Working in Sussex After Graduation


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Presentation by Catherine Reynolds, Careers Adviser, at University of Sussex, June 2012

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Working in Sussex After Graduation

  1. 1. Local Job Hunting
  2. 2. Session will cover……• Why stay in Brighton / Sussex? Do you know what are you lookingfor?• How many graduates stay in the local area?• What is happening in the local labour market?• Commuting within Sussex• Where to look for jobs• Careers and Employability Centre Support
  3. 3. Why stay in Brighton?
  4. 4. Local facts• In 2010, around 40% of Sussex graduates were still here 6 months aftergraduation, combined with a similar proportion from Brighton University• 42% of the local adult population hold a degree which is a lot higher than thenational average (2008)• Younger workforce in comparison to other cities resulting in greater competition• Average earnings are slightly lower than the national average at £18,500(£20,000 nationwide)• Average house prices are 12 times the average earnings for Brighton & Hove.Living in Brighton is often expensive!
  5. 5. LMI – Labour Market Intelligence2010 Sussex Grads were in:- Health & Social Work (17 %),- Education (20 %),- Professional/ Science/ technical (11 %)- Wholesale & retail (11%).- Media & Communication (8%)
  6. 6. The Local Labour MarketBRIGHTON AREA• Niche creative & digital media sector in Brighton• Lots of Small/ medium sized enterprises• Public sector is a large employer- education, health, localgovernment• Service sector & tourism- large percentage of Sussex’s workingpopulation• Voluntary and community sector• Strong call centre presence- American Express large employer
  7. 7. The Local Labour MarketSUSSEX/ SURREY – Commutable distancesBy extending your job search to an hour commute by train, youopen up greater opportunities for work!Croydon (50 mins)- Home OfficeGatwick/ Crawley (30 mins)- KPMG, PWC, DMH StallardChichester (60 mins) – Wiley Publishing, Chichester UniWorthing (20 mins)- Environment AgencyLewes (15 mins) – East Sussex County Council, Sussex PoliceShoreham- by- Sea (10 mins) – Ricardo (engineering firm)Eastbourne (40 mins)- Teva (pharmaceutical company)
  8. 8. East Sussex/ West Sussex- Both administrative counties fairly affluent with similar labour markets- An average of 84% employed in Service Sector which is higher than national average- One third of people working in county employed in Public Sector- Large numbers of SME’s (less than 250 employees)- Also large numbers of international companies despite SME’s being most common including Siemens (Crawley), TUI(Crawley), Body Shop (Littlehampton), DMH Stallard (Gatwick & Brighton)
  9. 9. Key Brighton EmployersPublic SectorNHS - - – Check Individual School and College Websites – EFL And Government
  10. 10. Key Brighton EmployersFinance (also agencies in Brighton)Digital Media & ITWired Sussex – www.wiredsussex.comSussex innovation centre on campus – incubation environment for 120 companies within IT, biotech, media & engineering)Charity/ Not for ProfitInstitute For Employment Studies- Alliance- &
  11. 11. Sussex/ Surrey EmployersFinanceKPMG, Gatwick-, Gatwick -, Crawley- Thornton, Crawley- Publishing, Chichester- http://eu.wiley.comCharitySightsavers International- & HeritageNational Trust (manages properties in Sussex) Heritage
  12. 12. Sussex/ Surrey EmployersCivil service- Wide range of opportunities in Sussex such as customs (immigration at ports & airports) & prison service:General- Service- Agency, Worthing- Office, Croydon- & TransportFerries (Newhaven- Dieppe) – www.clydemarine.comPorts- (Gatwick)- www.baa.comTrains- Southern – Brighton & Hove
  13. 13. Searching for work•Careers and Employability Centre vacancies web pages•Careers and Employability Centre database of local employers-apply speculatively!•We also have a list of local recruitment agencies• For part time/ vacation work, check out signs in shop windowsalso• The Argus on Thursdays, Friday Ads, Metro, Latest Homes
  14. 14. How to find jobs• Advertised vacancies• Speculative approaches- paid/ unpaid work• Networking & ‘Word of Mouth’ vacancies• Creative Job searching
  15. 15. Where to look for contacts• Family, friends, personal contacts• Social networking sites• Colleagues, tutors, supervisors (part- time work, University)• Web pages -• Prospects –• Graduate Recruiters- come to Gradfair• Professional bodies• Local business directories/ councils/ newspapers• People you meet at conferences/ seminars/ visiting organisations• Voluntary work-• Searching the web-
  16. 16. Making Applications•Letter or email – - examples- statewhat you are looking for• Phone call – it’s good to speak to someone! Employers may notrespond to a letter or email if they are busy so follow it up• Arrange a visit/ meeting• Online/ social networking
  17. 17. Support•Careers and Employability Centre’s information centre• Short interviews with a careers adviser• Review your CV/ application form/ letters• Events – (virtual) grad fair/ law fair/ employer presentations• Web based information and resources – look in research sectionof our website for further information about making contacts