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1 What can I do with a Degree in HPA? Careers and Employability Service Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser

2 What we will cover The graduate labour market What do employers want? What skills do HPA graduates have? What do HPA graduates do: the jobs they get their typical employers the further courses they study

3 The graduate labour market in 2013 Approximately 30% - 40% of vacancies are open to graduates with a degree from any discipline Employers increasingly focusing on professional attributes in addition to transferable skills Relevant work experience increasingly important Need for students to think earlier about their employability Employers are expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 2.7% in 2013

4 What do employers want? Degree awarded at 2.1 or above Employability skills Extra-Curricular Activities Professional attributes Work Experience Commercial Awareness

5 What skills do HPA students have? Attention to Detail Communication Critical Evaluation/Interpretation Literacy Research skills! Time Management Skills Analytical Skills and Creative Thinking

6 Skills and attributes that graduate recruiters are looking for? Communication Report writing Team working Leadership Planning and organisation Project management Enterprise Problem Solving Reflection Adaptability Energy Drive and resilience Integrity Reliability Enthusiasm/passion Self awareness Confidence Contextual/cultural awareness Capacity to develop Numeracy Positive attitude Business and customer awareness IT skills Adaptability Maturity

7 What is a career? Career choice is not an event or occasion Career choice is a process

8 Jobs directly related to your degree

9 Archivist Arts Administrator Auctioneer/Valuer - Fine Arts Editorial Assistant Exhibition Organiser Heritage Manager Heritage Officer/Interpreter Historical Buildings Inspector/Conservations Officer Lecturer, Art History (HE/FE) Librarian, Special/Academic Magazine Journalist Museum/Art Gallery Curator Museum Education Officer Museum/Gallery Conservator/Restorer Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Officer Picture Researcher

10 Jobs that are not directly related to your degree Many employers value the skills you have gained more than the subject

11 Many options open to you! NHS Management Human Resources Advertising Production Management Public Relations Publishing Purchasing Retail Self-employment Social Work TEFL Teaching

12 Researching Careers _job_description.htm _job_description.htm Overview of the sector Job descriptions Salary and conditions Entry requirements Training Career development Employers and vacancy sources Related jobs

13 Graduate Schemes www

14 Example Graduate Schemes Accenture Aldi Arcadia BAE Systems BBC Bloomberg British Sugar Cancer Research UK Deliotte DFID Diageo Ernest & Young EU Careers IBM L’Oreal Mars McDonalds MI5 National Grid Penguin TeachFirst BBC

15 Example Graduate scheme (Bloomberg ) Finance IT Media Sales

16 Example graduate scheme: DFID Engineering Finance General Management IT Purchasing Research and Development

17 Postgraduate Study Approx. 22% of HPA graduates do PG study after graduation MA taught – 1 year Sept to June – lectures, June to Sept – dissertation. Research MA 1 to 2 years – often part-time PhD – 3 years. Nearly always a MA first. PGCE (teacher training) 1 year: See

18 Postgraduate study Not much funding available for MA. Fees are about £5,000. At Kent get £1,000 graduate school scholarship reduction Many students work for a year to fund it or do it part-time whilst working Consider vocational MA – journalism, publishing, HR, Media Production etc. Normally apply middle of final year. No UCAS can apply to as many course as you wish to – 3 or 4 is normal

19 Study Abroad Many postgraduate courses are now taught in English, especially in the Netherlands and Scandinavia No course fees in Sweden and about £1,000 in Germany and Denmark See admenu.htm#PGAbroad admenu.htm#PGAbroad

20 Being Successful “ Most people find a job in the creative industries by word of mouth: the more people you know in the industry the better your chances”

21 Using Social Media to Job Search Twitter Follow organisations, @SkillsetSSC, @ace_national, @IPA_Updates Follow @unikentemploy Get industry updates Remember everything is public Page 21

22 Facebook ‘Like’ company pages ‘Like’ Is your profile professional enough?! Page 22

23 LinkedIn Search for jobs. Use key words in your profile. Follow companies. Connect with people in the industry. Join relevant groups. Page 23

24 What do HPA graduates do?

25 In broad terms (recent destinations) Employment 67% Further Study 22% Not available 6% Seeking employment 5%

26 Typical Employers Antique Dealers Art Dealers Arts Organisations Civil Service Commercial Galleries Craft & Design Institutions Heritage Centres Local Authority Museums National Galleries National Museums Picture Libraries Schools, Colleges, Universities Stately Homes Tourist Boards Valuers & Auctioneers

27 Entry level job titles Art Gallery Administrator Assistant Curator: Schools - Tate Britain Cultural Tour Operator - Martin Randall Travel Ltd Education Officer (Families & Young People) - V&A Exhibitions Registrar - National Gallery Fine Art Administrator - International Auction House Junior Picture Researcher - The Folio Society Part-time Picture Researcher - The Welcome Trust Picture Desk Administrator - Quarto Publishing plc Public Art Co-ordination Officer - Bolton Metro Publishing Agent (Fine Art Reproductions) - Isle of Wight Museum Service Trainee Assistant Curator - Norwich Gallery

28 University of Kent Employment examples HERITAGE/ARTS Administration (x2) - Courtauld Institute, Sothebys Art Adviser - Castle Galleries Auction Administrator - Spink & Son Ltd Collections Assistant - National Museum Display Assistant - Turner Contemporary Gallery Manager - Galleria Guiding Warden - Buckingham Palace Intern (x2) - Christie's Auctioneers, CAPC Musee D'Art Contemporian Library Assistant - West Barnes Library Museum Assistant (x3) - Greece, Herne Bay Museum, Paisnel Gallery Photographic Designer - Jarvis Photography Print Assistant - Christie’s Auctioneers Tour Leader - Leeds Castle Trainee Archivist - Gloucestershire Archives Trainee Evaluator - Bonhams Auctioneers Volunteer Curator - Tate Modern Visitor Service Host - National Army Museum

29 Employment examples EDUCATION Administrative Assistant - Essex University Classroom Assistant (x3) - Bearnes Primary, St. Francis De Sales Junior, Dane Court Grammar EFL Teacher (x5) - British Council, Language School, Canterbury Christchurch University, GEOS, Japan Examinations Officer - Christ the King's 6th Form College Lecturer/FE Certificate - Canterbury College Programmes Senior Administrator - University of Surrey Teacher - Montessori School MEDIA Editor - Educational Publishing Co Editorial Assistant - Radio Times (BBC Worldwide) PR Assistant - PR Company Production Co-ordinator - European Technology Publishing Publicity Assistant - Macmillan Reporter - Purple Media Researcher- Brooklapping (TV) Sub-Editor - Barbour Index

30 Further study examples Art Foundation Course - Middlesex MA - Courtauld Institute of Art MA English - Kent MA Film Studies - Kent MA Film Studies - Nottingham MA Gallery Studies - Essex MA History & Philosophy of Art - Kent MA History & Theory of Art - Kent (x5) MA History of Art - Courtauld Institute of Art MA History of Art - Bristol MA History of Art - Essex MA History of Art - Oxford MA Industrial Relations - Kent MA Medieval & Tudor St - Kent MA Modern Art – Essex MA Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics - Kent MA by Research - History of Art - Kent MPhil History & Theory of Art - Kent PGCE Art & Design - Homerton College PGCE Primary - Canterbury Christ Church

31 Self-employment/Freelance In the creative arts and culture industry 44% of people are self-employed compared to 13% in the UK as a whole. s/selfemployment.htm

32 Placements and Internships - Definitions Internship: Usually 1-3 months long, during a summer vacation. The student works on a defined project at a graduate level. Graduate Internship Usually 3-6 months long, after graduation. The student works on a defined project at a graduate level.

33 Placements and Internships - Definitions Placement: Also called sandwich year or year in industry. Usually 9-12 months long during the penultimate year of study. Must be relevant to degree course. The student works on a defined project at a graduate level. Work experience/shadowing: 1-2 weeks unpaid. A taster of the career area. Insight day Taster days organised by companies.

34 Top Tips during your Placement/Internship Make an impression: Use your initiative. Get feedback. Be professional. Network Ask to shadow/work in different departments. Connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn. Keep a log of the skills you have gained with examples.

35 Searching for placements/internships Vacancy database ‘ ‘I want to work in….’ section Vacancy database Job sectors Graduate directories Speculative approach

36 Searching for placements/internships wPage/Home_page/p!ecaaefg wPage/Home_page/p!ecaaefg

37 General advice Market Yourself ! - It’s not necessarily who you know but who knows you Read the relevant trade, industry, websites and directories (find out what’s happening) Develop your networking skills (record and follow up contacts) Find out who actually makes the decisions for hiring Make use of your time at university!

38 What if I’m still stuck? Make the most of opportunities (planned happenstance) Think about it little and often Make an appointment to speak to a careers adviser

39 How the Careers and Employability Service can help you.

40 What we do Careers Talks and Workshops Careers Library: Employer Directories, Occupational Profiles, Books etc Comprehensive Web Pages Careers Employability Award (CEM) on Moodle Vacancy Database Alumni Careers Network Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair Drop In - Quick Query Careers Guidance Interviews

41 Careers and Employability Service Web Site:

42 Careers and Employability Service Web Pages I want to work in …. What can I do with my degree in Choosing a Career tm tm Interviews (includes assessment centres and psychometric tests etc.) Example CVs & Covering Letters Creative Career Search Employability Skills

43 HISTORY OF ART LINKS - Useful Websites Arts Council (links to Visual Arts organisations & resources) Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Art Galleries Listings art jobster Artworkers jobsite: arts, media, visual arts, gallery, museum, community arts, heritage, theatre, dance, festivals, music, & art therapy jobs. Association for Heritage Interpretation Association of Art Historians once a member you can apply for up to £500 of support for relevant work experience in a gallery or similar of Art Auction Guide Online Bonhams Christie's The Creative Way creative careers in the Thames Cuture 24 (gateway to 2,500 museums) Guide to Art Collections Around GB and Ireland Museum Net Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Museums Association Online directory of UK Postgraduate courses

44 Careers Employability Award  The module takes about 12 hours to complete  But this can be done at your own pace You do this by completing:  9 quizzes  3 short assignments  1 feedback form

45 Comments from students who have completed the award. “I liked the fact that the assignments relate to how you would fill in answers on a graduate job application step by step and provides examples of how to fill it in.” “I really enjoyed the quizzes. They effectively highlighted the gaps in my knowledge, as many of the answers surprised me. I also found the module on creating my own CV very useful, these skills will be invaluable for tailoring my CV to particular jobs.” “There is a wealth of information about everything; I especially liked the individual information about specific job types and the advice given about interview skills.”

46 Attend Careers Talks and Workshops. A Career in Sales Champions Life Academy The Network CRCC (Asia, China Internship Programme ) (Student Skills and Employability) ents.htm ents.htm

47 Vacancy Database All vacancies sent to the Careers and Employability Service by employers, whether for graduate jobs, sandwich placements or vacation work/internships are entered on this database which offers: Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites

48 Speak to an adviser: Quick query, drop in and speak to an adviser 10.30am -12.30pm and 2.00pm-4pm Monday to Friday. E mail and an adviser will respond to your query. You can also book a longer career guidance appointment over the phone or pop in.

49 Action points Use, including Prospects Planner, to research options Use Get relevant work experience Think beyond the stereotypes of organisations e.g. Asda, e-on Find out how the sectors you are interested in recruit NETWORK !! Have a back up plan Make use of the Careers and Employability Service

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