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Title: Developing your USP - how students add value through work experience


1
Developing your USP - how students add value
through work experience
  • Gill Barber and Annabelle Cross
  • Senior Careers Consultants
  • 7th January 2011
  • http//careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/

2
We aim to give
  • An understanding of why employers want students
    with work experience
  • Benefits of work experience to students
  • An introduction to the range of work experience
    options open to students and some examples of
    successful initiatives at the UoL
  • Barriers for students to engage with work
    experience
  • Knowledge of how the Careers Centre can support
    students seeking placements and academic
    departments supporting those opportunities

3
  • Did you know?
  • Organisations are looking for more than a degree.
  • 43 of employers convert gt 40 of interns to
    graduate recruits (10 convert gt 80)
  • Source 2008 Association of Graduate Recruiters
    Survey
  • Competition is increasing with the average number
    of graduates chasing every job on offer this year
    rising to 48 per vacancy (FMCG being 250 per
    vacancy!)
  • Source July 2009 Association of Graduate
    Recruiters Survey

4
When recruiting, employers look for evidence of
the following skills
  • Effective communication
  • Ability to follow instruction
  • Understanding customer needs
  • Ability to learn
  • Showing initiative
  • Team working skills
  • Experience of a commercial environment beyond the
    lecture theatre
  • Evidence of motivation and determination
  • Source July 2009 Association of Graduate
    Recruiters Survey

5
Employers believe there are 3 main ways to
improve skills (in order of effectiveness)
  • Completing an internship or industrial placement
  • Taking on a leadership position in a student
    society
  • Gaining very people-focussed work experience
  • Source 2008 Association of Graduate Recruiters
    Survey

6
Benefits of Work Experience to students
  • INCREASE knowledge of the world of work
  • DEVELOP self-confidence
  • ENHANCE coursework
  • AID career planning
  • IMPROVE transferable skills
  • IMPRESSIVE addition to their CV
  • EMPLOYER contacts/NETWORKING
  • BETTER motivated
  • BOOST finances

7
  • Work Experience on a students CV/Application
    shows that
  • They can transfer academic learning to the
    workplace
  • Provides supplementary evidence that they have
    the skills qualities employers look for
  • Sets them apart from the crowd (approx 500k per
    year!)
  • Makes them a safer recruit

8
Range of work experience options
  • Placement Year
  • Summer internships / Vacation work
  • Project based work (course/self generated)
  • Work shadowing
  • Work simulations / case studies
  • Voluntary work
  • Part time casual work
  • Self employment

9
UoL initiatives
  • Unilever
  • Mars
  • Leeds City Council and POLIS
  • Clinical Psychology with IPS
  • Opera North
  • Graduate Internships
  • Research Internships
  • CSER 8000.

10
CSER 8000 Work Placement Year Option
  • This module is aimed at Level 2 students, who
    would like to take their third year as a work
    placement year WHEN THEIR PARENT DEPARTMENT DOES
    NOT OFFER THIS OPTION
  • This effectively extends a 3 year degree
    programme to a 4 year one, consequently, the
    title of their degree is altered so that their
    existing named degree becomes a BA / BSc xxx
    (Industry) or BA / BSc xxx (Industrial
    Placement).
  • Currently 11 students on placement from Music,
    Joint Honours, History POLIS

11
Barriers to Obtaining Work Experience
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of awareness
  • Lack of support
  • Head in the Sand approach
  • Removal from year/peer group (for 12 month
    placements)
  • Time

12
How can the Careers Centre support students?
  • Advice Guidance on ALL aspects of work
    experience such as
  • Deciding and planning what they want to do
  • Helping them in their placement search
  • Applying and Competing (CVs, Application forms,
    Interviews etc)
  • Reviewing, reflecting and transferring their
    experience/skills

13
How can the Careers Centre support faculties?
  • Generic talks/workshops
  • Faculty specific talks/workshops
  • Liaison with Employers and linking to departments
  • CSER 8000
  • Anything else?

14
Not forgetting..
  • Leeds for Life -
  • Helps tutors support students to engage with
    opportunities
  • Helps students to reflect, review and evidence
    their experience

15
Final Thought..
  • Ability is what youre capable of doing
  • Motivation determines what you do
  • Attitude determines how well you do it
  • Lou Holtz

16
  • QUESTIONS
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