July 08, 2015

Follow your career dream and make the jump!

Did you know that people spend more time planning a holiday than they do planning their career?


It was particularly true when I was a postgraduate student at Warwick, focusing mainly on planning an Easter holiday break as well as completing my dissertation. Thinking back, I wish I had started my career planning earlier AND received the amount of support now available to all MSc students!

The two dedicated Careers Advisors Siobhan and Esther gave a briefing session to WMG staff yesterday about recent careers service development. A few exciting career support services are under way, for example, a new ‘online international career Moodle’ with comprehensive information about jobs in different countries was indeed an opportunity too good to miss. Can you imagine working as a Project Engineer in Belgium? How about working to resolve the supply chain challenge for Mars China? The prospect of working for Intel in India? I am sure these opportunities will be very popular among our internationally minded students at WMG.

The reality is though, as a student you are so busy with your studies and try hard to experience all that life has got to offer. Whilst we recognise how busy students can be, we always pro-actively encourage them to make the most out of Careers and Skills’ online resources, job fairs, Master’s skills programme, one-to-one Careers support for CV checks, interview skills and job applications. Those who have taken time to meet with Siobhan and Esther have truly benefited from the one-to-one guidance and have started their job searching plans!

As Siobhan said, annual recruitment cycle starts very early. With some Graduate Schemes commence as early as November, getting a head start would certainly give you an advantage. However, for those who haven’t considered their career path just yet, the most important thing is – it is never too late to start! In light of this, Siobhan is going to hold WMG specific summer Careers Workshops at the end of July which covers career planning, tips for CV and Covering Letters and tackling job applications and interviews successfully. WMG SSLC representatives have also be rather active in promoting and engaging the 2014 cohort with all these fantastic opportunities.

At the end of the day, as a Guardian article points out, you would plan your holiday down to the last detail, so why not your career?

Don’t you agree?

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