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Whether it’s a holiday work, a part-time job or an internship, work experience is important! Work Experience

Have you ever had a paid job?

What work experience would you be able to put on your CV right now – or in a year’s time? Will you be staring at a blank page and be struggling to find things to write or will you have a list of experiences you can draw on to ‘sell yourself’ to a potential employer?

Have you ever worked in a shop?

Top business professionals tend to agree that there is no substitute for the face to face contact, engagement and experience gained by selling or being of service to customers. The value of that work experience is priceless!

How many students have paid jobs or internships arranged for this summer?

According to The Graduate Market in 2015, complied by High Fliers Research Ltd, the trends state that

Nearly 50% of the graduate recruiters surveyed stated that graduates with no work experience would stand no, or little chance of securing a job with their company.

Good news! This year, over 65% of graduate employers will offer paid internships this summer.

When you have decided to go to university and you have chosen what you want to do for your career, experts strongly urge you focus on getting as much work experience before you graduate.

Look around you – if you already have contacts in the industry you are considering as a future career, use them. Build your network, use the resources available to you to optimise your chances in the future. If you haven’t got any contacts yet, get them. Be creative!

Who gets the top graduate jobs and how do they get them?

This year 1 in 3 entry level jobs will be filled by graduates who have already worked with the company. Usually through work experience, internship or placement schemes. The key to getting a job is getting your foot in the door by gaining previous work experience in your preferred organization. Companies are more likely to choose a candidate they know is a good fit in their work culture, over an unknown quantity. If you’ve already worked there they know you and you’re considered family.

If you haven’t worked at the company, given a choice between candidates with equal degrees, the average being a 2:1, the candidate with work experience will most likely be chosen. Sometimes over a candidate with a higher degree and no work experience. Trends from the High Fliers Research showed that employers are offering more paid jobs to students than ever before and it is likely that this trend will increase.

  • · From the top graduate employers, more than 80% are offering paid work experience.
  • · More than 13,000 paid work placements are on offer.
  • · More than 60% of the employers are offering industrial placements to students

Why is this happening?

Businesses are seriously concerned about the lack of suitably skilled candidates to fill jobs. The jobs are there but these days you need more than ‘just’ a university degree or college diploma to get them.

According to High Fliers Research, this year the top recruiter of graduates will be Teach First, recruiting teachers.

As usual, PWC and Deloitte will snap up graduates for accounting and professional services.

The highest salaries graduates can earn will be in investment banking, armed forces, law, banking and finance, the oil and energy sector. No surprises there.

The ‘hot jobs’ are in sectors where there is a chronic shortage of graduates entering the market. These include healthcare, medical, IT, technology, scientists, marketing, sales, engineering, lorry drivers – yes lorry drivers!, and finance.

If you haven’t chosen what you want to do yet, then be inspired to go out and get some experience. Explore the hot job sectors. You will soon find out what you don’t want, and that will help you to define what you do.

Working will help you develop your soft skills. Having soft skills like drive, resilience, grit, self-confidence, self-esteem, adaptability, creativity, and overview is valuable to an organization

If you choose not to get any work experience until after you graduate, you will find that the best opportunities, management training schemes, and places will have been snapped up by the candidates who did, leaving you 6 months to up to a year behind to catch-up.

Don’t get left behind, there are more opportunities out in the workplace than ever before.

Go on, get out there and get some work experience you’ll be glad you did!


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What is personal branding, and why is it important?

It is how you define, present, and promote the product, you, to the market. Stand Out From The Crowd

You are the product, and it’s a market out there.

If you are not buying, you are the product.

When you are promoting yourself, false modesty can be damaging and self-sabotaging to your career.

So rise to the challenge and use personal branding to help you gain a secure foothold in the career market.

I am deliberately using business terminology because it helps to start learning and using the language. You need to know and understand what the terms mean to be able to think objectively, professionally, efficiently and use communication effectively. The sooner you get used to using business language, the sooner you begin to feel like you are on a professional career path.

You know that saying, “It’s not all about you!” Well, when it comes to your career, it is!

It’s all about you and the competitive job market.

So how do you go about ‘creating’ a personal brand?

This is where we go into an area that you are probably all quite familiar and comfortable with, we go online!

The key to a strong and successful personal brand starts with high quality information that can be linked cohesively over several social network sites.

When you think ‘social media’ in a professional context, you need to think much wider than Instagram or Facebook – and don’t even give SnapChat a second thought.

Social media is a tool that defines your professional profile. It promotes your CV, details work experience, provides opportunities for business networks, and offers an insight into your social profile.

Google yourself, and you will see what the web says about you!

Market survey trends from show that around 45% of employers use search engines such as Google to research job candidates.

The more social media sites you are on, the higher the security risk to the information circulating about you. It is harder to keep track of, and secure.

Until your personal brand is well established, you may decide to limit your exposure to say, the top 3.

How many of you have a LinkedIn profile?

You’re 17, 18 or older, so I get it, most of you are not thinking like that yet, but you will need to – and soon!

Trends from a CareerBuilder survey found that the most common reasons why an employer hired a candidate based on their social networking presence was:

  • 46% - job candidate’s personality was a good fit with the company culture.
  • 45% - job candidate’s background information supported their professional qualifications for the job.
  • 43% - professional image of job candidate’s site.

Employers want see your personality - so shine!

It’s a competitive job and careers market, the best way to get ahead is to show them your best. Be authentic and be the best you, you can be.


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 So, you decide, okay, I’m going to go out there and apply for jobs and internships. Before you put your immaculate CV and awesome motivation letter online, STOP, SCREEN and SCREEN AGAIN!

How many people regularly screen their social networks for damaging material?

When you apply for any job or internship, what are the recruiters or potential employers going to find when they research your details online? The Power and Dangers

What will they discover about you?

What photos?

Research by, the largest online career site in the US, found that:

51% of employers who researched job candidates on social media said they found content that caused them NOT to hire the candidate.

Whether you agree with it or not, we all form impressions and make judgements.

How do you think the actions of the students on the holy mountain in Malaysia has impacted their future career prospects?

Once you put something out there, that’s it, potentially for ever, unless you have been social media smart.

Start with a social network purge and detox. Remove all data on the web that’s unsavoury, offensive or inappropriate. Potentially damaging information, chats, blogs, and photos.

Check who has tagged you – thoughtless friends can inadvertently sabotage your online profile.

You may be so used to being online you may not even notice that something is offensive or inappropriate.  

This is a radical idea you probably won’t like, but the best litmus test of your social network sites is to ask your parents to review them. They will certainly pick-up red flags that you may not and l appreciate knowing that your online presence is clean.

Remember you are on show. There’s nothing like a tattoo on your neck to let everyone know how uninterested you are at being employed.

Spell and grammar check everything you post or send out - including cover letters, profiles and CV’s. If it’s full of mistakes prospective employers and clients will reject you on that basis.

Be careful what you say and how you say it, and keep it updated.

Switch on WI-FI, Switch on CACS – Caution and Common Sense

Once you’ve cleaned up your presence, then it is vital to protect it.

For online information check your privacy settings, security, content and make them work for you, not against you.

Ask yourself:

  • · How safe is my online presence?
  • · Who can see what?
  • · Where am I exposed?
  • · What changes do I have to make in my habits to keep my online presence protected?
  • · What habits do I have to develop?

Smart phones, you can get lulled into a false sense of security. Most of us are constantly on our phones.

We use it to do our banking, check our email, be interviewed, post our CV’s, keep tabs on our social media sites, find dates, pay for cups of coffee, beers in the pub, dinners in restaurants and our shopping in the supermarket.

In your career you will see emerging business applications and sectors linked to your phone.

This is the market of today. You are the product.

Here are some security basics, you might already know them, but let’s go through them anyway. 

  • · Password protect your WI-FI.
  • · When you’re on a website look for the “s” after http, s stands for secure, if there’s no “s” read only, don’t input data.
  • · Avoid placing detailed personal information on any online site
  • · Avoid placing information about home phone numbers, addresses, D.O.B., and your family connections – even on your CV. These items can be used for online identity theft. Email and mobile phone details are usually sufficient.
  • · Protect the integrity of your online presence by being careful who you connect to on all social media sites. When people request to connect with you, assess each request its merits. If you don’t know them, or cannot see a logical or business reason for doing so, say “no”, or decline.
  • · On social networks, change your privacy setting to “friends and family only”. That keeps the first round of prying eyes out.

No matter how good your relationship is with your boss or line manager, they should not be included in your “friends” category!

On career networks, protect your connections so that your other connections cannot take advantage of, or poach from of your valuable network.


Keep it Clean – Keep it real

Now, you have cleaned up your online presence and established good privacy settings, it’s time to develop online habits that present you at your best.

Be very careful what you share with friends. Embarrassing photos, nudity, filthy jokes, defamatory remarks, will give you a bad online reputation.

Be selective about your friends and monitor what they share about you.

Earlier I mentioned the incident on the holy mountain in Malaysia and made comments about the danger of thoughtless friends.

My question to you is about the friend behind the camera capturing the footage and posting it online. At that moment in time, is that friend dodging a bullet or holding a smoking gun?

Keep in mind that your friends’ photos that you’re tagged in may not be protected by your privacy settings.

Before your click think, ‘what would my boss or future boss say about this?’ Chances are they probably will see it at some stage.

Stay polite, objective, respectful and away from emotive topics like religion and politics. Don’t be drawn into excessive or abusive language or emotion online.

If you make a mistake, apologise swiftly and learn from the experience.

Anything private, keep off the web and in real life only.

Be safe and out of danger by negotiating the obstacles and pitfalls along the way.

Stay social media smart!


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As you move forward in your career, which can start before you go to university, ask yourself:

  • · Who are you?
  • · Who do you want to be?
  • · What’s your calling?
  • · What are your unique selling points?
  • · How are you going to enter the market?
  • · What’s your entry strategy?

You might think that it’s a bit too early for me to be asking you these questions, but it’s not. Students And Graduates

Your answers can help you define the choices you make.

Often, because the answers are avoided, situations occur where the degree does not fit the vision, dream or career.

Having a career strategy can help.

You have the ability to do anything. This is your time to choose the direction of your life. It’s time to get on the career path.

As you do, do not allow yourself to be held back by anyone else’s opinions, viewpoints, limitations or expectations. Engage your personal power and optimism.

Choose a career that makes you happy.

Be you, be proud of who you are, what you stand for and what matters to you. Capitalize on how you’re different in a positive, fresh way.

Create an upbeat personal brand statement that acknowledges your strengths, passions and how you add value. Mix in how you wish to evolve and develop. Shake it up with a positive attitude, ambition, and hard work. Pour it over crystal clear chunks of vision, aspiration and expectation, and what have you got?

You have a potent, compelling cocktail for future success.

Everything is visible on the web, the skill is using this visibility safely and to your advantage.

Check out potential employers, employees, clients, candidates and their bosses.

When someone checks your profile online, you want to make sure that you are giving the best impression you can.

The type of impression that will increase your curb appeal, employability, and promote your career.

Employers want see your personality. So shine! Show them your best, and be the best you can be.

In the US, it is estimated that the average person will work 90,000 hours in their life time, and that 80% of people are dissatisfied with their job.

While these figures may seem excessive, when you factor in that we have to work longer to reach pensionable age, they are likely to be correct for us as well.

Could you be the one saying, ‘I worked very hard to get to where I am in life, an unemployed university graduate’? I hope not.

So take the time, effort, and invest in developing your career. Be open to the opportunities and possibilities around you.

It is important to do work that you love, makes you happy, and showcases your talents.

If you can apply these elements to your life and career, you will be successful.

With all the hours of work ahead of you, wouldn’t it be great to be one of the 20% of people who is satisfied and looking forward to the future.

You can make it happen.


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