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15 March 2013

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Do Psychometric tests psyche you out? Psychometric tests are structured methods used by employers to assess each candidate’s suitability for a job or programme. They may include aptitude or ability tests, personality questionnaires or a combination of both. Psychometric testing is usually one part of a multi-stage recruitment process. It has become increasingly popular for companies to use psychometric tests to access their candidates. These tests are commonly used by larger corporations who have many candidates for many roles. The purpose of the tests is to assess your motivation, interests and values, as well as your behaviour and attitudes. These questions don't generally have a right or wrong answer. The test often comes in the form of a personality questionnaire, with multiple choice questions. Once the test is done you are often placed in a category which summarises what sort of person you are and how you react in different situations. It is important to practice these tests before you take them so you get used to them. There are many of these tests available on the internet. These personality questionnaires can also be used as self-assessment tools to help you understand what you like, what you strengths are, where you need to develop and how your personality will fit in different working environments. Turn to Learning space on page 2 for more information on where to practice psychometric tests.

Business School Employability Office We are open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday (Term Time). We are open during Easter vacation by appointments only. (Closed on 29th March and 1st April 2013 ) Twitter: @UofG_BSEO Facebook: BusinessSchoolEmployabilityOffice


Interview the Interviewer!

Top Skills

Asking a question to the employer is part of your interview so don’t just nod you head when the interviews asks, “Do you have any questions?” So here are 5 sample questions you can use! • What is the organisation’s plan for the next five years, and how does this department fit in? • Can you explain the organisational structure?

Below are Top 5 skills that our current students are learning at their workplace:


Crisis Management

Quality Control

Decision Making

Individual Responsibility

• What are the various ways employees communicate with one another to carry out their work? • Could you describe your company’s management style and the type of employee who fits well with it? • What are some of the other skills and abilities necessary for someone to succeed in this job? DO NOT ASK ANYTHING ABOUT • • • • • • •

Salary is a tricky topic, be careful! Company share prices Promotions and salary increases Sick pay allowance Leaves Break times Personal questions or gossip!

Did you know? Over 70% of employers believe those who volunteer have a better chance of

earning a higher salary and gaining promotion.

Watch this space for more!


Upcoming Event  Psychometric Tests Sessions Employability Passport How many points have you earned? Need help with scanning & uploading your evidence? We have a scanner just for you! Visit us in Queen Mary 245 Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm Collected 30 points already? You have earned yourself a Smart Black Portfolio! Collect it from our office ASAP! • When you will have earned 80 points by the end of the third term, you will get invited to a drinks reception • When you will have earned 150 points you will be eligible for special training

Watch out for more on the Business School Employability Week April 29th to May 3rd 3012

Register to take part in an exciting 3 session workshop to get an insight on Psychometric tests. This is a very good investment of time as it will prove helpful in your application process for placements and graduate jobs. When you register, you are automatically registered for all three sessions. It is mandatory for you to attend all 3 sessions of the workshop. ONLY 30 PLACES ! 1st Session – 3rd June 2013 2nd Session – October 2013 (Date to be announced) 3rd Session – October 2013 (Date to be announced) Email to register. Please provide us your full name, program, year of study and STUDENT ID.

 Big Picture Seminar Inland Waterways - An Under-Utilised Resource Peter Hugman MILT, Consultant, BargeConsult Wednesday 20th March 2013 18:00 – 20:00 Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LZ To book your place, simply email with the title of the event in the subject box, full name and email address.

 Be a Prezi Student Ambassador at Greenwich Represent Prezi at our university by applying to be a Student Ambassador. You will be in charge of promoting the Prezi brand around campus, organising events and putting on presentations to interest your peers. To apply please visit: ssadors&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gro Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the 1st April 2013.


Greenwich Sustainability Team Volunteering Opportunities ** IDEAL FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS **

Improve your employability prospects with one of these two opportunities: •

Crowd Sourcing/Social Media Engagement Intern – SUST001

Do you tweet, check-in and use Facebook every day, all day? Is building social community so ingrained you just can’t stop? Do you take pride in excellence and fancy yourself an entrepreneur? Do you have ideas on how to take a social community and influence their behaviour in the real world? We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a passion for conversation and experience in all things social. This fun and creative individual will assist the Sustainability Team’s execution of comprehensive social media engagement and drive forward new ideas and concepts.

Fairtrade Intern

The University of Greenwich is currently looking for an intern to work within the Sustainability Team working with the Students Unions (SUUG & UMSA) and the catering and hospitality service providers at the University to continue the work done to achieve Fairtrade University Status. If you would like to apply for either of these role please contact Emily Mason by email or telephone or send your CV and a short cover letter (no more than one side of A4) about why you would like be an intern. Please specify which role you are applying for. Open to first and second year, applications from third years still welcome. Deadline for both vacancies is the 22nd March 2013 Emily Mason: Tel: 020 8331 7942


Below are some examples of placement vacancies that our second year students are applying for. As a first year student, you can go ahead and look at what employers expect of you when you are ready to apply for placements/ internships. Prepare sooner than later to land your dream job! Major deadlines are usually between November and January each year so the earlier you are ready with your CV and cover letter, the better. Good Luck!

Accounting, Finance and Banking Roles Name & Address of Company

Job Title and Salary


Finance Intern £17500


Human Resources Roles Name & Address of Company

Job Title and Salary


Human Resources Placement



Logistics, Operations, Sales, Supply Chain & Management Name & Address of Company

Job Title and Salary

De Vere Solutions Staverton Park

Sales Consultant £12,000

Unilever Nationwide

Supply Chain Placement £18,500

Economics Roles Name & Address of Company

Job Title and Salary

Government Economic Service

Assistant Economist £17500


Events and Tourism Roles Name & Address of Company Lime Venue Portfolio Parkview - Uxbridge HotelShop UK LTD Brine Well House, Droitwich Banks Sadler York Conference Care Ltd Coventry Stone Manor Hotel Worcestershire De Vere Solutions Staverton Park Sundial SOS Enoch Barn, Highgate House, Creaton Etc Venues London Banks Sadler York

Job Title and Salary Meeting & Events Consultant £12,000 Meeting & Events Consultant £13,000 Event Management Intern £12,000 Conference Consultant £12,000 Reception and Accounts Assistant £7,200 Sales Consultant £12,000 Client Venue Co-ordinator £12,000 Client Services Co-ordinator £14,000 Events Management Intern £12,000

Marketing and PR Roles Name & Address of Company

Job Title and Salary

Unilever Nationwide

Marketing Placement £18500

Marketest Islington, London eFile Ready Limited London Canon Reigate, Surrey Kantar World Panel Westgate, West London Frontline Connect St Alban’s, Hertfordshire

Business Development / Marketing Placement Minimum Wage Sales and Marketing Student Placement £19,000 plus commission per annum Marketing Placement Student £13,700 Market Research Analyst Competitive Customer Relations Executive Competitive


Listed below are some useful websites that offer job vacancies and hints and tips that you may find useful when finding your placement. Disclaimer: None of the organisations mentioned in this booklet are endorsed by the University of Greenwich. The university cannot accept responsibility or liability for these organisations. National Council for Work Experience Promoting, supporting and developing quality work experience for the benefit of students, organisations and the economy. Web:

REED The UK’s number 1 jobsite. Web:

Talentladder A comprehensive online directory. Web:

Fledglings The UK's number 1 jobsite for industrial placements, summer internships and work experience. Web:

Prospects The UK’s official graduate careers website. Web:

Stepstone A comprehensive portal for jobsites across Europe. Web:

Fledglings Guardian Jobs The UK's number 1 jobsite for industrial placements, The dedicated jobsite from Guardian News and Media. summer internships and work experience. Web: Web: RateMyPlacement Gradunet Work Placements and Internships for students. Student The graduate jobs website. reviews Web: Web: Adecco A recruitment company that recruits for a wide variety The jobsite for jobs in London. of sectors across the UK. Web: Web: Blue Arrow Brook Street One of the UK’s largest recruitment businesses, Brook Street specialises in all office and light industrial specialising in the industrial, driving, logistics, catering positions on both a temporary and permanent basis. and office recruitment solutions. Web: Web:

Workthing Workthing is the UK’s leading jobsite for vacancies direct from employers. Web:

Manpower A comprehensive jobsite. Web:

Placement UK Offering undergraduate internships and placement student opportunities. Web:


Useful Websites – Vacancies Abroad Listed below are some useful websites that offer job vacancies abroad and hints and tips that you may find useful when finding your Professional Placement Disclaimer: None of the organisations mentioned in this booklet are endorsed by the University of Greenwich. The university cannot accept responsibility or liability for these organisations. Internship Programs: The largest internship community on the Internet. The site has three separate areas: for students, for employer and for careers centers. Web: Job Smart: Search California and the West Coast of America for internships Web: Internjobs: A national database for students and recent graduates. Job seekers can search the internships database by keyword or location and post a resume online for employers to view Web: Petersons: A comprehensive site containing links to internships Web: Internship: As the name suggests a simple web-site that allows you to search for all types of internships in all parts of America. Don’t be fooled by its basic format. Web: InternOptions: Internships and Work Placements in Australia and New Zealand Web: Intern Abroad: Search for vacancies, internships and work placements all over the world Web: Global Experiences: Search for vacancies as well as tips on finding vacancies abroad Web: Inter Coined: Vacancies in Spanish speaking countries, such as Spain and Latin America Web: Halsbury Work Experience Abroad: Search for vacancies in Europe Web:




“What is a placement?”

The Business School offers the sandwich (or industrial placement) option on all of its undergraduate degrees. This is seen as an ideal way for students to obtain some valuable employment experience prior to venturing into the graduate job market. The placement must be a minimum of 9 months and maximum of 14 months full‐time paid work and is undertaken after the second year and before the third year of study. Previous sandwich students have cited the internship/placement as the most important part of their CV. It demonstrates an ability to bring together your academic learning with vocational experience. In general some of the benefits are:

• Enables you to obtain the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice (GDPP), which is awarded to students on work placements only What are the benefits to choosing • Helps you to secure a better job after graduation by having some previous useful a sandwich degree? employment experience on your CV • Earns you some cash (students are usually paid for their placement year or reimbursed for travel expenses) • Gives you an opportunity to put your academic learning from years 1 & 2 into practice • Provides a basis for your final year dissertation and case studies • Improves your confidence and employability. Ultimately – yes. As part of our Code of Practice, it is the student’s responsibility to “Do I need to find the placement find and secure their own placement. We do advertise placement vacancies to myself?” students, but you will need to make a fair amount of applications independently in order to increase your chances of securing a job. “Can I apply for placements myself?” “What happens if I don’t find a placement in time?”

Yes. Students are expected to apply themselves.

You can transfer to the full-time equivalent of your programme.

As soon as you start university in the second year. Do not leave your job search “How soon should I start looking?” too late or you will find that you have missed out on some of the major placement vacancies. “When can I start my actual placement?”

“Can I go abroad during my placement?”

As soon as you have finished your 2nd year of study. Students are reminded that they should make every effort to obtain good grades for the 2nd year as this is usually one aspect which employers are keen on when recruiting a placement student. Yes. Students on the BA Hons International Business are encouraged to go abroad for their placements.




“How much will I be paid?”

Students on sandwich courses at university are exempt from the National Minimum Wage (NMW), therefore an employer has no obligation to pay you a specific amount for your salary. The average this year is between £12,500 to £14,500 per annum – but it is the quality of the placement (and not the salary!) that is the most important issue.

We are here to support and guide you. We aim to do this through workshops, “Will the Business School meetings, briefings, one-to-one appointments and group sessions. We will provide Placements Office help me to find you with guidance on CVs, résumés, covering letters, application forms, interviews, a placement?” on-line tests, health and safety, equal opportunities etc. We will not, however, find a placement for you. “Do I have to pay tuition fees during my sandwich year?”

“Do I need a work permit if I am an international student?”

“How do I book an appointment with the BSPO?”

Yes. This is currently set at £650 for the academic year 2011-2012, but can vary each year. The same amount applies to international students. You will pay whatever fee you paid in Y3 as you did in Y1 and Y2. Your fee does not go up in Y3. No. As long as your placement has been authorised and you are registered on a valid sandwich programme you do not require a work permit to be employed in this country. However your full-time work cannot exceed the one-year for your placement and you should not apply to permanent positions at any time. Use the details on the Contact Us link and we will book you in for the next available appointment depending on the nature of your enquiry. Alternatively you can visit the office and request an appointment at the front-desk.

This depends on your academic profile and decision made by the School Board. “What happens if I fail my second You may still be able to complete your placement (if found), however students are advised to speak to a member of the Employability Office and/or the Quality year of study?” Officer for individual guidance. Yes. But we are unable to comment on your character or personal suitability for a vacancy. We can confirm your programme, mode of study, requirement for a “Can I use the Business School placement, name of placement company, duration of placement, dates of Placements Office as a referee?” placement, expected graduation date, attendance at meetings and workshops, punctuality and level of preparation when attending appointments. “How do change my mode of study (to or from sandwich mode)?” “What is the minimum length of my placement?”

Please send an email to requesting to change your mode of study. Please ensure you write your full name, student ID and year and programme of study.

36 weeks/9 months of full-time work – half of which must be with one employer.




“Does my placement have to be within my subject area?”

It is strongly advised that you do secure a placement which corresponds to the programme you are studying. Otherwise you may be asked by future employers about the difference between your academic and vocational profile – remember, employers prefer consistency and focus in potential employees.

“Is there a limitation of the numbers of hours I can work during my placement?”

During a work placement, there is no limitation on the number of hours an international or home student can work as part of a placement. The 20 hours a week rule only applies to the amount of work a student can undertake when they are attending classes.

If you wish to Change your mode of study to Sandwich, email with your full name, student ID, program and year of study. Watch out for…. •

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BUSINESS SCHOOL EMPLOYABILITY OFFICE University of Greenwich Business School Greenwich Campus, Queen Mary 245 Park Row London SE10 9LS E-mail: Direct Line: +44 (0) 20 8331 9772 A creative individual is motivated by the desire to achieve, not but the desire to beat others.

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The Employability times 15 03 2013  
The Employability times 15 03 2013