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

FYFlogo

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!

Advertisements

‘Kickstart’ your life after uni!

21645755138_f83822a32f_z

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!

Create a Winning LinkedIn Profile with 10 Top Tips

untitled

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

31097039291_062d83ccb4_z

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!

untitled

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.

Bath Spa Award: what counts?

21645692468_2930fbceb5_z

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!

Keep in Touch over Christmas!

img_3582

It’s almost the end of term, and the holiday festivities are looming. But as well as enjoying some well-earned rest and recuperation at home, the Christmas and New Year period is also a great chance to get thinking about careers – especially if you’re in your final year!

If you want to get on a graduate scheme, it’s well worth starting to consider where you’d like to apply. Our 10 top tips can help get you started, and we’ve also got plenty of information about various industry sectors available on My Career.

Equally, you might like to take some time to research placements and why they can be so useful. If you’d like an inside view from students who’ve been on placement themselves, check out this interview. Now is a really good time to familiarise yourself with our placements search tool, and to look into any other companies you might like to contact regarding a placement or internship.

While you’ll be off over the holidays, we’ll still be around for most of the break – barring our Christmas closure between 24th December and 3rd January – and we’ll still be contactable on careers@bathspa.ac.uk and 01225 875525.

If you’ve got a question for us, or have a CV/cover letter you’d like us to look over and provide feedback on, submit it via our Ask a Question facility and we’ll aim to get back to you within five working days.

Over Christmas, you’ll still be able to book spaces on workshops – keep an eye out for next term’s programme of events! – and 1:1 careers guidance appointments for when you’re back after the holidays.

So keep in contact with Careers over the festive break and, most importantly, have a very Merry Christmas!

Bath Spa Award: The Lowdown

26655439645_3322356ef1_z

What is it?
You might have heard people talking about the Bath Spa Award, and so probably asked yourself two obvious questions… what exactly is the Bath Spa Award? And why is it worth undertaking?

Have a minute? Great, then let’s talk you through it.

The Bath Spa Award was created so you can gain official accreditation for the extracurricular strengths and skills you’ve gained alongside your degree. Here at Bath Spa, we know our students are involved with all sorts of volunteering, part-time work and activities, so we wanted to make sure these achievements were recognised. If you’re a second-year, third-year or postgraduate student, you’re eligible!

In a nutshell, the Award:

  • Recognises achievements such as positions within clubs and societies, voluntary work, paid jobs outside of uni and your dedication to networking with employers
  • Provides a unique opportunity to build on essential skills for your future career
  • Gives you a chance to form friendships with like-minded students

 

21832993355_b0da296d45_z

What do people say about it?
“The Bath Spa Award definitely motivated me to take those extra opportunities and I’m really proud I’ve got it. A lot of the work and volunteer hours were things I was doing anyway as part-time jobs. It’s a good way to assess the things that I wanted to work on and think, ‘I’ve actually managed to do that!’”  
Matilda Karabina, BA (Hons) Creative Writing

“One of the most beneficial things about the Award was choosing the skills you wanted to cover. I wanted to cover leadership, so I was able to get experience and prove that I had worked on my leadership skills.”
Amy Lamborn, BA (Hons) Education Studies with Media Communications

 

25932731324_1b11657075_z

What do I have to do?
There are seven different steps to gaining the award – but don’t be daunted, it sounds more work than it really is. You’ll probably find that you’ve already done more than you think once you get started!

  • Get Thinking (recognise two skills you want to improve)
  • Get Informed (attend two Careers workshops)
  • Get Experience (100 hours of work experience)
  • Get Digital (show your experience of digital skills)
  • Get Networking (have two face-to-face and one online interaction with employers)
  • Get Advice (book a 20-minute guidance appointment)
  • Get The Award (attend our assessment centre event)

Each section is aimed specifically to ensure you have all the essential skills you’ll need to be a success in the workplace. Don’t worry: if ever you feel like you’re struggling or don’t quite know how to complete a section, feel free to get in touch with one the Bath Spa Award team via our Ask A Question service or by emailing theaward@bathspa.ac.uk

 

26049549024_25c38d8405_z

Great! How do I sign up?
If you head to bathspa.ac.uk/theaward and sign in with your BSSU student details, you’ll be taken straight to My Career’s Bath Spa Award information section. Simply click on the registration form link, fill it out and submit – it’s as simple as that. Within several days you should receive an email from the Bath Spa Award team, confirming your place.

What are you waiting for? Get signed up today!