2 Professional Development: Employability Workshops Dr Vikki Carolan (Placement Tutor)Workshop 1: th September IntroductionWorkshop 2: th October Making ApplicationsIntro to Careers ServiceWorkshop 3: th OctoberInterview PreparationWorkshop 4: th OctoberRecent placement experiences
3 Professional Development Portfolio Evidence of placement or employment activitiesTo include (amongst others):statement of placement / employment goalsup to date CVapplication form and covering letterlist of practical, professional & personal skillsreflection on professional development including career aspirations
4 What is employability?‘a set of achievements - skills, understandings and personal attributes - that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.’ Yorke 2006
5 What is employability?‘The possession by an individual of the qualities and competences required to meet the changing needs of employers, and thereby help realise his or her aspirations and potential in work’ The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
6 Employability Workshop (1) Ways to improve employability:get a (science) degreedevelop transferable skillsget work experience
7 Develop transferable skills Use subject specific employability profiles / transferrable skills to identify your strengthsBMS - take BMS profileBiology - take Bioscience profileHuman biology - take Bioscience profileBiochemistry - take Bioscience and chemistry sheetsBiotechnology - take Bioscience profilePharm Sci - take chemistry sheetFAS - take Forensic and chemistry sheetsFBS - take Forensic and Bioscience sheets
8 Why get work experience? The 2008 ABPI Industry Skills report* states that: 'most industry employers would only consider hiring graduates who had at least completed a summer placement' *Skills Needs for Biomedical Research, ABPI, p15
9 One way to improve employability.... .....spend year 3 on placement
10 What is an industrial placement? fantastic, exciting, daunting opportunitywork experiencechance to try a jobopportunity to improve 'transferrable skills'self-development48 weeks of employmentstarting summer 2012
11 It could: influence your career choice be a year long interview let you (hopefully) earn some moneygive you experience of 'working life'develop new skills - practical, academic & socialimprove your final degree classification
12 Improve your employability It will:Improve your employabilityStudents on all Biosciences courses can choose to do a work placement in their third yearSupport available from:Placement TeamCareers team (SLS)Academic Tutors
13 Common Worries: Will I be up to the job? I won't know anyone! I don't want to leave:Sheffield / my boyfriend/girlfriend / my dog!Can I afford it?Where will I live?
14 How do I get a placement? impressive CV apply! well thought-out application / covering letter(JA will check first application forms/cover letters)prepare for interview
15 CV final draft should be completed and with Joanna it should show your strengths but be to the pointmake it reader friendlyget someone to proof read itupdate itdifficult to apply for a placement without a CV!
16 Apply!Placement opportunities on Blackboard - once enrolled, check dailyLook at job spec and match with your course / interestsThink of evidence of transferable skillsNote deadlines - companies set these not usDo what they askDon't wait for the 'ideal placement'
17 Prepare for interview guidance in workshop 3, also use Careers service use 'The Interviewer'think about possible questionshow can you demonstrate key skills (evidence)?what attracts you about the company?be prepared for technical questionspractise psychometric tests
18 Contact with company may contact you directly check email regularly ensure voic / ansaphone messages are appropriate!keep Joanna informed of application statusFollow the Placement Process RegulationsKeep a placement file!(Keep copies of applications / job descriptions)
19 What to do next?Ensure 'final' version of CV and covering letter are sent to JoannaLook on blackboard - and apply!Many good placements are already being advertised, with some imminent closing datesOct - Jan busiest placement period; slows down after thisApplications will be monitored
20 General Items:Health & SafetyHep B VaccinationAnimal Testing
21 Health & Safety: Info in placement booklet (provided in Y1) Approved by SHU before placements commence and risk assessedConsider 'disclosing' a disabilityDiscuss any health problems at interviewWe do not inform employers of any issuesCompanies may insist on a medical / drug testH&S discussed further in S2 workshops
22 Hepatitis-B Vaccination: Recommended if you are likely to be working with blood / blood productsOffered by Student Medical Centre – free service but appointment necessaryCourse of 3 injections followed by blood test – course takes about 8 monthsHep-B serious disease; vaccination requirement for some placements
23 Animal Testing: Need to be clear of your views Look at questions in placement bookletVarious levels of involvement:Company may deal with data from animal studies done elsewhereAnalysis of samples from animals e.g. urine, faecesCollection & analysis of samples from animalsAnalysis of tissue from animals e.g. biopsies, liverCollection & preparation of tissue samples from animals e.g. dissection, preparation of sectionshands-on work with animals