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1 Employability School of History Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser

2 What we will cover: What is employability? What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for? How to develop your employability skills Getting involved How the Careers and Employability Service can support you Action points Questions

3 What is Employability? ‘A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.’ (CBI, March 2009)

4 What employability skills are graduate recruiters 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

5 Why are employability skills so important? Increased competition – over 400,000 graduates leaving university each year. ‘Our latest UK recruitment campaign closed having attracted c.24500. The bank will offer c.475 places in 2012.’ HSBC newsletter April 2012

6 Changing world of work: Global economy More career changes New technology/social media Roles change Changes to graduate recruitment

7 Previously… Degree + good application + good interview = graduate role

8 Changes to graduate recruitment Now … Employers increasingly focusing on attributes in addition to traditional employability skills Successful applicants have often had experience within the organisation via Insight days, work experience, internships etc.

9 What employers say… "Few students are able to articulate what they have gained from their experience in higher education." (Association of Graduate Recruiters, 1995)

10 How you can develop employability skills at the University of Kent Through your course Through work experience/volunteering Through getting involved and taking part Making use of the Careers and Employability Service

11 Developing employability skills through your course an ability for clear expression both oral and writtenclear expression both oral and written putting forward ideas and arguments in a concise manner putting forward ideas and arguments gathering, investigating and assessing material condensing facts, ideas and arguments basing conclusions on research synthesising ideas organising material in a logical and coherent way

12 Getting involved Taking part in clubs and societies Over 130 to choose from Running clubs and societies You could even set up a new one!

13 Developing employability skills through Gaining work experience A recruiter in a major London law firm says, “If you have been employed scrubbing pots in a hot sticky kitchen we can see that you have resilience”

14 Employability initiatives at the University of Kent Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering Bronze Silver Gold Gold+

15 Employability Points Over 200 rewards Internships, work experience, training experiences, project placements

16 Employability initiatives at the University of Kent “ I have really enjoyed working as a student ambassador especially being part of the summer core team as I got to meet new people of all abilities, get involved in different activities and learn new skills and gain more experience”.( Katie Hardaker Sports Science)

17 How the Careers and Employability Service can help you.

18 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

19 Careers and Employability Service Web Pages Choosing a Career eer.htm eer.htm What can I do with my degree in History I want to work in… Careers Events on campus

20 Use the Careers Library and Publications Graduate Directories Postgraduate Prospectuses Various books and publications Career Planning Guide for Undergraduates

21 Attend Careers Talks and Workshops. Choosing a career Careers in the public sector How to make effective presentations Commercial awareness Getting the most from Careers Fairs More information available

22 Employers visiting campus Examples this term included: MBDA JET Programme (Teaching English) Bloomberg RAF Teach First Majestic Wine PriceWaterhouseCoopers

23 Careers and Employability Service Fair Thursday 1 st November 2-5pm Eliot Great Hall. Chance to meet employers and hear about opportunities

24 Moodle Careers Employability Award Assessed by a range of quizzes and assignments Will greatly improve your career planning and job hunting skills Takes about 12 hours to complete On completion you will get a University of Kent Careers Employability Award to add to your CV Get 40 Kent Employability points for successful completion of the module.Kent Employability points

25 “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.” Comments from students who have completed the award.

26 On successful completion you receive a University of Kent Careers Employability Certificate. You can then add the following to your CV to show to employers. "On my own initiative I enrolled for and successfully completed the University of Kent Careers Employability Award which covered identification and development of employability skills, self-awareness, identification of relevant career options, researching opportunities, CV preparation and interview skills." The Careers Employability Award

27 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 @careerhelp and an adviser will respond to your query. You can also book a longer career guidance (Jenny Keaveney) appointment over the phone or pop in.

28 Some well-known History graduates … not to mention Alan Bennett; Salman Rushdie; the director of the Howard League for Penal Reform; Michael Mansfield QC; the Bishop of London; Chris Martin; the Director-General of the CBI, the Chief Executive of Barclays Bank; an award-winning children’s writer; and the producer of Hotel Babylon

29 Employment sectors Management & Administration Finance & Business Marketing, Sales & Advertising Education Arts, Culture, Media and Sport Social and Welfare Many others!

30 Stay up-to-date with what is happening Employability Newsletter Follow us on Facebook at University of Kent Student Employability Follow us on Twitter at @unikentemploy Check out your School website.

31 Action Points Get involved! Take advantage of the initiatives the university has to offer. Make use of the Careers and Employability Service. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

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