Graduate Opportunities Officer: who we are & what we do

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The title of Graduate Opportunities Officer may be a mouthful, but one that I hope is fairly self-explanatory. My name is Jenna Rainey, and it’s my role to ensure that final-year students are aware of the facilities and opportunities available to them with regard to the big, wide world of careers. I help to maintain a database of graduate schemes and opportunities, which span across a vast range of subjects undertaken by students here at Bath Spa University.

If you think these resources might be of interest or use to you, you can find them on My Career.

I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing from Bath Spa and am currently undertaking my Masters degree at Corsham Court (they couldn’t get me to leave – now I’m working here as well). So I think it would be fair to say that I have a rough idea of where our final-year students are coming from! Having recently made the same transition myself, I am passionate about creating opportunities for final-year students, helping them to strive toward potential success after graduating.

In my final year at university I maximised my opportunities by attending regular events and workshops run through the Careers service. These helped me gain industry insights, assisted me with networking and I even looked into how to start up my own business. It made me aware of things I hadn’t previously considered and proved valuable information. I also completed the Bath Spa Award – which, if you didn’t already know, is a fantastic way of having your extracurricular skills and efforts recognised by the university before you graduate.

It’s also important to note that Bath Spa Careers are here to help for up to three years after you graduate. So if you’re still having difficulty with your career or study after graduation, then don’t fret, there’s still help for you here!

We operate from Steward’s Lodge (the cottage opposite the library bus stop). From here we hope to help you with any queries you may have in regards to the world of work. I personally run drop-in session for final year students on Fridays between 10am and 12pm. It’s advised that you book ahead on My Career if you can, to save missing out during peak times, however you are always welcome to simply pop-by for a 10-minute chat if it’s easier for you. And, of course, I’ll endeavour to do my best to assist you however I can.

The key thing to remember? Don’t panic, you’re not alone!

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Placements: who we are & what we do

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Firstly, let us introduce you to the small but perfectly formed Placements team here at Bath Spa University:

 

Jamie Bradbury

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Jamie Bradbury (Placements Manager) has been at Bath Spa for a combined total of eight years – spending four of them as a student and then three in the Careers and Enterprise team, working his way up from Placements Administrator. He’s a huge fan of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and attends the London Film & Comic Con every year. In his role as Placements Manager it is his responsibility to engage with employers, academics and students to support placement modules as well as our own internal placement schemes. He is likely to pop up in seminars throughout the first term to provide you with the tools to find a placement and answer any questions you may have.

 

Ella Matthews

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Ella Matthews (Placements Coordinator) has been with the Careers and Enterprise team for 10 months, and prior to this lived and worked in London. After relocating to Bath, she knew she wanted to work somewhere she had happy memories, and Bath Spa was the perfect choice: Ella graduated from here in 2011. She enjoys keeping fit, boring all her colleagues with tales of the gym and completed the Battle of Lansdown earlier in the year. As Placements Coordinator she supports Jamie with the work he does through the curriculum as well as being the first point of call for student queries. She holds drop-in twice a week in Steward’s Lodge.

 

Not only do we provide you with the groundwork to enable you to find your own placement we also run three paid (at least National Minimum Wage) schemes throughout the year that offer opportunities to second- and third-years, as well as recent graduates:

  • Running from September, the Graduate Internship Programme provides three- or six-month roles to this year’s graduates. Previous roles have included Marketing, Publishing and Art.
  • From November onwards, we have the Santander Internship Programme, which is open to this year’s graduates and those who have graduated within the past two years. These are opportunities working in small and medium-sized organisations. Last year we had opportunities with Sales Coaching Solutions, Natural Beverage Company and Somerset FA.
  • Finally, we have the Summer Placement Scheme. Advertising from March for the following summer, these positions are open to second-and third-year students. We have six- to 12-week placements in a range of roles, from Psychology Research Assistant to Junior Motion Designer.

You can even find your own opportunity for us to part-fund if there is a specific company you want to work for. If this is something you’d like to consider, please get in contact.

Not only do we support various placement modules and our own internal schemes, but we also help run various events throughout the year. New for 2016 is the Careers & Opportunities Fair, Newton Park and Sion Hill networking events and a Placements Pop-Up! We will also still be running our regular ‘How to find a placement/internship’ workshops and Steward’s Lodge drop-in sessions. More information on these can be found on My Career.

You can contact the team by email or phone throughout the year on 01225 876638 or placements@bathspa.ac.uk.

 

 

Careers consultants: who we are & what we do

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As your Careers Consultants, we’re a key part of the Bath Spa Careers team. We’re here to support you with every aspect of your career planning, and to help you successfully progress from University onto your next step – whatever that may be!

We work with courses across the university to help make our graduates as employable as possible, as well as providing extracurricular support in a whole variety of ways.

We run a programme of informal workshops throughout the academic year at both Newton Park and Sion Hill, covering everything from writing CVs that wow employers, holding your own in assessment centres, through to building contacts to help you in a creative career. You can find out more about our workshops and book your place via My Career.

If you’ve got a question for us, click here to submit it – you can even attach documents such as CVs and personal statements for us to review and provide feedback on. One of us will get back to you within five working days.

If you’re in need of some more personalised support or guidance, you can book a 1:1 appointment with us. These last 40 minutes, and if you’re not able to see us in-person, can be carried out over the phone or via Skype. We can help you generate career ideas and refine them into a clearer plan of action, or offer advice on more specific queries such as applications for jobs or further study. If your query is less complex, you might find it more appropriate to book a ‘Quick Query’ 15-minute slot instead. If you’d like to see what slots we have available, click here.

All of our Careers Consultants are professionally qualified, and you can find more about us below:

 

Kimberley Russell

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Kimberley is the Careers Consultant for Bath Business School, the Digital Academy Field and Postgraduate Courses within the Institute for Education , and has been part of the team since July 2013. She has a background in sales, admin, logistics, customer service and a degree in BA (Hons) Interactive Media Production. If Kimberley were an animal, she’d be a lion, and if she were a biscuit, she’d be a ginger nut.

 

Emma Carlisle

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Emma is the Careers Consultant for the Field of Culture & Environment and The Graduate College (Corsham Court) Her background involved working with young people and schools in a range of community settings; she joined Bath Spa Careers in November 2014. She has a BSc in Environmental Science plus an MSc in Science Communication. Her spirit animal is a meerkat, and she’d be a Jammy Dodger if she had to be a biscuit.

 

Vivien Yorke

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Vivien is the Careers Consultant for the Field of Writing & Performance, and The Bath School of Art & Design, joining the team in November 2014. She has a degree in BSc (Hons) Psychology and a Masters degree in MSc Occupational Psychology, as well as a background in social research. If she were an animal, Vivien would be an elephant, and if she were a biscuit, she’d be a bourbon.

 

Amy Haines

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Amy works two days per week with Bath Spa Careers, and became a Careers Consultant in September 2016. Prior to this, she worked within our team for nearly two years as Graduate Opportunities Officer, seeking out the best roles for our graduates. She works with the undergraduate programmes within the Institute for Education and has a degree in BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics. Amy has always been compared by her friends to ‘Tigger’ for her boundless energy and would be a party ring if she were a biscuit, as she likes any excuse for a get-together!