Final Year Fortnight: it’s not too early in the year to think about your future!

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Think that there’s no point in considering the future until it hits you in the face? Think again. Graduate jobs and schemes are already being advertised for 2018, with closing dates as early as December and January, so it’s important to snatch up opportunities before they’re gone.

The start of your last year of study here at Bath Spa is absolutely key, which is why we’re introducing Final Year Fortnight – a concentrated two weeks of support, whether you’re weighing up what you want to do after university or just need a bit of help to get your applications started.

We’re running an extended programme of drop-ins and workshops alongside our flagship Careers & Opportunities Fair 2017. Whatever your plans, we’re here to help. Remember: it’s not too early in the year to think about your future!

Here’s a selection of the highlights you can look forward to…

Friday 20th October
Final Year Drop-In Session – 11am-1pm, [NP] Steward’s Lodge
CV and Cover Letters for Placements / Graduate Jobs –1pm-2.30pm, [NP] LYG02

Monday 23rd October
Beginner’s Guide to LinkedIn – 1pm-2pm, [NP] LYG02
Graduate Options Panel – 1.30pm-2.30pm, [NP] TN.101

Tuesday 24th October
Teaching: Routes Into and Applying – 1pm-2.30pm [NP] LYG02
Is Master’s Study for You? – 3pm-3.30pm, [NP] LYG02

Thursday 26th October
Graduate Option Panel – 12.30pm-1.30pm, [SH] T.102a

Friday 27th October
Final Year Drop-In Session – 11am-1pm, [NP] Steward’s Lodge
Industry Mentor Scheme Info Session – 1pm-3pm, [NP] CM.124
Find and Apply to Graduate Schemes – 1pm-2pm, [NP] LYG02

Want to find out more? Log into My Career!

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‘Kickstart’ your life after uni!

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Calling all final year students! You’re nearing the finish line!…

Soon you’ll be celebrating your success as a fully-fledged graduate! But what comes next? Have you got an all-important job lined up? Need help on perfecting that winning CV? Don’t panic! Bath Spa Careers are holding a series of events especially for you!

Introducing… ‘Kickstart’ Your Life After Uni

Our Kickstart series is designed to help final-year students prepare for life after university. With graduation on the horizon, we’re here to help you with the essential toolkit to source your graduate career.

Each session will consist of three key workshops, looking at job search strategy, how to show off your best CV, and tips to ensure you ace that interview process. There will be short intermissions, with light refreshments provided.

After you’ve got to grips with the nuts and bolts, you will also have an option to stay behind afterwards and speak with student advisors on staying savvy with finance and well-being.

Booking for this event is essential!

In the mean time, if you have any queries with regards to your future career just pop along to our Final Year drop-in –Every Tuesday from 11am-1pm in Steward’s Lodge!

Considering a year in industry?

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Have you been weighing up the pros and cons of carrying out a year in industry placement as part of your degree? If you are, read on to hear first-hand from Bath Spa student Richard Napier about his experience of working for recruitment firm Hays

“I have been studying Business and Management at Bath Spa, and as part of my degree I wanted to take advantage of an industrial placement to gain exposure to the business world. I did my research via Rate My Placement; however, after speaking to various companies I got the impression I would be doing very basic functions in their businesses rather than gaining real insight.

“During my research, I discovered Hays ­– and the more I read about their 10-to-12-month internship programme the more attracted I was to applying. All of the reviews I read about the placement made it very clear that I would be given a lot of responsibility during my fixed-term contract and in theory run my own business (my desk) with the backing of a global brand (Hays).

“I discovered that I would be rewarded for my hard work through monthly performance bonuses; individual, team and regional incentives; and be offered the same flexible benefits package as all permanent employees.

“I was incredibly excited about the prospect of joining Hays, and when I did start in the business I was not disappointed. I loved the fact I was working in a fast-paced, target-driven and competitive environment, with like-minded people who not only worked hard but had fun doing it.

“Nine months into my internship I am more confident, have developed my sales skills and have had the business exposure work that I was looking for when I originally applied. The skills and knowledge I have gained through my internship cannot be learnt in a classroom. My success at Hays has meant I have been rewarded through remuneration and that money is going towards my post-internship summer vacation fund!

“I am extremely proud to work for the number-one employer of choice in the recruitment industry, and look forward to returning to Hays after my final year of university.”

To find out more about an internship at Hays, contact Talent Scout Richard Napier People and Culture Coordinator Anne-Marie Kalas.

Create a Winning LinkedIn Profile with 10 Top Tips

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On Wednesday 1st March in your diaries, as we will be hosting our interactive LinkedIn Day event throughout Commons, Newton Park.

With various workshops, industry speakers, opportunities to have you photo taken and competitions to get involved in, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss! To get ahead, check out these top tips for your profile:

  1. The profile picture
    Showing off that all-important headshot will help you to gain 14 times more views than you’d receive if you went without. Make sure to give a good impression!
  1. A hot headline
    Alongside your name, this will be the first thing any viewer sees when checking out your profile, so make sure to keep it short and snappy. Keep it current and professional.
  1. Sell your summary
    Supplying a great summary can help you to gain seven times more profile views. Consider it as an elevator pitch; keep it short and to the point, but be make sure you highlight what you’re all about.
  1. Experience gives the extra factor
    Make sure you provide detailed experiences. Whether that’s voluntary work, internships, work experience or a part-time job, it demonstrates that you know what you’re talking about when it comes to your field of interest/study.
  1. Education counts
    You’ve managed to land yourself a place at university and are likely doing well, so ensure you cover all your key qualifications for employers to see.
  1. Include key projects
    If you’ve overseen any notable projects in university or work, you should be showing off your skills. Include links, or embed photographs and videos to alongside your education and experience.
  1. Shout your skills
    Having a key skill that fits with your career could improve your profile views thirteenfold. You likely have more than one, so get noting those technical and team-working abilities now.
  1. Recommendations rock
    Think of a recommendation as a reference on your CV. Likewise, think carefully about who you ask to recommend you and ensure the contact will prove relevant to the career you hope to focus on i.e. if you’re an avid photographer, perhaps don’t get the milkman to shout about your skills…
  1. Share endorsements
    They say sharing is caring, and endorsements do everyone good. Is your best friend good at drawing? Endorse her to confirm it. In return, she might vouch that you are capable of teaching, which reflects well on you. It’s a win-win situation and can make you feel good, too.
  1. Get connected
    Now you’ve completed your profile, it’s time to start showcasing yourself to potential employers. Research relevant connections in you field of interest/study and approach them with personalised emails asking them to connect with you.

We will be running a series of workshops on LinkedIn Day – you can book your place here!

Spring term employer events – helping you find an internship or graduate job

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The spring term is well underway, and for some of you that means graduation is looming… along with the need to find a graduate job. Or maybe you’re looking for a placement or internship to gain some valuable work experience over the summer and earn some money while doing so.

Well, panic no more! We have some fantastic employers on campus over the next couple of weeks to talk to you about their opportunities, and even provide hints and tips on how you can succeed during their application processes – so make sure you pop these dates in your diary.

On Tuesday 21st February, Teach First will be hosting a pizza presentation. That’s right: enjoy a slice of pizza whilst hearing about their Leadership Development Programme (LDP)  – a paid two-year programme that trains and supports committed individuals to become inspirational classroom leaders in low-income communities. The programme combines teacher training and a fully- funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (worth twice the credits of a PGCE) with one-to-one coaching. If you are in 1st year or 2nd year you may also be interested in hearing about their one-day taster programme or two-week insight programme. To attend, book here.

If you are you considering working abroad, how about China? Opportunity China will be on campus on Thursday 23rd February to talk to you about their exciting graduate and summer employment opportunities. Their presentation will look at the employability benefits of living and working as a teacher in China, vital information about salary expectations, living arrangements and a first-hand account from a former head teacher at an English School in China.

Finally, are you heading for an interview – whether it’s for a part-time job, internship or graduate job – and want to make sure you stand out from the crowd? On Tuesday 28th February, there will be a session on understanding the importance of how others perceive you and why your personal brand is so vital when applying for jobs.

Don’t forget, you can also meet a range of employers at our Employer in the Foyer sessions, every Tuesday, in the Commons Atrium from 11am – 2pm!

Save the Date for LinkedIn Day!

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Put Wednesday 1st March in your diaries, as we will be hosting our interactive LinkedIn Day event throughout Commons, Newton Park.

With various workshops, industry speakers, opportunities to have you photo taken and competitions to get involved in, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss!

What is LinkedIn?
Linkedin is similar to, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, in that it is an online social network. However, whilst professionals may have accounts on the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn is strictly for professional use. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an undergrad student or a major CEO, LinkedIn is accessible by anyone who wants to build career contacts.

Why is it important?
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and has millions of members, which continue to grow rapidly. Many companies big and small use the power of the internet to search for potential employees. It’s essential, now more than ever, to keep your online accounts professional, because the world can view them. LinkedIn helps to provide a professional page where you can showcase both skills and talent to the people who matter.

Why join?

  • Professional space to showcase your experience and ability
  • Build relevant contacts through social connections
  • Learn about companies in your desired industry
  • Scout potential job opportunities

 

Book your place online via My Career, or come along to the Commons Atrium on the day.

Final-Year Drop-Ins: an update!

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We all know that third-years are frequently worried about their workload and preparing frantically for dissertations –  it’s often easy to lose sight of what all the hard work is for.

The Bath Spa Careers team are here to help ease those added stresses; whether it’s helping to choose your next step after graduation, additional support with postgraduate applications or assisting with your graduate job search.

We understand how important the next step is after finishing university, which is why final-year students have their own timeslot to discuss these issues –every Tuesday between 11am-1pm, downstairs in Steward’s Lodge (the cottage opposite the library bus stop).

What are Final Year Drop-Ins for?

  • Help with searching for graduate jobs and schemes
  • Support in applying to postgraduate study/teacher training
  • An informal space to discuss you options after graduation
  • Guidance to postgrad study abroad and international opportunities
  • Quick queries regarding the Bath Spa Award in your final year

Careers Space – Steward’s Lodge. Every Tuesday – 11am-1pm 

Simply pop by and say hello, no booking required.

Hope to you see you soon!

Summer Placement Scheme

 

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Having survived Blue Monday, perhaps your thoughts have turned to summer – holidays, sunshine, socialising and coming out of hibernation! But inn the Placements team, we’ve turned our attention to the launch of the Bath Spa University Summer Placement Scheme.

Why would you want to spend your summer doing a placement/internship?

  • Allows you to develop specific industry skills
  • Work in or learn about a specific profession or sector where you will undertake a role with real responsibility or changes
  • Gain experience that you can add to your CV and later help you land that graduate job
  • Build new relationships and wider networks
  • Get paid!

For those of you who haven’t heard of this scheme yet, we work with a wide variety of local businesses to provide paid 3 month opportunities for second- and third-year Bath Spa students. Placements and internships will be advertised on My Career from the end of February, with start dates of May-July.

The majority of applications will be via a CV and Covering Letter – did you know you can get this checked through our Careers team, by booking an appointment or uploading to ‘Ask a Question’?

Alternatively, if you have already arranged your own local placement/internship for the summer why don’t you contact us to see if we can support this with our funding? We provide £1,500 towards the cost of the three months and the employer must make this up to reach at least National Minimum Wage.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the opportunities as they come in, please complete the short form here. Those that sign up by the 10th February will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Sainsbury’s voucher!

For any support with finding placements/internships please contact the team on Placements@bathspa.ac.uk / 01225 876638 or come along to the Placements Drop In (1pm-2pm) every Tuesday and Thursday in Stewards Lodge.

Job Shop Part-Time Jobs Fair: what’s it all about?

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You’ve hopefully seen some mention around campus about our upcoming Part-Time Jobs Fair – but what’s it really all about and is it worth you coming? (Hint: it definitely is.)

On Tuesday 24th January from 11am – 2pm, the Job Shop will be welcoming a range of local and national companies into Commons as well as some on-campus employers. All of them will be there to promote their part-time vacancies which is extremely handy if you are looking for a job to support you alongside your studies.

Should I be looking for a part-time role while at university?
Everyone’s different – some people don’t find they need a job through university, but many are attracted to the two main benefits of having a part-time role… EXPERIENCE and EXTRA MONEY!

Of course extra cash is always useful, but some of the skills you can gain through working part-time may surprise you (and are also great at helping to add value to your CV). These skills include:

  • Experience working in a professional environment
  • Increased commercial awareness
  • Enhanced time-keeping skills
  • Experience in working as part of a team
  • Professional conduct with colleagues and customers
  • Problem solving experience

If you’re an international student, having a part-time job may also be helpful for improving your language skills and developing an awareness of the UK recruitment market (especially if you’re planning on staying here after you graduate).

So who’s going to be there?
The Fair is catering for a wide range of industries from hospitality and education to social care, the leisure industry and many more. Take a look for yourself:

Got more questions?
Feel free to get in touch with the Job Shop! You can call us on 01225 875864 oremail us at jobs@bathspa.ac.uk. If you’d rather chat face-to-face, visit us at a drop-in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12pm – 2pm in Steward’s Lodge (we also have a drop-in every first Thursday of the month at Sion Hill by main reception).

See you next Tuesday!

Bath Spa Award: what counts?

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You may have heard about the Bath Spa Award, but are unsure as to what you have to do or what counts towards it. Have no fear – here’s a quick guide to set you right.

In order to receive the Award, you’ll need to complete all seven of the following sections…

Get Thinking
What skills to have? Think about which ones you’d perhaps like to improve. This section asks you to write a brief a paragraph for two skills you’d like to get better at over the coming months. Such areas might include: management, networking, brand awareness, communication, creative thinking… anything, so long as it’s going to aid you.

Get Informed
In order to complete this section, you must have attended at least two careers workshops, preferably relevant to your interests. However, if you have received a form of training for other positions you hold outside of your course, we can me be able to include this, too.

Get Experience
This section requires you to complete 100 hours of work experience. It sounds more than it is, and more than likely you’ll already have ticked some off. This work can be anything extra-curricular, so long as it doesn’t coincide with your course – even roles such as society president or society secretary, housing rep or student ambassador all count!

Get Digital
Show us that you’re digitally literate by providing us with evidence of communication online. Whether you’re on Twitter, a YouTuber, a blogger or live on LinkedIn, we want to see your online presence.

Get Networking
We want to know that you’re networking with potential employers – online interaction, plus two face-to-face appearances. Have you connected on LinkedIn, Twitter or email? Maybe you’ve been to speed-networking event on campus or with Creative Bath? Always ask us if you’re unsure as to what counts.

Get Advice
Book an appointment to see us via My Career – this will let you stop by Steward’s Lodge and speak to the Award Team about how you’re getting on. It couldn’t be simpler, and it’s pretty useful, too!

Get the Award
Last but not least, you’ll be invited to attend our assessment centre in the spring. This half-day event will test your skills and help to showcase your strengths, giving you a real taste for what it’s like to attend an assessment centre for an industry placement.

All done? It’s then time for our celebration event, where you’ll receive your certificate.

Not signed up? You’ve still got time – visit bathspa.ac.uk/theaward today!