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Summer Career Fix: Participate in your community

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?

It’s the last week of the Summer Career Fix, so by now you should be well on the way to improving your career!

This week, Gary is participating in conversations on social media with his network.

LinkedIn is a great place to build up your network and develop those relationships that you already have. Following companies and professional bodies on social media is one thing, but you will really begin to see the benefit once you start participating in the conversations happening on there.

We hope you enjoyed this #SummerCareerFix series. Remember that 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.

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Summer Career Fix: Search jobs to identify skills

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?

This week, Gary is searching for graduate jobs that are similar to what he wants to do, and then using the information in the job description to identify skills and experience that he will need to develop.

This is a great way of identifying real-world skills that employers look for in your chosen career sector. It also gives you an idea of the kind of roles that are out there, what employers want, 09and will help you to understand more about the sector.

If you are doing the Career Ahead award, you can also use this role for the ‘Gold’ part of the award – find out more here.

Come back next week for the last instalment in this year’s #SummerCareerFix series.

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.

Summer Career Fix: Join Professional Bodies

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?

 

This week, Gary is finding out about the different professional bodies in his chosen sector, and joining as a student.

Being a member of your career sector’s professional body gives you access to knowledge, resources and a network of people already working in your area. You will often be able to join at a discounted rate (sometimes even for free!), and you will receive information and advice about how to develop your career. There are usually CPD courses available as well, which is great for your on-going development.

For some careers you need to be a member of a professional body in order to practice – for example accountancy, law, psychology, nursing and midwifery. You may already be aware of these as they accredit your course. Even if you don’t need to be a member to practice, it’s still a good idea to find out about what’s available and what you will get from being a member.

Here’s a list of professional bodies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_associations_in_the_United_Kingdom

You can find out more about the benefits of being a member of professional bodies here: https://targetjobs.co.uk/professional-qualification-and-accreditation.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Summer Career Fix: Update your CV

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 updating his CV!

While a lot of applications nowadays require you to fill in an online application, it’s still valuable to have an up to date CV ready to go – you never know when you might need one! For example, you might be attending a jobs fair, you might want to apply for a volunteering opportunity, you may want to send a speculative application to a company you want to work with.

The Careers & Employability service have a few resources to help you with updating your CV. There is so much advice online around CVs that it can be hard to know what to include, how it should look, etc. We’ve put together some suggested guidelines (including an example CV), as well as a CV writing checklist and a quick CV exercise to get you started.

If you don’t already have a CV and aren’t sure where to start, take a look at Prospects.ac.uk and TargetJobs for some great tips and advice.

And remember! You can send your CV to us for feedback – just email it to careers@cumbria.ac.uk and we will get back to you within 5 working days.31

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.