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Getting Experience &
Planning Ahead
2010


Carol Macdonald

Careers Adviser

Semester 1
-

2011!

Will you be ready?


Standard Bank




7 November 2010


Virgin Media



26 November 2010


Credit Suisse



17 December 2010


Standard Life
(IT leadership)

10 December 2010 (&







internships)


Sainsbury’s



12 December


SELEX Galileo



applns from Sept (1
st

come





1
st
served) Internships Dec



RBS





assessment centres from Nov


General Guidelines


Investment banks


Blue chip/ International Orgs


Management consultancies


November


Thinking of postgrad study?

Will you be ready?



Also early postgrad deadlines…..



UoE Neuroinformatics
MSc/PhD



Mid Feb



Other Edinburgh Inf. dates late Feb


March.


Other univs could set dates as early as December



Teaching,
GTTR






15 Dec





Some are even earlier…..



Fulbright

Postgraduate Study Awards
,




31
st

May 2011
for 2012 departure


YOUR EXPERIENCE

What have you done so far?




Jobs relevant to your degree/your career
aim



Unrelated jobs



Other experience

“We value
any experience

that allows
students to stretch themselves, push their
limits and reach new goals


this could be
a placement or internship, a summer
spent travelling or a gap year project.”


Shell

Web Developer
-

Unboxed Consulting


Graduates & interns required to
work on web applications.


You should be self
-
motivated
and be interested in producing
solutions that are creatively
designed, and of a high
standard. You must be willing to
learn things outside of your
immediate expertise. A desire to
stay on top of emerging
technologies is essential.






Desirable technical skills include:



* HTML

* Javascript

* jQuery

* Ruby on Rails

* * Knowledge/Exp of version control

* Test Driven Development knowledge

* Flash development.




Suitable personal traits:

* Proactive

* Flexible

* Can think outside the box

* Enthusiastic

* Strong communication skills

* Ability to work under pressure.



Who would you select?


Emma
-

Comp Sci 4



Works in local supermarket during
vacations and part time during
semesters. Finds this convenient
and it provides much needed cash.
Enjoys dealing with customers.



Interests

-

Keeps fit by going to the
gym and running. Spending time
with friends.





David


Comp Sci 4



Worked in supermarket before
university, then in bars and a call
centre during semesters UG1 & UG2.
Spent 8 wks on an IT internship with
an investment bank in UG3. Enjoys
new challenges, meeting people,
learning new technologies & working
on team based projects.



Interests

-

Class rep, developed
website for UoE Karate Society,
coaches Karate at children’s club,
CompSoc Committee member.



We would encourage you to get involved at
University with Clubs or Societies, or in part time
work and summer work/ opportunities, to enable
you to gain valuable experience. Use your time
whilst you are at University to develop the skills
that will enable you to secure your dream job.


The majority of people who attend University
will leave with a good degree

-

what makes
you stand out from the rest?"


Carol Williamson
,

Business Development Manager

Graduate Recruitment

Proctor & Gamble

Competency Frameworks

CREDIT SUISSE


A motivational

leader

with a strong
sense of personal

integrity
; able to
inspire confidence and loyalty


Self
-
motivated
and
resourceful
; able
to multi
-
task and focused on delivering
results


An enthusiastic

team member

who
can collaborate well with others and
build strong working relationships


An articulate

communicator

who
recognizes the importance of listening


Resilient
, flexible, open to feedback
and focused on achieving excellence


Analytical

and logical, with raw
intellectual ability


ERNST & YOUNG


High academic

achievement

&
demonstration of
leadership


Integrity

-

-

clear sense of
accountability, builds relation
-
ships by doing the right thing.


Respect
s others
-

recognise the
value of different backgrounds
and points of view.


Team workers

-

good at
listening, learning, sharing,
developing and working
together.


Energetic & enthusiastic

-

passionate and excited about
opportunities & their futures.


Client focussed

Competency Framework

IBM


Adaptability


Client focus


Communication


Creative problem
solving


Drive to achieve




Passion for business


Taking ownership


Teamwork and
collaboration


Trustworthiness

Skills regularly requested by
employers

University Course

Place a tick against each skill
developed in this context.

Work Experience

Place a tick against each skill
developed in this context.

Outside interests

Place a tick against each skill
developed in this context.

Written Communication

Oral Communication

Research & Critical Thinking

Analysis & Problem Solving

Planning & Organising

Leadership

Teamwork & Interpersonal
Communication

Creative Thinking

Commercial Awareness

Adaptability, Flexibility & Initiative

Personal Career Development

Skills Audit

How well developed is your skill set?

Developing your Experience


Formal internship/work placement


Project
-
based experience in SME



Work abroad
(IAESTE 10 Dec)


Work shadowing


Voluntary work


Visits


Student society


related subject or role





"..... any work experience is great,
however, relevant work experience
including internships means your
application will create a much
greater impression...."



Joy Lesslie

Graduate Recruitment Manager

Standard Life

Sources of vacancies


Careers Fair



5 & 6
th

October







Travel & Volunteering Fair

27
th

Oct


SAGE



vacancies and database
-

www.ed.ac.uk/careers/sage


Careers Service Guide



Jobs & Course Providers section


Employer presentations


Websites

-
internships/placements

www.prospects.ac.uk

www.doctorjob.com/workexperience

www.work
-
experience.org



www.step.org





Company websites

& Professional bodies


Employment Agencies
-

casual work


Networking


Speculative approaches / Creative approaches






TAKE ACTION EARLY!!

Creative Job Search


If your entire job hunting effort relies on looking at
adverts, then you’re only fishing in one part of the
river


and what’s more that’s the bit every one
else has their rod dangling in!

Speculative Approaches

Be bold….


Focus


Target


Aim


your career goal


Sell


Get personal
-

Network!


Identifying YOUR
Network


Academic contacts


Family & Friends


Work colleagues/
customers


Online networks


Other







Could you grow it?



Alumni


Careers Fairs


Employer
Presentations


Other


Eight Steps to Action Planning

1.
Identify your overall goal

2.
Set ‘SMART’ objectives

3.
Take bite
-
sized chunks

4.
Understand your own personal constraints and
challenges

5.
Find help

6.
Map out opportunities and resources

7.
Create realistic timescales

8.
Review your progress

Example Action Plan


My Long
Term
Goal

Short and Medium Term
Goals to Achieving
Long Term Goal

Actions Required

Constraints

Who or What Can Help Me

Target Date
for Action

To gain
graduate
role with
technical
consult’cy

Complete degree


Relevant work
experience/Internship in
consultancy or related
field



Gain insight into sector
(firms, reputations,
clients, how competitive)



Get evidence of ‘drive’,
‘achievements’, & skills



Choose appropriate final
year project/dissertation


Apply for grad jobs!




Postgraduate masters
degree?


Aim at 2.1


Apply for relevant work
experience/Internship




Research sector

Network



Get involved in socs /
other responsibilities/
attend courses


Decide asap


Update CV

Watch closing dates

Speculative apps



Need 2.1 or 1
st


Check if advantageous

Managing workload


Takes up time

Need good CV
/ability to market
myself


Unsure where to
start



Time/unsure what’s
around



May not be available



Limited time




Funding?


Unsure who to ask


Academic staff


SAGE (Careers Service)

CiC seminar/ Careers Service



Careers Service

Uncle who works in field

Alumni contacts



EUSA

Academic School



Project/dissertation supervisor



Careers Service

Networking



Prospects website/course tutors


Employers on Campus/ alumni


2012


Check weekly

By end Oct



Semester 1

Before
interviews



Within next
month



By Easter



UG4
-

early
semester 1



By end Sem 2


This semester

Your Careers Service


-

How we can help you


Careers Adviser / Duty Adviser


SAGE


Information Rooms


Website:
www.ed.ac.uk/careers


Events
-



Fairs


Employer Presentations


Information sessions


Job hunting sessions


PG sessions



Some Events!


Careers Fair
-

5
th

& 6
th

October


Travel & Volunteering Fair
-

27
th

October


Virtual Careers in China/Asia Fair
-

25
-

29 October


Postgraduate Fair
-

18
th

November


Employer presentations
-

from 30
th

Sept



Graduate Applications Tues 28
th

Sept 1.10pm

AT LT1


Successful Interviews Thurs 14
th

Oct 1.10pm


AT LT1


School Drop
-
in sessions: Thurs 28
th

Oct & Tues 9
th

Nov





1pm
-

2pm


AT 4.14




Also check Informatics website



Careers Service
-

Where to find us?

33 Buccleuch Place, Central Area

Tel: 0131 650 4670

Weir Building, KB

Tel
:

0131 650 5773


Email:
careers@ed.ac.uk

Opening hours on website


www.ed.ac.uk/careers