Click here to download a list of useful resources/links to help you build your networking skills, manage your online presence and use social media effectively to find jobs.

Date: Thursday 13 February 2014
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Venue: Mandela Suite, Students’ Union

What are employers looking for from me? What can I do to maximise my chance of getting the job I want? How can I make myself invaluable in the workplace? These are questions that you may be considering at this time of year as you think about what to do after your degree.

The ‘Question Time’ event provides students with the opportunity to ask any questions they have about Employability to a panel of experts. The panel includes a graduate employer, an entrepreneur, a careers adviser and a recent Swansea University Engineering graduate. Light refreshments will be provided.

For further information and to book your place, please go to:

http://swansea.prospects.ac.uk/

  • Click on Events Calendar
  • Select:  Date of the Event
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The Careers and Employability Service will be hosting a variety of events and workshops during the week beginning Monday 20th January covering a wide range of topics.

The full programme will be published on the Careers and Employability website during the week beginning 6 January 2014.

Workshops during My Employability week will include the following:-

  • Careers and Cakes – informal drop-in event
  • Getting started with career ideas
  • Managing your online presence and using social media for job hunting
  • Writing an effective CV and cover letter
  • Finding and preparing for graduate jobs
  • Career decision making
  • Developing an employability mindset
  • Analysing what you can offer an employer
  • Making successful applications
  • Interview skills and psychometric testing
  • preparing for assessment centres
  • The Higher Education Achievement Award (HEAR) and Employability Awards
  • Completing successfulapplications (GO Wales)
  • Using social media for job hunting
  • Getting into teaching
  • International Students – What next after your degree?

Get Ready for Work!

5th, 6th and 7th June 2013

The Careers and Employability Service will be offering workshops as follows:
Commercial Awareness / Clueless! / Managing your e-Presence / CV Workshops / Job Applications & Interviews / How to Stand Out from the Crowd:  An Employer’s Perspective / How to impress an Employer / Personal Branding.

Click here to download the programme.

Target Audience:  Final Year Students but also open to all who are interested in attending.

Get Ready For Work!

Wednesday 5th June
Thursday 6th June
Friday 7th June

The Careers and Employability Service will be offering workshops as follows:

On Commercial Awareness / Clueless! / Managing your e-Presence / CV Workshops / Job Applications & Interviews / How to Stand Out from the Crowd:  An Employer’s Perspective / How to Impress an Employer / Personal Branding / Understanding Commercial Awareness.

Further information coming very soon.

Target Audience:  Final Year Students, but also open to all who are interested.

Penna, a global Human Resources services group, carried out a survey of 96 employers between July and October 2012 which you can download here.  It focuses on how recruiters use Social Media both personally and professionally, looking to gauge their success with regard to monitoring and managing their reputation, as well as covering more controversial issues such as using Social Media for recruitment and selection.  It also addresses the question of how applicants’ online presence may affect their employment prospects.

“The majority of companies have no policy in place for how Social Media should be used as part of the recruitment process; all the same, social content is still widely used to evaluate candidates. The message here is probably primarily for candidates – manage your accounts carefully and be clear in the segregation of your profiles between personal and professional. For recruiters there is clearly a need to think carefully about whether social information can be used to inform recruitment – as people share more, Social Media could well provide valuable insights as long as the information gained can be used objectively.”

As recently as 2010, Human Resources management generally felt uncomfortable about using Social Media for recruitment, but two years on the majority of graduate recruiters actively use it and support its use.  They recognise the importance of monitoring their own online presence across blogs, chatrooms, online news stories, Twitter, Facebook etc, and managing their branding in order to be the employer of choice and attract the best applicants.

The Writer are a UK business language consultancy who have worked with careers advisers in UK Universities over the past two years to offer undergraduates (2nd years) the chance to take part in their two day word experience.  It’s like work experience, but wordy.  A group of 20 students came and spent time with The Writer in a work-shop-type way where they covered practical things like how to improve their CV and cover letter writing.  But the bigger point of the two days though was to get the English Literature students thinking in a wider way about the possibilities of a career in writing.  There isn’t only the option of being a novelist or a journalist – there is so much more.

Applications are now open for the 2013 Word Experience…experience which is taking place on the 11th and 12th of April.

Click here for information on The Writer’s website.

The Blind in Business charitable trust helps blind and partially sighted people into work.  This open day will take place between 11.00 and 14.00 on 30th January at:

Blind in Business Office
1 London Wall Buildings
London Wall
London
EC2M 5PG

Refreshments will be provided.

This event will provide:

  • Opportunities  for consultations with staff
  • CV workshops
  • A great opportunity to network
  • Career guidance

For more information call 0207 588 1885

OR email:  media@blindinbusiness.org.uk

Monday, 18 February 2013 from 10:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

This event is for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in ecological careers.  Visit http://youngecobes.eventbrite.co.uk/ for more information.  Tickets cost £10 and can be bought online.

There will be a series of inspiring talks on a wide range of ecological career paths, followed by useful career management workshops discussing your CV and online presence.

Discover your next steps during the Q&A session, before networking with the experts who can make it happen!

Just a quick reminder about our Careers Fair on Thursday:-

Time:  10.00 am – 3.00 pm, 4th October 2012
Venue:  Marquee in front of Fulton House

  • This is your chance to meet recruiters from a wide range of employment sectors.
  • Our Careers Advisers will also be running a CV clinic if you would like some advice on this.
  • If you complete one of our student surveys at the Fair, you will have the option to be entered in a prize draw to win a Uni bus term ticket worth £156.  This has been kindly donated by First Cymru Buses Ltd.

Click here for more information.

This autumn & winter, the IOP has an excellent line up of companies wanting to invite you to their careers evenings, including:  Seagate Technology, IBM, Atkins, Bank of England, TTP, Lockheed Martin and Corporate Risk Associates.  The host companies are interested in recruiting physics graduates on completion of their studies.  Attending these events is an excellent way of finding out what graduate careers are available in these organisations, and how you could boost your chances of securing an interview.

Dates:

  • Seagate Technology, 26 September, 2pm – 4pm, Belfast
  • IBM, 17 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, London
  • Atkins, 24 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm , London
  • Bank of England, 7 November, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, London
  • TTP, 14 November, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, London
  • Lockheed Martin, 5 December 6.30pm – 8.30pm, London
  • Corporate Risk Associates, 23 January 2013, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, London

All events will be held on a Wednesday afternoon or evening.

If you wish to attend these events, please click here to book:  http://www.iop.org/events/careers/index.html

If you have any questions, please contact:

Vishanti Fox
Careers Manager
The Institute of Physics
76 Portland Place
London W1B 1NT
E-mail: vishanti.fox@iop.org
Direct Tel: +44 (0)20 7470 4906
Fax: +44 (0)20 7470 4900

Time:  10.00 am – 3.00 pm, 4th October 2012
Venue:  Marquee in front of Fulton House

  • This is your chance to meet recruiters from a wide range of employment sectors.
  • Our Careers Advisers will also be running a CV clinic if you would like some advice on this.
  • If you complete one of our student surveys at the Fair, you will have the option to be entered in a prize draw to win a Uni bus term ticket worth £156.  This has been kindly donated by First Cymru Buses Ltd.

Click here for more information on our website.

Final year students – get ready for work!

Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th June 2012

Swansea Employability Academy and the Careers & Employability Service are hosting a series of workshops for final year students. These workshops are designed to improve your knowledge and skills in the job application and interview process and to help to prepare yourself ready for the employment sector.

Click here to view the full programme.

Two of our students reached the final of the recent national TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards.

Ollie Brooks, a second year Civil Engineering student, won the Construction Engineering and Design of the Year Award, and Alexei Nicholas, a second year Mechanical Engineering student, was shortlisted for the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award.

Read the full story here.

The Society of Biology and several of their Member Organisations have recently produced a careers resource for undergraduate bioscience students:- ‘Next Steps:  Options after a Bioscience Degree‘.

The guide includes information about:

  • Postgraduate study and funding
  • Job hunting
  • Advice on applications and interviews.

The EU Civil Service needs intelligent, bright, motivated British graduates to apply for a truly international career.

Careers in the EU are packed from the outset with interesting, challenging and responsible work that really makes a difference. You will have the opportunity to work and travel all over Europe and the world – shaping policies and creating legislation that impacts the lives of over 500 million people in 27 different countries.

The Foreign Office is leading a campaign to raise awareness of careers in the EU by launching ‘EU Careers Month’ on 1st March. You can visit the ‘EU Careers’ website at http://careers.guardian.co.uk/eucareers which contains all the information you will need to discover what the EU has to offer, alongside: videos, case studies, presentations and helpful advice.

  • Take part in a live online Q+A on Wednesday 21st March where a panel of EU career experts will answer any questions you have.
  • Watch this video to hear what Julien – European Parliament, has to say about the application process, moving to Brussels and his job so far.

Visit http://www.fco.gov.uk for British foreign policy news and travel advice and http://blogs.fco.gov.uk to read Foreign and Commonwealth Office blogs.

Careers Talks Coming Soon

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR PLACE TO ATTEND ANY OF THE TALKS BELOW.
please go to the Careers Helpdesk or go to
http://www.swan.ac.uk/careers/careerstalksevents/
Register here to view details and book online to attend talks and presentations.
Once you have registered and logged in, click on:

  • What’s On
  • View Careers Calendar

Monday 27th February
12:30 – 13:30
CV Workshop  GOWALES

“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.

Tuesday 28th February
12:30 – 13:30
CV Workshop GOWALES

“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.

Tuesday 28th February (Rescheduled Talk)
17:00 – 18:00
AWF

The talk will go over a number of marine based projects offering low cost research and conservation opportunities with cetaceans, shark, turtles, coral reef etc in the Canaries, Caribbean, Sri Lanka and West Africa.  see www.awf-volunteeringabroad.org for blogs and details

Thursday 8th March
16:30 – 18:00
Enterprise Rent a Car

What Graduate Recruiters look For & Surviving Assessment Centres:  The session will be an interactive workshop where I will take students through the job application process, interviews and to Assessment centers. Students will find out how to best succeed in these using their skills and experience and I will talk about what graduate recruiters are looking for in today’s competitive market. They will also have a chance to think about behavioral interviewing and take part in some real assessment center activities.

Tuesday 13th March
12:30 – 13:30
CV Workshop GOWALES

“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.

Tuesday 20th March
17:00 – 18:00
US-UK Fulbright Commission

Interested in studying in the US?  The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers prestigious scholarship awards (in any field at any US university) for postgraduate study and research in the US, as well as a free advisory service for interested students. Join Fulbright advisors for a session on ‘Postgraduate Study in the US’ aimed at students applying for entry in 2013-14 and beyond. This session will give an overview of the US application process, including information on how to choose a degree programme, complete your applications and funding options including the Fulbright awards.

Thursday 22nd March
17:00 – 18:00
HSBC

Further information to follow.

We are also awaiting confirmation about talks by Leadbitter and Logica.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR PLACE TO ATTEND ANY OF THE ABOVE TALKS
please go to the Careers Helpdesk or go to
http://www.swan.ac.uk/careers/careerstalksevents/
Register here to view details and book online to attend talks and presentations.
Once you have registered and logged in, click on:

  • What’s On
  • View Careers calendar

RNIB Cymru is inviting blind and visually impaired students to a FREE five day residential course in Cardiff in July 2012.

The programme will guide you through the process of looking for employment, from job searching to interview techniques including:

  • CV Workshops
  • Filling in applications
  • Applying for funding through Access to Work
  • How to prepare for an interview, including advice from an image consultant
  • Disclosure of visual impairment to a potential employer
  • Mock interviews by HR departments from leading companies
  • Empowerment and motivational exercises delivered by the Kaisen Partnership

This course is open to all blind and visually impaired students and ex-students who wish to gain employment.  The course is limited to 16 students so book early!

Last year’s course participants said:

“I strongly believe that his course should be run as much as possible as the confidence, emotional security and practical skills it has given participants can not be underestimated.”

Who Can Apply
The course has been designed for blind and partially sighted students, or those who have recently left education, who either studied in or are resident in Wales and are interested in developing their employability skills and in looking for work.

When and where
16th to 20th July at the Holiday Inn Hotel in the centre of Cardiff.

Staffing
All the support staff and volunteers have undergone visual awareness training by RNIB Cymru. There will be staff resident for the whole week.

Cost: Free of charge
This includes:

  • Accommodation in a single occupancy room and all meals
  • Trained support staff
  • Travel costs from the centre of Cardiff (if your travel costs to Cardiff are prohibitive please contact us).

Book your place today!
The deadline for the return of completed application forms is Friday 1st June 2012 (late applications will only be considered if places are still available)
When allocating places we depend on the information given on the application form to ensure that we have good staffing levels and safety arrangements in place therefore please give us as much information as possible.

For an application form or to discuss the course further please contact:

Doug Churchley Employment Advisor
Telephone: 07918072346
Email:  doug.churchley@rnib.org.uk
Or
Helen Gummett-Preece, Employment Advisor
Telephone: 07833441305
Email:  Helen.gummett-preece@rnib.org.uk

Here is some food for thought from Ron McGowan, author of  “How to Find WORK in the 21st Century”:

“Clean up your online presence.
The first thing employers will do is to see what they can find out about you on the Internet. Are you ready for that? They may look at your Facebook page during the interview. Are you ready for that?

“Look for WORK, not a JOB.
Don’t scare off employers by communicating that you’re looking for a job and all the traditional benefits that go with it. Make it easy for them to hire you by making it clear that you are happy to accept part-time, temporary, or contract work. If you are equipped to work from home, tell them that too. It may appeal to them.

“Ditch the resume.
EVERYBODY is using a resume. In your initial contact with employers, make yourself stand out in a positive way with more creative tools that are marketing oriented and focused on the employer’s needs. It’s OK to have a resume to take to the interview. But first you have to get there.

“Think.
Put yourself in the shoes of any employer you plan to contact. Why would they be interested in you? What exactly do you have to offer them? Show them in your first contact with them that you know about them, the type of work they do and the industry they’re in. NEVER send out lots of resumes in a shotgun fashion.

“Why should we hire you?
Assume you’ll be asked this question during the interview and be ready to answer it. Focus on the key points you made in the material you sent to them. Those are what got you the interview.

“Bite your tongue.
Talking too much in the interview is among the biggest mistakes graduates make according to employers and recruiters. The more prepared you are for the interview, the less inclined you’ll be to ramble on.

“Do your homework.
There’s a wealth of information available on the employer’s web site. Amazingly, many graduates never take the time to thoroughly analyze this information and be ready to answer questions about it in the interview. It will also help if you can talk about some of the key issues going on in their industry.

“Create your own job.
Instead of waiting for someone to offer you a job, consider what millions of graduates around the world have been doing for years; i.e. operate as a freelancer. The following will give you an overview of the world of freelancing:

“Finally, you may get some business ideas at:   www.springwise.com.”

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.