How To Have A Productive Summer!

By Gemma McCann,

Written by Gemma McCann

Happy Summer!

Exams and assignments are coming to an end, and I know that many students will be preparing for summer; going home, having barbecues, and sun, sun, sun! This time of year however can be valuable in enhancing your employability and future prospects.

How can I make my summer productive?

  • Create/update your cv – Summer can be a great time to start thinking about creating or updating your placement/graduate cv. This is a task that can be done so easily, no matter where you are, and it could save you a lot of time in the future! To begin, it can be useful to gather your educational background and personal details, you can then move on to your work experience and then you can start to think about what skills you may have gained. You can then have a go at putting your information together in a professional-looking cv, or you can contact the Career Connect Hub to help you finalise it.
  • Work experience – This is the perfect opportunity to gain some experience in your chosen field of study. Whether it be paid or voluntary work, any kind of work experience you can get will be both productive and advantageous in enhancing your skillset, gaining some work-based knowledge, and building your cv. It can also keep you as busy or as free as you like… You can choose your availability. If you are interested in this, but you don’t know where to start then contact us and we can help!

Work, rest, play:

Although it can seem tempting to do absolutely everything you can to utilise your summer, it is important to remember that you are most efficient when you are feeling your best; so a balance between work, rest, and play is key to success.

Remember! The Career Connect Hub is still open throughout the summer, so if you are around and would like some support then pop in and see us, or if you are away from campus this summer then book a digital appointment, or for general queries email in.

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch:

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

Social Media – How To Network Right:

By Gemma McCann,

Written by Gemma McCann

Fact! 85% of jobs are filled via networking. Fact! 70% of jobs are NEVER advertised.

YOU WANT IT? YOU GET IT!… But How?

First thing’s first… Where to network? Many social media platforms can be used, depending on what you need them for. The most commonly used platforms for networking, however, are LinkedIn and Instagram. Why? They are professional and pleasant to view, and they are simple to use!

Top Tip! Keep your professional profile and your personal profile separate! Your potential employers want to see what you are capable of, your work, and your previous experience – not what you had for your lunch or who you are dating!

What should your profile include?

It depends on what platform you are using as to how much information you include; for example:

Instagram – As this is picture-based, it can be perfect for creating an online portfolio! However, it doesn’t give you much room for writing. Work, skills, and experience can be shown creatively throughout the pictures, with a bit of detail going into the caption. That leaves the ‘short but sweet’ bio for you to add who you are and the contact details that you would like potential employers to contact you on.

LinkedIn – This can be a useful place to host all of your relevant information, similarly to your cv. You can fit a lot of your important details in here – just remember to keep it relevant and to the point. If you ramble on, potential employers won’t want to read; this is why it is important to keep your beginning section short and punchy, much like your personal profile on your cv. You can then go into more detail further down, where the employers can choose to carry on reading but remember to keep it relevant!

Fact! At least 84% of organisations use social media for recruitment, and 9% of those who do not yet use it are planning to start.

What content should you consider including?

  • Skills.
  • Qualifications.
  • Keep it short, and relevant.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic.
  • Mention career goals/aspirations.
  • All contact information that you would be happy to be contacted on e.g. business cards, email address.

Top Tip! Post engaging content – only what you would like potential employers to see.

What contacts should you use/look for?

  • Former and current colleagues.
  • People you went to school/college/university with.
  • Contacts made through dedicated networking events.
  • Contacts made through conferences and career/employability fairs.

Top Tip! You can look for and interact with potential employers too!

Why is it important to network on social media?

  • Career support.
  • Useful information and to gain knowledge.
  • Company relations and speculative applications.

For any further information, or for support on how to set up/use your social media for career networking please feel free to contact the Career Connect Hub!

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch:

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

Job-Hunting… Where To Begin

By Gemma McCann,

Written by Sarah Hartley.

Students predominantly attend university with the goal of getting a job at the end of their degree, however, it’s sometimes a struggle to know where to start! Developing good job-hunting habits is essential to getting a job.

What to do when job-hunting:

1. Network:

Networking is one of the most effective tactics when it comes to job-hunting. When an opportunity arises, introduce yourself and start a conversation, and get to know new people. Where you are doesn’t matter; opportunities to network are everywhere, and you never know where the connection or conversation may lead.

2. Enhance your credentials:

What are your career goals? Once you know the answer to this question and know where you want to go, you can start looking into conferences, seminars, programs, etc. which will allow you to expand your knowledge and make you invaluable to potential employers.

3. Boost your CV:

It is imperative to have a good CV. You want to make a great first impression, and having a good CV allows you to do this. Your CV needs to make you stand out; ensuring you’re not overlooked by employers or recruiters. Before applying for jobs, fine-tune your CV, and ideally get it reviewed.

4. Practice interviewing:

If your CV is accepted and you are invited to an interview, make sure you’re ready. Interview skills can be perfected in several different ways:

· Roleplay with a friend/family, where they ask you interview questions

· Record yourself, and see where you could improve

· Use a mirror to see how you present yourself

5. Utilise what Staffordshire University has to offer:

The University has a team who are trained to aid you with all of the above, and more. Our skilled Career Coaches offer peer-to-peer support, regarding any career-related queries you may have. Appointments can be made through our website, MyCareer. As well as this, MyCareer shows all the roles available to students; with emphasis on graduate-level roles.

Hopefully this will help you when job-hunting! If you require any assistance, feel free to contact the Career Connect team!

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch:

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

Career Connect Hub – How Can We Help You?

By Gemma McCann,

Written by Gemma McCann

Career Connect - Current students - Staffordshire University

Hi, I’m Gemma! A level 4 Psychology and Criminology student, and career coach. I wanted to become a career coach because I love to help people. I have a lot of career-based knowledge and experience, and I would love to pass this on to make people feel more confident and relaxed in their own applications and career experiences.

Who Are We?

From career advisors to career coaches, from cv’s to graduate jobs; we’ve got you covered. At the career connect hub we strive to offer you a happy and helpful service, as a team of well-trained and knowledgeable individuals, we are here to support you. We are a team of friendly, dedicated, and reliable staff, who will always have your back.

Where Are We?

You can find us located – Room 1, Career Connect Hub, Science Centre, Leek Road. This can be accessed by going through the Career Connect Hub door which is located at the back of the Science Centre building. This can also be accessed by going through the front of the building and walking towards the back wall and then turning right down the corridor.

What Can We Offer You?

The Career Connect Hub can offer students a range of support in the following areas:

  • Cv
  • Cover letter
  • Personal statement
  • LinkedIn/Professional social media profiles
  • Application guidance
  • Psychometric tests
  • Mock interviews
  • Searching for and securing placements, voluntary and paid work experience, and jobs

When Are We Available?

Appointments can be booked with the career advisors and career coaches throughout the year (except Christmas holidays) Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (depending on appointment availability), we try to be as flexible as possible to ensure that we meet the needs of everybody. Drop-in sessions are also available, along with selective digital appointments.

Our contact email address and phone line are also operational between these days and times, and we aim to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible.

My Career – How To Book Appointments:

Go to the Staffordshire University website (www.staffs.ac.uk), and find the student tab in the top right-hand corner. Seek careers, click the MyCareer tab and login by using your Staffordshire university email address and password.

To create a student profile, open the menu tab in the top right-hand corner and click on your name. Click on the ‘Edit Profile’ tab in the top right-hand corner and fill out your details and preferences.

Don’t forget to save the changes!

To book an appointment, scroll down the page to ‘Upcoming Bookings’, seek sub header, and select search appointments. From there, you can select the type of booking that you would like to make and then proceed to make the booking.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you, and offering our expertise to support your pathway to achieving your goals!

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch:

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

Calling ALL Students…HAVE you heard of MyCareer?

By jp4,

Written by Wil Lewis

Seriously!! HAVE you Heard of MyCareer?

Are you asking yourself “I need a job, but don’t know where to look” or “I have useless degree”?

Well, you’ll be over the moon to know that the Career Studio manage a site called MyCareer, our university’s very own jobs platform. A fabulous tool for a student to use. On this website, you will find hundreds of jobs to explore, whether that’s for placement opportunities, part time work, voluntary places or for graduate positions.

Don’t believe me? Check out a few of the these fabulous opportunities BELOW!

  1. https://mycareer.staffs.ac.uk/employerConnect/jobSearch.html?execution=e7s2
  2. https://mycareer.staffs.ac.uk/employerConnect/jobSearch.html?execution=e7s3
  3. https://mycareer.staffs.ac.uk/employerConnect/jobSearch.html?execution=e7s4
  4. https://mycareer.staffs.ac.uk/employerConnect/jobSearch.html?execution=e7s5

The jobs don’t end here… There is so much more on MyCareer – find out for yourself: www.staffs.ac.uk/students/careers/mycareer

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch: 

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk 

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs 

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs 

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development 

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

Our Offer of Lifetime Support

By jp4,

Written by Career Relationship Manager, Claire Bashford

Our Offer of Lifetime Support

Throughout your studies you will come across the Careers Team, be that in curriculum, by visiting the Career Studio or attending one of our events. You will most likely be aware of all the great advice and guidance you can access in relation to your employability, future career/further study goals. But did you know that once you graduate you can continue to be supported by the team for life?

It is extremely common for students to be confused and apprehensive about their next steps. Often appearing when graduation is looming or you’ve completed your studies and not secured your graduate role as yet. But fear not, we are here and will continue to work with you for as long as you need. You can make an appointment with one of our Career Coaches, who can discuss your requirements and advise you on what support they can offer. You can access all our online Career resources too – https://www.staffs.ac.uk/students/careers

If you know exactly where you are going and have your graduate role in the bag, that’s great! But, further into your career journey, if you ever need advice with regards career changes, getting back into work after career breaks and taking you career to the next level we can help!

What should you do?

Contact the Career Studio by emailing careers@staffs.ac.uk.

For self-employment queries, you can visit a member of the BeInspired Team, look online http://www.staffs.ac.uk/support_depts/careers/work-for-yourself/ or email beinspired@staffs.ac.uk

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch: 

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk 

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs 

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs 

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development 

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

How to Bulletproof Your Graduate CV for Hiring Managers in 2021

By jp4,

Why Is Crafting a Professional CV Important for Graduates?

Guest Blog Written by

WikiJobProviding Interview Tips & Practice Aptitude Tests since 2007!

Leaving university and entering the wide world of work can be daunting enough, but if you have studied for years to be the perfectly qualified candidate for the graduate programme that will kickstart your career, you want to be sure that your graduate CV does you justice.

Your graduate CV should be the greatest hits of your capabilities, work experience and qualifications, presented in an easy-to-read manner that summarises why you are the perfect candidate.

There are some problems that graduates can face when they are completing a CV, such as a lack of direct work experience, an overly generic document or too much irrelevant information. However, with the right strategy, these problems can be avoided.

If you are looking to the future and want to make sure that your CV shines among the other applicants, then following these tips will help.

10 Tips for Improving Your Graduate CV

1. Structure

Having the right structure for your CV is important. Recruiters will receive potentially hundreds of CVs for open graduate programmes – and they want to be able to find the information they need quickly.

This means you need to ensure that the details you are presenting are shared in a straightforward way.

No long paragraphs of dense and small print; instead, look to create short and to the point sentences. Bullet points are a great idea as lists are easier to read.

Make sure that your layout follows a straightforward structure – an introduction, which can be a summary of key skills and achievements, followed by an outline of relevant work history and details of study and qualifications.

Think about the font and point size too – fancy colours and elaborate fonts distract from the information you are trying to convey. Formatting is important.

Always remember that you are aiming for conciseness, not length. It is perfectly acceptable for a graduate CV to be just one A4 page long.

2. Tailor It to the Job Description

You are not a generic candidate – and your CV should not be generic either if you want to score that job.

When you are looking for a graduate role, you can find a lot of information about what the recruiters are looking for in terms of qualifications, skills, experience and aptitude.

This information should be used to tailor your CV – providing recruiters with all the information they need to see that you are the perfect candidate for them.

EY, for example, provides a comprehensive list of skills and attributes that it wants to see from graduate applicants, so a bit of research on the company will be really rewarding.

For example, if the job role requires someone good at people management, then highlighting your competency in working alone will not be relevant.

3. Achievements, Not Duties

A laundry list of all the responsibilities you had in a role is not helpful. If you worked as a customer associate in a retail environment, it will be obvious that one of your duties will have been serving customers.

What you want to focus on is what you achieved during this employment. So, if you managed to increase sales on a particular item by 25%, mention that instead.

Focus on what you have accomplished, not what you had to do.

4. Include Metrics

A great way to hone in your achievements is to provide metrics and statistics.

Numbers really help to drive home your successes, so if you can provide data in your CV, this is a great option.

This might be in work experience, as in the example above, but it can also be in your academic achievement. If you scored in the 95th percentile in a test or exam, provide that detail (if it is relevant to the job description).

5. Avoid Cliches

It might seem like a good idea to encourage a recruiter to choose you by describing yourself as hardworking and reliable, but you can bet that they have heard this from all the other candidates applying for that position.

Cliches are boring and overplayed – and in most cases are seen as just space-fillers rather than important information for the recruitment team.

6. Include Voluntary Work Experience

One of the common stumbling blocks for recent graduates is the lack of relevant work experience.

If you have been lucky enough to complete an internship in your chosen industry, that should provide a wealth of examples you can use – but if not, there are other things that you can use.

Voluntary work is still work experience, so if you volunteered as part of the Student Union or were involved in any events, you can use this here.

In some cases, any work experience that you might have had, even a summer job in a local supermarket, can have relevance for a professional graduate CV – it just needs some creative thinking.

7. Include Hobbies and Interests

While a good recruitment process aims to remove bias and ensure that the best candidates are chosen, hobbies and interests can still have value when added to your CV.

You can demonstrate your uniqueness, especially if you have an unusual hobby like falconry or an interest in baking – and there might be some experience or competencies that you can use as examples in your CV too.

  1. Look for Professional Development Opportunities

Filling gaps in your knowledge or experience might not be necessary if you can leverage experience from other things, like taking a gap year to travel or work abroad, for example.

However, if you know that the graduate opportunities in the industry you are excited about need specific skills that you do not possess, then why not look at online courses.

You might also be able to find internships or voluntary experience opportunities in the industry – and whether paid or unpaid, the experience will help you understand not only what the job is actually like, but also give examples needed to complete that CV.

9. Use Professional Language

In any correspondence with a company, especially regarding a job role, professional language is important.

A great way to make sure that you are using appropriate language is to mirror what is used in the job description.

This can be down to specific words used and include phrasing specific to the employer or the role – and this can help you hit the right note in terms of tone, but also ensure that your experience and qualifications match what they are looking for.

10. Spellcheck

If you have created a perfectly structured, informative and tailored CV for your desired graduate role, the last thing you want to do is send it to a recruiter without checking for errors.

Check for spelling and grammatical errors and ensure that the layout is clear and easy to read.

You have spent the time crafting this document, so don’t send it on before ensuring that it is the perfect representation of your skills, attributes, qualifications and experience.

Conclusion

Your CV is a summary of who you are in a professional capacity, and with some care, it can be a simple document that contains all the relevant information that makes you an ideal candidate for a role in your chosen industry.

While it might seem laborious and time-consuming to create a new CV for each application, remember that you can make things easier for yourself by making a master list of all qualifications, all competencies and all experiences that you have, so you can use the most relevant in the bespoke CV you are creating.

Tell the recruiter your story through your CV and give them the information they need to make the right decision about your application.

You can find more information about careers as a student or recent graduate of Staffordshire University on the Careers Studio Blog, along with links to workshops and career fairs locally.

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch: 

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk 

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs 

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs 

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development 

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

Securing your Graduate Role

By jp4,

Written by Unitemps, Alison Romanova 

University – what a ride! First of all, a huge congratulations to you for graduating – get celebrating!

Now, whether you’re thinking of taking a well-deserved break for a while or whether you’re ready to keep pushing forward into your professional life, it’s never too early to start applying and securing your graduate role.
Read on to get the best tips and tricks, as well as getting to know your support system at Staffordshire University.


My Journey 

I secured my first full-time role recently in June 2021. When I submitted my final assignment, I felt an influx of emotions: relief, fear, excitement.

I first felt underwhelmed, because throughout my time at university, I had a few goals that I wanted to achieve. Unfortunately, obstacles flew in from all angles – personal, financial, and housing. It made focusing on these goals and studying extremely tough and unrewarding. I felt like I physically dragged myself to the finish line: 4pm, May the 4th (be with you).

I felt like I ran out of time to do the things I wanted to at university. I think I was also just so relieved that it was all over that I looked for more negatives than positives in my situation. 

Eventually, I “chillaxed”. There was a new obstacle to overcome – an exciting and new experience for me – getting a full-time job. After my final submission, I applied to over 200 jobs on all sites that I could think of. This kept me busy after university, which was exciting and nerve-wracking too. 
With my English Literature & Creative Writing degree, I heard these a LOT: 

  1. “So, you wanna be a teacher then?”
  2. “*Laughter*” 
  3. “Good luck getting a job with that degree!” 

But this didn’t put me off at all. Most of the time, these were jokey remarks, and I felt like I could prove them wrong. 

I was so grateful to have spoken with my personal tutor, Mark Brown. He told me to think outside the box and to look at what I have learned during my time at university. Now, my degree wasn’t a label, but an ocean of skills and experience that I could fish out and present at my job interview. 

I got out an A3 piece of paper and drew a mind map. After scribbling down my skills, work experience, volunteering, and extra-curricular activities. I realised I had more to offer than I thought. Eventually, I realised I could apply my skills to so many job titles I’d enjoy: copywriting, marketing, translation, freelancing, and graphic design.

I got my job as a Marketing Assistant & Creative Producer Assistant thanks to Unitemps. Lizzy was so supportive & she helped ease my nerves for the interview. She also encouraged me to get some certificates online to stand out from others. So I did!  


Target Keyword Searches

These are essentially the keywords you use in the search bar, whether that’d be on Google, Indeed, LinkedIn, and other job search websites to help refine your list of jobs. This makes job hunting easier because you will be matched with more roles that suit your level of expertise, as well as your interests.

It can be daunting to look at the list of irrelevant job roles without first refining your job needs. For example, on LinkedIn, you will see these filter options in the “Jobs” section:

At first, 24,000 jobs appear and it will take too much time trying to scroll through page after page of job titles for candidates with 25 years of experience! Filter through the following options: 

  • Remote: this is a preference. If you are a stay-at-home parent or you would love to work for a company but would like to stay in your jammies at home-sweet-home, then click on “Remote” button.
  • Date Posted: experiment with this. It helps to lower the number of searches and the earlier the job post, the better. This is because many job postings from earlier may have expired, so it would be a waste of time applying to those.
  • Experience Level: many graduates like myself would typically click on “entry-level” jobs, “internship” or “associate”

LinkedIn offers a free trial for their Premium Feature which can be helpful when seeing what the other applicants’ backgrounds are like, which job titles match your skills on your profile and who is viewing your profile. 


University & ‘Career Planning’

Did you know that Staffordshire University graduates have access to Career and Personal Development support for life

On their page, ‘Life after University‘, the Careers Team suggests that having a ‘Career Plan’ is useful to help you understand yourself and what options you have for careers moving forward. The list will ultimately help you understand the following: 

  • Your strengths, values and interests – as well as what you could work on to stand out from other candidates. 
  • The goals you need to work towards your career (long-term and short-term). This will help you stay motivated and organised, because job-hunting is no easy feat. 
  • Some ideas of which fields you can apply yourself to (what jobs could you do). 

MyCareer

“MyCareer is your career and personal development one-stop-shop and the first place to go to:

  • Look for jobs and experience
  • Book a place on career workshops and events
  • Ask quick career-related questions”.

Once you have graduated, you will have received an email asking you to register for a new graduate account. This will give you access to a variety of work, with exclusive access to you, the graduate! You can also register HERE if you haven’t received it or are visiting after years of graduating at Staffs.

As well as finding work, their Careers Team is on hand every day of the working week (Mon-Fri), virtually and in-person, to help you in the following: 

  • Writing a tailored CV
  • Writing the best cover letter for that particular role you’re applying for
  • Answering any career-related questions (or anything about student life; did you know that the Career Coaches are current students?) 
  • LinkedIn Assistance
  • Practice Interviews 

And a lot more to list… Visit the link above and contact them today!


Unitemps

Saving the best for last – kidding, we’re all useful in our own way; and it’s a lot more beneficial if you use all the services mentioned here regularly!

Unitemps offers new opportunities on the daily, whether that’d be a part-time role, a full-time graduate role, temporary or permanent roles, virtual or in-office roles, graduate schemes and more. 

We also offer placement opportunities if you decide to stay in education. Placements are a great way to get on-the-job experience within your subject area. These vary from 12-week projects such as SAMPID to full 12-month placements. Undertaking a placement can be beneficial to your subject area knowledge and employability after completion of your award. 

We have roles tailored to every need and with just a few clicks of a button, you can send out your best CV and Cover Letter after visiting the Careers Studio and registering with us HERE


Not only do we offer the opportunities above, but did you know that we are in partnership with Staffordshire University for the following schemes?:

1) SAMPID

As it was just Women’s Engineering Day a week ago today, you may have heard of SAMPID. But if you haven’t, that’s okay! SAMPID stands for the ‘Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator’ programme. 

The primary aim of SAMPID is to drive innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Sectors across the Staffordshire region. In just 12-months, you will develop skills in your STEM field.

Please read our previous blog to find out more about SAMPID HERE


2) SDIPs 

The Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships (SDIPs) programme is a collaborative project between Staffordshire University and Staffordshire County Council to drive transformation through digital innovation in the region. The project is funded by Staffordshire University, Staffordshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and will run until December 2021.

  • Digital Innovation Partnerships (DIPs)
  • Business Intelligence Partnerships (BIPs)
  • Social Challenge Innovation Partnerships (SCIPs)

Register with Unitemps Today:

https://www.unitemps.com/Register/Candidate

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch: 

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk 

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs 

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs 

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development 

LinkedIn: @CareersAtStaffs

 

Summer Suggestions

By jp4,

Written by Career Coach, Wil

What are you doing this Summer?

Congratulations on completing your degree or your semester! FREEDOM for a short while….. Guess what!? The Career Studio has a little suggestion! What if you just put in a tiny amount of work each day to create your graduate CV or your Placement/Work Experience CV. We guarantee you’ll feel accomplished.    

A tiny amount of daily work could be the thing that sets you aside from everyone else in the same pond as you. You don’t have to do hours of work; you don’t even have to do an hour of work! It could simply be 15 minutes just working on a portion of your CV, over the span of a week or two.

It could be you read through some job applications and make notes on the key skills required – and deadline – for that job (or jobs). You could go off and brainstorm job ideas you want to do. There is no timeline or deadline that you have to hit. But there are a few small things you could do to make your summer productive AND relaxing at the same time.

  1. Make mind-maps for jobs that you want to do – it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you want to go or which company to work for . A lot of employers in the working/placement world no longer look at degrees that are specific to their sector. Its all about being employable and making yourself stand out. Or  it could be telling an employer what you want to gain from relevant work experience to accompany your degree.
  2. Read through job descriptions and pull-out skills that YOU think are important to the job, focus on those areas and try to think of super strong examples that back up how you have that skill.
  3. You don’t need to spend hours doing a CV, even if you just update the education section one day, the profile another day, employment the next. Over a week or two, it all adds up.
  4. Follow a new group or employer on LinkedIn – maybe even try to communicate with them and introduce yourself.
  5. Get some hints and tips, book an appointment with the Careers Studio!

Your summer doesn’t have to be overrun with boring (or stressful) tasks every single day. At the end of the day, you have to think to yourself how bad do I want my dream job/placement and how far am I willing to go to get it”.
The Careers Studio is an amazing place to go if you feel stuck or just want that little extra guidance to help get you in the right direction. There is so much to offer – from CV writing and mock interviews right through to LinkedIn profile help. Don’t drag yourself down over matters that can be resolved with a little resilience and fire (not literally!), it isn’t worth it in the end. Just keep pushing through and telling yourself that you are worth every ounce in gold.  You aren’t alone ever; you just have to know where to look!   BE PREPARED to apply for the opportunity you want.

To speak to one of our Career Coaches get in touch: 

Email: careers@staffs.ac.uk 

Twitter: @CareersAtStaffs 

Instagram: @CareersAtStaffs 

Facebook: Staffordshire University​ Career & Personal Development 

UNITEMPS – Placements

By jp4,

written by Alison

Placements are a great way to get on-the-job experience within your subject area. These vary from 12-week projects such as SAMPID to full 12-month placements. Undertaking a placement can be beneficial to your subject area knowledge and employability after completion of your award. 

UNITEMPS’ PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Unitemps offers many placement opportunities for Staffordshire University students wishing to get real hands-on experience, as well as great connections for when they graduate. Read on to find out the benefits of seizing this opportunity!


What type of placement can I do?

There are many placements available to students at Staffordshire University. The main year of industry placement is the most well-known. With many other project based placements also offered.

A YEAR IN INDUSTRY

A year in Industry is usually based within an organisation in your subject area. These are usually started after the end of your studies in your second year. It is usually up to you to find a placement at the start of your second year of university, However, academic staff usually post relevant opportunities they find within your course’s teams group or blackboard area and are sure to assist you in finding one if necessary.

SAMPID

Staffordshire Advanced Manufacturing, Prototyping and Innovation Demonstrator is a scheme aimed to drive innovation in advanced manufacturing sectors across the region. The aim of the project is to support businesses to develop new to the market products or components utilising groundbreaking equipment. Funded by Staffordshire University and the European Regional Development Fund (2014-2020) these placements are offered on a paid basis lasting 12 weeks at 15 hours per week.

Throughout the placement, a dedicated academic will support one day per week.

This can be in any of the following areas:

  • Aero-auto
  • Energy
  • Agri-tech
  • Medical Technology
  • Applied Materials
  • Transport
  • Food and Drink

Within the placement, you would have the opportunity to utilise Staffordshire Universities Advanced Manufacturing Equipment, such as; Metal 3D printers (Solvent washable), Sinter oven (for metal 3D printers), Educational Robot, Collaborative Robot, Inspection Camera, Spin coater and Probe station.

SDIPS

Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships, this programme is aimed at collaborating with small to medium enterprises to enable digital innovation within their organisation. These projects last for 24 weeks and are focussed on three areas:

  • Digital Innovation Partnerships—Focused on technological transformation to support the development of new processes, services or products and their accompanying transformational change within their business.
  • Business Intelligence Partnerships—Focused on supporting businesses to unlock the power of the data they collect, utilising a range of business intelligence tools and techniques.
  • Social Challenge Innovation Partnerships—Staffordshire County council priorities that a business can pitch to develop prototype solutions to.

These projects are all full time for the duration of 6 months, with the support of an academic for half a day per week.


Why a Placement? 

Instead of going into your third year of your degree, a student placement is an option to take a year out to work for an established industry relevant to your area of study. What’s the point of taking a year out when you could just finish that degree and get a job after?

Here’s a few reasons a placement may be the right option for you:

  • You will get real industry experience which will increase your employability and skills.
  • It will also help you apply what you have learnt in theory, so you will have a fantastic, competitive edge when entering the job market (and increased subject area knowledge!).
  • You will also figure out if the career you’re pursuing is really right for you and the different job roles within that sector that you may want to consider.
  • You may even be able to find a salaried placement.
  • And lastly, the obvious: you get great contacts! TopResume states that ‘60 percent of jobs are found through networking.’, so being able to reach out and build relationships will be vital to your job-search in the future.
  • Many times, students have been offered guaranteed graduate roles whilst taking a placement (Wouldn’t you love to spend your third year at Uni knowing you have a job lined up, with a company you are already comfortable with straight afterwards?!).

What’s a Placement Like?

Different for every organization and sector, a placement will technically be a full-time role. You will get a chance to develop your knowledge and skills practically which you build your skill set; this will be a fantastic head start when entering your final year of your degree! You will also work alongside an experienced team too, which will be a great way to network and ask questions.  


Some Stats to Think About

  • According to ISE Development Survey, the importance of work experience is highlighted by the fact that 87% of respondents agreed that a student who had completed an internship had a more enhanced skill set – than those who did not.
  • They also found that employers rehired an average of 43% of their placement students.
  • It is estimated that the average salary of students who have completed sandwich placements is 8% higher than those that did not, six months after graduating.

Where does Unitemps Come In?

Register with us on www.Unitemps.com where you will regularly see placements being posted. So far, we have placed 15 students on a placement since 2021 and we are excited to give more students the opportunity to develop their skill set. We have 6 live placement opportunities in a variety of sectors.


Other ways to get a Placement with Staffordshire University

MyCareer (Online/Science Centre):

The Career Coaches are there for you all week to support your with tailoring a CV or cover letter, coaching you for your next placement with mock interviews and supporting you in building your portfolio. Placement opportunities are also advertised on MyCareer, so check regularly!

Contact them via online (MyCareer), going into a drop-in session at the Science Centre, or emailing them at careers@staffs.ac.uk.


Employability Hub (Microsoft Teams):

Students will be automatically enrolled onto this page, where there will be jobs and placement opportunities regularly updated on their files. All opportunities will relate to a specific degree area, so that all students have a good chance at securing employment.


Useful Resources:

  1. www.ratemyplacement.co.uk
  2. www.prospects.ac.uk
  3. https://www.studentjob.co.uk/placement
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Indeed
  6. TotalJobs
  7. Gradcracker
  8. unitemps.com
  9. mycareer.staffs.ac.uk
  10. Bright Network
  11. Google Jobs
  12. Reed
  13. TargetJobs
  14. SimplyHired

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https://www.unitemps.com/Register/Candidate

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