Presentation on theme: "Career Planning and Work Experience"— Presentation transcript:
1Career Planning and Work Experience Diana OmololuCareers Adviser
2Learning outcomes BTEOTWYWBAT: review current career plan/options understand processes for action planconsider relevant work experience optionsidentify potential sources of vacanciesHow the Careers Service Can Help
3Starting point – Veterinary S or M Work - UK / AbroadPostgraduate studySelf employmentTime out / TravelVoluntary WorkWhat ever your plans – you need to ensure that you have the right experienceExperience – Skills competences, knowledge,Position yourselfWhy is this important – Employers say soLets start by looking at LMI
4Working with Veterinary (S or M) Degree Employment prospects FAIR! – CompetitiveChanges - technology, role, world economics and politics.Medical or pharmaceutical laboratoriesscientific analysis / technical support rolesPublic Sector (Hospitals/Health Protection Agency/National Blood Services etc..)Government Departments (Forensic Sci. Ser)Universities and specialist research institutes funded by charities
5Destination Stats Veterinary Science / Medicine? Full-Time Paid Work - 86% % 81%Work & Study - 5% %Further Study - 3% % 8%Assumed unemployed - 2% % 6%Not available - 2% % 5%Other % %
6Where…… zoos animal hospitals animal welfare societies Health Protection Agency (Conservation)National Blood ServiceMedical Research CouncilNHS TrustGovernment Departments (DEFRA)LabsOther specialist (utilities)Many graduates are also employed by universities, schools and colleges, and specialist
7What…. Research Assistant Surgeon Vet Assistant Lab Technician Animal TechnicianAnimal Care AssistantZoo AssistantGraduate ResearcherSurgeonLab TechnicianPsychologistNutritionistNurseResearch officerInspectorCustomer Marketing Executive,BusinessMediaSalesTeacher
8Other science options Biomedical Scientist Clinical Biochemists Clinical CytogeneticistClinical Research Associate (CRA)Forensic ScientistLife Science Research ScientistMedical Sales RepresentativesOthers
9Growing TrendGrowing opportunities in specialist supporting organisations offering clinical and scientific services:toxicological analysisanalytical and testing laboratoriesclinical trialsstatistical and consultancy services
10Private Sector Healthcare Industry Pharmaceutical companies Development & Manufactureanimal care producthealthcare productsprescription medicines (ethical drugs)over the counter (OTC) medicinesbiotechnologydiagnostic products
11Shortages Bioinformatics Demand for chemists, in particular for HPLC analysts and organic synthesis chemists, in industry.NHS Bioengineers.Maths and science Teachers (£4,000 'golden hello‘ and £6,000 training bursary,)
12Skills sought by employers General intelligence, academic achievement and potential e.g capacity for original thought.Practicality e.g ability to get things done, nature of deadlines, conscientiousness, attention to detail.Judgment and decision making.Analytical skills e.g logical reasoning ability, handling complex data.Communication skills - oral and written, ability to be cogent, persuasive and investigative, use of English
13Skills sought by employers Commerciality - understanding of the business world, commercial aims and objectivesLoyalty - give as good as you get.Resilience e.g persistenceTeam work i.e playing your partOrganisational skillsfun!
14Skills sought by employers (% finding short supply of each skill, source AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters)business awareness (67%)communication skills )(64%)leadership (33%)ability to work in a team (33%)problem- solving (32%)conceptual ability (21%)knowledge and competence in discipline (19%)foreign languages (19%)numeracy (19%)good general education (15%)computer literacy (6%)
15Assessing your current situation What have you got to offer?
16SWOT Analyses Take 5 mins to jot down for yourselves your SWOT What to do with information
17Career management skills 1. Self assessmentskills, interestsvalues & motivationwork style/personality2. Opportunities4. Action exploring andJob hunting creatingand applicationsinterviews3. Matchingchoosing opportunities setting goalsOnce learned, these are skills for life
18Skills of Veterinary practitioners Animal handlingCommunication skillsCapacity for self directionAnalytical skillsDealing with informationAbility to accept supervisionSupervisory / teaching skillsTeam work skillsCross-cultural skillsPerseveranceSubject-specific skills e.g.. languages, computingBusiness awareness
19Value of work experience “All work experience is of value and, if those going into it are sufficiently well advised, much can be gained from even apparently mundane jobs”.(ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE RECRUITERS)
20WhyMoneyExperience (including voluntary)Insight into careers, employers and industriesMay be directly relevant to future jobsCould make useful contactsReferences for future applicationsShow and develop transferable skills (competencies) required by all future employers.team work, flexibility, organising, confidence, social, liaising, communicating, pressure, customer contact, responsibilities etc.
21Types of work experience Formal work placements/internshipsSubject-related research schemesAdvertised positionsNon-advertised positionsVoluntary positions
22Where to find work experience? FarmsStablesKennelsVacation opportunities bookletsWork window/employment fileNational/Local PressAgenciesSpeculative applications
23Occupational Information Prospects.ac.ukSector informationjob description and activitiessalary and conditionsentry requirementstrainingcareer developmenttypical employers/vacancy sourcesrelated jobscase studycontacts and resourcesHobsons.ac.ukDoctorjob.com
24SpecialistVeterinary Record -Vetweb -Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) -www.rspca.org.ukDefence Animal Centre – Royal Army Veterinary CorpsThe Blue Cross
25Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) - www.vmd.gov.uk Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons -Veterinary Laboratories Agency -Veterinary Field Service (VFS) -Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) -
26Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) www. foodstandards. gov Meat Hygiene Service (MHS)Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)Online Directory of postgraduate courses in the UK UK Government information service
27Others National Centre for work experience www.work-experience.org.uk VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)International scene - Oneworld.netNational Centre for work experienceCivil Service JobsWindow
28Careers Service Generating career ideas Prospects Planner, help-sheets, information on what other Vet.. graduates have done, talk to a careers adviserResearching occupations and employers- files, reference books, take-away information, employer talks and eventsInvestigating postgraduate study and fundingDirectories, prospectuses and funding guides
29Careers Service Finding work (full & part-time and vacation) Vacancy files, newspapers and graduate careers directories (Alert; Jobonline; JobShop)Helping with CVs, covering letters and application forms (Personal statements)take-away information, lunchtime workshops and quick queriesPreparing for interviews and psychometric teststake-away information, lunchtime workshops and practice interviews, reference books, sample papers and practice testsGradClub - continue to use services after graduationGive out Geography departmental handouts when mention helpsheets for generating careers ideas.Talk to a careers adviser:10/15 minute quick query Mondays to Thursdays 11am-12pm and 2-4pm.Sign-up list goes out half an hour before time slot begins.Longer careers discussions available on referral from quick query.
30The specialist Institutions Careers Centre Address: 4th Floor, ULU Building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HYQuick QueriesMonday – Thursday 2:00pm - 4:30pmAppointmentsMonday – Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 (Friday 1:30pm - 5:00pm)Information Resources and IT FacilitiesMonday – Friday 9:30 – 5:00Thank alumni again.Thank students for coming and for all their questions. Hope it has inspired them.