4GU v UK 2011 UK GU a In employment 63% b Further study 16% c Employment and study8%dNot available for employment, study or training4%eSeeking employment, study or training9%55%26%10%3%6%Due to rounding, sum may not be exactly 100%
5Graduate Labour Market 60%Class of degree importantHuge range of opportunitiesA degree is not enough!Get involved!
6Employers’ Top 25 Attributes Analytical abilityFlexibilityInitiativeCan summarise key issuesLogical argumentAdaptability (intellectual)NumeracyAdaptability (organisational)Can cope with pressure/stressTime managementRapid conceptualisation of issuesEnquiry and research skillsSelf-confidenceWillingness to learnCommitmentDependability/reliabilitySelf-motivationTeam workCommunication skills (oral)Co-operationCommunication skills (written)Drive/energySelf-managementDesire to achieveProblem-solving
8Researching & Writing Essays Subject SpecialistEffective written communicationCritical thinking
9Part-time job Effective Communication – oral Ethically & socially awareAdaptable
10GU – Employability Strategy Helps students realise they are developing skillsGives opportunities to develop themHelps students’ Career PlanningHelps students to articulate!Here at GU we want you not just to gain your degree, but to become “employable” too. So how can GU help you with this?CS is working with academic departments to make sure that courses make students more aware of the skills they’re developing as they go. Whether your degree is Law or Philosophy, we want you to be aware of the skills you’re gaining and their undoubted relevance to the world of work.GU is expanding the opportunities for summer placements, and internships both here and abroad – for example we have a team of staff in CS whose main aim is to obtain placements in companies for students, and have well over 100 local companies offering summer placements.Effective Career planning begins early – not after the final exams!We’re encouraging students to undertake personal development planning, so that they can gain confidence from being aware of how they’re benefiting from University Life in its entirety, and actually plan how they’re going to develop. There are great web based tools to help you do just that.For example, using summer holidays wisely, in order to gain experiences relevant to any career aims – however vague.Articulate: Students also need to be able to explain to employers via CV/AF/at interview, that they have what they’re looking for. Hopefully these activities will help here, and CS will help you with CV/interviews not just for graduate jobs, but for your first summer job, or part-time work.10
11Get Involved! During studies Work experience Voluntary work Join clubs andsocietiesDevelop your interests
12Work Experience“Nearly 2/3 recruiters warn: graduates who have had no work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes.”High Fliers Report 2011Highfliers survey is published each year with reports in the broadsheets – this year 17,851 final year students were interviewed across the UK – gives a good picture of graduate recruitment in the UK…Demonstrates how important any work experience as a student is….As I mentioned earlier, your degree discipline isn’t necessarily the most important factor in determining your career choice…Let’s illustrate this by looking at what some graduates from Glasgow have gone on to do…
13Business Analyst with Melville Craig Celtic StudiesBusiness Analyst with Melville CraigWe’ll now look at what a few previous graduates were doing 6 months after graduating – see if you can guess!What has Celtic Studies got to do with Business analysis?Research, drawing conclusions etc
14European Civilisation Production Manager with J & J Hastie BakersI didn’t know that bakery industry is a measure of a society’s civilisation – then again…!Again, employer interested in the person – not just the degree.
15Aeronautical Engineering Actuary with Hymans RobertsonRigorous mathematical content of this degree, proves useful in a job where mathematical ability is crucial.However, teamwork, interpersonal skills and communication skills also important, and this person must have convinced this employer that they had these too!
16Politics / Sociology Journalist with Beirut Daily Star Of course lots of graduates do find employment more obviously related to their degree – lots move overseas too!16
17Sociology Tax Inspector with Inland Revenue Sociologists have to be numerate if they’re to be effective in analysing research findings.This obviously satisfied this popular employer… Tried to avoid helping them recruit but to no avail!!17
18English Literature / Film and TV Production Assistant with IWC MediaIWC – based in Glasgow18
19Applied Maths / Statistics Careers AdviserEven a mathematician can have good interpersonal skills!19
20Applied Maths / Statistics Investment Analyst with Royal Bank of ScotlandBut of course, lots of them use their maths in their job.20
21Aeronautical Engineering Pilot with EasyJetIt can happen – but not very often!21
22Physiology and Sports Science Assistant Sports Scientist with Hamilton Academical FCIt can happen – but not very often!22
23Ecological Consultant with Envirocentre ZoologyIt can happen – but not very often!Ecological Consultant with Envirocentre23
24Social Worker with TACT, Ayrshire ZoologySocial Worker with TACT, Ayrshire
25Careers Service Help: Years 1-3 On-line Vacancy Service for term-time and summer work.‘Prospects Career Planner’, a computerised guidance system.Appointments to see a Careers Adviser.Employer events – eg Internship Fair.
26Careers Service Help: Year 4 Still unsure? Meet with a Careers Adviser.Attend Seminars on CVs, interviews, etc.Meet Employers at their presentations on campus.Attend The Spring Graduate Fair in Scotland26
27Questions?Please feel free to ask any questions regarding the careers service.