If you’re reading this blog post there’s a strong chance that you’re a child of the social media generation, with the likes of Facebook and Twitter a daily presence in your life. But while it’s clear that a career in marketing is one of the more popular desired career paths for students, many still don’t realise that there are an ever-increasing amount of roles focusing on social media available to recent graduates. Where once responsibility for managing social media accounts would fall to a Marketing Officer, companies are increasingly recognising the importance of social media and creating specialist positions to co-ordinate this, such as Social Media Officer and Digital Campaigns Officer.
I have come across a new vacancies portal ( well new to me anyway), on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's website. The organisation exists to advance human rights in business, they track over 5600 companies, and help the vulnerable eradicate abuse. Their vacancy page advertises internships and permanent vacancies broadly related to human rights both in the UK and overseas. Current Uk based vacancies that look interesting include:
Recent King's graduates can apply for King's Step Internships. These are paid work opportunities lasting between 8 weeks and 12 months open only to King's students and Graduates. They give you an opportunity to get some solid work experience that employers so frequently demand. The position below would give anyone with an interest in policy, government, consultancy or project management an excellent first step on the ladder. For this and more opportunites see the King's Careers and Employability website
You think you might want to work in arts administration, or perhaps in fashion, but you know you don’t know enough about the sector to be sure.
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!
Here at International Futures we’re all very excited about our online international careers research tool – GoinGlobal. It’s a premium website which allows you to search for literally millions of jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities, across the globe. Whatever your career goals, and wherever you plan to work, GoinGlobal allows you to find the opportunities that are right for you.
As well as the powerful job search function, GoinGlobal also offers a superb employer directory detailing over 400,000 companies worldwide (yes, 400,000). This is an invaluable source of market intelligence, giving you the lowdown on the top employers in any given sector, across the globe. Want to work for an accountancy firm in Papua New Guinea? Find them on GoinGlobal – along with contact details, number of employees and annual sales. This allows you to determine who is likely to be recruiting, and how to contact them.
Last – but by no means least – the site features dozens of extremely detailed country profiles. These give you the lowdown on individual country’s’ major job sites, graduate recruitment fairs, professional organisations and masses of other useful info. You’ll also find interview etiquette tips for a particular country, visa and tax information, networking groups, CV & cover letter guidelines, advice on relocating, cultural information, and much, much more.
I know I’m gushing about this site, but it really is a bit special; and so easy to use. Here’s the catch – it’s a premium, subscription service. This means’ you can’t just access it freely. Your college may already subscribe (most of the University of London colleges do), so you’ll need to contact your careers service to find out how to get a personal account. Once signed up, you can use it from any computer, anywhere you are, where you’ll find a whole world of careers at your finger tips. Enjoy!
Booking is now open for TheatreCraft 2013, the ‘beyond the stage careers fair’ that takes place on Friday 22 November from 9am to 3pm.
In careers workshops, I often ask my audience how many of them are on Facebook. It's usually around 95% or more. Twitter? Maybe 50%. LinkedIn? We're looking at somewhere between 20-30%, if that. And of those who are, the "I have a profile but I don't use it" response comes up more often than not.
A couple of days ago I was reading this interesting article from a recent MA journalism graduate, about his experiences of gaining work in the field: http://careers.guardian.co.uk/careers-blog/journalist-job-market
LinkedIn is a great resource for networking, finding information & job hunting. You have the world at your fingertips thanks to the internet and its power is near limitless. If you know how to use it.