• Careers

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    Welcome to the Careers and Employability section of My Modules. Here you can find information, advice and guidance about a variety of careers-related topics, from choosing careers and finding jobs and work experience, to further study, jobs applications and interviews.   

    Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have changed the way you can book appointments. Please see our designated page for details and any updates. 

    This page also contains useful resources, including careers advice and top tips for job hunting or finding work experience during the pandemic, looking after our mental wellbeing and online interviews and recruitment.   

    We have also put together a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which you can access here

    Contact us: Please email us at careers@stmarys.ac.uk or call us on 0208 240 4055. 

    Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have closed our office and are currently working remotely, but once the government measures are lifted you can pop-in and see us in Room J3 (next to the Dolche Vita Café). 

    We are open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.

    Connect with us:

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    Appointments

    During this latest lockdown, we wanted to remind you that the Careers Service is offering remote appointments, so you can still get guidance on anything careers or employability related, including looking for jobs. Careers appointments (including practice interviews) are available by Zoom, phone or email.  

    You can book an appointment by emailing careers@stmarys.ac.uk or calling 020 8240 4055

    We also have a number of helpful resources and information available on our resources on our SIMMSpace pages and via the different sections on this Moodle module. You can access the jobs board by logging onto CareerConnect.

    To book a careers appointment:

    • Please call us on 0208 240 4055 or email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability. We will deliver your appointment by Zoom. Please click on the Zoom link 2-3 minutes before your appointment is due to start, to set things up.  
    • If you are booking an appointment to have your CV, cover letter, job application form or personal statement reviewed, please send us a Word version of the document, along with the job description or course details, in advance to careers@stmarys.ac.uk
    • If you are booking a mock interview, please send the job description and your application in advance to careers@stmarys.ac.uk, so we can tailor the interview for the role you have applied to. You can also use our InterviewStream software for practice video interviews (please login with your St Mary’s email).

    Please note: we also offer a CV/cover letter/job application/personal statement reviewing service by email (contact careers@stmarys.ac.uk), if you do not have time for a Zoom appointment. 

    If you would prefer a phone appointmentplease state this in your email at the time of booking (and provide your preferred phone number). 

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    We have put together a list of answers to FAQs that we regularly receive in the Careers Service. You can access these here.

    All of our resources and further information about the Careers Service are also available on SIMMSpace pages.


    Careers advice during the pandemic

    We delivered a series of webinars during semester 1 to help you with a range of careers-related topics - from finding a part-time job and strategic job hunting, through to writing effective, CVs, cover letters and application forms and building a strong LinkedIn profile. You can access the recordings of each of these sessions on our Careers Events and Webinars page

    Jobs and other opportunities

    You can also access our CareerConnect Jobs Board at https://careers.stmarys.ac.uk

    If you have questions about our forthcoming St Mary’s Internship Programme, please email careers@stmarys.ac.uk.


  • Careers Events and Webinars

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    Throughout the year we run various career events, including careers fairs,  presentations from employers and alumni, and webinars to support you with various aspects of your career journey.  These are also a great way to meet potential employers and gain an understanding of what it's like to work for that organisation. 

    All our 2020 career events and workshops will be delivered online via virtual platforms

    You can also book a careers appointment for support with any of the topics covered below (or anything else careers-related). Please email us at careers@stmarys.ac.uk.  

    Finally, you can find recordings of our 'Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks' webinars, that we ran during lockdown, at the bottom of this page.



    Schedule of Careers Events and Webinars
    Date and Time Session Details Registration Link
    Tues 6th Oct, 12.00-12.45pm How to Write a Killer CV - this webinar will cover how to structure of a CV; how to tailor your CV to a specific job and increase your chances of being invited to interview; and how you can write about your experience and skills with maximum impact VIEW THE RECORDING HERE

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    Weds 7th Oct, 12.00-12.45pm How to Get a Part-Time Job - this webinar will cover tips for getting a part-time job; how and where to look for part-time jobs; how to make your applications stand out from the competition; and balancing a part-time job with your university studies VIEW THE RECORDING
    HERE
    Thurs 8th Oct, 12.00-12.45pm Writing Strong Cover Letters and Applications - this webinar will give cover what makes great applications; how to identify and articulate your skills and experience confidently; and what employers are looking for when they advertise a role VIEW THE RECORDING HERE
    Tues 13th Oct, 4.00-4.45pm Making the Most of the Careers Service - this webinar will cover what the Careers Service does (including some things that might surprise you!); ways we can help you throughout your time at St Mary’s; how to access our support; and advice on what you can do during your studies to help get the job you want after uni VIEW THE RECORDING HERE
    Weds 14th Oct, 12.00-12.45pm Need to Know: What’s a Graduate Scheme? What’s a Graduate Job? This webinar will cover: what is a graduate scheme vs a graduate job; advantages and disadvantages of each route; where to find opportunities; and tips and advice on applying
    VIEW THE RECORDING
    HERE


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    Thurs 15th Oct, 11.30am-12.00pm Prepare for the Part-Time Jobs Fair - this webinar will cover how the virtual Part-Time Jobs and Volunteering Fair will run; which employers are attending; and how you can get the most out of attending the Fair VIEW THE RECORDING
    HERE


    Thurs 15th Oct, 12.00-2.00pm Part-Time Jobs and Volunteering Fair - find out about local jobs and volunteering roles, network with employers and gain insights into different organisations and sectors. The Fair will feature organisations with a wide range of opportunities across Business, Sport & Fitness as well as Not for profit sector.
    View the Event Programme (including employer details) here!
    Tues 20th Oct, 12.00-12.45pm Unravelling Assessment Centres - this webinar will cover what assessment centres are and how they work (online or in-person); and how to navigate the various challenges and tasks you will come across VIEW THE RECORDING HERE
    Weds 21st Oct, 1.00pm-6.00pm Investing in Talent - a careers event aimed at ambitious undergraduates with a disability or long-term health condition who wants to pursue exciting career opportunities in banking. Meet global employers like HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan and participate in interactive skills sessions on topics like interviews, managing a disability in the workplace, and requesting support in the recruitment process Visit the Investing in Talent website to apply for a place
    Thurs 29th Oct, 12.00-12.45pm What You Need to Know to be Successful at Interviews - this webinar covers how to prepare for interviews; different interview approaches and formats (online and in-person); and how to talk about your skills and experiences with confidence VIEW THE RECORDING
    HERE

    Thurs 5th Nov, 12.00-12.45pm Choosing a Career - this webinar will compare some different ways to plan your career; help you identify your key values and skills to help you choose the right roles for you; and help you think realistically about career planning VIEW THE RECORDING
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    Weds 11th Nov, 12.00-12.45pm LinkedIn: Building Your Profile and Network - this webinar will cover how to make an effective LinkedIn profile; different ways you can use LinkedIn to job hunt and increase your industry knowledge; and the benefits of developing and engaging with your network
    VIEW THE RECORDING HERE
    Weds 18th Nov, 12.00-12.45pm Strategic Graduate Job Hunting - this webinar covers some different approaches to finding advertised jobs during these uncertain times; ways that you might create your own opportunities; and some ideas about what to do if your preferred sector isn’t recruiting right now VIEW THE RECORDING
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    Thurs 10th Dec, 12.00-12.45pm Get Mentored for a Successful Career: Aspiring for a Career in IT, Banking or Finance (with Paul Johnson, CEO of Black Gifted Network) - this webinar will cover tips on when to start approaching companies for opportunities, the importance of building up your network and how to go about achieving this objective, how to impress future employers with your application and where to find mentors to support you in your career journey.     ​REGISTER HERE

    Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks

    The Careers Service ran a series of online careers talks during lockdown to help you with all things careers-related. Please find the slides and recordings (where available) of the webinars below. 


    Session Title Speakers Slides and Session Recording
    Applying for Graduate Jobs: Get the Employer’s Perspective Paul Roberts (Managing Director, Graduate FastTrack)
    Exploring Postgraduate Study: Tips and Guidance on Applying for a Masters Gemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers)
    Graduate Job Hunting Strategies during the Pandemic Gemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers)
    Finding Summer Work Experience during the Lockdown Gemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers)
    Using LinkedIn and Social Media in your Job Hunt Vibushan Pathma (Social Media Content Manager, Wunderman Thompson) 
    Obi Oputa 
    and Gemma Garrett (
    Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers)
    How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Teacher Training Applications Vincent Potter (Careers Consultant, St Mary's Careers)
    Building your Employability and Preparing for your Career during the Lockdown Joanna Pattison and Obi Oputa (Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers)
    Standing out from the Crowd: How to Write Effective Job Applications Hannah Reid (Senior HR Director, Gartner) 
    Obi Oputa (Careers Consultant, St Mary's Careers)
    Current Opportunities in the Market Tamsin Millns (Director, Step Recruitment Ltd)
    Perform at your Best: Video Interviews and Assessment Centres Hannah Reid (Senior HR Director, Gartner) 
    Obi Oputa (Careers Consultant, St Mary's Careers)
    Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty  Obi Oputa and Gemma Garrett (Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers)

    Remember... You can also book a careers appointment for support with any of the topics covered below (or anything else careers-related). Please email us at careers@stmarys.ac.uk.  

  • Thinking about which careers / jobs may suit you?

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    Are you are looking to find some ideas about job/career options?

    Have you thought about a few options and want to know which ones may suit you?

    First of all, one of the best things you could do is to book an appointment with one of the Careers Consultants. To book a 1-1 appointment with a careers consultant, please email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability.

     If you want to get started on your own, then here are a few ways to approach it. 

    A single career for life is rare, so don’t feel that you will be tied to any decisions you make now. See your next step as a chance to develop the skills, experience and contacts that could lead to your next opportunity. 

    There are probably a number of different job roles that you would enjoy, so don’t put yourself under pressure to find that one perfect match. Keep an open mind, as you could discover potential jobs roles and employers that you’d not considered before. 

    There’s not one correct way to approach career decisions. How far ahead you want to look will depend on your personality. Some people need a defined plan and goal, others are content to take more exploratory steps and see where they lead. Knowing what’s out there 

    Find out as much as you can about different career sectors. What skills or qualifications do they look for? What is the working culture like? You can get some basic information about different industries and job roles from websites like 

    They also provide links to more information, including vacancies. 

    Browse job sites such as CareerConnect for vacancies that sound interesting. Look at the details given, and the requirements. Is this kind of job something to explore further? Attending employer events is a great way to ask questions about what it is really like to work in a particular job or organisation. Prepare for them in advance, thinking about what you want to find out and also what you want to say to prospective employers about yourself. 

    LinkedIn is really useful for finding out what other graduates from your course have gone on to do. Make connections with alumni, ask questions, buy them a coffee and chat about their work. Or is there someone you already know who has an interesting sounding job? What is it about that job which appeals to you? Can you find out more? Twitter can be another valuable tool for building networks, asking questions and keeping up to date with developments in the industry. See our Networking and LinkedIn titles for further information. 

    Consider online career matching tools like Prospects Planner: www.prospects.ac.uk/planner. Even if you aren’t convinced by the results, they can be useful for generating ideas and helping you think about why they weren’t right for you. 

    Another way to explore careers is to hear from people working in them. Browse case study videos on websites like: www.careerplayer.com/graduate-jobs or https://icould.comThink about the following questions while you watch. What sparks an interest? What makes you think ‘NO WAY’? Why do you have these responses? Use your research to help you narrow down your options

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  • Finding Jobs and Work Experience

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    There are lots of different ways to find a job or get work experience. Planning your job search and using a variety of methods will help increase your chances of success.

    Broadly speaking there are three main routes: applying for advertised vacancies, tapping into the ‘hidden’ job market, and getting creative to generate your own ways to get experience

    Read our guide to Internships and work experience for more information on the value of work experience.

    Once you’ve found a job you’re interested in, visit our section on ‘CVs, cover letters and applications’ for advice on making effective applications. You can also make a careers appointment to get support at any stage of the job hunting process, including applications and interviews.

    Also see our 'Careers Advice and Support during the Coronavirus Lockdown' page for advice and tips on job hunting and finding summer work experience during the pandemic.

    1. Applying for advertised vacancies

    This involves searching and applying for live job vacancies and there are lots of places you can find advertised roles. These often have the benefit of a clear job description (listing the responsibilities of the role) and person specification (outlining the skills, experience and attributes in the ideal candidate).

    You should use this information to tailor your application to each different role (see ‘CVs, cover letters and applications’). You can also book a careers appointment for help or feedback on your application.

    Places you can look for advertised vacancies include:

    Tip: Bookmark job sites you like, sign up for email alerts, and check them regularly for updates.

    • Employer websites: If there may be specific organisations that you are interested in working for, check their websites regularly for suitable vacancies and keep up to with them through their social media.
    • LinkedIn and social media: Online networking platforms can be a good source of job opportunities, as well as a great way to expand your network, build your online profile, and follow industry developments. Follow companies of interest on Twitter and Facebook; register for job alerts on LinkedIn and update your LinkedIn profile to show you have the skills needed for roles you are interested in.
    • Recruitment agencies: These act a bit like a matchmaker between employers with job vacancies and candidates looking for roles. Visit Agency Central for a list of agencies by location and job sector and the REC website for more advice on choosing and using an agency.

    2. Tapping into the ‘hidden job market’

    “At least 60% of all jobs are found through networking rather than traditional job searching.” The ‘hidden job market, Balance Careers

    Not all vacancies are advertised, so it’s worth being open to other ways of finding jobs and letting people around you aware that you are job hunting. Here are some ideas for how:

    • Speculative applications: Lots of jobs never even get advertised (e.g. because of the cost of advertising or because some employers prefer referrals). So, if you know which sector you want to work in, do your research to find employers in that area. Make a list of organisations and send them your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in working for them and how your skills and experience would benefit that particular organisation. This usually works best with small/niche organisations rather than large companies. You could also try reaching out on social media.

    Tip: Always try to write to a named contact (do your research on the organisation’s website or LinkedIn) and follow-up with a phone call if you haven’t heard back after a couple of weeks.

    • Make the most of your contacts: Let your contacts know that you are looking for work and what type of job you want. They may be able to help you arrange relevant work experience and/or put you in touch with other useful people in your sector of interest. For example, if you have had a part-time retail job, investigate whether there are work-shadowing opportunities in their head office (e.g. in finance, legal, marketing, HR, etc).
    • Networking and events:  Attending events (e.g. talks, jobs fairs, and networking activities) is a great way to increase your contacts, gain insights that will help your job search, and build your commercial awareness. Ask people about their job, what is happening in their industry, where and how they recruit, and what they look for. Try and get contact details and follow-up afterwards with an email, following them on social media, or connecting on LinkedIn.

    Tip: Feel nervous networking? Doing some research about who will be at the event and preparing questions or conversation starters beforehand can help. Be curious – people like talking about themselves, so a couple of good questions can get the conversation flowing! Make a careers appointment to get ideas, practice, and boost your confidence. For more tips, see this guide to student networking.

    • The St Mary's 'Traineeships (internship) in Europe with ERASMUS+' scheme provides an opportunity for you to internationalise your CV with a structured work placement (from 2-12 months) in Europe over the summer or for up to 12 months after you graduate. To apply, fill out the Study and Work Abroad application by 1 March. Then you need to research and find a work placement and fill out some additional paperwork to receive a stipend of 470-540 Euros a month toward your living expenses. Visit the Study & Work Abroad module for more details.

    3. Get creative to generate your own ways to get experience

    If you have gaps in your skill set for the job you want, lack relevant experience, or just want to try out something different, then you could get creative to generate your own opportunities. Possibilities include:

    • Do a work placement module: Check whether your degree course offers the option to a work placement module (either as part of your programme or via the Centre for Workplace Learning). Ask your tutor or Programme Director, or come and visit the Centre for Workplace Learning in the hut next to the Dol.cHe Vita.   

    • Complete some virtual work experiencefollowing the rise in remote working during the Coronavirus pandemic, some organisations have responded by offering virtual work experience schemes

    • Join or set up a student club or society: This is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills and take on additional responsibilities (e.g. if you’re interested in events management, organise an event! If marketing is your thing, help promote the society and its activities). Visit the St Mary’s SU website for details of existing clubs and societies and information on how to set up your own if nothing takes your fancy.

    • Work shadowing: This is a great way to get a deep insight into a particular role or organisation and make new contacts in that area. Plus, it’s often an easier ask than work experience as it requires less organisation from the person you shadow.

    • Do a short course or summer school: There are lots of free online courses available that enable you to learn new knowledge or skills, often for free. Or you might attend a workshop or summer school, which is  a great way to meet new people and develop your skills. For example, websites like FutureLearn and Coursera offer a wide range of free online courses.

    • Start your own project, enter competitions, build your portfolio: Depending on your career of interest, it may be helpful to create examples of your own work. For example, if you’re interested in writing, could you create your own blog (or contribute to someone else’s, like an organisation or student club/society) or write your own screen play? If you like filming, could you create or edit something to help build your portfolio? Could you collaborate with students from other programmes to bring your work to life? Also think about how you might share your work – e.g. through your own website, LinkedIn, social media or by entering competitions.

    • Volunteer: This can be a good way to get a taster of a particular job or experience as well as gain valuable experience, meet new people and do something rewarding. Not everyone has the financial freedom to volunteer, so this may be something to consider alongside a part-time job. If you are giving up your time for free, make sure you are also getting something worthwhile out of it (e.g. relevant experience to boost your CV). Visit websites like www.do-it.org to search different types of opportunities by location.

    • Use your part-time job to get relevant experience: If you work in a large organisation (e.g. in retail or a chain of restaurants), could you shadow or speak to someone in head office who does a role you’re interested in, such as HR, marketing, legal or finance? If you work in a small shop, café or bar, could you do something to support their marketing or social media (or whatever area it is that interests you)?

    • Work for yourself! You might set up your own business or social enterprise or do some freelancing: Increasing numbers of students and graduates (and not just business students!) are considering or have started working for themselves. Visit our ‘Starting your own business’ page for advice and information.

    For more information and ideas, see our 10 more ways to get work experience guide or make a careers appointment to speak to one of our Careers Consultants.


  • CVs, Cover Letters and Applications

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    The Careers Service offers appointments where a Careers Consultant can provide feedback on your CVs and applications, and can give you advice on where to start.

    To book an appointment, please contact us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk, with details of your availability. During the Coronavirus lockdown, we are offering appointments remotely by email, phone and video calls. 

    In this section there are useful resources to help support you with applying for jobs and further study. It includes:
    For advice on writing a personal statement for a Masters degree or Teacher training programme, please visit our 'Thinking about Further Study or Teacher Training' page. 

  • Interviews and Assessment Centres

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    Recruiters will use a wide range of selection methods to assess your skills, experience, motivation and general suitability for the role you have applied for. In preparation, there is a lot of support available to help you. 

    If you are worried about how you come across in an interview or are not sure what questions you might be asked, then we can help:

    Please note: during the Coronavirus pandemic, many employers have moved their recruitment practices online and have shifted to providing by phone, video chat or automated video interviews. For more information on this, please see our 'Remote interviews and online recruitment' guide. 
      

    Interview Practice

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    'Interview Success' eLearning Course

    St Mary’s Careers has partnered with eCareersGrad to provide access to this modular, video-based, interactive Interviews tool.

    Course includes:

    • 30+ high quality candidate-led video answers highlighting what good looks like (and doesn’t) for popular sectors such as Consulting, Banking, Finance, Law, Policy and the Public Sector
      • Videos include accompanying recruiter commentary and written answer transcripts
      • 10+ recruiter answer scoring guides and illustrated answer structures for dealing with introductory, motivation, competency, strength-based (and weakness), scenario and other common questions
    • Spotlight on mastering 1-way video interviews, candidate testimonies, interactive exercises, multiple choice ‘knowledge-checkers’ and more.

    Register here using your st marys email address –  https://ecareersgrad.co.uk/university-partners/st-marys/

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    As well as offering you advice for interview prep and mock interviews via a remote appointment with a Careers Consultant, you can also practice interviewing by signing up to InterviewStream – our online software that gives you free access to an excellent range of resources, allowing you to: 

    • Practice whenever, wherever – using a MAC, PC, Android or IOS device.
    • See and hear yourself online – record, review, retry… practice at your own pace. 
    • Watch, assess and share interviews – review your video responses and share interviews via email. 
    • Choose from 7000+ questions – or select a predefined question set designed for you.

    Interview Stream simulates the pre-recorded (or 'asynchronous') video interviews that some employers use as part of their recruitment process.  InterviewStream is an online platform that allows students to practice for asynchronous video interviews. Asynchronous interviews are those where you are sent a link that takes you to a platform where you are presented with questions in text or video and then given a set period of time to answer a question, recorded by your webcam. The recruiter then reviews the recorded videos at their leisure.

    You can register yourself to use InterviewStream by visiting InterviewStream and clicking register for a new account. Ensure you select St Mary's University as your Institution. If you are invited for a face-to-face interview with an employer, then we'd recommend you also book a practice interview with the Careers Service. 

    Psychometric Testing​

    ​​Psychometric tests are a method used by some recruiters to assess your suitability for the role. They involve answering a series of questions online within a certain time limit and are generally used by larger employers who receive large numbers of applications. They could also be one of the tasks at an assessment centre. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare is a useful way to improve your test performance.​

    St Mary's Students can access a number of practice tests on Graduates First, an online resource that offers free Psychometric and Aptitude tests, as well as helpful tips, solutions and advice. 

    You can access Graduates First by setting up an account with your St Mary’s email address.

    Personality Testing

    Personality tests are used to identify who you are and why you do things the way you do. The most well known type of personality testing is Myers Briggs Type Indic​ator (MBTI). If you complete an online personality test, we would encourage you to come into the Careers Service and talk over your results with a Careers Consultant. The next stage will be to consider what you like doing and which particular career paths you may want to take. 

    In addition to MBTI, there are lots of free online personality tests which you can access, such as www.16personalities.com. If you need any further information on completing a personality test, please contact the Careers Service


  • St Mary's Internship Programme

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    Please visit this page for updates on our 2020/21 programme, which will launch soon! 

    You can also follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with our Internship Programme and other opportunities available to you. Find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn.

    You can also browse for other opportunities on our Careers Connect Jobs Board. 

    **We recommend that you book a careers appointment to get your application reviewed before you apply for vacancies. You can book an appointment by email, phone, or video chat by emailing careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability.** 

    Why should you do apply for an internship through the St Mary's Internship Programme?

    • It's PAID! You will get £10.75 per hour
    • Makes you more competitive in the graduate jobs market
    • Great way to further develop your skills and knowledge
    • Gain an understanding of a particular job or industry
    • Helps you to gain an insight into how organisations operate and the challenges they face
    • Provides you with networking opportunities
    • Allows you to consider other roles you may not have previously thought of...
    Check out the video below to hear from one of last year's successful applicants


    For advice on finding other summer opportunities, please see our guide to 'Finding work experience and summer internships during the Coronavirus pandemic'.
    • Feeling left behind, or not sure where to start?

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      It's never too late to think about your career. People are ready at different times. 
      Ideally, the main thing to do is to come up with a plan.

      A Plan:
      Your plan will depend on what stage you are at. Your plan will probably change over time and normally starts from being very general to getting more specific as you work through it.
      For example, it might start with "I want a good graduate job which involves something in business, so I need to explore the different options in this area." Then, as you work on this plan, it may change later to "I want to work in HR so I need to find work shadowing to get experience and maybe an internship." 

      The most common stages of plans are:
      1. Think about yourself - your values, and your skills. This will help you get some insight into the jobs and roles that most suit you
      2. Think about the options - Look at Prospects.ac.uk 
      3. Decide which option/s to go for.
      3. Find out the route/s to get there
      4. Start applying.

      One of the best things to do is to book a quick Careers appointment. It won't take long and we can help you get on track and talk through some sensible next steps.
      • Thinking about Further Study or Teacher Training?

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        The Careers Team have two forthcoming webinars on further study:

        Follow the registration links above for more details. You can see our full series of forthcoming webinars on our Savvy Simmies: Online Careers Talks page.

        Thinking about teacher training?

        For info on Teaching, including the different ways to train, bursaries and finance, the application process etc, see the government's 'Get into Teaching' website or download the Target Jobs Guide to Teaching.

        You can also book an appointment with a Careers Consultant for further guidance on anything from making an informed decision about whether teaching is right for you, to the different teacher training routes; when, where and how to apply; writing a strong personal statement; and fees and funding (or anything else you may be wondering about). You can also get feedback on your applications or book a practice interview. To make an appointment, please email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability. 

        Applying for a Masters?

        Read our Postgraduate Study handout which gives some initial advice and information on how to apply, and how to choose the right course and where to look for information on fees and funding. 

        Masters courses can be expensive and aren't necessary for all career paths, so it is worth checking that doing a Masters is the right thing for you, and if so, that you choose the right one. 

        The Prospects and Find a Masters websites have useful and comprehensive sections on some of things to think about when considering Masters study, choosing a course, as well as advice on fees and funding. They also have a database of courses from across the UK (and beyond) than you can search. UCAS also has useful guidance on choosing a postgraduate degree. 

        Considering a PhD?

        A PhD, or Doctorate of Philosophy, is the highest level of degree a student can achieve, demonstrating that they've made a meaningful new contribution to their chosen field. It's also a significant commitment - full-time PhDs typically last three or four years (whilst part-time PhDs can last six or seven). 

        PhD students independently conduct original and significant research in a specific field or subject, before producing a publication-worthy thesis of typically 60,000-90,000 words.

        Take a look at our Postgraduate Study handout for a basic introduction to PhDs, check out 'To PhD or not to PhD?' guide to help you make an informed decision, and read our Applying for PhD resource for more details about applying. You can also find useful and comprehensive information on the Prospects and Find a PhD websites. 

        Other types of further study

        There are a range of other types of further study, including: 
        • Postgraduate certificates and diplomas: these qualifications are at the same level of study as Masters degrees, but they're shorter and you don't have to write a dissertation. So they may suit you if you're interested in further study but you don't have time for a full Masters, and/or would prefer not to do a full dissertation.
        • Professional qualifications: vocational training courses that relate to a specific industry or career path (e.g. becoming a Solicitor or a Chartered Accountant). Some can be taken directly after graduating, while others are aimed at professionals with several years of experience who wish to develop their career further.
        • MBA courses: these are typically aimed at high-achieving graduates who want to forge a successful business career and already have some management experience. They can often lead to new job opportunities, promotion or an improved salary.
        • Conversion courses: Conversion courses are intensive postgraduate programmes that enable you to pursue a career that your undergraduate degree hasn't prepared you for. They're usually vocational and can last anywhere between a few months and several years, depending on the qualification and whether you choose fast-track, full-time or part-time study. to help you switch career path. There are available in a range of areas including medicine, law, IT, psychology and social work.
        Read out Further Study FAQs for more advice to help you make an informed decision about further study. 

        Book a careers appointment

        You're always welcome to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant for further guidance on anything related to further study - from making an informed decision about whether it is right for you at this time, to choosing courses; how, when and where to apply; writing a strong personal statement; and fees and funding (or anything else you may be wondering about). 

        You can also get feedback on your applications or book a practice interview. To make an appointment, please email us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability. 
      • Changing or leaving your course?

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        If you are having trouble, then arrange an appointment. Our appointments are confidential and impartial, so we won't be discussing anything with your lecturers or employers without your permission. And we won't push you into any particular decision. Our Careers Consultants are independent of the University and will give you guidance and advice without pushing our own agenda.

        Common issues - Leaving your course

        Have a read through the document below, as it includes a lot of useful information. There are a few key things.

        1. Speak to all the relevant people. This includes: someone from your course (Course director or personal tutor), The student finance team (to sort out any financial implications and to give you advice on money), A Careers Consultant (who can give you advice about if this might be the right decision and options for what to do next). Once you decide to formally leave and have spoken to the right people about the decision and the timing, you can then speak to registry, who will remove you formally from the course.

        2. Talk to people soon. If you have recently started your course, then you may be able to transfer to another course, but only if you get this sorted quickly. Speaking to people quickly may also impact your student finance.

        3. Consider whether the reason for leaving your course is due to a temporary issue that may resolve, or if it is something that you can get some support for. Hardship funds may be available from student funding, and learning development lecturers may be able to support you with your studies. Come and talk through your options with a Careers Consultant in confidence.

      • Starting your own business

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        For information and useful links and resources, have a look at our Enterprise Information

        In addition to this, Save the Student have a useful guide to freelancing as as student, which you can access here.  

        Start-up St Mary's

        Start-up St Mary's is a 9 week programme starting at the end of January 2020. 

        The programme is for any students or alumni within two years of graduating wanting to learn more about business start-ups or how to get a business idea of the ground.

        Perhaps you've thought about becoming self-employed, or would simply like to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set.

        The programme will be sponsored by Santander Universities and there is the opportunity of pitching for funding of up to £5000 for your business idea.

        Further details on the programme can be found here.

        A calendar of events for the programme can be found here. 

        To apply, click here.

        If you have any additional questions about the programme please email careers@stmarys.ac.uk or call 0208 240 4055.

        #StartUpStMarys #investinyourfuture


        Building a Start-Up Business - L6 CWL Module

        This Centre for Workplace Learning module runs in Semster 1 each year and is designed specifically for students who have a viable business idea that they would like to realise its potential in the marketplace. Students will have access to specially selected business mentors and successful start-up business entrepreneurs. They will have the opportunity to draw upon their experience and advice which will ultimately help them create a business plan and present their idea to a panel of experts. 

        This is a selective module and students need to complete an application form and have an interview. Selection is now open for 2019/20.


      • Resources Index

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        In this section, you can find all of our various helpsheets and resources under one roof.

        We offer a wide range of resources to help you decide which career path you would like to take and how we can help you get there.  Even if you're not sure what you want to do, then coming into the Careers Service can help you see what is out there. 

        If you're not sure where to start, check out The Ultimate Careers Guide - London 2021.

        The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2020-21 contains the very latest assessment of how the graduate job market is being affected by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and full details of over 20,000 graduate vacancies available at UK’s top employers in 2021.

        You can also find industry insights, graduate scheme details and top tips in the Prospects Student Career Guide 2020/21.

        Getting Work Experience and Finding Jobs:
        Applications & CVs

        Further study:

      • Be SMART

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        The Be SMART logo

        Welcome! Here you will find out what Be SMART is all about, how it works, and what you need to know to apply. 

        General Information

        About Be SMART:

        Here at St Mary's we are committed to nurturing students in order to help them realise their fullest potential both during their time here and when they leave University. We work hard to ensure that students are prepared with the resources and skills they need in order to be competitive graduates who thrive in the labour market, with long rewarding careers.

        We have put together Be SMART as a way of supporting our students to access and understand the fundamental assets crucial to future success. The programme was launched in October 2019 and to date 30 students have successfully completed the programme.

        Be SMART offers you – the student – an opportunity to access and participate in career enhancing initiatives that will help you stand out from the competition and potentially step into and succeed in your chosen career/whatever venture you might turn your hands to when you graduate. 

        You can find out more about the programme from one of our former participants in the video below:



        Be SMART is comprised of three parts. The ideal is that you undertake all three parts, but you can do part one in isolation or just parts two and three. See eligibility section for requirements. 

        The Three Initiatives:

        1. One-to-one mentoring from industry professionals. 
        We will do our best to match you with a successful individual in an area of work of interest to you, providing you with access to invaluable advice and contacts (mentoring will be prioritised for second and final year students).

        2. Leadership and Professionalism programme. 
        You will undertake a short course to develop the leadership and professional tools needed to maximise career opportunities; and you will receive a certificate after completing the course. You will be expected to complete a minimum number of workshops to be eligible to undertake the internship. 

        3. 30 hours paid internship (living London wage)
        Earn money as you gain your professional experience, and sharpen your industry knowledge and skills, in your chosen career field. 

        Please note: Whilst we will endeavour to offer a variety of internships in various sectors, we cannot always guarantee a specific job match in the area you want to work in - be prepared to be flexible. 
         

        Eligibility:

        • Be SMART is an exciting initiative open to students who identify as either Black, Asian, or an ethnic minority.
        • Be SMART is open to UK students only. 
        • You will be expected to complete evaluation surveys over the course of the programme, which will help us monitor your progress and the effectiveness of the programme. 

        Application process: 

        • There will be a online application form (and possibly a face-to-face interview, depending on the number of applications recieved). 
        • Applications open Tuesday 13th October 2020 and close Monday 9th November 2020 at 11.30pm (we may extend this deadline to accomodate student demand - please check back here for updates regarding this)
        • For more information, you can attend online information sessions with one of our team to find out more and discuss any questions you may have about the programme. 
        • Click here to access the application form.

        Learn more about the different elements of the Be SMART Programme:


        Part One: Mentoring

        You will have the opportunity to be mentored by professionals from a diverse list of private and public sectors, ranging from SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) and large companies/corporations. 

        Once you have been signed up, you will complete an induction and a professional ettiquette workshop to prepare you for your mentoring journey; after which you will be assigned a mentor according to your interests and preferences. You will then meet with them twice a month over a period of 3 months.

        You will gain: 

        • One-to-one support and advice from a successful person in business. 
        • Valuable knowledge and experience of the world of work. 
        • A certificate confirming your completion of the programme, which you can add to your CV and professional portfolio.
        Mentoring is scheduled to start in mid-January 2021 (though some mentors may commence their meetings earlier).

        Key information:

        There are up to 25 places available on the mentoring scheme, so make sure you register your interest early. Your progress throughout the mentoring stage will be continually assessed over the 3 month period. Students that fully commit to the mentoring scheme stand a higher chance of being accepted onto the Leadership Programme and being allowed to undertake an internship.

        Part Two: Leadership Programme

        The Leadership and Professionalism programme is a series of workshops delivered in partnership with industry professionals with expertise from various sectors. The workshops are designed to help you understand how to make an impact through leading, developing and employing a professional brand, building your industry networks; and enhancing both your employability skills and commerical awareness.

        The programme is scheduled to start in December 2020.

        You will gain: 

        • Essential knowledge of how to effectively lead and influence.
        • Tools to develop and manage your professional brand and skills.
        • Increased self-awareness and confidence in your ability to manage your goals.
        • Knowledge of how to build and utilise your professional networks and relationships. 

        Key information:

        To take part in the leadership and professionalism programme you must commit to doing the paid placement (see below).

        Part Three: Paid Internships

        The 30 hours paid (Living London wage) internships are a fantastic opportunity to get professional experience in a role, sector or industry that interests you. You will be paid a London Living Wage of £10.75 per hour. We will do our best (in agreement with your employer) to flexibly set your hours based around your schedule and commitments. 

        The paid placement is scheduled to start in mid-to-late February 2021. Before that you will have the chance to apply to a selection of employers we have sourced from various sectors, ranging from SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) to large organisations.

        You will gain: 

        • Industry experience as well as career insights and commercial awareness. 
        • Specific industry and transferable professional skills. 
        • An updated CV and cover letter and enhanced job searching/attainment skills. 
        • Useful professional and lifelong career enhancing networks. 
        • Employer feedback and guidance to help you with your professional development. 

        Key information:

        To take part in the paid placement you must have completed the mimimum requirements set in the leadership and professionalism programme, and satisfactorily engaged in the mentoring scheme.

        Dates for your diary*:

        Timelines and Key dates:

        Tuesday 13th October 2020Recruitment and application process opens.
        Wednesday 21st October 2020 (12pm)
        ​Information Session 1 (Online Session - register here)
        ​Friday 23rd October 2020 (12.30pm)
        ​Information Session 2 (Online Session - register here)
        ​Wednesday 28th October 2020 (12pm)
        ​Information Session 3 (Online Session - register here)
        ​Friday 30th October 2020 (12.30pm)
        ​Information Session 4 (Online Session - register here)
        Monday 2nd November 2020 (12.30pm)
        ​Information Session 5 (Online Session - register here)
        Monday 9th November 2020Application window closes (11.30pm)
        w/c 9th November 2020
        Possible ​interviews and confirmation of successful applicants
        w/c 16th November 2020
        Welcome to Be SMART Induction event
        w/c 30th November 2020Mentee Training and Induction
        w/c 7th December 2020Meet the Mentors Event

        *Please note some dates might be subject to change (and we will inform you immediately of any changes if they occur) and due to COVID-19 restrictions, these will be taking place online. Further details will follow. 

        I have questions: 

        If you have any questions please email: careers@stmarys.ac.uk with the subject header 'Be SMART'

        #InvestInYourFuture

      • Employability Confident

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        Welcome! Here you will find out what Employability Confident is all about, how it works, and what you need to know to apply.

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        General Information

        About Employability Confident:

        Here at St Mary's we are committed to nurturing students in order to help them realise their fullest potential both during their time here and when they leave University. We work hard to ensure that students are prepared with the resources and skills they need in order to be competitive graduates who thrive in the labour market, with long rewarding careers.

        We have put together Employability Confident as a way of supporting our students to access and understand the fundamental assets crucial to future success. 

        Employability Confident offers you – the student – an opportunity to access and participate in career enhancing initiatives that will help you stand out from the competition and potentially step into and succeed in your chosen career/whatever venture you might turn your hands to when you graduate. 

        Employability Confident is comprised of three parts. The idea is that you undertake all three parts, but you can do part one in isolation OR just parts two and three. See eligibility section for requirements. 

        The Three Initiatives:

        1. One-to-one mentoring from industry professionals. 
        We will do our best to match you with a successful individual in an area of work of interest to you, providing you with access to invaluable advice and contacts (mentoring will be prioritised for second and final year students).

        2. Leadership and Professionalism programme. 
        You will undertake a short course to develop the leadership and professional tools needed to maximise career opportunities; and you will receive a certificate after completing the course. You will be expected to complete a minimum number of workshops to be eligible to undertake the internship. 

        3. 30 hours paid internship (Living London Wage)
        Earn money as you gain your professional experience, and sharpen your industry knowledge and skills, in your chosen career field. 

        Please note: Whilst we will endeavour to offer a variety of internships in various sectors, we cannot always guarantee a specific job match in the area you want to work in - be prepared to be flexible. 
         

        Eligibility:

        • Employability Confident is an exciting initiative open to any student with a disability, specific learning difference, or long-term health condition.
        • Employability Confident is open to UK students only. 
        • You will be expected to complete evaluation surveys over the course of the programme, which will help us monitor your progress and the effectiveness of the programme. 

        Application process: 

        • There are a limited number of positions available on the Employability Confident programme.
        • There will be a online application form (and possibly a face-to-face interview, depending on the number of applications recieved).
        • Applications open Tuesday 1st December 2020 and close Sunday 10th January 2021 at midday.
        • For more information, you can attend online information sessions with one of our team to find out more and discuss any questions you may have about the programme. 
        • Click here to access the application form.

        We will be shortlisting applications based on evidence of your interest in the scheme and the skills you feel you can contribute. We recommend you book a careers appointment if you would like support with your application.

        Learn more about the different elements of the Employability Confident Programme:

        Part One: Mentoring

        You will have the opportunity to be mentored by professionals from a diverse list of private and public sectors, ranging from SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) and large companies/corporations. 

        Once you have been signed up, you will complete an induction and a professional ettiquette workshop to prepare you for your mentoring journey; after which you will be assigned a mentor according to your interests and preferences. You will then meet with them twice a month over a period of 3 months.

        You will gain: 

        • One-to-one support and advice from a successful person in business. 
        • Valuable knowledge and experience of the world of work. 
        • A certificate confirming your completion of the programme, which you can add to your CV and professional portfolio.
        Mentoring is scheduled to start in mid-January 2021 (though some mentors may commence their meetings earlier).

        Key information:

        There are up to 25 places available on the mentoring scheme, so make sure you register your interest early. Your progress throughout the mentoring stage will be continually assessed over the 3 month period. Students that fully commit to the mentoring scheme stand a higher chance of being accepted onto the Leadership Programme and being allowed to undertake an internship.

        Part Two: Leadership Programme

        The Leadership and Professionalism programme is a series of workshops delivered in partnership with industry professionals with expertise from various sectors. The workshops are designed to help you understand how to make an impact through leading, developing and employing a professional brand, building your industry networks; and enhancing both your employability skills and commerical awareness.

        The programme is scheduled to start in January 2021.

        You will gain: 

        • Essential knowledge of how to effectively lead and influence.
        • Tools to develop and manage your professional brand and skills.
        • Increased self-awareness and confidence in your ability to manage your goals.
        • Knowledge of how to build and utilise your professional networks and relationships. 

        Key information:

        To take part in the leadership and professionalism programme you must commit to doing the paid placement (see below).

        Part Three: Paid Internships

        The 30 hours paid (Living London wage) internships are a fantastic opportunity to get professional experience in a role, sector or industry that interests you. You will be paid a London Living Wage of £10.75 per hour. We will do our best (in agreement with your employer) to flexibly set your hours based around your schedule and commitments. 

        The paid placement is scheduled to start in mid-to-late February 2021. Before that you will have the chance to apply to a selection of employers we have sourced from various sectors, ranging from SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) to large organisations.

        You will gain: 

        • Industry experience as well as career insights and commercial awareness. 
        • Specific industry and transferable professional skills. 
        • An updated CV and cover letter and enhanced job searching/attainment skills. 
        • Useful professional and lifelong career enhancing networks. 
        • Employer feedback and guidance to help you with your professional development. 

        Key information:

        To take part in the paid placement you must have completed the mimimum requirements set in the leadership and professionalism programme, and satisfactorily engaged in the mentoring scheme.


        *Please note some dates might be subject to change (and we will inform you immediately of any changes if they occur) and due to COVID-19 restrictions, these will be taking place online. Further details will follow. 

        I have questions: 

        If you have any questions please email: careers@stmarys.ac.uk with the subject header 'Employability Confident'.

      • Teaching Fair 2021 (Online Event)

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        Teaching Fair (Virtual) 2021
        Event Date: Thursday, 21st January 2021
        Times: 4 - 6pm
        Event will take place via Zoom

        The St Mary's Teaching Fair is an annual event that seeks to provide students studying education with an opportunity to discuss potential NQT job opportunities with schools and educational trusts. It also offers you the chance to get advice and ask questions about working within the teaching profession. 

        There will be schools represented from across London as well as the South East. Furthermore, the event will give you a great opportunity to develop potential key contacts that can be invaluable for your future career in education. To see the list of attending organisations, please see the table below.

        Due to the current pandemic and to ensure social distancing, this event will be delivered online through the zoom platform.

        From 4pm, all the organisations attending will be giving short introductory presentations at our main showcase, after which each organisation will be available to speak to you directly across four separate zoom meetings (see table below to see who's where and the links to join each meeting). Please register for the main showcase event here in order to attend.

        To speak to an organisation directly face to face, please click on the designated room link from 5pm - representatives from each organisation will be waiting to speak to you in a breakout room within the zoom call, which the Host will assign you to. 

        ROOM 1: South/West London Schools and Organisations

        ROOM 2: East/Central London Schools and Organisations

        ROOM 3: North London Schools and Organisations

        ROOM 4: South East/UK Schools and Organisations

         

        Octavo Partnership – Croydon Council 

         

        NASUWT

         

        Brent Schools Partnership

         

        Teach in Herts

         

        The Pioneer Academy 

         

        National Education Union

         

        London Borough of Islington

         

        The Howard Partnership Trust

         

        Merton Schools Partnership 

         

        Newham Partnership Working

         

        London Borough of Barnet

         

        Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Education Service

         

        London Borough of Hounslow

         

        London Diocesan Board for Schools

         

        TLTP – Redbridge Council

         

        Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission

         

        Harries Federation 

         

        St James the Great RC Primary & Nursery School 

         

         

        Bracknell Forest Council

         

        Achieving for Children – Kingston and Richmond

         

        St Mary’s Employability Services 

         

         

        Hampshire County Council

         

        Leo Academy Trust

         

         

         

         

         

        Coulsdon Catholic Primary Umbrella Trust

         

         

         




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