w/c 15th January 2018 – Round-up of the latest job vacancies, news, advice & opportunities

 

BU Careers & Employability Service, The Edge Student Development Centre

(outside the Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus)


Open 8.45am – 4.30pm – Monday – Friday

Tel: 01202 961663

Find us on Twitter

Access MyCareerHub

 

Contents: 

This weeks:

  • 121 Advice & Guidance Availability
  • Events on Campus
  • BU Opportunities to develop the CV
  • Latest Job Vacancies
  • Recommended Careers Resources – Print & Online
  • External Events & Opportunities

 

121 Advice & Guidance Availability

 Drop In Advice (available in the Careers Centre, outside the library)

  • Monday 15th January 9.30am ~ 11.30am
  • Tuesday 16th January from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 16th January ~ Global Talent Programme 1pm ~ 3pm (Global Hub)
  • Wednesday 17th January from 10am – 12 Noon
  • Thursday 18th January  from 10am ~ 12 Noon
  • Thursday 18th January for Global Talent Programme from 1pm ~ 3pm
  • Friday 19th January  from 2pm ~ 4pm

 

Bookable Appointments

 

Events on Campus

This Week

 

 

BU Opportunities of the Week 

 

 

Latest Job Vacancies of the Week

 

Graduate

EDF Trading  – Summer Internship Programme, London

 

Placement

ASM (Assembly Systems Weymouth Ltd) – Software Engineering, Weymouth

Jury’s Inn – Various, Croydon

Panasonic – PR Assistant, Berkshire

 

Part-time

Spill the Beans  – Retail Assistant, Wimborne

 

Recommended Careers Resources of the Week

Print

 

 

Book of the Week

  • Ultimate ~ Job Search

This book offers a definitive guide to networking, interviews and follow-up strategies, with sections on how to;

  • search the media and the internet
  • network
  • make a great impression at interviews
  • succeed in aptitude and personality tests

Plus many more

Available to loan out from the Careers Centre in the Edge (outside the library) plus many more!

 

Online

 

 

Are you going on a Study Exchange or looking to work abroad? Check out ‘Going Global’ a great resource for researching your destination

The GoinGlobal database includes more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on how to work abroad including a database of current overseas job opportunities, work permit/visa regulations and application writing guidelines for specific countries and much more!

Features include:-

  • Country Career Guides
  • Job Postings and Internship Listings
  • Key Employer Directory

Click here to access this excellent resource.

 

External Opportunities & Events 

 

 

Plus many more external opportunities can be found here

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Want to get ahead in the world of Business? Apply for FREE BU student membership of the Institute Of Directors

Bournemouth University is pleased to announce that we can now accept IoD student membership applications for the coming year.

An Institute of Directors (IoD) student membership (paid for by BU rather than you) will prove invaluable for anyone interested in business, whether you see yourself as a potential corporate high-flyer, a budding entrepreneur or simply an ambitious student with an eye on the best possible degree.

How to Apply

To get involved and apply for student membership,  please fill out this short Application Form and send it to iod@bournemouth.ac.uk. Please open the application form in Word (via a pdf converter if need be) or print it and hand it in to Careers Staff in The Edge (outside Sir Michael Cobham Library)

Once we have received your membership pack from the Institute of Director’s you will be invited to a launch event which will take place in Spring Term 2018. where you will be able to listen to keynote speakers in the industry, hear more on the benefits the IoD membership can give you and network with professionals, IoD representatives and fellow students who are equally as interested in the business world.

Benefits of an IOD Student Membership:

  • As a member you will have access to an expert panel comprising of experienced people in the world of business – such as entrepreneurs, chief executives, business leaders, HR specialists and legal experts. You will then be able to communicate directly with them in person or in private should you wish to do so.
  • Access to the IoD’s national student events, a dedicated programme of events and networking opportunities in your area and privileged access to the IoD’s Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall with its unrivalled, stellar line-up of headline speakers and thought leaders from the worlds of politics and business.
  • IoD student membership entitles you to be a part of the IoD’s members-only LinkedIn group. This elite network of professionals, entrepreneurs, directors and business leaders is a perfect place to get your name and your business known among key influencers. The network can also be an invaluable sounding board, provoke interesting discussion and provide a great source of feedback.
  • Access to our placement and internships noticeboard within our online student community. Any exciting Internship and work placement opportunities from our director level members can be found here.
  • Digital access to Director – Britain’s leading magazine for board-level executives. Packed with lively and informative features, inspirational case studies and interviews and shorter advisory items, it is considered an essential read for company directors and will provide a valuable insight into the latest business issues, challenges and philosophy.
  • Business Information Service – a wealth of online business intelligence regularly curated and relevant for tomorrow’s directors. This is in the members’ only web portal on the website; factsheets and articles are written on the latest business topics by the IoD research team, and include briefings on topics such as HR, law, marketing, IT and corporate finance.
  • Online members-only networking group on LinkedIn – student members can join an exclusive LinkedIn group to network with other student members, and we also encourage our full level members to join. We offer student discounts on here, advertise student events and it’s a great place for students to ask questions in a friendly environment.
  • Exclusive discounts – access to specially negotiated deals on a range of personal and professional products and services. These include insurance, car rental, health plans and much more!

Questions?

If you have any questions or queries regarding the above please pop into The Edge at Talbot Campus to talk to Robert, Kieran or one of the Careers Advisors.

Alternatively you can email us directly at: iod@bournemouth.ac.uk.

 

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The right mentality: How to succeed in Law

Introduction

Bournemouth University student Patrick Herklots who is studying a Graduate Diploma in Law shares his experience of applying and researching for jobs in law following his undergraduate degree  as well as providing a useful insight from a talk given by Craig Sharpe at Darlingtons Solicitors about what is needed to stand out in the job application process when applying for training contracts.

 

Why the internet and marketing matter for law firms

Increasingly, research shows , we are all using the internet and google especially for self-diagnosis in areas where we would traditionally first seek professional help. Medical professionals and lawyers are faced with clients who attend with a solution they have found through a simple internet search. This raises expectations for clients regarding the service they receive in terms of efficiency and cost and potentially alter the interaction from one of professional respect to purchasing a service.  Equally importantly, it demonstrates clearly that when people have legal needs or problems they seek solutions online, so a strong and visible presence and brand online are essential now in a much more competitive professional services market.

It is therefore vital that law firms rise to meet this challenge. A strong online presence can attract a large number of clients and presents an opportunity to take ownership of this problem.

Brexit is an area of current concern for business. A simple internet search using terms ‘Brexit, ‘business’ and ‘law’ results in top hits from two legal firms supplying resource packs and a wealth of easily accessed information. This gives prospective clients an idea of the advantages found in consulting the professionals.

Examples of interesting online marketing

The growth of artificial intelligence is another concern both for businesses and the legal industry that many law firms are addressing on their websites. Clifford Chance, for example, have a detailed paper explaining how they have used artificial intelligence to reduce costs in the firm and create more accurate charging mechanisms for the client than the current billable hour method provides. This clever use of the latest technology not only shows transparency of legal fees but addresses expectations clients may otherwise have had about costs. It’s also clever marketing and PR.

Presenting a friendly and approachable image is another important aspect of a firm’s online profile. One method that has been adopted is for firms to upload videos of their solicitors onto their websites, outlining their roles within the firm. Darlingtons’ website includes video clips of clients and people describing the firm. This personal and informal approach is effective in encouraging trust and breaking down some of the formalities often associated with solicitor firms.

Twitter boasts 330 million monthly users. It is unsurprising therefore that most law firms now have twitter accounts. This is another way of communicating the particular assets of individual firms. Burges Salmon’s twitter feed is active and dynamic, frequently posting community initiatives and blog articles for followers to read. The tone is informal and friendly and shows a more ‘human’ side to the firm.

The right mentality for new lawyers is lawyering but with other activities too

Law firms face unprecedented competition, the threats as well as opportunities created by technology and the need to adapt to the changing demands of the client.

So how can today’s aspiring solicitors show a readiness to embrace working in this changing environment and demonstrate they have the ‘right mentality’? Commercial awareness, initiative, team working and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone are all essential qualities.

Gaining commercial awareness is easier than ever with the presence of the internet. A quick search on twitter and you can easily following some law related accounts such as ‘Legal Cheek’, which gives easy access to the commercially-driven world of law.  You will find posts and retweets on a variety of topics on these accounts that can keep you updated on the way the legal and business industry is changing. The more accounts you follow on twitter, the wider your network of sources will be, making it a valuable way to access a range of commercial knowledge.

Your CV is vital. You will need to use your initiative to build your CV and demonstrate to firms that you are willing to take on new challenges in order to succeed. There are many opportunity available of which you can take advantage. For example, the Personal Support Unit (PSU) needs volunteers. This charity provides practical and emotional support to people going through court proceedings and are representing themselves in person. I have been working for them over the last few months and they are happy to take applications.

This is a great opportunity to throw yourself into the ‘deep end’ and get a grasp of what it may be like dealing with clients. Many people arrive at the PSU with a lot of information they have received from the internet. Often this makes them more anxious than is necessary and there is great satisfaction in working through this with them and often finding that their problem is more simple than they thought.

Volunteering at any legal charity will give you the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of clients and to demonstrate a willingness to take the necessary leaps to learn and develop. With the evolving challenges presenting to modern law firms through developing technology these will be necessary traits to have.

Teamwork is now essential for lawyer success

Demonstrating that you can work as a team is another key attribute that law firms will be looking for. As a postgraduate student, you will have a wide range of experience to draw on from your undergraduate years. For example, there are likely to be a number of teams you have worked for during that time. During the last few years I have been in sports teams, worked as a supermarket member, as an office clerk in a solicitor’s firm and as team member of a small off-licence alongside the group presentations integral to my degree programme. Each of these has given me a valuable and varied experience on how to be an effective team member.

Be flexible, be adaptable, be willing

With the ongoing challenges for law firms to keep abreast of current technology in an increasingly connected world, use all your life skills to create the right mentality for a successful career in law. With firms evolving on the internet, you will need to use the online tools available to the best of your advantage. Firms are marketing themselves in new ways and will be looking to employ people who are willing to post blogs and videos and show an active involvement with the community. So, take opportunities, get online, show willingness and stretch yourself. This will all serve to demonstrate that you have the right mentality to approach the challenge of working in a fast changing legal climate.

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w/c 4th December 2017 – Round-up of the latest job vacancies, news, advice & opportunities

 

BU Careers & Employability Service, The Edge Student Development Centre

(outside the Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus)


Open 8.45am – 4.30pm – Monday – Friday

Tel: 01202 961663

Find us on Twitter

Access MyCareerHub

 

Contents: 

This weeks:

  • 121 Advice & Guidance Availability
  • Events on Campus
  • BU Opportunities to develop the CV
  • Latest Job Vacancies
  • Recommended Careers Resources – Print & Online
  • External Events & Opportunities

 

121 Advice & Guidance Availability

 Drop In Advice (available in the Careers Centre, outside the library)

  • Monday 4th December 10am ~ 12 Noon
  • Tuesday 5th December from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 6th December from 10am – 12 Noon
  • Thursday 7th December for Global Talent Programme from 9am ~ 12 Noon
  • Thursday 7th December  from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 8th December  from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm

 

Bookable Appointments

 

Events on Campus

This Week

 

Coming Up on Talbot Campus

 

BU Opportunities of the Week 

 

  • Have your say ~ take the Trendence Survey with a chance to win £100 to spend on Amazon

 

Latest Job Vacancies of the Week

Graduate

 

Placement

 

Part-time

 

Recommended Careers Resources of the Week

Print

 

 

Collect your FREE copy of Rate My Placement ~ Top 100 Undergraduate Employers for 2017-18

    • In this guide you will read about the diverse experiences of students who have undertaken placements, internship and vacation schemes and insights at the UK’s best undergraduate employers.

Available, while stocks last, from the Careers Centre in the Edge (outside the library) plus many more!

 

 

Online

 

 

Are you going on a Study Exchange or looking to work abroad? Check out ‘Going Global’ a great resource for researching your destination

The GoinGlobal database includes more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on how to work abroad including a database of current overseas job opportunities, work permit/visa regulations and application writing guidelines for specific countries and much more!

Features include:-

  • Country Career Guides
  • Job Postings and Internship Listings
  • Key Employer Directory

Click here to access this excellent resource.

 

External Opportunities & Events 

Plus many more external opportunities can be found here

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w/c 27th November 2017 – Round-up of the latest job vacancies, news, advice & opportunities

 

BU Careers & Employability Service, The Edge Student Development Centre

(outside the Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus)


Open 8.45am – 4.30pm – Monday – Friday

Tel: 01202 961663

Find us on Twitter

Access MyCareerHub

 

Contents: 

This weeks:

  • 121 Advice & Guidance Availability
  • Events on Campus
  • BU Opportunities to develop the CV
  • Latest Job Vacancies
  • Recommended Careers Resources – Print & Online
  • External Events & Opportunities

 

121 Advice & Guidance Availability

 Drop In Advice (available in the Careers Centre, outside the library)

  • Monday 27th November 10.15am ~ 12.15pm
  • Tuesday 28th November from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 29th November from 10am – 12 Noon
  • Thursday 30th November for Global Talent Programme from 9am ~ 12 Noon
  • Thursday 30th November from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 1st December from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm

 

Bookable Appointments

 

Events on Campus

This Week

 

Coming Up on Talbot Campus

 

BU Opportunities of the Week 

 

Latest Job Vacancies of the Week

Graduate

Placement

Part-time

 

Recommended Careers Resources of the Week

Print

 

Book of the Week

  • The Testing Series ~ Assessment Centres

Expert advice on how to pass career assessment centres. Includes insider tips on how to gain high scores during the assessment centre process.

Contents include:

  • Creating the right Mindset
  • Psychometrics
  • In-tray exercises
  • Group Activities

Available to loan out from the Careers Centre in the Edge (outside the library) plus many more!

 

Online

 

 

 

Stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market –  Access your Careers & Employability Action Plan!

Whether you are a first year, second year, placement student or final year student, the BU Careers & Employability Service has compiled a Calendar of careers action for each year group. This is to help you become as employable as possible before you leave BU, so that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to the job hunt.

The calendar gives a breakdown of what you should be thinking about at each stage of a typical academic year e.g Autumn Term, Spring Term and how you can take advantage of potential opportunities to develop your employability skills along the way.

So don’t delay! Access the Calendar of Careers Action today by clicking here

 

External Opportunities & Events 

Plus many more external opportunities can be found here

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w/c 20th November 2017 – Round-up of the latest job vacancies, news, advice & opportunities

 

BU Careers & Employability Service, The Edge Student Development Centre

(outside the Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus)


Open 8.45am – 4.30pm – Monday – Friday

Tel: 01202 961663

Find us on Twitter

Access MyCareerHub

 

Contents: 

This weeks:

  • 121 Advice & Guidance Availability
  • Events on Campus
  • BU Opportunities to develop the CV
  • Latest Job Vacancies
  • Recommended Careers Resources – Print & Online
  • External Events & Opportunities

 

121 Advice & Guidance Availability

 Drop In Advice (available in the Careers Centre, outside the library)

  • Monday 20th November NO DROP IN
  • Tuesday 21st November from 1pm – 2pm and 3pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday 22nd November from 10am – 12 Noon
  • Thursday 23rd November for Global Talent Programme from 10am ~ 12 Noon
  • Thursday 23rd November from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 24th November from 9am ~ 11am

 

Bookable Appointments

 

Events on Campus

This Week

 

Coming Up in November

 

BU Opportunities of the Week

 

  • Looking for a job on campus while studying at BU? Why not apply to be a Resident Assistant

 

 

  • Have your say ~ take the Trendence Survey with a chance to win £100 to spend on Amazon

 

Latest Job Vacancies of the Week

Graduate

 

Placement

 

Part-time

 

 

Recommended Careers Resources of the Week

Print

 

Collect your FREE copy of The JobCrowd ~ Top Companies for Graduates to work for 2017/18

    • The UK’s leading Top Graduate Employer ranking, based entirely on Graduate employee feedback.

Pick up your FREE  copy from the Careers Centre, in The Edge outside the library ~ while stocks last.

 

Online

 

Profiling for Success offers a series of free online psychometric tests covering both personality assessment and skills tests.

Assessments that are available through Profiling for Success are:

  • Learning Styles Indicator questionnaire
  • Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI) personality type questionnaire

Both of these assessments will generate reports on your own preferred behaviour which could be helpful to you in planning your careers and personal development.

The other tests that you can practice are:-

  • Numerical Reasoning Skills Test
  • Verbal Reasoning Skills Test
  • Abstract Reasoning Skills Test

To access this on MyCareerHub click here

 

 

External Opportunities 

 

Plus many more external opportunities can be found here

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Attention BU Student & Graduate Online Job Seekers – Recent cases of Fraud have been reported – Protect yourself online by reading these Guidelines

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

 

How to protect yourself:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.
  • Read Bournemouth Universities Stay Safe Online Guidelines here

 

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
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