Don’t under estimate how your university or college careers service can help you. As recruitment managers, we see and have met SO many students who don’t take advantage of what their careers services have to offer and disregard engaging as too much effort.
Did you know that many careers services team members are experienced recruitment, HR or careers advisory consultants and not the old school view that you may have them.
So how can they help you wonder?
We have developed a long list of services offered by global careers services below (please note this is cross section and your university / college may not provide this service, however if they don’t and it is something you want, you should ask them to start).
Careers services have endless corporate contacts, say what?!, of course they do! Careers services are generally in constant contact with employers, to arrange campus events, to learn about their graduate programs, to understand their needs, to support them with campus information, the list goes on. This means they will also be in a good position to understand companies and transfer that knowledge back to you where appropriate. Many campus’s have employer/ industry consultants, that is their sole role and pass this knowledge along to the advisors who are there to help you. Are you getting the jist…..? They can help you!
Below is a list of Careers services offerings. (Please note this is global cross section and your university / college may not provide this service, but it’s always worth asking).
Prepare for professional life
Globally universities/ colleges are offering ‘real-life’ subjects to help you be ready for employment. These are typically elective subjects, it is however becoming more prevalent as a mandatory part of your syllabus. Undercover Grad Recruiter strongly suggests that you take up any subjects on offer. They work straight alongside your usual studies and there is very low to no involvement hours outside of class, they are subjects to open your mind, help guide and direct you. They are typically delivered through seminars or practicals.
Some of these subjects or programs topics are:
- Transition from study to employment, the factors to consider such as financial management and how to manage it
- Planning and strategies for employability to help you manage your career and understand potential facets involved in corporate life.
- Development of a career plan based on your skills and aspirations as well as how to implement those plans.
- Practical workshops to understand how to job search, network and decipher recruitment processes.
- Leadership training to help you grasp the concept of leadership, understand what’s involved, evaluate if leadership is something you may want in the future as well as real- world practical hints and skills exposure.
- How to manage and facilitate meetings. This will include facets such as how to prepare for and facilitate meetings, how to engage with others during meetings, how to deal with conflict and how to draw conclusions and wrap up.
- Self-analysis. This subject would help you assess and analyse your strengths and development points. Your technical capabilities developed through studies and work as well as your general employability and transferable skills.
Careers and employment portal
It could be called many different things at your campus, however essentially it will be a hub which provides job opportunities, careers and employment advice, company profiles, events or industry information. These hubs are a great place to search for opportunities as often hard to fill roles or last minute vacancies may be advertised through here from employers that are not advertised on your standard job boards, as this way it is targeted to students only. Become familiar with what your campus has to offer and ensure you set yourself up for job alerts so you don’t miss anything.
Are you interested in working overseas? It’s an ever growing trend and career aspirations for graduates. Universities and colleges have great global connections and a good source of information on global opportunities, employment, visa and company information.
Careers Advice and Guidance
Your careers centre is there to help guide, advise and direct you. They all have careers specialists that are dedicated to helping you. You will be able to have a 1 on 1 or group session to help you with:
- Making a career choice
- What can I do with my degree and what have others done before me?
- Managing your career
- Career path planning
- How can I make a great first impression in the first days of a new job?
- How can I keep my professional skills and knowledge up to date after I graduate?
- How can I increase my employability? ( hints: extra-curricular activities, volunteer or casual work)
Graduate Recruitment Contacts
Many universities / colleges are happy to put you in touch with graduate recruitment representatives from leading corporations and agencies, all you need to do is ask!
Careers Workshops and Seminars
These are designed to help you, so we strongly recommend taking advantage. They are often facilitated by employers, so it’s a great opportunity to meet face to face, get contact details and hopefully leave an impression. Employers love it and take notice when you are well prepared, engaged and enthusiastic.
- Workshops and seminars can be held on:
- How and where to look for jobs- do you know how to look for hidden jobs?
- How to engage with employers in the correct way
- Resume writing, either from scratch or helping you get yours looking great.
- Cover letter writing as well as how to address selection criteria
- Interview skills- both phone and face to face interviews
- Deciphering the difference between motivational and behavioural interview skills
- Video interviewing practice
- Assessment Centre practice
- Psychometric testing practice
Researching and Approaching Employers
Do you know all the avenues to find out information about employers? Do you do your research effectively? Are you comfortable to reach out and contact employers directly, even if they don’t have a job advertised? If not… we recommend connecting with your careers services to undertake a workshop like this.
Employer information sessions and on campus visits
As employers, we typically visit campus’s multiple times per year in your respective location. It’s an awesome chance to meet face to face, have a chance to chat and learn what influences the selection process and as mentioned earlier, to leave an impression.
Careers services typically have endless online links there to help you. They can be links to company profiles, job sites, association links, international information.
International student support
Help for international students to understand their working rights and how to engage with employers on the topic as well as which employers are open to which visas.
A traditional employer engagement event where students, potential employers and academia come together.
Volunteering can be a valuable part of career planning by helping you to:
- Strengthen your skills for work
- Get work-related experience
- Show initiative and motivation
If you are interested in taking up volunteering, your careers centre can give you links and details to organisations that either your local campus or community supports. You can branch as far and wide that works for you.
Are you comfortable with networking? Do know what to say, how to sell yourself and how to achieve the goal of getting contact details? Once you have the details, do you know what to do with them? Ensure you read UCGR networking blog.
Work Rights & Salaries
If you are curious about your rights and responsibilities at work, information about rates of pay, legal requirements, tax, superannuation or the different types of employment contracts then this will be a great place to start.
Internships and vacation work programs
Are you interested in taking Internships, vacation work, co-op or IBL programs but not sure where to start or how to secure these opportunities? Your careers services will be a great place to start.
We have given you 15 awesome reasons to engage with your campus careers services! Undercover Grad Recruiter strongly suggests to engage, learn, go beyond your comfort zone in the name of personal development and increasing your employability!
What have you got to lose? Go for it!
We hope you have enjoyed this blog and if you know of any services we have missed out on mentioning, please let us know!
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