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    The UCL Careers team use this Blog to share their ‘news and views’ about careers with you. You will find snippets about a whole range of career related issues, news from recruiters and links to interesting articles in the media.

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    Archive for May, 2014

    The Small Companies Big Jobs Fair

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 30 May 2014

    Tuesday 3rd June, 1pm to 5pm, North Cloister, UCL Wilkins Building

    Thinking of entering enterprise or starting your own? Then ‘The Small Companies Big Jobs Fair’ is for you! There will be companies from an array of sectors offering internships, placement and job opportunities covering marketing, advertising, web development, digital music and production to name a few. Find out what it takes to get started and whether you have the right CV to get hired by attending one of the sessions on;

          Lessons from working in Start Ups: The good, the bad, and the awesome;

          Mistakes when starting up – and how to avoid them;

          Supercharge your CV – land that start up interview.

     To keep up-to-date on who’s coming and more details head on over to: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/summerevents

     The Small Companies Big Jobs Fair is brought to you by: UCL Management Science & Innovation, UCL Careers, UCL Advances, Silicone Milkroundabout, FATJIL and the National Association of Colleges & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE)

    Opportunities for researchers in the education sector outside of academia

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 22 May 2014

    If you love the Education Sector, but want to move away from pure research, then there are a number of interesting possibilities available.

    The first is public engagement, which is a complicated beast.  It is hard to find two people with the same definition of this area and it encompasses a range of work and roles. Broadly speaking, it is a range of activities which involve the public in the work of a university (or other organisation).  It normally has one of four aims:

    1.  Inspiration – This involves activities such as going into schools to inspire and educate students/teachers about higher education generally, or a specific subject (STEM/Physics/Maths etc). It can also involve working with current undergraduates at your university who work as ambassadors for their subject/institution.
    2. Education – This involves explaining the work and research of an institution to the public either through talks, attending/organising large and small events (like the “Pint of Science” talks http://www.pintofscience.com/), dealing with the media and writing for a non-specialist audience.  
    3. Consultation – This involves meetings, attending user groups and public forums on local issues related to the University (everything from parking to vivisection).   
    4. Collaboration – working together with the public on particular issues local to the University or related to its work.

    If this kind of role interests you, it is well worth looking beyond the standard Higher Education Institutions to find relevant employers.  For example, specialist organisations such as The Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Physics and The Royal College of Surgeons are involved in public engagement activities.  For more information, have a look at www.publicengagement.ac.uk

    Another option is to get involved with the financial aspect of research.  One of the biggest headaches in research is often the struggle to win enough funding. Roles such as Grants Officer and Grants Applications Manager help by providing support to academics and departments in securing funding.

    If you have a bit more of a commercial mind, then you could consider working in Knowledge Transfer. Most people think of this as just the commercialisation of research (getting patents, starting spinout companies and licencing intellectual property), but it is often much broader than that. It can involve the facilitation of collaboration between industry and research, the provision of consultancy (using experts within a university to help industry) and providing students and staff for placements or secondments into industry.

    Finally, there are all the other roles which help to keep the education sector running smoothly, such as working in departments such as registry, admissions, exams, student support, library services and so on. All these departments support the running of a University and many jobs would suit those with a research background.

    If you are interested in continuing in the Education sector outside of research then talk to people at your institution. There are people at UCL working in all these areas who can give you information and advice. If you find cold calling difficult, then come to events such as this one: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-researchers/2014/04/29/the-education-sectors-many-possibilities-forum/         

    Contrary to popular belief, there can be life outside research!

    – Hilary Moor, Careers Consultant, Careers Group, University of London

    Did you know about our online job boards UCL Talent Bank and UCL JobOnline?

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 19 May 2014

    Whether you are looking for part time work or full time opportunities, UCL Talent Bank and UCL JobOnline have a wide range of vacancies waiting to be filled.

    UCL Talent Bank – Introducing you to employers

    Getting your foot on the career ladder can seem daunting, UCL Careers has a new fast tracking service to help connect UCL students/ graduates and researchers to a broad range of employers, including UCL alumni.

    UCL Talent Bank will actively source opportunities and present your CV to employers.

    Current roles include:

    Quantatitive Analyst at Theorema Advisors LLP–  P/time or F/Time (Finance/ Statistics)

    To ensure that you are automatically considered for these roles, complete your registration including the UCL department you are studying at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/talentbank

    Contact Lizzy Mckinney for further information: talentbank@ucl.ac.uk

    UCL JobOnline:

    This online job site provides listings of recruiters who have a wide range of vacancies across a wide range of sectors. The site is updated daily and is hosted by our parent body, The Careers Group, University of London, so the recruiters who are advertising are specifically targeting UCL students / recent graduates and researchers.

    UCL JobOnline will allow you to  filter your search by degree level (as well as job sector, job type and hours).

    Apply directly to the recruiter for any vacancies you’re interested in.

    Search for jobs now…

     

    Helpful tips for researchers looking for career inspiration

    By Vivienne C Watson, on 14 May 2014

    If you are a researcher thinking about leaving academia, deciding what career is right for you can sometimes be tough and you might not know where to start. A very helpful blog post has been written by Kate Murray (Careers Consultant based at Kings College London) that suggests methods researchers can use to find out what job they really want to do.

     Her blog post can be found here: http://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool/2014/05/08/another-way-of-finding-career-inspiration/