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!

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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!

Careers & Opportunities Fair Round-Up

 

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Tuesday 25th October was, if you’ll excuse the self-congratulation, quite the day. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone attended our first Careers & Opportunities Fair – a stunning 716 students and 33 employers! We hope you all enjoyed the day, and we certainly did. Our marquee in the Walled Garden was buzzing all day, and there was a fantastic atmosphere. It was brilliant to see so many of our students interacting with employers – many of whom later told us how impressed they were!

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Don’t forget to follow up with the employers you got chatting to on the day. Networking is an invaluable way of making contacts, and getting your name known by recruiters before you apply for roles is a great way to make sure that your application stands out.

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If you’d like some more advice and guidance from the Careers team, sign into My Career to check out our jam-packed programme of workshops for the rest of the term or book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Fair, don’t despair – our guide (handed out in hard copy on the day) is packed full of handy info on all of the employers in attendance, plus top tips from our team, and is now available online. Click here to take a look at the PDF!

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It wasn’t just the Fair going on, either. We had Google’s Digital Garage on-campus at Newton Park, giving talks to over 250 students about how to get stuck into digital, and the importance of having an online presence for your business. If you missed out, don’t worry – we have three more Make Your Own Career events over the next three weeks, covering freelancing, creative careers and entrepreneurship. Check out the Bath Sparks site for more info and to book your place for these must-attend sessions.

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Sion Hill didn’t miss out, either, with 100+ BSAD students treated to a fascinating session by Holly Burton from Crafts Council UK about how the organisation supports makers and creative enterprise. Take a look here to see what other workshops we have coming up at Sion Hill.

If you’ve got any feedback for us about the Careers & Opportunities Fair, we’d love to hear from you! Email us, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter to let us know what you’d like to see in future. We’ve got you covered!

What Employers Are Looking For at the Careers & Opportunities Fair

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There’s just one week to go until the Careers & Opportunities Fair (Tuesday 25th October, 11am-3pm in the Walled Garden, in case you’d forgotten) and we can’t wait for you to meet all of our fantastic employers!

While the Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your career options, it is also worth bearing in mind what employers are looking to see from you. We’ve asked a couple of organisations attending what they’re hoping to see…

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Kate Buffery – Student Recruitment Officer, PwC
“Ask inquisitive questions – whether that’s about our various business areas or our application forms. That’s why we’re there, after all! Don’t be too shy to ask any ‘silly’ questions either, as chances are everyone who helps us out at our stand will have been through the graduate application process and would have been in your shoes only a few years before. Oh, and always take the freebies!”rmpAmirah Hajat – Rate My Placement
“Dress appropriately – first impressions are key, so if you’re looking smart and alert you’re going to leave a good, lasting impression for all the right reasons. If you’re dressed the part, you will feel the part, and this will enable you to be confident. You’re going to be talking to a lot of people – potentially people from companies you want to work for – so be don’t be shy. Remember: you’re a lion, not a mouse!

“Most importantly, do your research: wow the representatives by showing how enthusiastic you are about the company and the work they do. Look at if they have been in the news recently, the offerings they have for students and graduates as well as the specifics of the role you are interested in. Lastly, have fun! This is a marvellous opportunity to network, so enjoy it.”

Have a look at the event on My Career to see the list of exhibitors attending on the day. You’ll be surprised at the range of placement opportunities available at Bath and North East Somerset Council, for example – encompassing Operational Improvement, Sustainability, Disaster Planning and Marketing/Communications projects, as well as an exciting range of graduate opportunities with a wide variety of national and international businesses across all industry sectors.

Some companies receive hundreds of applications for their opportunities, so the Careers Fair is a great way to meet the recruiter face-to-face and make a lasting impression to set your application apart from others.

If you’re unsure how to prepare for the Careers Fair or don’t know what to expect you, why not book on to our Preparing for the Fair workshop and read our previous post on how to talk to employers?

For more information on the Careers & Opportunities Fair, like our Facebook page.

How to Talk to Employers

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‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ How many times have you heard that phrase? But it’s true! Networking with employers is a great way to talk to someone with first-hand experience in a specific industry or profession and it allows you to explore the career opportunities available.

Our Careers & Opportunities Fair on 25th October will be a fantastic chance to get chatting to a wide range of people from a variety of employers – so make sure you feel as confident as possible

For many people, the thought alone of having to approach an employer and ask them questions (that your head is telling you will sound stupid) is terrifying. Your palms begin to feel clammy, you’re suddenly talking very quietly and you’re unable to make any form of eye contact. Sound familiar? Well, don’t panic! In this post, we’ve outlined a step-by-step guide on how to talk to employers.

1) The more you prepare, the more in control you’ll feel
Take the time to do some research on a company. Look at their website and social media platforms to get an overview beforehand. This will help you to form some specific questions to ask.

2) Be confident when your approach the employer
As daunting as it might seem approaching an employer on your own, you should try it. You might actually find it easier not having your friends next to you, listening to what you say! Break the ice with a firm handshake and then open the conversation with your name, degree subject/year of study and asking what they offer. Start by highlighting your skills, what you are interested in and why.

3) Formulate some generic questions you can ask a number of employers
You can draw on an interesting point they have made during their presentation or workshop – “Can you tell me more about…?”
“In your role, what does a typical day look like?”
“What are the key skills you want candidates to demonstrate during the application process?”
“What does the application process involve?”
“What are the best and worst things about your job?”

4) Wrap things up
Thank the employer for their time and ask them what would be the best way for you to follow up with them. Have some business cards ready to hand out – this will contribute to your professional image. While your interaction is still fresh, look the employer up on LinkedIn and ask to connect with them. This will be a useful way of keeping track of the people you’ve met.

5) Remember: be confident, be yourself and smile!
With a fantastic schedule of employer events taking place this academic year, you’ll be able to put your networking skills into practice. Look out for our Employer in the Foyer series, a range of insightful employer workshops and presentations, and in particular our Careers & Opportunities Fair – one not to be missed!

For more information on the Careers & Opportunities Fair, like our Facebook page.