Graduate Destinations – Charlotte Vaughan, Primary Teacher

Today we’ve been speaking with Charlotte Vaughan who graduated from the BA (Hons) with QTS Primary Education course this year. We asked her about getting her first graduate job as a Teacher.

 

Where are you from originally?

I am from the Carlisle area.

 

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

I wanted to stay close to home and I knew that the university had a good reputation for teacher training.

 

Which course did you do?

BA (Hons) with QTS Primary Education

 

Why did you choose your course?

I knew that I wanted to become a teacher and I felt that the degree course suited me better than taking a school direct approach.

 

What did you like most about your course?

The university staff and lecturers are friendly and approachable which made studying with them really enjoyable. Being able to study in small tutor groups meant that we received very specific feedback which helped us develop as students and teachers.

 

Have you accessed support from the Careers and Employability Service?

I completed the Career Ahead Bronze and Silver awards and I attended a practice teaching interview with the Careers Service. This gave me the opportunity to develop my interview skills and it gave me confidence going into interviews.

 

Best piece of careers advice you have ever been given…

Don’t apply to every job going, wait until the right one for you comes along.

 

What was the application/interview process for your new job like?

I had to complete a detailed application form after which I was shortlisted for interview. I had to prepare a 30 minute maths session for a class of Yr 5/6 children which is trickier than you think because the 30 minutes just flies by! Following that I had an interview with the school council which involved KS2 children asking questions of their own devising (this was my favourite part). On the second day of the interview process, I was invited to return to the school to complete a short written task and then have a formal panel interview with the headteacher, two school governors and the school vicar (who is also a governor). Thankfully, after all that, I only had to wait a couple of hours to find out that I had been successful.

 

How did you prepare for your interview? Any tips for others?

I made a bank of possible interview questions and wrote answers to them, which I then practised – a lot! I spoke to lots of teachers while I was preparing for my interview and they gave me plenty of great advice and tips. I would advise others to research your school thoroughly, prepare as many possible answers as you can think of and talk to others who have already been through the process.

 

Were there any surprises/anything you didn’t expect?

Not really, I was very well prepared.

 

What is your new job title?

Permanent, Full-time KS2 Teacher.

 

Who is your new employer?

Wiggonby C of E Primary School.

 

When will you start?

Officially, September 2017. Unofficially, now!!

 

If you had to say one thing to someone aiming to get a job like yours what would it be?

Put lots of time and effort into your preparation and interview because it really is worth it!

 

Want to find a job like Charlotte’s?

Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk for advice and support.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

Summer Career Fix: Follow people in your sector

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd?

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

So what’s Gary doing this week?

He’s finding relevant people and organisations and following them on social media.

This is a really quick and easy way to improve your career prospects. Instead of mindlessly scrolling Twitter, do some searches to find influential people in your career sector. Follow them and try to get involved in conversations.

This will build up your commercial awareness skills – one of the most important graduate skills that employers look for. Commercial awareness is basically knowing what’s happening in your sector.

So for example if you are an Occupational Therapy student or graduate, search for local NHS trusts to follow, find out who are the influential voices of OT on social media, and also find out about any Twitter chats you can get involved in (#OTalk for example).

This will help when you start applying for jobs as you will have greater understanding of what’s happening in the sector and the important issues happening now.

Come back next week for another #SummerCareerFix 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme Graduate Interns

The University of Cumbria is currently recruiting for three graduate interns to work on the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme. This is a full time role for 12 months and the interns will be based at one of three locations: Carlisle, Energus (Workington) and Barrow-in-Furness.

Can you:
  • Work alongside area officers to deliver educational initiatives in schools and colleges within Cumbria; as well as with community groups, in order to raise aspirations and achievement and support progression to Higher Education
  • Work impartially and effectively to build good relationships with a range of partners both internally and externally, including schools, colleges, employers, communities and universities?
  • Work with other colleagues to reach operation targets and goals
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the WP agenda for under-represented groups in higher education?
We are looking to recruit three motivated graduate interns to develop and deliver an agreed programme of outreach activity within their area for the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme (CCOP). This is part of HEFCE’s (Higher Education Funding Council for England’s) national initiative to ensure Government targets to double the number of young people from WP backgrounds in Higher Education by 2020 are met. You will report to the CCOP area officers under the guidance of the CCOP manager.
The University of Cumbria is the lead institution for CCOP – the Cumbria consortium, which includes partners ranging from higher education institutions, further education colleges and employers operating within Cumbria.
One post will be based within the University of Cumbria but will work for the consortium and report to the CCOP Manager. The programme aims to work in identified target wards with specific young people in three key areas of Cumbria to provide sustained, progressive and intensive outreach in order to broaden aspirations and ultimately increase progression to higher education.
There will be three posts, one for each area, to support the co-ordinating of the programme– Barrow in Furness, Workington and Carlisle.

These posts are fixed term for 12 months.


Informal enquiries: Lisa Martin at lisa.martin@cumbria.ac.uk
Closing date: Tuesday 29 August 2017 (midnight)
Interview date: Tuesday 05 September 2017, Furness College, Barrow in Furness
     Wednesday 06 September 2017, Energus, Workington
      Thursday 07 September 2017, Fusehill Street Campus, Carlisle
Reference: 83058
Starting Salary:  £15,379

 

Find out more and how to apply here.

Graduate Destinations – Lauren Mines, Graphic Designer

Today we’ve been speaking with Lauren Mines who graduated from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course in 2016. We asked her about getting her first graduate job as a Graphic Designer.

Lauren Mines – BA (Hons) Graphic Design, University of Cumbria

 

Where are you from?

Chester-le-Street, County Durham

 

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

The area felt safe, the living costs were affordable, and the course stood out amongst other universities where I attended interviews.

 

Why did you choose the Graphic Design course?

The small class sizes, and the many projects you completed per year compared to other Universities, which often only offered 4 projects a year to complete.

 

What did you like most about your course?

The incredibly regular interactions you have with your tutors, which is unrivalled. Tutors know you by name, and offer support throughout your time there.

 

What is your current job title?

Graphic Designer

 

Which company do you work for?

Autodesk, in Birmingham

 

What was the application process like?

The job was advertised online without saying who the employer was, as it was advertised by an agency. I sent my CV and a link to my portfolio to the agency, who contacted me to say I had an interview to which they then disclosed who the employer was.

 

How did you prepare for your interview?

I thoroughly researched the company, and prepared some questions to ask at the end to ensure I came across as engaged. I also, by this point, had already been through two other graphic design interviews (one of which asked particularly tough questions such as “What would you say your biggest weakness is?”), which I felt had prepared me well for this one.

 

What was the interview process like?

The interview was conducted by one person (who is now my senior designer). I answered some questions, talked through my CV, and presented my portfolio. I then had to complete a test which entailed replicating a printed leaflet into InDesign.

 

Were there any surprises?

I was informed when I was offered the interview that it was for the company Delcam, a CADCAM software company. However, during the interview process it was revealed to me that Autodesk was buying Delcam and so I’d be working for Autodesk. This came as a huge surprise as Autodesk is a huge international company and I had even used their software in my graphic design work – I couldn’t believe I had a chance to work for them so left the interview quite shocked!

 

If you had to say one thing to someone aiming to get a job like yours what would it be?

Don’t be put off applying for jobs that do not disclose who the employer is due to being advertised by an agency, and if you secure an interview for a company you’re not too interested in working for, still attend the interview. It firstly gives you the chance to gain more experience in being interviewed, and secondly, there could be a huge surprise like there was for me.

 

Want to find a job like Lauren’s?

Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk for advice and support.

Find out more about your Careers and Employability Service here.

Summer Career Fix: Social Media Audit

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd?

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

So what’s Gary doing this week?

He’s doing a social media audit!

If you want to get a professional job, you need to present a professional image on social media. The majority of recruiters will google applicants before inviting them for interview so it’s vitally important that you make sure what is online reflects you in a positive and professional way.

There are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Google yourself! See what comes up when you search for yourself online. Any old accounts pop up that you had forgotten about that you can close? What about news articles and images too?
  2. Look at your accounts: Check all your social media channels e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Yello, Flickr, Bebo, MySpace – check them all! Are your security settings locked down? Are there any posts that would be damaging, for example, drunk photos, swearing, negative posts about your employer – these would all be warning flags to a potential employer.
  3. Take a look at your network and start conversations. Remember that anyone you meet could know about your perfect job, so make those professional connections and use them! Send messages out on your channels about what you’ve been doing to enhance your employability. Let people know you what you are looking for and see where it takes you.

If you would like to find out more about carrying out a social media audit, and why it’s important, you can read this article.

 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Events & Exhibitions Coordinator

Events & Exhibitions Coordinator (Full-Time | Fixed Term up to 12 Months)

Employer: Tullie House, Carlisle

Salary: £20,660

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Tullie House Programme and Projects team in coordinating and delivering a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme as well as the involvement in a diverse range of programmes and projects.

The role is required to work across all areas of exhibition projects from development to delivery, motivating and coordinating cross-departmental project teams to ensure the successful delivery of an outstanding programme.  You will require excellent administration, organisation, communication and practical skills.  A positive attitude, creative thinking and the ability to problem-solve under pressure make this challenging role extremely rewarding.

Closing date – 4pm on Monday 22nd August 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the above position please see the relevant Job Description and Application Pack on our website and apply using the Application & Equal Opportunities form which can be found as a Word Document on our website.  All completed applications should be emailed to helen.askew@tulliehouse.org by the closing date.

Find out more here.

Summer Career Fix: Career Action Plan

What are you doing this summer to help you stand out from the crowd?

Gary’s bags are packed and he’s ready to jet off to places far sunnier than Cumbria. But he’s not off for a lazy beach holiday – he’s going to be doing one small thing each week that will help in his future career. He doesn’t know what that career is just yet, but that’s ok – most of these things can be done even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do. And if you need some help finding your path, you can always email the Careers & Employability service for some advice and guidance: careers@cumbria.ac.uk

So what’s Gary doing this week?

He’s creating a Career Action Plan!

A career action plan is a road map that takes you from choosing an occupation to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals. It has been scientifically proven that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and set SMART targets.

Once you have decided on a career, you can start to set your goals. Your career action p07lan is made up of these goals and the steps you will take to reach them. There are 3 steps:

  1. Come up with a list of goals – where you do you want to be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? Where do you want to work (Location/company)? What skills do you want/need to develop?
  2. Break these goals down into short-term and long-term goals. Short-term in this case means achievable in a year or less. For example, a long-term goal could be completing a masters course. A short-term goal would be applying for the course.
  3. Identify any barriers and how you will overcome them. For example, a barrier to getting a masters could be a learning disability. A way to overcome this would be to research the support available from the student support team.

Keep going back to your career plan once a month or so – keep setting new goals when you achieve your old ones and use your action plan to grab the job you deserve!

We’ve created a couple of resources to help you with your career plan:

Come back next week for another #SummerCareerFix 

Support is available from your Careers and Employability Service with career planning, CVs and applications, interview skills, practice interviews and more. Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk with your careers queries.