We apologise for the brief hiatus while our system was being updated...but we're back! With a round-up of some of the tastiest titbits that JobOnline has to offer this week...
Ah yes, another pretty infographic. Useful for that fleeting distraction from editing those last 500 words before tomorrow's essay deadline. But hang on, what if these really were The Most Important Work Skills of 2020? What if you didn't get through the most important interview of your career in 2019, because of your lack of social intelligence or new media literacy? Ok, so the below might not become your new blueprint for how to live your life, but it might give you a good insight into how businesses are starting to think. What could you be doing now to be able to adapt to different cultural settings? Perhaps working abroad, or getting an internship in a global company, might help you to build up some great examples of this skill? Could signing up for an optional module in a different department provide evidence of transdisciplinarity?
Topics: employability skills
As the start of term draws nearer, you may be thinking about internship or part-time work opportunities available to you while you study.
Senate House will host The London Graduate Fair from The Careers Group and TARGETjobs - the biggest and best national graduate recruitment fair in London.
Are you interested in sustainability? How about the chance to win a paid internship?
Topics: job hunting
Fancy spending your summer in a top London Advertising agency, working on live briefs and pitches for a wide variety of clients? Applications are now officially open for The IPA’s AdSchool and AdAcademy programmes!
Ah, networking. A word that instils joy in all of us. Doesn't it? Oh, apparently not. In fact the list of the words I've heard associated with networking includes...well, those we'd usually associate with tasks like taking the bins out, cleaning behind the fridge, and answering calls from mobile insurance salespeople halfway through a really tense bit of Breaking Bad.
So why do even those of us who claim to be outgoing, sociable types, view this networking business as such a chore? Partly, it's the name. "Networking". Just that name alone conjurs pictures of pin-striped suits, elevator pitches and glistening business cards. Like some watered down version of American Psycho.
But say to someone: "Hey, how about heading to this event where we can have a drink and a good chat with some interesting people who may potentially make our lives easier?"...and the reaction looks rather different. Because that's essentially what networking is.
At an event this week at The Courtauld Institute of Art, an alumna gave us her own views on the subject. Although very much a people-person, she confessed to finding the concept of networking a little daunting: "Usually I start by finding someone who looks quite awkward so I can save them - and that means I don't have to interrupt someone else's conversation." Another key tip was to take the pressure off yourself. You're never going to meet everyone in the room, so just focus on having a few really good conversations. As this article points out, "It’s better to have 5 people willing to help you out than it is to have 500 that simply know your name."
Back in June, our sister blog Develop Your Career looked at creative CVs - when to use them, what to include and the ever-important reminder to back up your style with some serious substance. While there were some fine examples, this playable CV in the style of Super Mario takes the game to the next level:
Booking is now open for TheatreCraft 2013, the ‘beyond the stage careers fair’ that takes place on Friday 22 November from 9am to 3pm.
Yesterday I went to our international student fair, and I'd say that 95% of the questions asked related to part-time work. And it's not just international students; increasingly we find that students want to work alongside their studies - either to build some experience, get some extra cash...or usually both.
Topics: job hunting