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.

WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER?

Take the BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test) this June or July in London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf for the chance to attend an exclusive networking event in London.

Future leaders in finance will be brought together from around Europe on Thursday, 1st August 2013 at the National History Museum in London to exchange ideas and establish themselves as the next generation of financial leaders.

WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE

  1. Exclusive invitation-only private Bloomberg Institute event to the top BAT scorers this summer
  2. Enjoy the company of other smart students
  3. Ability to enhance your social network exponentially
  4. Ability to network with top students and industry experts
  5. Enjoy this catered event and exclusive afterhours access to the museum.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  1. Take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) anytime from 1 June to 25 July 2013
  2. Score among the Top 200 test-takers to receive an invite to the exclusive networking event at the Natural History Museum in London on 1st of August 2013.

Register for the BAT at www.takethebat.com.  Frequent test sessions are held in the Bloomberg Institute’s offices, but if you cannot find a session near you and can muster 10 test-takers, email Bloomberg at bat@bloomberginstitute.com and they will bring the BAT to you!

SHARE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GUARANTEE ATTENDANCE

You may guarantee your spot at this EVENT by helping Bloomberg secure 15 test-takers and emailing their names to Klaudyna Rajchel, krajchel@bloomberg.net.

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

This presentation will take place on Tuesday 27 November 2012.
Venue:  Room 130 – 1st Floor – Keir Hardy
Time:  17.000 – 18.00

Passionate about cutting edge technology? Join us as we help you crack the code to graduate success and give you unparalleled insight into BT’s technology graduate scheme!

Along with top tips on how to progress through the interview process, we’ll explore the wide range of opportunities and benefits open to BT’s graduates – from creating new technologies and supporting some of the world’s biggest institutions to personalised on-going development.  In addition, we will provide you with insight into what you can expect from life as a BT technology graduate earning £30,500.

We’re keen to meet you if you’d like to work in Software, Network, Research or Security roles and come from a Computer Science or Electrical & Electronics Engineering-related background.

To sustain our projects – everything from facilitating and supporting the NYSE’s network to rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband, we invest heavily in our talent and welcome the brightest young minds into the BT family. We nurture an environment in which everyone can thrive and become experts in the fields of their choice and grow with the business to reach their full potential.

This presentation is facilitated by: Future Board on behalf of BT
When booking your place for this event, please kindly use your Student Number

The registration/login page:  http://bit.ly/RHg6v8

Please click on ‘Careers Calendar’

Select the above event and sign up.

Tesco Student Challenge

Bright Futures at Swansea University is working with Cardiff Bright Futures to organise the Tesco Student Challenge on 21st November 2012, 1.30 – 5.30 pm.

The challenge requires students to work in teams of 5 to pitch an idea to employers.  This event offers the chance to learn new skills, consolidate existing skills and to network with those in industry.  Corporates from the Finance, Marketing, Business and other sectors will be there on hand for you to talk to.  Also the winners of the challenge EACH get £100 in Tesco vouchers to spend on anything they want!!!

If you are interested then please email your name and student number to jessli911@hotmail.com. Or if you’d like more information on the event please feel free to email any questions.

Only 10 places available (can be flexible dependent upon numbers).

Bright Futures is looking to get transport organized, but if the expenses are too costly then participants can catch the train for £7.80 return.

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.

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.

Think before you click

Protect your reputation online!

Your online presence is important for your future – so make sure you protect it.

Here’s a short video on the subject from commoncraft.com:  www.commoncraft.com/video/protecting-reputations-online

Click here to see lots more videos about life online, and life skills generally, in the Commoncraft video library.

The University of Surrey is looking for 10 unemployed graduates (from any UK university and who have been unemployed for 6 months or more) who live in or close to Guildford in Surrey to take part (for free) in the annual enterprise summer school from 20th to 22nd June 2012.  This is a residential bootcamp  in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts where teams of students from undergrad to postgrad, and  from diverse courses such as engineering, maths and business to photography, fine arts and fashion, all collaborate to build and test  ideas and business concepts for social and profit-making enterprises.  During the three days there are a number of visiting entrepreneurs and a networking dinner with local businesses.

Over the last five years most students have been glowing in their feedback (“inspirational” etc.) and quite a few have subsequently started their own businesses.  Some even come back to tell the new students how they did it!

The reason to involve local unemployed graduates is both to help them think about starting their own business and to give them links into their local (but not necessarily their alma mater) university.

The normal cost for a student attendee is £95 in total for the three days (including all accommodation, training and meals) but this will be fully subsidized this year for the 10 unemployed local graduates.

Interested unemployed graduates should apply in the first instance to Tracy Hampton at the University of Surrey by email to t.hampton@surrey.ac.uk by 30th April 2012.

The updated Psychology Student Employability Guide, published by the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network, has now replaced the first edition on the HEA website.  Click here to download it.

FREE TV Training Scheme

The Network is MGEITF’s (MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival)  unique career development scheme for people who want to work in TV. It is a 4 day programme of free workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities and career advice which runs alongside the Edinburgh International Television Festival in Edinburgh at the end of August.

  • The Network FREE TV skills training is a comprehensive introduction to working in TV in the UK.   It will be held in Edinburgh on 22nd – 25th August 2012.
  • NO qualifications are needed!
  • Successful candidates will work with top producers who make shows for BBC,  ITV,  Sky and Channel 4 and get the opportunity to question TV execs who have the power to give them a job.
  • Alumni have gone on to successful careers in TV, including jobs on QI,  Big Brother,  Newsround and The X Factor.

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.”

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.

LinkedIn is a networking site with a career/professional focus; it’s all about:

  • Creating a professional profile and developing your ‘brand’.  (Make your profile public so you can be found, keep it up to date and use your public profile URL in your email signature and CV.)
  • Sharing professional insights.
  • Tapping into and extending your network to find business contacts and career opportunities, and to help and support your contacts as well.

LinkedIn includes a Students and Recent Graduatess 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.

It all helps to increase the visibility of your portfolio of experience in a world where mobility is increasing, employment contracts are often short-term, and employers research potential candidates online.

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. Be aware that some recruiters may compare what you put in a CV or application form with your online profile.

LawCareers.net introduces CityLawLIVE a one-day conference for students considering a career as a solicitor with a leading City law firm.  The event is ideal for both law students and non-law students who are considering or undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion route.

Visit www.citylawlive.com for details of the programme and how to apply for a place.

This will be a great way to learn about the reality of legal practice at a leading City firm.  It will help you understand the value of English law in the world economy, gain a much better idea of the types of work undertaken by the international firms in the City, and be able to participate in a firm-led workshop.  The conference offers some  fantastic networking opportunities with law firm partners, and Freshfields will be running a CV surgery.

The event will be fully catered, including a two-course networking lunch.  It takes place on Saturday 25 February 2012 at One Great George Street, just off Parliament Square in Central London.  The law  firm sponsors have generously agreed to subsidise the event heavily so the cost of a student delegate ticket is  now  just £29.  It is recommended that students submit their application this  term.  The deadline is 6 January 2012.

Students who are unable to attend the conference will in any event benefit from following CityLawLIVE’s newsfeed on either Twitter or Facebook. These feeds are ideal for any student hoping to increase their commercial awareness: CityLawLIVE publishes the most important legal and business news stories each day, together with articles written by law firms and links to pro bono opportunities, law student competitions and legal careers advice.
If you would like more information about CityLawLIVE please visit www.citylawlive.com website or contact: Anna Williams on 020 7234 0606 or via info@citylawlive.com.

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.

Bright Futures builds networks with leading graduate employers to help you get your dream job.

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.

LinkedIn is a networking site with a career/professional focus; it’s all about:

  • Creating a professional profile and developing your ‘brand’.  (Make your profile public so you can be found, keep it up to date and use your public profile URL in your email signature and CV.)
  • Sharing professional insights.
  • Tapping into and extending your network to find business contacts and career opportunities, and to help and support your contacts as well.

LinkedIn includes a Students and Recent Graduatess 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.

It all helps to increase the visibility of your portfolio of experience in a world where mobility is increasing, employment contracts are often short-term, and employers research potential candidates online.

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. Be aware that some recruiters may compare what you put in a CV or application form with your online profile.

The University of Liverpool Careers & Employability Service has a number of events and initiatives to support those graduating this summer and who will be returning to Merseyside.

Gradvantage:  a FREE 10 day training programme for unemployed graduates living in Merseyside.  Courses will take place in June and July 2011.

Graduate to Merseyside:  This initiative  has a very successful track record in identifying paid graduate oportunities with small/medium size busineses in the Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral areas.

Liverpool Graduate Recruitment Festival, 7th June 2011:  Up to 70 organisations are expected to attend from a wide range of sectors providing opportunities for students and graduates from all degree disciplines.

Information about the above initiatives and how to register can be found at www.gradvantage.co.uk.

Seliger is an international project aimed at uniting  the world leaders of tomorrow.  700 exceptional individuals will come together to build an international network.  The event will be held in a forest, Lake Seliger, Russia from 1st to 9th July 2011.  The application deadline is 1st May 2011 - apply as early as possible if you need a  visa to visit Russia.

Discussion topics will cover mass media and public relations, business and enterprise, civil and social development and world politics.

See www.interseliger.com for more details.