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!

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.

Introducing Bath Spa’s Careers & Opportunities Fair!

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Here it is… Bath Spa’s first ever Careers & Opportunities Fair, and it’s one you’re not going to want to miss!

On Tuesday 25th October, we will be welcoming 32 organisations onto campus who are keen to talk to YOU about the types of opportunities they have available and what it’s like to work within their organisations.

Taking place between 11am and 3pm in the Walled Garden, you can drop by between your lectures and on your lunch break to explore what’s out there in the big wide world of work.

The fair is open to students from all degree disciplines and all year groups. If you’re in first year, this is a great chance to start exploring possible career paths and talking to employers about what it’s like to work within their industry.

If you’re a second-year, you may be thinking about carrying out a placement or internship during the academic year or over your summer break. The fair is the right place for you, too. There will be employers there offering these kind of opportunities, who will be able to talk to you about what to expect.

Final-year student:, this is an absolute must-attend, even if you have no idea what you want to do once you leave University! It’s important to remember all those transferable skills you have developed and how they could be used in a number of different industries. Use the fair to explore graduate positions you may not have considered before and ask lots and lots of questions about the type of experience you would need to apply for the role – and, of course, any hints and tips you can gather for the application process.

A lot of the organisations attending will be bringing along recent graduates that currently work for them, as well as students on placement within their business – even some from Bath Spa. Remember that they want to talk to you just as much as you want to talk to them.

Prior to the fair, you can attend one of our workshops on ‘How to prepare for the fair’. Book your place through My Career.

Like our Careers Fair Facebook Page to find out more about the organisations you can look forward to seeing on the day.

See you there!

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!