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The Employability Times 11 October 2013

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Sandwich year FAQs

Second Year UG

Race to placements! Welcome back to the world of deadlines! We hope that you all had a glorious summer. It was just a year ago that you were a newbie….wondering where to go, what to do and what to say. But here you are, in the second year of your degree, already dreaming of that perfect graduate job? Well, it is time that you started prepping. Universities churn out thousands of graduates every year and employers find it increasingly difficult to choose the right talent for their organizations. Want to make it simpler for them and yourself? Well, taking a placement year is the answer to that question. Numerous employers are offering placements in their companies and there are various reasons for doing so - Bring fresh ideas, talent, Share workload, Shortlist for graduate recruitment. A placement year will open numerous doors for you and help you set off on your desired career path. So think of it not as an extra year, think of it as a year that adds extra value to your degree and an extra edge to your personality. For more information, turn pages, read your emails and visit us in Queen Mary 245. Regards Business School Employability Team

BUSINESS SCHOOL EMPLOYABILITY OFFICE University of Greenwich Queen Mary 245 London SE10 9LS E-mail: busemployability@greenwich.ac.uk Direct Line: +44 (0) 20 8331 9772 We are open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday (Term Time). Twitter: @UofG_BSEO

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/uofgbseo Facebook: BusinessSchoolEmployabilityOffice


Big Picture Seminar “Managing change: Digital transformation - the final frontier” Wednesday 16 October 2013 Trevor Goul-Wheeker Chairman at Blackwell’s

Time: 5-7pm

Matthew Cashmore Digital Director at Blackwell’s

Stephen Lawrence Building, Room SL101 To register for this seminar, please complete the online booking form http://goo.gl/rkQCgF

Term 1 Events Calendar Click here to register

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The Greenwich Employability Passport scheme formally recognises extra-curricular activities undertaken by undergraduate Business School students. It is a point-based scheme where students are rewarded and awarded at different levels of achievement. Business School hosted its first annual Employability Passport Networking Event on the 4th of October 2013. The Networking Event recognised Business School students who collected 80 points or more and have successfully achieved the yearly target on the Greenwich Employability Passport. The event provided students with an unique opportunity to practice professional etiquette and networking, as well as providing business professionals a chance to meet potential future interns & employees. Employers were asked to network with our students via icebreakers such as the ‘Identify Me” game.

Top 10 Winners of the Identify Me Game were awarded a tour of the Bloomberg Offices!

Elizabeth O Oluyitan Yulia Kasiyanova Rabeya Chowdhury Akeem A Akintokun James Little Joshiah M Da silva Christine Christofi Daniel N Opoku-akyeampong Sophie Parker Julia Nilsson Top Students who scored the highest GEP Points in the first year were also awarded Julia Nilsson – Shadowing opportunity with Golden Hinde Trust Deborah Jelenke – Shadowing opportunity with Northern Trust The BSEO would welcome feedback and comments on the event as this is the first event of its kind that the Business School Employability Office has hosted. Please email busemployability@gre.ac.uk to send your feedback/ comments/ suggestions.

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Listed below are all the vacancies currently available on Moodle. To access this page, please log into Portal, click on “My Courses” and then “WORP1001 – Placement Preparations”. Note: only students who are registered as a sandwich student will have access to this page. Please note: students must apply for all the vacancies themselves. To apply for the vacancy, please ensure you have read the details of the application correctly. You should send your application directly to the Business School Employability office, unless stated otherwise. Best of luck!

IMPORTANT: You can request all job descriptions by contacting the Business School Employability Office by email (busemployability@gre.ac.uk) or by telephone (0208 331 9772) or by visiting our office (QM245). Please keep checking Moodle course “Placement Preparations” for updates on placements or visit us in our office. NB: Only students fully registered on the sandwich mode of their degree will have access to the Moodle course. If you have any doubts, please contact the Business School Employability Office.

Accounting, Finance and Banking Name & Address of Company Hilton Buenavista Toledo, Spain IBM

Hilton Buenavista Toledo, Spain

Job Title and Salary Finance Agent 300€ gross per month Finance placements A salary of £15,000 (pro rata) and a sign on bonus of £1,000 Revenue Agent 300€ gross per month

How to Apply & Deadline Closing date: 15 September 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply. Closing date: 31st December, 2013 Click here to apply http://goo.gl/6hEiUW

Closing date: 30th July 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply.

Events and Tourism Name & Address of Company Hilton Buenavista Toledo, Spain Hilton Buenavista Toledo, Spain

Job Title and Salary

Events Agent 300€ gross per month Guest Service Agent 300€ gross per month

How to Apply & Deadline Closing date: 30th July 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply. Closing date: 15th January 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply.

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General Placements Name & Address of Company IBM

Porsche Cars Great Britain Ltd Reading, Berkshire and Porsche Experience Centre (PEC), Silverstone, UK VALENTINE THOMAS London

Job Title and Salary General Business placements A salary of £15,000 (pro rata) and a sign on bonus of £1,000

How to Apply & Deadline Closing date: 31st December 2013 Click here to apply http://goo.gl/6hEiUW

Intern training Programme

Competitive Salary, Food and Travel benefits Asset Management Analyst Competitive Base Salary + Bonus + Benefits

Closing date: 01 December 2013 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply.

Closing date: 31st January 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply.

Human Resources Hilton Buenavista Toledo, Spain IBM

Human Resource Agent 300€ gross per month HR placements A salary of £15,000 (pro rata) and a sign on bonus of £1,000

Closing date: 30th July 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply. Closing date: 31st December, 2013 Click here to apply http://goo.gl/6hEiUW

Logistics, Supply Chain, Operations, Transport, Sales Hilton Buenavista Toledo, Spain JPMorganChase London, UK Unilever Seacroft, Leeds

Purchasing & Stock Control Agent 300€ gross per month Sourcing Admin Assistant Competitive Salary Supply Chain and Innovation Planning £15,000 (approx)

Closing date: 15th January 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply. Closing date: 18th October 2013 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply. Closing date: 30th November 2013 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply.

Marketing and PR IBM

Marketing placements A salary of £15,000 (pro rata) and a sign on bonus of £1,000

Closing date: 31st December, 2013 Click here to apply http://goo.gl/6hEiUW

Marketing Assistant £15,611 (13 month contract)

Closing date: 17th January 2014 Email busemployability@gre.ac.uk for more details on how to apply.

ProspectSoft Ldt Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire

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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

www.work-experience.org

REED

www.reed.co.uk

Talentladder

www.talentladder.com

RateMyPlacement

www.ratemyplacement.co.uk

Prospects

www.prospects.ac.uk

Stepstone

www.stepstone.co.uk

Guardian Jobs

http://jobs.guardian.co.uk

LondonCareers.net

www.londoncareers.net

Milkround

www.milkround.com

Step

www.step.org.uk

Enternships

www.enternships.com

Intern Avenue

www.internavenue.com

Placements UK

www.placement-uk.com

Target Jobs

http://targetjobs.co.uk/work-experience

Grad Jobs

www.gradjobs.co.uk/work-placement

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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: www.internshipprograms.com Job Smart: Search California and the West Coast of America for internships Web: www.jobsmart.org 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: www.internjobs.com Petersons: A comprehensive site containing links to internships Web: www.petersons.com 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: www.internship.com InternOptions: Internships and Work Placements in Australia and New Zealand Web: http://www.internoptions.com/ Intern Abroad: Search for vacancies, internships and work placements all over the world Web: http://www.internabroad.com/ Global Experiences: Search for vacancies as well as tips on finding vacancies abroad Web: http://www.globalexperiences.com Inter Coined: Vacancies in Spanish speaking countries, such as Spain and Latin America Web: http://www.intercoined.com Halsbury Work Experience Abroad: Search for vacancies in Europe Web: http://www.workexperienceabroad.co.uk

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Question

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“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.

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Frequently Asked Questions…contd Question

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“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 busplacements@gre.ac.uk 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.

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“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.

Watch out for…. •

Top Dos and Don’ts

Did you know?

Tips from Current Placement students

Much more! …….. In upcoming Newsletters ! Want to make sure you don’t miss out on current news, events and deadlines ? Check your student email account … Everyday.

..“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.”

– Albert Einstein

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