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    Welcome to the Graduate Club. This site provides you with information and resources to help you with your graduate career and with links to book appointments with specialist Graduate Careers Consultants who can help you with any aspect of your career after uni.

    This page also has useful resources, including top tips for job hunting during the lockdown, Careers Advice during the pandemic, Financial Support available, Interviews and online recruitment, and Looking after your mental wellbeing during the lockdown.

    Contact us:

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

    We are running a Hybrid Service, so you can book appointments in person at the library on campus, by Zoom, email and phone. 

    We are open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

    Connect with us:

    Facebook   Instagram   LinkedIn   Twitter   YouTube​

    What can the Careers Service offer you?

    ​One-to-one appointmentsImpartial guidance​
    ​Job vacancy websitePsychometric testing​
    ​Careers resourcesTelephone appointments​
    ​Practice interviewsSkype appointments​
    ​Interview simulatorSocial media presence​
    ​Career discussionsEvents​

    ​What can the Careers Service help you with?

    ​Cover lettersPersonal statement​
    ​Postgraduate fundingNetworking​
    ​LinkedInPGCE​
    ​Graduate schemesCareers​
    ​Diversity schemesWorking abroad​
    ​Job huntingVolunteering​
    ​MastersInterviews​
    ​InternshipsCVs​
    ​Part-time work
    Applications​

    The Careers Team


    Yasmina Mallam-Hassam​Head of Employability
    Chris MessengerGraduate Outcomes Lead
    Obi Oputa​
    ​Careers Team Leader
    ​Qasim Ansari
    ​Careers Consultant
    ​Vinny Potter​Careers Co​nsultant
    ​Jillian Jacobs
    ​Employer Engagement Lead
    Matthew Dennis​Employability Services Coordinator


  • Accessing support from the Careers Service

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    Appointments

    Careers Appointments

    These are an opportunity for graduates to get guidance on anything careers or employability-related. This could include discussing careers ideas and options, building a career plan, exploring further study or teacher training, searching for jobs, and reviewing CVs and applications. We also run mock interviews with personalised feedback. 

    To book an appointment, graduates are required to register for a Graduate account on CareerConnect. 

    You can register here. 

    What to expect in your careers appointment

    Careers appointments are designed to help you move forward in your career thinking and readiness. The Careers Service will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you, instead we will guide you towards finding the answers for yourself by asking questions to draw out your own ideas and signposting you to resources to help you move forward. We want you to develop a career path that is rewarding for you, and help equip you with the skills to manage that independently once you leave university. ​

    If you have any other questions about what to expect, you can contact us on careers@stmarys.ac.uk or speak to someone in the Student Hub in the library. ​

    We offer the following types of appointments

    • Remote appointments by Zoom
    • Email appointments (with written feedback on CVs, cover letters and applications for jobs or further study)
    • In-person appointments (in Employability Services, situated in the library on campus)  
    • Phone appointments

    To book a careers appointment:

    • Book online through CareerConnect
    • Email us at careers@stmarys.ac.uk with details of your availability.
    • Ring the Careers and Employability Service on 020 8240 4055.
    • Come into the Student Hub in the library - one of the librarians or careers team will be able to assist you.
    Appointments are available between 10am and 4.30pm. However, if you would like an out of hours appointment, please email careers@stmarys.ac.uk and we may be able to arrange this with sufficient notice. 

    Jobs and other opportunities

    You can also access our CareerConnect Jobs Board at https://careers.stmarys.ac.uk. If you haven't yet registered as a graduate on CareerConnect, please do so on our registration page.


  • Want an appointment?

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    How to book an appointment

    To book an appointment, simply visit CareerConnect​https://careers.stmarys.ac.uk/home.html ) where you can book 1-1 appointments, sign-up for events and search for jobs and opportunities. If you have not used the system as a graduate, then it will ask you to register.

    Click here to book​

    Alternatively you can contact us.

    Types of appointments

    • ​Bookable one-to-one appointments (all day Mon-Fri) - In-service, Skype​, Telephone or Email (20 minutes)
    • Careers Discussion (1 hour) - these are booked on the recommendation of the Careers Consultant once you have had a one-to-one appointment. 
    • Practice Interview (1 hour)​ - please contact the career's office to book a practice interview.

    These appointments are available for all students, graduates and staff of St Mary's University.​

    Appointments Available:
    Monday to Friday 10:00am-4:30pm



    What to expect in your appointment

    Careers appointments are designed to help you explore your career options. The Careers Service will not tell you what to do, but guide you towards finding the answers for yourself by showing you the resources you need to use. We want you to be able to develop a career path that is sustainable and one that you will be able to manage independently once you leave university. ​

    You can use the Careers Service throughout your studies and after you graduate so it is likely that you will have more than one appointment with us.  If you have any other questions about what to expect, you can direct your questions to the person on the front desk within the Careers Service and they will be happy to help.​


    • 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. 

      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.  

      Upcoming Events: Kickstart Your Graduate Career

      We are offering a series of careers webinars and guidance cafes designed to help you get your career going and secure your ideal graduate job.

      The webinars offer practical tips and advice on different stages of the job process, from ‘where do I start’ to creating strong applications. The graduate guidance cafes are an opportunity to share your questions and concerns with us and hear from fellow St Mary’s about their queries, issues and experiences so everyone can share and learn together.

      Please find more details and register for your place in the table below.

      Kickstart Your Graduate Career
      Date and Time Title and Details Registration Link
      Weds 15th July at 1.00pm-2.00pm I Have Graduated, And I Don’t Have a Job: Where Do I Start?

      This will help you get started with all the basics and give you a kickstart for your career.

      The economy is starting to open up and more employers are advertising, so this is the perfect time to be sorting out your graduate job. We will cover the basics of how you choose the right job, how you find out about and then narrow down your options, great links and resources to get you started, and how to negotiate the post-pandemic job market.

      View the recording here
      Thurs 22nd July at 12.00pm-1.00pm Moving Ahead in Times of Uncertainty: A Graduate's Survival Guide

      We will all face uncertainty at some point in our lives, which can be challenging to deal with. But it is how we react to and manage these periods of uncertainty is what makes a difference on how those difficult times impact us and our goals. 

      This webinar will give you the opportunity to understand how can develop and apply a GROWTH mindset towards achieving your career goals; reframe and navigate challenges that you are experiencing or feeling anxious about; discuss and share helpful ideas and experiences in a safe space with other graduates; and identify some practical tools to help you navigate uncertainty and setbacks. 

      Recording available soon
      Weds 4th August at 12.00pm-1.00pm Strategic Graduate Job Hunting

      If you’ve recently graduated, or are looking for your next job opportunity, you may be concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on the job market. The good news is that there are lots of great opportunities out there for graduates. This webinar will help you to describe approaches to finding advertised jobs and tapping into the 'hidden job market'; identify ways that you might create your own opportunities; consider what you might do if your chosen sector isn’t recruiting right now; and outline how to approach your job hunt strategically, to save you time.

      View the recording here
      View the slides here
      Tues 17th August at 12.00pm-1.00pm How to Write a Killer Application: CVs, cover letters and application forms

      It can be tricky to find ways to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs, especially when you may feel that you have missed out on experiences during the pandemic. Knowing simple tricks about applications and CVs can significantly boost your chances of being selected for an interview. 

      This webinar will give you the opportunity to gain insights about what employers look for in CVs and applications; learn tricks on how to present your experience in a compelling way; look at how the structure of your CV/ application can make all the difference to making a positive impression; and describe how to target your application to a specific role in a few simple steps.

      Recording available soon
      Weds 1st September at 1.00pm-2.00pm Graduate Guidance Cafe

      This is an opportunity to share your career questions and concerns and get guidance to help you move forward. This may include (but is not limited to) help with figuring out what you want to do, advice on applications if you're struggling to get shortlisted, interview tips, further study queries, where and how to search for jobs, how to keep motivated when things are challenging, or anything else careers related.  

      You can also hear from fellow St Mary’s about their queries and issues (as many of you may be struggling with similar things), and share tips and experiences with each other and so everyone can learn together and support each other.

      Register HERE

      Past Recordings

      Our Business, Law, Society and Culture Virtual Jobs Fair took place on Weds 12th May.You can find details of the employers who attended HERE

      Recordings Careers Events and Webinars
      Date and TimeSession DetailsRegistration Link
      Tues 6thOct, 12.00-12.45pmHow 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 impactVIEW THE RECORDING HERE

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      Weds 7thOct, 12.00-12.45pmHow 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 studiesVIEW THE RECORDING
      HERE
      Thurs 8th Oct, 12.00-12.45pmWriting 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 roleVIEW THE RECORDING HERE
      Tues 13th Oct, 4.00-4.45pmMaking 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 uniVIEW THE RECORDING HERE
      Weds 14th Oct, 12.00-12.45pmNeed 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


      VIEW SLIDES
      Thurs 15th Oct, 11.30am-12.00pmPrepare 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 FairVIEW THE RECORDING
      HERE


      Thurs 15th Oct, 12.00-2.00pmPart-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, 12.00-12.45pmUnravelling 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 acrossVIEW THE RECORDING HERE
      Thurs 29th Oct, 12.00-12.45pmWhat 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 confidenceVIEW THE RECORDING
      HERE

      Thurs 5th Nov, 12.00-12.45pmChoosing 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 planningVIEW THE RECORDING
      HERE

      Weds 11th Nov, 12.00-12.45pmLinkedIn: 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, 12.00-12.45pmStrategic 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 nowVIEW THE RECORDING
      HERE
      Thurs 10th Dec, 12.00-12.45pmGet 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

      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 TitleSpeakersSlides and Session Recording
      Applying for Graduate Jobs: Get the Employer’s PerspectivePaul Roberts (Managing Director, Graduate FastTrack)
      Exploring Postgraduate Study: Tips and Guidance on Applying for a MastersGemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers)
      Graduate Job Hunting Strategies during the PandemicGemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers)
      Finding Summer Work Experience during the LockdownGemma Garrett and Joanna Pattison (Careers Consultants, St Mary's Careers)
      Using LinkedIn and Social Media in your Job HuntVibushan 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 ApplicationsVincent Potter (Careers Consultant, St Mary's Careers)
      Building your Employability and Preparing for your Career during the LockdownJoanna Pattison and Obi Oputa (Careers Consultants, St Mary’s Careers)
      Standing out from the Crowd: How to Write Effective Job ApplicationsHannah Reid (Senior HR Director, Gartner) 
      Obi Oputa (Careers Consultant, St Mary's Careers)
      Current Opportunities in the MarketTamsin Millns (Director, Step Recruitment Ltd)
      Perform at your Best: Video Interviews and Assessment CentresHannah 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.  

      Information about our upcoming Work Placement and Internship Awards 2021

    • 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 (please note: if you haven’t logged in since graduating, you can set up an account on our registration page). 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 in the Resources Index 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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      Directions sign with 'dream job' on the arrowThere 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.

      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.

      You can find more tips on job hunting at the bottom of this page.

      1. Applying for advertised vacanciesA photo of people in the office with a sign saying 'we're hiring'

      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 always 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:

      • Job boards and online vacancy websites that collate vacancies from many different employers into one place. They 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’A kiten hiding under a blanket

      “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 of making people round you aware that you are job hunting. Below are some ideas of how you can do this.

      • Speculative applications: A large number of jobs are never 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.

      Tips: 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: Make sure you let your contacts know that you are looking for work and what type of job you want. Your contacts 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? 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! You can also make a careers appointment to get ideas, practice, and boost your confidence.

      3. Get creative to generate your own ways to get experienceA lit lightbulb

      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:

      • Work shadowing: A great way to get a deep insight into a particular role or organisation and make new contacts in that area (which can be helpful if you’re choosing a career path and/or thinking or changing careers). 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 of interest) 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 your fellow graduates or friends to bring your life to work? 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 current job to get relevant experience: If you currently 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)?

      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.

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      • Think broadly: Don’t limit your search by only looking at certain industries or employers. For example, accountants don’t just work for finance companies, nor lawyers for law firms – but for organisations ranging from engineering organisations to fashion houses. It is likely there are a huge number of roles and companies with exciting opportunities that you have never even heard of before.
      • Think flexibly: Few graduates walk straight into their dream job, so it’s worth being open to other roles and types of organisation where you can build the skills and experience you need. For example, you may want to work in a finance role, but data entry or admin roles in a finance department could be a great way to get started on that path. Remember, you’re not tied to the first job or even career sector you go into after you graduate, so don’t worry if your first role isn’t your dream job (or if you’re not sure what your dream job is yet!). 
      • Think methodically: Looking for work is time-consuming, especially since you have to tailor each application you make. To help, you could:
          • Set goals (e.g. to research 10 employer websites in one afternoon or make one job application each day) to help maintain your motivation and momentum.
          • Make a note of every role you apply for and keep copies of every application that you send – this can help save time for future applications as well as support you interview preparation.
          • Keep track of deadlines and prioritise your applications so you don’t miss any opportunities you’re really interested in (it may be helpful to use a spreadsheet or calendar for this!).
      • Think positively: It can be frustrating and disheartening if you don’t hear back from an employer you’ve applied to or are not shortlisted for a role you really wanted. This happens to everyone at some point. It’s important not to give up but to use the experience to improve your future applications. Always ask for feedback and find ways of learning from it.

      Note: If you find that you are not getting shortlisted it might be time to take a step back and/or seek some help. Are you applying for the right type of roles appropriate to your level of skills and experience? Is your CV or application effective? Make a careers appointment  to discuss your options and/or get feedback on your CVs and applications.


    • 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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      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 sign up 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 graduates 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. 

      To register with Graduates First, please contact the Careers Service who can set up Students can access Graduates First by setting up an account with their 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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      The 2019/2020 St Mary's Internship Programme is now open!

      We are continuing to offer opportunities for you to gain experience and enhance your employability during the Coronavirus pandemic, by sourcing paid internships with a range of employers through the St. Mary’s Internship Programme.

      All the St Mary's Internship opportunities that are due to start during lockdown will be offered remotely, in line with the current government guidelines on social distancing. 

      Apply on CareersConnect, and search for internships using the phrase "St Mary's Internship Programme". 

      Please note: if you haven’t logged in since graduating, you can set up a CareersConnect account on our registration page.

      **We recommend that you book a careers appointment to get your application reviewed before you apply. 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...
      • Starting your own business

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        We offer help, advice and support to students and graduates who are either starting their own business or are growing and expanding their business. You can book appointments with our Careers Consultants and get confidential advice.     

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

        Coming up with ideas

        The first step with any business is a good idea. This can then be tested and changed and adapted to become a profitable business.

        We love the The Fast Idea Generator as it allows you to take a particular idea or existing thing, and very quickly use different mechanisms to develop, flip, change and improve it.

        Why? What? How? Knowing the answers to these three questions is vital when understanding and explaining what it is your company or project does. This is why Simon Sinek developed the Golden Circle Method for helping you answer them. Sinek’s TED talk on finding your Why is also worth watching.

        The Innovation Flowchart. The Innovation Flowchart gives a detailed overview of the various stages in an innovation process, listing the activities, requirements and goals of each stage. These include an overview of the different people, skills, activities and finances that a project or an organisation might need in order to succeed. The structured overview that this tool provides helps you review where you are in the process and organise the next steps in your work.

        For some more inspiration, have a look at this advice from companybug.com

        Firstly, you will need to get started by putting your ideas down. You can mindmap and be as adventurous as you like with your start-up ideas. Then you are going to have to answer some questions to get you started:

        §  What is your budget? Do you want to start small? If you have a certain budget, it is worth researching what your best options are? Alternatively, research what are the options available to you to get funding.

        §  What is your skill set? Have you got experience in a certain industry, or have you picked up a hobby that you think you can transform into a booming business? It is worth considering if you want to have a full time or a part-time business whilst also working elsewhere? This could help you with your finances.

        §  What are you passionate about? Starting your business journey can be a challenge and you need drive, and if that drive comes from passion then it’s likely to be a success.

        §  What does your community need? Do your market research, what do people want? For example, does your town centre need a dessert cafe that other nearby town centres have but yours does not?

         

        Writing a business plan

        This is absolutely fundamental to starting a business, as the process of writing a business plan forces you to consider all the main areas to make sure it has a good chance of success. With a good business plan, you can also apply for funding from various organisations.

        The Princes Trust has some really great resources on writing a business plan. There are also some other useful links on our enterprise resources document.

        Funding

        Finding funding can be complicated and there are various types of funding available. Crowdfunding, business competitions, bank loans, Angel Investors, Business accelerator funding, Venture Capital and more! Making the right choice can make a huge difference. Some will provide support to you and some will take a share of your business. Some will provide more funding than others. Make sure you get some advice before making a decision about what is right for you and your business.

        There is some good information on funding on the princes trust website and also on the Hiscox website.

        Marketing your business

        You can have the best business idea in the world, but if your customers/clients do not know about it, you will not make any money. Having the right marketing strategy is key. You first need to do an analysis of who your potential customers are, what it is they want and what you can offer that is different/unique. Then you need to have a strategy that can reach them and persuade them to use your business. This article has an excellent overview of researching your market. And Kickoff labs have a brilliant guide to setting up a marketing strategy.  

        Start-up St Mary's

        Start-up St Mary's is a 9 week programme run at St Marys. It normally starts at the end of January. 

        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 £4,000 for your business idea.

        Further details on the programme can be found here.

        A calendar of events for the 2021 programme can be found here. 

        The 2021 programme has now closed. Look out for details of our 2022 programme in October. We look forward to receiving your application.  

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

        #StartUpStMarys #investinyourfuture



      • 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 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. 

      • 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.
        • Feeling left behind or struggling?

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          It can feel discouraging when your job hunting just doesn’t seem to be working for you. Some of our graduates find that are not getting selected for interview, or not succeeding at interview; some find they just don’t hear back when they send off applications; and sometimes they just can’t find anything to apply for in the area they need or want to work.

          Does this sound like you?

          Here are some practical tips for building your resilience.

          1 Normalise your feelings. It’s completely normal to take a while to find your first graduate job; some studies show nearly half of graduates are still looking after six months, and a significant number take far longer. This is not meant to be depressing! Rather we are telling you this to reassure you that you are not alone and this is completely normal.

          2 Practise not taking it personally. Easier said than done, we know! But unlike your exams and essays, when everyone who meets a certain standard will succeed, the job market is a very different place. Usually there is only one space and very many really well qualified candidates who have applied for it. Not being selected for interview, or not being offered the job simply means that someone else was on the day seemed to be what the company was looking for. It is often nothing to do with you. (And of course, if you do suspect that you could improve your applications, please talk to us!) [ADD LINK?]

          3 Consider your strengths. Take some time to look at the things that you naturally do really well (even if they don’t seem job related). This can give you perspective and build your confidence. Have a go at this Strength Spotting exercise.

          4 Talk to other people. It can be isolating if you feel you are the only one not getting on as you would wish. Building a support network – friends, family, careers consultants, medical professionals, counsellors – can help you stay connected and keep things in perspective.

          5 Make a plan. Look here to see how to make a start. And reach out to the Careers Service. Email us at careers@stmarys.ac.uk and ask us for a Graduate Careers MOT.

        • Careers Resources Library

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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:

          • SAHPS Employer Fair | Thursday 24th March 2022

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            A woman runs down a road, the words Start and 2022 written on the road in front of her like a race starting line.

            Date: Thursday 24th March 2022
            Location: SU Lounge
            Time: 12pm-2pm

            More info coming soon. Save the date and watch this space.

            • Business, Law, Society and Culture (BLSC) Virtual Job Fair (Online Event)

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              Promo

              Times: Wednesday 12th May, 11.30am – 2pm 

              Venue: Online 

              Theme: Build Your Contacts 

              Register here!

              Essential for all final year students

              • Find graduate jobs and part-time roles

              • Find volunteering opportunities related to your degree

              • Enhance your CV

              • Listen and learn from industry speakers

              • Develop existing skills and knowledge

              • Find internships and placement opportunities

              • Chance to network with organisations

              • Develop your confidence in preparation for the graduate job market

              Click here to download the Event Programme and find out about the organisations attending.

              BLSC Virtual Job Fair Times: 

              Time: RegisterActivity
              11:30am-11:55amRegister HERE
              Webinar ID: 849 1478 1597 Passcode: 674921

              Prepare for the Jobs Fair! Virtual Job Fair Prep Session with the Careers Service team

              Find out how to approach the employers attending the virtual job fair, what questions to ask companies and your opportunity for asking the team any questions about the virtual job fair. 

              12:00-13:00Register HERE
              Webinar ID: 
              860 5415 2551
              Passcode: 640329

              START and Virtual Job Fair Goes LIVE

              Guest Industry Speakers, Company Intros and Presentations. 

              Hear from leading industry guest speaker about what employers are looking for in students and graduates, as well as organisations presenting their opportunities at the virtual job fair.


              13:00-14:00See individual links below

              Meet the Employers in their Breakout Rooms. 

              Finishes at 2pm

              Click the link for the room you want to visit, wherein our staff will assign you to breakout rooms with the individual organisations you wish to speak with. 


              Organisations attending (+ Zoom Links):

              Business and Media Room

              Meeting ID – 833 5900 5153 

              Passcode – 707561
              Law and Society Room 

              Meeting ID - 886 2937 7571 

              Passcode - 329218


              Culture and Charity Room

              Meeting ID - 830 0832 6470 

              Passcode - 923338

               AYM MediaCivil Service Fast StreamMigrant Leaders
              Hillel Bright Futures TrustUniversity of LawCaritas Westminster 
              Explore LearningBritish ArmyArts Richmond
              Rana’s DelightSt Mary’s Employability ServicesExam Star
              WinTrade Global Talks NetworkDallaglio Rugby WorksNatures Pure Love Ltd
              TalleyRichmond CABHousing4Women
              Milk & Honey PRMindMapper UKMigration Museum
              Proventa InternationalProject-TurnoverRichmond Scouts
              Pubshaw Ltd Trading as The Hogarth and The LionOptimal Healthy SolutionsMomentum World
                 St Mary's Recruitment (PGCE)


              Why You Should Attend:

              The Business, Law, Society and Culture (BLSC) Virtual Job Fair for 2021, will combine employers across industries to meet St Mary’s students and recent graduates within the Institute of Business, Law and Society, and Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts. This will enable students the opportunity to meet a wide cross section of employers and organisations in Business, Legal, the Public Sector, Arts and Humanities. 

              At this year’s event, we will also be arranging for specialist industry speakers to make students aware of the range of opportunities out there and any career tips and advice considering the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the graduate labour market. 

              This year’s virtual job fair due to the pandemic and current restrictions on social distancing will be held entirely online for students to take part. By attending this event, you will get an opportunity to build your contacts and develop vital networking skills, find out about graduate jobs, part-time jobs, internships, placements, and volunteering roles. 

              This event is targeted at all students in the Institute of Business, Law and Society, and Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts. 

              For more details, please email us at: careers@stmarys.ac.uk 

              We look forward to seeing you at the BLSC Virtual Job Fair, on Wednesday, 12th May, from 11.30am onwards. 

              (Please Note: This event is being organised by staff in Faculty of Business, Law and Society, and Faculty of Theology and Liberal Arts, as well as Employability Services)


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