August 14, 2012
We all know that those prepared to leave things till the last minute sometimes pick up the best deals, it’s positively encouraged!
However there are loads of things best not left till the last minute. Sorting out things that affect your future is one of them.
Hindsight is a marvellous thing.
Graduates always tell us “if only I had known earlier” or “if only I had done that earlier it would have been so much easier”. We are so busy dashing through our lives making plans; to go out, meet for coffee, go on holiday etc, that we rarely make time to think about our future. It’s often something we would prefer not to think about.
When things don’t go to plan it can make dealing with the situation rationally and effectively quite difficult.
So give yourself a little time.
- If you see a job you want to apply for make sure you seek help well before the deadline.
- Don’t send applications on the deadline anyway – you may press send before 5pm but if the server doesn’t actually send it for several hours you may miss out.
- If you are graduating or going home for the holidays you don’t need to panic about having an appointment that day. We are open in the vacations and can set up telephone appointments for those out of the area.
- If are sure you are going to fail your exams, there are probably reasons behind this. Seek help from academic advisers, the counselling service and careers as soon as you feel unsure or stressed. We may not be able to fix the problem but we can help you evaluate your options.
- Got a deadline coming up – like a date to pick modules or submit coursework by? Think there might be issues? Take action early, you may have to book appointments with academic staff and they may refer you to other services such as Careers. The process is never as quick as you think it will be.
- Employers can surprise you by offering you an interview at the last minute but it is rarely next day. Ask the information team for help on how to prepare – no appointment needed!
It’s generally a lot less stressful if you can take a few minutes to plan in advance. The new semester starts in just 33 days so why not:
- Check to see if any of the graduate or placement schemes you are interested in are open yet.
- Have a careers appointment to start clarifying your ideas.
- Check over your CV and update it with activities and experience from this summer.
- Start researching sectors and roles you might be interested in, find out what the entry routes and typical employers are.
- Watch the interview and assessment centre videos on our website to familiarise yourself with the processes.
July 13, 2012
The word ‘internship’ is used for a variety of work experience, placements and summer jobs.
Originally this was an American term used to describe a period of professional experience, which is possibly career related. Nowadays it can also be used to describe a variety of professional work opportunities. You could also find a number of other words used in job adverts describing ‘professional work experience’. This can include:
- Placement Year
- Work experience
- Undergraduate/ Graduate opportunity
- Vacation work
Look beyond the job title and company name to find out the real value of the opportunity on offer. Always check out the vacancy details to get a better impression of the role. Do you have the skills they want? Does it give you work experience that develops your skills and knowledge for your degree or future career? Do you want to apply to the role?
So what are the benefits of doing an internship or some professional work experience?
- Gives you an insight into a professional role, type of career or work environment/culture
- Opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest
- Develop further the skills gained from your degree
- Develop skills and experience like team working, taking initiative, good communication, organisation, working to deadlines, leadership, negotiation, attention to detail and the list can go on…all of which are called transferable skills and highly sought after by employers
- Possible contacts and referees for when you are applying for future jobs
For more information and links to useful websites including Prospects and TARGETjobs see the work experience page on the Careers Service website.
For more information on the range of jobs for work experience over the summer including internships log on to CareersLink
May 21, 2012
Mack was busy revising for his exams and found a copy of the Times Top 100 he had picked up in October, untouched and gathering dust on the shelf.
Never one to to miss an opportunity to procrastinate Mack started investigating graduate employers with enthusiasm.
Mack was horrified to see that the closing dates for many of the graduate schemes listed had passed. It quite put him off his katnip!
He was somewhat relieved to find out however, that there are loads of prime jobs available on the Careers Service vacancy database careerslink. He set himself up a job agent pronto so that he could receive email alerts for new vacancies and curled up for a nap to recover from the stress.
If you haven’t got a job or course lined up for next year there is still time.
- Use resources like the Times Top 100, Prospects Directory and Target Jobs – Get Directory to find out about the big graduate schemes with popular recruiters
- Use Careerslink – to find current vacancies and gradauate schemes with the above recruiters plus local companies and those that are specifically looking for Manchester Graduates. Read the rest of this entry »