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Business Enterprise Certificate

Posted on January 16, 2016 by - Events

Business Enterprise Certificate (BEC)

 

Are you interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship?

Would you like to run your own business one day?

Do you see yourself as a business leader in the future?

Are you interested in applying for the Tier 1 entrepreneur’s visa?

Would you like to take valuable business enterprise skills back to your home countries?


If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Business Enterprise Certificate is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain the skills you will need.

The University of Sunderland in London is looking for bright, enthusiastic students to join this exciting programme in which you will learn about all aspects of business and leadership from an industry expert. You will learn though practical experience: Writing your own business plan and pitching your ideas to external business leaders are core elements of the syllabus. The programme lasts for 12 weeks and will be delivered weekly in three hour sessions.

Syllabus

 

Week

1.       Commercial Introduction

2.       Global Entrepreneurship

3.       Leadership Styles

4.       Corporate Functions

5.       Strategy and Objective Setting

6.       Writing a business Plan I

 

 

7.     Budgeting and Financials

8.     Case Study

9.     Research

10.   Writing a Business Plan II

11.   Business Development and Sales

12.   Pitch week

 

Who is running the programme?

The programme is run by Alistair Galloway, a company director who has a wide and varied career portfolio having reached the rank of captain in the British Army before embarking on a seven year city career in asset management. He is now the owner of two security and risk management consultancies. In addition, Alistair has also successfully run a military charity and is involved in the development of entrepreneurial hubs in diaspora communities in the UK.


 

Who can apply?

The programme is open to all students on all courses. Your visa must be valid for the duration of the course.  There is no cost to you.

All we ask is for your commitment, enthusiasm and some ideas from which to develop a small business. As this is a practical course in which you will learn through experience, you will need an idea from which to write your business plan. Don’t worry if this is not well developed at this stage; the course will help you learn the skills your need to further establish it.

How to Apply

Send a CV and covering letter to:  employability-london@sunderland.ac.uk by midnight on Monday 28th September.

Please outline why you wish to do the programme and explain any business ideas you have.


We will be running this programme again in early 2016, please look out for information on your Livecampus emails, Facebook, this website and posters around the university. 

Women in Finance: Insight Day

Posted on October 13, 2015 by - Events

Lloyds Banking Group ‘Women in Finance’ Insight Day

Date: 20th November 2015

Time: 11:00am-5:00pm

Location: 25 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7HN

Audience: Predominantly female undergraduates, in their PENULTIMATE or FINAL year of study, studying ANY degree.

Students will: learn about Lloyds Banking Group as a business, meet current graduates, take part in a professional development session, receive a skills session, hear from a senior leader within the team, and enjoy informal networking with Lloyds Banking Group colleagues with drinks and nibbles.

 

Attend the event for free by registering yourself here: http://www.mykindacrowd.com/Events/Detail/12

The Diversity Careers Show

Posted on September 17, 2015 by - Events

The Diversity Careers Show

This highly engaging day is packed with career development activities and is a fantastic opportunity to meet face-to-face with top employers who openly embrace diversity in their recruitment and sign ethos and will be offering practical advice on all aspects of careers.

 

When: Friday 23rd October 2015 10:30am – 5pm

Individuals are encouraged to register in advance to guarantee a place on the day: http://www.diversitycareersshow.com/register.html

Where:  The Royal College of Surgeons

35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3PE

Nearest Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane or Temple

For more information visit: http://www.diversitycareersshow.com/

 

Autumn Graduate Fair

Posted on August 21, 2015 by - Events

The next London Graduate Fair is on:

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 11am – 6pm

It is essential to pre-register and choose either a morning or afternoon attendance time.

It is held at Senate House, nearest tube is Goodge Street

Careers fairs are a great opportunity to speak to employers about career paths and graduate employment as well as having your CV checked and attending various career based workshops. Some companies will have international offices so you can find our what opportunities might exist in your home countries.

Please ensure you register first: –

http://www.londongradfair.co.uk/pre-register-now!.aspx

Getting Ready for Work …

Posted on August 13, 2015 by - Blog, Home

A degree alone is not enough to gain entry into the competitive graduate labour market. We recommend that you use your time as student to develop a range of skills, knowledge, experience and attitudes that will help you in your future transition into work.


Skills

What are employability skills?

Often called ‘soft’ or ‘transferable’ skills, these are the abilities that employers want you to have experience of when you start work. They are skills that are relevant in all over the world, in all sectors and will help you move from one industry and job role to another.

  • Verbal communication
  • Teamwork
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Analysing and Investigating
  • Negotiation/persuasion
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership
  • Presentations/public speaking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Written Communication
  • Planning and organisation
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Self- management
  • Perseverance and Motivation
  • Initiative and pro-activity
  • Self-awareness
  • Positive Attitude
  • Creativity

English Language

Your ability to communicate is undoubtedly one the most important aspects of success in the UK. You have already achieved a good level in English but don’t stop there:

  • Make friends with people from all nationalities; create diverse friendship groups   so you are not tempted to speak in your native language all the time
  • Create some rules for yourself. For example, only speak English when you are on campus
  • Read relevant journal and newspapers in English. This will not only support your English but also your careers and sector industry knowledge
  • Join in with any extra lessons and take advantage of any careers workshops as they will also support you to improve your English
  • Socialise – come to the University of Sunderland in London social events
  • Try to learn and understand colloquial and idiomatic phrases and expressions; we use them a lot so it can really improve your understanding of native speakers
  • Watch TV and Films in English
  • Work on improving you pronunciation
  • Don’t worry about making mistakes, the only way to improve is to practise

Self-awareness

Get to know yourself; find out what you are good at.

  • Strengths
  • Skills
  • Personal values
  • Motivations
  • Attitude

There isn’t a start or end to this process, it is a lifelong endeavour, but if you have not yet thought about these things yet, now is good time to start. To help consider what makes you buzz, click: Finding your Passion Qs

Play to your strengths

Although getting involved with various activities gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, one of the aims of this should be to find out your own unique combination of personal strengths.

There are many different ‘tools’ you can use to help you understand yourself better such as psychometric testing and Myer-Briggs personality types:

http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/type

http://www.practiceaptitudetests.com/

 


Opportunity

If you have a good sense of your own strengths, it can help determine the career paths that are right for you. In the UK 60 – 70% of job roles do not require a specific degree. Think widely about the skills and strengths you have and like using, there may be a varied range of jobs that you have never considered before.

We recommend you:

  • Get involved with careers talks and company visits organised by the university
  • Research careers that interest you, see links below
  • Book a careers interview with the Careers and Employability Service
  • Get involved with the University of Sunderland London Campus Bright Futures Society and the Business Society

http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/132-Starting-Your-Career-In-Country-Guides-for-International-Students

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/sectors.htm


Activities

Involvement in the activities listed below can help you develop skills and self awareness – and will look great on your CV.

Voluntary Work: You can find some excellent opportunities through voluntary work, often finding the chance to hold more responsibility than you would in junior roles in paid employment. Voluntary work can also be a really good starting point for those of you who have never had a job.

To find out more about finding voluntary work opportunities look at: http://livesonline.sunderland.ac.uk/careers/voluntary-work-2/ or come up to the fourth floor careers office.

University Societies: Getting involved is a great way of developing skills, meeting new people, practising your English language skills, building confidence and having fun. Sometimes you can include them on your CV, particularly if you have taken an organisational/committee role.

Student Representative: This is a chance to represent the student body by becoming a point of contact for communication between staff and students. Through liaising with academic staff, senior management and support staff, this is an opportunity that will help you develop skills in leadership, communication and influencing and negotiation.

Student Ambassador: As a student ambassador you will get paid job roles on an ad-hoc basis on various positions supporting the university. This is a great opportunity to earn money, gain work experience in a variety of roles and be part of the university.

Part-time jobs: Whilst these are essential for survival for most students, don’t neglect the fact that they can provide you with some valuable employability skills. A few tips for part-time work:

  • Find work in a job role and company that you would feel proud to have on your CV
  • Whilst at work, be aware of the skills you are learning and take any opportunities that will enable you to develop yourself
  • Treat difficult situations as an opportunity to develop new skills
  • Try to move up within your job role. Can you move into a shift supervisor, duty manager, team leader role; what opportunities are there to gain more responsibility?
  • Improve your commercial awareness by learning about the organisational structure, the product, it’s trade and place in the market

When you get involved with activities such as these, it is essential that you are aware of the skills you are learning as well as thinking about the things that you really enjoy and find that you are good at. Being able to articulate yourself is a vital skill when looking for work; it supports you with applications, job interview and networking.

  • Keep a notebook and record the skills you are using: what situations have you encountered that have required you to use certain skills?
  • Look out for opportunities that give you the chance to further you skills and experience

Internships: An internship is an opportunity to gain professional work experience for a fixed period of time. This can be anything from 6 weeks to 12 months but, for international students, it would have to fit into a time period that your visa allows. For example, you will normally have a period of four months between your course finishing and you visa expiring; this is a time period that you could be doing an internship.

Finding an internship can take a lot of work. Don’t leave it until you finish your course, start looking well before.

For further information about internships, please ensure you read your university emails, ‘Like’ the London Campus Facebook page and attend workshops run by the careers service. 

My Catch up with Captain Hindsight

Posted on July 24, 2015 by - Blog, Home

The article below from Alex Merry provides some excellent advice to those of you doing an internship or going out into the working world after graduation.

Take a look at his website: http://gradlifelondon.com/

 

My Catch up with Captain Hindsight

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on my first 6 years in the working world.  In that time, I’ve been lucky enough to have been an employee and an employer and one thing I’ve noticed is that graduates a year into work are much more desirable than those fresh out of university.  It’s a great way to avoid the entry-level mistakes that are made at another company’s expense.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge advocate of student and graduate employment, but year in year out, the same mistakes are being made by a new generation of people.

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My chats with Captain Hindsight are always a pleasure and this particular meeting was summed up nicely by Judy Belmont:

‘Forgive yourself for not having the foresight to know
now what seems so obvious in hindsight.’

Below are the minutes taken from the meeting, if the contents of your next chat are different to mine, then this article has been a success:

Mid-week drinking etiquette
There are few things more exciting than going out for drinks on a school night; it’s naughty and everyone knows it. After all, isn’t the best business done at the bar?!  Things will probably get pretty loose and my personal advice would be to sit back, enjoy and let nature take it’s course.  As long as someone senior is more intoxicated than you are you’ll be fine.  However, when you wake up the next morning feeling like you have been scraped off the bottom of a shoe, be sure to follow the office hangover etiquette guide below:
1.  Get to work on time at all costs.
2.  Get your head down and crack on.  If you prove you can work hard and play hard, it will impress.
3.  If you’re lucky enough to still be drunk when you arrive, ride the wave and use it build some momentum.
4.  No mention of the hangover, you’re not at university any more.
5.  If none of this is working, go and hide in the toilet for as long as you can get away with.

How much are you actually worth?
Your salary is a reflection of the return on investment that you will bring to the company/social enterprise/charity you work for.  Whether you are in sales, administration or human resources, ultimately you have an impact on the bottom line.  So when the time comes to ask for a raise, don’t expect to get one unless you can show your employer how you will maximise their return on investment in you.

Learn to manage up
Relationships work both ways and while it might seem like a role-reversal, you can and should manage your boss.  Here are some simple ways of doing this:
1.  Manage expectations; under promise and over deliver. It is all too easy to get carried away with an exciting development that hasn’t yet happened.  Bosses don’t like nasty surprises, so while it might feel good to get some praise in the short-term, it won’t feel nearly as good as when it’s happened.  This is a fast-track way to becoming the most reliable person in your team.
2.  Keep one step ahead by pro-actively scheduling in meetings with your manager.  If you own the meeting, you own the agenda.  As with any meeting, all attendees should know what they need to have prepared and make sure there are clear outcomes and action points.
3.  If a project is looking like it may veer off-track, have the foresight to recognise it early and the guts to tackle it head on (yes that means tell your boss!). Sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich and hoping everything will miraculously sort itself out will only make the matter worse.  Instead, bring solutions to the table and don’t dwell on how it wasn’t your fault.  Your solutions may not always be right, but you will be approaching it in the right way.

How to write an email
Obviously spelling and grammar must be perfect, but something equally as important is tone.  It’s so easy to misinterpret an email and doing so can cause unnecessary friction with the recipient (this incidentally, is probably responsible for the unfortunate increase in work emoticons).  Business is built on relationships, so put personality and feeling into your correspondence and check that nothing will be misread.

Don’t forget your manners
If something is paid for by the company; don’t just take it for granted.  I’m not just talking about the jaegerbombs your manager bought you on Thursday night, what about the qualification your employer has paid for to aid your development, or the client lunch your boss invited you?  If you enjoy the perks, appreciate them and remember, givers gain.

Everyone is replaceable
If you work for an SME, the chances are the skill set that you build will become more and more specific to the company that you work for.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you are irreplaceable and that no-one else could take your place.  Don’t get complacent for two reasons:
1.  If you don’t produce the goods they can always train someone else.
2.  You will stop pushing yourself and where growth stops, decay begins.

Pick up the phone!
If you’ve been given a task that involves people remotely, don’t waste time waiting for them to reply to an email; pick up the phone and get it sorted there and then!  Use emails to confirm action points.  You’ll finish projects faster and build relationships quicker… win:win.

Your manager isn’t always better than you
You have been employed because you are seen to be the best person for that position, just because your manager used to have your job, it doesn’t automatically mean they are better at it.  Markets change, paradigms shift and as a result the challenges will rarely be the same.  Ask for their advice, but don’t expect them to have a magic solution for every problem that comes your way.

Working Overtime
Many companies will expect you to work well above and beyond the hours you are contracted for, especially if you’re heading for a career in finance or law.  In fact, they’ll even offer incentives like free dinner or a taxi home if you are working past a certain ungodly hour of the night.  Think that’s unfair? Yeah probably, but if you are lucky enough to be in a job that you enjoy, you’ll be willing to give your time to it.

Don’t chase the brand
One of the biggest misconceptions of finding employment post-university is that the graduate job market is a saturated one.  Countless articles in the press describe how applicants are competing against hundreds and sometimes thousands of others for one position.  This is rubbish, there are jobs everywhere. The problem is everyone applies to super brands like Google, Accenture or GSK without any knowledge of the job they are actually applying for.  There are incredible opportunities everywhere and my happiest friends work for companies that I had never heard of at university.

Ownership
Take complete ownership of every project you are assigned. For example, a networking event involves sales, marketing, administration, operations and finance.  It’s unlikely that your job description covers every area, but as project manager, the success of each ultimately falls on your shoulders.  Be thorough, delegate appropriately and leave nothing to chance. I was advised by Tom O’Leary, the former Curator of TEDxHousesofParliament, to hold ‘where is it going to go wrong‘ meetings with each sub-team – a very valuable piece of advice.

Take pride in the invisible details
One of Steve Job’s design philosophies was that every detail of a product must be beautifully designed, regardless of whether it was going to be seen or not.  The same applies in your job. Often it’s the attention to detail in your work, the bits that you think no-one will notice that make the external aspects exceptional.

Article written by Alex Merry, take a look at his website: http://gradlifelondon.com/

The London Job Show 2015

Posted on July 12, 2015 by - Events

The London Job Show

The London Job show will feature hundreds of employment and training opportunities as well as various careers workshops and seminars.

This is a great opportunity to talk to employers, find out about different career paths and attend workshops and seminars that will support your future job search.

 

When: Friday 9th October and Saturday 10th October

Where: Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF

Nearest Tube: Shepherd’s Bush

Admission: free

See link below for further information.

http://www.londonjobshow.co.uk/

Making the Most of Being a Student

Posted on July 12, 2015 by - Blog


Whilst you are studying at University of Sunderland London Campus, we expect your academic work to be your priority. However, we are living in very competitive times and those first few years after graduation can prove tough when trying to find a graduate job. It would be wise, therefore, to use your free time constructively and get involved in activities that help you develop your employability skills. Below I have outlined just some of the things you can do that would make your CV stand out from the crowd. 

1. Internships/work experience

While you are at university, you should try to find some professional work experience. An internship is a short term of employment that is designed to give you experience of working in a particular sector. You will need to consider how this could fit in to your holiday period or the time between your course finishing and your visa expiring. Don’t leave finding an internship until the last day of your course;  think ahead and start your job search early on as the application process can take some time. Click here to explore Internship Websites

Another way of finding an internship is by researching companies yourself and sending them your CV with a covering letter; this is called a ‘speculative application’. Click here to find out more: Speculative Applications

Use your existing contacts: If you already have a part-time job, would they be able to offer you anything more professional? Do you have contacts/family members that are able to help you? Many students find jobs through people they know so ensure that you are letting others know your plans.

2. Voluntary Work

If you have not had any experience of work, volunteering can be a great way of developing some skills in an area that you want to pursue your career in. For example, if you want to work in HR but have never worked in an office before, finding some general office/administration experience would be a good start.

In addition to providing valuable work experience, it also demonstrates to employers that you are motivated and prepared to give your time to a worthy cause. You will also meet new people, develop your English language skills and improve on transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, organisation and problem solving. To find out more click here: Voluntary Work

3. University Opportunities

While you are a student, it is a good idea to get involved with university life. At London Campus, you can apply to:

  • Become a student representative
  • Gain employment as a student ambassador
  • Apply for ad hoc positions such as ‘Student Blogger’
  • Get involved with university societies such as The Debating Society 
  • Get involved with sports, charity events and organising activities

4. Part-time Jobs

Part-time jobs are a great opportunity to develop your transferable skills. See Employability Skills from Part-time Work

Of course, we know that for most of you, a part-time job is essential for supporting yourself financially during your studies. However, if possible, try to find something that helps you develop new skills and looks good on your CV. For example, you may get the opportunity to move up into a duty manager/supervisory role which is a chance to put leadership, decision making, problem solving and organisational skills into practice – so look out for opportunities to develop your job role.

5. Networking

Career Fairs are an an opportunity to talk to people working for the companies that you are interested in. They also have career workshops and CV advice sessions.

We regularly promote these on the London Campus Facebook page (so make sure you ‘Like’ us), Sunspace emails and on this blog. See the ‘events’ posts on this website for further information about what’s on.

Sign up to Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com and start creating a professional network. LinkedIn can also be a source for interesting discussion forums, career related articles, job adverts and specialist groups.

http://www.meetup.com/ have many different groups that could be of interest to you.

6. Careers and Employability Sessions

We regularly hold careers and employability workshops and personal development sessions as well as having various guest speakers. Look out for posters, ‘Like’ our Facebook page and read your Live Campus emails to receive this information.

7. Improve your English

Although I have listed this last, it is perhaps the most important. You already have a good level of English but don’t stop trying to improve it. The ability to articulate your thoughts, create rapport with others and be effective in your written as well as verbal communication could be central to your success at job hunting in the UK.

  • While you are a student, try to spend time and speak with people from all nationalities, not just your own
  • Your written English is central to success at job searching as you will need to produce a CV and covering letter
  • Spend time with native speakers, work on improving your pronunciation, try learning some colloquial language

And Finally…

  • Be positive
  • Be proactive
  • Be resilient

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please email alice.mcdougall@sunderland.ac.uk or call into the careers office on the fourth floor.

Moving to London

Posted on July 10, 2015 by - Blog

Blog post by Md. Alamgir Hossain from Bangladesh:

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for giving chance to write about something which has played a real impact in my life through the University of Sunderland London Campus (USLC). Since the day I have started coming to the university, it’s making to think about what the education is all about. When I was child, I used to wish every time to study in a university in United Kingdom. I must give thanks to my beloved parents for making my dreams come true.  I have studied 12 years in back home Bangladesh which reminds me a lot of positive things that I will never forget. However, the education system is so unique compared to back home; in the classroom you will meet a lot of friends from different diversity. Whenever I did group study, I did learn the different views, skills, experience and idea from my friends. Therefore, USLC has given to chance to explore about different rich cultures, tradition, food and lifestyle which might not be possible.

As I have said studying in USLC was dream, similarly, working experience in the UK is so far amazing. Again, where I am working, are full diverse people I am to work with. It’s been a great learning experience working with in a team and obviously, under manager / team leader. I have learnt how to do team work with diverse; value of my presence in the team; sharing ideas and involving in decision making process, compliance system; work breakdown and customer relation how that is important to business and so many things. We have possibly studied importance of motivation in academic life, but you will feel the importance in workplace whether it could be extrinsic such as rewards or intrinsic such as appreciate of the job you have done. I have also learned how to work under the superior for example manager/team leader. The most important thing I have experienced is, everyone has equal opportunity which will make you feed you are not in sideline. In UK; it doesn’t matter what kind of job you do, you will always get respect of people that reminds we are human and we are friends.

The country we born we call that motherland. Truly when we grow up, country treats us like a mother. The country I was born, Bangladesh, is full of rich culture, tradition and food. Similarly, UK is the same; it has one of the oldest culture and civilization. The people are in Britain are polite, loving, kind and well behaved. In contrast, Bangladesh has 6 seasons, but there are only 4 in Britain. However, I didn’t try that much of British food, as I know (might be wrong) they mostly eat chicken and chips, turkey chicken is one of the most favourite and obviously vegetables also has the priority in the menu. On the other hand, we all know in London Olympic 2012, our Brick Lane (famous for Bangladeshi restaurant) was announced curry capital in London. Bangladesh has own year calendar like Britain has; typically, the celebrations are quite different.

In addition, academic experience is so far fantastic and that’s playing an important role in my life. We all know there is a proverb: ‘’education is the backbone of a nation.’’ I want to finish my desired degree from this country and want to apply in my personal life. Again respect to Britain and the people of Great Britain.