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Careers, Placement and Experience Centre

Headstart careers events

Spring 2013  |  www.reading.ac.uk/careers/events


Welcome to the spring term career guide Many final year and penultimate year students will be applying and being interviewed for either placements or graduate opportunities this term. The Careers Centre is offering a range of workshops and events to support students with this. If you are still unsure what you want to do when you finish university or if you are keen to explore your options further, we are offering other sessions that may interest you and of course we have a duty Careers Adviser available Monday to Friday. Please see our website for the full programme including the weekly CV workshops you can sign up for online. Please note that events may be cancelled if there are not enough students attending, so please sign up now.

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January Tuesday 15 CV workshop for final years 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Want to improve your chances of getting an interview for that graduate job? Gain targeted help at this session. Please note this session is for undergraduates only. If you are a postgraduate student please talk to our reception staff if you wish to have your CV looked at. You must bring your CV to this session or you will not be able to attend. This session is repeated throughout the term, please see website for times and dates.

Wednesday 16 RED Award sign off session 1pm–2.30pm Palmer Building Room G01 For RED Awarders who have completed the three components of the scheme. This session will evaluate the skills you have developed as part of the RED Award and how best to present them to employers. Register online via the RISIS web portal. This session is repeated throughout the term , please see website for times and dates.

Thursday 17

CV workshop for work experience 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Want to improve your chances of getting an interview for work experience? Gain targeted help at this session. You must bring your CV to this session or you will not be able to attend. This session is repeated throughout the term, please see website for times and dates.

Friday 18 RED Award information session 1pm–1.30pm Carrington Building Room 101 What is the RED Award? Find out how the RED Award can help you make the most of the extra-curricular activities at Reading and stand out from the crowd in today’s jobs market. This session is repeated throughout the term, please see website for other times. 3


Monday 21

How to complete the RED Award 1pm–1.30pm Palmer Building Room 103 Have all your questions answered about the RED Award and ensure that you are getting credit for all your extra-curricular activities. You might be closer to completing the RED Award than you think!

Monday 21 Sell your skills to employers: Science & Life Sciences 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 How to market your science skills towards employers and convince them you have the skills and attributes they want. This session will focus on the skills you have to offer and how you can demonstrate them on application forms and at interviews, so you can be successful in getting the job you want. This session is for Science and Life Sciences students only.

Tuesday 22 Finding part-time work and how to tailor your CV 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Need a part-time job to fit in with your studies? Come along to this session and find out what’s available and how to target your CV towards part-time work.

Wednesday 23

Work experience in publishing 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 What are the job roles? What do the publishers look for? How to find work experience in this popular career area. Suitable for all degree disciplines.

Monday 28

Career motivator: Life Sciences 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Are you finding it difficult to make a career decision? Perhaps you feel you don’t have the time, or you feel concerned about whether you will get a job or a placement at all? Whatever the barrier is, come along and find the motivation to continue. This session is for Life Science students only as places are limited.

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Tuesday 29

Application form session with Teach First 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Find out from a top graduate recruiter what makes an application form stand out – for the right reasons! This session is appropriate for anyone thinking about applying for a graduate scheme.

Wednesday 30

Career options for Arts, Humanities and Social Science 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Don’t know what to do with your degree? This session will help identify the wide range of careers available to you and also provide you with strategies for securing employment in these areas. This session is for Arts, Humanities and Social Science students only.

Wednesday 30

Creating and managing your impact – Session 1 2pm–3.00pm Palmer Building Room G02 This is the first of three sessions that aim to help you market yourself to employers. You do not have to attend all three, but you may find it useful. Developing ‘Brand You’ A personal branding approach to help you stand out from the crowd.

February Tuesday 5

Interview skills with PwC 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Come along to this session to find out from a graduate recruiter what makes a graduate interview turn into a job offer.

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Wednesday 6

Mock interviews with Thales 10am–4.00pm Careers Centre, Carrington Building Sign up at the Careers Centre reception desk These half hour mock interviews will provide you with an opportunity to practise your interview technique and receive feedback from a graduate recruiter on how to improve your performance. Please bring a copy of your CV to the Careers Centre reception desk to book your place, and to receive the mock job description which will help you to prepare for the session. These sessions book up quickly, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 6

Creating and managing your impact – Session 2 2pm–3.00pm Palmer Building Room G02 This is the second of three sessions , that aim to help you market yourself to employers. You do not have to attend all three, so if you missed the first session , you can still attend this one. The Art of Networking They say it’s not what you know it’s who you know, find out how to make your contacts work for you.

Thursday 7

Assessment centres – hosted by Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Find out from a top graduate recruiter what happens at an assessment centre and how you can make yourself stand out - for the right reasons! This session is appropriate for anyone thinking about applying for a graduate scheme.

Thursday 7

Graduating this summer? What next? 1pm–1.50pm HumSS Building Room G25 Graduating this summer? Worried things are not clear about your future? This session is a chance for you to explore the right way forward for you. You will have the chance to hear from both the Careers Centre and Student Well Being with practical suggestions that can help you make sense of your future.

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Monday 11

Standing out with business recruiters: Science & Life Sciences 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 This workshop will give you tactics which will impress both large and small employers. This session is for Science and Life Sciences students only

Tuesday 12

Interview skills for the nervous! 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 If the thought of an interview gives you sleepless nights then come to this session and get tips from a careers professional on how to manage your nerves.

Wednesday 13

Creating and managing your impact – Session 3 1pm–1.50pm Palmer Building Room G02 This is the third of three sessions, that aim to help you market yourself to employers. You do not have to attend all three, so if you missed the second session, you can still attend this one. Making first impressions count You never get a second chance to make a first impression. So whether it’s an interview, a presentation or a meeting, find out how to create the right impression.

Tuesday 19

Routes into the Health Sector 1pm–2.30pm Carrington Building Room 101 This session will provide an overview of the range of opportunities available in the Health Sector and the typical tactics and strategies that can help make you successful. This session is appropriate for those seeking health related job roles , that may involve further training.

Wednesday 20

Careers in Higher Education 2pm–4.00pm Palmer Building Room 108 There are many exciting career opportunities, with higher education. Come along to this session to hear from a range of people from events, HR, research, museums, library and RUSU. 7


Wednesday 20

Routes into the Environmental Sector 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 This session will provide an overview of the range of opportunities available in the Environmental Sector and the typical tactics and strategies that can help make you successful. A recent graduate will share his experience within the sector.

Thursday 21

Mock interviews with Associated British Food 1pm–4.00pm Careers Centre, Carrington Building Sign up at the Careers Centre reception desk These half hour mock interviews will provide you with an opportunity to practise your interview technique. The Graduate Recruitment Manager at ABF will provide hints and tips to help improve your performance – this will be especially beneficial for those students interested in applying to ABF graduate schemes (Supply Chain, Technical, Sales and Marketing), but is open to any student looking to gain experience of graduate interviews. Please bring a copy of your CV to the Careers Centre reception desk to book your place. These sessions book up quickly, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday 26

UROP: An essential guide for students 1pm–1.50pm Palmer Building Room 103 Are you interested in applying for a UROP summer undergraduate research placement? Find out about the projects available to students in the middle years of their undergraduate studies and how to apply for these paid placement opportunities.

Wednesday 27

Using social media for job hunting 1pm–1.50pm Carrington Building Room 101 Want to know how to use LinkedIn and other social media to help you find a job after you graduate? Come along to this session to find out how to use these popular sites.

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March Friday 1 International students, placements and paid work, know your rights! 1pm–2.00pm Carrington Building Room 101 This session is for international students who are unsure of their rights to work in the UK whilst studying. Matt Daley, the International Student Advisor from Student Services, will give a clear overview of international students’ eligibility to do a placement as part of their degree programme, as well as during their own time in term and vacation.

CV workshops The Careers, Placement and Experience Centre runs CV workshops every week designed to improve your CV. You can attend either the finalist workshop if you are applying for a graduate job or the work experience/placement workshop if you are looking to improve your chances of getting an interview for a work experience. You must sign up online for one of these workshops and you must bring your CV with you to the session.

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Headstart careers events spring 2013 For more information, please contact: Careers, Placement and Experience Centre Student Services Centre Carrington Building University of Reading Whiteknights Reading RG6 6UA United Kingdom Open 10.00 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday careerscentre@reading.ac.uk Tel (0118) 378 8359

www.reading.ac.uk/careers

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Headstart Careers Programme Spring 2013