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GCU Careers Service: Corona Virus Update 23 July 2020

Although GCU Careers Service staff are currently working remotely on a temporary basis, we will still continue to provide the best service that we possibly can to GCU students and recent graduates.

You can book telephone appointments with us via our Careers Service homepage so please provide a phone number and the careers adviser will contact you.

If your appointment is for CV/Application form feedback, please email these documents in advance to the careers adviser you have booked with – email addresses can also be found on our webpage.

We will continue to post all the latest news and events on our social media channels, so to keep up to date  please follow us via this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

 

How To Negotiate Your Salary – Read The Latest Article From Career Success

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Career Success is our online portal which provides GCU students and graduates with many of the career preparation tools you need to succeed in today’s job market. There’s a fantastic range of video, audio and text based materials which you can view via computer, tablet or mobile phone. Learn more about graduate employment opportunities, how best to find the right job and how to prepare for that all important interview. Career Success will go a long way to help you maximise your potential and employability.

Negotiating is a more common part of our day-to-day lives than we might be aware – how often have you offered to do the washing up to avoid having to cook dinner? Even so, many of us might still feel uncomfortable or self-conscious when it comes to negotiating salary – undoubtedly, this is because the stakes are significantly higher.

The truth is that it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds, as long as you take control of the situation.

Here are our top DOs and DON’Ts for negotiating salary.

DO:

Come prepared
To enter negotiations with confidence you have to know where you stand: What is the usual salary for the role you’re applying to? What can you expect to be offered by the potential employer? Research industry standards and see if you can find out more about pay bands in the prospective company to form a clear idea of what you should be asking for and what the limits are likely to be.

Set a range
Don’t go in with an ‘all or nothing’ attitude: ideally, negotiations are about finding a proposition that works for both parties. Work out a range of figures that you are comfortable with, with a ‘best case scenario’ top rate and a bottom rate that you won’t go under. Allowing for some wiggle room will ensure negotiations don’t reach a dead end early on.

Express your value
If you’re negotiating it already means that the employer has identified you as a potentially valuable asset to the company. Be sure to emphasise this value throughout the negotiation process, bringing up specific skills and experience in support of what you’re asking for.

DON’T:

Be too quick to accept
The first offer is rarely the best offer and backtracking after an initial acceptance will only reflect badly on you. Don’t start negotiating immediately either; give yourself some time to fully consider the offer and structure your response.

Just focus on salary
Benefits like health insurance, vacation days and pension plans are just another form of compensation which should be carefully considered when negotiating a pay package. Think of the value each element could bring to your life and take this with you in your negotiations.

Push your luck
Lying about what you earned in your previous role or asking for an outlandish salary based solely on what you believe you deserve will not get you very far. The employer will quickly move on if they feel like they can’t take you seriously so make sure you are honest in your negotiations and know when to compromise: if you’re made an offer that’s only minimally different from your end goal you would do well to think twice about dragging it out into an uncomfortable back and forth.

Set yourself up for a fall
A high salary comes with commensurate expectations. So remember that what you expect them to pay for, they will expect you to deliver. Starting a new job can be stressful enough, but performing to the standard expected from the most expensive new kid on the block can put you under enormous pressure. By all means push for what you’re worth, but make sure you provide value for money.

The key to negotiating salary is being confident and well-prepared. This crucially means that you understand what is fair both from your perspective and that of the employer. Keep your emotions in check, listen and express your value. In the end it’s up to them to recognise your worth; when they do, they’re not very likely to let you go.

Access hundreds of careers resources today on Careers Success:

  • There are over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; self-development.
  • In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Students and staff new to Career Success can register by clicking on the link on our homepage

If you have already registered to use Career Success click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign Up For FDM Tech Week, 10-14 August

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Monday 10th August: The 4th Industrial Revolution & The Impact of Covid-19

10-11am – “What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?” – to sign up click here.

1-2pm – Final session: Discussion about 4th industrial revolution and it’s future – to sign up click here.

Tuesday 11th August – Topic: Digital Identity

10-11am – “What is Digital Identity?” – to sign up click here.

1-1:30pm – Lunch and Learn session: Protecting your Digital Identity with Patrick Wake – to sign up click here.

4-5pm – Final session: Your Digital Identity rights with John Blackburn and a reflection on our Digital Identity day – to sign up click here.


Wednesday 12th August – Topic: Big Data

10.30-11.30am – “Big Data – What does it mean?” – to sign up click here.

12.30-1pm – Lunch and Learn session: Big Data – Application in real life – to sign up click here.

4:30-5pm – Final session: Big Data – Panellist Discussion – to sign up click here.


Thursday 13th August – Topic: VR & AR

10am – 11am – “VR & AR – View of the Future” – to sign up click here.

1pm – 2pm – Lunch and Learn Session: VR & AR Concepts – to sign up click here.

4pm -5pm – Final session: Let’s talk about VR & AR – to sign up click here.


Friday 14th August – Topic: Robotics & AI

10-11am – “An Introduction to Robotics and AI” – to sign up click here.

12:45 – 2pm: Afternoon sessions: – to sign up click here.

 

 

The Wheatley Property Management Graduate Training Programme Is Now Open

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Wheatley Group is on the lookout for 12 of Scotland’s brightest and best university leavers to join its graduate training programme. Scotland’s largest housing, care and property-management group has launched its 2020 graduate recruitment drive – with 10 housing and two business trainee places available.

Successful candidates will join the two-year programme and receive on-the-job training and development, opportunities for further study and qualifications, and mentoring support to help build a successful career.

Housing trainees will work across Wheatley’s social housing and property-management subsidiaries, including GHA in Glasgow and in Edinburgh with Dunedin Canmore. Business graduates will join the corporate teams in Wheatley’s Glasgow city centre headquarters.

Interested Graduates can find out more information via our CareerHub portal or go straight to the Wheatley website for more information and for details on how to apply.

CareerHub is the vacancy portal run by GCU Careers Service. All GCU students are invited to join CareerHub during the registration process at the start of term, and 9000 GCU students and graduates are currently using the system. If you didn’t join during registration you’re missing out on hundreds of graduate vacancies, internships, placements, and part-time jobs.

You can still register and join CareerHub by clicking here – your GCU student ID and password automatically gives you access to all these fantastic opportunities! We currently have over 480 graduate jobs, internships and placement opportunities on our CareerHub@GCU jobs portal – check them out before they close for applications!

Who should use CareerHub?

  • Students in Years 1-3 should use CareerHub to access information on hundreds of vacancies for part-time jobs, placements, internships and seasonal work.
  • Final year and post graduate students will find CareerHub invaluable, as it allows you to access details Graduate Schemes run by companies throughout the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View The Latest Graduate & Placement Opportunities On Our Career Success Portal

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Career Success is our online portal which provides GCU students and graduates with many of the career preparation tools you need to succeed in today’s job market. There’s a fantastic range of video, audio and text based materials which you can view via computer, tablet or mobile phone. Learn more about graduate employment opportunities, how best to find the right job and how to prepare for that all important interview. Career Success will go a long way to help you maximise your potential and employability.

Are you looking for a career in marketing? Now is the time to get a head start and get some valuable experience as there are several exciting marketing internships on offer right now!

And that’s not all, from engineering to sales, there are tonnes of interesting graduate schemes, student placements and internships currently available at companies including Allianz, Sony, Tesla and Hilti.

Check out what’s highlighted below from the last 10 days and check out Career Success to see all the great opportunities on offer.

BNP PARIBAS
Leading European investment bank BNP Paribas is looking for candidates for its London-based xVA internship. If you’re thinking of starting a career in investment banking, this might help you take that first step!

TRAVELERS EUROPE
Insurance provider Travelers Europe is currently recruiting for its Underwriting Graduate Development Programmes in London and Glasgow.

T-SQUARED
T-SQUARED is a leading provider of specialist design, construction and servicing for controlled environments and business critical facilities. It’s currently looking for ambitious degree-qualified mechanical building services design engineers to join its team, with opportunities in Swindon/ Oxford and Basingstoke/ Salisbury.

SHISEIDO
Cosmetics company Shisheido currently has a Marketing Assistant Internship available in London. If you’re proactive, creative and have a strong interest in the beauty industry, don’t hesitate to apply.

HILTI
Hilti, a tools, software and services provider for the professional construction industry, has several graduate schemes up for grabs, including its Global Management Development Programme (Financial Track) in Manchester, its Infrastructure Analyst Graduate Scheme in Kingston upon Thames and its Sales Leadership Development Scheme in London.

SONY
Electronics giant Sony is looking for business students for its Business Support Student Placement year. Candidates with strong Excel skills and a high attention to detail are encouraged to apply.

STANTEC
Have you ever thought about joining a graduate programme where you get to work in a fun and collaborative environment, on amazing projects and start your journey to becoming chartered? If that sounds good, make sure to check out the three graduate schemes currently up for grabs at professional services firm Stantec: its Wastewater Modeller, Risk Management and Process Engineer Scheme.

ALLIANZ
If you have great analytical skills, want to be challenged and are interested in building a career at a world-leading insurance company, Allianz’s Pricing Graduate Programme may be the right option for you!

Access hundreds of careers resources today on Careers Success:

  • There are over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; self-development.
  • In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Students and staff new to Career Success can register by clicking on the link on our homepage

If you have already registered to use Career Success click here.

 

 

 

Graduate Engineers – Reserve Your Place At ENGREC 2020

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When: Friday 30 October 2020

Time: To be confirmed

Where: It’s online

Professional Engineering and the IMechE are proud to bring to you the UK’s first ever multi-sector virtual careers fair for early careers in the engineering industry.

The online virtual event will take place on 30th October 2020 and feature some of the UK’s leading recruiters of engineers. Exhibitors will include global leading engineering consultancies, OEM’s, universities and training providers, institutions as well as government agencies.

At this event the attendees will be able to speak directly with companies looking to recruit, get their CV in front of engineering recruitment leaders, find out more about interesting engineering career opportunities/industries and projects on the rise, enjoy a day of thought provoking seminars and talks & even apply to jobs on the day.

To register and secure your spot on the day please click here.

Want To Work At GCU? Administrative Assistant Roles Available Within Our Admissions & Enquiry Service

 

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The Admissions and Enquiry Service is seeking applications from graduates for Admissions Administrative Assistant positions which are available on a full-time basis for a fixed term of 3 months. As part of the Admissions Administration Team, the successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of the goals of the Admissions Service by providing an effective and efficient, customer centred applicant experience. The key purposes of this role will be to provide administrative support to the Service, assisting with the processing of applications and decisions, and assisting with enquiries received regarding applications to study at GCU.

As our Service is currently working remotely, we will require candidates to have access to a laptop, wi-fi, and appropriate environment from which to work from home. A flexible approach will also be required as work patterns may include some evening and weekend work required on occasion. Annual leave may be restricted at certain times of the year to accommodate peak business needs.

Salary: £22,659 (pro-rata, 3 months fixed term position)

Before applying for this role, please read the full job advert and the role profile on our CareerHub portal, click here.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please send a CV along with a short (~500 words) supporting statement to Gordon Ford, Admissions Administration and Enquiries Manager at Gordon.Ford@gcu.ac.uk outlining why you feel you would be able to successfully undertake the duties of this role, as outlined above and in the Role Profile.

The closing date for applications will be Sunday 9th August 2020.

 

GCU (Santander) Internship Programme: Engineering Intern Required At Skyrora – Apply Now

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CareerHub is the vacancy portal run by GCU Careers Service. All GCU students are invited to join CareerHub during the registration process at the start of term, and 9000 GCU students and graduates are currently using the system. If you didn’t join during registration you’re missing out on hundreds of graduate vacancies, internships, placements, and part-time jobs.

You can still register and join CareerHub by clicking here – your GCU student ID and password automatically gives you access to all these fantastic opportunities! We currently have over 480 graduate jobs, internships and placement opportunities on our CareerHub@GCU jobs portal – check them out before they close for applications!

Who should use CareerHub?

  • Students in Years 1-3 should use CareerHub to access information on hundreds of vacancies for part-time jobs, placements, internships and seasonal work.
  • Final year and post graduate students will find CareerHub invaluable, as it allows you to access details Graduate Schemes run by companies throughout the UK.

Just one of the 200+ live jobs on CareerHub at the moment is featured below:

Skyrora Ltd is a private space company from Scotland founded in 2017. In August 2018 it successfully conducted Scotland’s first commercial rocket launch by a private company at Kildermorie Estate in Ross-shire. They are seeking to recruit a final year student or recent graduate studying any engineering discipline. 

The selected candidate will work together with an established team at the Loanhead facility to build small launch vehicles. This may range from 3d printing parts and ordering parts to assisting with developing data and equipment to be used to facilitate the launch of future vehicles. Every candidate who is invited to interview will speak with the head of engineering before the final candidate is decided.

General working days are 9-5.30 Monday to Friday with occasional weekend work when required for an 8-week period. Application close on 11 August 2020.

More information is available on our CareerHub portal.

Applicants should send their CV and Cover letter directly to: Derek.Harris@skyrora.com 

National Graduates Day 30th July 2020

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GCU Careers Service wishes all our 2020 graduates our warmest congratulations. Well done, you have achieved so much! We want to continue to support you on your career journey and remind you that you can use your university Careers Service for up to TWO years following graduation.

Taking place on Thursday 30 July, National Graduates Day will celebrate the resilience and achievements of the class of 2020 and promote the skills, qualifications and experience that graduates gain from studying at university. Graduates will hear from influential public figures about why their skills are needed now more than ever to help kick start the UK’s economic recovery. We’re delighted to be supporting this day of celebration, and you can take part at #WeAreTogether and #2020MADEUS.

This will be a focussed day of digital activity to bring graduates of UK universities together in celebration. Now more than ever the overall benefits of a university education will give graduates an edge in the world of work. The skills that graduates possess will also be crucial to the UK’s post-pandemic recovery.

  • A degree from a UK university continues to give a significant boost to employment levels and a graduate’s career prospects throughout life. On average graduates can expect to earn more than £9000 per year than non-graduates.
  • It’s not just about salary though, recent research has shown that 84% of recent students and graduates agree that future salary is not the only factor in choosing their degree. Interest in their subject and learning, broadening their life experience, gaining independence and developing wider skills  like teamwork and life management are also listed as key factors.
  • Employer demand for graduates continues to rise, and employers expect the greatest demand for skills over the next 3-5 years will be for people with higher skill levels  and two thirds of employers fear there will be a lack of suficiently skilled people to fill these vacancies.

Don’t forget to read our new GCU Careers Service publication for 2020 GCU graduates, ‘Graduate To Employment: A Guide For 2020 Graduates’ which ofers many hints and tips which will help you to find your graduate level job. To view the guide online click here.

Here are just some of the things we can help with:

  • Career options and job searching
  • Interview techniques and practice interviews
  • CVs/Cover Letter
  • Applications: online forms and personal statements
  • Applying for Postgraduate courses
  • Assessment Centres and Psychometric testing

We will assist and support you in managing your own career development and employability. We also offer a range of services to prepare you for the local and international job market, as well as activities that help you on your way to a successful graduate career. Don’t forget to visit our Events page for information on employer events, both on and off-campus.

If you would like to meet with a careers adviser for either a Careers Clinic, Careers Appointment or Practice Interview, please use our online system to book your appointment with the careers adviser for your School as outlined below. GCU graduates can also use this service for up to two years after graduation, but please note that you may need to register if you re a first time user.

Your School: Book an appointment with:
Glasgow School for Business and Society Gail Ferrier
School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment Elaine Lynch
School of Health and Life Science Ellen Gibson

#WeAreTogether

#2020MADEUS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gradcracker Webinar Series: Find Out About Forthcoming Engineering & STEM Graduate Vacancies

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Gradcracker is hosting a series of webinars with guest speakers from a range of our employers. In each webinar, you’ll get to meet one of the companies on Gradcracker, as they tell you all about their organisation, their opportunities, their application process and much more.

What’s in it for me?

This is the perfect opportunity for you to discover an employer you’d love to work for, or an industry sector you’d love to work in.

You’ll gain an exclusive insight into the company and its application process, which will allow you to stand out from the crowd. Many of the hints and tips you will learn will be useful when applying to other companies, too – so it’s definitely worth tuning in!

Whatever stage you’re at, our webinars will help you take the next step on your career journey.

Register your interest below (for as many as you like!) and we’ll send you a reminder the day before the webinar via email.

 

Atkins – Thursday 30 July 2020, 2-3pm:

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Every year, they take on talented STEM students and graduates to help bring complex projects to life.

Niamh, Atkins’ Early Careers Graduate Recruitment Advisor, and three of the company’s graduates are going to give us an exclusive insight into life at Atkins. In this webinar, you’ll find out more about who Atkins are and how they can help shape your future.

 

Network Rail – Thursday 6 August 2020, 2-3pm:

Network Rail is making history through some of the largest engineering projects in Europe. Its standout opportunities offer students like you the chance to carve out their own career path and help create a world-class railway.

In this webinar, we’re going to discover what’s happening at Network Rail right now. You’ll hear from Integrated Talent Solutions Advisor, Nina Trofa, among others, to find out what being a student or graduate there really means.

 

KPMG – Thursday 3 September 2020, 2-3pm:

KPMG in the UK is part of a global network of firms which operate across a broad range of financial services. Technology and Engineering is fundamental to everything they do.

Want to know more? Then tune in to this webinar and hear directly from their Student Attraction Officer, Vicky Sanghera, and from some of their recent graduates.

 

Cummins – Thursday 10 September 2020, 2-3pm:

Cummins is the world’s largest independent designer and manufacturer of diesel engines. It is home to some of the world’s best engineers, scientists and IT professionals.

During this webinar Claire Barham, the company’s Talent Acquisition Leader, will be sharing her knowledge and advice on everything Cummins-related. This is your chance to find out what Cummins is doing to power the future and what they can do to help power your potential

 

MBDA – Thursday 17 September 2020, 2-3pm:

MBDA designs, produces and maintains the missile systems that help protect our skies, land and seas. They are looking for the next generation of engineers to help build the future of defence.

We’re going to be hearing from Alison Poulton, HR Advisor – Early Careers, who’s going to give us the inside track on MBDA. Find out how you can secure yourself a placement or graduate role and learn from some of the best minds in industry.

 

STFC – Thursday 24 September 2020, 2-3pm:

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Its research seeks to understand the universe, but its impact is felt across many aspects of daily life – in clean energy, cancer research, transport and much more.

We’re going to be uncovering some of STFC’s top secrets. Ben Bealing, the company’s Early Careers Talent Acquisition Manager, is going to be revealing what STFC is getting up to and what they can offer you.

 

ABB – Thursday 1 October 2020, 2-3pm:

ABB is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. It has four globally-leading businesses: Electrification; Industrial Automation; Motion; and Robotics & Discrete Automation.

We’re going ‘behind the scenes’ with Jackie McMahon, Head of Talent Management & Talent Acquisition at ABB – and you can be in on it too! Join us to discover where a placement or graduate role with ABB could take you.

 

Royal Air Force – Thursday 8 October 2020, 2-3pm:

The RAF’s primary role is to defend UK airspace, but equally important is the work it does in communities across Britain and beyond: supporting peacekeeping and reconstruction initiatives, providing humanitarian aid and even airlifting people to safety.

We’re going to find out why life in the RAF is ‘no ordinary job’. Flt Lt Keith Edge from the Engineering Recruitment team is going to talk us through its opportunities – opportunities you won’t find in any other career.

 

Frazer-Nash Consultancy – Thursday 29 October 2020, 2-3pm:

Frazer-Nash Consultancy is a leading systems and engineering technology company. It works across a diverse range of markets – from transport to defence, and from conventional power to clean energy.

We’re going to get the company’s inside story from Recruitment Manager Ian Devlin – along with some practical advice on how you can set your career in motion.

 

Experian – Thursday 5 November 2020, 2-3pm:

Experian is helping people and organisations make the most of their data. Its mission is to provide unlimited opportunities for growth – for both its customers and for you.

Orianne Wightman, the company’s Senior Talent Acquisition Partner for Early Careers, is going to be shedding light on life at Experian. During this webinar you’ll find out what working there could mean for you.

To regsiter for any of these webinars visit the Gradcracker website, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Arcadis UK Insight Sessions Coming Up: Careers In Engineering & Environment AND Assessment Centres

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1. Careers In Engineering & Environment:

When: Tuesday 28 July 2020

Time: 12-1pm

Where: Online

During this online session you will learn about different roles within the industry and Arcadis. Our Graduates will share their career journey to date, what made them choose the career they are undertaking and what skills are required for each of the different positions, along with things they do in their day to day.

There will be a Q&A session at the end, so remember to prepare any questions you may have.

Why not join us at the session? To register click here.

 

2. Skills Session – Assessment Centres

When: Tuesday 28 July 2020

Time: 2-3pm

Where: Online

Assessment centres are becoming increasingly popular as an assessment tool, and the reality is, if you’re applying to roles, you’ll like have to complete an assessment centre as part of the process. During this session you will get some great insights into assessment centres:

  • What is an assessment centre
  • How to prepare
  • Types of assessment activities
  • What will be assessed?

 

Being prepared for an assessment properly will give you the best possible chance for obtaining that all important Internship or first Permanent role!

To register for this session click here.