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#UoCMedia Industry Day: Why Work Experience is Important and How to Get It

 

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There are many ways to gain relevant work experience in the media industry and they don’t all involve traveling to London!

I recently represented the University of Cumbria at a BBC Digital and Creative Careers Day at Media City in Salford. One of the biggest things I took from the day is the need for graduates applying for training schemes, jobs and freelance work to have relevant work experience.

 

How much experience should I have?

As a current student or recent graduate you are not expected to have years of experience in the sector you want to work in. Instead, you need to demonstrate that you are committed and interested in working in your intended field. You can do this by attending relevant work experience, reflecting on what you have learned and asking for a letter of recommendation from the employers you work for.

Work experience opportunities can range for a day’s shadowing, a week or two, a few months or a longer-term internship. With such a wide variety of opportunities available it is important to focus on the quality and relevance of a work experience placement rather than the amount of placements you do.

 

How to get relevant work experience:

  • Send a CV and covering letter to companies and ask for shadowing/work experience
  • Make your own content
  • Volunteer for university or community radio and TV
  • Apply for advertised work experience

 

It’s all about the money…

Some work experience opportunities will be paid, others may not be. If you are planning to take part in unpaid work experience I suggest deciding (before you apply) under what circumstances you will work for free and for how long.

Think about: what benefits you will receive, what skills and experiences you will gain, if you have done the same thing or something similar already, how much it will cost you, when you are available, if you can get funding and how it will benefit your career.

When thinking about if you should take part in an unpaid placement consider:

  • Are you being asked to do work that you would usually be paid for?
  • When you are on placement are you doing the same work as paid staff members and are you being given responsibility for work?
  • Are you being asked to take on an unpaid placement for more than 6 weeks?

If the answer to any of the above is yes the placement offered should be a paid one.

Note – we know it can sometimes be difficult to judge whether a work experience placement should be paid or not. If you are unsure you can e-mail careers@cumbria.ac.uk for advice.

 

I have included a list of work experience opportunities below and some information on the upcoming Media Industry Day on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

 

Good Luck!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

University of Cumbria

Careers and Employability Service

 

 

#UoCMedia Industry Day

Wednesday 13 April 2016 – 9am to 4.15pm – Brampton Road Campus (registration at main reception)

Find more information here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/media-industry-day-tickets-23238632375?platform=hootsuite

Registration has now closed but UoC students are welcome to just come along on the day.

 

 

Media Careers – Work Experience Opportunities:

 

BBC Work Experience

There are four application windows every year and each one will last two weeks.

Various Locations

www.bbc.co.uk/careers

 

ITV Insight

There are four windows of opportunity to apply each year, with the Insight Programme open in January, April, July and October.

Various locations

www.itvjobs.com

 

Discover Wildlife Magazine

BBC Wildlife welcomes work experience students for a period of one week throughout the year.

www.discoverwildlife.com/work-experience

 

C4 Pop Up Events

C4 Pop Up is a day of industry talks, creative workshops and down to earth careers advice and support from Channel 4. Dates for the London, Belfast and Cardiff events are already up with more to follow.

http://4talent.channel4.com/4talent-days

 

Event Volunteer Quays Festival 2016

Quays Culture – North West England

Deadline – 30 June 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Volunteer Venue Assistants and Festival Runners

Bradford Literature Festival – Yorkshire

Deadline – 6 May 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Event Steward

Wild Rumpus – Staffordshire

Deadline – 18 April 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Treasurer

Lake District Summer Music – Cumbria

Deadline 25 May 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Volunteer media opportunities at the Animal Refuge and Carlisle Youth Zone

Cumbria

Contact Max Evans-Kirkman – mekmedia@outlook.com

 

Mullholland Media

Cumbria

Contact David Mulholland (Company Director) for potential work experience opportunities

david@mulhollandmedia.co.uk

07770 676766 / 07879 444443

www.mulhollandmedia.co.uk

www.monsteraerial.com

 

Cloudscape Studios

Cumbria

Contact Lou Kneath Gibson (Company Director) to find out more

lou@cloudscapestudios.com

07521 295534

www.cloudscapestudios.com

 

 

Useful Contacts

 

Careers and Employability Service

Contact us for CV, application and personal statement feedback, careers appointments, career planning, help finding placements and graduate jobs.

www.cumbria.ac.uk/careers

careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Student Enterprise

If you are thinking about starting your own business, whether it’s for profit or not, we can help and support you all the way.

01228 888734

Sylvia.grainger@cumbria.ac.uk

www.cumbria.ac.uk/studententerprise

 

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Friday’s Featured Vacancies – 06/03/2015

2 Summer positions available at FatFace Ambleside:  

1 x 8 hour temporary position beginning April to September – must be available Sunday to Wednesday

1 x 8 hour temporary position beginning April to September – must be available Thursday to Saturday

Please take a CV into the store before the closing date of Monday 16 March 2015. 

Fat Face, Market Cross, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BT Tel: 015394 33376

 

Bar Staff and Waitress positions at FINO, Ambleside

Part time staff required for small upmarket wine bar in the heart of Ambleside. Applicants must have an excellent customer manner, be reliable, trustworthy and hard working. Previous experience would be an advantage but training can be given to the right candidate.

Apply online here: http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/FINO/jobs/Bar-Staff-Waitress-4498a8042b2c9c0b

 

Waiter positions at Apple Pie Eating House and Bakery, Ambleside

We have a vacancy for a waiter in our busy café/bakery in Ambleside.  Experience preferred but full training will be given. No shift work.  Starting rate £6.50 but after initial training this can be reviewed. We are looking for someone energetic and outgoing, who has an interest in Customer service. Accommodation available for the right applicant. Full and part time positions available.

Applications to: Simon Carter, Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AN
Phone: 015394 33679
Email: info@applepieambleside.co.uk

Part-time and Seasonal Jobs Fair

busy-jobs-fair

We had a really busy day at the part-time and seasonal jobs fair in Carlisle yesterday – lots of students through the doors, and a whole heap of positive feedback too!

And guess what – we’re doing it all over again tomorrow when the part-time jobs fair hits the Lancaster campus!

Pop along to the gateway building between 12 noon and 2.00 pm to meet local employers who have vacancies that they need students to fill! Why not bring along your CV as well?

my-dream-job-board

One of the main talking points of the day yesterday was out ‘Dream Job’ board – everyone wrote their dream job on a cloud (or a port-it when we ran out of clouds!!) and pinned it up on the board. Some of our favorites were:

  • Batman
  • Batman’s best friend
  • Professional Squirrel
  • Assassin
  • Local vigilante
  • Ale/ Beer/Chocolate tester

What’s your dream job?

Useful resources to help you find a part-time job!

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In advance of the part-time jobs fairs on the 29th September in Carlisle and the 2 October in Lancaster, here are a collection of useful links and resources to help you find a part-time job.

The careers team will be on hand at the fairs to answer all of your part-time work related questions! 

Where to look

All job vacancies and placements that you may be interested in are advertised on the University’s Virtual Job Shop at http://cumbria.prospects.ac.uk/. Register and you can receive regular emails about all types of work and a range of placement opportunities including part-time and summer vacation work as well as graduate opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally. You can also register your details at www.cumbria.ac.uk/grab or email jobsandplacements@cumbria.ac.uk to receive the weekly “Opportunities Knock” bulletin from the University’s Business Placement service. Your course staff may well forward interesting opportunities to you so check your student email, Blackboard and course noticeboards regularly.

Opportunities on campus

Student Ambassadors help the university with marketing activities and outreach work such as open days, Higher Education fairs and school liaison. For more information go to www.cumbria.ac.uk/studentambassadors. Other jobs working for the University of Cumbria are advertised on the University’s website, www.cumbria.ac.uk/jobs.

Local Resources

Other part time jobs in the area are advertised in the local press and on their websites. In Lancashire this is the Lancaster Guardian at www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/jobs and in Cumbria this is the Cumberland News at www.clickin2jobs.co.uk which also has a CV Link that matches your details with vacancies. You can also look out for vacancies advertised in shop windows. There are Jobcentre Plus offices at Mitre House on Church Street in Lancaster and also on Lowther Street in Carlisle. They both have Job Points which carry vacancies in this area, around the UK and in Europe. You can also search online using the online database at www.gov.uk/jobsearch. Employment Agencies are listed in the Yellow Pages (www.yell.com). You can register for temporary placements in a variety of sectors, which can sometimes turn into more permanent jobs. In the past students have worked in offices, factories, care homes, warehouses, catering and cleaning although many more opportunities could be available.

Your networks

Many part-time jobs are never advertised and come through developing your own contacts, so let people around you – such as friends, flatmates and staff on your course, know you are looking. Enquiring at the places you would like to work can also see results. Many employers such as supermarkets, bars, cafes and restaurants, gyms and shops often advertise on their own premises for staff, so keep your eyes open.

Using your existing skills and interests

Think about your current skills – are there any ways you can use specialist skills to supplement your other income by setting up your own business or freelancing? In the past students have worked as DJs, offered IT services, designed and produced wedding stationery for friends, traded on Ebay, written for websites, sold their own art/craftwork at craft fairs and markets, proofread and offered private tutoring. Think about what you can offer and place adverts on free-to-advertise sites such as Gumtree.

Care and health care work

Many charitable and voluntary sector organisations don’t advertise short term or casual opportunities in the press so check out their website or make a direct approach by phoning their office to ask about bank or casual staff. Contact details can be found at www.yell.com under ‘charitable and voluntary organisations’, ‘healthcare’ and ‘care agencies’. Both the Morecambe Bay Trust and the Cumberland Infirmary advertise vacancies for bank staff, which includes opportunities for health care assistants. See www.jobs.nhs.uk for further details. For opportunities in Cumbria Primary Care Trust contact the appropriate Locality Manager.

Volunteering

Worthwhile in itself for all the same reasons as part-time work, volunteering of course is unpaid; however you may be able to claim any out-of-pocket expenses such as transport and meals. Additional benefits include free training such as coaching and first aid qualifications as well as the chance to further develop your skills. Starting as a volunteer can often be a way into paid work in the social care and voluntary sectors. You can find out more by visiting www.ucsu.me/volunteering or www.do-it.org.uk. You can also read our post about volunteering here.

University Careers Service

The careers Service offers advice and guidance on finding work, approaching local employers, writing CVs and application forms and going for interviews. For further information, you can email careers@cumbria.ac.uk or make an appointment at the LiSS desk in the library.

Get your CV ready for the #UoCJobsFair

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It’s nearly time for the part-time and seasonal jobs fair which is being held at both the Lancaster and Carlisle campuses! So now is the perfect time to have a look at your CV and make sure that it is up-to-date and fit for purpose.

Are you looking for a part-time job to help fund your studies? Want a bit of extra cash for Christmas? There will be loads of local employers at the jobs fairs, and if you can leave them with a copy of your CV it could really help with your job search.

Here are the careers team’s top tips for an effective part-time CV:

CV’s are used to demonstrate to employers what knowledge, learning, skills, competencies and experience you have. An effective CV will not only show your current abilities, but demonstrate the potential you have to be successful in a working environment.

How long should a CV be?

Ideally, a CV should be no longer than two sides of A4. CVs that exceed this may not be read to the end or at all. For part time work (during studies), a one page CV is sufficient.

Do I need to include a personal profile?

It’s not essential to produce one, but some may like to use this as an opening introduction. If you do decide to include one it should be only around a couple of lines long and follow immediately after your personal details at the top of your CV.

Personal summaries should introduce who you are, what skills you can offer and generally what you are looking for in your next role.

Do I list work experience or education first?

This depends on the type of CV you are creating and how much work experience you have. If you have recently graduated and don’t have much work experience it is probably best to start with your education.  For part time work, employers will be looking at what key skills and experiences you have in a working environment (customer service skills, teamwork etc)

Should I include my interests?

It’s not necessary to include interests in a CV. If you do, use them as examples of specific achievements, such as teamwork roles, personal achievements, leadership roles etc.

How should I present my CV?

Ideally, aim to put your strongest and most recent qualification/experience towards the beginning of your CV, where it will be noticed by an employer.

Avoid cramping your CV with irrelevant information. Instead, concentrate on what important aspects need to included, backing it up with experience. It is always important to remember where you are applying and for which position. Keep your information short, snappy and to the point.

It is important to have your CV proof read for spelling/ grammar mistakes by someone you trust. Bad spelling or simple errors can often put an employer off instantly by demonstrating lack of care/attention.

Do I need to add references?

It is not necessary at this point to provide details of references, but mention that you have references “ available on request”.

 

Remember that you can book to see one of the careers team at your campus for some feedback on your CV. We don’t offer a proofreading service but we can advise on areas that could be improved. Email careers@cumbria.ac.uk or enquire at the library desk. 

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 18/07/2014

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Full Time Front of House Staff at The Fenwick Seafood Pub – Lancaster

The Fenwick in Claughton are looking for front of house staff to join our team. Full time & part time positions are available. Successful candidates must have a good attitude to work, positive mental attitude & be a team player. Experience is preferable. This rapidly expanding company are very keen on promoting from within & are expanding all the time.

To apply, send a CV and covering letter FAO Tom Wilkinson via Indeed.co.uk: http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/The-Fenwick-Seafood-Pub/jobs/Front-House-Staff-5ba43fe98b5436e6 

Shop Floor Assistant at Asda, Carlisle

How will you make a difference?

Here’s the short answer;

Our customers love us as much for our friendly, helpful service as for our fantastic low prices. On the shop floor you have a great opportunity to welcome customers, talk to them, help them and make their shopping trip memorable. You also have an important part to play in helping us meet our sales targets, whether it’s by recommending a product to a customer or making sure the shelves are stocked with the things they want to buy.

Everyday matters

Out there on the shop floor you’re in the front line of our business, providing great service to the very highest standards. We’re proud of our warm and friendly service. It’s what our customers love and have come to expect. So we’ll always expect you to:

Service

  • Have a smile in your voice as well as on your face. Always say hello and goodbye and talk to customers, showing an interest in their needs
  • Treat every customer as an individual. You may be the first person they’ve spoken to in the store
  • If a customer asks where to find a product, don’t just point or give directions, take them to it – and have a chat along the way
  • If a customer has a complaint, try and resolve the problem yourself or quickly decide if it’s an issue for a manager. Be sympathetic and don’t get flustered
  • WOW customers with your friendliness

Sales

  • Try to recommend additional products to meet customers’ needs
  • Help to maximise sales (and customer satisfaction) by keeping shelves replenished and products always available
  • Be aware of promotions going on in the store and make sure customers are aware too

Closing Date: 22 July 2014

Apply online at https://hourly.asda.jobs/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?jobId=402061&siteid=5034&partnerid=25222

Finding part-time work in Carlisle and Lancaster

Part-time work is a fantastic way of increasing your skills and experience in the workplace, adding cash to your bank balance, maybe meeting new people in the community and even creating useful contacts for your career after university.

job-search-find-a-job

Opportunities on campus

Student Ambassadors help the university with marketing activities and outreach work such as open days, Higher Education fairs and school liaison. For more information go to www.cumbria.ac.uk/studentambassadors. Other jobs working for the University of Cumbria are advertised on the University’s website, www.cumbria.ac.uk/jobs.

Where to look

All job vacancies and placements that you may be interested in are advertised on the University’s Virtual Job Shop at http://cumbria.prospects.ac.uk/. Register and you can receive regular emails about all types of work and a range of placement opportunities including part-time and summer vacation work as well as graduate opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally.

You can also register your details at www.cumbria.ac.uk/grab or email jobsandplacements@cumbria.ac.uk to receive the weekly “Opportunities Knock” bulletin from the University’s Business Placement service.

Your course staff may well forward interesting opportunities to you so check your student email, Blackboard and course noticeboards regularly.

Local Resources

Other part time jobs in the area are advertised in the local press and on their websites. In Lancashire this is the Lancaster Guardian at www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/jobs and in Cumbria this is the Cumberland News at www.clickin2jobs.co.uk which also has a CV Link that matches your details with vacancies. You can also look out for vacancies advertised in shop windows.

There are Jobcentre Plus offices at Mitre House on Church Street in Lancaster and also on Lowther Street in Carlisle. They both have Job Points which carry vacancies in this area, around the UK and in Europe. You can also search online using the online database at www.gov.uk/jobsearch.

Employment Agencies are listed in the Yellow Pages (www.yell.com). You can register for temporary placements in a variety of sectors, which can sometimes turn into more permanent jobs. In the past students have worked in offices, factories, care homes, warehouses, catering and cleaning although many more opportunities could be available.

Your networks

Many part-time jobs are never advertised and come through developing your own contacts, so let people around you – such as friends, flatmates and staff on your course, know you are looking.

Enquiring at the places you would like to work can also see results. Many employers such as supermarkets, bars, cafes and restaurants, gyms and shops often advertise on their own premises for staff, so keep your eyes open.

Using your existing skills and interests

Think about your current skills – are there any ways you can use specialist skills to supplement your other income by setting up your own business or freelancing?

In the past students have worked as DJs, offered IT services, designed and produced wedding stationery for friends, traded on Ebay, written for websites, sold their own art/craftwork at craft fairs and markets, proofread and offered private tutoring. Think about what you can offer and place adverts on free-to-advertise sites such as Gumtree.

Care and health care work

Many charitable and voluntary sector organisations don’t advertise short term or casual opportunities in the press so check out their website or make a direct approach by phoning their office to ask about bank or casual staff. Contact details can be found at www.yell.com under ‘charitable and voluntary organisations’, ‘healthcare’ and ‘care agencies’.

Both the Morecambe Bay Trust and the Cumberland Infirmary advertise vacancies for bank staff, which includes opportunities for health care assistants. See www.jobs.nhs.uk for further details. For opportunities in Cumbria Primary Care Trust contact the appropriate Locality Manager.

Volunteering

Worthwhile in itself for all the same reasons as part-time work, volunteering of course is unpaid; however you may be able to claim any out-of-pocket expenses such as transport and meals. Additional benefits include free training such as coaching and first aid qualifications as well as the chance to further develop your skills. Starting as a volunteer can often be a way into paid work in the social care and voluntary sectors.
You can find out more by visiting www.ucsu.me/volunteering or www.do-it.org.uk. You can also read our post about volunteering here.

University Careers Service

The careers Service offers advice and guidance on finding work, approaching local employers, writing CVs and application forms and going for interviews. For further information, you can email careers@cumbria.ac.uk or make an appointment at the LiSS desk in the library.