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.

Our next Careers Fair will take place on Friday 10th October 2014 from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

Further details will be published on our website at www.swansea.ac.uk/careers/whatson/ later in the year.

Bloomburg Assessment

Due to demand Bloomburg Assessment are back on campus on Wednesday 19 March from 2.00pm – 4.00pm in Training Room 2.

Bloomberg is currently offering students from all degree backgrounds & years of study the chance to take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test FREE of charge! The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) is a tool designed to help you gain insights to your strengths and weaknesses as relative to a career in business or finance ,with the option of showcasing your abilities to a range of over 20,000 employers from around the world!

The next opportunities to participate FREE OF CHARGE at the University of Swansea are:

Wednesday 19th March 2014 from 2.00pm -  4.00pm


REGISTER HERE

All questions on the BAT evaluate aptitude rather than knowledge. This means you do NOT have to have a background in Finance in order to do well on the test. The test is anonymous which means employers cannot find your test results by searching for your name.
The test consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions that place you into frequently encountered workplace scenarios and ask you to make decisions as if you were on the job.
Over 140,000 students have taken the BAT in over 1,500 universities around the world and in the past few months over 30,000 students have been contacted by employers to discuss job opportunities. Employers using the Talent Search are seeking a wide range of skill sets and experience for a variety of roles, including roles in Consultancy, Accounting, Insurance, Compliance, Research and Development, Investment Banking, Sales, HR, Trading, Marketing, Analytics and Global Data.
In addition to providing access to traditional entry level schemes, the BAT also provides students an exclusive avenue to be recruited by Hedge Funds and small boutique financial firms that are normally very difficult to engage.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be contacted for interesting career opportunities from great employers worldwide!

10MinutesWith.com

Swansea University has recently established a partnership with 10 Minutes With (www.10MinutesWith.com), an educational website designed to help students understand the true nature of different jobs.

Featuring short video-interviews with influential business leaders, 10 Minutes With helps students understand what working in a particular function would look like and the skills they require before launching specific career paths (whether in Finance, Marketing, Law, etc).

Recent interviews include:

  • Sandra Davis – Head of Family Law – Mishcon de Reya
  • Kevin Langley – Head of Client Support and Implementation – VISA
  • Chris Edginton – Senior Electrical Engineer – ARUP
  • Olga Lyudovyk – Head of Business Development (Asia) – Marks & Spencer

How to Gain Access to 10 Minutes With:

1. The simplest way to get started is to sign up for a username and password on the website at www.10MinutesWith.com; 2. Select the link New User in the top right corner of the front page; 3. From here you will be asked to enter your Swansea University email address; 4. Once this is done by clicking on the button, you will be asked to create your own account; 5. Once this is filled, you will be automatically sent an email with username and password; you will now have immediate access to the website.

Click here to view our forthcoming programme of talks.  These include:

  • Employers’ presentations about specific careers and professions, placements, skills development, year out and volunteering opportunities
  • Workshops to help you develop your employability and career management skills.

More talks are being added to our programme all the time, so keep any eye on the events section of our website at   www.swansea.ac.uk/careers/careersfairevents where you can find further information and book online to attend the ones you’re interested in.

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.

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service recently welcomed a group of careers professionals from Serbia.  They spent a week with us to get some more ideas for developing their own services to help Serbian students improve their career prospects.

You can view the full story and some photo’s here.

We had a very interesting and enjoyable week – a real boost to our international networks.

A Vitae SWW Hub Event

Date:   Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Time:  From 10.00 am  to 4.00 pm
Venue:  The Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol, Avon

  • Discover a range of career stories
  • Meet employers
  • Take part in employability workshops
  • Talk to careers advisers
  • Network with researchers from other institutions


FREE
for all PhD researchers and research staff in universities in the South West and Wales.

Places are limited so register your interest by going to:
www.vitae.ac.uk/swwhubresearch.

Transport may be laid on from your university.

Anyone interested should contact Danielle Mitchell D.M.Mitchell@swansea.ac.uk from the Academic and Professional Enhancement Centre so that she can keep you informed of transport arrangements and keep track of numbers.

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.

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

Bright Futures E-magazine

Bright Futures builds networks locally and nationally with Students’ Unions and leading graduate employers to help you get your dream job.

Check out the Bright Futures newsletter where you can view their new e-magazine in full.  It’s full of great advice, information, guidance and employer opportunities.

Being part of the Bright Futures Society at Swansea University can help you develop the employability skills that businesses need, and get you in the know about jobs, internships, mentoring programmes, training conferences, webinars and lots more.

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 Bright Futures Society are hosting their annual ‘Accounting Afternoon’ on Tuesday 15th November in the Margam Building, rooms 317-318 from 2pm-5pm.

They are welcoming students from all year groups including masters and PhD students from any degree discipline who are looking to find out more information regarding careers within the professional services sector.   This is a great opportunity to meet face to face and network with the recruiters who are looking for graduates for internship and full time roles and also are willing to give help and advice with successful recruitment applications – including psychometric testing and mock interviews, professional qualifications after graduation and interview tips and techniques – a chance to find out what you need to be successful at interview. If you interested in a career within in the following professions shown below we would recommend you attend.

  • Actuarial
  • Assurance
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Advisory
  • Tax
  • ACA and ACCA qualifications advice

The afternoon will give students the opportunity to meet and network with the attending corporate guests who this year are:

  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Deloitte
  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

To confirm your place at the event (and  to receive the schedule) please send an email with your name and student number to: Swansea@brightfutures.co.uk   Places are limited to 30 and there will be a guest list, so if you have not confirmed via email then there is a chance there won’t be space for you on the day.

Visit the Bright Futures website for more information.

The Bright Futures committee look forward to seeing you there.

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.