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Career Clinics and Career Appointments

Just a quick query? Come along to one of our clinics which lasts for 15 minutes - reserve your place by booking online. Visit our website for full details: www.gcu.ac.uk/careers/careersconnect/

Book an appointment with a careers adviser which lasts for 30 minutes, and let us help you with:
• Planning your career and study options.
• Finding and applying for jobs.
• Preparing for interviews.

If you graduated within the previous two years and wish to make an appointment, contact the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building or email: studentsupport@gcu.ac.uk

New to the graduate labour market this summer? Learn about graduate salaries in the UK

12/06/2018

Prospects Luminate

If you are a GCU student just about to graduate, you may well have an interview on the horizon for your first graduate job (if so, congratulations!). One of the obstacles you may have to hurdle will be the question surrounding your starting salary, where you will have to negotiate with your employer. So where do you begin?

Prospects Luminate have just published an interesting article which may help you with this aspect of your interview, and it gives you some key background data to help you make an informed decision.

What is the average graduate starting salary?

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) reports the median average graduate starting salary as £28,000. But they look primarily at big businesses and graduate schemes, so this figure is likely to be too high.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) data reports £21,776 as the mean salary with outliers excluded. However, this is an optional category in DLHE so may not tell the whole story.

In reality, neither of these numbers is particularly helpful in setting graduate salaries or informing graduates of what they should expect to earn. The averages are too general and hide key influences such as industry and region.

How does salary vary by region?

Unsurprisingly, the DLHE data shows that London is the region with the highest salaries. However, the gap between London and Wales (the region with the lowest starting salary) is £4,358 a year or roughly £84 a week. Is this really sufficient to account for the difference in cost of living?

Scotland’s second place in this list may be a surprise to some, but it benefits from strong engineering, IT and business sectors – all of which offer high starting salaries.

For more detailed information on this, regional variations, most affordable cities and best paying industries read the full article at Prospects Luminate.

Region Average starting salary
London £24,357
Scotland £22,018
South East £21,718
East of England £21,283
North East £20,884
West Midlands £20,869
South West £20,771
East Midlands £20,664
Yorkshire and the Humber £20,458
North West £20,412
Northern Ireland £20,023
Wales £19,999
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Careers Drop-in on Monday 11th June and Tuesday 12th June.

07/06/2018

Want to meet with a careers adviser for a quick careers related question? If so, pop along to one of our ever popular Drop-In sessions. There’s no need to make an appointment as it’s first come, first served!

We have two Drop-In sessions arranged for week beginning 11th June:

  • Monday 11th June 2018: 11:45am – 12:45pm
  • Tuesday 12th June 2018: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Drop-In sessions are ideal to have a quick discussion about any number of topics, for example your CV, covering letter, forthcoming interview or even further study choices.

Both sessions take place in the Careers Centre in the Campus Lounge (George Moore Building) – remember, get here as early as you can to ensure you meet our adviser. We look forward to seeing you!

Don’t miss our TWO day Autumn Jobs Fair!

01/06/2018

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GCU Careers Service Autumn Jobs Fair 2018

When: Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th October 2018

Time: 11am – 2pm

Where: Ground Floor, Hamish Wood Building

Join us for our TWO DAY Jobs Fair extravaganza! Outstanding opportunities on offer for summer jobs, placements, internships and graduate jobs across several sectors:

  • Business
  • Consulting & Management
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • IT
  • Property & Construction
  • Public Sector
  • Recruitment & HR
  • Retail & Sales

More information will be added as it comes in!

 

Careers in Childcare – new website launched by the Scottish Social Services Council!

31/05/2018

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With the increase of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) entitlement there will be 11,000 more job opportunities between now and 2020. New childcare professionals with a range of knowledge and skills are sought, and with flexible work patterns available there will be opportunities for students and graduates.

The Scottish Social Services Council website shows how someone can build a career in day care of children, which includes early learning and childcare, out of school care, childminding and other services where children are cared for during the day. Childhood experiences last a lifetime and we need a skilled, confident workforce to make sure all children have the best start. With big increases planned for funded ELC in Scotland there’s never been a better time to start a career in childcare. Our new easy to use website explains:

  • the diversity of career paths, shown through the career stories of current
    childcare professionals
  • the different ways to gain experience and qualifications
  • how to access learning resources and training providers.

Working with children is fun, interesting and an opportunity to make a significant difference. We hope that anyone interested in this career can use the website to help make their first steps. For those already working in childcare we hope it gives some inspirational ideas about where their career might take them next.

This is a regulated profession and practice-based qualifications are required for those who build a career in this sector. Please get in touch if you would like further information about how students and graduates can use their transferrable knowledge and skills in achieving these, or if you would like to hear about the post-graduate qualification opportunities in this sector.

This information is all explained in the new website, which can be accessed at: http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers/

More Careers Drop-In sessions for week beginning 4th June!

30/05/2018

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Want to meet with a careers adviser for a quick careers related question? If so, pop along to one of our ever popular Drop-In sessions. There’s no need to make an appointment as it’s first come, first served!

We have two Drop-In sessions arranged for w/b 4th June:

  • Monday 4th June 2018: 11:45am – 12:45pm
  • Tuesday 5th June 2018: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Drop-In sessions are ideal to have a quick discussion about any number of topics, for example your CV, covering letter, forthcoming interview or even further study choices.

Both sessions take place in the Careers Centre in the Campus Lounge (George Moore Building) – remember, get here as early as you can to ensure you meet our adviser. We look forward to seeing you!

Ørsted Skills Hub in Offshore Wind – 10 places Available to GCU students

23/05/2018

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When: Wednesday 20th June 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX

Global Offshore Wind 2018 is the largest offshore wind event in the world and will bring together a host of international offshore wind experts at all career levels. The event is supported by leading companies in offshore wind; from those building wind farms and wind turbine manufacturers to those leading the development of technology, process and service innovation.

With ambitions to build 30GW of offshore wind by 2030 (that’s enough electricity to power over 30 million homes) we recognise the need to engage with those interested in developing careers in our industry at an earlier stage to ensure we have a secure, talented future workforce to support the offshore wind industry.

The Ørsted Skills Hub promises a jam-packed day exploring skills and careers opportunities in offshore wind. It is a unique chance for students to learn more from industry rising stars about their first-hand experience of working in this exciting sector and to explore the various routes to a career in offshore wind be it apprenticeships, technical study or graduate and postgraduate studies.

Short, engaging and interactive sessions will be led by young people who are currently working in offshore wind. These will cover the main work areas including engineering, science, environmental studies, legal and commercial aspects and will answer questions including:

  • How do you design and plan an offshore wind farm?
  • How do you build and look after an offshore wind farm?
  • What do you need to build an offshore wind farm?
  • What does a day on an offshore wind farm look like?

In addition, students will be offered:

  • A guided exhibition tour to meet leading offshore wind companies exhibiting in the main event.
  • Careers advice from young professionals in the industry and routes to develop key skills and interests for a career in offshore wind.
  • A handy skills guide and other key resources.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register each student individually using the online form.

For any questions about attending, please contact Alicia.Green@RenewableUK.com.

 

 

Another Careers Drop-In Session on Tuesday!

23/05/2018

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When: Tuesday 29th May 2018

Time: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Where: The Careers Centre, Campus Lounge, George Moore Building

This is another opportunity for you to get answers to any quick careers or further study queries that you have, without the need to make an appointment!

Please remember that our Drop-Ins are on a first come, first served basis so please try to get here as early as possible to make sure that you see one of our careers advisers. We look forward to seeing you!