Have a great Christmas vacation, from the Careers Network team!
PERSONAL BEST AWARD
The Personal Best award is a great way to develop your skills through online activities and resources and through reflecting on your experiences. As you prepare to apply for graduate jobs, taking time to reflect on your experiences is vital!
• Get ready to apply for jobs
• Reflect and record your experiences
• Track your progress
• Access from anywhere in the world
• Complete badge pathways and earn a badge
If you compete 9 of the 15 badges before you graduate you will gain the award on your degree transcript, but more importantly, the process of learning about what is involved in the different skills employers might be looking for and reflecting on your own skills, will help you in the application process. So if you can’t manage 9 badges, select a few skill areas that will be important to you.
To get started,log in to the appand click on Personal Best award – select which Element you want to focus on and get started.
Easy steps for creating a support network
and raising your profile
We’ll cut to the chase. In our opinion, networking is one of the best things you can do to develop and maintain a career. A supportive network of work-related contacts, who know you and respect your talents, not only helps you climb up the career ladder, but also provides a safety net for when things get a bit wobbly. So, why not have a go at creating and/or developing your professional network now?
Start with who you know already
Family, friends, your friends’ families, neighbours, lecturers, current and past bosses. Consider writing a list or drawing a mind map. Then if you know the type of career you want, identify those who might be worth connecting with. If you don’t know what you want to do, perhaps have a think about who seems to enjoy their job and has the lifestyle you want, it’s worth asking how they got to that point.
Research and connect with individuals on LinkedIn
LinkedIn just gets better and better in terms of how it supports students and graduates, so once you’ve created a quality profile, link with the existing connections that you’ve identified as interesting or useful. This also helps them perceive you as a professional. Research the profiles of those who have previously graduated from your course by using the Alumni Tool. You can search via employer and location as well. Then connect and start a professional dialogue with those you find interesting or useful. This is also a great way to learn about possible career routes and employers.
Follow your favourite companies and interact with them
Start following companies, brands or organisations that you admire on LinkedIn. This will help you keep up-to-date with what they’re doing (which will benefit any applications you make to them) plus commenting on their posts is a great way of standing out and ensures your LinkedIn profile stays current and professional.
And finally, remember it’s a two-way thing
Following these steps should put you on the right path to creating strong networks that can support your career choices and development. But remember that proper networking is a two-way street and you generally get out what you put in. So, once you’ve created those professional links, start commenting, collaborating, being a little bit more overt in voicing your ambitions and achievements. Post your results on LinkedIn. If you have a portfolio then share it with an alumnus. Tell your neighbour, whose daughter is a headteacher, that you are looking to develop a career in education. Like most things, it might take a bit of practice, but as your confidence grows so will your support network.
Spotlight On: Professional Bodies
What are they?
Professional bodies are often an untapped source that many students and graduates may not consider. These societies and associations are representative bodies for specific professional sectors or careers. Examples include Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Institute of Physics, The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK Fashion and Textiles Association, Royal Geographical Society, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the British Psychological Society. You might have come into contact with these before, because in some sectors, professional bodies at degree level are very prominent.
Why get involved?
These organisations are multi-purpose: they can be regulatory bodies, they can lobby on behalf of their members and in some areas you need to be a member in order to practise. For students and graduates they provide a wealth of opportunities such as: networking (online, regionally, nationally, and internationally), the opportunity for personal development (learn from people with similar interests to you), news and updates and a place to find job opportunities. Many provide a directory of members, which is a great way to find employers and contacts in your sector.
How to get started
If you haven’t had the chance to look into this yet, (or maybe haven’t done much) look up the professional bodies linked to your career ideas or degree subject and consider how you can get involved. Often they are free or inexpensive for students and new graduates to join. (Why not put a membership on your Christmas list?) To find out if there is an organisation for you, visit your subject pageon our website and look for the Professional Bodies section, you could also ask a Careers Consultant or tutor. If you are looking for a society linked to a job area, visit the job profile on theProspectswebsite. Good luck!
Succeeding in the recruitment process with a disability
So, how has the Covid-19 pandemic affected recruitment? Well, we know there are fewer opportunities and that employers have adapted their recruitment processes to be online. Will it make it more difficult to find a job if you have a disability? It shouldn’t make it any harder than for everyone else because The Equality Act (2010) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against someone with a disability, whether we are in a pandemic or not. But what can you do to help yourself?
Check out the recruitment process
Recruitment processes vary between employers, so it is a really good idea to find out about the stages in advance. You are legally entitled to reasonable adjustments so don’t be afraid to ask for the support that you need, e.g. audio rather than video or being sent exercise materials in advance. It just levels the playing field and makes it fair for all candidates, including you. Look at our Navigating the recruitment process with a disability webinar for advice and tips.
Prepare well and identify your strengths
The move to online recruitment can be better for some, but causes increased anxiety in others. The key is to be as prepared as possible in terms of your workspace, yourself and possible interview questions, as well as taking care of your mental health. Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus, says “I don’t believe I’m any more special than anyone else. But I do believe my disability has given me something extra.” So, what ‘extra’ have you got to offer?
‘Helping your students to break boundaries’
Saville Assessment are a leading global developer of workplace assessments. They are currently looking for students to trial some of their new mobile-first screening solutions. This will provide you with a unique experience of the types of assessments you are likely to encounter in selection and in the workplace. All students who complete will be sent their own Wave Coaching Report. It will take around 40 minutes of your time and needs to be completed by 18th December.
If you would like to take part, simply register your details here. The following day you will receive your personal invitation to the project and login details to Saville Assessment’s Oasys platform.
P&G CEO Challenge -https://www.pg-ceochallenge.com/ A competition which will test your aptitude for business strategy and real-life problem-solving. If you’ve been eager to demonstrate your ingenuity and intelligence beyond your campus, this is the chance to make an impression on a global scale. Prepare to compete with teams from around the world to see who is most fit to be the next CEO of P&G. Top students will ascend to the Global Final and win the opportunity to meet P&G CEO David Taylor. First, prepare to showcase your ability to think critically about leading a brand. Best of luck!
Latest Job Market Information:
“The graduate job market in the UK has been drastically changed by Covid-19. TheInstitute of Student Employers website(ISE) reports a 23% reduction in student recruitment numbers for this year. The good news is over 75% of student recruitment vacancies still remain, even in the midst of an unprecedented recession and global pandemic.” Rebecca Fielding (LinkedIn profile), Founder and Managing Director of Gradconsult
Win a MacBook Air when you give feedback to employers!
Trendence Research UK want to ask you a few questions about your career aspirations, preferred working environments and show you a few potential employers. It’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about your plans for after university. To thank you for all your help they have added a new prize to the draw, just in time for Christmas! Take this survey and you could win … *NEW PRIZE * a MacBook Air! (given away at close of survey) a £100 Amazon gift card (given away every week- 14 to give away!) a pair of Apple AirPods (two given away at close of survey) £500 gift card of your choice! Choose from shops such as ASOS, Uber, Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, GAME, JD Sports and M&S (two given away at close of the survey) If you are undecided, or haven’t considered your future career yet, then this is a great chance to do just that! The research is being done in partnership with employers and university careers services across the UK, and they will give them a detailed report about what you want so that we can tailor our services for you (but don’t worry, all answers are anonymous!)
The survey only takes 15 minutes and you can take it on your phone! Complete it today!
On Demand Presentations
Check out our new Careers Network Learn module CA007 where you can find a series of helpful videos such as:
Sort your career in your final year
Planning your Career
Exploring Postgraduate Study
Top Tips for . . . the various stages of the recruitment process
Click on the Employer whose session you want to view
Click on the 'view event' link
Please note recordings are not available for every session but do keep checking back as some are still being uploaded.
Need help creating a CV, covering letters, applications or finding suitable jobs to apply for? Book a 20 minute Quick Advice appointment with one of your Careers Consultants via Careers Online on the day you would like your appointment. For a more indepth conversation about your career options and career planning 30 minute Career Consultations are available by calling 01509 222039.
Whether you know which career sector you would like to work in, or are still exploring your options, you will find links to a whole range of websites on our Career areas web page.
If you are struggling finding roles consider following the below steps:
Explore career options by checking out some key websites that you may find useful to find roles related to your degree.
If you want to view a full range of websites applicable to you go to the Options with your degree page on the Careers Network website, select your school, select your course and then click on the ‘Resources to find experience, placements, and graduate jobs’ tab to see job search resources relevant to your course.
Finally, don't forget that you can always speak to a member of the Careers Network Team by booking an appointment via Careers Online.
Looking for something niche? Go to Prospects job profiles and find the closest match for the job role you are looking for. Then scroll down to the ‘Employers’ section to see links to search for related roles.