Boost your employability

28 October 2020

Student with laptop

A lot has changed during 2020 including the job market for part-time and full-time employment. The Careers team is on hand to provide advice and support for you during your time at university, as you prepare to graduate and as an alumni. Throughout the year the team organise events and workshops alongside a range of other services.

We want to provide you with relevant employability skills and ensure that you get the right job for placement, whilst you study or once you graduate. So we’ll be publishing a round up of some of the events and activities provided by the Careers team each month.

Week 7:

Write Applications that Work, 2 November, 12 noon - 1.00pm, online. Also running on 19 November (Week 9)

Learning how to market yourself in writing is an essential step towards gaining that all-important interview and then the job itself. Many employers, particularly large organisations, now ask candidates to complete an online application form. Register to receive the Google Meet URL.

Working in the UK – Immigration, 3 November, 12 noon -1.00pm, online

Join Sally from the International Student Advice Team to discuss working part-time during your studies in the UK on your Tier 4 visa and outline the possible visa options for working in the UK after graduation. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

How to Ace a Video Interview, 3 November, 12 noon -1.00pm, online

Unsure about what to expect from an interview? This session will help you to consider video interview practicalities (whether these are live or recorded interviews). We'll look at how to anticipate likely interview questions and give effective responses. We will consider ways you can show your motivation, some solutions for handling those interview nerves and what you can do to get yourself well prepared. There will be some time for your own questions and we will provide details of further 1:1 help and resources which are available to you. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

Week 8:

Postgraduate virtual fair, 9 - 14 November, online

Unsure about what to do after you have completed your undergraduate degree? Why not check out the University’s Postgraduate virtual fair, where you can explore options of studying further and potentially increase your level of specialist knowledge.

Looking Forward and Being Confident: Using Positive Psychology tools, 10 November, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, online

This session will review Positive Psychology principles that can help us as we seek to develop our careers and deal with recruitment processes. We will explore how we can use these to build habits and strategies that help us to deal with setbacks, grow in confidence and have a greater impact on others. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

Making the Most of LinkedIn, 11 November, 12 noon - 1.00pm, online

92% of recruiters are using social media in recruitment so LinkedIn is an integral part of the recruitment process. To play the recruitment game well you need a really professional profile and an understanding of all its useful functions. Fortunately it's pretty straightforward and easy to use and today we'll show you how to get a really great profile, how to use LinkedIn as a research tool and how to search for jobs, all helping you to succeed and get what you want from your career. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

Preparing for Virtual Assessment Centres, 11 November, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, online

You may be asked to take part in a Virtual Assessment Centre in the coming months. Join our online workshop to understand the different activities you might face and the best resources to use for your preparation. Our top tips will help you feel confident facing an Assessment Centre remotely yet still knowing exactly how to stand out from the crowd. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

Bouncing forward and being resilient through turbulent times, 12 November, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, online

By cultivating a Growth Mindset we can change the way we look at challenges and setbacks and see them as an opportunity to learn and grow and ultimately flourish in the workplace and in our careers. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

Week 9

Unlock the Secrets of Building your Network, 17 November, 12 noon - 1.00pm, online

Networks allow us access to people, insights and opportunities, but what if we don't know anyone to help us start growing our professional networks? We'll be exploring strategies to identify where your potential networks might exist, nurturing your relationships effectively and making the most of this important social capital. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

Week 10

Welcome to Careers, 26 November, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, online

An informal session to help you get the most out of Careers. We will show you where to find useful resources, explore your options and access further support. Please register to attend to receive the Google Meet URL.

The Careers team also offer information, online workshops, mock interviews and appointments either virtually or via telephone. Here are some of the services they offer:

  • Help with job searching

You can use the online portal to search for jobs, from part-time work for when you’re studying to graduate opportunities for when you’ve left Oxford Brookes. Have any job searching queries? Contact Careers and they will point you in the right direction.

  • One-to-one consultations

You can speak to a consultant one-to-one about any career related issue. Appointments last 20 minutes and run Monday to Friday.

  • Interview advice – helping you prepare

Have you got an interview? Practice for the real thing with a practice interview. A consultant will ask you the kind of questions you should expect from the employer.

  • Meet employers

You can meet employers virtually that are advertising to Oxford Brookes students.

  • Employability training

The team runs training sessions for groups on a range of topics, covering CVs, job searching, interview preparation and more.

  • Careers resources in the library

The library holds a number of careers-related books covering a range of topics, including, Career planning, job searching, CVs, interviews.