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Futures Careers advice to broaden your horizons

CAREER INSIGHTS

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Editors Letter

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Eight ways to get your foot in the door

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Becoming a Street Artist with Hadley Newman

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Got a degree in Sociology?

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How to become a Civil Servant with Betty Perris

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The Truth about Internships

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What it takes to be a Propery Manager with Debbie Barker

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Catwalk to your future

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Do you need a degree?

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Becoming a Primary School Teacher with Bridget Shields

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LinkedIn - Do I need an account?

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Got a degree in Psychology?

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How to be a Freelance Textiles Designer with Anna Taylor

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Will a gap year affect my career?

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Top tips for interviews

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Becoming a Project Planner with Andy Rhodes

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How to write a great CV

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What your CV should be like

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Contact Us

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Careers Calander


A note from the Editor When we set out to create Futures magazine our aim Lydia Taylor was to offer advice on careers that is appealing and Editor personal. All too often graduates and young people are out of work and our mission is to help them find the career they want, and give them some advice on how to work towards it. From professional interviews, to internships, to fashion advice, we aim to cover all and help guide you on your way to success.

There are a huge number of jobs out there and most people aren’t aware of half of them available. Careers Chris Penellum advice has the ideology of being boring and a case of Sub-Editor scrawling through a number of webpages to find the right advice. But we wanted to make career prospects exciting and interesting to read about. We decided the best way would be to talk to the professionals themselves about their jobs, by doing this we try to give you a personal insight into their career path so you can decide if it’s for you and hear both the good and bad elements to the job. We hope this will give you a little inspiration and guidance for your next steps, as well as being an enjoyable read.

Let us know what you think of our very first issue, and what you’d like to see in the next. What careers do you want to know about? Tweet us.

Ciara Mahoney Creative Director

Twitter: @Futures_Mag Thank-you, Editor

Lydia Taylor.

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Know Your Industry

8 Tips To Get

Your Foot In

The key thing employees look for when searching through applications is what makes YOU stand out. Being part of extra curriculum activities such as sports clubs or societies is a great way of showing the skills you have learnt whilst being a student. For example, being part of a rugby or netball team shows that you are a team player and therefore will more thanlikely work well organisational skills

Have Commercial Awareness To make a lasting impression, it is always a good idea to research in depth the industry you want to break into. This will help you predict potential future trends and give you that much needed knowledge and skills- that most people lack – to show potential employers that you are forward thinking and ready to adapt.

The Door... By Chris Penellum Be Social Media Savvy

Social media has exploded in the last five years with more people turning to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for news and entertainment. Make use of your knowledge of socail media and use your site positively by keeping your profiles up to date. Most employees are turning tLinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter as a recruitment tool, so filtering the content you put on is crucial.

Use Your Experience

Research any organisation you are thinking of applying to and use social media, newspapers and niche magazines. Forums are increasingly popular and can sometimes offer first-hand experience. When researching, most people forget competitors and customer base. This background information is simple and easy to find, making sure you won’t be caught out by awkward questions.


Target Your Application What often let applicants down are their cover letter and/or CV which they submit. By sending generic CV’s or cover letters shows laziness and employers can spot it a mile away, leaving the unimpressed. In order to succeed – target your applicant specifically to your chosen organisation or role. The specification or job description can help identify which skills you need to s howcase in your application.

Use Your Degree

Sometimes the degree you decide to study at university turns out not to be what you had anticipated, however this doesn’t mean you can’t use it. There are many skills and techniques that are learnt whist studying for a degree that can overlap into different professions. These skills are known as transferable and can be used in such Conduct A things such as: analysing data, presentSkills Audit ing in front a large audience or working as a team. In order to find out if you are the Use it, don’t lose it. right candidate for the job, construct a skills audit and list every activity you feel has given you valuable skills. This is a good way to refresh your memory on what you are good at, whether it’s from work experience or extra-curriculum activities. It also means that you can back up each skill with real life experiences, saving yourself time when making Think Outside applications and preparing for interviews. The Box Approach any contacts you may have or anyone who may be able to point you in the right direction. LinkedIn is a great way to meet other people with similar interests and perfect for getting yourself noticed from potential employees. Voluntary works always looks good on CV’s as it illustrates to potential employees that you are willing to work hard.


Street Art with

Hadley Newman Lydia Taylor gains an insight into how Hadley Newman has developed

Image courtesy of Hadley Newman at +++ The Church of Best Ever

into the successful artist he is today, through sheer talent and a spray can.


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olding a can of spray paint isn’t what most people picture when they think of an artist, but Hadley Newman and his partner have changed this ideology and shown the world just how effective it can be. Featuring in the V&A Museum in London and selling art work to famous figures, it’s no surprise Newman loves his job.

Image courtesy of Hadley Newman and +++ The Church of Best Ever.

After scribbling sketches and gathering ideas Newman approached his friend Neil Edwards, a photorealistic painter, to ask about a collaboration of ideas, and by doing so they began painting their first piece together and they haven’t looked back since.

“I had to do something more than just writing a name, I had to put some purpose and meaning into my work.”

Now five years on the artistic duo have built their own unique style different to any other, and entitled themselves ‘Best Ever’ describing their work with great passion on their site: “We have developed a style that combines traditional painterly techniques with intricate aerosol realism.

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influenced as much by Schiele and Klimt as by their combined experience as graffiti writers, ‘Best Ever’ execute sensitive subject matters such as death, disease and mental illness with soul and wisdom that belies their youth.” Newman grew up on the south coast of England and art was his calling from a young age, his play school walls were filled with his creations and that continued throughout his school years. But it was skateboarding were his style and flair took hold.

“I started skateboarding when I was ten and this was a massive influence for me. I loved the board graphics and the lifestyle, and I think that’s what lead me into graffiti when I was 16. I ended up getting into a lot of trouble because of it, but it made me realise I had to do something more than just writing a name, I had to put some purpose and meaning into my work,” he explained. Two years in college

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Hadley Newman painting for the project Wide Open Walls in Gambia. Collaboration with Cape Town’s Selah in June 2011. Image courtesy of +++ The Church of Best Ever.

was a good excuse for Newman to carry on with his passion, he could continue his art work and have the time to experiment with new ideas and projects. But after continuing his studies at University, it was soon clear education like this wasn’t for him and he left within a few months. “After leaving University I locked myself in my studio and painted non-stop. This is how I developed my style and realised what I wanted to achieve in my work.” Going to University is

not for everyone and Newman is an ideal example of how you can succeed on your own passion for a subject.

“Probably the best skill you can have as a painter is being able to see things in a different light, to be able to paint what you see without copying it exactly. You need to show your audience how you view the world, and that can be very difficult to put across in one picture.” Some of the work Newman does is abroad, so it means he gets to Futures-Dec 2013

travel a lot. Seeing new places, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is a large part of why he loves it so much, but a project in Gambia is one particularly close to his heart.

Wide Open Walls is a project run in Gambia to help local villages raise money through street art tours. “We get some of the best street artists in the world painting on the local’s huts and then charge tourists to come and tour the village. The money raised then gets

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pumped back into the communities. It’s an amazing project and something I have been very lucky to be involved in for the last three years,” Newman described with pride. However there is never an average day for Newman, he could be out in Africa or painting in LA, places worlds apart but all carrying the connection of his art.

“My days involve mixed emotions, as paintings go through different stages so do I. Sometimes they look really good and you know exactly what

you want to do with it, and other times it is completely the opposite. You can spend hours just looking at a painting, trying to understand what it is that is wrong with it and what you can do to improve it.” For Newman the hardest part is keeping the ideas flowing in and ensuring the paintings remain fresh, so nothing is ever done twice. It’s a skill not many possess but it seems his talent is one that could inspire many young people to use their abilities as an asset and for positive outcomes. Although it

was not easy, Newman portrays perfectly how you can be creative and build your own company from pure skill and desire to succeed. “The best bit of advice I could give someone is to do what you want with your work. Don’t try and make it fashionable or to suit someone’s agenda. It’s for you and you only to decide what you do. For me honesty is the best policy in your art and you can see it a mile off when someone is just making work that fits the fashion of the time.” Written by Lydia Taylor.

Best Ever street art collaboration painting from the Wide Open Walls project in Gambia, June 2012. Image courtesy of +++The Church of Best Ever.

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Got a Degree in... A

fter studying at university for three years the time comes to enter the big, wide world of employment – it is every student’s fear of not being able to get a job. With nearly one in 10 students being unemployed six months after graduating from UK universities in 2012, it is no surprise why it has become such a worrying issue. However, with the skills and experiences gained at university, you don’t just have to stick to your specific subject field. So what jobs are there with a sociology degree?

The skills and experiences you develop studying sociology often focus on the human activities, relationships that connect individuals, groups and institutions, which can all relate to a wide range of careers... Many graduates may believe that the only jobs available to themselves are being teachers or social workers. However, this isn’t the case as a degree in sociology can lead to positions such as: probation officers, charity fundraisers and youth workers. While many sociology graduates enter work in the public sector in a social or wel-

fare role, others go into a variety of jobs throughout the public and private sector.

Some employers include local and central government, industry, commerce, the NHS, education authorities, further and higher education, and charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations. There are also some opportunities in the Civil Service and graduate management training schemes. Although some of the jobs listed here might not be first jobs for many graduates, they are among the many realistic possibilities with a sociology degree, as long as you can demonstrate the attributes employers are looking for. Bear in mind that it’s not just your degree discipline that determines your options. Remember that many graduate vacancies don’t specify particular degree disciplines, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

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What it takes to be a Deputy Principal in the Civil Service, with Betty Perris Written by Ciara Mahoney Futures-Dec 2013

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s Betty Perris enters her office the hustle and bustle of the vibrant room is set alight by busy colleagues. Some hurry to hand her documents, and others frantically rush past arranging meetings, and presentations.

competitions and usually won a prize at least once per year. At this stage of my life, my favourite subjects at school were foreign languages (including Latin), so I guess all of that marked me out as ‘arty’ and clever.”

This, the life of a Deputy Principal in the Northern Ireland Civil Service – a grade Mrs Perris has held for 20 years. Currently a line manager for several staff and reporting directly to a Principal Officer, her team is responsible for ensuring that departmental funding is targeted and spent in a way that reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. This in turn contributes to increased rates of recycling.

Perris gained six O’ levels, and left school one year later because of her desire to start work, earn money, and gain independence, despite her parents expectation that she would go to University and become a teacher. She stresses the importance of knowing the discipline of starting at the bottom and getting the opportunity to practice basic key skills.

“It is not enough to be a good reliable worker, you need to interview well.”

One year later she was appointed to a job which entailed promoting further education opportunities for staff. Involving delivering talks to groups at training seminars and interviewing and enrolling staff on day-release courses, a lot of responsibility at the age of just 19.

This was by no means a mapped out career path. Her childhood home in Northern Ireland, was the epitome of country life, her father was a farmer, and she recalls her house to be filled with the sweet scents of cinnamon from her mother cakes.

Perris, a self confessed workaholic has succeeded in gaining promotion to the next grade on every occasion as the opportunity arose, and says: “Experience has taught me that it is not enough

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Stormont Northern Ireland, Parliament building, courtesy of Tommy Blake

a good reliable worker; you need to interview well and I would advise anyone to seek out guidance and training on the subject, if required.” Perris has recently prepared documents to help a local university-based research body access departmental funding and allow them to attract match funding from the European Union (EU). Accuracy and attention to detail are essential and obtaining the appropriate approvals for the use of public money,

form a key part of her job. Earlier this year, Perris mentored two young people, with limited formal qualifications, and each were unemployed. This, she says, was a challenging and rewarding experience, particularly as one of them got a job within three days of completing the eight week placement with her - something she has described as a career highlight. However, no job is without fault, the sheer volume of emails reFutures-Dec 2013

ceived on a daily basis can be an irritant, but she says: “I accept this is an unavoidable part of the world of work.” Open-plan offices are another annoyance of hers, as the flurry of the room can be a source of stress, as a disruption within a single team can affect a greater number of staff. It still seems strange to her to see ‘the Director’ who is three grades higher than her, at his desk in an open plan area – albeit in a slightly more spacious one. 14


The Northern Irish Civil Service is full of opportunities for those looking for a job in that sector. There are many more specialised career opportunities for professionals, including scientists, solicitors, engineers etc. But the main business of running it all still falls to the core administrative grades. If you don’t have the necessary qualifications and experience to apply for higher entry level posts, it is a highly competitive process to gain access to the lower admin grades. Because of the sheer number of applicants, recruitment competitions to the admin grades usually entail completing an online aptitude test. A lot of applicants fail this test because they cannot think and work at speed. The key is to acquire test papers and practice if a job application features this type of hurdle.

be solved rather than to complain about. Do not act like a timid mouse and the opportunities will follow.”

“Put in the effort, learn to see problems as things to be solved rather than to complain about. Do not act like a timid mouse and the opportunities will follow.”

Sitting in her office she ponders what her main piece of advice may be, before raising a tilted head from her desk : “If you get accepted, the general rules of employment anywhere apply. Put in the effort, learn to see problems as things to Futures-Dec 2013

In terms of what will be looked for in a CV, for the purposes of employment opportunities, a well constructed CV is important. An effective CV must be set out logically and concisely, it must be easy to read and contain no gaps. It must also be factual and accurate and you should ensure you can provide certified evidence of any qualifications listed, as employers will request them. Do not populate a CV with clichés or spelling mistakes. In terms of the interview process, Perris says: “I expect prospective employees to look smart and sound smart. Whilst it may seem unfair, the truth is employers want staff who can be relied upon to attend consistently, on time, and do a good day’s work while they are there.” This means not updating Facebook and Twitter while at work, as some employers will make regular checks onto these sites, and can even bring your profile up at an interview. 15


The Truth about Internships Written by Chris Penellum

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nce the time comes for a student to leave university, the worrying thought of getting a job starts to sink in. Levels of unemployment among 16-24 year olds have been at an all time high in the last few years, with most students settling for a job outside their desired career path. Getting a foot on the career ladder early is a way of working towards a dream job in the future and shows determination to succeed. However, younger people are starting to discover starting out in the working world is nearly impossible without work experience. More recently, internships have become a vital way for people to have first-hand experience of the skills and techniques needed to make it

within the industry or a company. Some universities around the UK make placement years compulsory within the course – meaning students must complete a year within a company. But are internships really as important as we think?

“I have done other placements in the past but this one was 10 weeks and paid which added pressure” Futures-Dec 2013

Laura Moore, a PR and Marketing student spent her summer working as an intern at a company which provides training for accounting apprentices.

As part of her university course, Miss Moore was told to have at least four weeks experience a year in order to create a portfolio. She said: “When I was first offered the position at the company I was a little apprehensive about the amount of work expected. I have done other placements in the past, but

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this one was 10 weeks and paid which added some pressure.”

Duties such as creating newspaper stories, attending events, creating press coverage and promoting summer schools became the daily tasks Miss Moore faced.

“Once I finished the first week at the company, I felt like I had more of an idea about what I was expected to do. I was given my own desk space and for the first time I could see myself working in this career after university. I now feel more prepared to go into the work place after graduation” explained Miss Moore. She continued: “Throughout the time I spent at the company, I built a rapport with my fellow colleagues which helped me enjoy the internship much more. I was treated like a professional and since the placement I have been offered a full-time position after I finish my degree. This is everything and more I could have hoped for, as it now allows me to

“If I didn’t do my background research the interview wouldnt have gone well”

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concentrate on the rest of my studies, without the worry of unemployment.” Miss Moore suggested that anybody thinking about an internship should research the company in order to come across well in the interview.

She said: “In my interview I was asked how much I knew about the company and how I would fit in. If I didn’t do my background research the interview wouldn’t have gone well.”

Oliver Blackburne-Maze, a Business student at Leeds Metropolitan University is currently an intern at a company called “We Brand It.” As part of the course, Oliver has to spend 12 months within the company, to help gain new skills and techniques in order to understand what it takes to make it in business.

Mr Blackburne-Maze said: “When the time came to look for a placement I found the whole experience quite difficult. I applied for numerous positions but with the

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the competition being so high, it became much clearer of how difficult getting into the industry can be.” Mr Blackburne-Maze is the Order Manager within the company which allows him to organise the supplier to make and deliver the goods.

comes with consequences such as moving far away from home. Mr Blackburne-Maze has had to live near to his workplace – over 100 miles from his hometown.

He said: “In order to get the experience, sometimes you need to make these decisions. I live with a group of students He said: “We supply a in my house which is wide range of products great as it reminds me such as promotional of being back at unimerchandise. A typical versity. We all get along day would be a custom- well which makes a big er asking for their logo difference. Although I to be on around 1000 only earn £75 a week, I pens which I would then get my house bills and contact suppliers and transport paid which arrange for this to be makes up for it.” done. It’s fairly straightforward.” He continued: “I would advise anybody thinking For many students, the of doing an internship ideal placement often to do so. I have learnt

so much in the few months I have been at the company and it puts everything you have learnt at university into practise. It also makes you more determined to succeed.”

When looking for work experience or internships it can often seem hard work to get a response. Websites such as Gorkana and Internweb are great ways to find the types of internships out there, as they list the different areas and fields of where are open for placements.

Furthermore, speaking to old teachers, family friends or old colleagues can help point you in the right direction and get you on your way to a new career.

Above: Leeds Metropolitan Business School where Mr Blackburne-Maze studies (Image Courtesy Leeds Metropolitan University) Futures-Dec 2013

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What it takes to be a Surveyor, with Property Manager Debbie Barker Working for one of the UK’s leading property consultants, Barker gives an insight into surveying.


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omfortably sat behind her neatly organised desk in her London-central office, property manager Debbie Barker stays focused on describing how she got to where she is now. Her ability to stay focused demonstrates skill, despite the loud office murmur and the distance sound of building development in the ever growing capital. Working as a property manager in surveying certainly wasn’t the career path Debbie Barker had planned after getting a degree in French and Management Studies at Leeds University. She admits that for a long time she didn’t know what she wanted to do - a worry all too familiar with large numbers of graduates as they enter the tough and competitive world of work. Now fully qualified as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, it has taken Barker a long time to find a job perfect for her. Despite the long journey it has taken

to get to where she is now, every experience has been valuable to Barker, leading her finally to something she loves doing.

“As cliché as it sounds, every day is different too so I’m rarely sat a desk all week. You can plan your day but it very rarely plays out as you expect it to. ”

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Barker confesses that she has always been one to push herself but landing her first job in marketing for a vegetarian food company wasn’t what she expected it to be. Working for the company simply didn’t inspire her and that was enough to convert Barker into taking a different career route. After two years at the company, she decided to return to university to complete a conversion course in Estate Management.

“In many ways the conversion helped me come into property later as I had general commercial and business experience that the younger graduates didn’t have,” she explains. “Having a background in marketing helps as well as there is elements of marketing in most things I do such as trying to win property management

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work for my company.” to run most multi let buildings and I have to head that up.” Barker GVA, the company works with property Barker works for is one of the UK’s leading accountants to ensure that rent and service independent propcharges are paid as erty consultants and commercial property well as working with management experts. the landlord to help Barker’s role as prop- them realise plans for erty manager consists the building which can of coordinating, budg- involve carrying out refurbishment works, eting and managing moving tenants or high profile estates in central London on large scale projects. behalf of her client, “We also have a fathe landlord. cilities team that run “The main part of my the day to day operajob is to be the central tions, which involves contact for everything managing the various relating to a particular supplier contracts we property or estate. It have in place, such as takes a team of people cleaning, security and

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landscaping.” There are a number of aspects to the job that Barker enjoys and meeting many different people is one of them. “As cliché as it sounds, every day is different so I’m rarely sat a desk all week. You can plan your day but it very rarely plays out as you expect it to. The work is really varied and no two days are ever the same so it never gets boring.” Barker stresses that the best advice she could give to someone wanting to go into surveying is to have a good portfolio of work experience; “it’s the best way to understand about the various jobs within commercial property. You will also so be far better placed when it comes to getting a job, plus property is a very small industry so the more connections you can make, the better.”

But with every job comes challenge and stress, something that Barker is all too accustomed to. “The work

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Barker and her work collegues at GVA, courtesy of Debbie Barker

to be very organised and able to prioritise. It can be stressful as you may have 20 people wanting to speak to you at once so you need to be able to stay calm under pressure.”

than what most people expect. According to a survey by agency, Kelly Services Inc, figures around the world show that up to half of those asked if they had made the right career choice, decided they’d made Deliberating about the wrong one, which enjoying the job you’ve polled about 115,000 decided to train in, people in 33 countries. shouldn’t stop you from taking risks or “I didn’t know what I opportunities. Realis- wanted to do for a long ing half way through time. When I went back your career that this to university to retrain isn’t what you want to I was 25 and there do for the rest of your were a number of peolife is more common ple about the same age, Futures-Dec 2013

also retraining in their second career choice.” In the end, all experience is useful and the best way to learn is from your mistakes.

Key Skills

•Analytical Skills

•Organisational Skills

•People and communication skills •Efficiency

•Market awareness

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Catwalk to your future..

First impressions are crucial so its more important than ever to look your best at an interview and of course look suitable for the position on offer. So dress smartly but show a bit of your own style and make sure they remember you with these work looks...


Long chain NecklaceTopshop- £13.50

Floral BlouseTopshop- £35

Peter pan dressTopshop- £39

Flower necklaceTopshop- £16.50

Slipper shoesTopshop- £30

Women at work... Green midi skirtTopshop- £20

It doesn’t have to be all black just because its work and winter, add some colour to your wardrobe and look forward to dressing for work with these inspiration pieces put together by Lydia Taylor. Pink blouseTopshop£35

Black JumpsuitTopshop£38

Black ankle bootsTopshop- £45

Cream & black bagTopshop£42

Bird pattern jumpsuit- Topshop- £85


The work look...

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Sometimes its hard to be both on trend and suitable for work, so here’s some oufits to glam up the office.

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1. Lace panel shirt-Topshop-£35, 2. Snake print black tee-Topshop- £32, 3. Rhinestone chain necklace-Topshop- £28, 4. Black strap heels-Topshop- £48, 5. Long sleeved shirt- Topshop- £65, 6. Blue floral trousers- Topshop- 38, 7. Floral midi skirt- Topshop- £28, 8. Tapestry trousers- Topshop- £60. All images courtesy of Topshop stores UK.

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Images courtesy of Topshop compiled by Lydia Taylor

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Man At Work...

Looking professional and polished is vitial whilst in the workplace. The following pages show inspiration and ideas, with different accessories and suit choices for the working week.

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Option 1 The collection above is from Topman, which has a wide selection of suits and accessories to meet all needs. The Blazer is priced at £85, the suit pants at £70, leather shoes £80, waistcoast £35, bag £40 and belt £16 = £326 for the entire outfit.

Option 2

This collection is much more affordable for those who want to look good on a budget. The blazer jacket is priced at £65, the suit trousers £34, belt £8, bag £36 and shoes £49 =£192 for the entire outfit.

Option 3

This final option is for the more casual look, without the blazer. The plain white shirt is priced at £12, the velvet tie £10, suit pants £30, belt £8 and shoes £35 = £95 for the entire outfit. Futures-Dec 2013

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Do you need a degree? M

Students are qualifying from schools, colleges and sixth forms to be immediately ushered off to university without considering other options and not knowing what career path they want to head down. But surely if everyone had a degree, the worthiness of having a one wouldn’t be as effective?

Going to university and getting a degree is regarded as a social norm and is often seen Anthony Carnevale, as an essential which you won’t get far with- director of the Georgetown University Centre out. Futures-Dec 2013

on Education and the Workforce, trusts that a degree is valuable in the long run. He believes that although you may be just as likely to get a job, graduates are more likely to get a job with a higher salary. Speaking to ABC News, he said: “All of the average careers spanning 40 years manage to pay back expenses, they are all worth the cost. Career-wage

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ore than ever before, there is an increasing pressure on graduates of the 21st century, demanding them to prepare for a future with qualifications that will land them in a steady and reliable career.

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are still higher than the cost of education.” Pushing the boundaries to do your best is always an important factor when it comes to getting a job, but no two people are the same. Apprenticeship schemes and a wide range of courses catering specifically to specialist jobs, mean that you don’t always have to go to university to get a good job. Having a degree doesn’t always make getting a job easier either.

“Job vacancies for graduates in the UK decreased by 2.8% in 2012, clashing with theories of growth in degree quality.”

According to an annual review by The Graduate Market, job vacancies for graduates in the UK went up by 12.6% in 2010 but only increased by 2.8% in 2011. Figures then went on to decrease by 0.8% in 2012, indicating a decline in job prospects for graduates, clashing with theories of a growth in degree quality.

Numbers of post-graduates are coming out of university and having to get jobs that require few qualifications to avoid be


ing unemployed. Statistics from the Higher Education Career Service Unit show that one in 12 graduates fails to find work in the first six months of leaving university. Laurie Williams, 21, followed an apprentice scheme in accountancy and is now a fully qualified Account Manager at Harris and Harris Accountancy. She said: “I think doing my course was better than getting a degree as I got full time experience as well as taking a day fully paid for at college. I have a qualification with no debt but it also depends on what field you want to go into.”

Since 2012, university fees have increased dramatically, trebling from three grand a year to nine, forcing pupils from less privileged backgrounds to think carefully about their choice to come to university. If it is possible to get a job in the field you want without a degree, then it would be pointless to build up a large amount of debt.

Apprenticeship schemes allow pupils to be paid whilst learning the trade and a job is usually guaranteed at the end of the course. Although most jobs in hairdressing, plumbing and engineering don’t necessarily require a degree, they are still regarded as skilled professions.

“Apprenticeship schemes allow pupils to be pad whilst learning the trade and a job is usually guarenteed at the end of it.”

Getting a degree isn’t an easy option with the guarantee of a job at the end of it; it requires hard work, endurance and commitment. But having a degree isn’t paramount. It depends on what you want to do as there are numerous professions requiring other qualifications that are highly respectable. If building a career is the first and most important thing to you, then hard work and dedication are most likely to be the key to opening the door of success, regardless of qualifications. By Sophie DiMauro

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How to be a Primary School Teacher with Bridget Shields An insight on what it takes to be a Primary School Teacher, along with the skills it takes to being sucessful. Written by Chris Penellum

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The sound of 20 something six year olds running around the classroom and numerous exercise books piled up on her desk is something Bridget Shields has become used to. Coming from a large family herself, it was inevitable from a young age that teaching wouldn’t just be a job for Miss Shields– it would become her vocation. Being one of the eldest of her five siblings, being surrounded by children is nothing new for Miss Shields, as she would often sit on an evening helping her younger brothers and sisters with their homework.

“It’s never too

late to become a teacher. Even though it’s hard work, I spend most of my weekends planning lessons”

From the age of 16, Bridget has attended an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in the South of France, where she volunteers to help the sick and needy.

Miss Shields said: “Coming from a Catholic family, I have always been brought up to help those in need. I would say that I am a naturally caring person anyway, but when the opportunity came up to be a carer I jumped at the chance.” Miss Shields is also a regular Charity Fundraiser and along with several others raised over £1000 for Housing Aid Bosnia, a charity set up to help those living in poverty, with no food, shelter or income.

She educated at Chetwynde School - a non-selective independent school for boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18, which helped make her decision to become a primary school teacher. Miss Shields said: “I absolutely loved everything about Chetwynde, the teachers, my school year and the

size of the school which helped me get to know everybody. I felt like I was at home and knew that I could see myself in a teaching career.”

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Miss Shields said: “By going to Lourdes, I was introduced to other places such as Bosnia that had people living in such bad conditions. Myself and a few of my

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Hard work: Miss Shields teaches children aged 4-11 years old

relatives and friends spent most of the summer fundraising, before flying out to Bosnia to help. It was really rewarding.” After finishing Chetwynde, Miss Shields decided that she would study History at university, as it is something that she enjoyed and excelled in throughout school.

“From such a young age, Bridget would sit with her grand-parents and pay full attention to the stories they told, especially with their experiences throughout the war” her father Gregory Shields explains.

Spending three years at the University of Galway, Bridget achieved a 2.1 in History and gained a high grade for her dissertation. “I learnt many skills and techniques at university, which changed me from a quiet young country girl into a confident and independent young woman,” she explains. In order to fulfil a career in teaching, Miss Shields applied for a PGCE course nearer her home in Cumbria.

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merous entries, Miss Shields was successful and her dream of becoming a teacher was a step closer. She said: “I remember being told there weren’t many places on the course and there had been a lot of applicants. I wasn’t very hopeful, but I remained positive.

When I realised I would be attending the University of Cumbria, I was both shocked and excited. I couldn’t quite believe it.” A close friend of Miss Shields said: “When

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Bridget called and said she had been accepted for the PGCE course I wasn’t surprised. She is one of the most caring, compassionate and friendly people I know.” She continue “She would bend over backwards to help people and that’s why she will make an excellent teacher.”

Finishing her PGCE course in July 2013, Shields is now qualified to be a full time primary teacher. However, like every student finishing university – the worry of finding a job sets in.

“Over the summer I went back to Lourdes

and carried on volunteering, but the worry set in about my future. I applied for many teaching jobs, hoping of finding the perfect school,” Shields explains. She continued: “Applying for any supply teaching jobs was also an option I faced because it was helping gain experience and gave myself a taste of what was to come.”

Now working in a small school in The Lake District, Miss Shields said it was like a “dream come true” and all the hard work she had put in was finally paying off. Miss Shields said: “I feel incredibly lucky to be working in a

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school which is close to my hometown. Everybody is so friendly and I feel that I fit into the school and the ethos is has. I teach a lovely bunch of kids and look forward to planning lessons and activities for my class.”

When asked on how people can begin a career in teaching, Miss Shields said: “It’s never too late to become a teacher. Even though it’s hard work and I spend most of my weekends planning lessons, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” She continued: “Voluntary work helps make you stand out, but many teachers haven’t experienced it, so it isn’t vital.”

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LinkedIn...

Do I Need an Account?

LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing social networking sites this year, but if you think it’s the next facebook you couldn’t be more wrong. The question then on most peoples mind is should I create an account? And the answer is a big YES. Lydia Taylor looks into the importance of the site. iving in this modern countless people find with professionals you their dream job and a already know, creating society, social networking has become key funding firm generates stronger ties and relato helping you succeed 75% of their meetings tionships with them, but in your desired career. It in just 10 minutes, all also acts as a building block towards profesis a helpful tool to gain by using LinkedIn.” sionals you wish you further access to people She describes it as knew. It is a business and companies that pre- the next big win for network based on the viously may have been professionals. theory of three degrees difficult to reach. So what is it? of separation, you may It allows you to get your LinkedIn is a site that not know the person but name out there for pro- allows you to create a a contact you already professional profile, have could. fessionals to find. A huge number of suc- which acts almost like There are currently 225 cess stories have come a digital CV. It saves you a lot of time email- million members on from the networking ing companies, gives LinkedIn, with 11 milsite as Michelle Beckthem a face and profile lion in the UK and this ett a LinkedIn expert explains: “I have heard to remember, but most is growing every day. importantly gets your “Essentially it is a free about trading consulfoot in the door. contact database with a tancy’s growing their global shop window to business to £5 million, The site allows you to sell yourself”, explains one teenager landed a connect and interact Michelle Beckett. contract worth £15k,

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How to get started... Whether you are brand new to LinkedIn or already have a profile make sure you are using it in the right way, and creating the desired effect.

The photograph... Firstly one of the most important things is to choose your profile photo carefully, nobody wants to work with someone who looks miserable, so have a smile on your face and try to look approachable. But remember it is a professional network, so don’t use a picture with a drink in your hand or a group photo of you and your mates on a night out. The headline... Make your professional headline stand out, you want your viewer to click further and see the rest of your profile. Think of something you’re proud of or make your job title stand out from others. The links... Do you have a blog or a website you are involved in? Perhaps a professional twitter

account, link to it and let them see a selection of your work in a simple click.

and experiences and don’t forget the interests section. You will notice the interest area is hyperlinked, allowing The address... you to find others with Use your unique web similarities, include address for LinkedIn as everything from the a form of contact, put it normal to the obscure, on your business card, it may create a link that CV or blog. By doing could get you a step this people can instant- further towards your ly find more informadream job. tion about you and simply message you if “I’m a big runner but I they are interested in haven’t got that on my getting in contact. profile at all, yet when I go to networking events The summary... it’s what I talk about a Every profile has a lot. It’s a route in, you summary section, use can’t be lazy about it,” this as a chance for describes Helena Robpeople to gain a small erts a business profesinsight into who you sional from Leeds. are and what you are about. Don’t waffle on The views... because people will Check who’s viewed get bored, get straight your profile, send them to the point and break a message, don’t let up your text making it them slip through the simpler to read. net, they obviously looked at your profile The touch points... for a reason. Add in your school and university, people you Lastly, have a very good may know could have reason to not connect a particularly interest- with somebody, they ing career, you could may be the link you reconnect a friendneed. By using Linkeship and gain another dIn correctly you could professional link. Make be on the path to your sure you include reledream career. Written by Lydia Taylor. vant jobs, placements Futures-Dec 2013

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Got a degree in...

Psychology Written by Ciara Mahoney

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hat do Natalie Portman; Hugh Hefner; Gloria Estefan; Dr Phil and Monica Lewinsky all have in common? Each has a degree in psychology. This degree discipline is hugely popular, according to the Complete University Guide, with 112 universities across the country offering degrees in this area. A degree in Psychology must be accredited by the BPS to have credence,(the British Psychological Society). According to Charles Brewer, a Professor of Psychology at Furman University: “A lot of people think that in order to do anything with a degree in psychology you must get a PhD and become a psychologist - this is a mistake”. There are many other jobs available to psychology students, which do not involve core psychology, as the degree fits you with a multitude of skills which are attractive to many employers. Psychology undergraduates naturally acquire a range of transferable skills, including: communication; independent learning; statistics and research methods. For such a fiercely competitive area it will be necessary for graduates to obtain

a range of relevant work placements alongside their degree in order to gain credibility in the sector. S.L.Volunteers, V.Inspired and Fair Train all offer work experience opportunities within psychology. Those wishing to manoeuvre into a career of core psychology (including clinical psychologists, child psychologists and/ or cognitive psychologists) will require a postgraduate qualification to gain chartered status - though a very small percentage actually do this. According to the Higher Education Careers’ Service Unit and Graduate Prospects, only 18% of those who studied psychology in 2008 went into a job in that field. Others who employed psychology graduates included: 18% into education or learning support; 15.1% in housing/welfare; 11% in social work and 30% in other unrelated fields. Fortunately for psychology graduates, an understanding of the science of the mind and human behavioural patterns will stand them in good stead from an employer’s perspective.

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How to be a Freelance Textile Designer with Anna Taylor Anna Taylor gives an insight into freelance designing for the fashion industry, portraying how determination can get you your dream job.

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Free hand embroidery using an Irish sewing machine, image courtesy of annataylortextiles.com

s she sits down at her desk the cranking and whirring of the Irish sewing machine is something Anna Taylor has become accustomed to. Her room acts as one of her studios with art work and threads filling every wall and surface she has, and fashion magazines stacked high on each shelf. To some it may seem

cluttered but to her it is a place to get creative. Ever since deciding ten years ago to choose textiles as one of her GCSE’s, it has become her life’s ambition to succeed in the textiles industry. Picking up her monthly subscription to Vogue was another achievement to burst about. “I embroidered the Futures-Dec 2013

detail on that dress,” she shouted out to her family, the dress she worked on was worn by Emily Blunt on the front cover, showing just how far she has come.

After years of working until her fingers hurt too much to carry on, it has finally paid off and now she has the job she’s been waiting for,

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working for a textile designer in the buzzing town of Brighton. She’s rocketed from designing the next project in her high school classroom to sewing the embroidery on designer pieces for London Fashion Week. But it certainly hasn’t been an easy ride and there is still much more to go.

At the young age of seven Taylor had already chosen her favourite painting in London’s National Gallery, her parents watched on as she sat cross legged on the floor and sketched ‘The Storm’ by Rousseau, eyes full of excitement and awe. “As a little girl she always noticed the smallest detail, seeing things none of us noticed. On a visit to the d’Orsay gallery in Paris she stood transfixed looking at Degas Dancer,” described her mother Christine Taylor.

After growing up in London then moving to the countryside at the

age of 13, her teenage years changed very quickly and once she hit high school that’s when her love of design truly began.

“Learning about designers and starting to manipulate fabric, was very exciting and something I’d never really experienced until then,” Taylor explained.

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Her school textiles teacher Lyn Watt said with her quiet confidence and maturity Taylor deserved to do well: “It’s always a pleasure and huge reward to take a hand in developing students who have such potential talent. I am not surprised to hear just how well she is doing in forging her own successful career.”

After high school she went to the Bournemouth Arts Institute, there she completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design but specialised particularly in Textiles, something she needed to ensure a spot at University. “I could push my ideas

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at the institute and become more confident in the career path I wanted to take, and which course I would like to do at University,” Taylor said.

“I learnt many skills and techniques at university, for example how to use an Irish machine which is what I am using to work today. Being taught all the different techBath Spa University niques helps you was her final choice establish what you are with a degree in Textile great at and how you Design for Fashion can then use that to and Interiors. After create work for yourleaving London in her self,” Taylor explains. teens she had always pictured herself going But doing a degree in back there to study and textile design doesn’t seen it as the place to mean a job in it at the be for fashion, but she end and for Taylor it found Bath had a lot has been an upward to offer and the course struggle ever since ended up being perfect leaving Bath. However for her. when you hear her talk

Anna Taylor uses the Irish machine skills she learnt at university at Jenny King’s studio

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about her work, her face lights up and every job becomes another exciting venture. “It has been extremely difficult to get to where I am today in the textile industry, I have worked for free in different studios completing numerous placements. You have to work exceptionally hard and really show your passion when trying to create a job for yourself. I have had to really learn how to self-motivate and push myself to succeed.” Although showing this

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Anna Taylor works on her Irish sewing machine to create embroidery pieces for a designer. She has her own machine so is able to work from home and in the studio. passion and portraying it at every opportunity has allowed her to now work alongside Jenny King. King has her own textile company with a highly specialized team who work with designers in the creative process, from concept through to development and production. In terms of what Taylor does day to day varies a little, and it seems a big part of why she loves it. “I am given a design, which I then have to duplicate a certain amount of times for each designer. So I

may be given a sample of embroidery to copy and cover a dress with in my own way. Or I am given a dress with embroidery on which I have to copy exactly. You have to learn the way each designer prefers their work to be.” Working with Jenny King has allowed her to be involved in a number of exciting projects, but for Taylor her proudest moment was seeing work she had embroidered on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Then seeing celebrities wear Futures-Dec 2013

the designers work too, especially when it’s been a top fashion designer she admires.

“The best part of my job is doing what I love everyday but the hardest part is keeping motivated and having confidence in my work and what I can do. You need to be very determined and you need to know for sure it’s your passion, and then fight for it. Keep believing in yourself and keep supportive people around you.” Written by Lydia Taylor

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Will a gap year affect your career? T

he majority of young adults have been in the education system since their earliest memories allow them to remember.

A year out to travel and see the world is often seen as an invaluable experience for many young people and a well deserved reward for working so hard. A Their entire life has year out to work in inbeen spent working dustry is also common towards a qualification amongst young people that they have finally as it gives them an achieved or are at the insight into future job brink of achieving. prospects as well as Before finishing the helping out financially. last leg of education, or before going into a full- But will a gap year time job, an increasing affect potential job number of students are opportunities positivedeciding to take a gap ly or negatively when year. it comes to putting themselves forward as contenders in the

world of work?

If a gap year has not provided further skills or useful experience then employers could see the year as an excuse to delay getting a job as well as being unprepared in finding a job due to a lack of motivation. Speaking to CBS News, career strategist J.T. O’Donnell said: “The reality is that recruiters and hiring managers will assume that you have a flaw or some other


negative reason for your lack of work. They will expect you to hold yourself accountable and articulate one or two solid reasons.” With the current demand for jobs, it is argued by employers that a year out of education would be better spent in industry rather than travelling. With competition at an all time high, it is a crucial time to make full use of. A gap year before university can be beneficial in preparing those for the student life. Those who have travelled or worked in industry can demonstrate independence, self-confidence and are likely to have better general knowledge. Furthermore, when it comes to applying to university via UCAS, students are more likely to be

allocated a place as they can show graded results, rather than those with only predicted grades.

“During my employment I have developed skills that university cannot teach to the same extent.”

Kevin Smith, 20, an engineering undergraduate at the University of Leeds, is one of the thousands of students who took a year out before university. After working in a convenience store for the first part of this gap year, he was offered a job working with the engineering firm, Idec Technical Services Ltd. “My year out was definitely worth it,” he confesses, “during my employment I have developed skills that university cannot teach to the same extent, such as dealing with clients and suppliers along with general office practices.”


always been something that I wanted to do and working in Australia meant I could travel as well as earn a living. Since coming back to the UK, most employers see my gap year in a positive light because it demonstrates that I can work in diverse circumstances.”

Smith’s stint working for Idec has resulted in job upon completion of his degree as well the firm paying for half of his tuition fees. Mixing a gap year with work and travel is the best way to learn new skills as well as getting out there and seeing different parts of the world. Although not for the entire year, summer schemes and courses such Bunac and Camp America, allow participants to work abroad for the first part of the

But life is short. Although work is important, there is more to life than a career. We are all human and there always comes a point when you need to stop and take a break, knowing how to balance your life and trip, gaining valuable experience and earning your career is the key enough money to trav- to success. el for the second part. According to an arWorking in a different ticle in the guardian, Bronnie Ware, a nurse country is something who recorded the top that allows you to experience a different regrets of the dying, culture as well as gain- found that every male patient she had ever ing work experience nursed regretted workwhich will be more useful than just taking ing so hard, “All of the men I nursed deeply a year out to travel. regretted spending so Thomas Mattison, 28, much of their lives on is a business postgrad- the treadmill of a work uate who worked in existence.” Australia after completing his degree. “Working abroad had By Sophie DiMauro Futures-Dec 2013

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Top Tips

for Interviews...

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First impressions count, smile, be friendly and give a good handshake.

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Why should they hire you? Read the job descriptionn and make sure you possess the qualities asked for.

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5 Research the

company, show your interest in their work and background.

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Dress the part, 2show you can look professional but suit your outfit to the company.

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Practice your answers, similar questions always come up so prepare for them all .

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Prepare a minimum of five questions to ask at the end of an interview. Some about the role and some more general ones on the companies goals.

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Be careful, avoid...

- Ditch the coffee. Don’t take a drink in with you, it can be a distraction and look unprofesional. - Turn your phone on silent. There’s nothing more distracting then a phone vibrating and ringing in your bag. - Don’t get caught out for not knowing the company. They most likely will ask you what you think of it.

- Don’t lie on your CV you may be asked to go horse riding like you said you could. - Keep your concentration, don’t get caught lost in your own thoughts and stumbling for an answer.

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An insight into a post graduate job, as a local Government Official, with Andy Rhodes

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ndy Rhodes 23, has just secured a place on a coveted graduate scheme. His title is a local government official, filling the role of ‘corporate project officer’ within the Policy and Partnerships division. This is a role he has obtained as part of the graduate scheme with North Yorkshire County Council and is responsible for North Yorkshires local assistance fund.

Written by Ciara Mahoney Rhodes graduated from the University of the West of England with a BA in History in the summer of 2013. “I love learning about history, it’s always formed an enormous part of my life,” he says. While at university he learnt valuable skills which have equipped him well for his current job role. Growing up Rhodes’ interests largely focussed around football, squash, travelling and music Futures-Dec 2013

- playing football for several teams both as an adult and as a youth. He competed for his club at squash, gaining a national ranking and a qualification, thus becoming a squash coach. Musically Rhodes plays drums and is a member of a locally successful band, which gig across Sheffield. Rhodes spent one month travelling around America, during this time his music and sport interests broadened greatly. 46


England and as a result, councillors come from very different areas and so argue for very different things.

Throughout university various interests developed and he began to take a keen interest in politics. This led to him to joining the Labour Party and the Labour society at university. Here he was involved in several university presidential elections and student demonstrations - an interest which ultimately directed his degree and career choice. An average day at the council consists of writing briefs and news bulletins. These are distributed to agencies who deliver local assistance funds on a personal level, and communicating with agencies via email and phone. Developing the fund forms a key role (such as introducing utility credit and the provision of a 5 day emergency food parcel), and dealing with freedom of information requests. Mr Rhodes says: “One of the main exciting aspects of the job is the close association with the political realm and the close contact I have with county councillors. Though it is only politics on a local level, North Yorkshire is the biggest county in

“Most of the people you work with and come into contact with also have a degree so you are nothing out of the ordinary, thus you should look to learn, not to impose.”

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This results in very politically hot work, such as the local assistance fund he is in charge of.” This has had media attention both locally from the York Press and nationally from the Guardian. Local assistance funds have been mentioned numerous times on television and radio. Just recently North Yorkshire was used as an example of an authority helping those in need by the Archbishop of York - so it must be doing something right. Though no job is without its fault, Rhodes acquired the job via a post graduate scheme, which he says: “Can sometimes lack direction as people are unsure how much responsibility to give me and how I fit in to the council as a whole. My role is largely office based, so much of my day is spent staring at a computer screen. “ 47


Post-graduate schemes are tough and often don’t pay well for the work and responsibility given. This is something which has to be accepted with a view to the long term gain it may provide and the opportunity for progression within. With this in mind you should be ready to deal with responsibility. It is also unlikely you will find a post graduate scheme in the location of your choice, so a willingness to resettle

should also be thought about. Rhodes highlights: “That once on a post-graduate scheme it should be noted that you are not ‘special’ within the organisation. You will probably find that most of the people you work with, and come into contact with, also have a degree so you are nothing out of the ordinary, thus you should look to learn, not to impose.” Rhodes lists one of his most important skills as

the ability to communicate effectively, whether this is in meetings, over the phone or in writing. He says: “Communication is a big part of the role. Another key skill is the ability to think for yourself and to be able to research thoroughly. Without research facts would not be evidence-based, there would be no predicted outcome, and I would be ‘gambling’ with public money.”

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How to write

a great

CV

Written by Chris Penellum

A CV is normally no more than two pages of A4 paper. On average an employer spends just eight seconds looking at a CV - so make sure you stand out. Keep it punchy and save those little details for the interview.

Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job. This should be reflected in your cover letter.

You should keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that could be important.

Image is everything and that also goes for your CV. Jazz it up and use bullet points along with keeping sentences short. Leave plenty of white space around texts to make the layout easy on the eye.

→ Take the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to work out what skills you should point out to them. They will appreciate the obvious effort.

Back up your achievements with numbers to make selling yourself easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you increased sales; tell them you increased sales by 70% over a six month period.

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What your CV should be like A friendly, caring and hardworking undergraduate with a range of related experience, looking for employment opportunities working with children in a social supportive environment. Key Skills • Creative: Able to provide creative solutions to problems. When working as a support assistant one child in my care refused to enter the classroom. I introduced a game of “fairy steps, giant steps” in which he gradually approached the room. After several lessons this child with profound behavioural difficulties walked straight in. • Interpersonal: Whilst on placement with the Portage department at Kirklees Council I visited parents in their homes to advise and support. I built rapport rapidly with both parents and children with techniques such as commenting positively and making small talk. A good relationship is essential to ensure an appropriate programme is in place to support each child. • Communication: Seminars are an integral part of my course. When preparing a presentation for a seminar I ensure I understand the information, think about the key points I want to present and ensure I have any materials to back up what I am saying. I feel communication is as much about listening so I ensure I built in time for people to question and raise issues. Work Experience: Customer Service / Hospitality Harvester Restaurant Waitress/Bar Staff 1999-2001 Working part-time and full-time over holidays. Serving customers with meals and drinks. Using the till, handling cash, working as a member of a team, providing friendly and helpful service. Green Flag Customer Service Adviser July 2001 - present Dealing with membership enquiries over the telephone. Entering new client membership details on to database. Distributing mail shots. Hobbies and Interests I enjoy travelling and have visited Europe extensively. I use my practical and creative skills to make soft furnishings for friends and family and am a keen artist. I enjoy reading, horse riding and socialising in addition to being an active member of my local church. CV Courtesy of Leeds Metropolitan Futures-Dec 2013

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CONTACT US EditorLydia Taylor @LydiaTaylor2 lydia.taylor92@ hotmail.co.uk

Sub EditorChris Penellum @CD_Penellum chrispenellum@ hotmail.co.uk

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Calendar of events

06.02.14 - Biological Science Employer Event @ University of Leeds Contact: Kim Tepielow 0113 343 5292 k.s.tepielow@leeds.ac.uk 10.02.14 - Business Competition BASE @ Chartered Accountants’ Hall, London 20.02.14 - Student Jobs, Summer Internships and Volunteering Fair @ De Montfort University, Leicester 11:00 - 15:00

Feb ‘14

13.01.14 - Teaching Fair for PGCE and BA Education students @ University of Reading 14.01.14 - Career Development Theories: Integrating theory and practice @ University of Warwick 15.01.14 - The Jobs Fair @ The Forum 10am-3pm thejobfairs.co.uk 25.01.14 - International Careers Day @ Examination Schools

Jan ‘14

10.12.13 - Apprentice Recruitment Fair @ Birmingham Metropolitan College 11:00 - 15:00 Contact: denise.hopkins@bmetc.ac.uk 0121 362 2101 12.12.13 - Entrepreneurship: Networking Evening @ London School of Economics 17.12.13 - CV Clinic Drop In @ University House, University of Salford

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