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Developing your Skills and Planning your Career at Warwick Open Day, September 2011. Sue Bennett Director, Student Careers & Skills. This session will cover. Graduate prospects in 2011 Our role in the Warwick student experience Warwick Advantage Student Development

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developing your skills and planning your career at warwick open day september 2011

Developing your Skills and Planning your Career at Warwick Open Day, September 2011

Sue Bennett

Director, Student Careers & Skills

this session will cover
This session will cover
  • Graduate prospects in 2011
  • Our role in the Warwick student experience
  • Warwick Advantage
  • Student Development
  • External Relations
  • Warwick Volunteers
  • Careers
our contribution to the student experience
Our contribution to the student experience
  • Making a good beginning to life at Warwick, your academic success, work-readiness, long-term employability and international citizenship
  • Student Careers and Skills: from prospective student to 3 years beyond graduation
are there graduate jobs in 2011
Are there graduate jobs in 2011?
  • 84% of top graduate employers will maintain/increase recruitment
  • 10,665 placements for students and recent graduates
  • 60% offering placements (6-12 months) or a vacation placement of 3+ weeks
  • Leading graduate employers have increased targets by 9.4% in 2011, following a rise of 12.6% in 2010
  • 65% say graduates with no previous work experience have little or no chance of receiving a graduate job offer
  • One third of graduate jobs will be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisation

Source: The Graduate Market in 2011,

graduate employment
Graduate Employment*

What Warwick’s 2010graduates are doing

National picture for 2010 graduates

64.8% in work

14% in further study

9.6% combining work and study

7.4% still seeking work

4.3% not available/other

61.3% in work

17.4% in further study

10.2% combining work and study

7.6% still seeking work

3.5% not available/other

Source: DLHE, HESA, Undergraduates and graduates combined, data collected 6 months after graduation

* Data on UK/EU graduates who studied in the UK

what sort of jobs are they in
What sort of jobs are they in?
  • Of those in work, 84.4% are in graduate jobs, placing Warwick 4th in Russell Group
  • Warwick is 3rd in Russell Group for salary levels, lowest average starting salary of £21,000, highest £31,000
  • In High Fliers Research, Warwick is 2nd most targeted university by Times Top 100 graduate employers, second to Cambridge
student and staff profile
Student and staff profile
  • 22,500 students: 13,000 UGs, 9,500 PGs. UG intake of approx. 3,800 students p.a.
  • 35% of undergraduate and postgraduate students are non-UK
  • 30% of our staff are non-UK
  • 78 languages spoken on campus
views of warwick
Views of Warwick
  • “Most successful of first wave of new universities”*
  • Consistently in top 20 for student satisfaction**
  • “Consistently rated among the best universities in the country, Warwick is a leader in the academic field”^
  • Always in top 10 in league tables, 8+ applicants for every UG place
  • No. 1 in Russell Group for careers advice^^

*The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 ** National Student Survey 2011

^ The Guardian University Guide 2011 ^^International Student Barometer 2010

* The Times Good University Guide, 2010

what employers want
What employers want
  • A good degree from a good university
  • Work experience
  • A record of achievement, e.g. sports, societies, volunteering, and
  • The ability to tell your unique story
employer news
Employer news
  • 4,310 adverts were placed by employers in past 12m, and 320+ regularly come to campus for fairs and other events
  • Many employers still have vacancies, and are pursuing this summer’s graduates
  • Very wide range of sectors: from Deloitte, KPMG to local high growth SMEs and international development organisations
so invest in your education
So . . . Invest in your education
  • Get the best degree you can by concentrating on academic & personal skills
  • Make the most of your extra-curricular experiences
  • Develop your skills and confidence (volunteering, work experience, skills programmes, clubs and societies)
and invest in your future
And . . . Invest in your future
  • Work out what matters to you in your career and understand your strengths
  • Develop your career management skills
  • Get work experience (“try before you buy”)
  • Research your options
  • Make plans and effective applications
student careers and skills
Student Careers and Skills
  • Students as autonomous, independent learners, who can make own choices and have ‘career adaptability’
  • Services based on individual student need
  • Reaching students early to engage them with careers and skills development
  • Quality and breadth of opportunity
  • Embedded and sustainable services
our services
Our services
  • Student helpdesk
  • Resources, events and 1:1 services
  • Online and face-to-face support
  • Information and advice, referral to other services
  • Student portal, inc. vacancies, tailored resources, CV builder, employer profiles
what interests our students
What interests our students?*
  • 90% want/plan to work in an international context
  • Top career choices: Finance & Consultancy; Marketing & Advertising; Government & Politics; Media; Education; Law; Engineering; International Development
  • Employer choice influenced by: salary & benefits; opportunity to progress; work/life balance
  • Strong desire to “make a difference, serve a greater good”

* Biennial Survey of students, University of Warwick, July 2011

telling your unique story warwick advantage
‘Telling your unique story’ – Warwick Advantage
  • Presents opportunities (e.g. Warwick Volunteers, SU, Student Staff Liaison Committee, Clubs and Societies, Sport, Career rep), can be related to your studies or not
  • Prompts you to analyse, reflect upon and record your achievements
  • Recognition, Warwick Advantage and Warwick Global Advantage Awards, winners are sought by employers
student development
Student Development
  • Central programme, free and open to all
  • Tailored departmental provision
  • Online provision, e-learning, online top tips
  • Academic support
  • Induction: a good beginning to life at Warwick
  • Transition into HE or PG study
  • Unique research experience with Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme
external relations
External Relations
  • Employers consult us on engaging with students
  • We present employers to students (services are employer-informed, not employer-led)
  • Presents a balanced range of sectors
  • We remain connected and up-to-date via regular contact, feedback and visits to employers
external relations1
External Relations
  • Employer liaison and events
    • 5 Careers Fairs a year, and overall 320+ employers participate each year, with 7,500 student visits
    • Over 80 company presentations on campus a year
    • 21 employer sessions on selection & application process
    • 17 Sector events, focussing on areas of student interest, e.g. marketing, public sector, HR, publishing, international development
    • Working with a range of 1,500 employers to engage with Warwick students
recruitment fair bookings
Recruitment fair bookings



Impact Fair 78 (full)

City & Finance 73

Insight 62 (full)

Law 62 (full)

Medical fair*

Summer fair*

* not yet open

  • Graduate Fair 73
  • City & Finance 75
  • Engineering & Technology 63
  • Law 63
  • Medical Fair 28
  • Summer fair 38
warwick volunteers
Warwick Volunteers
  • 2,350+ volunteers, 10+% of student body
  • Students as project leaders and volunteers
  • Choice of 50 projects: environment; sports; community; education; older people; young people; human rights; health
  • To help, meet new people, improve CV, inform career choices, have fun
  • Providing students with information and resourcesto assist in finding out what the options are and to research different sectors, employers, vacancies…
    • Student portal, myAdvantage
    • Help Desk – resources and drop in, University House and Library
    • Vacancies database
    • Destination statistics – what do our graduates do?*
    • Free support beyond graduation for up to 3 years

*look at

  • Providing advice and guidanceto students to assist them in making a decision that is right for them
    • The Guidance team offers expert advice and guidance
    • In-depth, up-to-date knowledge of different sector areas with consultants assigned to departments
    • Career planning and decision making
    • Advice and guidance on applications and assessment
    • 1:1 appointments with careers consultants
    • Career Management skills sessions
work experience
Work Experience
  • Approximately 70% of Warwick students do work experience (excluding Warwick Volunteers)
  • 12 month placements as part of a degree or a voluntary year out in industry
  • Summer internships
  • Short-term work experience, part-time work, volunteering and work shadowing
  • All listed on myAdvantage searchable database
  • Support in finding work experience placements and internships
student voices
Student voices
  • Don’t leave it until the last minute – explore options early
  • Make the most of your time here – huge range of options available
  • Get work experience
  • Meet employers at careers events
  • Use Student Careers and Skills!
in summary
In summary
  • Work out what makes you tick
  • Learn from experience
  • Research options
  • Network to find opportunities
  • Articulate your skills and experiences
  • Be proactive