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TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards

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The TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year awards now has a record breaking 14 categories!

Since the launch of the awards back in September they have added the Future Lawyer of the Year Award partnered by Allen & Overy and the Future Business Leader of the Year Award partnered by P&G to the mix!

Will you be an Undergraduate of the Year 2019?

You could win an internship, a yearlong placement or trip abroad with big name companies such as L’Oréal, E.ON and Visa!

Plus the opportunity to set yourself apart from the competition once you graduate.

START YOUR APPLICATION TODAY!

As well as giving you the opportunity to network with employers and gain experience of the graduate recruitment process, the prizes on offer include summer placements, trips overseas and the latest gadgets. Plus, the ten finalists for each award will be invited to the awards ceremony in Canary Wharf.

You have until 30 January 2019 to submit your application and complete the online tests.

You have nothing to lose and so much to gain, apply now!

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The GSG, Class of 2019 – Everything you need to know!

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In January 2019, your Careers and Employability Service are launching a brand new issue of the Graduate Success Guide (GSG).

So, what is it and why do you need it?

The #GSG is an online publication designed to be stepping stone that will help you get ready for the transition from university to life as a graduate. Whether you decide to head straight into a career, travel, or head down the road of further study, this guide has everything you need to know from what support is available to how to prepare for your first day in a new job. The guide is filled with practical information as well as lots of mini articles and features from a range of industry professionals. If you’re eager to know what graduates of UoC have gone on to achieve, the #GSG features real-life stories and testimonials from our own alumni.

We want you to put your best foot forward as you embark on your new journey after leaving university and the #GSG is all about helping you stay informed and inspired as you begin to explore what the working world has to offer.

 

Look out for the #GSG, launching January 2019 – watch this space!

http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/graduates

Apply now for Graduate Schemes starting in September 2019

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Graduate Schemes give you the opportunity to access paid on-the-job training and development with an organisation. Employers across a range of sectors offer schemes, enabling recent graduates to gain practical experience. Graduate schemes vary in length but are typically between 1-3 years. Some employers want graduates from specific subjects while others will accept graduates from any degree course. Find out more about Graduate Schemes.

The application deadline for many Graduate Schemes starting in September 2019 will be in December 2018. Final year students, the time to apply is now!

If you would like to access support with searching, applying and interviewing for Graduate Schemes send us a query or book an appointment on My Career Enriched.

Log in to My Career Enriched to search for Graduate Schemes.

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Graduate Success Guide – Class of 2018

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If you’ve just graduated, you can access the #GSG now by going to: http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/graduates.

Graduate Success Guide – Class of 2018:

The first edition of the #GSG is a resource designed to help you navigate the transition from life as a student at University to life as a graduate. The guide covers a range of topics, including:

  • Your Career
  • Money Advice
  • Wellbeing
  • Dealing with Change
  • Your Rights at Work
  • Graduate Job Market
  • Postgraduate Study
  • Housing
  • International Graduates
  • Travel

Graduate Success Guide – Class of 2019:

Issue 2 of the #GSG will be launching January 2019! As well as featuring all the essential information found in Issue 1, this second edition will also include additional advice and guidance about planning your career, exclusive interviews from a range of employers, alumni stories and lots more!

This guide is aimed at providing insight and support to you if you are a final year student and are graduating in 2019. Please make sure to download the #GSG or have a read!

The guide will be available from January via this link: http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/graduates

 

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Business Development Graduate Scheme – BAE Systems

Graduate Schemes with BAE!

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BAE are recruiting for their Business Development Graduate Scheme:

Our Business Development graduates and undergraduates work in a team identifying, developing and winning new business.

As a business develop graduate/ undergraduate you will be involved in sales and marketing as well as aspects of offset, customer relations, bid / proposal production, customer and market analysis, events and exhibitions.

This role is available within our Air business where we are actively pursuing Export campaigns for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, Hawk aircraft plus other campaigns involving our Training, Unmanned Aircraft activities and Defence Information Services. In this key role you will predominately be based at our Warton site in the North West of England, however occasional travel to other UK based sites may be required.

We expect great things of our graduates. In return, you can expect a generous salary with a comprehensive benefits and pension package, including 25 days’ annual holiday with flexible leave arrangements, senior mentoring, and product and service discounts.

  • Starting salary £28,000
  • £2,000 welcome payment
  • 20% optional salary advance
  • Car lease and share schemes

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30TH NOVEMBER 2018.

For more information, you can access this opportunity via My Career Enriched: https://mycareerenriched.cumbria.ac.uk/leap/jobs.html?id=265&service=Careers+Service

Expert Advice: 10 Valuable tips for succeeding in aptitude/psychometric tests

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1.      Make sure you know what tests you will be taking

There are many different types of psychometric ability/aptitude tests, the most common are numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning, but there are many others that you might encounter like mechanical reasoning tests, critical reasoning or accuracy/checking tests. Not only are there several different categories of test, there are also many different test publishers whose tests will all be slightly different. It is therefore important to make sure that you know exactly what test or tests you will be asked to complete so that you can prepare properly.

The best way to find out is to contact the recruiting organisation and ask them. You might also be able to find out from other candidates and websites like www.wikijob.co.uk can be useful for sharing experiences from others.

2.      Do practice tests – lots of them!

If here is one thing you can do to improve your performance on psychometric tests, it is to complete practice tests. They will give you an idea of the type of questions you are likely to encounter, the problems you will need to overcome and a sense of the timings involved. Aptitude tests are designed to be difficult and put you under pressure, but you can relieve some of this pressure by being familiar with the process and understanding how to solve the problems.

Aptitude tests tend to include one or two practice questions at the start of the test, these are useful but not sufficient. To prepare properly you need to complete as many practice questions as possible. Most test publishers provide practice tests on their websites so it is worth taking a look.

3.      Develop strategies for answering the questions

Psychometric tests are designed to be challenging, and one of the things that can make them easier, is to have strategies in mind to help you solve the questions. Whilst the questions vary from test to test, there are common themes that are often found, for example, there are a limited range of rules that can be used for Abstract Reasoning tests, including (but not limited to):

  • Movement (think up, down, left, right, clockwise, anti-clockwise)
  • Rotation
  • Reflection
  • Colour
  • Number
  • Relationships between items
  • Contact between the different element

Often tests use more than one rule to make them more challenging – take a look at this latest psychometric guide to understand more.

4.      Get someone to explain answers to you if you don’t understand them

Sometimes, it is possible to look at a question on a psychometric test, have the answer in front of you, and still not really understand how it was calculated or why it is the answer. It can be really useful in these situations to sit with someone who does understand the question and get them to explain to you why the answer is thus.

Some universities offer psychometric preparation classes which are an ideal opportunity for asking these questions, or maybe work with friends or people on your course to go through some questions together. Another way of securing this insight is to purchase a book such as Psychometric Tests: Expert advice on how to pass psychometric test from the How2Become range.

5.      Revise

This is particularly relevant for numerical or mechanical reasoning tests. Make sure that you are familiar with the basic techniques you will need to use so that you don’t have to try to remember them. This reduces the cognitive load as instead of having to work out how to solve the question and then solve it, you just need to be able to solve it.

For numerical reasoning tests, for example, make sure you are familiar with the following techniques:

  • Data manipulations and calculations
  • Basic arithmetic
  • Percentages, fractions and ratios

 

6.      Give yourself plenty of time to be successful

Psychometric tests are timed so you will know in advance how much time you have to complete the tests – make sure that you have enough time available as you’re unlikely to be able to successfully complete the test in less time. Rushing through the questions is unlikely to improve your performance and if you’re thinking about rushing to be somewhere else then your mind is not focused on doing your best. Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to complete the tests.

7.      Create an environment conducive to success

There is nothing worse for your chances of being successful on the test than being interrupted – you’ll lose your chain of thought and waste the extremely valuable time available. You need to make sure that this won’t happen: choose a good place to complete the tests (your bedroom is a good place, a coffee shop is a bad place), and let the people around you know not to disturb you – where possible have a conversation with them or maybe put a note on your door. Remember to turn off notifications and set your phone to silent. Also, make sure that you have the things you need around you e.g. scrap paper and a pencil, a clock, a calculator.

8.      Be at your best

Choose to complete the tests at a time when you’re likely to be able to give it your best shot – you know when you are at your most alert; for some people that will be first thing in the morning, for others later in the evening – choose a time that works for you. Make sure that you are feeling alert, focused and capable before you start. Have something light to eat beforehand, and maybe a cup of coffee. Make sure that you won’t need the toilet during the tests. Don’t attempt the tests if you’re unwell or if you’ve been drinking or you’re hungover because you won’t do as well as you could if you were on top form.

9.      Don’t worry

Many people feel quite anxious about completing psychometric tests, but worrying about them is unlikely to improve your performance. If anything, it will paralyze your thinking and slow you down. The best way to deal with your nerves about the tests is to practice until you know you can pass them. The second, is to remind yourself that ability tests are used to assess who is likely to perform well in the job, if you can’t pass the test, then probably you are not a great fit with the role anyway, and you’d therefore be unlikely to enjoy it. If you’re not successful on the tests it might suggest that there are other opportunities out there that are a better fit with your skills and aptitudes.

10. Don’t cheat

With so much riding on successfully completing tests, it can be tempting to cheat and get someone who is good at psychometric tests to complete them on your behalf. Don’t do this. It’s a bad idea on a number of levels – obviously it’s cheating and therefore bad anyway, but you’re also very likely to be caught out. Most organisations will re-test candidates face to face to validate the results, so you do need to be able to pass the test yourself. Also (as above), if you can’t complete the tests successfully, then you’re likely to struggle if you do get the job – far better to be honest and find a job that matches your actual ability level.

Author Bio:

Ed Mellett is an entrepreneur, careers professional and founder of practicereasoningtests.com. Upon graduating from Manchester University he recognised a gap in the market for an interactive careers website tailored specifically towards students and graduates, and in 2007 co-founded and launched wikijob.co.uk. Now in its 11th year, wikijob attracts more than 400,000 unique users per month and is a must-visit resource for students considering their careers post-university. In he founded wikifestivals.com, a wiki resource and global community for festival fanatics. His other interests include AI, neuroscience and psychology.

 

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Teach Abroad with Experior Asia

Are you interested in teaching abroad? Look no further than Hong Kong….

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Hong Kong has a great vibe; it is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a mix of both Eastern and Western culture. It has incredible shopping; restaurants for any taste and a vibrant nightlife, which will make you feel right at home.

The prime location makes it possible to reach most countries in Asia within five hours or less. It is the perfect hub from which to travel during holidays, and with 17 statutory holidays per year, there is ample opportunity to travel. Not only that, Hong Kong boasts amazing weather nearly all year around. Most weekends can be spent soaking up the sun on the beach. What more could you ask for?

Why Join EXPERIOR ASIA

Becoming an Experior Asia Teacher provides you with the career opportunity of a lifetime. Not only will you start a well-paid job, but you will also get the chance to live and work in Hong Kong, Asia’s world city.

Teaching abroad offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a recent graduate in any major, or a qualified teacher with vast experience, we have a great deal of fantastic opportunities to suit all needs.

We take pride in our friendly and personalised approach towards our teachers, and working with Experior, you will get all the help and support you need. We ensure that your transition to life in Hong Kong is not only smooth, but is also an amazing experience.

From the visa process, to teacher training, to accommodation and social events, we will be there to help you every step of the way. All you need to do is apply and pack your bags; we’ll do the rest.

Job Details – English Teacher:

  • School/Education Centre in Hong Kong
  • Teaching students aged 2 – 18 year olds (most students are between 2 – 8yrs)
  • 5 day working week, including Saturdays (2 days holiday)
  • Approximate working hours 9:00 am – 6:00pm or 10:00 am – 7:00pm (an average 6 hrs teaching time)
  • Teacher training provided
  • 12 days annual leave (plus 17 public holidays)
  • A visa/work permit will be provided
  • Starting salary approximately  £2,000 + per month (depending on experience)

Job Requirements:

  • No experience needed (training provided)
  • Must possess a TEFL certificate or be willing to obtain an equivalent qualification
  • Bachelor degree in any discipline
  • Willing to work flexible hours including Saturday
  • Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, energetic, and team player
  • Passionate about teaching children

Benefits:

  • Airport pick-up, if required
  • Optional accommodation package
  • Professional Development and Teacher Training
  • Personal and professional support throughout teaching contract
  • Social events & trips held by Experior Asia throughout the year

How to Apply:

There are openings now…

Please VISIT our WEBSITE at www.experiorasia.com

Complete the APPLICATION on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!