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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Graduate skills in the world of the future

📥  Advice, Career Choice, Career Development, Careers Resources, inspire, Labour Market Intelligence, Sector Insight

Hardly a day goes by without a news report on robots either taking over our jobs or revolutionising our lives. I recently attended The World of Work Conference at Henley Business School where the message was loud and clear: THE ROBOTS ARE COMING and we all need to adapt and ready ourselves for this new world of work.

It is inevitable, technology gives birth new career paths and along the way some jobs disappear as machines can do them faster. According to the BBC, approximately 35% of current jobs in the UK are at risk. Nesta have put together a handy quiz which assesses the probability of a robot taking over your job. While Transport for London is embroiled in a row with Uber, driverless cars pose a threat to the whole industry (ok..I'm saying this for dramatic effect).

Truth is technological innovation has given birth to new industries. In May this year, the Tech Trends Report, now in its 10th year, provided a fascinating insight into emerging technologies that are on a growth trajectory. They identified 150 trends across a wide range of sectors from Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Bitcoin to Genomics. The one that caught my attention was the development of Invisibility Cloaks. Researchers at Queen Mary - University of London are experimenting with electromagnetic and audio waves, tiny lenses that bend light and reflective materials to hide objects in plain sight.

In a report by Microsoft 65% of school students in university today will take up jobs that don’t exist yet. So what does all this mean in practical terms? If you are embarking on your graduate career, I think it is important to stay focused on sectors and trends with potential for future growth. This awareness will make your career progression easier and potentially offer greater job security. In his book 'What to do when machines do everything' the message is clear - work on developing personal skills such as empathy and creativity (essentially the stuff robots aren't good at - yet). Below are the top 10 skills needed in 2020 (that's round the corner).

Over the next few weeks we are going to blog about careers in emerging industries such as Big Data, Synthetic Biology, Robotics and Regenerative Medicine. So stay tuned....!

 

Welcome Freshers and Returners!

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📥  Advice, Careers Resources, Tips & Hints

Welcome Freshers and Returners

Ah, you found (or re-found) our careers blog, well done! Now, quickly,  subscribe to our blog (link on the right hand side) and welcome to a wealth of careers resources, inspiring articles and careers news, employer and graduate interviews and much more. Come back regularly and you will find something  that will help you every step in  your career journey.

Are you a fresher?

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Enjoy your first few weeks at Bath. If you’re going to the Freshers’ Fair this week, you’ll probably find yourself signing up for clubs and societies, or other activities like volunteering. All of the above are great for your CV, as potential employers look for students who can demonstrate their initiative, have strong communication and organisation skills (e.g. the ability to juggle coursework with extracurricular activities and jobs!), and have held some positions of responsibility during their time at University. It is never too early to think about your career!

Make sure you visit us in our wonderful new University hub in the city centre, the Virgil Building, check out or Careers website and be sure to like our Facebook page! In addition, register for MyFuture to be kept up to date on careers events, jobs and to set up an appointment with one of the careers advisers.

Returning to second or final year?

So, you’re back after the long summer break, welcome back! Now’s a really great time to be thinking about your career. Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? If not, you could consider booking an appointment with one of our careers advisers to discuss your options, please do so through MyFuture. In addition, we have over 150 employers coming to campus for our Careers Fair later on 19th and 20th of October, and in the meantime we have lots of employer events and skills development workshops for you to attend, all bookable through MyFuture.

For those returning from placement, please be aware that we have moved to our wonderful new University hub in the city centre, the Virgil Building, we hope to see you there soon!

Over the coming months, we’ll be blogging on topics such as:

Making the most of the careers fair
Aceing interviews and assessment centres
How to start your internship and job hunt
Equality and Diversity
Alternatives to Grad Schemes

.......and much more! So make sure you check in regularly! Subscribe, if you haven't already, you know you want to!

 

 

Attendance of GW4 China Careers fairs continue to grow

📥  Careers Fairs, Uncategorized

 

For the 3rd year running, GW4 Universities have delivered graduate recruitment fairs for their Chinese returnee students and graduates. Organised by the GW4 consortium of University Careers Services of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, multi-national employers based in China attended the fairs in the tier 1 cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen last week.

The fairs welcomed back familiar global employer names such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Decathlon, IBM and Nielsen amongst many other graduate recruiters popular with GW4 students and graduates, including new attendees Bosch, Citi, Expedia and PWC.

“We are delighted that the fairs are now regarded as an annual must-attend event for such prestigious graduate recruiters who attend year-on-year. Our decision to include Shenzhen as a venue this year, regarded as the Silicon Valley of China, has also enabled us to attract an even wider range of employers including China-based giants Grandland Group and ZTE.” the Heads of the GW4 Careers Services commented. “It is especially gratifying to see that the range and quality of employers has resulted in an increase of 20% more graduates attending the fairs this year. Some of those were interviewed at the Fairs and soon afterwards, so we are hoping to hear of some positive outcomes.”

Duncan Du, Associate Consultant for TEKsystems and GW4 University alumnus, commented:

“The GW4 career fairs provide a great opportunity to meet with the graduates and assess their potential. Already, one of the stand-out graduates has been interviewed and has a trial start with our company this week. As a recruiter with TEKsystems of the Allegis Group, I’d like to thank the GW4 partnership for creating such a successful event. We look forward to participating in the future.”Global fashion retail company, H&M, commented:

“The fairs are an excellent platform that allow us to meet high-quality returnee graduates. Overseas candidates with open personalities and good English language skills fit in well with the H&M culture. Last year we successfully hired a graduate from the GW4 fairs who had just finished her Masters degree. Her performance in her first year of working in H&M has already resulted in her recent promotion.”

The fairs continue to open up further opportunities for students and graduates of the GW4 Universities as well as contribute to their growing global profile to both prospective students and build on their reputation amongst international employers.

The fairs were delivered as part of the GW4 Careers Service partnership of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Planning is now in-train to grow the capacity of the events further for 2018. Further information regarding the events is available here:

GW4 International Careers Fairs 2017