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GCU Careers Service: Corona Virus Update 20 December 2021

GCU Careers Service staff are currently working to a hybrid model, a mixture of on campus work and working remotely from home as we gradually transition to a more normal working practice. However please be assured that we 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 a 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.

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, our Events webpage, Twitter and Facebook.

How Networking Can Help With Your Hunt For A Graduate Job Or Placement

Despite the challenges the pandemic has presented to in-person events, networking is not a thing of the past and has many well-documented benefits. Often job seekers fail to fully realise the potential of professional networking and the value it can add to their job search.  

There’s sometimes an assumption that networking simply involves “putting the feelers out” – i.e. making it known that you’re looking, or picking people’s brains about potential job openings. There’s the uncomfortable association with not only the getting-to-know-people-you-don’t-know-well part, but also that you’re asking them for a favour. There are also those who assume that networking can only ever take place at designated ‘networking events’.

But the purpose and benefits of networking are not as limited as many job seekers may think. Here’s what networking is really about and how it can help you in your search.

1. It’s about building your knowledge

They say it’s not about what you know, but a big part of networking involves sniffing out information that might prove useful to you. With research showing that around 80% of job vacancies are not advertised through traditional means, the value of keeping tabs on social media, engaging with people and joining industry-specific groups cannot be understated. But it’s not just about discovering potential jobs, it’s about an enriching experience, learning from other people, listening to their stories, finding out what’s going on in the industry and encountering other interesting people. Networking can shape your career decisions, and the valuable insights you gain may very well be useful in an interview situation.

2. It’s about seizing opportunities to grow

Networking is about putting yourself out there and taking every opportunity to develop and learn, whether in the form of potential jobs or valuable information and resources. Those opportunities are unlikely to come your way if people don’t know you are open to them. So connect, share, listen, meet in person when possible, be brave, try new things and get outside your comfort zone once in a while. It will remind you what you are capable of.

3. It’s about becoming visible

The more you network, the more visible you become and the more you develop your online brand and help your name to start cropping up in conversations. But being visible doesn’t come about from simply informing your network that you’re looking for a job and hoping they’ll pass it on; you become visible through authentic engagement with others and a willingness to help them and share pertinent thoughts and information.

4. It’s about developing confidence

There’s a myth that networking is only for the extroverts among us, but that’s not true. Like any skill you can develop your networking ability. The more you engage with other professionals, the easier it becomes: you develop your small talk, you learn how to ask others insightful questions and listen attentively to the answers, as well as how to talk about yourself, the experience to highlight and, in turn, you improve your self-awareness. You’ll hone your elevator pitch too. Remember that truly understanding what you have to offer will be crucial in the long run, especially when it comes to job interviews.

While networking might not be something that feels particularly natural, building those relationships with potential employers and other professionals can be a key building block as well as a stepping stone in your career. Whilst you might not become an expert networker overnight, the more you embrace it, the more natural it will start to feel.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in 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.

Boost Your Career Prospects With FREE Personal Coaching For GCU Students

Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximise your personal and professional potential. It’s a conversation where your coach holds a space to allow you to do your best thinking. How can coaching support your development?

  • Better understand your strengths and develop self-leadership skills
  • Become clearer on your future and taking steps in the right direction
  • Increasing personal performance, productivity and sense of wellbeing

How does it work?

You will work with your very own personal coach who believes in you and your potential. They will work side by side with you over a programme of 3 x 1 hour virtual conversations and provide you with resources and tools to support your learning. This programme is available to GCU students aged 18-25.

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To sign up with Level Up click here.

What Do Graduates Do? 2021/22

Download this years insight from the UK’s largest higher education survey. You’ll find subject-by-subject data, commentary and analysis from the Prospects Luminate team and AGCAS, plus an overview by Jisc’s graduate labour market expert Charlie Ball.

What Do Graduates Do? 2021/22 reveals a graduate labour market in relatively good health at the time of survey. Of the 198,875 UK-domiciled first-degree graduates who responded to the survey:

  • The majority of graduates were in employment 15 months after graduating.
  • 7.7% were unemployed and looking for work.
  • 72.4% of employed graduates were in a professional-level job.
  • 8.8% of graduates were in further study.
  • The average salary for graduates who went straight into full-time.

To read the full report click here.

FDM Recruiting Now For The Salesforce Graduate Programme, Immediate Start, and Summer Graduate Programme – Apply Now For 2022 Entry

Salesforce is the world’s #1 customer relationship management platform with over 150,000 companies of all sizes utilising Salesforce. With the advancement of new technology, the demand for Salesforce professionals across the globe is also growing rapidly.

FDM’s training is developed to give graduates the technical expertise, job readiness skills and certifications to launch their successful careers as Salesforce Analysts or Salesforce Developers.

Immediate start roles in London, Leeds and Glasgow:

If you are a recent fraduate looking for an exciting role with job security for two years and numerous career progression opportunities, this January and February FDM have more than 250 open vacancies available with immediate start across the UK:

Software Development 

Software Testing

Business Intelligence 

Cloud Computing 

Technical Operations

2022 Summer Start Applications Now Open:

Both of FDMs Business and Technical Graduate Programmes are now open and accepting applications. No previous experience needed!

For more information and to apply for the Business Graduate Programm, click here.

For more information and to apply for the Technical Graduate Programme, click here.

View This Weeks Graduate and Internship Opportunities In Our Career Success Portal

Whether you’re curious about programming, intrigued by property or interested in investment, there’s an opportunity available to suit you. Check out Amadeus Software’s Data Science grad scheme, or dive into property with CBRE or Bellway Homes’ grad schemes.

Check out what we’ve highlighted below and then log-in to our Career Success portal to view hundreds more graduate opportunities and internships/placements.

CBRE
Interested in a grad scheme with a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest real estate firm? CBRE has opened applications for its wide range of 2022 grad schemes. Pathways include Geomatics, Façade Engineer, Capital Allowance and Environmental Consultancy.

ZOTEFOAMS
Graduating this year and looking to line something up for September? Materials technology company Zotefoams has three Croydon-based grad schemes for you to check out! Choose between, Business, Information Technology or Materials Engineering streams.

CATERPILLAR
Leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar, has a Quality Engineering graduate development programme on offer in Peterborough. The 2-year rotational scheme is open to grads with a Science, Maths, Engineering or Materials background.

WILLIS TOWERS WATSON
Global financial advisory firm Willis Towers Watson is running a 2-year Investments Consulting Graduate Programme in Reigate. It’s your chance to dip your toes into the exciting world of investment and the good news is it’s open to grads from all disciplines!

TRAVEL COUNSELLORS
Independent travel company Travel Counsellors is offering a business grad scheme in Manchester. If you’re passionate about travel and keen to kickstart your career in the industry, apply now.

BELLWAY HOMES
Does property pique your interest? UK housing firm Bellway Homes has a commercial grad scheme available in Ruislip.

AMADEUS SOFTWARE
Are you an avid programmer or would you like to become one? Spanish firm Amadeus Software is looking for grads to join its Data Science programme in Witney. The scheme involves an impressive 3 months of tutor-led training and then 9 months in a work placement.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in 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.

Take Part In The Cibyl Student Survey And Win £500 or £100 Spotigy or Apple Music Gift Card

Cibyl have introduced a brand-new incentive where everyone is a winner! Using your survey answers, every respondent will receive a free career personality report. In this report, we detail your career personality type, how to enhance your skillset and different professions that may be of interest to you. Use the report to discover new career paths, find information about career opportunities and direct you to the latest employer events!

Along with your #cibylcareertype report, you could also be in the chance of winning –

  • *NEW PRIZE* £100 Spotify or Apple Music gift card (three given away)
  • a £100 Amazon gift card (given away every week- 14 to give away!)
  • a pair of Apple AirPods (two given away at close of survey)
  • £500 gift card of your choice! Choose from shops such as ASOS, Uber, Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, GAME, JD Sports and M&S (two given away at close of the survey)

If you are undecided or haven’t considered your future career yet, then this is a great chance to do just that! Cibyl is working with employers and university careers services across the UK.  They will provide them with a detailed report about what you want so that they can tailor their services for you (but don’t worry, all answers are anonymous!)

The survey only takes 15 minutes, and you can take it on your phone!

Complete it today! 

Would you like to know more about Cibyl? Here’s some extra information:

The Cibyl Graduate study is the UK’s most comprehensive piece of research into students’ views on graduate careers and recruitment: over 68,000 UK students took part last year. Cibyl also powers The UK 300, so ranking your favourite employers is a great way to influence their status in the publication. 

Cibyl is an excellent tool for helping students to think about graduate careers: the questions require you to rank employers in a variety of ways, helping you to think laterally about your career options and why you like, or don’t like, certain companies.

Your answers are completely anonymous. You are welcome to read our privacy policy which can be found here.

Cibyl abides by all MRS codes, ESOMAR codes and ISO 20252. We are conducting this survey in partnership with your Careers Service.

Are You A Recent Graduate Looking For Employment? Register With Graduate Career Advantage Scotland And Find An Employer!

GCAS is a new initiative which supports recent, eligible graduates living in Scotland to find rewarding employment. We offer careers support and access to high-quality paid internships by collaborating with employers, universities, and other key agencies.  

As part of the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, we aim to bridge the gap between employers and talented graduates; helping to ease the transition into valuable work experience. We break down barriers by supporting employers of all sectors and sizes, making it possible for them to create new impactful opportunities for graduates while boosting Scotland’s economy. 

Employers will benefit from funding towards the role and access to new talent to bring fresh insight to the organisation; as well as tailored support from the GCAS team. 

Graduates will gain valuable work experience through our internships and careers support. In addition, they will develop networks, professional skills, build confidence and gain support with the application process.  

If you are a recent graduate, living in Scotland, and feel that your career is not graduate-level and where you had hoped it would be then we want to hear from you! 

To find out more and to register on the GCAS talent pool click here.

Setting Realistic Career Goals For 2022

Whether you’re an avid believer in New Year’s resolutions or not, those first few weeks of the year usually come with a liberating feeling of a fresh start. After the busy holiday period, it’s a time to recalibrate, to get back into a work mindset and to start thinking about the personal career goals you want to achieve in the months to come.

Coming up with these goals can be pretty easy – you might want to learn a particular skill or expand your work experience – the tricky part is setting goals that are achievable – i.e. you won’t lose motivation come February.

This checklist will help set you up for success.

1. Be realistic
In a flash of new-year inspiration you might come up with a whole host of things that you want to do over the coming year, but before you commit to anything it’s important that you ask yourself how realistic your goals are. Too many of them can quickly become overwhelming, so pick your goals wisely. It may help to make a list and pick one or two priorities. Then think critically about your goal(s): ‘What does it take to reach this goal?’, ‘How challenging is it?’, ‘Is there any support I could get?’, ‘Do I have the time and financial means for it?’ Based on your answers you may have to adjust your goal or set out a longer time frame to achieve it.

2. Focus on what you want
When setting career goals ask yourself: ‘Is this what I want to be doing or what I think I should be doing?’ Often you will find that it’s the latter, with pressures imposed on us either by ourselves or others being the main driver behind these resolutions. For goals to be achievable the motivation for them has to come from within, i.e. your personal ambitions and aspirations that aren’t based on any external pressures. So, when setting goals always consider whether achieving them will bring you happiness and fulfilment – if the answer is ‘no’ it is likely that you’ll struggle to achieve them.

3. Plan ahead
Many of us set goals without actually planning how we intend to reach them. For example, you may want to learn how to use Photoshop. Ask yourself how you intend to reach this goal: are you thinking of signing up for a course? Or would you rather teach yourself through online tutorials? Make a list of the specific actions you’ll need to take. Breaking the goal up into smaller parts like this can make it more manageable. Devising a schedule can also help to keep you on track and keep note of your progress.

When it comes to achieving your goals it’s important to realise that there may well be hiccups along the way, and that’s totally fine. Be nice to yourself, take failure in your stride, celebrate your successes and keep focusing on that end goal and achieving it will be that much easier.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in 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.

The Prospects Student Career Guide 2021/22 Now Available For Download

The new edition of the Student Career Guide from Prospects is now available to view online or download direct to the device of your choice! It’s packed with highly useful articles covering a range of topics including: employability, working overseas; postgraduate study; job hunting; employer profiles.

  • Gain useful tips and advice about finding and preparing for graduate jobs, internships and placements.
  • Get up to speed about employers who are recruiting for 2022 entry and find out about the degree disciplines they are looking for, closing dates and how to apply.
  • If you are thinking about postgraduate study, find out what you need to know about qualifications, courses and institutions around the UK.
  • Want to study or work abroad? There’s articles on how to go about it and where to look for opportunities.

To view or download your copy click here.

Starting Your Own Business? Here’s The Top Seven Skills You Need To Master

There are certain weapons every would-be entrepreneur needs in their armoury. First off there’s the passion and a genuine belief in what you’re doing – in an ideal world you’ll also have the professional experience and technical skills to back this up.

While most start-ups grow up around these qualities, there are various soft skills that, when taken as a whole, are just as critical in the day-to-day running of a small business. Here is our shopping list of the essential skills we think you’ll need as you venture out into this brave new world:

1. Time management
Good time management is crucial in any professional environment, but it’s all the more critical when you no longer have a traditional 9-5 structure to fall back on. Successful business owners know how to prioritise their workflow, to delegate to others and to say ‘no’ when they have to.

2. Networking
Building a business requires finding ways to leverage relationships to create new opportunities. Some of us are better at finding and cultivating these openings than others, but there are a number of tools out there that you can draw on – online platforms such as LinkedIn and start-up events are a good place to start.

3. Leadership
Leadership is a multi-faceted skill that requires an amalgamation of different competencies, including good communication and people management skills. However, in a small business it really boils down to being able to show people your vision, build a team around this and take them on the journey with you: you need to inspire people.

4. Public speaking
Being a leader also means being a key spokesperson for the business. As well as employees, you’re likely to find yourself having to communicate the value of your company to a variety of audiences: investors, the media and new clients.

5. Negotiation skills
With limited resources to call upon, it’s important you can secure the right deal for yourself, whether for your own purchases or for the products and services you’re providing. It’s about having the calmness and confidence to know what your needs are and to put these across.

6. Resilience
Pressure is part and parcel of running your own company. Many entrepreneurs thrive in this environment and develop the resilience to deal with periods of stress. It all comes back to knowing yourself and the kind of situations you can and can’t cope with.

7. Resourcefulness
Every problem is a challenge that can be overcome or worked around. ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ is a mantra for the entrepreneur. Problem-solving skills are essential along with a pragmatic attitude and a belief that almost anything can be achieved with a little out-of-the-box thinking.

Naturally, not every budding entrepreneur will score 10/10 in each of these categories. We all have our particular strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important you take some time to assess your own qualities and to identify the key areas on which you should be focusing.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in 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.