Its that time of year again when we get celebrate everything science, technology, engineering and maths…its British Science Week 2020!
At Liverpool Hope British Science Week 2020 runs from 9th-11th of March and is a great opportunity to take part in events and activities throughout the week. During British Science Week our academics from the Faculty of Science will explore Sport, Nutrition, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geography & Environmental Science and Psychology. This is a great chance to get involved and to learn something new, meeting experts within Science.
Here is the low-down of the various happenings and some personal choice picks all taking place exclusively at Liverpool Hope next week.
Click here to view the full British Science Week 2020 Programme.
Click here to view the full British Science Week – Guest Speakers
Monday 9th is sport-led, consisting of assessing sports performance and the role of science in sport, finishing off with a presentation exploring science more broadly, providing critique on scientific truths and their value in challenging accepted ideas.
Tuesday 10th provides a broad offering of science applications featuring hands-on bio-science experiments in our laboratory, nutrition and health, with guest speakers during the afternoon. Lastly, David Park will share his experiences of entrepreneurships and running hi-tech start-ups.
On Wednesday 11th Hope’s Psychology, Computer Science and Mathematics host a range of presentations to capture the imagination, starting with an introduction to visual illusions, as well as human perception in virtual reality, cryptography and an introduction to robotics.
The afternoon will bring the curtain down on British Science Week with two presentations exploring research on High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and, lastly, a presentation on the Psychology of stalking.
If experimenting in British Science Week wets your appetite about your own career interests then the Careers and Employability Team can help explore your ideas and inspirations, how you brand yourself online, networking on LinkedIn, getting that old CV up-to-date or just talking through what your next step might be.
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A great blog from Hannah via @hopeuniblogs putting learning into practice on placement as part of her Primary Education degree
Back in university this week since the first week of December… you might be wondering why? I’ve been on teaching practice for 8 weeks! I’m Hannah, a Primary Education student here at LHU, and I’m in my second year. In first year, we had a 6-week long placement, and this year was the same teaching wise, however we had an induction week and a Professional Focus week. I was in a lovely Year 6 class at a school in Childwall, which is only a twenty-minute drive away from I live.
The first week was induction week, which is where you spend a week familiarising yourself with the school and the class that you’ll be working with, and you don’t have to do any teaching but act as a teaching assistant instead. I wanted to start teaching as soon as possible so during my induction week I did some team teaching…
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You may think summer is a long time away, but it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start thinking about how to get the most out of it. This guest blog by Daniel Higgingbotham at Prospects gives some great advice on how to spend your summer to benefit your future whilst still having some fun.
There are many ways to increase your employability during the summer months, with most of these proving enjoyable as well as being something you can add to your CV
While recharging your batteries with a well-earned rest from study is important, spending three whole months relaxing could put you at a disadvantage when it comes to the jobs market, leaving you wishing that you’d done more during your university years.
Here are some suggestions on how you can greatly improve the student experience – and your personal development – by making the most of your summer.
Acquiring relevant skills will strengthen your job applications, while demonstrating motivation and enthusiasm for the industry you’re hoping to enter once you graduate. For example, if you’re interested in digital marketing, starting a blog or developing your understanding of web analytics, shows that you’re taking your career seriously.
When choosing to learn a new skill, take time to look at job profiles for the roles that interest you, says Kirsti Burton, careers content and operations manager at Queen Mary University of London. This allows you to identify what recruiters look for, so you can focus on gaining the particular skills that impress them when it comes to making applications.
‘You could take a short course, study online or teach yourself,’ she adds. ‘Whether you’d like to get to grips with a piece of software used in the sector you’re looking to get into or take an introduction to accountancy or business course if you’re studying an unrelated degree, take the initiative to get the know-how that recruiters require.’
Sue Moseley, senior careers consultant at King’s College London, agrees that by finding a short course – either face-to-face or online – over the summer, ‘it can really boost your confidence and help you to make connections with people who share some of your interests, whether directly work related or not’. She recommends that you could try looking at courses offered by providers such as EdX or Coursera.
‘Employers are impressed when you’ve taken the initiative to learn something. A senior manager at a pharmaceutical company described how a student had excelled in an assessment centre because of what they’d learned while training to be a football referee.’
It’s also true that even generic activities such as honing your academic writing style are guaranteed to boost your CV. Attending language school or teaching English as a foreign language are always hugely beneficial, as both develop your communication skills while helping to clarify your future options.
Instead of sitting around during the summer holidays, you could choose to make the most of your valuable time off by organising some work experience. Sue champions how internships and part-time jobs, especially those matching your career preferences, offer countless benefits. They allow you to demonstrate the abilities, skills and motivation that recruiters look for, while providing them with quantitative and qualitative evidence of your attributes.
Despite this, she still adds a note of caution in striving for perfection. ‘Don’t worry too much about getting the best internship ever with your ideal employer. While that’s wonderful if it happens, the reality is you can gain a lot from part-time or temporary roles.’
For instance, you could help to run a summer activity camp for kids in your area, tutor students or take on shift work in the leisure, sport and tourism or hospitality and events management industries.
The key thing, Sue explains, is to always be curious. Working behind a bar may feel a long way from your plan to get an internship in management consulting, but by spending a short amount of time with the regional manager, you could possibly enquire as to how they track the performance of each outlet or ask about their current challenges. If you show a genuine interest, this is often the start to many career and networking opportunities – see how to find a job.
Apply for work experience with small businesses by contacting them speculatively, while exclusive work experience opportunities can usually be found through your university’s careers and employability service.
If you’re looking for work during the holidays, find out more about getting a summer job.
It may come as a surprise to hear this but even when relaxing and enjoying a hobby you can still seek to enhance your employability.
Kate Daubney, head of careers and employability at King’s College London, explains how hobbies can often feel like a complement to work, or even an escape from it – but the very passion and enthusiasm you have for your interest reveals a commitment to learning about something in depth.
‘That’s one of the reasons employers like graduates – because they’ve learned about a subject during their degree, while a passionate interest in something also demonstrates learning agility, the ability to keep on learning, which is fundamental to coping with an uncertain employment climate and technological change.’
By pursuing your extra-curricular activities and interests, this shows dedication and motivation, as well as letting employers see who you are as a person. This is important to the recruitment process, as recruiters are always on the lookout for well-rounded individuals who will fit into their company culture rather than simply judging you according to the achievements listed on a CV.
It’s also possible to combine your interests and hobbies with job hunting, claims Kirsti. ‘Remember that genuine interest in the industry or activity is valued by employers, as it demonstrates existing understanding of the product, market and audience.’
Finally, another great CV booster is volunteering. Voluntary roles are available in fields such as teaching, sports, festivals and performing arts, while travelling and gap years also throw up countless opportunities for personal development.
This blog was originally posted on Prospects
Trying to work out what you want to do after graduation is a notoriously difficult task. But, contrary to what some might tell you, it doesn’t have to be a commitment to a lifelong career path. Knowing your options is a good place to start, says Sophie Phillipson, co-founder of graduate and student support site HelloGrads, because grad schemes aren’t the only choice.
CBI/Pearson’s 2019 Education and Skills survey found employers felt young people lacked ‘work-readiness’, with two in five reporting they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with wider character, behaviours, and attributes and a third disappointed with the level of relevant work experience young people had.
Many will try to bridge the gap between the ‘real world’ and university with a grad scheme. But demand for grad scheme places is incredibly high. According to Oleeo’s 2019 student recruitment survey, acceptance rates onto graduate schemes for finance, advertising and professional services average at 1%, with public sector and engineering only slightly higher than this (2.5%), and retail showing the largest success rates (7%).
What that means is many people pursue other paths after university. Here are four alternatives:
Work for an SME
If working for a megacorp doesn’t appeal to you, then maybe small companies with big opportunities are more your style.
According to research by FSB, SMEs – small and medium-sized enterprises – make up 99.9% of the business population and three-fifths of all employment in the UK’s private sector. These include micro-businesses with fewer than 10 people, fledgling startups, long-established businesses well known in their sectors, and fast-growth companies who’ve won investment and have aspirations of being the next ‘unicorn’.
So, focusing your job search on big and prestigious businesses is a real missed opportunity. Not all SMEs will have formal training programmes but you can get a lot more responsibility early on and be coached by senior members of the business. That means you’ll learn a lot and likely far quicker than you would on a graduate scheme.
Not all roles in smaller businesses are well advertised. You might have to look on their social media feeds or websites or do some cold approaches by phone or email to find out what roles are available.
Go it alone
If you have a desirable skill, freelancing can become a career, or it can help you build experience and money.
Self-employment offers hard-to-match perks like the freedom to make your own decisions, the flexibility to work when and how you want, and the recognition for everything you create or achieve. But it can be a lonely lifestyle, with unreliable income.
There are lots of freelancing sites you can upload your portfolio to and find work through, but it’s advisable to start your own freelancing projects alongside more stable work, and to budget very carefully. Some months will be leaner than others, and you’ll need to invest in things like equipment, business insurance and software subscriptions. You’ll also need to build up funds to cover yourself for time off: there is no paid holiday or sick leave in self-employment.
You’ve finally graduated, packed all your textbooks into boxes in your parents’ garage and set your eyes on the future. So, why not do it all over again?!
According to the latest official figures from the Department for Education, the median postgraduate salary in 2018 was £6,000 higher than that of graduates, and the proportion of postgraduates employed in high-skilled roles in 2018 (76.5%) exceeded that of graduates (65.4%).
Some professions, like law, healthcare and architecture, require further studies. But further education doesn’t always mean going back to uni. It may take the shape of short courses to develop expertise, such as learning how to use a certain software or gaining qualifications like a PGCE for teaching or an NCTJ for journalism.
But a warning: what this option should never be is a stalling tactic to keep you busy until you can decide what you want to do for work. Postgraduate courses often involve considerable costs and simply aren’t necessary for a lot of professions, so you need to be clear on how the qualification will help you achieve your goal long before you enrol.
(Career) gap year
After decades in the education system, many want to take a break before jumping headfirst into the ‘real world’ and getting tied down to a location and a job. According to Bright’s What Graduates Want Survey in 2018, only 58% of students surveyed expected to start a graduate job straight after university.
A post-uni gap gear that combines some work and travelling or volunteering roles that offer food and board can be an amazing way to do some good, experience new things and make friends while you do it.
Taking some time out is a lot more than just an excuse to party. You can develop new skills, explore industries you may want to work in, learn a language or even find a fantastic contact in line of work you’ve never considered before.
Also, you’ll get tonnes of stories that you can bring up to all your friends to annoy them. Oh, that reminds me of this one time when I was backpacking through the Andes…
This article was originally featured on GradJobs
With the option of a taking a placement year as part of your course now available to the majority of level I students here’s our guide to finding and applying for a placement year.
It’s hard to know where to start with online searches and jobs boards so here are our recommended starting points if you’re looking for a placement year.
My Careers Centre is Hope’s online resource. Here you’ll find graduate jobs alongside student placements and internships. A quick search for ‘placement year’ in ‘Liverpool’ returned 286 results whilst just clicking the ‘placements’ list returned 664 opportunities.
Rate My Placement is a great resource specifically aimed at placement year students. You’ll find national and international opportunities alongside student reviews so you can get a real insight into what it’s really like working at the company you’re applying to. The majority of opportunities are with well known, blue chip companies so those willing to relocate for a job will have a higher chance of finding a role on here.
Talk to a Careers Adviser our team of qualified advisers can help you find opportunities suited to your course or career aims. With a wealth of experience we can help to identify companies that might be recruiting, expand (or narrow down) your options if you’re finding it hard to identify the right role for you and we’re here, free of charge, to help you every step of the way.
Target Jobs national opportunities from large graduate recruiters. Useful for those looking for a structured placement year with a well known company.
It can be easy to talk yourself out of applying for a role…but the 1 guarantee I can give you is that you definitely won’t get the job if you don’t apply. If you’ve looked at the job description and thought ‘I could do that’ and looked at the company and thought ‘sounds like an interesting place to work’ why not apply for the job?