Why see a Careers Adviser?

The Careers Service offer Careers Express (quick query drop-ins) and 45 minute one-to-ones but if you’ve not used the service before you might be unsure of what exactly seeing a Careers Adviser entails and how it might be of benefit. Our services are free to use and our Advisers are all trained professionals.  We see students at any stage of their degree and can offer impartial information, advice and guidance so what’s stopping you?

I’m not sure what I can do with my degree or what job I might enjoy so I’m not sure how you can help…

We’ve got a great range of resources and information to help you in the decision making process. Within a one-to-one we can explore your interests, skills, experience to date and look at information on roles directly and indirectly linked to your degree to help you identify jobs and careers that might be of interest.

I have a career in mind but I’m not sure if I’d need to undertake further study or what experience I’d need in order to get a job in that sector…

We can help you to research careers and/or postgraduate study. With information on a wide range of careers and job sectors we can help you to identify routes into a particular career and enable you to make a plan for your future.

We’ll work with you to identify work experience opportunities that will help you stand out from the crowd. We’ve got some great links with local organisations and recruiters and may even be able to put you directly in touch with an organisation offering work experience or volunteering opportunities.

I’m applying for jobs or further study – can you help me?

Yes, we can check your CV, cover letter or application form and ensure you’re making the most of everything you’ve got to offer. We work with you to identify your skills and strengths and detail why you’d be suitable for the position. We can also help in your search and make further suggestions on where to look for jobs.

We can help you to prepare for an interview or assessment centre with hints, tips and insights.  You can even book a mock interview to really put you through your paces!

I’ve graduated, can I still use your services?

Yes! All our support and services are available, free of charge, for up to 3 years after graduation.

“Thank you so much for all your help and advice as I know I wouldn’t have been able to perform as well at my interview without the sessions we had” Jasmine, graduate

Whatever your level of study and whatever stage you’re at in your career planning it’s never too early or too late to get professional support! Book a one-to-one with a Careers Adviser by visiting the Employability Hub or calling us on 0151 291 2032



Music Therapy – Cornerstone Art Festival

If you missed our careers speaker David Robinson at the 2017 Cornerstone Arts Festival, here’s what you missed (courtesy of our Intern, Thomas Bagshaw).

David Robinson is a Music Therapist and a Regional Manager for Nordoff-Robbins, a non-profit Music Therapy company.

David spoke about the effects Music Therapy has on both disabled children, and the elderly and even showed brief videos of Music Therapists in action.  David gave a detailed talk about what Music Therapy is and the effects it has in day to day life.  David then went on to cover how you could become a qualified Music Therapist.

Nordoff-Robbins is one of the few companies in the UK who offer specialist training in this field. For more details on Nordoff-Robbins, their 2 year Masters in Music Therapy, how to become a Music Therapist or to watch their inspirational videos click here

Top Tips for working in the Arts – Cornerstone Arts Festival

If you didn’t make it to our careers talks at the Cornerstone Arts Festival our Intern, Thomas Bagshaw, shares one speaker’s top tips for those looking to start a career in the arts.

Vicki Ciaputa is as a Youth Ensembles Manager at The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, one of the UK’s most forward-looking music organisations. The organisation encompasses the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and an award-winning Learning Programme.

Here are Vicki’s top tips for making it in a vibrant arts organisation…

  • Reputation is everything – work professionally and always strive to work with the best at the highest level.  It’s a small world, and being nice will always pay off.  It really is who you know and their opinion of you will affect future job offers.
  • Grasp every opportunity – always say yes!  You don’t know where it will lead you! This can be very scary, but it’s essential to developing your career.  It will make you a better professional in the end.
  • It’s hard work – the arts is not generally 9 to 5 so you will be working evenings, weekends, long hours and possibly be self-employed.  It’s great fun, but hard work, so be aware of what you’re getting yourself into.
  • Stalk organisations that you want to work with – some organisations will only advertise on their own websites so make a point of finding out what they are doing. Be interested in what they are offering: Twitter, Arts Council, Arts Professional, Guardian Cultural Professionals Network, etc are all great for this.
  • Make stuff happen – working in creative and arts industries is about making stuff happen.  Whatever area of work you want to get into or you are interested in (producing, performance, education) make a plan and make it happen.  The best way to learn is by doing, so get stuck in and be prepared to learn as you go.

Music Rights Management – Cornerstone Arts Festival

We sent our Intern, Thomas Bagshaw, to last week’s Cornerstone Arts Festival. If you couldn’t make it to our careers talks here’s Tom’s essential guide to Music Rights Management…

Simon Pursehouse from Sentric Music, a musical rights management firm, hosted a session on musical rights and intellectual property.

Sentric Music works with over 25,000 bands across the UK ensuring they receive the money for others using their music in return for a 20% commission.

Simon commented on how you could use your music degree without being a performer. His role falls in line with law within music.

Simon has been working for Sentric Music for 11 years and started the company up with a friend. Half of the company is focused around technology and the other half is focused around intellectual property.

During Simon’s talk he mentioned his own 10 tips on applying for a job in the music industry which, handily for us, he’s already posted in a blog: 10 tips when applying for a job in the industry.

Research, experience and your CV will all be critical in your success. Do your research, gain relevant experience and use the Careers Service support to get your CV checked!

Turning your Art into a Business -Cornerstone Arts Festival

Our Intern, Thomas Bagshaw, shares the insight he gained from our guest speakers at last week’s Cornerstone Arts Festival. If you couldn’t make it to our careers talks here’s what you missed…

Turning your Art into a Business hosted by Caroline Jones

This session explored turning your art into a business and becoming an entrepreneur, looking at the ‘creative graduate’ and linking this to the ‘creative business’.

Caroline made her audience aware of the relevant funding and options for starting up a business in the Art sector. The funding comes from the European Union Regional Development Fund.

Main Points

  • Caroline discussed her concept of ‘The Head-Heart Syndrome’. This is where your heart wants to do one thing, but your head is telling you another. In this talk she spoke about the balance of maintaining an equilibrium.
  • Caroline emphasised that Marketing and Finance are the 2 most important factors when starting a business and believes you cannot successfully thrive without these 2 parameters.
  • Get Yourself a Mentor! Mentors relevant to your industry have proved very beneficial in Caroline’s experience. She advises that everyone looking to start a business should liaise with a mentor relevant to your industry.
  • Personal Branding—Get yourself recognised! Getting established in the art industry seems like a key factor for wanting to succeed in this sector.
  • The more established you are = the more work you will get.

What our student attendees had to say…

“I found the session very useful as I was enlightened with the key aspects of using art as part of a career. I like that all the information in the PowerPoint was given to us with all the websites and connections”

“What I found most useful was the information on how to set up an online professional profile and how this can enhance my work. I would like to set up a professional Instagram account”

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Graduate jobs on our doorstep

If you want to stay local to Liverpool after you graduate you’re not alone! Lots of our graduates choose to stay and work in the north west upon graduation. The good news is that Liverpool was recently named as the top city to find a job in 2017.  So, if you want to stay local which companies might have graduate jobs available?

A number of big recruiters offer graduate schemes based in the north west. Take a look at the graduate recruitment pages for…

You can also search online with the following…

If, after looking through all of these links, you still haven’t found the perfect role come and talk to us. Our Careers Advisers are available for drop-in appointments in the Employability Hub every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10.30am – 12.30pm or you can book a one-to-one for a longer appointment.

Accessing Advice

Want to know how to access our support? This brief blog post provides an overview of our services.

You can access advice and information in our Employability Hub, located in the Gateway Building at Hope Park. We’re open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

For quick queries drop-in to Careers Express from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday. We also have one-to-one 45 minute appointments available for longer, more in-depth discussions; call us or visit the Gateway Reception or the Employability Hub to book a one-to-one.  You can also book one-to-ones via e-mail contact careers@hope.ac.uk

If you’re based at the Creative Campus we’re usually in the Student Success Zone offering Careers Express on a Monday morning. For individual appointments email Chris on biggsc@hope.ac.uk for availability.

We also arrange talks within your curriculum as well as employer visits, fairs and events so you’ve got lots of opportunities to engage with our Careers Advisers and access our support and services.

SALA – your need to know guide

Want to graduate with valuable experience and an additional award? We’d recommend completing the Liverpool Hope University Service and Leadership Award (SALA).

What is SALA?

SALA, an award you can receive upon graduation, offers you the opportunity to enhance your university experience, boost your career prospects and develop a variety of skills.

What do I need to do?

You need to complete some core training by attending our talks on Volunteering and Service to the Community, Health & Safety, Personal & Professional Reflection, Leadership in the 21st Century and Cultural Awareness with Equality and Diversity.  You’ll also need to attend 3 skills development talks. There’s a really wide variety of talks taking place on campus for you to choose from. Visit My Careers Centre via MyHope for a full list of upcoming talks. If you’re attending training or talks as part of your volunteering (e.g. safeguarding, counselling skills, health & safety) we can count this towards your skills development too.

To qualify for the SALA award you need to complete 80+ hours of volunteering in at least 2 different projects and complete dated reflective reviews alongside this.

Once you’ve completed your volunteering hours and attended all the talks you then need to complete a Reflective Review Task. The Reflective Review Task can be a 200 word essay, a presentation or a blog, vlog, YouTube film or other multimedia format.

I’m already volunteering – can this count towards my hours?

Yes! come and see us in the Employability Hub so we can make sure all the health & safety paperwork is in place and to chat through what you’re doing. We can then make sure your hours count.

Is there a time limit on SALA?

There will be a cut off date in your final year before which you’ll need to complete everything. If you’re registered on SALA we’ll be in touch ahead of this date.  from 2016/17 all students starting at Hope are automatically registered on SALA. If you started your course before September 2016 you’ll need to opt in – you can do this via My Careers Centre on My Hope.

Make the most of the fair

We’ve got a whole host of employers on campus at the Summer Placement & Grad Jobs Fair on Thursday 23rd Feb – how can you make the most of this opportunity and ensure that the time you spend here is time well spent when you’re busy with coursework and dissertation deadlines looming? Here are our top tips…

1. Ask pertinent questions

Think about what you want to know and ask the employer while they’re here. Ask for their top tips for applicants or speak to them about which roles they feel you’d be most suitable for. If they’ve given you useful advice ask them for their name/contact details then should their application form ask where you heard about them or what research you’ve done you can be specific about who you spoke to and the advice they gave.

2. Do your research

A number of recruiters are coming along with some great roles to fill. Spend some time before the fair looking at their websites, be aware of their deadlines and think about the questions you want to ask them (see above!)

Recruiters with jobs to fill include National Citizen Service , Abercrombie & Fitch, ion Search, Smaller Earth and Graduate Talent Pool

3. Prepare your pitch

Think about what you might have to offer each company & what they might be interested in about – this could be the course you’re studying or the work experience you’ve got. This can then form the basis of your conversation e.g. ‘Hi, I’m Anna and I’m studying Childhood & Youth. I’m currently volunteering for the NSPCC as I’m interested in getting into Social Work. I’ve seen that you have a Learning & Behaviour Mentor position available at NCS this summer can you tell me more about the role and what experience you look for?’

4. Get you application checked before you send it

If you’ve found the perfect job/internship, spoken to the company and are ready to apply that’s great! Don’t delay in pressing send on your application but do get it checked before you send it. Use our drop-in to get applications  or your CV professionally checked before you submit them. We’re here to help every step of the way!