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Careers and employability service

Careers and Employability Service

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research3rd October 2012

Nicola Urquhart

Careers Adviser


What is employability
What is Employability?

‘A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.’ (CBI, March 2009)


What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for
What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for?

Leadership

Communication

Energy

Contextual/cultural awareness

Self awareness

Report writing

Adaptability

Problem Solving

Numeracy

Positive attitude

Reflection

Confidence

Integrity

Team working

Capacity to develop

Reliability

Drive and resilience

Project management

Enthusiasm/passion

IT skills

Business and customer awareness

Planning and organisation

Enterprise


Changes to graduate recruitment
Changes to graduate recruitment for?

Previously…

Degree + good application + good interview = graduate role


Changes to graduate recruitment1
Changes to graduate recruitment for?

Now …

Employers increasingly focusing on attributes in addition to traditional employability skills

Successful applicants have often had experience within the organisation via Insight days, work experience, internships etc.


The careers and employability service
The Careers and Employability for?Service

Comprehensive web pages

Careers talks and workshops

Careers Employability Award on Moodle

Vacancy database (Graduate Directories)

Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair

Drop In - Quick Query

Careers Guidance Interviews


Careers and employability service web site www kent ac uk ces
Careers and Employability Service for?Web Site: www.kent.ac.uk/ces


Attend careers talks and workshops
Attend Careers Talks and Workshops. for?

  • Choosing a career

  • Applying for teacher training

  • Careers in the public sector

  • How to make effective presentations

  • Commercial awareness

  • Postgraduate study

  • More information available http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/events/


Employers visiting campus
Employers visiting campus for?

Examples this term include:

  • MBDA

  • Bloomberg

  • RAF

  • Teach First

  • Majestic Wine

  • NHS

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers


Careers employability award on moodle
Careers Employability Award (on for?moodle)

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm

  • The module takes about 12 hours to complete

  • But this can be done at your own pace

    You do this by completing:

  • 9 quizzes

  • 3 short assignments

  • 1 feedback form


Vacancy database
Vacancy Database for?

  • All vacancies sent to the Careers and Employability Service by employers, whether for graduate jobs, sandwich placements or vacation work/internships are entered on this database which offers:

  • Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you

  • Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs/index.htm


Careers and employability service fair
Careers and Employability Service Fair for?

  • Thursday 1st November 2-5pm Eliot Great Hall.

    Chance to meet employers and hear about opportunities


Speak to an adviser
Speak to an adviser: for?

  • Quick query, drop in and speak to an adviser 10.30am -12.30pm and 2pm-4pm Monday to Friday.

  • E mail @careerhelp and an adviser will respond to your query.

  • You can also book a longer career guidance appointment over the phone or pop in.


Get involved
Get involved for?

  • Clubs and societies

  • Employability Points Scheme

  • Student Ambassador Scheme

  • KSCV Award (Volunteering)

  • Academic Schools


Stay up to date with what is happening
Stay up-to-date with what is happening for?

  • www.kent.ac.uk/ces

  • www.kent.ac.uk/employability

  • Follow us on Facebook at University of Kent Student Employability www.facebook.com/UKCES

  • Follow us on Twitter at @unikentemploy


You can download a copy of this presentation at www kent ac uk careers slides htm

You can download a copy of this presentation at for?www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm

The University of KentCareers and Employability Service


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