Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. “Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose,” she says. “Hire the Scrapper.”
Regina Hartley: Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume – but may be empowered with gritAuthor: Jo
Spend 8 weeks this summer in China learning the Chinese language and gaining meaningful work experience that will look fantastic on your CV. With 60 funded places available across four programmes, it’s a great chance to get ahead and boost your employability and cross-cultural awareness.
Open to current UK undergraduates and recent graduates from English universities, this summer programme offers a combination of three weeks of intensive Mandarin language study at a leading university, followed by a five-week internship placement in an industry sector of your choice.
Placements available in:
- Beijing: 7 July to 31 August
- Shanghai: 7 July to 31 August
- Qingdao: 20 June to 12 August
- Zhuhai: 7 July to 31 August
Applications are now open and will be handled on a first-come first-serve basis, so the sooner you apply, the better. The latest deadline to submit your application by is 16 May 2016.
Find out more about this opportunity and how to apply here.
The following event is open to all students from both campuses:-
International, Voluntary and Local Jobs Fair
School of Management Atrium
Thursday 28th April
11 am – 3 pm
By signing in to the event you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher!
For more information contact email@example.com.
The following sessions will take place in Room GH001, Bay Campus from 6.00 – 7.00 pm
- Monday 29 Feb: Gaining valuable experience
- Monday 7 March: Interview skills
- Monday 14 March: What employers want
Bay Campus – All students:
Writing an effective CV and covering letter – Bay Campus – Great Hall – GH001
Monday 22nd February 6-7pm
A practical workshop covering the key points on how to write CVs and covering letters and adapt them to meet the needs of potential employers and industry sectors. This workshop will be useful if you have not yet written your CV or if you need further help and advice on communicating your educational talents and previous work experience to employers. If you have a current CV you are welcome to bring it to this session, though there may not be time for individual feedback. https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/workshops-and-talks/
Singleton Park Campus – All students:
Interview techniques – Fulton House – Lecture Room B
Tuesday 23rd February 12-1pm
Feel you’d like to brush up on your interview technique? In this session our Careers Advisers will provide you with hints and tips on how to survive job interviews. https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/workshops-and-talks/
Work Ready Graduates – Library & Information Centre – Foyer
Thursday 25th February 11:00 – 16:30
Work Ready Graduates was established in order to help graduates make a successful transition into the world of work. Come along and find out how they can help you when you graduate. Further information: http://www.workreadygraduates.com/
Getting Work Ready Seminar – Keir Hardie Room 216
Thursday 25th February 17:00 – 18:00
‘Are you nervous about finding employment after graduation? Do you feel unprepared for the world of work? Join this interactive, informative seminar delivered by the UK’s premier graduate training providers Work Ready Graduates and improve your employability. Delivered by a specialist trainer who has worked with the likes of Trip Advisor, Time Warner and supported by Prospects, Teach First and Propeller Training, this session will help you move a step closer to gaining your dream job!’
More details of specific workshops:
The Chartered Insurance Institute – Succeeding in risk and wealth management
16/2/2016 – 17:00 – 18:00 Keir Hardie Room 216
Discover your route in to risk or wealth management. Whatever you’re studying, you can build a successful career in these professions. The CII and graduates from the sector will present and take questions on how you can take your next steps. We’ll also plug you in to free networking and knowledge through Discover membership. Target Audience: All students https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/workshops-and-talks/
Writing an effective CV and Cover Letter. Introduction to Linked In
17/02/2016 – 12-1pm Fulton House – Seminar Room 2
A practical workshop covering the key points on how to write CVs and covering letters and adapt them to meet the needs of potential employers and Industry Sectors. This workshop will be useful if you have not yet written your CV or if you need further help and advice on communicating your educational talents and previous work experience to employers. If you have a current CV you are welcome to bring it to this session, though there may not be time for individual feedback.
Target Audience: All students https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/workshops-and-talks/
18/2/2016 10:30 – 16:30pm Library & Information Centre – Foyer
CCUSA (Camp Counsellora USA) look to send students all over the world to work at summer camps and gain valuable work experience with the American programme being their most popular. Further information: www.ccusa.com/
SWWP Reaching Wider – Working with young people on campus
18/2/2016 – 17:00 – 18:00 Keir Hardie – Room 216
The South and West Wales Reaching Wider partnership offers a range of learning and aspiration raising activities for young people living in Communities First areas and for Looked-after Children. Many of these activities are delivered on campus. Paid casual work opportunities are available which can fit around your timetable.
Target audience: All students https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/workshops-and-talks/
Click here to download an overview of what’s coming up this month through to March.
If you want to focus particularly on forthcoming Careers Advisers Workshops, you can download the details here: Employability Workshops
There are events on both campus, and all our events are open to students of all disciplines.
For events that require pre-booking, you need to:
Book through our online event booking system, and once you have registered/logged in:
- Click on Events Calendar
- Select: Date of the Event
- Select: Book
- Employability Week welcome drop-in session
- PwC Pitch Competition
- Writing effective CVs and cover letters
- Making effective applications
- Interview skills
- How to find a graduate job
- Understanding psychometric tests and assessment tools
Time: 17:00 – 18:00
Venue: Keir Hardie, Room 216
Tenovus Cancer Care is the main cancer charity in Wales carrying out health promotion, clinical support, nursing support, counselling, welfare advice and therapeutic activity. The speaker will describe the various volunteering opportunities available in the charity and how they might enrich a student’s experience and CV.
Target Audience: All students/Health and Social Care students
Visit our talks and workshops page at myuni.swan.ac.uk/careers/workshops-and-talks/ for more information and to book online.
Our team of Careers Advisers will help you find out how to develop your employability skills at these workshops covering vital topics like
- Writing CVs and making effective applications
- Getting into teaching
- Interview techniques
- Assessment centres
- Finding jobs
- What employers look for in applicants
- Commercial awareness and personal branding.
Click here to register/log into our online booking system. Having registered/logged in:
- Click on “Events Calendar”
- Select the date of the session you wish to attend
- Select “Book”.
Date: 22 October 2015, 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: Fulton House, Lecture Room B
Visit myuni.swan.ac.uk/careers/workshops-and-talks/ for more information and booking instructions.
An ideal opportunity to get help and advice from our Careers Adviser team.
This will be a practical workshop covering the key points on how to write CVs and covering letters and adapt them to meet the needs of potential employers and industry sectors. It will be useful if you have not yet written your CV or if you already have a CV but need further advice on developing it.
- Network with HR professionals from top UK businesses
- Attend VI-specific career workshops
- Receive feedback on your CV & interview technique
- Share experiences with other VI graduates
- Build confidence and have fun water-skiing
11-13th August 2015
Mandolay Hotel & Conference Centre,
36-40 London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AE
To be considered, please send a copy of your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or for more information, see:
Twitter: @blindinbusiness #E2E2015
All the presentation slides and notes from our recent Get Ready for Work events are now available. Visit https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/careers/ and follow the ‘Workshops’ link under ‘Resources’ – you need to be logged into MyUni/Blackboard to view these resources.
Topics covered include:
- How to network effectively
- What an employer wants
- How to write successful applications
- How to find graduate jobs
- Interview technique
SEA (Swansea Employability Academy) are hosting a series of workshops for final year students, and the programme includes major employers such as BBC Wales and Santander. Click here to download our Get Ready for Work poster.
The workshops are designed to improve your knowledge and skills in the job application and interview process and prepare you for the employment sector. The programme covers:
- CVs and covering letters
- Writing effective applications
- How to find a graduate job
- Interview skills
- What employers look for
- LinkedIn – from amateur to pro
- How to network with confidence
- Meet the Employers event
Open to students from all disciplines.
Make the best of your Welsh in the workplace!
Students who attend 3 workshops during the day will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an ipod!
Date/time: Monday 11 May, 10.00 – 3.30 pm
Venue: Dining Rooms A & B, Fulton House
Workshops will be running throughout the day. Click here for details and links to pre-book your place.
For more information contact Kate Evans at email@example.com.
Countryside Jobs have just launched a new ‘Ask CJS’ service at www.countryside-jobs.com/CJS_Stuff/askCJS.html. It provides all the information required to contact them through various social media accounts as well as an online query form. It also has a link to a Helpful Hints page for advice and guidance when applying for a facancy and writing a CV.
We subscribe to the Countryside Jobs vacancy bulletins which you can access at https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/careers/job-hunting/ – scroll down to “Green jobs”.
Save the date & win! Worried about your career prospects post-graduation? ACCA are hosting a free, online careers fair for finance and business students on the 23rd and 24th September. Over two days, there’ll be the chance to get specially created, free, useful advice on your future career and training. In 2014, ACCA invited more than 25 employers, including Mazars, Baker Tilly, Boots, Capita, EY, Ford Retail, Grant Thornton, TalkTalk, Johnson and Johnson, Zurich, Whitbread, Specsavers and more.
Visit ACCA Advantage from the comfort of your sofa for:
- Over 100 live job vacancies for students and graduates
- Advice on getting your dream job, CV building, job interviews and psychometric testing
- Guidance from leading tuition providers
- Employer booths where you can chat with top companies
- The chance to apply for jobs during the event
ACCA are also offering you the chance to win an amazing, career-boosting prize worth over £1,300, including a bespoke CV and cover letter, interview coaching, personalised strengths tests and interview clothes vouchers.
To find out more, and to enter the competition, visit www.accaglobal.com/advantage
Swansea Employability Academy and Careers & Employability Service are hosting and delivering a series of workshops and events for all students. They are designed to improve your knowledge and skills in the job application and interview process and to help you prepare for your future employment.
These workshops and events are in addition to the activities organised by your own College as part of Employability Week – further details of these are available in College, but if you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The job-hunting process is not an easy one and can be difficult to manage if you’re not organised. Get better at it with these great tips: http://grad.li/1kWUo4u
The Careers and Employability Service will be hosting a variety of events and workshops during the week beginning Monday 20th January covering a wide range of topics.
Download the full programme:
Workshops during My Employability week will include the following:-
- Careers and Cakes – informal drop-in event
- Getting started with career ideas
- Managing your online presence and using social media for job hunting
- Writing an effective CV and cover letter
- Finding and preparing for graduate jobs
- Career decision making
- Developing an employability mindset
- Analysing what you can offer an employer
- Making successful applications
- Interview skills and psychometric testing
- preparing for assessment centres
- The Higher Education Achievement Award (HEAR) and Employability Awards
- Completing successfulapplications (GO Wales)
- Using social media for job hunting
- Getting into teaching
- International Students – What next after your degree?