Do you want to work outside the UK?

Targetjobs working abroad advice includes a series of in-depth articles about popular destinations, covering topics such as visas and permits, industries where there could be particular demand for students’ skills and tips on where to find out about vacancies, exchange programmes and volunteering opportunities. For example:

workingaboardWhat qualifications do you need to teach English in South Korea, and do you need to get a job before you go?

Find out about shortage occupations in Canada and the programmes that could smooth the path to living and working there.

It can be difficult for non-US citizens to find work in the US, as the job market is competitive and obtaining a visa can be complicated. Their guide to working in the US gives you the lowdown.

If you are interested in working in Asia or working in Europe, They’ve got that covered too.  Take a look targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/working-abroad 

 

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5 Ways to Impress an Employer when Interviewing for a Job in Sports

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You’re coming to the end of your sports degree and you’re ready to start looking for jobs. All seems to be going well until you’re called for your first interview, and then it dawns on you that you have no idea what to expect. Well, no need to panic. We are here with our top five tips that will help you impress your potential employers when you’re interviewing for a role in the sports industry.

  1. Keep it formal, at least at first

We know. Sports tends to be a fairly casual industry, so you might be tempted to rock up for your interview in your trainers and jogging bottoms. Please don’t fall into temptation. You might end up wearing your workout gear to work once you have the job, but when you are attending an interview you should always make an effort to look sharp. A suit and tie for a man is a good choice, whilst women can wear a smart dress or pantsuit and blouse.

  1. Focus on your achievements

One trap people fall into when new to interviewing, is they talk about all the things they can do, or could do, given the opportunity. But past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour, so you’ll be far more convincing if you focus on your achievements. Keep in mind that your achievements become even more persuasive if you’re able to be specific. Use objective measures to describe what you have done, for example, “I helped my client lose 10kg in 6 months, by prescribing a dynamic high intensity interval training program and adapting the program as her fitness levels improved”.

  1. Show self control

We all get nervous when going into an interview, but this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your self control, by focusing on your body language and ensuring that you remain cool, calm and collected. We know you’re a bundle of tense energy, but do your best to stop fidgeting, swivelling in your chair, tapping the table or clicking a pen during your interview. You should also avoid crossing your arms and touching your face excessively – you don’t want to come across as being closed off, or as untruthful!

  1. Don’t underestimate volunteer experience

We’ve found that a lot of graduates tend to shy away from talking about their volunteer experience, as they feel it isn’t a “real job”. But working as a volunteer allows you to learn lots of new skills and also demonstrates a strong work ethic. After all, not everyone would be willing to work if they were not being remunerated! When talking about your volunteer experience, focus on your transferable skills; the skills that will benefit you in your brand new sports role.

  1. Play up your communication and team work

One thing that is often forgotten, is that most roles in the sports industry require a high level of communication skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with others. Whether you go down the track of sports coaching, journalism, marketing, exercise science, sport psychology or any other role within the sports industry, you need to be able to communicate and develop relationships. When you are asked about your strengths in your interview, don’t forget to bring up these points – they are very valid and will be sure to earn you extra brownie points.

So, there you have it. Our top tips for impressing your future employer in the sports industry. Best of luck with your job-hunting. Don’t forget to check out the job search platform at The Fitness Associates!

Guest blog by Fitness Associates.

How to become an Independent Consultant/Contractor

If you are interested in a career in management consulting then you may want to subscribe for Climb in Consulting podcast.

Climb In Consulting LogoEach week the host interviews a leading figure from the industry to find out how they got to where they are and what advice they’d give to people like you looking to do the same.

Episode 5 is slightly different in that is covers how to become an independent consultant/contractor and includes:

  • Top myths about being an independent consultant/contractor
  • How to calculate your day rate
  • How to find contracting/independent roles
  • Top tips to help you become a successful Independent Consultant

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Definitely worth a listen if this is an area you see yourself in future.

You can find Climb in Consulting on iTunes (https://apple.co/2GM29cK) and Android (http://bit.ly/2BYeyf6) or by visiting www.climbinconsulting.com

Top 5 interview mistakes that could cost you the job offer

Reed Scientific has shared with us their Linkedin article with their tips and advice on how to avoid making these mistakes.

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An interview is a conversation between you and an employer and an opportunity for both parties to find out if they are suited to each other. The employer will try and find out as much information as possible to see if you are suitable for the job and will fit in with the team. From your side, you will gather information to help you decide if the opportunity is right for you whilst selling your skills, experience and personality to help secure a job offer.

There are lots of tips & advice we can give to help you achieve these goals; researching the company, the interviewers, preparing answers for the most common questions etc. However, in this article, we would like to highlight the top mistakes candidates are making that are potentially costing them the offer.


1.     Applying for any job and not showing a genuine interest in the one they are interviewing for

The most common negative feedback we receive from clients is that they didn’t feel the candidate was interested specifically in their job or their company. During the interview you need to be able to demonstrate that you are not just interested in any job but that you want this one and that you can tell them the reasons why!

2.     Being too laid back or seeming uninterested

Interviewers will be considering how you would fit in with the team. It is important that you appear natural and comfortable but avoid appearing “too laid back or uninterested” as this is a concern to clients. So aim to be enthusiastic and engaging whilst always keeping in mind that you need to present yourself in a professional manner and act as you would in the workplace.

3.     Complaining about current or previous employers

Always avoid bringing negativity into an interview room. No complaining, no rants. Remember that the scientific community is well connected. You may risk complaining about the interviewer’s best friend or one of the company’s client or collaborator. Complaining about your employer may also make the interviewer wonder what you would say about them.

4.     Missing the opportunity to highlight your skills & experience

To know if you have the skills required for the job, the interviewer needs to hear about specific examples with proven results. By being vague or giving general answers, you are missing the chance to show what you can do and creating doubt in the interviewer’s mind. Prepare examples beforehand for every required skill listed in the job description and use the STAR approach when answering questions.

5.     Not showing long term commitment

Hiring and training someone cost time and money. An employer doesn’t want a newly hired employee to leave after a few months. A common mistake is for a candidate to reveal too much about their future plans. You may wish to take a year off to travel or go back to university after gaining work experience or even need to relocate in the near future for family reasons. All these sentences could raise red flags in an interviewer’s mind and make them question your long term commitment to the company.

In summary, an interview can be a stressful time and preparation is key to success. However, always keep in mind that if you have reached the interview stage it means the employer already feels positively about your application. Build upon that; prove your skills with examples, show your interest in a long term career with the company and leave the room with a smile on your face.

At Reed Scientific, we help all our candidates prepare for their interviews. If your interview is coming up and you have any questions, do not hesitate to give your consultant a call. Find our contact details on the following link: https://www.reedglobal.com/branches/disciplines/scientific

 

Advice on getting your first tech job – from an IT recruitment agency

This guest post was created in collaboration with Venturi Group one of the UK’s top IT recruitment agencies.

As an IT recruitment agency, we work with recent graduates every day. For many students, getting that first foot on the career ladder after finishing university is a daunting prospect. While some nerves are unavoidable, fortunately, there are things to can do to give yourself a headstart in today’s competitive job market. Below we have outlined some advice on what to do before beginning your search for your first role in the tech industry.

Get involved in projects outside university

You’ve probably heard this one a few times before. Employers look fondly upon students who are engaged in technical projects outside university. After all, it’s a clear indication of a genuine passion for technology. In a market saturated by graduates, having that extra something on your CV will inevitably make you stand out from the crowd. For example, being able to list coding projects you have worked on, hack-a-thons you have entered, or internships you have undertaken are all major advantages when it comes to applying for jobs.

“When looking through graduate Software Developer CVs, candidates that have a side project always grab my attention. Ideally, they’re doing some web development outside of the classroom to put in to practice the theory they are learning. Those that have pet projects they are really excited about usually perform better at interview and get placed sooner than those who don’t. It’s hard to fake that kind of enthusiasm and interest,” said Adam Ferguson, Principal Consultant at Venturi.

Work on your ‘soft skills’

Some may be rolling their eyes at the mention of ‘soft skills’. But in tech many employers put a premium on them. A CV that reads like a long list of programming languages is unlikely to engage a recruiter or hiring manager. This is not to say that technical skills aren’t important. Obviously, if the development job you are applying for requires a lot of Java-based coding, then you’d better know your Java. However, much of what separates average graduates from those that are truly outstanding is not their technical expertise – it’s their ability to work well with others. Tech companies now put skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership on an equal footing with the amount of code you can write in a day.

Think of ways to demonstrate these softer skills on your CV by mentioning times you’ve solved problems through communication or detailing summer placements where you worked as part of a team. By putting an emphasis on communication and teamwork you’re showing not only can you master the “nuts and bolts” of the role but you’ll also be able to articulate why you’re doing what you’re doing to other departments and how that will ultimately benefit them.

Research all potential avenues for employment

The tech sector spans across all industries and includes a wide diversity of roles – from Big Data Analysts to Security Architects. As well as deciding on which roles and industries are a good fit for your skill set, you should give some thought to what sized company you would like for. The experience of working at a company with more than 10,000 employees is very different to working for one with 50. Do you want the structure and support of a large corporate company? Or the freedom and responsibility of a tech startup?

Always be open to learning new skills

One thing all hiring managers like to see is a candidate who has a demonstrated ability to adapt to new challenges. The pace of change in tech is relentless. Therefore, you need to get comfortable with the idea of continual learning after graduation. A programming language that is a hot topic now could fade into obscurity six months later. Keeping up to date with the latest trends and developments in the industry will come in handy at interviews. Hiring managers are always impressed by a graduate with an eye toward the future.

 

Top 8 tips for disclosing a disability from Change 100

Change 100 wanted to share with you some of the very helpful information that came out of the discussions from their first Change100 online workshop.

Top 8 tips for disclosing a disability

1. Disclose because you want to. You’re under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.

2. Disclose because it’s beneficial to you! Ask yourself, if I don’t disclose, and don’t ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance? Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.

3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.

4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.

5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any barriers your disability may present. Employers care more about this than what those barriers are.

6. Avoid complicated medical terminology. Employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.

7. Get experience! Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need. (At Change100, we’ll provide you with this paid experience at a prestigious UK employer!)

8. Talk to your careers team about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you. Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to? Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.

Got questions and want to learn more? We have 3 available dates for our evening online workshops (27 Nov, 12 Dec, 17 Jan). To learn more about employer perspectives of disability disclosure, have your questions answered and to learn more about Change100 internships, visit https://goo.gl/az7gd9.

Change100 is the paid summer internship programme designed to bring together leading employers with talented students and graduates with disabilities and long-term health conditions. The programme aims to remove barriers experienced by disabled people in the workplace, to allow them to achieve their potential. You will have the opportunity to join a leading organisation and gain the experience, confidence, networks and skills necessary to accelerate your career.

In 2017, we partnered with a range of prestigious organisations to offer internship opportunities to around 140 students and recent graduates. Over the last 4 years Change100 students have already made their mark with leading employers including ArupBBC, BBSRC, Barclays, Bevan Brittan, Centrica, the Department of Health, the Department for International Development, Experian, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Interserve, Lloyds Banking Group, Medical Research Council, Swiss Re, Taylor Wimpey, Thomson Reuters and Wall to Wall.

Apply now by visiting www.change100.co.uk or Change 100 Intern on Unilife Connect.

Something for nothing? Why The OR Society visited USW

This week I had the chance to visit yet another university – one I visited only a few weeks earlier.

The reason for the second visit was similar to the first; to promote the opportunities within Operational Research (OR) and raise awareness of the careers in it. However, the difference was that rather than speaking to lecturers and alumni, I was speaking to current undergraduate students.

Anyone studying a STEM subject, so physics, chemistry, maths, engineering, computer science, accounting etc. (the list goes on) is eligible for FREE student membership of The OR Society. And so I was there, in full force along with my white and red company banner and tablecloth, highlighting that something for nothing (i.e. FREE) was a good thing!

Everyone likes freebies. Whether it’s pens you get at a career fair or something a little more exciting (I once got given a mug full of sweets – that was great) most people don’t say no! And when it comes to USEFUL freebies, there’s no good reason to pass.

With The OR Society, our student membership offers you access to all our journals (those things with the latest research in you tend to find in libraries), our monthly magazine (full of non-technical information and useful insights) as well as our quarterly IMPACT magazine, which features case studies from recent projects that are easy to read.

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And if that wasn’t enough, alongside this, you get the opportunity for accreditation (fancy having some letters after your name?), discounts on training and conferences and of course, the opportunity to part of the OR community. Sounds good to me right?

 

I was based in the Library on the Treforest campus, handing out leaflets, flyers and of course free pens. I spoke to accounting students, business students, science students and lots more! Questions included where you could work, how much you get paid and of course, what it involved. I answered all these questions and more. I also chatted about the special interest groups and regional groups we run – the regional group in particular (called SWORDS) meet up a good few times a year in South Wales (usually Cardiff or somewhere similar). Penny Holborn, who is a lecturer at USW heads up the regional group and if you haven’t met her before, she’s a friendly face on campus who will happily chat to you about all things OR!

Anyone studying a STEM subject, so physics, chemistry, maths, engineering, computer science, accounting etc. (the list goes on) is eligible for FREE student membership of The OR Society.

It was a great day and I really enjoyed meeting lots of different students. If you didn’t get the chance to chat to us though, we’re happy to hear from you anytime! Drop me a line (schools@theorsociety.com), search out Penny, or read more on our blog (http://orinschools.blogspot.co.uk/). Alternatively, if we’ve sold it to you already (technically student membership doesn’t cost you a penny so I’m not sure that’s actually called selling), sign up online (http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Membership/BenefitsStudent.aspx).

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Interested in teaching in China, but have concerns?

Opportunity China’s Partnerships and Recruitment Manager and former English Teacher in China, Will Perrins, has been travelling up and down the country, to speak with students across the UK about living and teaching in China and will be at the USW Opportunities Fair on Thursday 9 November 2017 on Treforest Campus. 

Speaking with students from a wide and diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds has given me the opportunity to reflect on some of the concerns and queries raised by final years who are considering teaching in China.

One of the more common concerns among students I spoke with across the UK was whether they would be able to easily find friends and navigate their new surroundings without feeling isolated. This is incredibly important and was one of the major concerns I had before travelling to China myself. I could draw on my positive experience of having made very close friendships and bonds with both my fellow foreign teachers and Chinese staff at my school, with whom I was put in contact before my departure.

Addressing these concerns reminded me of how tight-knit expat communities are in China, particularly within 2nd tier cities. This can be a double-edged sword, with personality clashes sometimes being unavoidable and the intense nature of working with the same colleagues in a foreign country occasionally putting a strain on relationships. However, the resilience, patience and empathy that emerge from living and working in such an atmosphere, in addition to strong bonds and life-long friendships I acquired made it an undoubtedly positive social experience.

Teaching experience

Many students expressed a concern that, although they would love to teach English in China, their lack of classroom teaching experience would negatively impact their effectiveness as a teacher in China. This reminded me of having arrived in China with very limited teaching experience in the age bracket of my new classes.

Although I had run theatre workshops and tutored in the past, part of me still didn’t feel fully prepared for this experience. I was told before I left to be patient, find a positive in every new class I taught and was encouraged by my fellow teachers to persevere and begin each lesson with passion, zeal and enthusiasm.

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This attitude carried me through my teaching experience in China, and alongside the support and camaraderie of my colleagues, enabled me to be elevated to the position of Foreign Teacher Manager in under 2 years.

There are countless examples among expat teachers of those with limited experience traversing this steep learning curb through a positive mindset and attitude. I find that the those who have the best experience, and who often make the best teachers exhibit these traits and motivate themselves on a daily basis by the pride they take in their development.

Language and culture

A country as different as China naturally brings with it concerns about navigating a completely foreign language and culture. When speaking with students about their concerns over these cultural differences it took me back to my arrival in China, speaking very little Mandarin and knowing even less about Chinese culture, the immersive learning experience I had was vital!

It was through my expat and Chinese friends and colleagues that I quickly learnt about core Chinese cultural concepts such as the importance of Mianzi (Face) in almost all daily interaction. Although I made my fair share of cultural faux pas throughout my first months living and working in China, I found people forgiving and willing to help.

Having the opportunity to immerse myself entirely in a different culture and language gave me the chance to learn the world’s most spoken first language in an intensive and cost-effective manner. Had I sought to gain the same standard of education at home it would have most likely cost over 100 times the amount.

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I found my experience speaking with students about the challenges, benefits and occasional absurdities (both positive and negative), really took me back to the excitement I felt during my first few months in China.

Find out more about the Teach China Graduate Programme here.

Meet Will at the Opportunities Fair, 9th November, Treforest Campus

5 top tips to get the most from a careers fair

Autumn is upon us.  Universities across the UK are organising their careers fair. These events are a great opportunity for you to meet with employers, recruiters and alumni. Do not miss out on the chance to ask questions and learn as much as you can. Here are our 5 top tips to help you make the most of your careers fair:

1. Plan ahead
Find a programme a few days before the event, learn about the companies who will be attending and if there will be scheduled talks or presentations. If you can’t attend all of them, ask your career advisor to help you choose which ones will best suit your needs. Decide on a priority list of the companies you wish to speak to. If you have extra time, make sure you stop at all stands; you may discover careers you had never even thought of.

ReedImage2. Research, Research and Research
Visit companies’ websites to find out what they do. You will have limited time to chat with employers so make the most of it by focusing on their experience, their duties and the kind of work graduates can expect in their company. Prepare questions beforehand on the recruitment process or on the skills needed to be successful in their organisation.

3. Smile and stand out
A careers fair is a professional networking opportunity. Like all professional relationships you need to be polite and respectful. There will be a lot of walking around so wear comfortable shoes but make sure you are still smart. When approaching a recruiter or employer be purposeful and enthusiastic; show that you did your research and ask questions while selling yourself: “I am in my final year of X and during my project I did Y. I would like to use these skills in a Z environment. From your website, I feel like I could fit well with your company. Can you tell me more about the kind of jobs you have for graduates and what technical skills I should focus on this year?”

4. Take notes and ask for the employer’s/recruiter’s card
Bring a notepad with your prepared questions and take notes on specific hiring dates and the next steps to take if you wish to apply. Take as many contact details as possible and as soon as you are home, connect with everyone on LinkedIn and follow the company pages. You will then be alerted when they are new vacancies.

5. Keep in touch after the fair
If you built a rapport with a recruiter, follow up with an email with your updated CV attached. It will show your motivation, your interest in the company and that you are a proactive person. Start by saying which part of the conversation you enjoyed. It will give them a reference point to remember you.

reedscientificReed Scientific attend many university career fairs during the year so keep an eye out for us and come and introduce yourself. If you have any questions on this article, do not hesitate to get in touch with me on aislinn.brennan@reedglobal.com