Careers Perspectives – from the Bath careers service

Focus on your future with expert advice from your careers advisers

Tagged: finalist

The Early career bird lands a job!

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📥  Advice, Applications, Finding a Job, Graduate Jobs

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I can picture the scenario, you've had a super summer and it can be a bit of a drag getting back into academic studies. This is even harder if you're a finalist and returning from placement as adjusting from the freedom of work (and earning money) to being a student is tough. Fear not, you have 9 months after which the big wide world beckons. So, what can you do to harness the career early bird and bag yourself a job before you graduate? Some of the big graduate schemes are already open for business, so there’s no time to waste if you want to get ahead of the pack.

  1. Make a list: yep, that old chestnut! However, making a list of the key employers you are interested in by application deadline will help you plan and prioritise your applications. The Careers Service's MyFuture site along with GradDiary are really useful. You can search by company and sort by application deadline. Key is to make a start and actually apply, especially as many employers recruit on a rolling basis.
  2. Haste makes waste: before you rush off to start writing your applications, just pause for a moment and put yourself in the shoes of a graduate recruiter.  Many employers will sift through thousands of applications - its a pretty monotonous task. Therefore they'll be looking for reasons to reject, not select, applicants and nearly all will carry out a rapid “first cut” to remove the worst offenders. Spelling, grammar and general attention to detail are key when writing applications.
  3. Get it checked: the best thing you can do is get a second opinion against your applications. A fresh pair of eyes will spot little mistakes that you didn't event notice. Simply, book a quick query with one of our careers advisers.
  4. Go to stuff: our employer team have been busy bees over the summer putting together an excellent programme of employer events. This includes a two-day careers fair, skills sessions and information presentations. Really worth attending as you'll pick up little tips and insights that will not only make your application stand out but will also help you articulate your motivation to future employers.
  5. Believe in yourself: Many of us watched Andy Murray win Wimbledon this year. He plainly believed in himself and his ability and was able to put his past disappointments to one side. The same personal confidence is essential to successful job hunting. If you don’t believe that you can do a good job, then you stand no chance of being able to convince an interview panel that this is the case!

 

Get your graduate job hunt on track...

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📥  Advice, Applications, Event, Graduate Jobs, inspire

We know most of you are looking forward to the Christmas break and a bit of R&R at home. But picture this - every time you see your mum, dad, sister, granny, aunt, granddad, great uncle, next door neighbor, your cat, your friends dog, the postman, baby niece.... they all have one question:

"So what are you going to do after you graduate?"


Please don't bury your head in the sand, instead take action! Sign up to our 1-hour webinars designed to get your job hunting on track! From top tips to get started to exploring alternatives to grad schemes; from clarifying whether you want to undertake further study to finding useful sources of funding - we have it covered!

Log into MyFuture  and sign up to one of our webinars below. The best bit? You can participate from the comfort of your own home ....!

How to get your graduate job hunt started!
Tuesday - 15th December, 12.15-1.15 

During this Webinar, we will explore techniques to help you generate viable job options that align with your skills and interests. We will also provide you with a helpful job-hunting timeline.

Alternatives to graduate schemes
Wednesday - 16th December, 12.15-1.15 

We will look at the wide range of positions available with organisations of all shapes and sizes and sectors. We’ll include the harder-to-find sectors such as NGOs, charities, science, sport and many more. We’ll look at how to find these jobs, how to apply for them and, crucially, how to pick the ones that will best match your career ideas.

Postgraduate Study and Funding
Thursday - 17th December, 12.15-1.15 

From pursuing a topic you love, to gaining a necessary qualification for a specific career; people do postgraduate study for a whole range of reasons. This webinar will help you think through your motivations for considering postgraduate study and how it could benefit your career. We’ll look at the types of courses on offer and how to research course availability, content and funding sources, and give some top tips for applications and personal statements.

 

Is it time to talk about my future?

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📥  Advice, Applications, Career Development, Tips & Hints, Work Experience

Today, I had a 1:1 meeting with a Bath graduate, towards the end of our appointment she said "I wish I would have thought about my future much earlier"
Many of you will be excited about coming to Bath, frantically packing and looking ahead to the array of freshers activities. For our returning students, you may well be looking forward to catching up with friends... Now, I know I sound like a party pooper, but you may want to consider giving your future a little thought.


As a first year:

  • If you don’t join a club or society now there is a good chance you won’t have the time or motivation later. You will make new friends and gain the skills that employers want by getting involved and helping out.  By starting in your first year there is a good chance you will be on the committee by your final year and have great experience on your CV.
  • Get a part time job. Earn money, gain skills, learn what it is like to have to manage your time effectively and understand the work place. Many employers complain students are not work ready so prove them wrong.
  • Take notice of the jobs people do, consider if you might like to do that and use the careers support available to help you.

As a 2nd year:

  • Catch up on first year if you missed out!
  • Work towards getting a summer internship – you need to be fast if you are interested in some of the larger companies as they tend to open applications in September.  Smaller organisations tend to recruit a bit later in the year.
  • You could volunteer – more flexibility than a job, but great experience. It can be the ONLY way to get experience in certain sectors.
  • Get a part time job. Earn money, gain skills, learn what it is like to have to manage your time effectively and understand the work place. Many employers complain students are not work ready so prove them wrong.
  • Start planning what you want to do when you leave. Explore and experience as much as you can by attending events and talking to each other, and us if you like 🙂

Finalist:

  • Time to start making applications now for jobs or further study after you graduate.  If that fills you with horror then it’s time to ask for help.
  • It’s not geeky or stupid to use the support and advice around you at the University. Most students won’t own up to being a bit lost, those that do, get help and find their way forward.
 First posted on the University of Manchester Careers Blog.

 

Careers Prep in a Day for Final Year Undergrads

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📥  Advice

Are you a final year undergraduate student?
Did you put job hunting on hold to concentrate on your studies?
Are you considering alternatives to graduate schemes?
Do you want to get all your careers prep done in a day?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then sign up to attend our 'Careers Prep in a Day' event taking place on Saturday 25th
April from 9.30am-4.45pm.

We will cover all aspects of job hunting such as:

  • Provide you with practical job hunting tips, advice you on how to work with recruitment agencies, make speculative applications and provide lists of useful vacancy sources
  • Help you update your CV and offer you practical support on completing application forms and writing cover letters
  • Prepare you for interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres

That's not all, there will be optional sessions on the day on 'Using Social Media to Maximise your Job Hunting' and 'Starting your Graduate
Career Overseas'.

Spaces are limited so we encourage early booking! Simply log into MyFuture to book today!