Working in a school is not just for teachers!

If you have not been back in a school for a few years, you may still be under the impression that it is made up of teachers, dinner ladies, caretakers, school nurses and secretaries.   What may surprise you isschoolrules that there are many many different types of jobs available in the school environment – professional, associate professional and in academic support.

All of these jobs have one thing in common; they are there to help shape the future lives of young people. Sound like an environment you would like to work in?

On Tuesday 28 February, we have invited 25 organisations who offer opportunities to work in schools.  Below are some of the non-teaching roles that these organisations have advertised:

  • Admissions Officer
  • Arabic Speaking Learning Support Assistant
  • Behaviour Manager
  • Behaviour Support Practitioner
  • Braille Trained Learning Support Assistant
  • Breakfast Club Supervisor
  • Clerk to the Governors
  • Cricket Coach
  • Data and Student Services Manager
  • Design Technology Technician
  • Drama Assistant
  • Early Years Support Worker
  • Estates Manager
  • Examination and Accreditation Officer
  • Family Support Assistant
  • Graduate Assistants
  • Graduate Learning Support Assistant
  • Graduate Maths Learning Support Assistant
  • Graduate Music Assistant
  • Health Care and Personal Care Assistant
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • IT Network and System Manager
  • IT Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Learning Coach
  • Lettings Officer
  • Marketing and Reprographics Coordinator
  • MDSA / Playleader
  • Music Secretary
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Office Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Pastoral Care Worker
  • Pastoral Manager
  • Personal Coach
  • Physical Education Teaching Assistant
  • Play & Development Leader
  • Play and Development Worker
  • Play Worker
  • Premises and Health & Safety Manager
  • Pre-School Assistant
  • Pre-School Deputy Manager
  • Primary and Secondary Cover Supervisors
  • Pupil Services Manager
  • Raising Attainment Assistant EAL
  • School Counsellor
  • School Finance Officer
  • Science Technician
  • SEN Teaching Assistant
  • Site Compliance & Maintenance Technician
  • Special Needs Support Worker
  • Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Speech & Language Therapist
  • Sports Centre Manager
  • Sports Coach / Leader
  • Sports Officer
  • Sporty Learning Support Assistant
  • Strategic Business Manager
  • Support Assistant
  • Support Assistant Sport
  • Swyddog Gweinyddol
  • Teaching Assistant

Some of these roles will require experience and special qualifications, while others may just need your skills and bags of enthusiasm.

Come along and chat to the exhibitors at the Teaching Recruitment Fair, 28 February 2017, 12 – 2pm, Newport City Campus, and find out more about the requirements and opportunities open to you.  They have temporary opportunities in some of these roles for you to experience working in a school.

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Working as a Teaching Assistant

NQTs – How To Land Your First Teaching Role

Education Recruitment Agencies – Are you all on board?

Working as a Teaching Assistant

Despite the sometimes hectic working environment, a teaching assistant role can be one of the most rewarding careers available. Not only do you become a part of a pupil’s life, but you also get to be the reason that many of them succeed. Students learn best in a safe and encouraging environment and teacher needs help in everything that she does inside and outside the classroom to create and maintain this kind of setting. Because of this we’ve combined all the facts you need to consider before hitting the apply button, intrigued? Read on…

Main duties:

  • To work under the guidance of the teacher
  • Prepare the classroom before each class as well as tidying at the end of each class
  • Support reading groups
  • Work on a one to one basis
  • Lead small groups
  • Have excellent knowledge of the school curriculum
  • Have excellent numeracy, literacy and ICT skills
  • Monitor and record pupils progress
  • Report feedback to the teacher
  • Carry out administrative duties

It is also useful to bear in mind the attributes that your employer will look for when hiring a candidate. Although you may have the drive to work in a classroom, it’s important that you hold all the skills needed to work with children.

The qualities your interviewer will look for are:

  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Creativity and confidence
  • Good reading, writing, and numeracy skills
  • Flexibility to work with a diverse range of children
  • The ability to build excellent relationships with both staff and children

So how do you actually get into the school we hear you say?

Every school will have their own set entry-level requirements for teaching assistants, depending on what you will be needed for. Although many will accept you on the basis that you have great work experience, some will look for qualifications such as ‘Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools’ and  ’Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools’. Most paid jobs will also require for you to have GCSEs in both literacy and numeracy, or the equivalent.

Before you begin working with children, you will need to apply for an enhanced background checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and be registered with the EWC. These can both be applied for by popping onto their websites and filling out the forms provided. Both can take a number of weeks to complete, so it’s best to get these completed and sent off as soon as possible.

Once your checks are back, registrations complete, and your CV up to date, there are a number of ways that you can gain experience and jobs within a classroom environment. Check jobs boards, contact your local schools, and sign up with agencies that have plenty of contacts… Ahem. Whether long or short-term, each and every placement you take will gain you time, experience, and the chance to get your foot in the door, which in plenty of cases results in the offer of full-time work.

Roles will vary depending on the specific setting that you are placed in. Secondary schools will more than likely mean that you will be placed in a classroom with a specific subject, or be assigned to an individual that may need guidance, support, or help. In Primary school you will generally take on a more general role, working with a class across the whole of the curriculum and offering the teaching help with anything they need. If you decide to go down the special educational needs route, you may be assigned to a particular pupil, or work regularly with a particular class, it is also very common for there to be more than one teaching assistant present in this type of environment due to the needs of the students.

By Hannah Tuck, Staffroom Education

Want more information and help on becoming a teaching assistant or working in a school? Come along to the Teaching Recruitment Fair this month where you can speak to Hannah and other teaching representatives about the opportunities on offer.

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5 reasons to apply for your next role through a Recruitment Agency

reedblogIf you’re close to finishing your degree or you’re on your summer break there is a good chance you will be looking for a temporary or permanent job. When exploring your options the question may come up; is it better to apply through a recruiter or approach the company directly?

There are many unknown advantages to applying via a recruitment agency.

Here are the top 5 reasons to work with Reed Scientific:

1   Your CV is more likely to be seen by the hiring manager

An employer receives an average of 250 applications for every job advert. He or she will spend 5-7 seconds looking at a CV. When your CV matches the requirements of a role your recruiter will not only make sure your CV is seen by the employer but will also discuss your experience and skills with them, supporting your application.

2   You get the advice needed to improve your employability

Recruiters know the market. In addition to CV and application guidance your specialist consultant will provide pre-interview support, including an overview of prospective employers based on their knowledge of the company.

3   You will have access to multiple opportunities through one point of contact

Recruiters keep you updated on relevant vacancies. They provide you with information on the market and discuss the different opportunities you can access with your experience – even if it’s a career path you may not have considered.

4   You have constant support whilst you are looking for work.

Recruiters help you apply to the right roles and give you last minute advice before an interview. They chase for feedback and negotiate offers on your behalf. They will also call companies on your behalf to see if they have suitable vacancies in their teams.

5   And it is all for free!

Most recruitment agencies (including us) provide their services completely free of charge for candidates.

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For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at aislinn.brennan@reedglobal.com or join us on  our LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3764511 for further tips and advice

Reed Scientific – Science Jobs in South Wales (Employer talk & Drop-in)
31 January, Upper Glyntaff
 

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NQTs – How To Land Your First Teaching Role

Finding your first teaching post is a process that doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult if you are well-prepared and plan ahead. We know it’s hard to think about when you’ve just got a shed load of coursework out-of-the-way, but now is the time to put the work in. With interviews surfacing for the new school year, we’ve put together our top tips on how to bag your first teaching role…

First and foremost, it’s important to identify the type of teaching vacancies you want to apply for, think about your preferences:

  • location – are you willing to commute or is it too much for your first year as an NQT?
  • type and size of school
  • year group/key stage
  • subject
  • full-time or temporary – would you take a short-term post?

So where do go to find your new role?

  1. Teaching fairs and university portals are a great place to start. Here you’ll find temp/full-time/part-time vacancies that can suit all needs.
  2. Recruitment agencies.
  3. Social media; Linkedin offers a range of jobs and you can search #hiring #teachers on Twitter to narrow your hunt.
  4. Indeed, TES and plenty of other boards are guaranteed to feature most of the vacancies that are out there. It’s a good idea to sign up and upload your CV so that potential employers can contact you too!

Then, CV & applications

If you’ve found a particular job that you want, tailor your application to that specific school. Too many applicants end up being disregarded due to silly mistakes, so find out the name of who you’re addressing it to and make sure to pick up on why you want to work for them. Make it hard for the interviewer not to consider you and include a strong cover letter that shows your passion and drive.

Before applying, it’s a good idea to Google yourself and evaluate your digital footprint. Are all of your accounts private and is there any sort of content that may be deemed offensive?

It’s also important to remember not to sit by the phone…

Network aggressively with friends and acquaintances—a kind word from a colleague to a school administrator may open doors. Spread the word about your job search to your Facebook and Ning friends, and look for job feeds on Twitter.

Struggling? Why not consider the supply route?

Without blowing our own trumpet, Supply is a great way of securing an income and getting your foot in the door whilst waiting for that dream teaching role. The more schools you visit, the more people you meet, and we’re all very familiar with the saying ‘it’s who you know’, when it comes to the big job hunt.

You get the call, are you prepared?

Turn up with evidence to support your application. Class work, great references and portfolios are a strong way of communicating ‘Hey, look! I’m a great, organised and passionate candidate!”. You may be asked to teach a lesson or give a presentation, so make sure you understand what is expected and required. You should enquire about class size, location and available resources as well as considering how you are going to differentiate yourself from the rest.

The school will also be keen to know how well you could work with other teachers, other adults in the classroom and how you will relate to parents. Supporting your answers with examples will strengthen their impact and show that you have the experience needed for the desired job. Remember to relax, relate AND ASK QUESTIONS! You can find some of our top tips for that on another recent blog here.

By Hannah Tuck, Staffroom Education

Meet Hannah and other teaching representatives at the Teaching Recruitment Fair next month!

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Why you should work for PwC Swansea..

For more information on vacancies or how to apply, please contact:

Scarlett Seager, Student Recruitment Manager (scarlett.e.seager@pwc.com)

Kate Buffery,Student Recruitment Officer (kate.buffery@pwc.com)

PwC’s graduate and placement opportunities in Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol and Nationwide are live on Unilife Connect

 

5 Great Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

Are your feet itching with insufferable wanderlust? Is your heart longing to do something outside of the norm?  Do you want your next experience abroad to be a step outside of your comfort zone?

Volunteering abroad can become a powerful platform to do all of the above more. It facilitates meaningful cultural exchange between the local community and the volunteer, turning what would have been a normal holiday overseas, into something extraordinary.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should ready yourself to make an impact and get out into the world to volunteer!

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Travel and Cultural Immersion

The most apparent reason. Volunteering abroad gives you a great opportunity to explore global environments in a truly unique way. As a volunteer, you will be able to see a side of that country that typical tourists almost always miss.  You will become truly immersed in different local cultures whilst also making an impact.

Volunteering with Travel Teacher means you get to do and see things that are truly unique. You will be living with sensitive communities and will have many life changing moments that will provide a lifetime of memories.  Picture yourself living inside a local village on the Coral Coast of Fiji, contributing towards the education of young people in The Cook Islands, assisting with a save the beach initiative in The Maldives or helping to plant trees for sustainable growth in India.  These unique experiences will change the way you see and travel the world!

Develop vital transferable skills

Volunteering is a wonderful and proven way to boost your own transferable skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication. It also provides substance for a high quality CV. With competition for jobs becoming fiercer and fiercer, employers are looking for someone who stands out form the crowd. International travel, cultural exchange, self-confidence and practical professional experience certainly combine to offer this.  So at the end of the day, a beautiful synergy has taken place between you and the community.

Some volunteering programs even go a step further than that. Travel Teacher offers participants the opportunity to gain an industry recognized teaching qualification. Our experiences will provide you with a foothold into your chosen career pathway.

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Develop lifelong friendships

It is not uncommon for volunteers to meet their new travel buddy or best friend for life while on project. In fact, it is almost expected. Volunteers are all there for one reason – to do good and help change the world. This shared passion is only intensified as you bond over your experience on the project. Your fellow volunteers will be there for the highs, the lows, and everything in between. And by the time your stay is up, you will have a whole group of people from all corners of the earth to call friends.

Help others in need

Amidst the beauty of our partnered destinations, the spectacular beaches and coral reefs: a magnificent string of islands floating peacefully in the ocean, there are also impoverished rural populations who as yet have not been able to benefit from its strong tourist trade.  As a volunteer on work placement with Travel Teacher your contribution can assist in helping the young people have a brighter future.

Broaden your horizons

Volunteering helps you discover what you really need to be happy, and to appreciate what you took for granted back home. Volunteering gives you the chance to reflect on your role in the world and motivate you to continue being the difference.

Think of volunteering abroad like the cupboard to Narnia, a door to see a country through the eyes of the locals. It is a chance to experience what their lives are like on a day-to-day basis, get to grips with the problems they are facing and how you are a part of the solution. Experiencing this rich cultural immersion changes you as a person. As you become apart of this new community, you are slowly, but surely, transformed into a Global Citizen.

So what are you waiting for?! Book that plane ticket and start travelling responsibly!

Find out more about Travel Teachers high impact, life changing volunteering programs at http://www.travelteacher.co.uk

Meet us on campus! Where and when you can find us

5 Mistakes not to Make at a Careers Fair

So, we are at that time of the academic year when recruiters are on campus actively promoting their brand, engaging with students and actively trying to drive applications onto their graduate and placement schemes. One of the ways companies do this is through careers fairs. Yes you know, those huge scary rooms, full of giant stands, littered with giveaways, brochures and company representatives waiting to speak to you. The good news is that this is really your opportunity to engage with recruiters or employees from companies and build on research to find out about their opportunities. There are however some key mistakes that students make when attending  university careers fairs and I’m highlighting a few to ensure that you’re not the one to make them!

OneNot researching the organisations that you want to talk to
Nothing gets my goat more that when a student approaches my stand and says “So…what company is this and what do you do?”  The first impression I get as a recruiter is definitely not Wow, this candidate sounds great, I want them working for me!”  Researching the organisation before hand, looking through their website on what roles they offer and what qualifications are needed will let you know whether this is a company that is aligned with your own goals. You could look up their recruiter on LinkedIn and maybe even connect with them beforehand.  Try this approach instead
Hi, my name is….and I currently study BA Business Management. I have been doing some research on your organisation as I’m really interested in your 12 month placement scheme, could you please tell me some more about the application process please.”  It’s all about first impressions! When companies are at career fairs they are looking for talent, so if you approach recruiters in the right way then they will respond positively!

TwoBeing dressed like you have just got in from your student night out
Personal brand is everything when it comes to companies looking for their future leaders. If you show up looking like looking like you’ve been out all night and haven’t bothered going home before you come to the fair then you are showing no sense of personal brand. Take some pride in your appearance. Would you turn up to an interview looking like this?  First impressions count in any situation.  I’m not saying you need to come in full business dress, but remember that you want a graduate job, so give yourself the best opportunity to stand out from the crowd by dressing smart, grooming and approaching me with a smile on your face.

ThreeNot having a recent, good CV with you
OK, so you’ve created a good first impression on me, approached me smartly dressed and have done some good research on my organisation. I’m thinking this candidate has potential and I want to be able to follow up with you after the careers fair so I ask for your CV – You don’t have one!  How are you standing out from the crowd now? Take several copies of a generic CV with you (even better if you’ve tailored one before hand as part of your preparation) so that you can leave this behind. Some companies may just tell you to apply online, but encourage them to take the CV anyway or take the opportunity talk a bit about yourself and your skills for the role …show them that your are more than just a name on an application. Another important point is to be open-minded when looking at potential companies. Don’t go to your careers fair with tunnel vision. Many employers at the fair, be it national and international brands down to smaller SME’s have many opportunities that might be what you are looking for and really suit your skill set, so be open minded with the organisations you look at…you never know what gem they might have.

FourFilling up on the freebies with your mates
Yes, most organisations have freebies; it’s their way of keeping their brand visible when you get home and to make their stands look enticing to get you over. Your job is not to fill up as many bags as possible with free stuff in competition with your friends, but to interact and engage with your potential future employer and collect information. It is always good to go out on your own so that you can have some one-on-one time with a recruiter or employee from the company you want to work for, so don’t trawl around in a big pack.

FiveNot getting recruiters details and failing to follow up
The hard work has been done, the fair is over, you’ve met some great employers, left a few CV’s and come away with some great company information. How many contact details did you get? If you want to truly set yourself apart from the competition and give yourself an opportunity to work for your dream company then ensure you collect contact information and then follow up with an email or a personalised request on LinkedIn. This will look great to recruiters; you researched the company well, looked smart, gave a CV on the day; then followed up with an email saying how great it was to meet and how you’re looking forward to hearing back. If you’ve followed those 5 steps… the chances are pretty good that you will hear back!

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Martyn Flynn,Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent A Car

Meet Martyn at the Opportunities Fair on 10 November 2016

Placements – your route to a top graduate job!

As a Careers Team we work with graduate recruiters, thousands of them, they all advertise their opportunities with us, hundreds come to our events to meet students face to face, and we’ve got to know lots of them really well.

We talk to them about their recruitment plans, what they look for in graduates, what helps make successful candidates stand out, and what could make applicants end up in the bin.

Over a number of years one of the things which has increasingly began to stand out is that all graduate recruiters really value work experience.  It may not be a big surprise to you to find out that as well as having the right skills, they also like to see evidence of when you’ve used them. But did you know that lots of employers use their work placements as their main method of graduate recruitment?

I visited PwC this week to find out how their 2016 recruitment went and their plans for pwc2017, including their exciting growth in Tech which I’ll talk about another day!  The most interesting thing I took away was that for their 2016 graduate intake around 35% were recruited from one of their placement schemes.  Similar to other big employers PwC offer year out placements, summer placements and other short work experience programmes.

PwC aren’t the only employer to make graduate job offers at the end of a  successful placement or summer placement, this is exactly why companies offer placements.  In fact for many other employers this percentage can be higher and there are some employers who only offer placement schemes!

The most interesting thing I took away was that for their 2016 graduate intake around 35% were recruited from one of their placement schemes.

There’s more information on the Placements section of the Careers site about the benefits of placements and the kind of opportunities students can access.

You can meet PwC this Friday between 11am and 1pm in the Library Student Centre in Treforest, or at the Opportunities Fair in November.

Matthew
Matthew Evans
Central Careers Team Manager

The first year doesn’t count, right?

I’ll never forget my three years of University, especially the first. My hopeless navigation skills, overhaul of books, sudden sense of freedom & overly spaced out campus were all part of the journey, but its questionable whether I actually remember much of what I was taught. When you first arrive, you’re faced with so many new ‘life lessons’ that it’s hard to even consider that you’ll be squeezing in the essay work as you’re burning a salad. My fond memories perhaps are centered more towards Freshers’ week and the many friends that I made, not to mention the student hall bar that I spent many a night at.

monsteruniYou see upon enrolling, I was made aware that my first days of studying would not be counted towards my overall mark. A pass, regardless of the grade would be sufficient to qualify me for my next round of hurdles so needless to say I was less inclined to put my studies at the top of my to do list (not that I like to admit this!)  Today, this way of learning is the same for many courses, degrees, and universities all over the UK, with thousands of students knowing full well that the ‘hard work’ will most probably start in their second year.

The question is, is this the correct way to approach it? It’s obvious that it works, I graduated with a good grade and so did many that I studied with, but it doesn’t mean that it’s effective. Whilst we all love the idea of a little lenience, we are still paying the full whack. With this in mind, surely it would be in our best interests to make the most out of what we’re given, regardless of whether it doesn’t always count. Finding your voice and your own style of writing is essential, especially in certain subject areas. It’s understandable that many of us struggle when completing our first few assignments, referencing is suddenly thrust upon us and we’re thrown in at the deep end. Receiving a few low grades to begin with is fine,  that’s what the first term is there for. But ask yourself whether you really need to continue on a path that suggests it doesn’t really matter? Or should we aim to improve ready for when the big boys are set?

There are plenty of qualified graduates out there, but if you put the extra effort in earlier on, you’ll most likely put yourself in a much better position to stand out from the crowd. This said, if our first marks counted, it may ease the load in those last months before graduation and help to create a less stressful environment (I never particularly liked the no sleep, full of caffeine, square boxed computer screen look). The actions and habits you develop in first year can potentially follow you into your second, third or even fourth years, so it would be in your best interests to get ahead around the way of the essay world as early on as possible. It’s easy enough to put a failed mock or exam to the back of your mind when you feel that you’ve got a few years to correct it, but the bitter truth is that if you get enough marks of that nature, they will be your final grade.

In my own experiences, I do understand that your first months of the new life should be about finding your feet. If you make a small amount of mistakes along the way then you’re hardly damaging the prospects of your dream career in three years time, so learn from them. Although your degree mark is extremely important, maturing and adjusting into adult life will help you succeed just as much in the long run. University isn’t just about academia; personal development plays an important and integral part, so balance your academic and social life. I’m sure I speak for many when I say if I could go back and change a few things about the way in which I worked in my uni days, I would. In adult life there aren’t many situations where you’re granted the option of a second chance, and by god I wish I’d respected this. It goes without saying that all of us should enjoy letting the seminar notes gather a little dust, but keep in mind that a bit of extra hard work when the start gun blows will go a long, long way.

Written by Hannah Tuck, Staffroom Education

Make the most of your time at university

 

The Graduate Job Game

We’ve all been there. I’ve been there. You hand the dissertation in, spend the summer loving life & then cross your fingers, thumbs, eyes & legs that you’ll word-work-on-the-dicesland the job of your dreams as September approaches. Some of us will achieve this, high five to you all, some of you however will have to accept that your dreams may be a little further off than you’d hoped. Taking any job, doing anything you’re offered or facing unemployment is sometimes what comes after university life, BUT it’s not all doom and gloom. Ensuring that you’re constantly adapting yourself for when your big opportunity comes, being constantly prepared and most importantly NEVER giving up is the way forward. Finding a job and establishing yourself in a good career after your degree is no picnic, but we believe by following a number of steps, you’ll be on to a winner…

A Helping Hand

Before we start, we’d like to remind you all that unpaid internships are actually illegal. Under employment law, people who work set hours, do set tasks and contribute value to an organisation are “workers” and are entitled to the minimum wage, so please don’t work for free (unless it’s for a short period of time). Industries where unpaid interns were most common included design, media & PR, the competition is high and many feel under pressure to work for nothing, please don’t, I secured my chosen career path without having to do this so continue to tell yourself it’s completely possible! It is however, a good idea to offer a helping hand. Call businesses or companies and ask if there’s anything you can do for a few hours a week, on a Saturday or even in the evening. Offer your services at events they may host or even blog or share their news on social media platforms. Anything that adds that little bit extra ‘UMPH!’ to you as an individual will not hurt anyone.

Social Media

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the way you conduct yourself on these types of platforms is significantly important. We can all hold our hands up and say we’ve had a cheeky search on Facebook or Twitter for someone we know (or want to know more about) and employers on many occasions will do the same. Your name, job title, your photo albums & your status’ should be kept professional or completely private, no one employer wants to see your Saturday night antics or the photographs from the hen do you went on a month ago.

Take A Job, Any Job

It might not be exactly what you want, but take it. Any job is better than no job and at the end of the day money pays the bills. It’s very unlikely that in your early 20′s you’re going to be landing a job that you’re in for the rest of your life, so don’t sweat it, enjoy. A job offers you the chance to meet new people. Meeting new people means networking, and networking can essentially land you a job that pops you in the right direction. Your degree is significant and you’ve done a fantastic job of getting it, but sometimes in today’s industries it’s all about who you know as well as what you know. It’s also good to remind yourself that small – medium size companies are where the bulk of graduate jobs lie so please don’t let them be over shadowed by the big dogs. Remember to search high and low for jobs on the internet, the smaller businesses may not use the biggest advertisement spaces but this could potentially mean that there’s less applicants, bingo!

Face To Face

It’s never too soon to start looking and contacting companies. If you know what you want to do or the areas you’re interested in, then do some research and find out what types of jobs are out there. Talk to everyone around you and learn from their experiences. Many of us sit on laptops, ipads and computers and apply for jobs like robots, but if you REALLY want that job then perhaps it’s time you paid them a visit. Go in to the business and hand them the CV yourself, give them a call and ask what they have available, making yourself known gives the employers no choice but to remember you, don’t let yourself be hidden under a pile of paper.

Think Outside The Box

Graduates obsess about crafting the perfect CV, but instead, use the extra time to check your online footprint. Google yourself. What comes up and what does it say about you?! Could you set up a blog to support your case? Are you showing your wonderful creative flair? Going that little extra mile could make you stand out from the crowd and gives you the chance to say ‘Hey, look at me, look how I could help your company!’. It’s all fine and dandy on paper, but having evidence to support your claims could differentiate you from another candidate that’s after the same job.

You’ll need to work hard and never give up to get a good job after graduation. There are no guarantees, but most graduates ultimately make a fantastic career, and there’s no reason you can’t be one of them. I know it’s difficult to pick yourself up when you’re knocked down a few (too many) times, but hang in there, the finish line is in sight…

By Hannah Tuck, Staffroom Education