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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 Vacancy: Paediatric Occupational Therapist based in Central Lancashire or Merseyside

Shine Therapy Services - Paediatric OT 01 07 16Shine Therapy Services are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated occupational therapist in the early years of their career to join them in September 2016. They are particularly keen to hear from recent graduates with a specific interest in paediatrics, and also therapists with one to years relevant employment experience.

Shine Therapy Services is a multi –disciplinary private consultancy offering occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy for children and young people throughout the North West.

The role will involve working in mainstream and specialist education settings with individuals that have varied clinical needs. They  specialise in Sensory Integration, so experience or an interest in this field of work is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake further study to become a qualified Sensory Integration practitioner.

The post would be suitable for those based in, or around, Central Lancashire or Merseyside. Access to personal transport is essential.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have HCPC and BAOT registration (or have membership applications pending). They will also be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.

The post is offered on a full time, term time only basis. We offer a competitive salary (dependent upon experience), paid holidays, clinical supervision and training.

For an informal discussion please contact Lisa Hamer on 07854845590. To apply please email admin@shinetherapyservices.co.uk to request an application form.

Closing date: 22nd July 2016