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B4 we start Show of hands: 3rd yr UG PG No idea Vague idea Def idea Those who have an idea, can you shout out a few of the sectors.
Aims to give you an overview of the graduate labour market to give you an idea of how to job hunt effectively by identifying relevant vacancies Session covers: - What do graduates do? Where do graduates work? How can you look for work effectively? – covers both generating some ideas for those with no ideas and looking in the right place for those with an idea. What can you do to increase your chances? Finding vacancies Making successful applications Having alternative choices Patience and tenacity Your strategy
From graduate we survey after 6 months, we see a mixture of these activities A mix of all of these is possible during your first year after graduation and longer term will probably include all of them Important thing is if you find yourself in one of the ‘temporary’ categories like Further Study or Travel is to always think about What Next? What next after my masters? Where will this lead me? (think before choosing) What next after travel? How can I maximise my time away with international experience for example.
How can you look for work effectively? Know what you are looking for Know where to look First one is a bit harder – we can’t solve it here completely but some tips Identify what you can offer – skills, experience, strengths Reflect on what you want from a job – activities Charity – want to be fundraising or working practically on a community based project. Other values/priorities What is the sector like? People? Location Research – what jobs. Demo on site: Interests and Motivations. Interpreting your skills – gives a list of possible job areas. Eg History, influencing skills - marketing Or Using your degree This gives you some ideas but next step is to research these job roles. Sector guide. Marketing. Look at job profiles. Give you an idea of whether it’s for you, give you an idea of skills needed. Will not be immediate. Use us to talk through your ideas.
Who are your potential employers Small & Medium sized companies less than 250 employees – employ graduates no regular cycle of recruitment ( publishing, arts and heritage, media). less likely to have structured entry and training support for new grads but can give you a wide range of experience Large graduate recruiters – household names, eg Tesco, Aldi, HSBC, Unilever, Rolls Royce, annually recruit and are advertising now! Often look for 2.1 and above. Many are open to recent graduates so don’t have to dive in now but consider how you will ‘sell’ time out to employers. Professional firms – e.g accountancy- year round recruitment but check deadlines; law firms- training contracts two years ahead; engineering-varies Public sector- civil service, teaching, HMR&C, NHS, armed forces- annually recruit Self Employment Deadline? Start thinking now – those with an interest in entrepreneurship come on 23rd October to a Start Up Sussex event, support and £2,000 for setting up business Use the opportunities that exist now!
What sectors are these graduates working in: Public: generalist roles: Civil Service Administrator, specialist: teacher Commercial: generalist : management trainee – grad schemes that give insight into different business areas. EG Specialist: train in a specialist area eg accountant; insurance Voluntary: generalist: administrator, fundraiser, specialist: counsellor, advice worker Freelancers and self employed: Perfectly possible if you have a strong skill set – some experience and contacts help get you started. Common areas include: web designer; software developer; media producer; freelance writer – journalist, blogger, web writer Up and coming sectors: digital advertising; social media; online journalism; e books; web sites; eastern markets. Who are your potential employers?
Most grads find working in their home country most easy after graduation. Within UK need to think realistically if your location will effect your job choice. Info on our website about working in Sussex. Some sectors you may need to consider a move away. UK grads wanting to work abroad – do your homework first. Find out about labour markets. Sources of info for those of you returning home or going abroad – international jobs Can get overseas straight away to work or study: - TEFL Development projects -Masters courses overseas: link above (often taught in English) Some international companies will place / train you overseas eg Accenture; BP. Unilever; those in logistics, tourism and transport
Know where to look: What are you using?
You may need to be more creative in your job hunt. Can do even more indepth research through Contacts Events RSS Social networking Can help to identify possible areas for future growth or possible future staffing needs. Build and use a network to improve your applications -information interviewing: what qual, skills, approach to CV -not immediately asking for a job but perhaps little by little increasing contact Think of how you know, and who they know – start asking Sussex Alumni Network – not experience but can give feedback on your situation and answer questions
Coming up this (Autumn) term: Read out examples from list – many of the larger recruiters. Spring Term: Make it Happen – alumni and other speakers representing industries that don’t send reps around campuses. Avoid job stereo- typing - it’s easy and lazy to think you know all you need to know about types of work. Please rise to the challenge and find out more – our ‘researching careers’ pages , sector guides and our events with speakers. Explore and find out more.
Linked In or similar professional networks may help. It can certainly help you to see what careers paths other people have had. Start now as it’s important to keep contacts you’ve made here at Uni. My example Your Facebook presence should be professional and well maintained (appropriate use of privacy settings) Branch Out is a Facebook career networking application Twitter can be used to follow (and engage with) people and organisations in sectors you are interested in. We have examples of people who have successfully ‘tweeted’ their way into a job they want SussexPlus
It’s an on-going process – won’t do it all in one go. Keep re-visiting these concepts Explore Experience Connect And build your skills in each of these areas
You will not solve all this quickly, keep chipping away at it. After exploration stage come: experience and connecting. Other events that help you build on this session include: CV and Making applications Sussex Plus and your online presence Briefing for Entrepreneurship – and Start UP Sussex Competition Careers Fair Applying for a Masters Course PG Open Day in January Strategis - Mentoring Use us sensibly – careers advisers, information specialists Help you with: assessing what you’re looking for; help you find it; make successful applications; interview well. Specialist support for: international students; first generation scholars; equality and diversity issues; post graduates Mix of you doing things for yourself and us supporting you – you’re not on your own but we can’t do it all for you! Take two minutes to jot down what you need to do next: Vacancy info? Careers information? Keep thinking about your strengths – keep clarifying what you can offer, practice phrasing this well ( use your friends and family for this)
Job Search for Finalists
Strategies for Finalists
Job Search for Finalists
This session covers:
• What do graduates do?
• Where do graduates work?
• How can you look for work effectively?
What do graduates do?
• Full time work
• Further study
• Continue part time job
• Caring and family responsibilities
…..a mixture of the above.
Know what you are looking for
• Identify what you can offer: skills and experiences
Know your strengths
• Reflect on what you want from a job in terms of:
• Types of activity you want to engage in
• Level of financial or other rewards
• Types of people you want to work with
• Location- where do you want to be?
• Research what jobs might match your interests
Small & Medium sized companies
Large graduate recruiters
Small & Medium sized companies
Large graduate recruiters
Who employs graduates?
What sectors do graduates work in?
• Public sector
Civil service, local government, public protection, education, health
• Commercial sector
Manufacturing, retailing, business services, professional services,
• Voluntary sector
Charities, not for profit organisations, community organisations
• Freelance and self employed
Setting up on your own often in IT, web design, media, writing
Where do graduates work?
choose jobs for graduates on CareerHub
Graduate career websites and directories – Prospects,
Milkround, Targetjobs, Grad Diary
Specialist career websites
Employer’s own website – look carefully for ‘careers’
Know where to look - advertised vacancies
Creative job searching
• Research using: contacts, attending events, internet,
social networking, professional directories
- Information interviewing
- Work experience/shadowing/volunteering/research
Meeting employers on campus
• Weekly events here
• Other opportunities
• A professional online presence can help you to make
contact with people in the sector you are interested in.
• Examples of your creativity on web pages, blogs, online
videos are important in media/ creative industries
Getting a graduate job
• Explore – keep learning: our website, events
• Experience – get out and practice
• Connect – make your argument to potential
• Don’t give up
Get a strategy!
Establish a routine
Look ahead at the jobs you may be aiming for
in the future
Exploit contacts and work experience
Positive mental attitude
Review your strategy regularly
Use your support network e.g
Careers & Employability Centre
Careers and Employability Centre Support
• Daily events, weekly programme
• Short interview with a careers adviser:
Mon – Fri from 10 am ‘til 5pm and Wed ‘til 7pm
• Vacancies – part time, work experience,
internships, graduate jobs