Adzuna and Milkround have teamed up to launch a nationwide campaign to find the UK’s “Graduate of the Year 2013”. The competition, open to all graduates from academics and student politicians to sports people and young entrepreneurs, will reward the brightest and best in their field. Applicants must answer a series of simple questions about themselves and what makes them special, and the winner will be rewarded with the following prize an internship with a top UK company (including eBay, L’Oreal, Sony & Google), a cash prize of £1000 & a CV clinic with a top UK entrepreneur.
Enter here: Graduate of the Year 2013
Just come across this great little digital security quiz on Twitter posted by @guykawasaki, think you’re pretty savvy when it comes to protecting your personal information? Take the quiz, there are lots of useful links, embedded within the quiz to help you protect your ‘online presence’.
Click image to open interactive version (via simplisafe.com).
Last year the Enterprise teams within the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan came together to host a collaborative event for postgraduates (Research and Taught) from all three institutions. This event was held at MediaCityUK and allowed attendees to network with their peers, meet entreprenuers and reflect on their own intraprenuerial ways of working, with some healthy competition thrown in for good measure.
I am pleased to say that following on from the success of last year, we will be running Postgraduate Enterprise Futures again this year on Tuesday 21st May at Manchester Town Hall, and it’s going to be BIGGER, BRIGHTER and BOLDER, even if I do say so myself.
Registration is now live, and here’s a good luck note we received from Vince Cable MP (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills) on why events like this are so important:
“I was pleased to hear of the launch by the universities of Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan of their new joint initiative to promote enterprise amongst your graduates and postgraduates.
The experience of enterprise in education is key to improving levels of enterprise ambition and helps to give people the knowledge and awareness of what it means to run a business and the skills they will need in order to pursue new opportunities. The collaborative venture through the North West universities is to be applauded and will further help to foster the spirit of growth and enterprise, which is so essential to the future prosperity of the country”.
RT Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
So what are you waiting for, sign up now! We look forward to welcoming you on the 21st May.
Just thought I’d post an interesting TED Talk which came up on my Twitter timeline. In this video Juan Enriquez (Speaker/Thinker on changes genomics will bring in business, technology and society) turns that famous quote by Andy Warhol on it’s head. What if, in this digital age, instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? Furthermore, what if we were to reframe the Poet Jorge Luis Borges’s quote “How else can one threaten, other than with death?” to consider whether immortality is the new threat, and if so, does our electronic tattoo threaten us with immortality?
Something to mull over perhaps before you next post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. How much of this information do you want in the public domain, how much of it do you control, how much is innocuous and what might come back to bite you? Remember the Paris Brown Twitter incident? If not, the University of Huddersfield’s Careers and Employability Service have a great blog post on ‘How not to tweet: lessons from Paris’.
As with most things in life:
- Know your triggers and exercise common sense. Avoid using social media when you are upset, angry or when your judgement is likely to have been clouded or impeded.
- Be respectful in order to get respect – don’t try to antagonize or incite others and similarly don’t rise to taunts.
- Before you post, tag or comment – reflect on why you are posting it, the tone of the post and who might see it. Review i.e. does it convey what you mean, could it be misconstrued?
- It’s a reciprocal thing – remember to credit sources if you are retweeting or using someone’s else’s words, jokes, images etc, as you expect them to credit you when they use your words or images.
- Engage with others, and be authentic, don’t try to be something you are not, just to avoid losing connections or followers. People will come in and out of your life whether in person or online, you’ll learn to create your own (Google+) circle of family/friends, close confidantes, colleagues etc.
- Own up – if you have put something out there only to regret it, then own up right away. You’ll be surprised at how people will appreciate this and also empathise with you.
- Accentuate the positive, to eliminate the negative – if you are embarrassed by some of your older social media or someone with the same name as you features higher on Google searches, think about how to use social media to raise your visibility, for the right reasons. Consider blogging about your work, your inspirations, career motivations, job search etc or tweet, use LinkedIn discussions, Flickr or Vimeo on a regular basis. This will help to supersede any embarrassing older posts.
- Delete - any posts or tweets and if necessary, explain why you felt you had to. Shut down old or redundant accounts that you no longer use so that they are not likely to be hacked.
- For your eyes only! – Your passwords and security codes should be for your eyes only, do not share them and remember to change them intermittently to avoid being hacked.
- Read the small print! Obvious one really but it goes back to my point about common sense. You wouldn’t start a job, take out a mortgage or a loan without reading the full terms and conditions, so in the age of information (over) sharing, you have a responsibility to read and understand the terms and conditions of any social media before you start to use it.
Reppler – helps you to manage your online profile across social networks
TweetDelete – helps you to delete older tweets from your time line
Manage your Identity – Helpful tutorials from the Internet Society
4 tips to manage your online reputation – Forbes magazine
How to download your Twitter Archive - the real test is to read some of the old tweets without cringing
How easy is it to delete yourself from the web? – Guardian article
ARE YOU STILL LOOKING FOR A GRADUATE JOB OR SUMMER INTERNSHIP?
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The Bloomberg Institute, the educational branch of Bloomberg, has developed the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT); a learning tool aimed for students and graduates that want to pursue a career in the business world and are interested in finding a job or internship opportunity.
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This is a guest post from Katherine Hackett from i-to-i on how TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) can help bolster your CV.
Graduation is imminent and you’re due to leave the student bubble that you’ve been living in for the last three years. Worried about the daily grind? Scared that no-one will give you a chance to worry about the daily grind? Growing youth unemployment and expensive student loans driving the fear? Well, don’t worry because there is one graduate market crying out for employees…
With over 1 billion people learning English worldwide TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is an increasingly popular way to spend a year or two. It’s also the sort of job that sees you spending your weekends lounging on an exotic beach or visiting ancient temples. But, how can TEFL help to boost your CV and your chances of employability back home? Here’s how:
Sadly, a good degree is no longer enough to get you a great graduate job. Nowadays, you also need to demonstrate solid work experience and transferrable skills. Working as a teacher you’ll learn a number of key employability skills:
Leadership- Aside from leadership, managing your class will give you the opportunity to learn empathy, coaching and goal setting.
Communication skills- Succeeding in an environment where English is the second language is clear evidence of great communication skills!
Adaptability-Working as a teacher you’ll constantly have to think on your feet. Note down a few key examples to include on your CV for when you return home.
Language Abilities- In a global (and competitive) economy, knowledge of an additional language can help set you apart. If you’re spending a year abroad then make an effort to speak the lingo. You could also pick up a language exchange partner to help you learn even quicker!
Interested in Teaching abroad after graduation? Then, check out this video of Rozel, a graduate TEFL teacher living in China!
Prospects TEFL Job description
Careers in TEFL and Teaching Abroad
TEFL / TESL Teaching options
The Manchester Graduate Recruitment Fair takes place this year on Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th June 2013. This Fair is a must attend date for all graduates diaries. Have a read of our fantastic blog by an ex-colleague Mary MacFarlane from last year on how the fair can be beneficial to students and graduates and if you are going to attend; read up on tips to prepare for the event.
On 13 and 14 June 2012, I went to Manchester Graduate Recruitment Fair, where over 100 employers came to meet students and graduates.
I ran into Heather Sharp, who has just completed a Geography degree here at the University of Salford, so I asked her whether she’d write a blog post for us on what she thought of the fair. Thanks very much, Heather!
Where did you see the fair advertised, and what made you decide to go?
I saw the fair advertised on the University careers website, and the careers adviser and some of my friends pointed it out to me. It seemed like a great opportunity to meet employers and find out more about graduate schemes. I thought I would gain confidence in looking for a job and I was also hoping to hear employers say first-hand what kind of people they want to work for their organisation.
Have you been to the Manchester Graduate Fair before, or any of the Salford Careers Fairs?
No, and I didn’t really know what to expect or what I would be expected to do. But I thought it would be good to just find out what it was like, and then if there was another fair in the future I’d be better prepared.
What preparation did you do in advance?
I looked at the Fair guide online, and did some research into the companies who were going to be there to decide which ones I would be particularly interested in. Once I’d done that, I prepared some cover letters and CVs for those ones, as well as general CVs for other stands that I might see when I got there.
Who did you speak to at the fair?
It was scary to just go up to a stand and introduce myself to them! The first person I spoke to wasn’t one of my target companies, but he put me at ease, which helped, and it was good to get the first one over with. After that, I went to a stand which I had prepared for, and just had a general chat about myself and what would be involved in the graduate scheme. I then handed my CV and covering letter at the end and asked for their name and e-mail address. There was another stand that I thought I’d like and I had prepared for, but when I talked to them I found I just had a bad feeling about working for them. So it was useful in both directions.
Once I’d spoken to the companies I’d targeted particularly, I just had a general look around and chatted to any that took my fancy.
The employers that stood out for me didn’t stand out in a good way: they were the ones who were very formal and didn’t seem to put me at my ease! I preferred talking to the ones who were more relaxed, where I found it much easier to sell myself. I also was a bit frustrated that there weren’t many employers looking specifically for Geography students: most of them seemed to be looking for engineering or IT if they specified a particular subject.
However, I did follow up one application and have had a telephone interview, and am now waiting to see whether I got through to the next stage.
Would you recommend the fair to other students or graduates?
Definitely! It’s great to see what’s out there, and I think I got more out of it because I’d done my homework. But I will say as a graduate that I wish I’d done this earlier, at the end of my second year, and then I’d really have known how to approach the graduate job market in my final year.
I am still looking for work and in this climate I think you have to have patience and determination and keep an open mind about what you can do. I’m still thinking about what I want to do longer term: I think I know what I want, but sometimes I wonder whether I’ve got the confidence and the patience to get there. But I do feel more confident after going to the fair. I’ve learned that there are graduate jobs out there, but it is hard work finding them and applying: you need to learn to sell yourself and convince employers that you really want to work for that firm. I also learned that from the employers’ point of view, they’re struggling to find the right people for their company, and so it’s up to us students to find out what they are looking for.