Archive for January, 2012

Mountbatten programmes offer full-time, one-year paid internships in London or New York combined with the opportunity to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in International Business Practice.  Additionally, MBA candidates who successfully complete a 12-month placement and courses in London or New York are eligible to complete their Masters degree in Bankok.

Applications are now being accepted for the Mountbatten Insitute’s August 2012 Intake to New York.  They aim to make this their biggest intake ever by filling the 142 internships they have currently (at City, British Airways, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Thomson Reuters etc) and adding some new companies to the list!

The deadline for August 2012 applications is March 15th.  Click here for information about the full eligibility requirements.

The Mountbatten experience really can have a dramatic on your professional career.  This year’s report from the Association of Graduate Recruiters emphasised the importance of international awareness and suggested that, “immersion in a different culture can catapult a graduate into being considered for rewarding roles”.

Nearly 20% of Mountbatten interns go on to work with their sponsor companies when they return to their home country, and those that don’t are in high demand from recruitment agencies and employers.  Following 12 months in the world’s economic capital, Mountbatten interns are armed with transferable soft skills, cross-cultural awareness, confidence, ambition and professional maturity.

Mountbatten have also enhanced the academic course which runs alongside the work placement, and in March will be launching the new curriculum which includes modules in Managerial Accounting and Finance and Organisational Behaviour and Leadership.

The programme is not only open  to business graduates – last year Mountbatten recruited candidates from over 80 different universities, and nearly 50% were graduates of arts, humanities and science and legal courses. The graduate market is so competitive today that professional experiences that make you stand out from the crowd are essential.

Places are still available on  the Leonardo European work experience programme from April to July 2012 being offered through ECTARC (European Centre for Training and Regional Cooperation) and GO Wales.  The programme is open to graduates  living, working or studying in Wales; full details of eligibility criteria are given on the ECTARC website.

The application deadline is Monday 30th January 2012.

The programme offers a language course and work placement in Bordeaux (France), Berlin or Hamburg (Germany), Florence (Italy) and Seville or Barcelona (Spain).  Participants increase their professional and language skills, self-confidence,  independence and employability.  Most travel costs and accommodation are included, but remember that you will need pocket money for your social life.

Click here to find more information and download the application form.

Information is also available here on the GO Wales website.

The  next Society of Biology Life Sciences Careers Conference will be held at the University of Westminster on Thursday 1st March 2012.

The Life Sciences Careers Conferences are aimed at undergraduates and recent graduates.  They include presentations on a wide range of science-related careers, a CV workshop with tips on how to secure an interview for your perfect job, a chance to meet employers and find out about their organisations  and the opportunity to mingle with the experts and ask questions over lunch and afternoon refreshments.

For more details about the event, please see the Life Sciences Careers Conference webpages.  Registration for the conference is £10 per person; however members of the Society of Biology will receive a £10 refund for their ticket price at the end of the event.

Your Careers and Employability Service will be holding the following events during Employability Week:

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Event:        Exhibition Stand and Display
Day:        Everyday during Employability Week
Time:        9am – 5pm
Venue:        Library and Information Centre, Central Hall

Visit the exhibition stand where you will find various information and leaflets and find out how the Careers and Go Wales Team can advise you further.

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To  book your place on any of the workshops/talks outlined below,  please go to the Events Page of the Careers and Employability Website at:    http://www.swansea.ac.uk/careers/careerstalksevents/.  If you have any difficulties with the online booking system please telephone 01792 513266 or call in at the Careers Helpdesk on Level 3 of the Library.
PLEASE NOTE:  venues will be confirmed when you book.

CV workshops will be held each day from 1.00 – 2.00 pm in the Library and Information Centre.

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CV Workshop 1     Monday 23rd January

Facilitator:      Jean Brokenshire, Careers Advisor
Time:         1pm – 2pm
Venue:         Library and Information Centre

A lunchtime practical workshop covering the key points on how to write your CV.  This workshop is useful if you have not yet written your CV or if you need further help and advice.  Please note we cannot give one to one help at this workshop as time does not allow.  However,  you can bring your own CV with you to the session if you wish.

Target Group – Level 1 students but also open to all levels

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CV Workshop 2     Tuesday  24th January
Facilitator:    Paula Williams, Guidance and Placement Adviser, GO Wales
Time:         1pm – 2pm
Venue:         Library and Information Centre

GO Wales (Graduate Opportunity Wales) is a work experience scheme which offers a range of work experience and training opportunities in Wales, jobs and other resources to help you develop your career.

Work Placements are periods of project-based work experience with a company in Wales. They last from 6 to 12 weeks and are mainly in the field of marketing, IT, engineering, social/welfare, environmental, and business. You are paid at a minimum rate of £250 per week.

Work Tasters are unpaid work experience designed to help you make informed career choices. Tasters last from a three days up to two weeks, are flexible and enable you to gain experience of working in a particular career, industry or business sector such as publishing, journalism, TV, accountancy, environmental, hospitality and translation work.

GO Wales Academies: The Freelancer Academy is for graduates wishing to explore working on a freelance basis and the Graduate Academy is for graduates seeking additional support following graduation in order to maximise their career potential. Both Academies are free of charge.
We also advertise jobs and have a variety of other information on jobs and careers on our website www.gowales.co.uk

Target Group:  Final year home, EU or EEA students and graduates only.

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CV Workshop 3      Wednesday 25th January
Facilitator:     Zdravka Kamenova, Placement and Guidance Advisor, GO Wales
Time:         1pm – 2pm
Venue:         Library and Information Centre

A lunchtime practical workshop covering the key points on how to write your CV.  This workshop is useful if you have not yet written your CV or if you need further help and advice.  Please note we cannot give one to one help at this workshop as time does not allow.  However,  you can bring your own CV with you to the session if you wish.

Target Group – Level 1 students but also open to all levels

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CV Workshop 4     Thursday 26th January
Facilitator:      Chris Cardew, Swansea Employability Award
Time:         1pm – 2pm
Venue:         Library and Information Centre
A lunchtime practical workshop covering the key points on how to write your CV.  This workshop is useful if you have not yet written your CV or if you need further help and advice.  Please note we cannot give one to one help at this workshop as time does not allow.  However,  you can bring your own CV with you to the session if you wish.

Target Group – Level 1 students but also open to all levels

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Event:  Talk:  NHS Graduate Management Training – Advanced Development Programme 2012
Date:  Thursday 26th January 2012
Time:  1.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue:  Fulton House

The Advanced Development Programme (Graduate) aims to provide a first step into NHS management for graduates – external or inservice – who have a passion for making a difference.

A Graduate Level Training Programme to develop emerging leaders for NHS Wales. In-service and external graduates are encouraged to apply through a challenging selection process, resulting in successful applicants being appointed to a real job role and innovative fast-track training programme with integrated postgraduate academic learning.

Applications open January 2012.

Appointments will commence in September 2012.

NB: The target audience are students in their final year graduating this summer or studying a post graduate course.

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CV Workshop 5    Friday 27th January
Facilitator:     Janet George , Training Officer, Graduate Opportunities Wales  www.gowales.co.uk
Time:         1pm – 2pm
Venue:         Library and Information Centre

“Linking on a daily basis with students and graduates undertaking work placements, the GO Wales PDA team are able to offer practical advice on how to enhance your current CV to meet the needs of potential employers and Industry Sectors.

During this session we will discuss the basics of effective CV writing, how to ‘sell’ yourself to potential employers, while also proving some practical tips on how to make the most of your educational talents and previous work experience.  To get the most from this session, please bring along your current CV.” .

Target Group – 2nd year and final year students

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Event:        Talk:  Taking your first steps into the media

Facilitator:    Ben Donovan, Programme Editor, Swansea City Football Club

Day:        Friday 27th January

Time:        1pm – 2pm

Venue:        Fulton House

Ben will talk about what it takes to get into journalism and some of the hurdles you may come across.
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To  book your place on any of the workshops/talks outlined above,  please go to the Events Page of the Careers and Employability Website at:    http://www.swansea.ac.uk/careers/careerstalksevents/.  If you have any difficulties with the online booking system please telephone 01792 513266 or call in at the Careers Helpdesk on Level 3 of the Library.
PLEASE NOTE:  venues will be confirmed when you book.
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Event:        Exhibition Stand and Display
Day:        Everyday during Employability Week
Time:        9am – 5pm
Venue:        Library and Information Centre, Central Hall

Visit the exhibition stand where you will find various information and leaflets and find out how the Careers and Go Wales Team can advise you further.

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Resiliant Cities competition: Find out more at www.climate-resilient-cities.org.  The deadline is 6 April 2012, but entrants are asked to register their interest beforehand.

This competition is open to university students and recent graduates across the UK.  The competition encourages them to identify a city or a part of a city that they consider to be resilient and to research and analyse:  what is it Resilient to (i.e. which shocks – e.g. floods and earthquakes, and stresses – e.g. heat and drought); how it demonstrates resilience; and to explain why it  stands out as a case study.

The winner will be awarded a summer placement with Arup’s International Development group for four weeks with  a further 10 shortlisted entrants earning commendations. This competition builds on the strategic partnership between EWB-UK and Arup, which is intended to inspire the next generation of engineers to develop specialist skills which will allow them make a positive contribution to poverty alleviation and international development.
Arup is primarily an engineering consultancy firm but also employs architects, sociologists, economists, planners, designers etc. Arup has a charitable partnership with the charity Engineers Without Borders UK and I work for this partnership on a voluntary basis. One of our key focuses over the last few months has been a collaboration with an International Development group within the company – they wish to get some help in some research they’re doing and we wish to promote international development issues to the student and graduate body, and so we’ve together developed this competition.
All of the details can be found on the website – www.climate-resilient-cities.org – and I also attach a poster. In summary:
- The competition asks students and graduates to look at what makes a city climate resilient, and present it in poster format.
- The prize is a month long paid internship at Arup International Development in London, and there will be a high-profile awards ceremony and commendations for 10-20 shortlisted entrants.
- The deadline is April 6th, but entrants are asked to register their interest beforehand.
- The competition is open to students of all disciplines and we’re encouraging diversity – very few of the members in Arup International Development are actually engineers.

The winner will be awarded a summer placement with Arup’s International Development group for four weeks with  a further 10 shortlisted entrants earning commendations.  This competition builds on the strategic partnership between EWB-UK and Arup, which is intended to inspire the next generation of engineers to develop specialist skills which will allow them to make a positive contribution to poverty alleviation and international development.

Arup is primarily an engineering consultancy firm but also employs architects, sociologists, economists, planners, designers etc.  Arup has a charitable partnership with the charity Engineers Without Borders UK, one of whose key focuses over the last few months has been a collaboration with an International Development group within Arup – they wish to get some help in some research they’re doing and Arup wish to promote international development issues to the student and graduate body, and so together they have developed this competition.

All of the details can be found on the website –  www.climate-resilient-cities.org.  In summary:

  • The competition asks students and graduates to look at what makes a city climate resilient, and present it in poster format.
  • The prize is a month long paid internship at Arup International Development in London, and there will be a high-profile awards ceremony and commendations for 10-20 shortlisted entrants.
  • The deadline is April 6th, but entrants are asked to register their interest beforehand.
  • The competition is open to students of all disciplines and diversity is strongly encouraged – very few of the members in Arup International Development are actually engineers.

I was recently asked for some ideas about career options for lawyer-linguists, and also about alternative careers in and around the Law.  So I thought I would share the information that I gathered together:

The Court of Justice of the European Union recruits lawyer linguists to translate legal documents, and there is a PDF leaflet on their site about working as an English-language lawyer linguist .  It highlights the fact that the usual point of entry is an open competition organised by the European Personnel Selection Office:   See their home page  and the more specific page about lawyer-linguists.

Information about the European Parliament’s lawyer-linguists is included in their online Careers brochure.

You can view lawyer-linguists’ profiles on LinkedIn, a networking site with a career/professional focus, and explore details of their careers:  http://www.linkedin.com/title/lawyer+linguist/at-european+parliament/

LinkedIn includes a Students and Recent Grads group designed to provide advice on ways to network your way to a job in tough economic times; visit the LinkedIn Learning Center at http://learn.linkedin.com/students/ to help you get started.

Whatever online networking platforms you use, think carefully about the information you publish about yourself, your personal security and the public image that you want to project.   

International Association of Forensic Linguists based at Cardiff University:  http://www.iafl.org/

Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University:  http://www.forensiclinguistics.net/ – see information on what forensic linguistics is about at http://www.forensiclinguistics.net/cfl_fl.html, including a link to a BBC Crimewatch video interview with Tim Grant, Deputy Director of the Centre for Forensic Linguistics.

On the Graduate Prospects website, visit the ‘Options with your subject’ section of the ‘Careers advice’  section – the profile for Law is at http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_law_your_skills.htm.   It includes ideas on types of jobs and career areas where a Law degree would be relevant, apart from becoming a solicitor or barrister.  Incidentally, one of the jobs that I have found cropping up from time to time in careers information queries is the role of Sports Agent where a Law degree would be very useful.  Law Careers.Net has a section about alternative careers in and around the law at http://www.lawcareers.net/Information/AlternativeCareers/.

As well as profiles of career options from the perspective of different degree subjects, the Graduate Prospects website also offers a database where you can explore detailed profiles for a wide range of different job types on the Prospects website at http://www.prospects.ac.uk/types_of_jobs.htm.  You can browse these profiles either alphabetically or by employment sector.  For example: