So last Wednesday (7th) and this Wednesday coming (14th) the School of Historical Studies has put on a “Recruitment Bootcamp” aimed at developing History undergrads’ skills in the job application process and networking, giving us the low-down on the job market and what employers are after.
The first session kicked off with “Jedi Jim” Eastwood, of Apprentice Series 7 fame (he came 4th) giving us a motivational talk and some “Top Tips” for career success. He was such a nice guy and seemed really genuine. And of course, you’ve got to love the ‘Norn Irn’ accent!!
Then we had Simon Reichwald from Bright Futures come and talk about the state of the job market and some really practical ideas for our CV and promoting ourselves to the best of our abilities. His was probably the most useful talk, and included some interesting statistics – like finding out I’m up against an average 400,000 graduates each year…
The final talk was about successful Networking at things like careers fairs, how to listen and how to get the most out of them, before heading to a mini-careers fair (with amazing cheese twists!).
This is a new initiative from the School to run this for our entire yeargroup (including Joint-Honours), so we are the trial guinea-pigs, but it just goes to show how willing the Uni is to push us and train us in so much more than just history. The Uni also has a Careers Service based in the Library where you can do very similar things but on a 1 to 1 basis, they can check your CVs, do mock interviews and give advice on job-hunting among other things.
I remember a motivational sign in my old school that said “Not for school but for life do we learn” and I think its so true. Make the most of every opportunity given to you!
This week we’ve got a mock application process for a fake historical company, so I’ll let you know how I got on!
And I’ll leave you with a question, to see how I need to work hard for my degree. What % of students on average get a 2:1 Degree or higher? And what % of students on average get a 1st Class Degree?