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.
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:
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
European risk managers
The website also contains employer information for all the key
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 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.
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:-
Abercrombie & Fitch
ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
Arriva Trains Wales
BUNAC – Working Adventures Worldwide
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
College of Law
Delphi Diesel Systems
Discovery Student Volunteering
ELTS (English Language Training Services)
GE Aviation Wales
GO WALES (Graduate Opportunities Wales)
HM Revenue & Customs
Intellectual Property Office
International Experience Canada – High Commission of Canada
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.
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.
Here’s a taster of our employer videos from Abintegro which you can view when you log into Blackboard. The videos cover CVs, interviews, job hunting and Career Planning. To see more videos, go to Blackboard > My Studies > Interactive Career Planning > Employer videos.
The ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) offers advice, support and information to help you explore career options and entry routes, including opportunities for graduates of any degree discipline.