Be inspired!

  • Find out about jobs that you had no idea you had skills for!
  • Generate new job ideas.
  • Think about what really motivates you.

The British Council China will run a series of workshops in the UK from 26 October to 3 November 2013.  This year they are working in partnership with Zhaopin.com to invite well known businesses to take part in this event.  Chinese students will be able to explore their interests and skills to further help them explore the career development process.  Participants will also have the chance to interact with business representatives who will be able to offer career development advice and information on their own job opportunities.

One of the sessions will be in Bristol – not far to travel from Swansea.

Event Details:

Manchester Session
Date & time: Saturday 26th October 2013, 10:00-17:00
Address: University Place, the University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Edinburgh Session
Date & time: Sunday 27th October 2013, 13:00-18:00
Address: George Square Theatre, George Square, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Bristol Session
Date & time: Thursday 31st October 2013, 13:00-18:00
Address: Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ

London Session
Date & time: Sunday 03rd November 2013, 13:00-18:00
Address: Lecture Theatre 1, Ground Floor, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London, London SE1 1UL

Students studying across the UK are welcome to take part in these events.

Please visit below link for more event details or to sign up to attend this workshop:

http://www.alumniuk.org.cn/cn/baomin/xyhd/xyzhaomu.aspx?aid=237

Last Friday saw the launch at Barclays in London’s Canary Wharf of final reports for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services’ (AGCAS) and Association of Graduate Recruiters’ (AGR) project funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills together with the AGCAS website for students at http://www.graduate-success.org.uk/.

The Graduate Success website includes lots of short videos and case studies on a wide range of topics, such as

  • Making the most of a placement
  • Work experience
  • Career choice and planning
  • Using you Careers Service etc.

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!

GO Wales can help you get a head start in today’s competitive job market.  They have a dedicated team here on campus to help you find quality work experience that can improve your CV and employability.

GO Wales Work Tasters are organised according to your needs.  They are bespoke periods of work experience designed to help you make informed career choices.  Tasters are short, flexible and enable students and graduates to gain experience of working in a particular career, industry or business sector.

Work Tasters:

  • Normally last 3 days up to 10 days.
  • Are unpaid.  You observe and maybe take part in some selected tasks but you’re not an employee of the organisation while on a Work Taster.  GO Wales can help you with travel expenses.

Some work taster examples include:

  • Graphic design
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Copywriting
  • IT
  • Heritage
  • Archiving
  • Office admin
  • International Relations
  • Media
  • Support work
  • Charity work
  • Many others!

If you’d like to take part in the scheme, visit www.gowales.co.uk and register for a Work Taster, telling us more about what you are looking for, when you are available etc.  You’ll then be invited in to meet with one of the team and discuss your ideas further.  If you have any queries, you can email worktasters@swansea.ac.uk or call 01792 606719.

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.

The NUS teamed up with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to produce Working Towards Your Future – a handy guide to the skills and attributes that employers look for.  It demystifies “Employability” and gives lots of useful advice on developing employability skills through your course work, getting involved in clubs, societies, volunteering and work experience.

For more information about the help and advice that you can get from the Careers and Employability Service, visit us at www.swansea.ac.uk/careers, or call in at our Helpdesk in the central hall on Level 3 of the Library.

Employer insights

Get inside information to help your applications and interview technique stand out from the crowd!

You can find this information in profiles of key graduate employers on the following websites:

These sites are well worth exploring for vital information on lots of other Careers and Employability topics too.

UK / Malaysia GradLink

The UK/Malaysia GradLink website is aimed at connecting Malaysian students studying across the UK with opportunities in Malaysia.

The website is completely open access and includes job and internship vacancy boards for Malaysian based opportunities, case studies of Malaysian graduates and Malaysian employer profiles.

News from the Chartered Insurance Institute:

Summer placements
Allianz, one of the most successful global companies in the insurance and risk management sector, has confirmed it has extended its deadline for its summer placement scheme to Monday 30 April. Not only does this scheme offer excellent insight into the breadth of opportunities that exist in the sector (from underwriting and claims to less sector-specific roles such as marketing, IT and general management), the scheme also offers successful candidates the opportunity to fast-track on to the Allianz graduate scheme.

For more information on this opportunity click here.  You can also watch a vidcast of one of Allianz’s recent graduates, Claire White, by clicking here.

Graduate schemes
Kiln, a company in the London Market, the world’s biggest for international insurance and reinsurance, has just opened its graduate scheme. Roles are available in Underwriting, Claims and IT, with six positions available in their City of London office. This isn’t just a great opportunity to work in a successful and global business, it’s also in the top 20 of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, so you can be sure that staff development will be of the highest quality.

For the full description click here.  You can also watch a vidcast of one of Kiln’s recent graduates, Laila Khudairi, by clicking here.

You can earn up to £15,000 while training to teach Modern Foreign Languages at Swansea Metropolitan University.   Please note that this figure is dependent on the classification of degree and subject.

Enthusiastic teachers are needed for this shortage subject in England and Wales.

Drop in on Teaching Information Day Easter 2012.
Why not come along and talk to PGCE tutors about getting into teaching.

Tuesdy 3rd April 2012
4pm – 6pm
Swansea Metropolitan University
Townhill Campus

To register your interest in attending please call:
Laura Aston on
01792 481202
or email laura.aston@smu.ac.uk

The new Psychology Student Employability Guide has been published by the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network, and this resource is available FREE of charge on the HEA website at www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines/psychology.  This page currently links to the 2008 edition, but the HEA will shortly be uploading the 2011 version.

In the meantime, the 2011 version is available via the psychology network archive at www.pnarchive.org/docs/pdf/EMPLOYABILITY_GUIDE.pdf.

There are many options open to Psychology graduates, and  this guide covers both traditional and emerging branches of professional practice as a psychologist, together with other possible career paths.

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.

Insights/advice for and from professional communities including:

  • Careers:  CVs, jobs, different employment sectors and lots more career management topics
  • Social Enterprise:  Business ventures supporting the well-being of communities locally and globally
  • Voluntary Sector Network:  Information on policy, careers and work practices
  • And lots more! …

Visit www.guardian.co.uk/guardian-professional.

The Chartered Insurance Institute is the world’s largest professional body for insurance, risk and financial services with more than 100,000 members in over 150 countries:

You can find comprehensive information resources on their Discover Risk website at http://www.discoverrisk.co.uk/ – this website continues to have new video and text case studies of those working in the profession in a huge range of areas.  For example:

  • International brokers
  • Cyber-insurance specialists
  • Loss adjusters
  • European risk managers

The website also contains employer information for all the key

  • Insurers
  • Brokerages
  • Loss adjusters
  • Reinsurers
  • Lloyd’s of London

There is also information on graduate schemes and summer placement opportunities on the site, through the News section and the employer profile pages, making it easy to obtain key information in one place.

The following webpage provides students and advisers with key insights from a selection of employers and their recent graduates – http://www.discoverrisk.co.uk/iag/downloads.aspx

The CII also delivers student-facing events at universities across the country.  These events, which feature practitioners from insurance, risk and financial planning, give students real insight and signpost them to recruiting employers. The CII has delivered around 20 events so far, with another 20+ to follow. Please click here for their list of events.

Discover membership is a low-cost, high-value membership option specifically for students at UK universities who are considering a career in insurance, risk or financial services.  Rather than paying £100+ a year, students pay £35 a year and receive the following benefits:

  • Access to local and regional networking events
  • Access to market data – to help students understand more about the global markets and prepare before interviews
  • Access to an exclusive Linkedin group which features employers and recruiters
  • Allows students to demonstrate their commitment to a sector on their CV

Finally, the CII’s presence on social media channels (Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook) help students understand more about the sector and see the latest graduate opportunities.

View the full programme for our Swansea University Careers Fair 2011.

The Fair will take place on Thursday 20 October 2011 from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm in the marquee outside Fulton House.

Following on from my last blog post, here’s a list of organisations who have confirmed that they will be attending the Swansea University Careers Fair on Thursday 20 October 2011 from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm in the marquee outside Fulton House:-

  1. Abercrombie & Fitch
  2. ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  3. Army
  4. Arriva Trains Wales
  5. Bouygues UK
  6. BUNAC – Working Adventures Worldwide
  7. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  8. College of Law
  9. Deloitte LLP
  10. Delphi Diesel Systems
  11. Discovery Student Volunteering
  12. ELTS (English Language Training Services)
  13. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  14. GE Aviation Wales
  15. GO WALES (Graduate Opportunities Wales)
  16. HM Revenue & Customs
  17. HSBC
  18. Intellectual Property Office
  19. International Experience Canada – High Commission of Canada
  20. International Rectifier
  21. Leadbitter Construction
  22. Lidl UK GmbH
  23. Logica
  24. Mewn (Minority Ethnic Womens Network)
  25. Morgan Cole Services Ltd
  26. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  27. Projects Abroad
  28. RNLI
  29. Royal Air Force
  30. Royal Navy and Royal Marines
  31. RWE npower
  32. SOVA (Supporting Others through Volunteer Action)
  33. Swansea University Careers CV workshop
  34. Swansea Metropolitan University
  35. Swansea University – Business and Economics
  36. Swansea University – Law
  37. Swansea University – Postgraduate Recruitment
  38. Swansea Volunteer Centre  (SVCS)
  39. TATA Steel
  40. Teach First
  41. TLC (Wales) Independent Fostering
  42. Ty Hafan
  43. UNA Exchange – volunteering worldwide
  44. Venture Wales – business support
  45. WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action)
  46. Whizz Kidz

Date:  Thursday 20 October 2011
Time:  10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Location:  Marquee in front of Fulton House
Eligibility:  All Swansea University students

This event is being organised in association with Campus Catering.

Our annual Careers Fair is an opportunity for you to find out more about the career you wish to follow.  It is your chance to meet employers face-to-face and gain information by asking them questions.  It would be a good idea to do some preparation in order to make the most of the day:

  • Research the employers you wish to speak with,
    and think about the questions you would like to ask them
  • Update your CV – you will also be able to have your CV checked at one of our drop-in sessions on the day
  • Be open-minded – you will meet employers whom you may never have considered.

This year over 40 organisations will be promoting a range of careers, further study options and gap year travel, and our professional careers advisors will be on hand throughout the day.

Employer Insights from TARGETjobs is a new feature on their website to help you reseach recruiters before making applications and going to interviews.

These are company-specific reports to give you an idea about what the jobs are like, company culture, core competences, selection procedures, current news etc – and they are regularly updated.

You can choose  to ‘follow’ an employer and receive updates when new information or vacancies are added to the Employer Insight.  You can also take part in a discussion forum with the employer and similarly interested students.

The Institute of Physics will be hosting a series of careers events this autumn, giving you the opportunity to:

  • find out more about the career opportunities in a particular organisation;
  • talk one-to-one with employers;
  • get advice and information about interviews and assessment centres.

Host companies this autumn include:  AWE, BP, CERN, Deloitte, Elektra and Oxford Instruments.  Click here to find out more about the host companies or to register for these events.

If you have any questions, please email members.careers@iop.org.