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1 What can I do with a degree from SSPSSR? Careers and Employability Service Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser

2 What we will cover The graduate labour market What do employers want? What skills do SSPSSR graduates have? What do SSPSSR 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 SSPSSR students have? Able to appreciate the diversity and complexity of social situations Sensitivity to the values and interests of others Researching, judging and evaluating complex information Making reasoned arguments orally (in tutorials and presentations) and in written work Able to develop opinions and new ideas on societal issues Able to organise work and meet deadlines

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 are the options? Employment with training Employment with study Further academic study Structured time out

8 Jobs directly related to subject

9 Jobs Directly related to your degree Sociology Social Researcher Community Development Worker Lecturer/Teacher Criminology Police Officer Probation Officer Social Worker

10 Jobs Directly related to your degree Social Policy Government Researcher International Aid /Development worker Cultural studies Communications Officer Media Planner Health and Social Care Health promotion specialist Child Protection Officer

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

12 Jobs where an SSPSSR degree useful Adult Guidance Worker Arts Administrator Community Development Worker Further Education Lecturer Housing Adviser/Manager HR Manager Police Officer Prison Officer Probation Officer Public Sector Administrator School Teacher Social Researcher Social Worker Solicitor University Lecturer/Researcher Youth Worker

13 Jobs that are not directly related to your subject Many employers value the skills you have gained more than the subject Communication Teamwork IT Research Analysis Ability to work under pressure

14 Graduate Schemes www guardianuk300.com

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

16 Example Graduate scheme (Bloomberg ) Finance IT Media Sales

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

18 Postgraduate Study Approx. 20% of SSPSSR grads 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

19 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, business, HR etc. Normally apply middle of final year. No UCAS can apply to as many course as you wish to – 3 or 4 is normal

20 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

21 What do SSPSSR graduates do?

22 In broad terms (recent destinations) Employment 68.7% Further Study 18.9% Not available 6.5% Seeking employment 5.9%

23 SSPSSR Employers Criminal Justice system Education Finance Health & Social Work Other community, social & personal services Property, business & research activities Government, Public Administration & Policy Retail Charities and NGOs Others …..

24 Jobs - Criminology Criminal Justice Related Centre for Social Justice-Intern/Researcher Her Majesty's Court Service-Court Clerk Kent Police-Crime Reduction Clerk Kent Police-Police Officer Kent Police – Communication Officer Kent Police-Police Officer Metropolitan Police-Police Officer Ministry of Justice-Admin. Officer Northern Trust-Fraud Investigator Northumbria Police-Administrator Pitman Solicitors-Receptionist Surrey Police-Crime Management Unit Officer Youth Justice Board-Strategy Support Officer Health & Welfare Ealing Hospital NHS Trust-Clinical Audit Assistant Kent Social Services-Personal Support Worker The Leap-Community Worker National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy- Residential Support Worker NHS Princess of Wales Hospital-Admin Assistant NHS Professionals-NHS Admin Temp Surrey Council-Employment Support Officer Sutton Ramp Events Ltd-Admin & Volunteer Co- ordinator Youth Services/East London University-Youth Worker/MA

25 Jobs - Social Policy Administrative Administrator - Civil Service Administrative Assistant - Pensions Mgt Inst Caseworker - House of Commons Housing Customer Services - Swale Housing Assoc Housing Adviser – Dover District Council Housing Officer - English Churches Homeless Officer - Swale Council Rural Housing Enabler - Sussex Rural CC Media Exhibitions Organiser - PR Company Information Officer - Age Concern Marketing Assistant - BBC PR & Marketing Officer - Rolex Human Resources Equal Opportunities Officer - Benefits Agency HR Administrator - Ealing Housing Association HR Assistant - NHS Recruitment Executive – Capita, JP Gray Libraries/Education Archive Assistant - Birmingham City Library Development Officer - University of Greenwich Library Assistant - Kingston University NVQ Learning Support Tutor - Mid-Kent College Research Assistant - University of Kent

26 Jobs - Social Policy Management Chalet Manager – Ski World Committee Services Mgr - Milton Keynes Council Management trainee - Stagecoach plc Manageress - Espresso Deli Café Bar Manager - Six Continents Hotels Managing Director - Enchanted Sun Ltd Project Mgt trainee - Swan Housing Assoc Restaurant Manager - Dominoes Pizza Trainee Manager - Enterprise Rent A Car Social/Welfare Care Management Asst - Surrey CC Care Manager - Cambridge Soc Services Community Care Worker - All Seasons Co-ordinator - Cool Catz Parents Group Crime Management Unit Officer - Surrey Police Intern/Researcher - Centre for Social Justice Police Officer (x2) - Kent Police, Met Police Prison Officer - HM Prison Service (x2) Revenue & Benefits - Thanet District Council Social Work Assistant - Kent C.C. Social Work Trainee - Suffolk County Council Strategy Support Officer - Youth Justice Board Support Assistant - St. Martin's Hospital Victim Liaison Officer - West Kent Mediation Youth Worker - KCC

27 Jobs - Sociology Education/Health/Social/Welfare Admissions Assistant - Kingston University Caseworker - Kent Police Clinical Auditor - Addenbrooks Hospital Employment Support Officer - Surrey Council English Teacher – Japan Language Assistant - British Council Learning Support Assistant (x2) - The PACE Centre, Parkside Primary School Paralegal - Jameson & Hill Personal Adviser (Trainee) - Connexions Police Officer (x3) - Kent Police, Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police Prison Officer - HM Prison Service Project Worker - Stonham Housing Association Residential Support Worker - National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Social Worker - East Sussex Social Services Student Activities Assistant - Canterbury College Support Worker - Caretech

28 Courses - Criminology BSc Mental Health - Canterbury Christ Church University Counselling Certificate - South Downs College Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - BPP Law School Graduate Diploma in Law - College of Law MA Criminology - Kings College London MA Criminology - University of Kent MSc Psychology - University of Hertfordshire PGCE - Canterbury Christ Church University PGCE Primary - UWIC Cardiff PGCE Primary - Roehampton University Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology - East London University

29 Courses - Social Policy Certificate in Counselling - South Kent College Dip/MA Careers Guidance - Reading Graduate Diploma in Law - College of Law, London Legal Secretaries Course - COMSEC LLM Criminal Justice - Kent (x2) MA Criminology – Kent, Nottingham MA Development Studies - Sorbonne, Paris MA Gender Studies - Leeds MA Health Studies - Kent (x7) MA Personnel & Development - Westminster MA Politics - UEA MA Social Policy - UEA MA Social Research Methods - Kent MA in Social Work - Warwick MA Training & HR - Warwick MBA (x2) - Kent, University of Wales (Cardiff)

30 Courses - Sociology Graduate Diploma in Law - College of Law (x3) MA Criminology - Middlesex University MA Criminology - University of Kent MA Development Studies - Sorbonne, Paris MA European CLS - University of Kent MA Gender Studies - University of Leeds MA International Conflict Analysis - University of Kent MA International Relations (BS) - University of Kent MA Propaganda Persuasion & History - University of Kent MA Social Work - Canterbury Christ Church University (x3) MA Sociology - University of Kent (x7), Egyptian University, University of Brighton, University of Reading MSc Development Studies - SOAS MSc Media & Communication - Goldsmith's College MSc Medical Sociology - Royal Holloway (x2) MSc Social Research - University of Kent MBA (x2) - Swansea Institute, University of Kent PGCE Citizenship - Newman College, Canterbury Christ Church University

31 How the Careers and Employability Service can help you.

32 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

33 Careers and Employability Service Web Site:

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

35 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

36 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.”

37 Attend Careers Talks and Workshops. Choosing a Career Using Social Media in your Job Hunt Environmental Careers Forensic Science Careers A Career in Sales ents.htmhttp://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/casev ents.htm

38 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: 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

39 Speak to an adviser: Quick query, drop in and speak to an adviser 10.30am pm 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.

40 Action points Use including Prospects Planner, to research options availablewww.prospects.ac.uk Use Get relevant work experience Think beyond the stereotypes of organisations e.g. NHS, Asda Find out how the sectors you are interested in recruits Have a back-up plan Make use of the Careers and Employability Service

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