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  1. CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS PROGRAMMESession 1: The Essentials Julie Blant Deputy Director, Postgraduate Careers Service

  2. In this session: managing your career graduate recruitment the MA/MSc Careers Programme Postgraduate Careers Service the value of postgraduate study destinations of MA/MSc graduates work permits careers resources

  3. Managing your career Career Management has become an essential skill for the 21st Century. Many employers will expect you to do it - they are looking for people to be pro-active about their careers!

  4. A short history lesson! • 1950s • Job for life • Job security • Full-time jobs • Relatively stable technology • Steady promotion • Few changes • PREDICTABLE • CAREER PATH • 1970s • Less job security • Periods of unemployment • Full-time & • part-time jobs • Changing technology • Career ladder • Training & retraining • UNPREDICTABLE • CAREER PATH NOW Regular job changes Fixed term posts Flexible working methods Rapidly changing technology Career changes Lifelong learning CAREERPATH OF PLANNED CHANGES

  5. The world of work…….. has changed and continues to change. • career paths were narrowly defined – often for life • today we all face constant change • to stay employable in the future, you need to adapt to new roles, gain new skills and develop new ways of building a career

  6. Successful career management involves: knowing what you have to offer being able to spot and research relevant opportunities being able to market yourself Lots of support is available!

  7. What’s on offer to help you? Career Management Skills Programme Individual Careers Consultations Access to vacancies/opportunities Employer Presentations Careers Workshops Careers Resources Psychometric Tests

  8. MA/MSc Career Management Skills Programme All handouts located on NEXUS. Hard copy in Resource Room for reference Sessions are timetabled – shouldn’t clash with anything!

  9. MA/MSc Career Management Skills Programme 1. Today – The Essentials 2. Planning Your Career 3. Hidden Job Market 4. Application Forms 5. CVs & Cover Letters 6. How to Win at Interviews 7. Assessment Centres 8. Handling Psychometric Tests Plus AIESEC Careers Fair & Guest Lectures on Investment Banking, Consultancy and UK Work Permits

  10. Career Consultations Individual appointments are available to: Discuss future plans –career ideas, further study etc Prepare for applications and interviews Other career development queries Completely confidential Usually last up to 45mins Book via email:

  11. Vacancies Online: Emails from Careers Administrator - read your University email regularly/provide personal email Graduate websites e.g. Access to Centre for Career Development website

  12. Vacancies In the Resource Room: Vacancy bulletins: Prospects Today, CCD Bulletin, Prospects Finalist Employer Directories: Prospects Directory, Hobsons MA/MSc Careers Notice board

  13. Vacancies: Newspapers • Monday: The Guardian: media, marketing • Tuesday: The Guardian: Education • Wednesday: The Guardian: Public Sector NGOs • Nottingham Evening Post, Derby Telegraph • Thursday: The Times, The Daily Telegraph • Saturday: The Guardian - graduate

  14. Part-time vacancies Local Newspaper = Nottingham Evening Post jobs mainly advertised on Wednesdays Student Employment & Work Experience webpages: also important information for international students on working hours, finance etc. Job Centre

  15. Employer Presentations: Almost 100 employer recruitment presentations and drop-in sessions on or near campus in Autumn term e.g. Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Unilever, Shell, PWC, KPMG For more details go to –

  16. Careers Workshops Inside View Talks: representatives from diverse areas of employment give informal, insightful views on their work e.g. Public Relations, Advertising Skillability: Employer-led skill development sessions e.g. teamwork, project management, leadership, problem-solving etc Visit for details Sessions within the Business School Guest lectures, mock assessment centre activities

  17. As well as all this: A range of Career Planning Resources: Career guides in Resource Room (take away & reference) Must-haves include Prospects Directory, Times Top 100 Access to career planning materials on the web e.g., - see list in Guide to Postgraduate Careers Service Various online/IT packages…………..

  18. Guidance Package: Prospects Planner

  19. Working Abroad: Exodus

  20. City Contacts Directory

  21. A source of all sorts of useful information! Graduate Prospects • Ideas for options with your subject • Job Sector information • Hints and tips for Career Planning and Job Search • Salary surveys • Vacancies

  22. The Graduate Labour Market - The Value of a Masters Personal benefits skills, personal development, specialist/new knowledge increased confidence enjoyment?! Benefits to career some employers pay a premium on the starting salary for graduate positions. However many don’t. you may start off on a graduate entry scheme but in some cases progression and promotion can come sooner. Postgraduate study is not usually a requirement for employment but employers do recognise that it can be valuable: “Deloitte is recognising the skills that postgraduates bring to the organisation……..within the 2005 intake of graduates to Corporate Tax in Nottingham all three have Masters degrees”

  23. The Graduate Recruitment Cycle • Many employer presentations on campus to promote graduate opportunities Graduate recruitment generally consists of: • Application – online application or CV & cover letter • Online psychometric tests • Screening interview (telephone or face-to face) • Assessment Centre • Competency/Technical/Partner interview • Sometimes more interviews and activities!

  24. Want to look at other options? • More and more graduates are finding that they can utilise their skills in SMEs • Still a lot of research and networking that needs to be done – make sure you attend session 3 (The Hidden Jobs Market) • Self employment - you will need to spend time researching and making contacts • PhD/Professional qualifications - needs to be considered during your Masters – look out for details of an open evening on 15th March 2006

  25. Previous Destinations: Examples of Sectors: Examples of Employers: Financial Service Authority, American Express, ABB, Siemens, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Kerry Group, Accenture, Bomabardier, Fujitsu, KPMG, Deutsche Bank, PWC, Standard Chartered, UBS, Louis Vuitton Group, Corus, EDS, BDO Stoy Hayward, Philips

  26. Salaries: December 2004 cohort Mean Average of UK based graduates: £24,200 Range = £15k (marketing temporary placement) £39k (Investment Banking)

  27. Destinations: International Students December 2004 cohort: International students employed in UK: approx 3% Most international students return home to work after studies.

  28. The Work Permit Situation To discuss your individual situation you should contact the International Office on main campus. It is illegal for me to discuss this with you. Eligibility for a UK work permit is explained on the following websites:

  29. The Work Permit Situation: Employers Some employers are able to apply for a work permit on behalf of overseas nationals BUT ONLY IF the employer can prove that no-one else in ‘resident population’ is suitable. ‘Resident population’ means all EEA countries.

  30. For all students - your task……. To market yourself as a uniquely qualified individual… e.g. specialist knowledge, languages, knowledge of home business culture, technical skills If you are an international student: Don’t rely on applying to firms in UK only Apply to global organisations in country of your choice AND your home region

  31. Remember the 6 Key Resources Career Management Skills Programme Me! Room A73, Business School Building, 0115 846 6478 MA/MSc Resource Room & Notice board: Various directories, career guides, job profiles, notification of events

  32. Remember the 6 Key Resources University Network Prospects Planner, City & Financial Services Contacts Directory, EXODUS (Careers Europe – live & work abroad) Websites (provided earlier and also in your Guide to The Postgraduate Careers Service) Email/NEXUS check university email and NEXUS regularly. This is how we will communicate with you regarding vacancies and careers events.

  33. Any Questions?Next Week: Planning Your CareerJulie BlantPostgraduate Careers