Guest blog written by Liz Bland, Careers Consultant at Aston University and was originally published in MyPlus Students’ Club. Read the careers blog for more advice about applications and disability.
Are you commercially aware? Many employers include commercial awareness as a key requirement when advertising their graduate vacancies. In fact, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reported in the AGR 2016 Development Survey that nearly 80% of their members were seeking this employability skill. But what does it mean and how can you develop commercial awareness while you’re at university?
Commercial awareness defined
The Cambridge English Dictionary defines commercial awareness as, “knowledge of how businesses make money, what customers want, and what problems there are in particular areas of business”.
People who are commercially aware can look at situations from a business perspective and appreciate concepts such as profit, income generation and cost reduction. On a broader scale, they also have an awareness of the job they are applying for and the wider sector within which the company operates, key competitors and current market trends.
Guest blog written by Rebecca, a Special Educational Needs Consultant for Teaching Personnel’s West and North Yorkshire branch.
When you’re due to graduate, the world of job seeking can seem pretty daunting. “Where do I want to work? Do I have the right skills? Will I have job security?” That’s where working for a company like Teaching Personnel can help.
Before my role as a consultant, I completed a degree in Theatre Studies and then trained as a Primary School Teacher. In between my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I spent a lot of time in schools and alternative education settings, gaining experience in different areas before making a decision to train in Primary Education. I didn’t really know about the amount of roles available to graduates and it was only upon doing a bit of research that I was able to find a role as a Special Needs Support Worker – sharing my time between a home based education programme for pupils with Autism, and within a large SEN school across several sites.
For Spring term we are piloting a new way for you to get help from us – an online Careers Q&A on the topics we get asked about most. The sessions will run on alternate Tuesdays between 11.00am and 1.00pm – you can find a full list of dates and topics below.
First up (Tuesday 17 January, Week 2) is a session on the York Award (2017) for those graduating this summer. It will be hosted by Jo Gee our York Award Officer and Irena Zientek our Information Manager. Between them they know everything there is to know about the York Award and will be able to answer any question you have to make sure you can submit a strong application before the 27 January application deadline.
How to take part
Just find the session on our events page or in Careers Gateway and follow the instructions to log into the platform. Usually you can “drop in” any time during the 2 hour session to ask any questions you have on the topic of the week.
List of topics
I’ve not even started thinking about what I want to do next – are you still able to help?
Don’t worry – we can still help. Very soon, the Careers Consultant who looks after your department will be emailing you directly to check what we can do to help you plan for your future. Look out for that email and get in touch to tell us how we can help you further. You might also find the Get Ideas section of our website useful or you can just call into Careers between 11.00am and 1.00pm each weekday (except Tuesday) to talk to us about your first steps.
Haven’t I missed the deadlines for all the graduate schemes by now?
You may have missed some opportunities, but there will be many more coming up. Many graduate recruiters continue to recruit throughout the year and many employers will not be advertising jobs until later in the year, as and when positions become available. Check out our Job Hunting Toolkit to understand more about the time frames for graduate recruitment. And remember – graduate schemes are only one part of the overall graduate recruitment picture.
Spring Term (and once exams are over) is a good time to explore career options and opportunities for those who haven’t already done so.
What might you explore?
If you’re not sure what you might be interested in doing after university, why not try generating some ideas by visiting our Get ideas section. There are exercises to help you find suggestions linked to your interests, values and experience, as well as resources to help you find out more about different careers
Careers blog written by Mandy Simmons, Careers Information Officer
We first posted this blog in April 2015 but since then scams have continued to grow and many particularly target students and new graduates. Read our updated blog below – and keep safe online.
What is a job scam?
“A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job.”
When applying for jobs online take care not to be caught out by fraudsters who trick you into paying for something that doesn’t exist. If something seems to be too good to be true – offering large rewards for little effort – chances are it is! Scams come in many different guises and the people who carry them out are always looking for new ways to make easy money
Here are our top tips for what to look out for:
This term we have launched a new online careers newsletter for international students at York. We will be posting lots of news that will help you to make the most of your time while you are here, as well as planning your future. It will include events, international student careers news, guest blogs, success stories and lots more.
Although the content is primarily focused on international students issues, EU students may find some of the content useful too.
Check it out now – and if you want to get regular updates just submit your email address in the “follow us” section – you will get an email alert when new content is published.
You could be our next case study!
If you are an international student at York with an career related success story – let us know and we will share it to encourage other students. Maybe you have have taken part in a great volunteering experience, have secured a valuable internship, or won an award? Let us know by emailing us – firstname.lastname@example.org – and we will share your success.