Well, maybe 15 minutes! Why not indulge in a one-to-one chat with a careers consultant? Just enough time for a CV/application check or to think about where your degree will or will not take you unless you get relevant experience in the workplace. Or maybe something else entirely.
www.medcommsnetworking.co.uk/startingout lists resources including videos and a careers guide to download, as well as details of upcoming events.
Although the sessions are primarily intended for post-docs and PhD students from Academic biomedical sciences departments anyone who is interested in learning more about MedComms is very welcome.
- London on 10 July 2013 – The event will be held at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. Full details are at www.medcommsnetworking.co.uk/london13.html
The events provide the opportunity to meet with a number of medical communications (MedComms) professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as an attractive career option.
Please register in advance by emailing Peter Llewellyn who will confirm your place by return.
Aspiring reporters interested in a career in newspapers, magazines, online or broadcast can enroll for a free journalism workshop staged at the newsroom of national press agency News Associates.
This practical three-hour session will get you working on your own stories and there will be a chance to meet News Associates tutors, reporters and editors. Each attendee will get individual feedback and time will also be set aside for career advice.
The workshops are staged on Fridays 10.30am-1.30pm.
London dates (247 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SD):
- 21 June 2013
- 26 July 2013
- 9 August 2013
Manchester dates (111 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2HY):
- 31 May 2013
- 5 July 2013
- 2 August 2013
Space is limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org now to reserve your place – you will receive confirmation of your place and timetable of the day by email.
‘It was a brilliant day which was both challenging and enjoyable. The exercises were excellent and the time passed very quickly’ – Chavan Kissoon, Manchester Workshop Attendee – June 2011.
- Visit the PCC and get some advice from a Career Consultant or Placement Officer
- Visit PCC Secure resources to watch the section of the dvd Making an impact that covers ‘phone interviews. It’s only 13 minutes long and covers the practical do’s and don’ts of first stage interviews and visits the question ‘Describe a situation when…’.
- Check out the information on the TARGETjobs site
- Come in to the PCC and look at the reference books on interview skills
- Research the organisation and the job role that you’ve applied for
The interview – some of the basics:
- Choose somewhere quiet to take the call where you won’t be interrupted
- Make sure your mobile is charged and that you have a strong signal
- Have your CV or application form to hand during the call, and a pen and paper in case you want to make any notes
- Smile – this will come across when you’re talking
- It’s ok to take a little time to think how to reply to a question
Well, it’s probably just one of those days that we all get when nothing seems to go right for us. That said, there’s likely to be someone in Brunel who can help. Or, just talking to a friend or taking a short break from your studies could be the answer…
It’s the time of year when you may be making applications through local NQT primary and secondary Pools. Take a look at the Getting a teaching job AGCAS resource (PDF) on the PCC Exploring career options Teaching page as this should help you with your applications.
Information on the Get into Teaching – Teaching Agency website should also be helpful.
You can find information and advice on motivations for doing postgraduate research, how to manage your research and yourself, and how to develop on the Vitae website.
Just starting out on your doctorate or an experienced researcher? Vitae also gives ‘guidance to think about how you can manage your career. It will help you to think about what you want to do, navigate recruitment processes and manage your career over the long term.’
You’ll also find examples of academic and skills based CVs at www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1339/Marketing-yourself.html. When you’re ready just contact us for a CV check / advice. Go to www.brunel.ac.uk/pcc/qq to find out how you can do this.
It stands for Quick Query, and you can find out more here
Enterprise are particularly interested in employing Brunel students for this vacancy so watch out for the job advertisement at https://www.enterprisealive.co.uk.
Open to Business and IT students / graduates it’s a really good opportunity to get paid work experience assisting with current projects without needing too much IT knowledge.
Remember to check the PCC site for vacancies. Still can’t find just what you’re looking for? Come into the PCC and see how we can help.
These resources that may help you:
Don’t restrict your search to these: think laterally, be proactive…
- Talk to friends as some jobs are never advertised!
- Look at finding local retail work – in Uxbridge: The Chimes and The Mall Shopping Centre; in Harrow: St Anns and St Georges; in White City: Westfield Shopping Centre
- Think about ‘phone work – market research, etc. Check out jobs in the Standard, Metro newspapers, or use Yellow Pages or other directories to find local companies
Visit the PCC where you can find CV examples and get your CV checked. If you’re still confused about where to look for work or can’t find opportunities you can ask about this at the same time.
Watch the deadline for making your application – don’t leave it until the last minute! Firstly, you won’t give yourself enough time to make the best application that you can. Secondly, it’s possible that the recruiter may review applications on an ongoing basis and, having found suitable candidates, will decide to bring forward the closing date.
You can get your application/CV checked by a PCC Careers Consultant. Don’t worry if you’re not living close to campus as you can email or call us. You can also get help with interview and assessment centre preparation including pyschometric tests.
- Foreign criminals advertising fake UK jobs on the internet. Individuals who apply are told they have a job and are sent to a link to pay for visa/work permit fees. These websites are not operated by UKBA, and you should not click on any of the links or pay any money.
- Students have received calls from individuals who claim they work for the UKBA, giving a false name and a return phone number. These calls are not from the UKBA. The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing and explain that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment as soon as possible to prevent further action including deportation.
f you believe that you received a suspicious call or email, or come across a suspicious website: Continue reading
UK/China GradLink aims to help Chinese students and graduates research and access graduate opportunities in their home country. UK/China GradLink includes:
- Graduate jobs board – providing graduate job opportunities across China
- Employer profiles – where Chinese employers give their advice to students and links to their latest vacancies
- Graduate case studies – advice provided by Chinese graduates from universities across the UK
- Careers advice section – including advice at sector level
Take a look at The Guardian’s teachernetwork – jobs, resources, comments and ideas for teachers.