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  • Careers Service Presentation Dr Lorraine Craig Department Careers Adviser Frances McEwen Careers Adviser Careers Advisory Service 48 Princes Gardens
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  • Aims Of The Session What opportunities are open to geologists and where do you find them ? Making applications what are employers looking for and what makes a good CV What next - your plan of action
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  • OPTIONS PhDresearch MScbuild on interests or new topic Employment relevant to your discipline indirectly related to your discipline Year out, temporary work, travel
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  • PG Study Discuss with your tutors Think about why you want to continue to study Personal interest, develop research skills ????? MSc or PhD ? Checkwww.findaphd.comwww.findaphd.com Use www.prospects.ac.uk/pgstudywww.prospects.ac.uk/pgstudy Fundingsee Prospects web site Research Assistant workwww.jobs.ac.ukwww.jobs.ac.uk
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  • EMPLOYERS and VACANCIES www.imperial.ac.uk/careers JobsLive - for vacancies, careers events www.prospects.ac.uk/myprospects www.targetedGrad.com www.doctorjob.com www.hobsons.com www.topcareers.net www.insidecareers.co.uk
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  • Employers who are they ? PRIVATE SECTOR Multinationals :oil and gas, engineering/ environmental / geological consultancies, utilities mining and extractive industry companies PUBLIC SECTOR Government, government agencies NOT FOR PROFIT UN, OECD, VSO, WaterAid
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  • Where do your find them ? Geological Society website/ Yearbook www.acenet.org.ukwww.cet500.comwww.acenet.org.ukwww.cet500.com www.energyinst.org.ukwww.iom3.org.ukwww.energyinst.org.ukwww.iom3.org.uk www.mininglife.comwww.the1.co.uk www.ends.co.uk www.esa.org.uk Recruitment Consultancies www.working-smart.co.uk www.matchtech.com
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  • What are Employers Looking for ? 38 companies in 7 geoscience sectors were surveyed Drive/ motivation, willingness to learn Oral, written communication Team work Initiative, creativity, problem solving, analytical skills Industry related work Intellectual skills Time management, leadership Cultural skills / international living/ languages
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  • What are Employers Looking for ? Team players Communication skills oral and written Analytical thinking and problem solving skills Interpersonal skills Persuading and influencing skills Assimilating and evaluating information Drive and resilience Pragmatic and committed Want to make a difference International outlook AGR Survey 2006
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  • CV WRITING Length2 pages of A4 Paperuse good quality FontArial, Times Romanblack ink largest size for your name next size down for key headings next size down for sub-headings/ content Words and phrases rather than sentences Rectify to the left hand side Avoid using Ihe/shepassive tense
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  • Mind your Language! Use positive words enthusiasticenterprisingresponsible Use positive phrases good working knowledge of set up new system improved organisation of/publicity for actively involved in Use action words analysedcoordinateddeveloped diagnosedevaluatedinvestigated presentedpersuadedstreamlined
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  • Personal Details Centre your name at the top of your CV Address Phone numberMobile Email address Date of Birth ? Nationality
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  • Work Permits College ContactIlya Eigenbrot International Office, Room 212, Mech. Eng. www.ukcosa.org.uk www.workpermits.gov.uk www.prospects.ac.uk/int
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  • Education Imperial College London BSc/MSci Geology/Geology with Geophysics with a Year Abroad Subjects covered Fieldwork, Mapping Projects Include techniques Give details of qualifications from school or college in reverse chronological order
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  • Education Dates Imperial College London BSc/ MSci Geology/Environmental Geoscience Studies include. Fieldwork/ Mapping Techniques: GIS Projects:
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  • Employment Use categories to describe experiences: Environmental, Geological, Energy, Industrial, Commercial, Scientific Start with the name of the employer and job titlein bold Describe your work duties Your responsibilities Your achievements
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  • Geological Experience DatesZ&S GEOscienceGeologist Responsibilities: single and multi-well interpretation of petrophysical data specialising in sedimentological and structural analysis of borehole image and dipmeter data. Dates PetroclaysTechnical Assistant Responsible for preparation of samples and operation of XYZ equipment for petrochemical clients
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  • Skills Technical Skills GIS, mapping, fieldwork Computer / IT include examples of specialist and other software, systems, databases, Internet, email Languages (bilingual: mother tongue Italian and English) Driving licence
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  • Awards Qualifications Include prizes and awards Life saving Duke of Edinburgh awards PADI diving and diving instruction St Johns Ambulance training First Aid Health and Safety / Laboratory Safety
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  • INTERESTS RESPONSIBILITIES and ACHIEVEMENTS Emphasise team/ group activities, your contribution and successful outcomes Avoid one word interests e.g. reading, music Refer to De La Beche activities, Reapp responsibilities Travel give information on continents/ countries/ cities visited or lived in and the benefits Photography
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  • References Can be supplied on request Two referees Personal Tutor or academic who knows you Employer Someone who knows you through activities outside College
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  • Application Forms Print off online forms and draft your answers Keep to the word/ character count by careful editing, using phrases, listing skills/activities Time limited forms - print off first, then complete Use the information from your CV to illustrate your answers Investigate the organisation you are applying to on their web site, in the professional journals, in the business pages of national newspapers/ FT
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  • Application Forms Competency Questions Please describe your most outstanding non- academic achievement highlighting your approach to any significant difficulties faced in meeting your objective. Question is testing how much effort, energy, thought you put into something that is significant to you What is important to you and why What to you are the difficulties and what qualities do you demonstrate in tackling them
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  • Competency Questions Describe the activity you want to use/ give an overview What resources did you have; how many people involved; what tasks/ responsibilities did people have and how allocated What happened - problems overcome What was your contribution What was the outcome/ result
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  • WHAT NEXT? Explore the options open to you Decide which areas of work you want to apply to Plan which presentations to attend Find out about employers relevant to your choicesfrom directories, web sites, tutors and others Make your applications carefully Prepare for interviews
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  • And Finally! Be successful!