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Career Choices and Jobsearch for Finalists

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Careers adviser presentation, June 2016

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Career Choices and Jobsearch for Finalists

  1. 1. Career Choices and Job Search for Finalists Helen Gorman & Karen Field Careers & Employability Advisers
  2. 2. In this session we will cover: Career choice: • Knowing yourself • Knowing your labour market Job search: • Identifying vacancy sources • Targeting your CV and applications How we can help
  3. 3. Career choice - where to start? Understanding who you are Researching options & labour market Making choices and taking action Gaining experience
  4. 4. Know what you can offer: skills, interests, values, personality and strengths Know what you are looking for: types of activity, level of reward, part time or full time, trying something out, graduate scheme, people you want to work with … Try a careers self assessment – Prospects Planner OR Profiling for Success: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/interests/ Understanding who you are
  5. 5. Researching your options Matching yourself to career options. www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/interests What can you do with your degree? www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/yourdegree www.prospects.ac.uk What other options are open to you? www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers
  6. 6. What do graduates do? www.sussex.ad.uk/careers/whatourgraduatesdo www.hecsu.ac.uk/current_projects_what_do_graduates_do.htm Finding out about different job roles https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/LMIMaps www.prospects.ac.uk/sectors.htm Knowing your labour market
  7. 7. Where our graduates work LinkedIn data: top 10
  8. 8. Making choices Bring together your research to help you define: • what you are looking for • what you have to offer employers • what options are open to you This will help you: • create targeted CV and job applications • make more focused job searches You may want to talk this through with a Careers Advisor. www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/aboutus/advice
  9. 9. Job searching Be organised: • establish a routine • tidy up your online presence • keep records of what you’ve applied for and when so you can follow up • keep copies of applications, you’ll need them to prepare for interviews • research organisations carefully, to help target your applications and for interview preparation
  10. 10. Vacancy sources Be focused - don’t just google • CareerHub is a good starting point: https://careerhub.sussex.ac.uk/ • For specialist vacancy sources, use the sector guides on the Sussex Uni website: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers • Graduate career websites and directories: Prospects, Milkround, Targetjobs • Newspapers – eg. Guardian (national), Argus (local) • Agencies – see Sector guides for local Brighton agencies on the Sussex Uni website: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers • Want to go overseas? www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/international
  11. 11. Current vacancies on CareerHub Communications Internship – Champollion If you’re clued up on current affairs and passionate about politics, we have a fantastic opportunity to intern with one of the UK’s most highly respected communications agencies. Deadline: 14 June. Graduate Programme 2016: Financial Advisory - Forensic – KPMG KPMG is looking to appoint a number of Graduates under their Financial Advisory - Forensic Graduate Programme 2016 in Reading. Deadline: 24 June. General Engineering and Support Technicians MI6 The Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) are currently looking to hire graduates to work as Engineering and Support Technicians. Deadline: 27 June. Language Assistant Apprentice The British School of Brussels offers the opportunity to work in a large, vibrant languages department alongside experienced colleagues from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Deadline: 13 June.
  12. 12. Creative job searching Make speculative job applications: • there are benefits in being proactive • identify employers you want to work for • network online and in person • join LinkedIn to create a professional online network
  13. 13. Targeting your CV and applications • Who is your audience? • What are they looking for? Look at the job description and person specification. • Show that you have the skills they are looking for - use the STAR approach: S Situation T Task A Action R Result • Use key words from the person specification. Use examples from all your experiences: work, volunteering, societies, interests…
  14. 14. Careers and Employability Centre support: • For 3 years after you graduate • Short interview with a careers adviser: Mon – Fri from 10 am ‘til 5pm, Weds ‘til 7pm • Vacancies – part time, work experience, internships, graduate jobs: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers How we can help you

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