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Want to work for an SME? UCL Talent Bank can help!

IrrumAli30 June 2014

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises account for over half of employment in the UK. The advantages of working for them are numerous: you will find yourself in a varied working environment with fewer of the formalities of larger companies, have the opportunity to gain a higher and more immediate profile within the organisation, as well as developing a clear and tangible sense of the contribution you are making.

UCL Talent Bank is uniquely placed to help you into an SME. Relaunched in April 2014, it has built relationships with around 200 employers, many of which fit into the SME category. Since April, 200 UCL students and graduates, of 850 whIMG_9864o have made profiles, have made applications, with 80 shortlisted and 20 interviewed. UCL Talent Bank will work to match your skills and abilities with the specific requirements of organisations to give you the best possible advantage as you look to secure your ideal role.

UCL Talent Bank’s emphasis on SMEs means that it can give you the opportunity to find exactly the job you are looking for. As Nassim, who graduated from UCL this year with an MEng in Civil Engineering and has gone on to find work as a Business Intelligence Analyst at an SME put it: ‘I am extremely glad I managed to find the position…The role advertised was exactly the graduate position I wanted to do – I would even describe it as my dream job!’

This is the level of precision with which UCL Talent Bank can match you to a role.

Create your profile now.

The biggest and best national graduate recruitment fair in London will take place on 18 June

ManpreetDhesi31 May 2014

This blog post orginially appeared on the Develop your Career blog

Senate House will host  The London Graduate Fair from The Careers Group and TARGETjobs – the biggest and best national graduate recruitment fair in London.

The Careers Group, University of London is organising the event sponsored by TARGETJobs. It will take place at Senate House between 11am – 5pm on Wednesday 18 June 2014.The London Graduate Fair

The event is free and open to current students and recent graduates from any institution. All visitors can pre-register in advance to save time on the day of the event.

Up to 3,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair, which makes this event the perfect opportunity for organisations to fill current vacancies and graduate schemes and get the pick of the best candidates for the coming year’s recruitment cycle.

Up to 80 companies and institutions will be promoting their opportunities. The exhibitors list includes names such as Dennis Publishing, Hitachi, KPMG, Oracle, Tesla Motors, Royal Air Force, Kobalt Music Group, etc. A range of recruiters and academic institutions will also be present. See the full list.

Students and recent graduates will get the opportunity to find 1000s of vacancies and graduate schemes, meet representatives from top employers, network with recruitment teams or explore further study options. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get free CV and Application Form advice from careers consultants.

This is what previous visitors say about the Summer London Graduate Fair:

Much better than other fairs, more diverse and more employers.’

Layout, organisation and advice all very good.’

Useful seminars and career talks not found at other fairs.’

Everybody in one place, great face-to-face contact.’

Interested students, recent graduates and other jobseekers can find more information about the event on the website.

Organisations who would like to join as exhibitors are welcome to contact events@careers.lon.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7863 6050 to book their stand.

Find the London Graduate Fair on twitter – #LondonGradFair

For more information about our events please visit our website.

Are you looking for additional help with your career?

ManpreetDhesi2 April 2014

This post originally appeared on the Develop your Career blog

If you’re still a current student, then you may well already be accessing your own College careers service.  But if you need some extra help, or have left your College, you may like to take part in a unique careers MOOC.

The Careers Group, University of London is launching the Enhance Your Careers and Employability Skills Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) commissioned by the University of London International Programme on 27 May 2014.

Not sure what a MOOC is? Watch this video:

Hosted on the Coursera platform, The Careers Group’s 6-week course is the first of Coursera’s MOOCs to be aimed at any student who wants to explore their career management and employability skills, regardless of their discipline or background. The aim of the MOOC is to be complementary to any other course of study as it enables students to recognise their own strengths and skills. Participants on the MOOC will also be shown how to best articulate those skills and experiences to future employers and academic institutions.

Laura Brammar, a Senior Careers Consultant with The Careers Group and one of the course instructors said:

The Careers Group has produced a really unusual MOOC in the sense that, unlike many other MOOCs that are all based around a discipline, this Careers MOOC is going to be of interest to pretty much everyone. Because whether they’re at the initial stage of their career or coming up to retirement, who isn’t going to find topics such as self-awareness and skills development interesting?

And also, the fact that often people are doing MOOCs with an eye to their career development anyway, it’s a way of super-sizing the MOOCs you’re already doing by thinking how you could feature them in your future career development.

The Careers Group has produced a really unusual MOOC in the sense that, unlike many other MOOCs that are all based around a discipline, this Careers MOOC is going to be of interest to pretty much everyone. Because whether they’re at the initial stage of their career or coming up to retirement, who isn’t going to find topics such as self-awareness and skills development interesting?And also, the fact that often people are doing MOOCs with an eye to their career development anyway, it’s a way of super-sizing the MOOCs you’re already doing by thinking how you could feature them in your future career development.”

The unique structure of the course aims to help participants analyse their previous experiences, expectations and attitudes, both professionally and personally. Participants will also engage in a range of activities which are designed to help them improve key employability documents, such as their CVs or cover letters. The course syllabus includes the following modules:

  • Week 1: What do you want? – Self Awareness
  • Week 2: What can you offer? – Skills Awareness
  • Week 3: Are you ready to find success? – Career Readiness
  • Week 4: How do you express yourself? – Articulating Your Experiences
  • Week 5: What impact do you make? – Making a Good Impression in Person
  • Week 6: How do you build fruitful relationships? – Networking Online and in Person

To learn more and join the ‘Enhance Your Careers and Employability Skills’ for free visit www.coursera.org/course/career