Stand out from the crowd: developing your employability - Lesley Dennison and Stephanie Brockbank


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Presentation for HEA-funded workshop 'The employable accounting and finance graduate – Make your work experience count'

The event was a practical workshop which focused on the employability skills looked for within graduate accounting market. Although, it was not grounded in academic research, the event was an opportunity for students to hear first-hand what employers recruiting accounting and finance professionals are looking for.

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For further details of HEA Social Sciences work relating to employability and global citizenship please see:

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Stand out from the crowd: developing your employability - Lesley Dennison and Stephanie Brockbank

  1. 1. Stand out from the crowd Developing your Employability Lesley Dennison & Stephanie Brockbank Employability & Placements Unit Faculty of Business and Law
  2. 2. Why are you at university? • To improve my job prospects • You are investing in yourself but how can you do that? • How can you get a head start?
  3. 3. How can I get a head start? There are a range of skills, knowledge and attributes that every employer is looking for in new recruits: Employability skills Essential building blocks to get your first job and the next whatever your degree or your career choice
  4. 4. What are the Employability skills? • Positive attitude • Problem solving/Decision making • Team working • Self management • Communication • Planning and organising • Commercial and customer awareness • Networking • Numeracy • IT literacy CBI/NUS Survey 2010
  5. 5. How can I develop them? • • • • In my course Placements Volunteering Temporary work • Work related learning • Internships • Student union roles
  6. 6. Who can support me? • Jobs and Careers Student Hub : Employability resources/Employability skills Prospects @ Employment Team Employability Resource Online (ERol) • X-stream – Employability tab • Employability and Placement Unit • Volunteering
  7. 7. After the experience……… • • • • Record the activity Reflect on the experience What did you learn? Build evidence of your developing skills Sell your employability skills to prospective employers to stand out from the crowd at interview
  8. 8. Your Placement Year – Don’t Miss It! A fantastic opportunity for you
  9. 9. Benefits for you? • Employers prefer graduates with work experience • You will gain real-life practical work experience • Think of all the contacts you will make and networking opportunities you will have • You will perform better in your final year • You will be paid a salary • An extra module in your final year already complete
  10. 10. What does the Placement involve? • 12 months valuable work experience in a business • The work must be relevant to your course and at a level allowing some responsibility • Full time employee of the company, retaining student status • Undertaken in your third year. Can commence any time between June & September
  11. 11. Where have BAAF students been placed? • • • • • • • • Warner Brothers Audit Partnership NHS Redmayne Bentley UKAR Asda Walt Disney Marks & Spencer • • • • • • • GE Capital House of Commons IBM HM Treasury Pearson Jones Panasonic Cummins Engine Company
  12. 12. Numbers taking up the opportunity Students enrolled Students registered % students registered 2011/12 255 54 21% 2012/13 146 96 66% 2013/14 92 64 70% Year
  13. 13. A tough challenge but it is worth it! • • • • Finance sector crisis Supply of placements Desire to graduate in 3 years Limited mobility of students Help is available – you will not be alone!
  14. 14. How will we help you? A dedicated team of staff to help you on your journey Help with: • • • • • CVs and Letters Application Forms Interviews Assessment Centres Psychometric Tests
  15. 15. How will we help you? • A website advertising 12 month and short term opportunities • Testimonials from students and employers • Timetabled support sessions • Useful resources to help you get a placement • Knowledge of businesses that have taken our students before
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  17. 17. Employability and Placement Unit E-mail: Tel: 0113 812 7510