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The University of Kent Careers & Employability Service Careers with a degree in Comparative Literature/English Language and Linguistics You can download a copy of this presentation at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm
One third of graduate jobs accept any degree subject. BECAUSE: Learn new skills quickly Analyse & solve problems Communicate well Open to new ideas, adaptable and flexible “Managers of change” Marketing and Sales Retailing Social Work Personnel Civil Service Accountancy Banking Computing
Humanities Degree Skills ability to write well in a variety of styles. to organise your work and meet tight deadlines. to convey meaning precisely. to summarise, argue and debate. to research, select, analyse, organise and present information. to think logically. EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION! “Would you say their are any skill shortages in the UK for actuary's ie their enough out their, is their a shortfall of any kind of actuary?” In an email from an HBOS HR manager to me!
What can I do with my degree subject? What graduates in your subject did after leaving Kent Jobs related to your subject Employers and vacancy sources www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cls.htm www.kent.ac.uk/careers/fdrbases/2012ughu m.htm#lang
CHOOSING A CAREER CHOOSING A CAREER www.kent.ac.uk/careers/Choosing/ChoosingCareer.htm and booklet available from Careers Service. www.kent.ac.uk/careers/Choosing/ChoosingCareer.htm Prospects Planner - powerful career choice program. www.prospects.ac.uk/links/Pplanner www.prospects.ac.uk/links/Pplanner I Want to work in ….. www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin.htm www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin.htm
Postgraduate Study MA taught – 1 year Sept to June – lectures, June to Sept – dissertation. Research MA 1 to 2 years – often part-time PhD – 3 years. Must do an MA first. PGCE (teacher training) 1 year: about 6% of grads See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/postgradmenu.htm www.kent.ac.uk/careers/postgradmenu.htm
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
Graduate Application Form Questions Describe a challenging situation which required your persuasive skills and your ability to organise other people in order to reach a successful resolution. Describe how your personal planning and organisation resulted in a successful achievement of a personal or group task. Describe a situation where you had to work effectively as a member of a team. What were the team’s aims? How was the team selected? What was your role?
Skills gained with a Humanities Degree: sell these in your applications! ability to write well in a variety of styles. to convey meaning precisely. to summarise, argue and debate. to plan, organise and meet tight deadlines. to research, select, analyse, organise and present information. to think clearly and logically and solve problems. To gather, assess, interpret and critically evaluate. EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION! “Would you say their are any skill shortages in the UK for actuary's ie their enough out their, is their a shortfall of any kind of actuary?” In an email from an HR manager to me!
VACANCIES University of Kent Vacancy Database www.kent.ac.uk/ces/vacancies.html Work Experience - see www.kent.ac.uk/careers/vacwork.htm OTHER TALKS www.kent.ac.uk/careers/casevents.htm
Applications and Interviews Humanities CV: must be targeted at the job! www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/English-cv.htm www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/English-cv.htm Media CV www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/mediacv.htmwww.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/mediacv.htm Covering Letters Practice Interviews – journalism, teaching, marketing, HR, postgrad study etc. www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/mockivs.htm www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/mockivs.htm Application, interview and selection centre videos www.kent.ac.uk/careers/IntVid.htm www.kent.ac.uk/careers/IntVid.htm
Other Points Check you campus emails regularly as I will send you emails most Mondays! Apply early in your final year if you want a graduate training scheme with a “big” company, advertising, marketing, HR or primary teaching. Applications and interviews www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applicn.htm
Location of the Careers Service Open 5 to 5 Monday to Friday including vacations
BRUCE WOODCOCK A careers adviser is on duty for short (15 minute) consultations in the Careers and Employability Service any weekday morning 10.30-12.30 or afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm. You don't need an appointment to see the duty adviser at these times. Just ask at Careers Reception to see them. If you need longer ring our reception on 01227 823299 to make an appointment for interview. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org@kent.ac.uk
Careers Employability Award on Moodle www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm
The University of Kent Careers & Employability Service You can download a copy of this presentation at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm