Theatre Studies Careers and Employability Service Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser October 2012
What we will cover: What is employability ? Options with your degree Graduate schemes Using social media How the Careers and Employability Service can support you Wider University initiatives Action points
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)
Changing world of work: Global economy More career changes New technology/social media Roles change Changes to graduate recruitment
Employers increasingly focusing on attributes in addition to traditional employability skills Successful candidates need to be able to demonstrate these attributes on their applications and articulate them at interview Your degree can help you to do this!
What skills and attributes do employers want? Transferrable skills Communication (oral, written) Negotiation Team working Planning and organisation Time management Leadership Problem solving Attributes Adaptability (flexibility) Energy Drive and resilience Confidence Reliability Enthusiasm and passion Self awareness and confidence
What do drama graduates do? Actor Stage manager Arts administrator Drama teacher Television production assistant Radio presenter
What do drama graduates do? Advertising manger Personnel manager Journalist Market researcher Events manager Publisher PR officer Charities administrator And many more!
Graduate Schemes Many to choose from Especially common in business, finance and law 40% of opportunities open to graduates from any degree discipline Majority ask for a 2.1(some also request UCAS points) Majority of deadlines before end of year Common selection procedures
Example graduate Scheme (Asda) Finance Human Resources IT Logistics Marketing Property Purchasing Retailing
Example Graduate scheme (Bloomberg ) Finance IT Media Sales
Example graduate scheme: DIFD Engineering Finance General Management IT Purchasing Research and Development
Others European commission Loreal Lidl Mars Civil Service NHS Rolls-Royce Sainsburys Savills Sky Teach First National Audit Office MI5 Publicis UK IMG Media Ltd Vocus Accenture The Co-operative Redrow Smith & Williamson
GRADUATE SALARIES 2012 Arcadia retail management 18,500 - 23,000 Boots - brand/buying/marketing grad scheme 24,000 + 1k welcome! Barclays Bank - future leaders development programme 36k (+8k bonus!) Civil Service - up to 27,000 Explore Learning - education management 21,000 Exxon Mobil - graduate schemes 34,000 FiveTen Group - recruitment 20-25k GCHQ - defence research 25,000 (+ benefits) IBM - range of schemes 27,000 - 32,000 Jaguar Land Rover - purchasing grad scheme 27k John Lewis - buying/retail management/merchandising graduate schemes 25,000 LOreal - management training scheme 28,000 McDonalds - trainee business manager 18,500-21,500 MI5 - 24,750 + benefits - varies by function! Motability - 28,500 (+ joining bonus!) Slaughter & May - training contract 38,000 Waitrose - retail management 25,000
Key features of working in the creative sector Self employment Portfolio career Reliance on networks/contacts Professional attitude and approach required CV/ portfolio of work necessary Majority of opportunities are gained speculatively
Speculative approach Produce a professional, graduate level CV Identify companies/contacts to approach Prepare a suitable covering letter Make phone contacts to find out who to send your cv to and get their e mail address ALWAYS follow up Use a combination of approaches Consider producing a creative CV, however get the content right before focusing on the design Be persistent!
Social media Social Media: an umbrella term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos, and audio. www.wikipedia.org www.wikipedia.org Enabling conversations Facilitating discussions
Why should you be using social media? Enables you to build links and to learn about an industry and potential employers Allows you to connect to networks and explore possibilities Some employers will expect you be using it e.g. the media, advertising, publishing and many more. Can provide you with an excellent platform to showcase your knowledge and interest in a career area. Allows you to make an impression (good and bad)
Some platforms to consider Linkedin Increase your awareness of the sector, link with potential recruiters Twitter Follow recruiters, twitjobsearch Blogging Demonstrate your commitment, business knowledge and passion.
Why use LinkedIn? Exploring career ideas Finding out about an employer and their competition Professional networking Opportunity to join groups For self marketing and increasing your visibility Asking for advice Staying in touch/reconnecting
Your LinkedIn Profile Setting up a profile go to www.linkedin.com and enter your details.www.linkedin.com Be sure to include: Profile photo Profile summary/ Professional headline Education details Details of current and past job roles/volunteering/ internships etc You are 40 times more likely to receive connections if your profile is 100% complete Denise Taylor How to Use LinkedIn to find a new job
Getting started - Networking You start by adding people you know in the real world Connect with others with similar interests or goals Explore 1 st and 2 nd degree connections
Finding out about organisations/groups Companies/Organisations: Search organisations and find out more about their line of work Learn more about an organisation, access their vacancies Groups Find out more by joining groups Ask questions, answer questions, find out what people in the industry you are interested in are talking about
Useful information Training Videos: www.learn.linkedin.com www.learn.linkedin.com www.learn.linkedin.com/students - 6 step video to success www.learn.linkedin.com/students New Users Starter Guide http://learn.linkedin.com/new-users/ http://learn.linkedin.com/new-users/ Webinars: http://learn.linkedin.com/training/ http://learn.linkedin.com/training/
What is ? Twitter is a form of micro-blogging Twitter gives you 140 characters per tweet to say whats on your mind You can follow people/companies/ recruiters who interest you. Gather an audience
Ideas on who to follow: Companies/employers you are interested in working for Industry experts/bloggers Professional networks and industry/professional publications Job sites and job boards Recruiters / head-hunters / HR personnel who are hiring for the roles you're targeting @unikentemploy
What is Blogging? A personal diary, a political soapbox,a collection of links, your memo to the world a website you update on a regular basis.
Your Blog Get an account eg. www.posterous.comwww.posterous.com Write a paragraph post explaining who you are Tell your friends, lecturers and if you feel confident potential employers about your blog Respond to comments Link posts to things in the news and media When you post tell the world (Linkedin, Facebook, twitter, etc) Keep at it
What employers say "Few students are able to articulate what they have gained from their experience in higher education." (Association of Graduate Recruiters, 1995)
Producing a CV
What is the purpose of a CV? To inform the employer about your education, work experience, skills and interests To show how you meet the criteria so the employer can not deselect you To sell your qualities and to persuade the employer to invite you to interview
Matching up your CV with the position/company It is not one size fits all, you need to tailor your CV to each position you apply for. Research the organisation. Do they have a mission statement or core values? What will they be looking for in you? Who works there at the moment? What are they passionate about?
What makes an effective CV and covering letter Right format Well presented Proof read/consistent tenses You have included all the necessary information Your skills and abilities are clearly evidenced Conveyed your understanding and enthusiasm for the job Targeted it to the job
What does it need to contain? Personal details Education and qualifications Work experience Skills Interests and additional information References
However dont be constrained by headings. Scholarships/Awards Voluntary work Rel