Making career choices Jackie Leyland Careers Adviser [email protected]

Making career choices Jackie Leyland Careers Adviser jleyland@liverpool.ac.uk

Making career choices Jackie Leyland Careers Adviser [email protected] What factors influence your choice of career? Jobs that are available where you want to work

Your personal preferences What motivates you Your interests and abilities You need to earn a living Contacts Luck/Serendipity/Happenstance The harder I work, the luckier I get. Demand for your skills No doubt it is increasing You cant learn everything in your degree and most employers are looking for your POTENTIAL to DEVELOP into your role The graduate job market is competitive, so you have to put yourself in a position to compete Its clear that some work experience as well as your degree is going to help you to do this

If you join a large graduate scheme you may be able to try out different roles for that organisation Jobs arent static technology means rapid change.. Career quiz Q1 Which part of your personality are you most proud of? A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.

Your ambition Your resourcefulness Your finesse Your ingenuity Your individuality Your empathy Your intelligence Your diligence Q2 If you didnt have to work, what would you do with your time? A. B. C. D.

E. F. G. H. Play the stock market for fun The first thing to do is make a long term plan Travel the world Help your friend start a business Write a novel Volunteer overseas Design something new Hobbies, family, friends your days would fill up Q3 Whats your dream volunteering job? A.

B. C. D. E. F. G. H. Sweet talking donors at a fundraiser Managing a charity caf Launching a human rights campaign Giving ideas for a new playground Running an art class for older people Helping out at the childrens hospital Answering questions at the Science Museum Planning the years budget at a city farm

Q4 You find a puzzle page on the train which puzzle do you do? A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. No thanks where are the finance pages? Cyphers you approach them step by step The cryptic crossword The brain teasers

Word searches and spot the difference The general knowledge crossword The chess problems Sudoku Q5 What kind of work wear would you prefer? A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.

Your shoes cost more than a small car Casual Friday I can give you the name of my tailor A good suit says Im the expert I pick things up in charity shops Youve got better things to do than worry about clothes Your wardrobe is tee shirt and jeans You prefer to look business like casual at the weekends Q6 What motivates you? A. B. C. D. E. F.

G. H. Personal success Influencing people Winning A feeling of accomplishment Having fun Helping others Discovery Stability Q7 Youre giving a presentation how does your powerpoint look? A. B.

C. D. E. F. G. H. Diagrams only you explain the rest Three short bullet points on each slide Short and structured Snazzy templates Plenty of speech bubbles and bright graphics You found a Youtube video to illustrate your point You throw in webcomics and cartoons Pages numbered, graphs labelled, formatted perfectly

Q8 In a perfect world, your boss would be A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. Far away you like to take the initiative A mentor you can learn from A Machiavellian genius Great to bounce ideas off Fun to hang out with A good person

Smarter than you Positive Q9 In primary school, people described you as A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. The ringleader The bossyboots

The sharp one The know it all The daydreamer The sweetie The lego lover The hard worker Q10 Which of these descriptions sounds most like you? A. B. C. D. E. F. G.

You put in extra effort to be the best You enjoy planning out projects and setting tasks You like to be better than the competition Youre interested in everything Youre easily bored by routine work You want to do something worthwhile with your life You get so caught up in a question that you dont notice time passing H. Youre a perfectionist Q11 Which word describes your ideal workplace? A. B. C.

D. E. F. G. H. Major league/Blue chip Busy Prestigious Different every day Informal Ethical High tech Professional What do I value? What do I like? Who am I?

Values such as Achievement Compassion Helping others Adventure Structure

Routine Success Money Risk Excitement Identify your skills are you good at

Persuading, influencing Leading a team Organising Analysing situations Solving problems Completing tasks Having bright innovative ideas Listening to others Paying attention to detail.. What roles would interest me?

Software engineer Systems analyst Business analyst Technical support Network engineer Technical consultant

Technical sales Project manager Web developer Software tester Design Maintenance & Repair Where could I work? Computer Science/IT

Cyber security Defence Games development IT services Telecommunications Hardware development Niche software houses and technology consultancy Industry/manufacturing

Web development and ecommerce Retail IT Public sector IT IT services Professional services Financial services Investment banking technology Financial software development IT outsourcing

Where could I work? EEE Aerospace Automotive Built environment Defence Electronics

Energy Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) Marine Materials Rail Telecoms Utilities

Finding placements, jobs and opportunities Where to find jobs & placement opportunities > careerhub Gradcracker Specialist sites on our careers information leaflets Prospects https://www.prospects.ac.uk/ Target jobs > IT & Technology, Engineering https://targetjobs.co.uk/ Find out more Join British Computer Society http://www.bcs.org/ information on careers and set up student chapter Tech partnership: role profiles at https://www.thetechpartnership.com/tech-future-careers/wh at-is-it-like/job-roles / Join IET http://www.theiet.org/ & sign up for E&T jobs

Exploring occupations Information Technology, Energy & Utilities, Engineering & Manufacturing, Logistics & Transport, Property & Construction, Science & Research. www.liverpool.ac.uk/careers 26 CareerFair+ Overview 27 Careers Service Number 502 on map Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.30pm

Drop-in Interviews (15 mins) Long Interviews (40 mins) Phone 0151 794 4647 to book an appointment or call in. Were in Student Services next to the Guild Sphinx Bar

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