w/c 29th 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

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

  • Monday 29th January 9.30am ~ 11.30am
  • Tuesday 30th January from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 31st January from 10am – 12 Noon
  • Thursday 1st February from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm
  • Friday 2nd February from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm

 

Global Talent Programme Drop In Advice

  • Tuesday 30th January from 1.30pm ~ 3pm (Global Hub ~ next to student shop)
  • Thursday 1st February  from 1pm ~ 3pm (Careers Centre, outside the library)

Bookable Appointments

 

 

Events on Campus

This Week

 

 

Coming Up 

 

BU Opportunities of the Week 

 

 

 

Latest Job Vacancies of the Week

Graduate

The Garden Productions  – Technology/Office Assistant, London

 

Placement

7stars  – Media Planner/Buyer, London

Coeo  – SQL Server as BDA Intern, Wokingham

 

Part-time

West Cliff Inn – Receptionist, Bournemouth

 

Recommended Careers Resources of the Week

Print

 

Book of the Week

  • The Cover Letter Book

This book offers a definitive guide on how to write a winning cover letter that really gets noticed with sections on ;

  • Laying the foundations
  • Job hunting letters
  • Specialist Cover Letters
  • The 15 most common cover letter mistakes

Plus many more

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

 

Online

 

 

 

Access MyCareerHub – Your one stop shop for the latest job vacancies, opportunities and online resources such as:

  • Book an appointment with a Careers Advisers
  • Search for jobs
  • Find out about and book on to Career Workshops on Campus
  • Search internal and external opportunities to enhance your CV
  • Practice interviews online
  • CV and Cover Letter Booklet of information and templates.

 

 

External Opportunities & Events 

Plus many more external opportunities can be found here

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Jobs and Volunteering Fair ~ Wednesday 21 February 2018, 11am – 3pm (Student Centre at Talbot Campus)

 

Come along to the brand new Jobs & Volunteering Fair from CareersBU and SUBU on Wednesday 21 February 2018, 11am – 3pm.

This event brings together the Part-Time Jobs Fair, SUBU Volunteering Fair and Uniformed Services Fair to create one big event open to all BU students.

Together we and the employers will be taking over the Student Centre at Talbot Campus to create a new event that will become a fixture in the BU Calendar.

You will be able to liaise with employers about paid part-time and summer jobs, community work, volunteering opportunities and uniformed service careers. Giving a great boost to your self-development and future career prospects. You can also benefit hugely from talking to the Careers & Employability Team and SUBU Volunteering.

Full details and a list of exhibitors can be seen on MyCareerHub.

Opportunities available in: community volunteering, events, teaching catering, care work, lifeguarding, sports coaching, USA summer camps, Armed Services and more.

Want to know how you can make the most of the fair?

Take a look at these CareersBU resources offering hints and tips.

More information:

  • Feel free to bring copies of your CV to the event
  • Not heard of one or more of the companies before? Two minutes research will help; visit MyCareerHub to see a full list of exhibitors

Careers Fairs are an ideal way to meet local employers in a relaxed and familiar environment, with staff on hand to help. Please do join us to make the most of this opportunity and support a new event.

 

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Securing and making the most of an Internship

 

Hundreds of students across BU will secure placements, internships and graduate jobs in 2018.

To assist students prepare for this we have been given access to a Q&A session between a Manager of leading London Marketing Agency and a university student who completed a very successful internship.

Student:Aran Sembhi, BSCH Computer Forensics and Security from Leeds Beckett University, looking to work in cyber security for a multinational organisation.

“Aran was a great addition to our team. Not only did he bring hard work and dedication to our small office, but he was a genuine joy to have around. We hope all interns turn out to be as good as Aran.”

Chris Taylor / PR Manager

Company: SALT.agency

SALT.agency is a bespoke digital marketing company, in London and Leeds, founded by three senior digital marketers from some of the UK’s leading SEO companies.

https://salt.agency

Internship Exit Interview

Q – Your CV was chosen from over 200 applicants, and you also had a successful interview.  What tips can you pass on to other BU students?

The interview is a two way conversation, so make sure to prepare fully and be ready to ask the interviewers questions. Make eye contact with all the interviewers, not just the one who is asking the questions. Also research the company, learn what the company is about and why you would be a good fit and be clear about your interest in working for them.

Have a copy of your CV printed out, just in case the interview panel doesn’t have it. Also, make sure that you know the CV inside out and don’t have anything on it you can’t explain further.  For example, if they ask you a question from your own CV and you can’t answer it in detail, it’s not going to sit well with them.  When I spoke to the directors, I wasn’t stuttering or mumbling because I was confident in what I was saying.

If you are unsuccessful ask for feedback on what you can do to iron out any mistakes you may have made.

 

Q – What have you enjoyed most about your internship with us?

Learning a bit more about the organisation was the main thing I enjoyed. I thought with it being a marketing company, it would be more chasing people up and not as technical focussed.

There were two roles that I actually undertook, one being in the technical SEO team and the other in the offsite team. I’ve learnt how the technical SEO team undertakes its analysis and recommendations, and how the offsite team gets creative with their campaigns. It’s nice to see how the two interlink.

Obviously, with me being a computer student, it’s nice to see how there’s more to just marketing, that there is actually a technical side to it as well. I enjoyed tasks such as the keyword mapping, the meta analysis and the research tasks.

 

Q – What will you take away from this experience and what skills have you learnt that will be beneficial for your career after university?

Skills wise, I’ve learned how to use many different web applications, that I’ve never heard of before – such as Ahrefs, Majestic SEO, SEMRush.

I’ve been using a project management system called Buzzstream, and I’ve been learning how to use marketing and research tools effectively.

I would say I’ve also learnt how to be professional and how to contact people professionally.
One thing that I will take away with me is what company director John Ward told me on the second day “If you’re in a work place situation and you don’t know something, don’t just agree with what they are saying, stop the person politely and ask them to explain it a bit more.”

 

Q – Has your internship been what you expected it to be?

No, not at all actually. Initially I wasn’t expecting it to be so technically focussed.  I didn’t know much about SEO in general, so it’s actually good to come in and learn something completely new.
Also, I wasn’t expecting it to be so relaxed, given the nature of the work.

Because it’s so fast paced, I assumed that everything would be really hectic and everybody would be smashing their keyboards but, actually, it’s the complete opposite.  It’s still really relaxed, whilst everyone maintaining the high level of work.

To be honest, I am actually really enjoying it. The two directors, Martin Woods and John Ward, talk to you on a personal level. That makes working life much easier and a lot more enjoyable. Everybody is actually really welcoming.

 

Q – Have you enjoyed agency life?

Yes and No.

Yes, because the work has been really good. As a technical student, anything like this is something you should get your teeth into, because that’s what you want to do in the future.

In other ways I would say no, because it is actually really stressful at times, for example when you chase a company and they don’t get back to you.

Also it is easy to beat yourself up about not getting results, but when you do get results, it kind of wipes away that negativity and shows you how many positives there are.

Overall, I would say that I have enjoyed the agency life, and that’s mainly because of the people I’ve been working with.

If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, somebody in this office will be able to help. That’s what makes it so much more enjoyable, that somebody can sit there, and take you under their metaphorical wing and guide you through the task, so you know what you’re doing in the future.

 

Q – you have worked across both local SME’s and international brands during your internship, completing a multitude of tasks. What has been your biggest challenge at SALT.agency?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a small business or a large business; you’re still responsible for the outcome.

I would say the most significant challenge is just being accurate in what you’re writing and being precise. When I’ve worked with the technical SEO team to see how companies could improve their websites and how they could improve their meta descriptions, it’s hard to get everything down in so many characters.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a small business or a large business, you still apply the same theory and care about the outcome as you feel responsible for their future success.

 

Q – What tips do you have for other students considering an internship?

If an internship or a placement comes up in the future, and you’re thinking about applying for it, I would definitely apply.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a large company or a small company, it still looks good on future applications. It shows that you’re willing to go out and work in your spare time.

Also, if you get offered an opportunity to work for a company for a short time that you may want to work with in the future, just go for it 100%.

Don’t be scared of being rejected by a company either. By applying you’re proving your interest and willingness to work for them.  That might still leave a good impression, even if you’re not successful at the first attempt.  I was reluctant to apply for this role, because I felt I didn’t have the relevant background, and I didn’t want to be unsuccessful, but it worked out incredibly well.

You might be reluctant to apply at first, but what is the actually harm in trying if it looks interesting?

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w/c 22nd 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 22nd January 10am ~ 12 Noon
  • Tuesday 23rd January from 1.30pm ~ 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January ~ Global Talent Programme 1pm ~ 3pm (Global Hub)
  • Wednesday 24th January from 10am – 12 Noon
  • Thursday 25th January  from 10am ~ 12 Noon

 

Bookable Appointments

 

Events Coming up on Campus

 

 

 

BU Opportunities of the Week 

 

  • 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.

Find out more and apply here

 

Latest Job Vacancies of the Week

 

Graduate

 

Placement

 

Part-time

 

Recommended Careers Resources of the Week

Print

 

 

Collect your FREE copy of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers Guide 17/18

  • Want to know who the top 100 graduate employers are? Pick up your FREE copy of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers Directory (normally £19.99) Come to the Careers Centre, in The Edge outside the library ~ while stocks last.

Plus many more

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

 

Online

 

 

Would you like to practice your Interview technique? Why not try the Abintegro Interview Simulator Tool?

Interviews can be daunting, even for experienced professionals. With the ‘Interview Simulator’  package from Abintegro Limited, students can test themselves with interactive questions and best practice answers from experienced professionals to build up their confidence and competence.

To access this tool and find out more click here

 

External Opportunities & Events 

  • Are you interested in spending three weeks at a Chinese University, Study China programme is a fantastic UK Government-funded opportunity. Closing date 1st March 2018

 

Plus many more external opportunities can be found here

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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.

To find out more, whether you have already applied or are thinking of doing so, please join us for an informal launch event.

22 February 2018, 17:30 – 20:00

Executive Business Centre (EBC) 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB

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.

This IoD membership is perfect for those of you interested in Business Studies, Finance, Economics,  Accountancy, and Marketing, or who wish start their own business now or in the future.

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)

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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