January 30, 2012
We are always listening to your views and you come up with some really good ideas, which where possible we do implement.
We don’t often feed back to you to tell you why we do things the way we do or why we don’t do them for that matter.
We are frequently asked if you can book appointments online, simple yes?
Well actually no, there are 2 really good reasons why not at the moment.
First a few statistics – you may not realise how many appointments we actually do, maybe it doesnt look that busy? From Sept – end Dec there were 22,801 visits to the Careers Centre and we had 4226 appointments.
- Supply and demand – demand for appointments is far greater than we can supply at peak times. We need to talk to you to work out if you need an appointment and what type you need (triage). About 50% of questions can be answered by the information team immediately so many students don’t even need to have an appointment.
- Specialist advice – to give you the benefit of in-depth advice our careers consultants specialise in different career areas. By discussing your needs with you in some detail we hope to match you with the most effective person for your specific query.
So far we haven’t found an online system that can beat a quick chat for working that out!
January 6, 2012
Each year we hear from students who are invited to interview with some impressive big name companies, but miss out on their interview dates because they take too long to think about it.
- Check your email and voice mail regularly, at least once a day.
- If you are given a choice of times, locations or dates, book one immediately.
- If you can’t make any of them ring the company immediately and tell them why not, but it better be a good excuse like an exam!
The slots will book up with other candidates who are sure about their commitment to this company very fast. It is possible they may invite more people than there are slots – there will always be some who don’t bother or have had a better offer.
So think carefully about your priorities:
- Is playing football that afternoon worth giving up that job for?
- Can you miss a lecture or tutorial? (It’s fairly likley that on balance you will be able to negociate something with your school so don’t wait a week while you figure it out!)
- Can you change a shift at your part time job?
At the end of the day how much do you want to work for company X? What is your future worth to you?
It’s tough out there but this is nothing new, companies simply don’t have time and money to waste waiting around to fit in around potential employees. There are plenty of other candidates out there so don’t get left behind in the race!