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What is Work Experience? Simon Reichwald Director – Bright Futures

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  • 1. What is Work Experience? Simon Reichwald Director Bright Futures
  • 2. What do Bright Futures do?
    • Leading UK Graduate Recruitment Consultancy
    • Run Uks Largest Student Skills & Career Society
    • Exist in more than 35 Universities across the UK
      • Membership numbers from 150-2000 at each University
    • Purpose of Bright Futures Society
      • Help build the skills needed to get the best careers
      • Network with a wide variety of employers
      • Meet new people & have fun
      • Help you stand out
  • 3. What does Bright Futures offer?
    • Leicester Bright Futures
      • President and Committee
      • Events every term incl. Socials
    • The National Bright Futures Team
      • Support the Committees by
        • Running and host the national website
        • Bringing graduate recruiters in the network
        • Running Conferences and Training for committees
        • Provide marketing collateral
        • Support the Societies objectives
      • Can help ALL members get headhunted
  • 4. Value of gaining a degree plummets [The Times 11/09/2009] TOP 100 EMPLOYERS CUT GRADUATE JOBS [Declan Moloney, 01 July 2009] Graduates hit as companies scrap training schemes [The Times 25/08/2010] Civils graduate jobs plummet by 40% - official [NEC 06/09/2009] Quarter of graduate vacancies vanish, and next year no better, says study [Guardian 06/07/2009] Graduate gloom with vacancies cut by 17% [Daily Mail 17/01/2009] University leavers face jobs crisis as graduate positions cut by a fifth [Telegraph 14/01/2009]
  • 5. Value of gaining a degree plummets [The Times 11/09/2009] TOP 100 EMPLOYERS CUT GRADUATE JOBS [Declan Moloney, 01 July 2009] Graduates hit as companies scrap training schemes [The Times 25/08/2010] Civils graduate jobs plummet by 40% - official [NEC 06/09/2009] Quarter of graduate vacancies vanish, and next year no better, says study [Guardian 06/07/2009] Graduate gloom with vacancies cut by 17% [Daily Mail 17/01/2009] University leavers face jobs crisis as graduate positions cut by a fifth [Telegraph 14/01/2009]
  • 6. Competition still fierce but grad vacancies go up [Cityam 18/02/2010] New internships for graduate job hunters [DirectGov 18/02/2010] Santander, increasing its graduate intake and expanding scheme s business areas [Human Resources 25/02/2010] KPMG increases 2010 graduate intake by 25% [Personnel Today 17/02/2010] PwC Launches Grad Scheme for 2.2 Graduates [Live! 19/02/2010]
  • 7. Competition still fierce but grad vacancies go up [Cityam 18/02/2010] New internships for graduate job hunters [DirectGov 18/02/2010] Santander, increasing its graduate intake and expanding scheme s business areas [Human Resources 25/02/2010] KPMG increases 2010 graduate intake by 25% [Personnel Today 17/02/2010] PwC Launches Grad Scheme for 2.2 Graduates [Live! 19/02/2010]
  • 8. Some Background to the job market
    • Its hugely competitive
    • 300,000+ graduates per annum
    • 69 applications per vacancy
    • Demanding more than a good degree
    • Number One Tip Be Prepared
  • 9. Work Experience Why is it so important?
    • 64% of directors believe employability skills are more important than the knowledge & skills gained from a degree IoD Survey
    • It differentiates you
    • It enables you to add value faster
  • 10. What is Work Experience?
    • Examples of Work Experience.?
    • 3 Minutes as many examples
  • 11. Examples of Work Experience
    • Internship
    • Industrial Placement
    • Part-time job
    • Temping
    • Volunteering
    • Work Shadowing
    • Lead role in a Society
    • All work experience is relevant
  • 12. Why is Work Experience Important
    • What is the purpose of work experience?
    • What can be gained from it?
    • 3 Minutes
  • 13. The Purpose of Work Experience
    • Gain skills (what are these skills?)
    • 3 Minutes
  • 14. Hobsons Great 8
    • Leading & Deciding
    • Supporting & Co-ordinating
    • Interacting & Presenting
    • Analysis & Interpreting
    • Creating & Conceptualising
    • Organising & Executing
    • Adapting & Coping
    • Enterprising & Performing
  • 15. The Purpose of Work Experience
    • Gain Skills
    • Gain evidence of achievements
    • Explore different jobs & industries
    • Build a professional network
      • Linked In
      • Talk to people
    • Knowledge of the demands of world of work
    • A job offer!
  • 16. Does Work Experience Matter?
    • 1/3 rd graduate roles filled by big companies this way (agr 2011)
    • You MUST have more than a degree
    • You need to stand out
  • 17. Work Experience - Summary
    • It matters more and more
    • It takes many forms
    • You can get more than one or two things from it
    • In short work experience helps you
      • Stand out
      • Make better decisions
      • Accelerates your opportunities
  • 18. Reality
    • It will be tough
    • You will need to be resilient
    • The more I practice the luckier I get
    • Take action now and everyday
    • It will be tough
    • You will need to be resilient
    • The more I practice the luckier I get
    • Take action now and everyday
  • 19. Join Leicester Bright Futures http://www.bright-futures.org.uk/