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Go to one of the Find your Future events between 13th – 24th November and write a blog post about it. Tell us:
- what you learnt from the event
- how it might help you in the future
- what you are studying and your ambitions for the future
Your blog post should be about 350 – 400 words.
Deadline: Monday 27th November at midnight.
The winning post will be published on the University of Sunderland blog site, this website and posted on social media. Runners up will also be published.
From November 13th – 24th 2017 The University of Sunderland will be hosting a range of careers, employability and enterprise based talks and workshops.
Click on the link below for the programme:
The London Graduate Fair
Start your career at the biggest and best national recruitment fair in London.
When: Wednesday 20 June 2018
Time: 11.00 – 17.00
Where: Senate House
Nearest Tubes: Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road
The Spring Graduate Fair – March 2018
Looking for an exciting graduate position? Unsure of what you want to do after graduation?
Come to the Spring Graduate Fair at the University of London. The fair is a chance for students and graduates to meet with scores of prospective employers and postgraduate training providers from a wide range of sectors.
The Spring Graduate Fair is the only national graduate recruitment fair held in the spring term. Past exhibitors include KPMG, Jaguar, British Airways and Sky.
When: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Time: 12 – 17pm
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road
Where: Senate House, University of London
Visitor Registration will open in early Jan 2018
Please register at: https://www.springgradfair.co.uk/
CIMA open evening – London
This open evening will provide an introduction for those considering the CIMA and a career as a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Date: 26th October 2017
Time: 5.30 for 6pm – 8.30pm
Location: CIMA, The Helicon, One South Place, London EC2M 2RB
Who will benefit
Anyone who is interested in knowing more about the CIMA qualification. All welcome!
What you can gain
• Get one to one advice on studying the CIMA qualification.
• Find out if you will be exempt from any exams.
• Find out details about the different study options available; entry routes, study options, exams, careers and any other queries you may have.
• CIMA qualified professionals will share insight, experience and advice.
• Find out career opportunities and earning potential for CIMA qualifieds.
There has never been a better time to be a management accountant. CIMA qualified management accountants, particularly at senior level, are in demand more than ever. This open evening will allow attendees to explore the internationally recognised CIMA qualification.
Register to attend this free event here – https://www.cimaglobal.com/Events/Events/CIMA-open-evening—London/
This is our second cohort of Digital Media Marketing students ready to start the new course which began this week. We will be running this course again in 2018 so look our for information on social media and university emails. To find our more about the course content, click here.
Article courtesy of Aspiring Interns
6 Skills You Learn As A Committee Member In A Student Society by Catriona Dennis
The concept of work-life balance applies to university as much as to the world of work.
Going to university is a life-changing experience. It’s also an intense period of growth. Some are unblinkingly aiming for that 1st, while others are seeking a taste of freedom. Whatever you’re after, every student needs to switch off and have fun occasionally. Attending a university society or joining a sports team can be the major thing that motivates a student to get through their essays and exams.
Don’t underestimate what can be gained through these sorts of extra-curricular activities. Increasingly, employers are looking for soft skills and experience as much as a degree. Through a social activity such as being a team captain or a society president, you can grow examples for the CV that you might not have realised you were nurturing.
Consider whether you might have inadvertently learned these six skills while taking part in societies at university.
Teamwork is a no-brainer. An employer wants to know that you can work effectively with other people, communicate your ideas and meet a group goal. Any member of a committee can say with certainty that they have ticked this box. They will have attended meetings, shared their thoughts and gained a sense of shared responsibility.
You know that one guy in the team who didn’t pull his weight and was always late to meetings? Explain how you dealt with that difficult team-member and learnt to compromise. This is a crucial workplace skill. An employer will want to hear about it.
Networking is one of those popular buzzwords. What it really means is that you can form relationships with others and build those relationships into further projects or career prospects.
It isn’t as simple as it sounds and requires practice. Committee members can reference the relationships they formed with fellow students and staff during their tenure, and how this led to collaboration further down the line.
Not everyone is comfortable socialising with strangers and committee members are often the ones to go out of their way to include everyone in a conversation or activity. If you ever practised striking up conversations with the strangers in a group then you gained networking experience.
Event organising can be one of the most stressful parts of running a society. If you have ever had to plan a large event, you know that it is an intricately choreographed dance to make sure that everyone is where they should be, when they should be, doing what they should be.
An event can be anything from a simple weekly bar social to a complicated trip abroad. As a committee member, you almost certainly organised some form of activity for your group.
Through this, you will have proved you possess a series of useful skills: organisation, negotiation and thinking on your feet.
Admin and emails
You would be surprised how many graduates leave university without knowledge of proper email etiquette.
A lot of societies will have a mailbox or send regular emails about their activities. If you ran your society’s inbox or were the one who always had to fill in the paperwork, you will have gained useful workplace skills. It may have seemed mundane and repetitive at the time. Remember to get the credit for it now!
To you, social media will seem completely commonplace but an employer will be looking to make sure you are capable of using it effectively.
Nearly everyone uses social media in their private lives. It’s another thing for a prospective employee to say they use social media for a group or cause. If you ever advertised a society event over social media, or used it as a platform to gain members, then make sure it is on your CV.
As society president or team captain, you will have been the figurehead of your group. Often, you will have been the one to make the final decision and take ultimate responsibility if anything goes wrong. The one to delegate tasks but also the one to motivate the team into action! This kind of knowledge of leadership can only be gained through real experiences and an employer will respect the commitment.
University is challenging. The journey can be quite intense and many of the friendships forged while achieving your degree remain strong long after graduation. Equally, the lessons you learn are learned for life.
Getting involved in a society proves you can think for yourself. It might feel like a struggle juggling academic deadlines, social obligations and perhaps a part-time job, but it is definitely worth it. It might even raise you above the competition and win you that graduate job you are seeking.
Article courtesy of The Job Crowd.
Jobs & Career fairs can be overwhelming, so take note of these top tips to get you through the day.
To prepare for the day, you should;
Decide what to wear –
Your attire should be pleasing to the eye, professional and stand out.
A smart business casual layout can set you apart from the rest of the suits.
Dress for the job you want, don’t be cliche.
Check out the venue –
Scope out the venue before the day, so you know how to get there, if there is parking etc.
You should also ensure you know where your preferred employers will be so you can be at the front of the line.
Research the Employers –
Interested in the employers but don’t exactly know what they do?
Spend some time researching the ones you are particularly interested in and the industry they represent, that way you’ll know what they are looking for and how you can approach them.
The Job Crowd has a great overview of the Top Companies for graduates to work for.
Update your CV –
Is it out of date? Will you stand out from the crowd?
Have a look at what you can improve on and print as many copies as you can.
Don’t be afraid to take loads of CV’s as you will more than likely go through them all.
Check out common cover letter mistakes to avoid here.
Practise your pitch –
Whats your USP (Unique Selling Point)?
Who are you and why do you want to work for that company?
Be prepared for “Tell me more about yourself” and above all listen for clues in the conversation.
If a recruiter seems interested in a particular subject, jump on their enthusiasm and work your magic!
On the Day
Go Solo –
You don’t need a group of friends putting you off your “A” game, neither should you take your children along.
Treat this as a job interview.
Get there early –
Head in early to make sure you’re the one that is meeting the fresh faced employers.
It’s a long day for everyone involved and you don’t want to be pitching to a fatigued recruiter.
Standing in line? Waiting for a coffee?
This is your opportunity to network.
You never know who you might strike up a conversation with.
Be courteous. Speak clearly and respectfully.
Complete your simple pitch and ask questions.
If you’re nervous about your pitch, practise on a few employers that you’re not necessarily interested in, that way you are more comfortable heading into conversations with the ones you want to approach.
While you’re there, grab some brochures etc but don’t be greedy or aggressive on the marketing material or samples.
Follow up –
After the event, employers can be overwhelmed with resumes and pitches.
Ensure you follow up with a phone call or email reminding the recruiter of your stand out points in the conversation. Apply for the positions that are available online and don’t be disheartened if you don’t find your dream job this time round.
Although an employer may not have picked you today, the one that got the position may not work out and you will be at the top of the list.
The University of Sunderland in London offers students the opportunity to undertake a 12 week, full-time internship in one of our business areas. To find out more about this opportunity, please click here.
East London Job Fair
Where: Old Town Hall, Stratford London, E15 4BQ
When: 22nd September, 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm
West London Jobs Fair
Where: Town Hall, Ealing W5 London, W5 2BY
When: 1st September, 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm
Job Fairs are a brilliant way to increase your chances of finding a job. You can meet employers face-to-face, find out what jobs are available and pick up some great tips on who to contact.
You might even find a change of direction by discovering a job you’d not thought of before. The best thing? You’ll be face to face with people who you know are looking to recruit.
Please bring along your CV to the event.