Graduate Survey for Summer Leavers – University of Stirling

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We are about to get in touch with our summer 2017 leavers (approximately 6 months after graduation) regarding the graduate destinations survey. Here’s a bit of information to explain why we carry out the survey, so you know what to expect.

All universities are required by the Government to survey their graduates to find out what they have gone on to do, whether this be employment, voluntary work, further study, taking time out to travel or doing something else.

The information is very useful to University of Stirling staff and prospective and current students in many ways. It not only builds a picture of what graduates are doing including any changes in the graduate job market; Careers Consultants use it for career guidance; students and graduates will use it to get ideas about their careers; potential students will look at it to help them decide on a course; departments can use it for marketing courses.

The results are also part of the criteria used to form University League Tables, so we aim to reach as many recent graduates as possible.

The survey is managed by the staff here in the Careers and Employability Service and we also use the survey to identify grads who need ongoing careers support. You may have used the data from previous surveys to find out what other grads from your course went on to do (all data is anonymous of course).

We will be contacting University of Stirling leavers from December 2017 to March 2018 by email (with a personalised link to the online survey – it is quick and easy to complete the questions; you will only need a minute or two to tick all the relevant boxes) and also by phone. To ensure that the survey results are really useful, we need to get a high level of responses. If you are a recent graduate, we would really appreciate your help.

We have more detail on the survey available for you here:

http://www.stir.ac.uk/careers/dlhe/

Many Thanks

The Careers Team

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Targetjobs – latest deadlines

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If you’re hunting for a graduate job or training scheme for after your finals, there are still vacancies available with big-name employers to start this summer and autumn. Keep an eye out for our weekly round-up of application closing dates so you can make sure you don’t miss your chance to apply. Graduate employers with deadlines on the way include Amazon.co.uk, Allianz and thetraineline.com.

21 May is the deadline for the following graduate roles and schemes:

22 May is the deadline for the FactSet graduate consultant role, for a summer 2017 start.

25 May is the closing date for the technology graduate programme with Amazon.co.uk, in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business.

26 May is your last chance to apply for the Allianz graduate pricing analyst role.

More advice to help you with your graduate job hunt

 Courtery ‘Targetjobs’ May 2017

How to use LinkedIn to find employers – mini series

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We are going to shamelessly link to the University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog as they have done an excellent job, through three blog posts, in writing about how you can use LinkedIn to find relevant employers. Thank you Team Leeds!

“Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. In this 3-part mini series, we’ll show you 3 easy ways you can leverage LinkedIn to identify potential employers of interest.”

3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 1 – outlines how the advanced people search function can help you identify potential employers.

3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 2 – outlines how you can use the company search feature to identify employers by location and sector.

3 ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers: Part 3 – shows how you can use two features of LinkedIn to help you find similar organisations to those you have already discovered.

 

Acknowledgement: Bath University Careers and Leeds University Careers

Destination of Leavers Survey (DLHE)

We are about to get in touch regarding the graduate destinations survey.

Here’s a bit of information to explain why we carry out the survey, so you know what to expect.

All Universities are required by the Government to survey their graduates to find out what they have gone on to do, whether this be employment, voluntary work, further study, taking time out to travel or doing something else.

The information is very useful to University of Stirling staff and prospective and current students in many ways. It not only builds a picture of what graduates are doing including any changes in the graduate job market; Career Advisors use it for career guidance; students and graduates will use it to get ideas about their careers; potential students will look at it to help them decide on a course; departments can use it for marketing courses.

The results are also part of the criteria used to form University League Tables, so we aim to reach as many recent graduates as possible.

If you have visited the Careers Information Library before, you may have used the data from previous surveys to find out what other grads from your course went on to do (all data is anonymous of course).

The survey is managed by the staff here in the Careers Development Centre and we also use the survey to identify grads who need ongoing careers support.

We will be contacting University of Stirling leavers in April/May (approximately 6 months after November graduation). To ensure that the survey results are really useful, we need to get a high level of responses. If you are a recent graduate we would really appreciate your help.

It is quick and easy to complete the survey; you will only need a minute or two to tick all the relevant boxes.

https://dlhe.hesa.ac.uk/survey/ukmap.aspx

Interested in a career in Marketing? The Ogilvy fellowship

If you’re interested in working in marketing then it may be worth your time to apply for the Ogilvy Account management Graduate Scheme, which is open for applications until 18 February.

A 2-year programme, consisting of 5-weeks training, followed by two 1-year placements at Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne, Ogilvy PR, Coley Porter Bell, or Ogilvy Action.  At least one of the two years will be spent at Ogilvy & Mather or OgilvyOne.

Applications for the 2013 Account Management Fellowship are now open.  The deadline for submitting everything is midnight on February 18th, so make sure you don’t wait until the last minute!

To apply, you just have to go through the following simple steps;

  1. Click on the application link at the bottom of this page.
  2. Click ‘Apply to Job’ – a pop-up window will open, and you’ll be invited to create an account.  This will let you track your application, so you can work on it in stages before submitting.
  3. The first page of the application asks you to upload your CV; we don’t actually see this.  The website just uses it to help pre-populate some of the ‘Education’ and ‘Experience’ fields on the following page.  Don’t worry; you can always go through and change them manually.
  4. The first page also asks for a covering letter; in less than 100 words, use this as a chance to tell us why you want to apply to The Fellowship.  There will be questions later in the application to tell us all about you in more detail.
  5. Go through the rest of the application, making sure you read all of the questions and instructions as you go.  You can stop and "Save a Draft" at any point if you want to come back to it later.
  6. Once you’ve made it to the end and are happy with everything, click ‘Submit’ on the final page, and you’re done!  You will receive a confirmation email, so that you know your application has been submitted successfully.

You will be notified by March 18th if you have been successful in getting through to the next stage.  For those of you who do make it through, you will need to make sure you are available to attend interviews during the week commencing April 8th.

To blog or not to blog…………

Saw this really interesting blog written by Chelsea Howard on graduate-jobs.com about the value of a graduate or a student, becoming a blogger. Have a read of it then have a go at blogging, who knows, you might enjoy it and it will certainly help you with your written communication skills.

‘Over the past few years there has been a blogging boom. In this time, blogging has become a very popular form of communication whereby people can inform, entertain and express themselves. Like many others, I jumped on the blogging bandwagon and began writing my own personal blog in which I write about topics such as beauty, fashion, events, and so on. This has been, and still is, a great way for me to share my interests, advice and thoughts with others and allow them to engage with me around this content.

Writing a personal blog is brilliant and I have consequently developed quite a penchant for writing that now extends beyond my personal interests. In an effort to expand my ‘body of work’, as it were, I have been looking for opportunities to try my hand at writing about issues relevant to my university and professional life; something a little more meaningful and defining. An opportunity arose recently when graduate-jobs.com posted on Twitter that they were looking for people to write for their blog. Their blog is designed to allow current students and graduates to write about issues or topics relevant to them and their peers. This would mean that I would be able to write for an audience that would be really receptive to the information, advice or anecdotes that I have to share. Perfect!

I responded immediately, conveying my interest in getting involved and giving them a sample of my writing to have a look at. We then began conversing about possible topics and before you know it I am writing my first draft. My first post, as you may gather, is about the benefits of blogging in regards to one’s career.

Besides being a fun and interesting hobby, blogging is also a great way to improve your written communication. I find that I learn a couple of new words and a handful of synonyms each time that I write an article/entry and my grammar and punctuation have also improved. Not only is this beneficial for my university course work, it gives me a great advantage as a prospective graduate. Graduate employers look for candidates who can demonstrate good verbal and written communication. By writing a blog I can give them tangible examples of the strength of my written communication, which is often an indicator of strong verbal communication. This is particularly helpful for graduates hoping to enter roles, such a journalism, in which this is a must-have attribute. What’s more is that the organisation that you write for may also be happy to provide potential employers with a reference about your punctuality, creativity and personality, which may give you an advantage over other candidates.

Blogging in this way also allows you to express your personality because the process of writing requires you to be adaptive and creative and it allows you to develop and showcase your personal writing style. Quite importantly, it also shows that you like to be an active member of your community (as a student or graduate) and get involved when the opportunity presents itself, which suggests to employers that you have initiative and motivation. Getting involved within a graduate or student community, at university or with organisations such as graduate-jobs.com, also has reciprocal benefits because you yourself become a lot more informed and engaged as you are exposed to the writings of others within your community.

To summarise, blogging benefits are brilliant and I strongly encourage everyone to seize opportunities to get involved and do more! Don’t shy away, give it a try and you might find that you have an undiscovered talent for writing.’

If you do take to blogging and would like to do more, we would more than welcome your contribution on the GradClub pages. Just pop in to see either Andrew or myself at the CDC or message us on FB about your interest in blogging.