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Employability at Leicester

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Employability at Leicester

  1. 1. Employability at LeicesterStuart JohnsonDeputy Director of Careers Service
  2. 2. Outline1. Aim2. Context3. Vision4. Principles5. What employers look for
  3. 3. Aim “To ensure our graduates have the extra dimension in order to make them the stand out choice for employers”
  4. 4. Context: University strategy
  5. 5. Context: labour market “The jobless total for 16 to 24-year-olds hit a record high of 991,000 in the quarter, a jobless rate of 21.3%”1 1 www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15271800
  6. 6. Context: graduate labour market 100% More applications in 60 2010 than 2008 Average number of applicants per vacancy >60% Graduates get a 2:1 or better 400,000 £18-25k New graduatesAverage graduate salary each year
  7. 7. Context: employable graduates Degree = employment Degree + extracurricular = employment UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + good university + extracurricular + work experience = employment    Higher UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + top university + Now extracurricular + work experience of measurable value + own personal brand = employment
  8. 8. Vision
  9. 9. Principles• Engage key stakeholders• Offer increased opportunities• Provide enhanced support
  10. 10. Engage: studentsThem coming to us – Careers Zone, website Us coming to them – curriculum, ‘pop-up’, social media
  11. 11. Engage: employers
  12. 12. Opportunities: curricular• Minimum programme (Oct, Nov, Dec / 3, 2, 1)• Employability modules (Geography)• Modules with employability applications (Maths)• Employability of the curriculum (History)
  13. 13. Opportunities: extra-curricular Clubs, Student Earn and World and Societies and VolunteeringChampions Learn Media Events Part-time Jobs, Newspaper Clubs and Students in Course Rep Internships and Journalist and Societies Officer Classrooms * * vacation work * Photographer * Student Student Enterprise Radio Journalist Volunteering Engagement Ambassador Award and Broadcaster Projects * * Team * Clubs and Student Student Volunteering Mentor Societies Exchange Ambassador Award * Member * * Programmes * Sabbatical Languages at Officer Leicester Students in Classrooms * * = Leicester Award Programme
  14. 14. Course RepBenefits•Represent your fellow students•Influence University decisions•Learn about University structures and governance•Meet students from other courses Skills you could develop You could develop many skills but particularly: •planning and organising •leadership and supervising •communication •teamwork <<
  15. 15. Radio Journalist and BroadcasterBenefits•Gain essential experience•Make vital media contacts•Gain technical skills•Inform and inspire others Skills you could develop You could develop many skills but particularly: •using technology •communication •teamwork •planning and organising <<
  16. 16. Opportunities: co-curricular
  17. 17. Support• Before, during and after• No prep, no entry• Competitive process
  18. 18. What employers look for Higher UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + top university + Now extracurricular + work experience of measurable value + own personal brand = employment
  19. 19. Development of transferable skills• Teamwork • Defining work objectives and outcomes• Communication • Managing time and priorities• Analysing • Developing a realistic action plan• Problem solving • Using project management methodology• Planning and organising • Liaising with a range of stakeholders• Leadership and supervision • Identifying, assessing and weighing risks• Using technology • Developing a contingency plan• Initiative and creativity • Allocating resources to tasks• Self management • Carrying projects through to successful completion• Learning
  20. 20. So… Come to Leicester – we’ll help you become a graduate with the extra dimension!

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