGGS Employability Fair and Workshops – coming soon IT jobs on GSW Starting with LinkedIn Teaching Fair - feedback Did you miss our EGGS introductory workshop on 26 January? You can book for our next one: 27 February in TC102, Park Campus. This will give you a chance to find out more about the scheme: reers
  2. 2. Employability Fair Don’t miss the unmissable UniversityEmployability Fair! Multi-purpose hall at Park Campus on Wednesday 22nd February from 10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. If you are looking for a part-time job, a volunteering opportunity, an internship, a placement or a graduate job – you mustn’t miss the Employability Fair! Representatives from a wide range of organisations will be joining us to talk to students about the opportunities they have to offer. If you are in Level 4 or 5, come along to investigate how you can develop your employability and acquire invaluable experience to add to your CV. And if this is your final year, make a head-start with your networking and meet local and national employers of graduates who can give you useful advice – and up-to-the-minute information on upcoming vacancies and how to apply. Companies large and small, from GCHQ to County Community Projects are looking forward to meeting you, so set aside an hour of your time to join in and find out what you could do to enhance your employability! Buzzing Atmosphere at the Teaching Fair More than 250 students from our student teachers (BEd Primary, PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary) attended the annual Teaching Fair. The event, jointly organised by the Careers and Employability team together with the Education Department, provided a unique opportunity to students to meet employers within the sector and to start exploring positively their career options. Those who attended the fair were able to discuss issues like housing, supply work, the involvement of agencies in the recruitment process, the challenges of the current labour market and of course have a friendly chat to our Careers Consultants who were giving advice on applications. The week following the fair many students arranged individual career meetings to discuss further their job applications. Students’ comments about the fair: ‘Very good timing! Just before placement but not in the midst of assignments!’ ‘Lovely people who were happy to answer questions’ Look out for future employability events by staying in touch with us on our website or on Facebook. Workshops Due to popular demand our Careers Consultants will be running the following workshops:  Interview Preparation Wednesday 8 February from 1.15 -2.45pm at Park, TC105B.  CV Wednesday 15 February, 1.15 - 2.45pm at FCH, HC203A  CV Thursday 16 February, 1.15 - 2.45pm at Oxstalls, LC203A To book your place, go to - and hurry up the places are limited. JobShop CV competitions The JobShop is running two CV competitions to find the best paper or video CV. They are open for entries now, and closing on Monday 6 February. The first prize for both competitions is £100 and a week's work experience with a top local employer! For your chance to win, all you need to do is submit either your paper CV or a short (2-3 minutes long) video CV to the JobShop. For full details on entry conditions and tips for what the judges will be looking for, please visit the JobShop website. Don't forget, for help or tips on tweaking your CV you can contact us! Coming SOON!
  3. 3. ` Your options..... If you are still wondering what your career options are and what you are going to do after Uni, why not start by exploring your values, interests and aspirations. Our Destinations® resource is exclusively available to students at the University of Gloucestershire and it can help you with this. (Please note to access Destinations you will need your student number and password). There are also three freely available online resources : Prospects Planner , Target Careers Report, Windmills Interactive and the recently launched Career Test Generate ideas by reading what options are open to you with your degree. The Prospects website contains over 450 Occupational Profiles — which you can read online or in our Information room and which will tell you more about what specific jobs entail, what the entry requirements are and even what salary you could expect to earn. EGGS The Employable Gloucestershire Graduate Scheme – familiarly known as EGGS is open to all students of the University and is designed to give formal recognition to all your many and varied achievements outside your academic programme. Such achievements are valued by graduate employers because they show that you are someone who is keen to explore your potential, develop your skills, take on responsibility, contribute to your community and reach your personal goals. Participation in the EGG scheme will enable you gather evidence of your achievements and reflect upon the skills you have gained through them – then have your achievements verified by the University. You will then be able to include information about your EGG certificate in your CV and in application forms for postgraduate study or employment and talk persuasively about what you have done in interviews. If the activity you have been involved in has been University-based, you will also be able to include your EGG in your Higher Education Achievement Report – your formal record of all that you have achieved through your university career. The EGG scheme is designed to be very flexible, enabling you to decide which EGG best matches with your activities and achievements. You can start working towards an EGG whenever you like and you can work towards more than one if you are keen! Detailed information about how the scheme works is included on our Moodle site, but we also recommend that you attend a workshop to talk to a member of the Careers and Employability team, to ask questions, to find out what other students are doing and to plan your EGG strategy! Popular resources  Destinations® - contains all the resources you need to plan your career, including videos, interactive tools, downloads and answers to frequently asked careers questions.  Useful Downloads – here you can download our useful guides on job hunting and applications, vacancies websites by sectorand watch videos  Gradsouthwest – for the latest jobs and opportunities,notified to us.  Prospects - the officialgraduate careers website packed with information about jobs, sectors, postgraduate study and more
  4. 4. IT Jobs on Gradsouthwest There is currently a vast number of IT related vacancies across the South West. A small selection of these great opportunities are listed below:  Graduate Software Engineer - Gresham Computing Plc – Bristol  Customer Support Engineer - EPA Cloud – Plymouth  IT & Change Management Graduate Programme - Nationwide Building Society – Swindon  Graduate Software Engineers - True Clarity Ltd – Bristol To view any of the jobs above and more just click on the link and login or register. Career Meetings Book your individual career meeting on: FCH– Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings, every afternoon, apart from Friday Park – Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning Oxstalls – Thursday afternoon To book:  Call 01242 714795  Chat to us Come in to FCH and see us Short Poem Competition Sheldrake Press, a publish company based in London, are running a competition for a short poem in a Ruthless Rhyme style (for more information see this link The winner will have their work published online in their soon- to-be –launched blog and if you are a graduate or a final year student, you might be offered an opportunity of six- month internships with Sheldrake Press in 2012. To take part you must submit your poem and a current CV (if you would like to be considered for the internship) by Sunday 4 March 2012. To find out more about the style of the poem and the terms of the competition, please visit Sheldrake Press website. People’sPlayAwardWritingCompetition Have you considered writing for theatre? The People’s Theatre are looking for new writers for theatre in their biannual completion and giving a £2000 awards to the winner. The winning writer will also have a play produced by the People’s Theatre. The deadline for submission is 31 May 2012 and you will need to download the brief.