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CHOOSING A CAREER. Tim Reed T.M.Reed@kent.ac.uk Careers Advisory Service www.kent.ac.uk/careers/. Introduction. What is a career? What are the options? How can the CAS help? Where to look for jobs. What is a career?. not necessarily a linear, planned sequence of events

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Choosing a career

CHOOSING A CAREER

Tim Reed T.M.Reed@kent.ac.uk

Careers Advisory Servicewww.kent.ac.uk/careers/


Introduction
Introduction

  • What is a career?

  • What are the options?

  • How can the CAS help?

  • Where to look for jobs


What is a career
What is a career?

  • not necessarily a linear, planned sequence of events

  • Career choice is not an event or occasion

  • Career choice is a process

  • It is a combination of stages in your life

  • It could contain great variety


Why is choosing a career so difficult
Why is choosing a career so difficult?

ALL JOBS

which match your goals, needs & values

& require your skills, qualities & qualifications

in the desired location

where there are prospects for the future



What are the options
What are the options?

  • Employment/training

  • Employment & study

  • Academic study

  • Vocational study

  • Time out/Travel


Employment option examples
Employment option examples

Management Consultancy

NHS Management

Personnel

Police

Production Management

Public Relations

Publishing

Purchasing

Retail

Self-employment

Social Work

TEFL

Teaching

Tourism

Transport

Advertising

Armed Forces

Arts admin

Broadcasting

Central & Local Gov’t

Computing/IT

Finance

Fire Service

Guidance/Counselling

Info Management/Museums

Journalism

Law

Marketing/Sales


Jobs directly related to degree www kent ac uk careers degreein htm
Jobs directly related to degreewww.kent.ac.uk/careers/degreein.htm

  • Teacher/Lecturer in Further and/or Higher Education in the UK



Jobs where degree useful www prospects ac uk links philosophydeg
Jobs where degree usefulwww.prospects.ac.uk/links/PhilosophyDeg

  • Advertising Account Planner

  • Chartered Accountant

  • Civil Service Administrator

  • IT Consultant

  • Marketing Executive, consumer products

  • Personnel Officer

  • Publishing copy/sub-editor

  • Solicitor

  • Systems Analyst/Systems Developer


Skills from film studies
Skills - from Film Studies

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Analytical & Problem Solving

  • Communication

  • Visual & Critical Awareness

  • Literacy

  • Research

  • Technical Skills (?)


Many basic factors affect choice
Many basic factors affect choice

  • Hours

  • Perks

  • Location

  • Image

  • Pay


Graduate salaries 2008 09
Graduate Salaries 2008/09

  • Arcadia £17,500 - £23,000 + 25% store discount

  • AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) from £21,000 + final salary pension

  • Police (HPD) £21,500 rising to £24,000 after initial training

  • EDF Energy £22,500 - £32,000 dependant on discipline

  • Asda £23,000 minimum

  • Sainsbury’s £23,000 - £25,000

  • MI5 £23,500 + benefits - varies by function!

  • Marks & Spencer £24,000 - £25,500

  • Unilever £26,000

  • Fujitsu £26,000 + £2,000 joining bonus

  • Lloyd’s £26,000 - £30,000

  • Civil Service up to £27,000

  • Royal Navy £28,216 + £12,000 joining bonus

  • Mars £29,000 +

  • ExxonMobil £31,500 minimum + acceptance bursary + extras

  • Aldi £40,000 - £57,750 (after 3yrs) + Audi A4


2 alternative starting points
2 alternative starting points

  • start from yourself and work out

  • start from your opportunities and work back

  • Or, combine the two!


How can the cas help
How can the CAS help?

  • Options Series Leaflets

  • Free careers literature

  • Reference files & books

  • IT facilities

  • Talks & presentations

  • Quick Query

  • Careers Guidance Interview


Where to look
Where to look

  • Vacancy publications www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs/index.htm

  • Directories www.prospects.ac.uk

  • Employer brochures/sites www.mi5careers.gov.uk/

  • Specialist publications www.psychapp.co.uk/

  • Careers Fairs


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CAREERS FAIRS - 2009

www.prospects.ac.uk/links/careerfairs

Management Finance & Business Fair Leicester 25/2/2009

Careers for Causes Leeds 26/2/2009

Careers.....Making a Difference University of Leeds 3/3/2009

Spring Fair Loughborough 4/3/2009

Graduate Fair Abbey Conference Centre 10/3/2009

Jobs Fair Falkirk 17/3/2009

Jobs Fair Clackmannan 24/3/2009

20 Mile Fair Bradford 25/3/2009

Jobs Fair Stirling 31/3/2009

Careers Fair Hatfield 1/4/2009

Spring into Jobs Fair Sheffield 29/4/2009

Law Alternative Careers 2009 Main Building, Cardiff University 29/4/2009

The Summer Graduate Fair in Scotland Glasgow 27/5/2009

Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair 2009 Edinburgh 29/5/2009

PEOPLESKILLS Virtual Careers Fair Cyberspace 1/6/2009

Liverpool Fairs: Graduate Recruitment Festival 2009 St George's Hall, Liverpool 2/6/2009

Summer Recruitment Fair 3Sixty RUSU, Whiteknights Campus, Reading 2/6/2009

Graduate Recruitment Fair Bath 2/6/2009

gradFairZ.com National Graduate Recruitment Fair 2009 - no physical location 8/6/2009

Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair Newcastle upon Tyne 8/6/2009

Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair Leeds 10/6/2009


Where to look for jobs
Where to look for jobs

  • Vacancy publications

  • Directories

  • Employer brochures/sites

  • Specialist publications

  • Careers Fairs

  • Job Centres & LSCs

  • Online sources


Online sources
Online sources

  • Institute of Practitioners in Advertising www.ipa.co.uk/

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing www.cim.co.uk

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development

    www.cipd.co.uk/

  • Guardian vacancies www.jobs.guardian.co.uk/


Excellent websites www kent ac uk careers sitesmen htm
Excellent Websiteswww.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitesmen.htm

  • www.prospects.ac.uk

  • www.get.hobsons.co.uk/

  • www.kent.ac.uk/careers/

  • www.kentgrads.org.uk/


Where to look for jobs1
Where to look for jobs

  • Vacancy publications

  • Directories

  • Employer brochures/sites

  • Specialist publications

  • Careers Fairs

  • Job Centres & LSCs

  • Online

  • Newspapers


Job ads in the press
Job ads in the press

  • Actuaries - Money Management, Observer, Times

  • Acupuncture - Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine (m)

  • Arts Administration - The Stage, Arts Management Weekly, Guardian (Mon & Sat)


Where to look for jobs2
Where to look for jobs

  • Vacancy publications

  • Directories

  • Employer brochures/sites

  • Specialist publications

  • Careers Fairs

  • Job Centres & LSCs

  • Online

  • Newspapers

  • Recruitment Agencies


Recruitment agencies www kent ac uk careers recruit htm
Recruitment Agencieswww.kent.ac.uk/careers/recruit.htm

  • FASHION - George Ellis Recruitment

  • MUSIC - Handle Recruitment

  • ACCOUNTANCY - Hays Accountancy Personnel

  • SECRETARIAL - Nice People Employment Bureau

  • STOCKBROKING - Citifocus Ltd

  • SPYING – Bartlett Scott Edgar


Some tips on choosing a career
Some tips on choosing a career

  • take time over your choice

  • be realistic

  • do the research

  • make your own decision

  • use the Careers Advisory Service

  • start NOW!


Once career choice made
Once career choice made

  • Research employers/courses

  • Apply

  • Discuss your ideas if you are uncertain

  • Change your job-hunting/application methods if they are not working


Careers presentations www kent ac uk careers casevents htm
Careers Presentationswww.kent.ac.uk/careers/casevents.htm

  • Postgraduate study in Australia – 24 Feb 1-2 KLT5

  • Army visit campus – 25 Feb @CAS

  • Careers in Politics – 25 Feb 2pm GLT2

  • Interview Skills – 26 Feb 1-2pm KLT5

  • Using Languages & Working in Europe – 3 March 1-2pm KLT5

  • Presentation by INTERAC (Japan TEFL) – 4 March 1-2pm KLT5

  • CV Workshop – 4 March 2-4pm KSR16


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CHOOSING A CAREER

Tim Reed T.M.Reed@kent.ac.uk

Careers Advisory Servicewww.kent.ac.uk/careers/