Jobs Seen on the Street 26.2.09

February 26, 2009

Jobs seen this week include:

Seen on the Job Centre Plus website
(Enter job ref and click ‘go’ for details)

Seen on the Jobsmine

Seen on Just Jobs 4 Students

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Get yourself a ‘careers mentor’ – Part I

February 23, 2009

Getting yourself a mentor or ‘personal career champion’ can really help you get your career off the ground. In this post (Part I of II) I want to tell you what having a mentor – the right mentor – can mean for your job prospects.  In my next post, I’ll give you some tips on finding a suitable mentor and getting them to champion your career take-off.

So what is mentoring? One definition is “A one-to-one, non-judgmental relationship in which an individual mentor voluntarily gives his or her time to support and encourage another” (from the Active Community Unit in the Home Office, 2001). The best mentors tend to be experienced, enthusiastic individuals who are willing to encourage, challenge and listen to their mentees and help them to move forward in some aspect of their lives, in our case, with their career.

I should mention that the Careers Service actually has a really successful mentoring programme, Manchester Gold, which matches students with experienced professionals in relevant sectors. These mentors offer students individual advice and support to help them kick-start their careers. The only problem is, Manchester Gold is really competitive with several applications for each place on the programme. But if you missed on Manchester Gold, finding your own mentor could be a real option. What have you got to lose?

5 quick reasons for having a ‘careers mentor’:

  1. Feedback on You. Your mentor can give you a real employer’s perspective on your CV and applications and an honest assessment of your suitability for (and chances of getting into) your chosen career.
  2. Industry knowledge. Your mentor can share their invaluable ‘insider knowledge’ into the sector or area of work you hope to get into. For example, how is the industry changing? What skills are employers looking for at the moment? Where’s the best place to look for opportunities in the current economic climate?
  3. Guidance and direction. Your mentor can advise you on your careers action plan, what your main priorities should be and how to ‘market yourself’.
  4. Support and reassurance. Your mentor can give you some perspective and a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel when you open your nth rejection letter. Let’s face it – they’ve probably been there themselves. They’ll be able to tell you it’s just a normal (if potentially demoralising) part of the process and you’ll get there in the end.
  5. Work experience and contacts. This can be the real icing on the cake. If you develop a good relationship with your mentor over time, they’ll have a chance to build up a good picture of your skills and qualities and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about their business and consider what you might have to offer. Think of it as a kind of extended two-way interview, which may lead to the possibility of work experience or your mentor sharing some of their contacts with you or recommending you for opportunities they hear about on the grapevine.

So hopefully you’re sold on the idea of mentoring. Soon I’ll write another post giving you some tips on how to actually find your own ‘personal career champion’!


Jobs Seen on the Street 19.2.09

February 19, 2009

This weeks vacancies:

Seen on the Manchester Airport Website

Seen on Job Centre Plus website
(Enter job reference and click ‘go’ to view)

Seen on The Jobsmine


Jobs Seen on the Street 12.2.09

February 12, 2009

This weeks jobs are:

Seen on The Jobsmine (Manchester Evening News website)

Seen on Job Centre Plus website
(Enter job reference and click ‘GO’ to view)

Seen on Reed employment agency website


Thinking about an environmental career?

February 11, 2009

Are you thinking about a career in the environmental sector?  Not sure if it is for you and you’d like to find out more?  Wondering how to get work experience and find jobs in the sector?  Then the ‘Environmental Careers in Focus’ event could be just what you are looking for! 

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It’s being held at University Place on Wednesday 25th February 2009 from 1.15-4.45pm.  It’s open to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in the environmental sector and is suitable if you’re studying for a technical or non-technical degree. 

Work experience is really important when you are making applications to this sector.  Graduation might seem quite far off  but any experience you can gain now will help when you are making applications for jobs  in the future.  Come along to the event and speak to the professionals who have been in your situation (and might even have sat in the same lecture theatres as you as many will be Manchester grads)  and get their tips and advice on how to get work experience in the sector.

The event is an opportunity for you to network and gain information from professionals who work in the sector for a variety of different organisations (private, public and voluntary).   They will be from a wide range of discipline areas which we hope will include consultancy, environmental science, EIA and audit, wildlife, environmental law, geotechnics and waste management.  Please note – actual areas represented on the day may differ as the professionals are all taking time out of their businesses on a voluntary basis to come along to this event and to speak to you about their experiences.

Even if you aren’t sure if the sector is for you, or have done some research and want to find out more, you’ll gain from coming along to the event.  It’s your chance to ask questions to professionals working in roles or organisations that you may want to work for one day.  You’ll be able to learn about:

  • how they got into the sector,
  • what it’s like on a day-to-day basis,
  • how to get work experience and find jobs,
  • what will give you the edge when applying for jobs,
  • and much more. 

Why not come along and ask your question to a professional rather than searching for the answer on Google!

If you want to attend, sign up in the events section on our website  from today – Wednesday 11th February 2009.  Places are limited so make sure to reserve your place as soon as possible!


Upcoming Careers Events

February 9, 2009

Now that term has started again, you will no doubt be busy with coursework, sports, part time jobs and much more.  You might think that you’ve not got much time to look for a summer placement or job at the moment.  However, you may be able to spare a little time to attend some of the events that the Careers Service has planned over the next month or so – and they could certainly help you in your search for a summer job or with ideas for after you graduate.

On Wednesday 4th March 2009, we will be holding our ‘Voluntary, Not- for- Profit and Public Sector Careers Fair’ at The Academy.  It’s a bit of a mouthful but definitely worth attending if you are looking for a summer placement or are interested in a career linked to these areas.  It’s a careers information fair but you will find some of the organisations there on the day will be offering summer placements or work experience.  Even if they aren’t, you might find it useful to find out a bit more about how to get into your chosen career area.

At the moment, organisations are still booking to attend so you might notice the list of exhibitors increase over the next few weeks.  Currently there are BUNAC, CCUSA and Raleigh International to name just a few.   We’ll also be blogging a little more about the fair as it approaches.

Check out the events sectionof our website to see everything that we have planned for the next few months including employer presentations, workshops, web chats and more.


Jobs Seen on the Street 5.2.09

February 5, 2009

This week’s vacancies are:

Seen on Job Centre Plus website
(Enter the job reference on the search page and click ‘go’ for details)

Advertised on Reed employment agency website

Seen on Just Jobs 4 Students

Seen on Key103 website


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