Finding Your Graduate Destination, Part two – I’m getting there, I just have a few questions…

About to graduate? Where are you in your career planning? Are you walking into a job, have no idea what you’ll be doing or are you somewhere in between? In this mini blog series, we will look at the support available to you at each stage.

 

We all progress through our careers at different rates, making our own choices about what is important to us and what is not. This is how it should be as we are all individuals with different goals. No matter where you are in your career journey your Careers and Employability Service can help you take your next steps.

 

One useful tool that offers support is 50 Ways to Get a Job That Makes Good. This allows you to either focus on where you are right now in your career or to work through 50 useful steps to help you advance your career.

 

 

Part two – I’m getting there, I just have a few questions…

I have a career goal, how do I get there?

Where is the best place to look for jobs?

I’m applying for jobs but not getting invited to interview, why not?

How do I do well at interview?

I’ve been offered a job but I’m not sure if it’s right for me, how do I know?

What are my employment rights?

Should I do an unpaid internship?

How do I get the work experience needed?

When do I ask about the salary for the job?

Should I start my own business?

Once you begin searching and applying for job roles this can bring up a whole host of new questions. Many people have different opinions on how things should be done, for example, the best way to write a CV, how to perform well at interview and when to bring up questions about the salary for a job role. If you do a search online to answer these questions, the amount of information you will find can be a bit overwhelming!

We can help! Our careers advisers spend time speaking with employers and researching into the most up-to-date information about the graduate job market. We can’t always answer every question you have straight away, however, we have a good bank of resources that we can refer to as well as knowing the right places to look online/knowing the right people to ask. From our research we have brought together some useful tools and techniques that we can share with you, please just let us know what your questions are and we will do our best to help.

 

If you have a careers query, would like feedback on an application or would like to arrange an appointment with one of our advisers please contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

If you are setting up a business consider accessing some free advice and support from our Student Enterprise Service. Email studententerprise@cumbria.ac.uk for more information.

 

University of Cumbria Job Shop

Employers regularly contact us with vacancies that they want to advertise to University of Cumbria students and graduates. It only takes a few minutes to sign up then you can search for vacancies and set up e-mail alerts for jobs in your area of interest. Join the Job Shop!

 

See part one, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing next – help!’, here.

Part three, ‘I know exactly where I’m headed!’, will be available here from the 12 June 2017.

 

Good luck with your next steps!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

Friday Featured Vacancy – Residential Support Worker – Crisis Response Service – Outdoor Activities

Residential Support Worker

Employer: A Wilderness Way

Salary: £15,000 – 18,500 + Sleep in payments

 

Job description

Residential Support Worker – Crisis Response Service Residential Childcare – Cumbria

We are looking for a number of reliable and enthusiastic members of staff to join a residential childcare provider whom offer support and crisis response to young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. This is an opportunity to work intensively with young people in crisis, offering therapeutic and outdoor activity support to young people in need.

These young people will be between 10 & 18 years of age, you will be working in a mobile response unit, working with young people on short term placements.

You will receive full training of working in residential childcare, this will give you training on working with children and young people in care and would result in achieving a level 3 diploma for children and young people workforce, enabling you to progress a career in this sector.

This crisis response service offers a lot of outdoor activity, this role would therefore be suited to individuals whom have qualifications for outdoor education / instructors. So a passion for outdoor activities is a must and a resilience to working with children and young people with challenging behaviours – sometimes aggressive in nature is also pivotal.

Due to the nature of this work, you will be working on a 2:1 staff ratio with young people and will be expected to work on a shift basis, for instance if you are camping you may be away for 3/4 days at any time, so you must be flexible on working hours. This will involve sleep ins away from home.

As a Residential Support Worker, you will be expected to:

  • Ensure that the young people’s needs are met at all times.
  • Ensure the young people are protected at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with Ofsted frameworks and children home regulations.
  • You must have control of the children to ensure their safety and well-being and assist them in developing acceptable standard of personal hygiene and behaviour.
  • Positive participation in the company’s internal training scheme.
  • Work on a rota shift basis that includes working sleep ins.

Outdoor activities you may be expected to run for the young people;

Kayaking, walking, cycling, rock climbing, camping, fishing, go karting and many more.

This is an opportunity for a full-time, permanent position earning between £15,000 – 18,500 per annum. Sleep in payments would be on top of the basic salary and be paid at £47 per night. You must be a car driver for this position with access to your own vehicle.

 

How to apply

If you are interested in this Residential Support Worker role please contact Matthew Errington at Dove Resourcing on 01455240920. Alternatively, you can email your CV to Matthew@doveresourcing.co.uk

Dove Resourcing is a specialist social care recruitment agency working exclusively with care staff seeking permanent jobs in the care sector. We work throughout the UK supplying staff to both adult & children’s care organisations from support workers to Registered manager’s – so if you are considering a move, or if you just want to keep an eye on the market, do get in touch for a confidential conversation today.

Accepted degree subjects: Any

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

Working hours: Full-time Contract – Permanent

Start date: 01/07/2017

Finding Your Graduate Destination, Part one – I have no idea what I’m doing next – help!

About to graduate? Where are you in your career planning? Are you walking into a job, have no idea what you’ll be doing or are you somewhere in between? In this mini blog series, we will look at the support available to you through your Careers and Employability Service.

 

We all progress through our careers at different rates, making our own choices about what is important to us and what is not. This is how it should be as we are all individuals with different goals. No matter where you are in your career journey, your Careers and Employability Service can help you take your next steps.

 

One useful tool that offers support is 50 Ways to Get a Job That Makes Good. This allows you to either focus on where you are now in your career or to work through 50 useful steps to help you advance your career.

 

 

Part one – I have no idea what I’m doing next – help!

If you’re not sure what you want to do next you can access a career planning appointment with one of our careers advisers. This could be on campus, by phone or via Skype. We can help you to look at what options might be available to you and what you would need to do to move forward in each. Ultimately you have to decide what you want to do, however, we can offer guidance on where your choices could take you.

 

Our top tip is to remember that if you choose to move into a specific career now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay in it for the rest of your life. Many people become ‘career changes’ at different points throughout their lives; using the skills and experience they have developed to move their career in a new direction. It is also becoming more common to have what is called a ‘Portfolio Career‘, which involves doing different jobs at the same time. This is particularly common in the creative industries, and is also being seen more regularly in ‘traditional’ working environments, e.g. teaching, business ect…

 

Here are some useful online tools available to you:

 

If you have a careers query, would like feedback on an application or would like to arrange an appointment with one of our advisers please contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

 

 

University of Cumbria Job Shop

 

Employers regularly contact us with vacancies that they want to advertise to University of Cumbria students and graduates. It only takes a few minutes to sign up then you can search for vacancies and set up e-mail alerts for jobs in your area of interest. Join the Job Shop!

 

Part two, ‘I’m getting there, I just have a few questions…’, will be available here from the 5 June 2017.

Part three, ‘I know exactly where I’m headed!’, will be available here from the 12 June 2017.

 

Good luck with your next steps!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

Friday Featured Vacancy – Technical & Quality Graduate at James Cropper PLC

Graduate Opportunity

The James Cropper plc group manufactures high quality specialist paper and advanced materials. With a proud history stretching back more than 170 years at its base near Kendal in Cumbria, the company exports to customers in more than 50 countries. As we continue to accelerate our growth plans, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

 

Job Purpose:

As a James Cropper Graduate, working within our Technical & Quality Department, you’ll be given structured development to become a future leader within the business. As part of a three year programme you will be expected to master skills in leadership, paper technology, quality and process capability. And it doesn’t stop there; as part of your day to day responsibilities you will provide an expert technical service to the business in colour, laboratory & technical services and mill chemistry projects.

 

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll need excellent communication skills to influence colleagues and senior managers
  • Our ideal candidate will be proactive and able to demonstrate leadership skills including the ability to make decisions, manage resources and negotiate at all levels
  • You’ll be adept at problem solving and data analysis
  • You’ll be used to working within teams on projects, across different areas of expertise, and taking the lead on seeing them through to conclusion
  • You’ll be prepared to take on additional studies including leadership, ISO auditor and lean manufacturing qualifications
  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a science
  • Previous work experience is beneficial but not essential

 

Working hours – Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm

 

Salary: £23,000 per annum

 

If you wish to apply this can be done on-line via our website careers page at http://www.cropper.com, or please email amy.chapman@cropper.com for an application form and information on our graduate programme.

 

For more information about James Cropper PLC visit www.cropper.com

 

Closing date for applications: 5th June

Assessment Centre for the role: 15th or 16th June

 

For support with job applications and assessment centre preparation e-mail careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Casual Web Editor @ UOC

Vacancy: Casual Web Editor

Employer: University of Cumbria

Location: Lancaster

Salary: £10.12 per hour

This role is for a casual employee to work up to 420 hours until 08 September 2017.

A highly motivated Web Editor is required to join the Project Team to update and revise the online student support content http://my.cumbria.ac.uk. You will act as a central point for the receipt of page revisions from page owners. You will be in charge of implementing the submitted revisions by editing existing student support web pages in the Terminal Four content management system.

You should have the ability to prioritise workloads and work to tight deadlines as well as possessing good IT and communication skills.

Previous experience using a content management system or creating web pages is advantageous.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Editing web pages in the Terminal Four content management system
  • Clarifying proposed revisions with the Page Owners
  • Monitoring quality against defined specifications
  • Proactively ensure deadlines are met

Informal Enquiries: Michael Stanning, michael.stanning@cumbria.ac.uk

Closing date: 01 June 2017 (midnight)

Reference: 73397

Apply online via https://cumbriajobs.engageats.co.uk 

Dream Placement for Physical Education Student – Find Out How He Got There!

Dayne Massey – BA (Hons) Physical Education – second year student.

 

We spoke to Dayne about his experience securing a work placement with Leicester Tigers for his third year work placement module. 

 

Undertaking work placements while studying is a great way to add to your CV and show employers that you are ‘work ready’. They also give you experience working in your intended sector, helping you understand what it would really be like to work in a particular environment.

 

Want to find out more about finding work placements? Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

 

Dayne Massey

Where are you from originally?

Born in Derby, but resided in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

 

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

It was the closest university to my place of employment at the time, and I wanted to continue working in coaching etc… I was well established in my area as a coach, and so I didn’t want to lose that. Also, I was sure that I wanted to pursue sport as a career, but unsure of which kind of route. The PE course offered flexibility, and the tutors were really friendly and honest about the course and what I could pursue on it. It’s very flexible, and a characteristic of the University of Cumbria is the relatively small course cohort sizes; it has definitely worked in our cohort’s favour.

 

What is your placement job title going to be?

Physical Performance Intern. Although this translates to the more well-known Strength & Conditioning Coach/intern.

 

How long is your placement?

It starts from the 26 of June 2017 (provided Tigers win the Aviva Premiership!), until when Tigers win the Premiership again in around late May 2018!

 

What will you be doing on your placement?

It’s predominantly structured around working the senior squad and S&C coaches, and progressively develops as the internship goes on. By the end of the internship, it is the club’s aim to delegate the responsibility of a single, or group of elite athletes’ physical conditioning and preparation. Although I assume this will be based on performance throughout the internship. Also, as part of my agreed contract, I will also work off-site with prospective academy players in their physical performance within the Tigers’ catchment area. I will also look to gain work with the wider, club development side of things, and hopefully secure some game coaching experience.

 

How did you secure your placement? Was it advertised or did you approach the employer yourself? How did you go about this?

Basically, I wanted to apply for 10 placement agencies, ranging from S&C to sport development, and I had 10 in mind, but unfortunately (or fortunately), I couldn’t find any contact information for one my chosen agencies, so I decided out of pure interest to send my final CV & covering letter to Leicester Tigers. About a week later the head of physical performance & innovation at Tigers emailed me back, inviting me to apply for the physical performance internship. The applications for the role actually closed on the 1st of December last year, and the candidate who secured the role initially had to withdraw. So about another week later, I was invited down for an interview day with the S&C team, and to meet the players, current interns, and coaching staff – a huge shock to the system initially.

 

Did you have to attend an interview? What was it like? How did you prepare?

It was an interview day I had to attend. It involved shadowing the forwards and backs gym sessions, pitching in the team training sessions, having breakfast and dinner with the players and staff, and a 30-40 minute interview. I didn’t feel much pressure, although I was very nervous, and even though they provided an itinerary for the day, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had to deliver a 20-minute coaching session to two of the staff on the front squat, which I was quite nervous about, but I just treated it as though I was coaching anybody, and I think it went quite well. Overall, it was quite surreal as I got to meet my favourite players, including England and Lions players like Manu Tuilagi, Ben & Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, as well as veterans of the game like Marcos Ayerza, and Geordan Murphy. I guess I couldn’t really prepare for it, as it’s nothing like I’ve ever done before. I was pretty relaxed and I just wanted to demonstrate my enthusiasm and inquisitiveness for the role and club culture, and I suppose that was the best prep I could have done.

 

Is this a paid placement?*

Unfortunately, it isn’t paid, as is the case with most internships in this kind of industry. I’m not worried though, as I managed to negotiate a very good deal with the club and staff with regards to accommodation etc… There is however, opportunity for further paid work, if sought after. This involves working off-site to deliver field-based S&C to clubs and organisations affiliated with the Tigers. I’m going to try and look for some more in-house work. Preferably I’d like to work in some form of coaching, although I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I’m going to have to accept anything I can get!

 

What are your career goals? How do you think your placement will help you achieve these?

I simply want to achieve the highest possible status I can, in whatever that may be, although preferably in a form of S&C, or coaching/instructing/teaching. I’m confident that I will grow personally and professionally, and the skills I have developed through my degree so far will definitely facilitate this. Throughout this placement, we are required to reflect on our experiences for the assessed element, and this in-turn will allow me to further develop my strengths and weaknesses with regards to both personal and professional practice. The length of the placement will also allow me develop these aspects of performance, rather than just construct a framework of how I will go on to develop them later, as may be the case with a relatively short placement. When speaking to the other interns, they expressed that the greatest benefit of the position was the contacts. Popular and successful researchers come in frequently for CPD purposes, the club has international contacts with other clubs, and including who the players know personally. It’s just a very big gateway into the industry, as it is all about who you know, not necessarily what you know, to be successful.

 

Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to do a work placement while at University?

Absolutely – the higher you aim, in theory the higher you should ‘finish’. That’s what I go by and I like to think I’ve done okay. I’ve not even started the placement yet, and the further opportunities of working with a club like the Tigers has already provided me with accommodation, invaluable advice, and perhaps most importantly, contacts. Placement is where the student has the opportunity to demonstrate that they are employable, and that they can apply what they have learned, everyone will always say the same. But why not go for something big? My placement came around out of sheer luck, and in a way – bad luck. You’re not going to lose anything, and never know where it might take you in terms of employment after University. Finally, be the most enthusiastic person you know, and throw yourself head-first into any opportunity presented, enthusiasm is what has motivated me to achieve what I have so far in my life, not necessarily my knowledge.

 

*We always recommend applying to paid work placements where possible. If you are considering undertaking an unpaid placement while studying we suggest considering your finances before accepting an offer (if you require support with this contact moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk). After graduation we recommend avoiding unpaid internships. Find out more about employment rights and pay for interns here. Find out more about Employment Status here.

 

Want to find out more about finding work placements or how to access other careers support? Contact careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

Friday Featured Vacancy – Digital Development Officer (KTP Associate)

Digital Development Officer (KTP Associate)

Penrith, Cumbria

£18,000 – £23,000 plus £4,000 training and development budget

Job description

An exciting opportunity has become available for an enthusiastic and self-motivated digital graduate to develop and implement a unique, market leading integrated B2B digital sales order, approval and production process to improve operational performance and customer interaction. This is a 24-month fixed term contract; however there is the opportunity for long-term employment with H&H Reeds Printers upon successful completion of the project. As part of the recruitment package, there is a £4,000 training budget dedicated to your personal development and the opportunity to register for a funded higher degree.

Company information

H&H Reeds Printers (HHRP) is the largest printers in Cumbria and one of the best equipped in the North of England. The company has a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment and offers a complete range of printing services from traditional Litho print processes through to the very latest digital and wide formats. HHRP has two sites, the main in Penrith provides general printing services and the other site in Milnthorpe produces signs, exhibitions and displays. Find out more.

Person requirements

  • Experience of working in a high performance organisation
  • A good understanding of e-commerce
  • A basic understanding of web analytics
  • The ambition and ability to take ownership of a significant and challenging technical project
  • A clear and persuasive communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Be proactive and work independently

 Qualifications and experience requirements

You will have a background in business management, technical web-based or related subject, with at least a 2:1

 Accepted degree subjects

marketing and advertising studies · business and management studies · media studies and publishing · computer sciences and IT

 Salary

£18,000 – £23,000

£4,000 training and development budget plus opportunity to register for a funded higher degree

Location

Penrith

 Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

Number of vacancies: One

Closing date: 28/05/2017

Find out more and apply here.