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Boost your commercial awareness with professional magazines and newsletters

Most work sectors have professional magazine publications both in printed and/or digital formats with news and discussion about what’s going on in the sector. Many also have free digital newsletters that you can sign up to receive.

These are a great way for you to build your knowledge and commercial awareness of the sector you want to work in.

The best way to find these publications is to search by sector, for example “teaching”, “human resource management” or “science”. Some examples:

  • Times Higher Education Supplement
  • PlanetEarth
  • International Accountant
  • PR Week
  • HR Magazine
  • The Scientist

Don’t forget that many of these also have Social Media accounts where they publish up to date news and information.

Get on the list, get connected, and stand out from the crowd during the job application process with your up to date knowledge and commercial awareness!

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By Carol Vaughan, Information Services Co-ordinator, UWS Careers & Employability Service

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UWS CES brings to you…

ONE Skills Reflection Tool

Employers have identified the key qualities they look for in individuals when recruiting. Use this Skills Audit to consider which skills you have experience in and those you still need to develop. Then use the Action Plan to set goals for developing these skills.

If you need ideas check out our Moodle site or make an appointment with a careers adviser.

One World Week – 19th – 26th October 2014

One world week is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.

“Living Differently” is the theme for One World Week 2014.

It recognises that we need to make changes now to secure a fairer, more satisfying, life for us all and one that protects the planet’s resources for future generations.

One World Week is your chance to join thousands of others…

  • to explore the links that bind us to our fellow men and women, so that we can work with them for justice and peace and a greener future for all
  • to celebrate the richness and diversity of belonging to one world
  • to recognise our responsibility to care for the earth,  share its resources fairly and use them sustainably to ensure they are available for future generations to use in their turn.
  • to challenge whatever keeps barriers between us intact or strengthens them
  • to reach out to all members of the community
  • to bring issues of justice and peace to the centre of family, education and community life

http://www.oneworldweek.org

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What does this have to do with Careers & Employability?

A recent report from the British Council stated that employers are looking for “candidates who can navigate a workplace that transcends national and cultural borders, particularly for positions that require interaction with individuals and organisations from nationalities and cultural backgrounds different from their own” (Culture at Work, 2013).

Global graduates require a blend of competencies and corresponding attributes spanning global mindsets, cultural agility and relationship management and must be able to apply them flexibly.

Core Skills

  • flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative and the ability to plan
  • assertiveness and independence
  • improved use of information
  • motivation & greater confidence
  • effective communication and listening ability

Cultural Dexterity

  • tolerance, patience and an understanding of people
  • diplomacy
  • global outlook and mindset
  • confidence to work in global business and seize opportunities
  • working effectively in multi-cultural teams
  • willingness to learn and adapt to a different culture
  • foreign language skills

One World Week is an ideal opportunity to improve your global and cultural knowledge.

Make the most of your time at university

It’s extremely important to make the most of your time at university, not just because you will want to leave with a good degree, but because when you graduate and are looking for a job, employers will be looking for well-rounded candidates with a set of transferable skills, such as:

  • communication
  • team work
  • absorbing and analysing information
  • organisation, planning and time management
  • working under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • problem solving

So, while it’s important to do as well as you can academically, being at university isn’t just about getting a degree. Employers are also interested in the variety of skills you can pick up in other areas, such as:

  • taking part in student activities
  • getting involved in clubs or societies, the student association, or becoming a class rep
  • work experience
  • volunteering

Make sure you get involved in as much as you can and remember that in these competitive times it is vital to get some work experience during your time at university, related or unrelated to your course, through paid work or volunteering.

Register with our Vacancies and Events site here: www.uws.prospects.ac.uk

Find out about getting involved with the Student Association here: www.sauws.org.uk

For more information and ideas, check out the National Union of Students Guide: Working Towards Your Future

Calling UWS Alumni

We are looking for Alumni to contribute case studies that will help current students recognise the employability skills they bring to UWS, and those they develop while they are here, that enhance their career development. If you are a graduate of UWS, or any of its former institutions, who has a career story to tell, or if you are a recent graduate who has secured your first graduate job, we would love to hear from you.

Download a case study form: Case study template

Are UK graduates equipped to compete in a global marketplace?

Graduates seeking work are being urged to develop ‘global employability skills’ to help them succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace. Multinational employers are looking for graduates who can bring something ‘over and above’ core graduate skills.  

In a groundbreaking research project, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) and research agency CFE,have explored how businesses define global graduates.

The skills identified as the most important by some distance were ‘an ability to work collaboratively with teams of people from a range of backgrounds and countries’ and ‘excellent communication skills’; these were followed by ‘drive and resilience’ and ‘an ability to embrace different perspectives’.

The report highlights that external mobility among UK students is low, lagging way behind our international competitors.  There are 370,000 foreign students studying in the UK, and recent estimates suggest there are just 33,000 UK students studying abroad. This is borne out by the fact that the UK has the lowest participation rate for the Erasmus programme in the UK.

Full article on Training Zone website

Related articles:
Recruiter
People Management
The Herald

Guardian Careers Talk podcast: why the job market needs global graduates

Download the Erasmus Students Work Placement Guide from the Placement Support Service page of our website. We also advertise Erasmus opportunities on our Vacancies website: www.uws.prospects.ac.uk/

 

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