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EMPLOYABILITY NEWSLETTER November 2013 MAKE YOURSELF EMPLOYABLE Welcome to the first Employability Newsletter of the new academic year. Employability is about much more than just getting your first job – it’s about having a positive self-image and presenting yourself successfully, both as a new graduate and throughout your life. Your skills, knowledge and personal attributes and the ability to convey them effectively all contribute to your employability as do your personal circumstances and labour market conditions. You probably already know that you need to get a good degree, complete some work experience and improve your skills in order to maximise your investment in HE. The onus is on you, to start right from the first year at university, to build up your employability. The School of Management is committed to help you to achieve this through a new office dedicated to employability and helping students reach their full potential once they graduate. We aim to assist you in managing your own career by helping you to:

and know how to access them.  Be able to reflect, evaluate and

make sensible decisions on your future and be able to act upon them.  Know how to present your skills, knowledge and competencies to employers when applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, presentations or assessment centres.. Our Placements, Employability and Alumni team are here to support and guide you through your time at University and beyond. We will be offering you the chance to take part in activities outside of your studies which will help you to form a career plan. We will also share our links to employers with you so that you can take advice from those who know best and have the chance to make an impression at an early stage!

Call in to see us today in the PEA office, room 117 in the Haldane Building or email

 Know your strengths and

weaknesses and the way that you like to work.  Build your confidence and selfbelief.  Research and understand the opportunities available to you

EMPLOYABILITY ONLINE Follow us on Twitter or ‘like’ our Facebook page to keep up to date with industry developments, latest advice and events on and off campus. Keep an eye out for dates of talks and workshops to help improve you CV and offer top tips to help you to land that dream job. @SoMSwansea

Be sure to check out our website for more information:

ENTERPRISE SUITE LAUNCH Tuesday 19th November, 3:15pm As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sir Terry Matthews will be unveiling the plaque to officially open this exciting new facility. Complete with postal boxes, hotdesking facilities, meeting space and a 3D printer for rapid prototyping, the Suite is available for all students with an entrepreneurial idea. Contact us for more details on how to sign up to use the space.


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GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUERSHIP WEEK Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business. In the UK, the campaign is hosted by Youth Business International, a global network of initiatives that help young entrepreneurs to start their own business, in partnership with Barclays.




How to become a student ambassador. Working as a student ambassador for the School of Management will not only give you the chance to help to support your department but will also help to develop skills which you can add to your CV. Through talking to prospective students and their parents at open days and School events, you will gain the confidence to communicate with a range of people, learn how to speak persuasively and develop excellent organisational and time management skills. Drop in to see us if you are interested in becoming an SoM ambassador and we will tell you more about the benefits of this important role.

This year, Swansea University are embracing Global Entreprenuership Week with a packed agenda of events including advice on how to get a business off the ground, help with funding sources and talks from successful entrepreneurs, including some of our own Alumni. A highlight will be a visit from Sir Terry Matthews, a Swansea alumnus and entrepreneur who will be giving a keynote presentation on ‘Entrepreneurial thinking-developing lifelong habits’ on Tuesday 19th November, 4pm, at the Taliesin Theatre. Please contact us if you would like a free ticket. For full details, including booking information, visit

Get Involved—Take the £250 challenge! Can your team create the best new enterprise in the competition? The competition will launch with the student start-up market on 19th November where Sir Terry Matthews will be on hand offer to advice and feedback on your entrepreneurial ideas. Teams of two to five Swansea students can be from any year or subject area. £250 will be awarded to every idea which has the potential to be developed and you will then have until March 31st to get your business going. Take a step forward today! Contact the Placements, Employability and Alumni Office to sign up or for more information.


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4. Getting Recommendations LinkedIn also offers a feature through which you can get other people to recommend you. People Considering the excellent benefits that connecting with a maximum number of recommendations have with professionals on LinkedIn brings, students can a greater chance of attracting employers’ attention. never ignore this social networking platform. In fact, your networking on LinkedIn should begin as 5. Letting Companies Find You early as possible as it can help you find jobs as Today, a large number of organisations look for soon as you graduate. talented candidates on social networking platforms Her are some key tips on how you should use like LinkedIn. If you have created a detailed LinkedIn to connect and network with professional profile, chances are you will attract an professionals . employer’s attention. 1. Getting Job Email Alerts Once you have created your professional profile on LinkedIn, you can set email alerts to receive notifications of recommended jobs. Students and jobseekers will be able to see the notifications on their homepage as soon as they log into their LinkedIn accounts. 2. Connecting with Professionals If you have a look at LinkedIn, you’ll be surprised to find out the large number of professionals who choose to connect here. In fact, you can find your friends, co-workers, colleagues and family members on this platform. You can even import your email list to find out who among your friends is present on LinkedIn.

6. Connecting with Other Students You can also use LinkedIn to network with other students. This type of networking gives you a wonderful opportunity to find out how other graduates found a job or made links with an employer. 7. Landing International Jobs LinkedIn is a global networking platform. If you are interested in jobs overseas, networking on LinkedIn can be highly beneficial. You can connect with all the major international employers and find jobs in foreign countries

3. Conducting Company Research One of the biggest benefits LinkedIn offers students and jobseekers is that they can check out the pages of their targeted employers. By visiting company pages, you can conduct a research on the aims and ethics of the company, the recruitment process and what people have to say about that organization. This kind of company research helps you to keep one step ahead of your competition.

SoM EMPLOYABILITY NEWSLETTER EMPLOYABILITY WEEK 20th—24th January 2014 “Stand out from the crowd”

Employability week is your opportunity to get top advice on how to enhance your employability skills and help you to stand out from the crowd during your job search. This year, the week will be packed with workshops helping you with your CV writing and interview skills as well as presentations and interactive sessions from top graduate employers such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fujitsu and PRA International. You never know, you might find the graduate scheme for you. We will also be inviting some of our successful Alumni who will share with you their own stories of how they went on to succeed in the world of work following graduation. You will also have the chance to ask them questions to get some top tips on how to make it.

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WORK EXPERIENCE As you will probably already know, employers today have a tough job on their hands. Selecting the right applicant for their graduate schemes has been made more complicated by high demand. With hundreds of applications being submitted, sometimes for a handful of vacancies, what is it that will help you to stand out from the crowd and bag that opportunity? Taking part in some work experience, whether this is a week, or several months in the summer, can make the difference. Employers know that it is those who have experienced the realities of the world of work who are best able to confront the demands of a first job. Your improved communication and teamwork skills and ability to deal with difficult situations will help make you a far more attractive prospect to employers not to mention the boost to your confidence.

Finally, keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for details of an employability competition coming soon with the chance to win prizes!

Contact Careers and Employability today and find out how you can sign up to SPIN and WOW, the Swansea work experience schemes.

More information will follow but please get these dates into your diary!



Thursday 14th November: 10—6 Employer in the Foyer and Skills Session with Pricewaterhouse Coopers Contact Careers and Employability for further details:

Anything else you would like to see in this newsletter? Email your comments to Liz Robbins:

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