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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: Understanding who you are
  5. 5. Researching your options Matching yourself to career options. What can you do with your degree? What other options are open to you?
  6. 6. What do graduates do? Finding out about different job roles 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.
  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: • For specialist vacancy sources, use the sector guides on the Sussex Uni website: • 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: • Want to go overseas?
  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: How we can help you