London and your career - The Careers Group, University of London

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Find out more about job areas you are interested in now. It is frustrating to realise in your final year that you needed particular work experience to get in to a certain area – check out www.careerstagged.co.uk

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London and your career - The Careers Group, University of London

  1. 1. London and your career LONDON AND YOUR CAREER FROM FRESHER TO FINALIST: GET AHEAD OF THE GAME 1 st year Get involved ular Sign up for extra-curric volunteering, sports activities – boost your CV. teams, societies – to Get involved 2 nd year 3 rd year od grades, Employers look for go nt real people who but they also wa outside of work. pursue their interests ities extra-curricular activ Think about your ills. Consider sk as a way of developing lity and leadership taking on responsibi tball team captain, opportunities e.g. foo sor at leader or shift supervi volunteer team work. Get involved Now you have done the extracurricular activities – think about how you can articulate them to employers in application forms. Get informed Find out more about job areas you are interested in now. It is frustrating to realise in your final year that you needed particular work experience to get in to a certain area – check out www.careerstagged.co.uk Get informed es are for Find out when deadlin Attend employer internships. ruitment events on campus, rec ys. Reflect on fairs and open da r is for you. why a particular caree Get informed Identify vacancies: many graduate schemes open for applications in August/September of your final year. It pays to apply early – so RESEARCH which ones are for you. Don’t forget about SMEs (see p.16 for more details). Get experience All work experience (including part-time and voluntary work) will allow you to develop your skills and build your CV – both will help you with applications and interviews in your 2nd year. Get experience Many internships are aimed at penultimate year students. Research these in the autumn term and apply. You can also arrange your own work experience through contacts or speculative applications (see p.15). Get experience e job, you If you have a part-tim additional could ask to take on challenging tasks – the more been, the your experience has nd out to more likely it is to sta employers. After graduation Join GradClub to receive two years worth of continued free access to careers libraries and quick queries with consultants, plus other benefits. See www.gradclub.co.uk. 4 THE CAREERS SERVICE GUIDE London 2014 www.careers.lon.ac.uk
  2. 2. London and your career What to do and when: your guide, year by year. There is so much to learn and experience at university that it is sometimes easy (and convenient) to forget to plan what to do after completing your degree. Little but often is a good approach. Keep in mind what you are good at and what you enjoy; these may change but will ultimately give you a point of reference when it comes to making decisions about future options. Start as soon as you can: remember how early you started thinking about which university and course to apply to and the level of input required. This is no different, and the stakes are potentially even higher! Deena Panthaky, careers consultant, King’s College Careers Service Get thinking Think about an y work experie you’ve had – nce did you see an y roles that you wer e dr What did you awn to? like and dislik e about the job? Get thinking experiences; Reflect on university What do what are you good at? What are your you enjoy doing? estions values? Important qu r will deciding what caree when ge 40 for further suit you! See pa help. Get thinking Think about your work experience. How can you present this as evidence of your employability? List the skills you feel you’ve developed over the years and speak to a careers consultant about how you can articulate evidence of those skills to a future employer. www.careers.lon.ac.uk Get networking Don’t underestimate your existing network – and the potential of new contacts. Be prepared to ask questions of people you know about their jobs and career choices – it will help you to think about what you might like to do. Get networking file. Build your online pro on LinkedIn – If you aren’t 22 to check it out. See page n help your find out how it ca job search. Service Get to your Careers your Careers ver too soon to visit It’s ne job with your part-time Service for help s and more! You erview search, CV review, int out applying for your y not be thinking ab ma t, but there’s so much first graduate job ye st help you make the mo you can be doing to perience. of your university ex Get to your Careers Service Get your CV and work experience applications checked. Get networking Keep in touch with people you meet on work experience – thank them for their help and let them know how it has assisted you. The networks you are building now will help you throughout your working life. Get to your Ca reer Your Careers Se s Service rvice can help you get ready for in terviews, moc k interviews, as sessment cent res and psychometric tests – get in to uch with your Care ers Service to find out how. THE CAREERS SERVICE GUIDE London 2014 5

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