Shortlist and make a choice Reject some options from long list by cross referencing with assess yourself section Find out more about shortlist Talk to people in these jobs Job shadow Careers events Use your network of contacts Narrow the list down to one or two options
Enhance your skills In your degree programme Options choices Project topic Industry or study abroad year Integrated Masters, MSc or PhD Clubs and societies Work experience Vacation job Internship
Apply and compete Network Events in the School Careers events External opportunities https://stars.leeds.ac.uk/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fdefault. aspx The STAR approach
Situation Describe a specific (real) event E.g. my IT degree has a professional development module where we had to do a group presentation on one of the Schools research areas (In general) select an event that went well and in which you were successful
Task What were you doing? What were the indicators of success? What were the consequences of failure? What had gone wrong (or right) already?
Activity What actions did you take? Don't say what you might do, say what you actually did.
Result What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Quantify results when possible
An example Situation: During my internship last summer, I was responsible for managing various events. Task: I noticed that attendance at these events had dropped by 30% over the past 3 years and wanted to do something to improve these numbers. Action: I designed a new promotional packet to go out to the local community businesses. I also included a rating sheet to collect feedback on our events and organized internal round table discussions to raise awareness of the issue with our employees. Result: We utilized some of the wonderful ideas we received from the community, made our internal systems more efficient and visible and raised attendance by 18% the first year. http://web.mit.edu/career/www/guide/star.html
Some example questions Give me an example of a time when you had to be quick in coming to a decision. What is the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from? Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty. Describe a situation when you were able to have a positive influence on the action of others. Tell me about a situation when you had to speak up (be assertive) in order to get a point across that was important to you. Have you ever had to "sell" an idea to your co-workers or group? How did you do it? Did they "buy" it? Describe a recent unpopular decision you made and what the result was. Give me an example of an important goal which you had set in the past and tell me about your success in reaching it. http://www.brockport.edu/career/behave.htm
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