Careers advisers deliver talks and workshops to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in almost all UEA Schools on a range of career management topics.
- Subject or School specific career options (e.g. Options with History, Working with Chemistry)
- CVs, covering letters and application forms
- Generating opportunities including finding work experience, further study and employment
- Postgraduate study
Either given as information-based talks or workshops involving group learning, these sessions have a number of functions:
- Providing opportunity for student reflection on what they will do when their course finishes
- Raising student awareness of career management issues and providing practical advice on action they can take
- Addressing commonly asked questions, such as ‘How do I get funding for further study?' ‘What are graduate schemes?'
- Raising student awareness of how UEA Careers Service at CareerCentral can help
- Helping to gain work experience, where part of coaching programmes involving workshops and one-to-one sessions.
To be most effective, talks need to be timely and tailored to specific year groups; for example, ensuring that a work experience talk for Year 2 students is delivered in time to secure summer placements. The table below gives an example of a ‘typical' programme of talks delivered over a three-year degree course. Poor attendance can be an issue, particularly where the talks are entirely removed from the taught curriculum and not promoted from within Schools.
A typical programme for careers talks and workshops
|Year 1||Autumn||Introductory talk on the Careers Service at CareerCentral, introducing School Careers Adviser|
|Spring||CVs for work experience and voluntary work|
Options related to degree subject
|Spring||Work experience, summer placements|
Further study/graduate job applications
Options - employer awareness
|Spring||CVs / interviews|