National Careers Week
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National Careers Week is a fantastic opportunity to help you stand out from the crowd. In line with this initiative, the University will deliver a series of events, workshops, presentations and networking sessions designed to improve your employability. 

Each carefully crafted session will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make the career choices you want - be that looking for a job, setting up a business, or progressing in further education. 

Open to those from all years and disciplines, sessions will help you to:

  • Find out more about the career pathways and options available after University 
  • Develop key employability skills 
  • Gain tips on how to succeed in interview and selection processes
  • Learn how to build an impressive online career profile
  • Meet employers looking to recruit from Plymouth University
  • Learn how to make the most of networking opportunities
  • And, much more!

Places are limited for each session and booking is essential for all events. Please book via the Employability Service events calendar.

2 March (2pm-3pm, Rolle Marquee):  Jobs for the future

2015 is the year that Marty McFly travelled to from 1985 in Back to the Future, only to find that his world had changed beyond recognition. Outside of the movies, our lives have changed drastically dues to developing culture and technology. Ten years ago you were lucky if you had a mobile phone that had Snake on it. Now smartphones have invaded almost every aspect of our lives. Back then Facebook and Twitter didn't exist. Now we spend ridiculous amounts of time on them. As new technology appears, we shift the ways we do things and many new job roles start to pop up. No-one can predict exactly how things will work out over the next few decades. However by understanding how things are changing, we can start to think about how new roles could develop, and ultimately what you can do to start preparing for the very best future, whatever you may want it to be.

2 March (2pm-3pm, Rolle Marquee): Clueless - no idea what you would like to do

Come along to this short session packed full of advice for those who currently have no idea what they would like to do in the future. 

3 March (1pm-2pm, Rolle Marquee): Understanding psychometric assessments

This interactive session will introduce you to the different types of psychometric assessments used by graduate employers and give you an understanding of why employers use them. You will have a chance to do some practice questions to understand the process and there will be lots of chance to ask questions and discuss any particular issues. You will also be introduced to resources that you can use to help with further preparation.

3 March (2pm-3pm, Rolle Marqee): What does Facebook say about you?

Come along to this short session packed full of advice which will improve your online presence. 

3 March (5pm-6pm, Rolle Marquee): Networking, make it work for you!

Business networking refers to 'building and cultivating relationships with people of similar interests in ways that can benefit all parties'. Networking can help you find a job, build professional contacts, change careers, hire good employees, sell products, improve your business practices or accomplish any number of professional goals. How to effectively network is a skill and this session will help you think about what is networking, establishing your network, how to effectively network and maximise opportunities. It will also help you prepare for attending the Networking Evening on 5 March with employers.

4 March (9am-12pm, Room 202, Mast House): 'Networking Skills' by John Harvey

Knowing how to network at any event while communicating effectively and professionally is highly important in the professional graduate environment, even more so when you are setting up your own business. John Harvey is an expert and networking is his job. He shares his skills, tips and tricks with you.

4 March (2pm-4pm, Writing Cafe, 4th Floor, Babbage Building): CV Writing Cafe

This exciting session is brought to you in partnership with the Writing Cafe, providing you with advice to improve your CV and application writing. 

5 March (10am-12pm, Rolle Marquee): PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) Cocoatel Business Game

Come along to this session with PwC to participate in a business game which will give you an overview of our different business areas. We'll introduce you to some financial concepts and you'll get an idea of the type of work you'll do when studying for professional exams. You'll be encouraged to work collaboratively and will need to think commercially about business issues in your role as PwC business advisers. The session is open to all students, irrespective of any previous business experience or degree discipline.

5 March (2.30pm-4pm, Rolle Marquee): PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) assessment centre skills workshop

What is an assessment day or assessment centre? This is an interactive session which provides you with an insight into assessment methods commonly used on assessment days; such as group exercises and psychometric testing. The session includes the opportunity to undertake a mock group exercise and mock psychometric test so please come prepared with a calculator!

5 March (5.30pm-8pm, Rolle Marquee): Networking evening

Come and practise your networking skills! This exciting event brings together students with national and local employers, giving you an amazing opportunity to develop this essential business skill. Learn how you can increase your commercial awareness, discover what employers can offer you, and develop a core skill using tools to effectively network. The event will be followed by an informal networking session and buffet. Please note: This event will only be available to a limited number of students on a first-come-first-served basis. However, please bear in mind employers and catering will be booked, so only sign up if you can make this commitment to attend!

6 March (12.30pm-1.30pm, Room 202, Rolle Building): King Casand - Ambition Is Not Enough

Come along to this exciting and inspirational motivational session brought to you by King Cas! - #AINE

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