Posts tagged: career planning

Making the most of Linkedin’s features

15 May 2018

This is a  guest post from the LinkedIn Careers Team.

Making the most of LinkedIn’s features

Many students and graduates say they don’t know how to use the platform effectively so we thought it would be useful for you to hear directly from Linkedin about some of the most useful features of the platform, such as the Alumni Tool and Open Candidates features that allows users to let employers know they are interested in other opportunities.

We hope you find it informative.

Your soon-to-be awarded degree is likely a requirement for your dream job. But what is going to set you apart from thousands of others who just graduated with you? Your network!


Do I even have a network?

LinkedIn is helping soon-to-be grads from around the country tap into their professional community—whether they realise they have one already or not.  LinkedIn has the power to uncover 1st and 2nd degree connections that will boost your chances of getting hired for highly sought-after jobs in a competitive market.  We found that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection. read more

Getting Your First Tech Job

28 February 2018

This guest post was created in collaboration with  Venturi Group, one of the UK’s top IT recruitment agencies. We asked them for their top tips on getting your first job in tech.

As an IT recruitment agency, we work with recent graduates everyday. For many students, getting that first foot on the career ladder after finishing university is a daunting prospect. While some nerves are unavoidable, fortunately there are things you can do to give yourself a headstart in today’s competitive job market.

Below we have outlined some advice on what to do before beginning your search for your first role in the tech industry.

Get involved in projects outside of university
You’ve probably heard this one a few times before. Employers look favourably upon students who are engaged in technical projects outside of university. After all, it’s a clear indication of a genuine passion for technology. In a market saturated by graduates, having that extra something on your CV will inevitably make you stand out from the crowd. For example, being able to list coding projects you have worked on, hack-a-thons you have entered, or internships you have undertaken are all major advantages when it comes to applying for jobs. read more

What does success mean to you?

10 May 2017

We don’t all have the same definition of success and it can be liberating to think about this when talking about careers. It’s easy to get tied up in knots about earning more or having a certain status but success can be much more subtle than that. We’ve called our 21 Days to Career Success programme deliberately to get you as graduates to think about what success really means to you.

What does ‘career success’ mean to you?  Get yourself in the mood to think about this by viewing these YouTube clips  (source Kerr Inkson – Understanding Careers) which show different ideas about success.  Getting rich, developing as a person, overcoming adversity, winning and being the best, recognition of creativity and making the world a better place come out of these songs. Which one do you identify with the most, or do they all leave you cold? read more

Day 18: Well Done! You’ve got a Job Interview

2 February 2017

Fiona Christie – careers consultant

Job interviews evoke mixed emotions – anticipation but also dread. If you are invited to an interview, very well done, this means your written application is good and you are on the next step towards getting the job you want.   But most of us worry about job interviews while also being delighted to have one.  This is natural, so the secret is to manage your nerves by preparing effectively and viewing the interview as your opportunity to impress and even enjoy talking about yourself!

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail

It is critical to prepare by researching the employer and the role you are going for fully. Nothing can rule you out quicker than showing you aren’t really sure about what the job is. Also, get the small stuff right – make sure you know where you are going and allow yourself time to arrive in good time. Plan carefully what you are going to wear – follow the dress code that’s normal for the industry you are going for, e.g., for industries such as Law and Accountancy, dress codes are smart and conservative, whereas if you are going for a job in Advertising or Media, you can probably risk adding a bit more colour to your outfit. read more

Day 16: How to find a job?

31 January 2017

Fiona Christie – careers consultant

Where do you go to find suitable vacancies to apply for? It can be a challenge to know where to actually find the right kind of opportunities for you. Google is good but may just overwhelm you with possibilities! Developing a productive job-hunting strategy can really help. What worked for you as a student getting part-time work might not for finding a job that will take you in the right career direction.

Did you know?

Graduates find jobs in all sorts of ways and all kinds of places. Here is a list which shows how 2015 graduates nationally said how they had found the job they were doing (data collected as part of the national graduate destinations survey 6 months after finishing university).

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Day 14: It’s Good to Talk – Career Conversations

29 January 2017
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Fiona Christie, careers consultant

Careers matter to people.  Your career will occupy half of your waking hours; it will impact on your finances, your status, what you contribute to society, your happiness, your own fulfilment and others’ opinion of you.  Your career will interweave with your home, your family and your leisure interests.  And careers, certainly for those of us living in the UK today, mean choices about the kind of life you want to lead and being able to make decisions about those choices.

This is certainly a subject that deserves to be talked about, don’t you agree?

The power of career conversations came out of recent research I have been doing into graduate careers. One of my findings has been that individuals who had found suitable people to talk to about their hopes, fears and ambitions were much more positive about their career prospects. Ironically, although the ‘what’s your career plan?’ question may be one that graduates dread to hear, and would possibly shy away from, it is also one that most people would like to be able to have a stab at answering, especially if they know the person asking is genuinely interested and not just making small-talk. read more

Day 13: Who’s on Your Bench?

28 January 2017
The Tweenies are on my side.

The Tweenies are on my side.

Well, I’ve got Bella and Milo on my bench so I am doing OK. But seriously, there is a cliché that it’s ‘who you know’ that matters in careers. These 3 simple words hide the variation this may mean depending on who you are and where you come from. Sociologists call this social capital, a phrase that is now used widely.

Who's on your supporters' bench?

Who’s on your supporters’ bench?

But whether you are fortunate to be well-connected or not, everyone needs people on their bench and it’s important to appreciate those people. The sporting metaphor is a good one, as this could include people who can cheer you when you do well, can get out the stretcher when there’s an emergency and provide you with coaching and direction. Your bench will include your  close community of supporters who are your cheerleaders, even if you feel they can’t really help your career, they may well be able to help maintain your morale. And we know that staying positive is important when getting a job and developing your career. read more

Day 12: Be Savvy and Know Your Rights

27 January 2017

The author of this post is Tahira Majothi (careers consultant).

Tahira has actually climbed to the top of Engels Beard on campus – respect!

Tahira Majothi, careers consultant

As I walk around the ever changing university campus, and see people climbing the ‘Engel’s Beard’ sculpture I’m mindful of the significance of key sites which surround us and which serve as a reminder of the North’s  pivotal role in changing world history including the remnants of the Industrial Revolution, the Manchester Ship Canal, the site of the Peterloo Massacre, the Working Class Movement Library and Rochdale Pioneers the home of the modern Cooperative movement, all of which recognise the people and campaigns which have helped to shape the region’s deep historical, industrial and societal changes and which ran parallel along the fight for fair labour, political and human rights. read more

Day 10: Could Self-employment or Freelancing be for You?

25 January 2017

The author of this post is Justyna Turner (enterprise champion).

Why become self-employed, a freelancer or start your own business when you graduate?

Justyna Turner

There are many reasons and benefits why people choose this career path. Most people want to be their own boss. Others do it to make lots of money or even just to make a second income. Some relish the challenge of working for themselves, while others have no option but to go self-employed.

Many successful businesses today were established by students while they were still in university or just after completing university; often with their fellow students. Many argue that there is never a better time to start a business than at university. Some examples are Google, Facebook, Time magazine, Dell and many more. Self-employment is sometimes the only option if you wish to pursue a specific career path; media, and the creative and performing arts sectors are all examples of where self-employment or freelance work is typical. Creatives often develop portfolio careers where they will need to juggle self-employment and short term contracts to maximize the use of their creative skills. read more

Day 9: Predicting the Jobs of the Future

24 January 2017

This post’s author is Paul Sheppard, careers consultant.

Paul Sheppard – careers consultant and definitely not a robot

A few months ago I undertook a quick quiz on the BBC website asking how likely it was that a robot might take my job and discovered the chance of my job being done by a robot in the next 20 years is only about 20%. There is, however, a far more serious issue in that many roles and sectors are likely to be adversely affected in the short term, in addition to the roles that have already been replaced over recent years as many middle skilled jobs are now being automated as machines master more complicated tasks previously undertaken by humans.

I’ll get my crystal ball out to tell you what the future will look like.

Going forward it is crucial that graduates and those advising you try to understand what the future may bring. Career areas such as Finance are predicted to be the most likely to be adversely affected as the work of accountants and financial analysts can be done by machines. Jobs with high level skills, creativity and personal care are generally safe and we are likely to see employers that need smaller highly skilled workforces dominated by those with high levels of creativity and problem solving that can’t be robotised. read more