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2 Career Planning and Work Experience Diana Omololu Careers Adviser

3 Learning outcomes BTEOTWYWBAT: review current career plan/options understand processes for action plan consider relevant work experience options identify potential sources of vacancies How the Careers Service Can Help

4 Starting point – Veterinary S or M Work - UK / Abroad Postgraduate study Self employment Time out / Travel Voluntary Work

5 Working with Veterinary (S or M) Degree Employment prospects FAIR! – Competitive Changes - technology, role, world economics and politics. Medical or pharmaceutical laboratories –scientific analysis / technical support roles Public Sector (Hospitals/Health Protection Agency/National Blood Services etc..) Government Departments (Forensic Sci. Ser) Universities and specialist research institutes funded by charities

6 Destination Stats Veterinary Science / Medicine? Full-Time Paid Work - 86% 78% 81% Work & Study - 5% 13% Further Study - 3% 2% 8% Assumed unemployed - 2% 2% 6% Not available - 2% 3% 5% Other - 3% 2%

7 Where…… zoos animal hospitals animal welfare societies Health Protection Agency (Conservation) National Blood Service Medical Research Council NHS Trust Government Departments (DEFRA) Labs Other specialist (utilities) Many graduates are also employed by universities, schools and colleges, and specialist

8 What…. Surgeon Lab Technician Psychologist Nutritionist Nurse Research officer Inspector Research Assistant Vet Assistant Animal Technician Animal Care Assistant Zoo Assistant Graduate Researcher

9 Biomedical Scientist Clinical Biochemists Clinical Cytogeneticist Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Forensic Scientist Life Science Research Scientist Medical Sales Representatives Others Other science options

10 Growing Trend Growing opportunities in specialist supporting organisations offering clinical and scientific services: –toxicological analysis –analytical and testing laboratories –clinical trials –statistical and consultancy services

11 Private Sector Healthcare Industry Pharmaceutical companies –Development & Manufacture animal care product healthcare products prescription medicines (ethical drugs) over the counter (OTC) medicines biotechnology diagnostic products

12 Shortages 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, )

13 Skills 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

14 Skills sought by employers Commerciality - understanding of the business world, commercial aims and objectives Loyalty - give as good as you get. Resilience e.g persistence Team work i.e playing your part Organisational skills fun!

15 Skills 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%)

16 Assessing your current situation What have you got to offer?

17 SWOT Analyses

18 Career management skills 1. Self assessment skills, interests values & motivation work style/personality 2. Opportunities 4. Action exploring and Job hunting creating and applications interviews 3. Matching choosing opportunities setting goals Once learned, these are skills for life

19 Skills of Veterinary practitioners Animal handling Communication skills Capacity for self direction Analytical skills Dealing with information Ability to accept supervision Supervisory / teaching skills Team work skills Cross-cultural skills Perseverance Subject-specific skills e.g.. languages, computing Business awareness

20 Value 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)

21 Why Money Experience (including voluntary) Insight into careers, employers and industries May be directly relevant to future jobs Could make useful contacts References for future applications Show and develop transferable skills (competencies) required by all future employers. –team work, flexibility, organising, confidence, social, liaising, communicating, pressure, customer contact, responsibilities etc.

22 Types of work experience Formal work placements/internships Subject-related research schemes Advertised positions Non-advertised positions Voluntary positions

23 Where to find work experience? Farms Stables Kennels Vacation opportunities booklets Work window/employment file National/Local Press Agencies Speculative applications

24 Occupational Information Sector information job description and activities salary and conditions entry requirements training career development typical employers/vacancy sources related jobs case study contacts and resources

25 Specialist Veterinary Record - Vetweb - Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) -w Defence Animal Centre – Royal Army Veterinary Corps y_corps/ The Blue Cross -

26 Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons - Veterinary Laboratories Agency - Veterinary Field Service (VFS) - Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) -

27 Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) hyg/mhservice hyg/mhservice Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Online Directory of postgraduate courses in the UK UK Government information service

28 Others VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) International scene - National Centre for work experience Civil Service Jobs Window

29 Careers Service Generating career ideas –Prospects Planner, help-sheets, information on what other Vet.. graduates have done, talk to a careers adviser Researching occupations and employers - files, reference books, take-away information, employer talks and events Investigating postgraduate study and funding –Directories, prospectuses and funding guides

30 Careers 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 queries Preparing for interviews and psychometric tests – take-away information, lunchtime workshops and practice interviews, reference books, sample papers and practice tests GradClub - continue to use services after graduation

31 The specialist Institutions Careers Centre Address: 4th Floor, ULU Building, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY Quick Queries Monday – Thursday 2:00pm - 4:30pm Appointments Monday – Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 (Friday 1:30pm - 5:00pm) Information Resources and IT Facilities Monday – Friday 9:30 – 5:00

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