Careers – Jobs & Careers magazine http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com Your guide to getting ahead Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:28:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 The benefits of apprenticeships http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/the-benefits-of-apprenticeships/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/the-benefits-of-apprenticeships/#respond Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:42:40 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=17596 Much has been said in recent years about the unparalleled skills/talent paradox that is currently troubling the UK business arena. As unemployment has fallen following the global recession, a number of sectors have been revealed as suffering from skills shortages. ... Read More

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Much has been said in recent years about the unparalleled skills/talent paradox that is currently troubling the UK business arena. As unemployment has fallen following the global recession, a number of sectors have been revealed as suffering from skills shortages. The Government has looked to identify ways to tackle this crippling issue; however one still appears to be under-utilised – the apprenticeship. So with this in mind, what are the benefits of apprenticeships and how could they provide the answer to this ongoing problem?

Many young people entering the employment market for the first time have found themselves dissatisfied with the hiring market and the strategies employed by many firms. They report a lack of support and development opportunities as well as being unprepared for the challenges that the working world presents. And as already mentioned many businesses have struggled to find the solution to this problem.

Here at Capita Education Resourcing, we’re firm believers in the value of apprenticeships and, consequently, we work alongside local colleges to provide opportunities for junior talent. We currently offer both level 2 and 3 apprenticeships in childcare, for example which provide a valuable base for skills to be developed on. We also support the Apprenticeship Training Agency which provides funding for the student in the case of an employer stopping or altering a programme.

But what can jobseekers really gain from undertaking an apprenticeship?

Firstly, they offer the chance to ‘earn while you learn’. One of the biggest challenges with attending university is the inevitable mountain of debt that builds up after completion of studies. However, with an apprenticeship, candidates are provided with the national minimum wage for apprentices from the moment they begin their course, giving them a layer of comfort as they are actually earning money for the work they put in.

A challenge that has come to light in recent years is how to directly connect what’s taught in formal education with what is actually required in the workplace. Modern organisations are looking for a mixture of soft and technical skills, but some have reported a shortage of these attributes in many graduates and other young jobseekers. Completing an apprenticeship provides talent with access to the workplace and allows them to develop an understanding of what’s needed and expected from them in a supported fashion.

Finally, another benefit is that apprenticeships provide a varied learning experience. Programmes are generally a combination of learning while doing and classroom based studying. Individuals will also be able to learn from others in their industry by shadowing and being mentored by senior professionals in the organisation. Not only that, but undertaking an apprenticeship also opens the door to a range of other qualifications including HNDs (Higher National Diplomas), HNCs (Higher National Certificates), foundation degrees or even full honours degrees.

While apprenticeships won’t be for everyone, they do provide an accessible and valuable way into the working world. At a time when so many businesses are struggling to recruit the talent they need and identify the in depth skill sets they desperately require, it would make sense for more organisations to adopt this approach and embrace apprenticeships.

Mohammed Azam is managing director of Capita Education Resourcing

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5 top tips for working in retail http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/5-top-tips-for-working-in-retail/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/5-top-tips-for-working-in-retail/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:59:20 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=16965 Part-time work in retail gives you valuable, transferable skills you can big up on your CV. So, embrace that shop work while you’re studying or in between jobs: it’s a great stepping stone

Customer service

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Part-time work in retail gives you valuable, transferable skills you can big up on your CV. So, embrace that shop work while you’re studying or in between jobs: it’s a great stepping stone

Customer service

This is vital for business as it creates customer loyalty, which is why all companies prefer you to have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Working in a shop is a great way of building these up. We’ve all experienced both good and bad customer service and, put simply, most of us will go back to a shop if we are treated in the right way. On the other hand, a bad experience will mean you, as a customer, are unlikely to set foot back in that store ever again. If you can demonstrate customer service experience and skills, you will be a step ahead of those who have never worked in a shop. Some blue chip companies value this so much they state that you have to have at least two months’ customer service experience before they will even consider you. So, remember to highlight this skill on your CV.

 

Commercial awareness

Working in a shop gives you  a valuable insight into how a business operates and how commercial decisions are made. It also gives you the chance to show you have some top business acumen, if you come up with any commercially savvy ideas, that help to boost profit margins while you are there. Were  the ideas taken on and did they make a difference? If you can show that you were thinking in a commercially aware way, then this will prove your burgeoning business skills to any potential employer.

Working under pressure

Staying calm and focussed while you have a queue of people waiting and an irate customer shouting about a shoddy item is all great experience of being able to work under pressure. Give an example on your CV of how you dealt with the situation and how you managed to prioritise without losing your cool. Being able to multi-task when deadlines are looming is a business staple, so proving you can demonstrate these skills will make you a strong candidate. Remember the most challenging circumstances you’ve faced in your retail career and how you overcame them, as they’ll no doubt come in handy during a job interview one day.

 

Working smart

Showing that you are punctual by turning up to work on time, that you dress appropriately and that you are reliable, are all good indicators that you would be a worthy employee. Also being able to juggle studies and part-time work successfully shows that you can time-manage effectively and prioritise well. A glowing reference from your retail employee stating your reliability and enthusiasm will put you in very good stead to gain employment from a future employee.

 

Number nous

Handling money shows you are numerate and that you are trustworthy – both of which are valuable assets. You will pick up skills working in a shop including being able to give the correct change and stock taking, which show an aptitude for numeracy – vital for working in business.

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Moving on after a career in the Military by Simon Heywood http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/moving-on-after-the-military/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/moving-on-after-the-military/#respond Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:08:29 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=16920 Having spent 17 years in the Army, the decision to leave a career that I relished was one I did not take lightly in 2007.  I was confident that my skills and experience would transfer to a civilian role but, ... Read More

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Having spent 17 years in the Army, the decision to leave a career that I relished was one I did not
take lightly in 2007.  I was confident that my skills and experience would transfer to a civilian role but, unlike the Armed Forces where to a greater extent your career path is mapped out for you, deciding on which industry sector or indeed the type of role I should apply for was a whole new responsibility.  Exciting, yes; challenging, certainly and if I am honest, also a little bit daunting.

My first position was with a management consultancy where I specialised in local authority projects. I enjoyed the combination of working in the public services industry for a private sector provider, something that attracted me to my current role as Chief Operating Officer for Commercial Services.  We are a large organisation and my principal role is to lead our Direct Services Division, which includes landscaping and grounds maintenance, waste management, vehicle services, facilities management, community equipment and fire equipment maintenance services. Our public and private sector customers range from individuals requiring specialist health care equipment to organisations reliant on us to keep their emergency response vehicles on the road.  Consequently the skills and experience our staff possess are as diverse as the needs of the customers we serve.

We employ over 700 people in a variety of roles and while we do not recruit specifically from the Armed Forces, we have a significant number of staff or their partners who come from that background.  Like the Army there is a great camaraderie within Commercial Services.  I think that comes about by people being valued for the job they are doing and that we make a difference to people’s lives, be they school children playing on a playing field we have just cut and marked out or elderly people able to stay in their own home because of the equipment we have provided and installed for them.  A very similar public service work ethic as the Armed Forces.

I asked some of our team if having been a member of the Armed Forces was a positive factor in their subsequent career path and their comments included:

“For me personally, being ex-Forces was a very positive influence in gaining employment and has been in my working life since”

“Military wives can be undervalued as members of the workforce because of the finite time period we are able to be employed due to our constant moving and changing of jobs. I have a lot to offer an employer and I am also proud to say my husband is a soldier.”

I also asked them what they would advise Armed Forces personnel who are leaving and going through the transition process.  They all agreed that the transition and resettlement courses were very useful and that you should make the most of them.  Plan early was the overriding comment.

I also asked our in-house Recruitment Division, Connect2Staff, what they would advise ex-service men and women looking for new careers. Their advice included:

1. List the skills you have learned and identify the ones that are transferable.

2. Understand and research the company you are applying for, tailor your CV accordingly with relevant points on the job advertisement.

3. Remember many employers see a military background as an asset, expecting a good work ethic and organisational skills.

4. Just because you do not have knowledge of a certain sector, do not be put off. Industry knowledge is not always necessary and some employers prefer to train people from scratch.

5. Keep at it and do not be disheartened, it’s a tough job market for all.  Persistence pays off.

6. Offer to spend sometime in a business in your own time, this could be as part of your resettlement period, to demonstrate your skills.

For more advice or details of nationwide vacancies, call Connect2Staff on 0845 5196913 or visit www.connect2staff.co.uk. We have also produced a factsheet and if you would like a copy, email forces@commercialservices.org.uk.

Good luck!

By Simon Heywood – Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Services

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Things to consider when searching for a job in the education sector http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/things-to-consider-when-searching-for-a-job-in-the-education-sector/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/things-to-consider-when-searching-for-a-job-in-the-education-sector/#respond Wed, 07 May 2014 10:57:29 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=16817 For many teachers and newly qualified education candidates, the job hunting process can be both time consuming and potentially daunting. But how can you best prepare for this in order to set yourself up for success?

 

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For many teachers and newly qualified education candidates, the job hunting process can be both time consuming and potentially daunting. But how can you best prepare for this in order to set yourself up for success?

 

Consider your online presence

Social media can be a highly useful tool to find your new role. For example, not only can Twitter be a great source of up-to-date job listings, but it’s also a good platform to network and research relevant information. There are a vast number of teachers taking part in Twitter debates and these public conversations will provide a fantastic platform for a candidate to gain real insight into the world of teaching from those with first-hand experience of the environment. There are live chats nearly every night of the week, each dedicated to a different specialism, so review the conversations and take part where relevant. There is also a group of tweeting teachers known as ‘tweachers’ who are great to follow and engage with in order to build your network and identify possible job opportunities.

Remember though, that it’s vital to carefully monitor your online presence. Ensure that your security settings are up to date and that any posts made are private where relevant. If contributing to public debates, take a considered approach to what you’re saying. Remember that once something is posted on social media it is available to anyone, at any time, and anything potentially damaging could have an impact on your career should a future employer, pupil or even a student’s parent, stumble across it.

 

Seek expert help

It’s important to bear in mind that many head teachers will use an external supplier for the initial stage of candidate sourcing, particularly if these partners are able to assist with safeguarding assessments of teaching professionals. As such, it is valuable to not only be aware of advertised jobs, but also which resourcing experts are likely to have the connections that could be of use for you and your career.

Remember as well that external suppliers will also be able to support you in the job hunting process, including helping prepare for the interview, providing tips on making your CV stand out from the crowd and offering advice on how to grow your network.

 

Set aside time to do your interview prep

Once you’ve secured that all important interview, your efforts shouldn’t stop there. It’s important to set aside time to do the detailed preparation for the interview itself which will obviously include a run through of a lesson plan and an observation. In order to be fully ready to shine during this part of the process, ensure you plan a lesson format that you are comfortable and confident with. Remember to including timings in the plan and print off at least three copies in case there is more than one observer.

It’s also important to consider your approach for a possible student tour of the school. Remember that this is, in fact, a part of the interview process and pupils will feedback to the head teacher on how they found you and whether they feel you would fit in. As such, remember to be attentive, engage with the students, and prepare a set of questions specifically targeted at pupils.

 


About the author

Azam Mohammed is Managing Director of Capita Education Resourcing. The company specialises in providing a comprehensive range of recruitment solutions and added value services to the education sector. Its national network of offices ensures that it can provide customers with a fast and effective service, responsive to their local needs whilst being able to find its candidates jobs throughout the UK. For further information please visit: http://www.capitaeducation.co.uk/

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New research shows female graduates increasingly seeking careers in male-dominated job sectors http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/new-research-shows-female-graduates-increasingly-seeking-careers-in-male-dominated-job-sectors/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/new-research-shows-female-graduates-increasingly-seeking-careers-in-male-dominated-job-sectors/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 11:10:02 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=16806 Propensity for male graduates to look for careers in traditionally female-dominated job sectors has fallen over the last decade.

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Propensity for male graduates to look for careers in traditionally female-dominated job sectors has fallen over the last decade.

New research from graduate-jobs.com, the largest independent graduate jobs board in the UK, reveals that female graduates are increasingly seeking careers in traditionally male-dominated job sectors. Analysis of the career preferences of nearly 600,000 graduate job-seekers over the last decade shows that more female graduates are seeking to work in job sectors such as Engineering; Utilities (eg Energy and Telecoms); and Manufacturing and Production.

However the same can’t be said for male graduates. Graduate-jobs.com’s data shows that the propensity for male graduates to look for careers in traditionally female-dominated job sectors has fallen over the last decade. This trend is most pronounced in Secretarial & Business Administration, a sector where female graduates’ dominance has risen by nearly 5 per cent since 2003, meaning currently just 25 per cent of graduates looking for jobs in the sector are male.

The career sectors demonstrating the most dominant preference by females are in Secretarial & Business Administration; Charities; and Languages. The sectors demonstrating the most dominant preference by males are Engineering; Sport and Recreation; and Utilities (eg Energy and Telecoms).

The results build on previous research conducted by graduate-jobs.com which shows that [1]the gender pay gap starts at university, as more male graduates than female graduates choose careers in industry sectors that pay higher salaries.

op five sectors preferred by female graduates – 2013

Sector % of male graduates % of female graduates % change in the proportion of malegraduates since 2003
1st Secretarial & Business Admin 24.32 % 75.77 % Decrease of 4.36 %
2nd Charities 29.84 % 70.16 % Decrease of 3.50 %
3rd Languages 31.32 % 68.68 % Decrease of 3.27 %
4th Health 33.75 % 66.25 % Decrease of 2.98 %
5th Travel & Hospitality 34.15 % 65.85 % Decrease of 5.25 %

Top five sectors preferred by male graduates – 2013

Sector % of male graduates % of female graduates % change in the proportion of femalegraduates since 2003
1st Engineering 80.68% 19.32% Increase of 2.37%
2nd Sport & Recreation 74.64% 25.36 % Decrease of 6.36%
3rd Utilities (eg Energy & Telecoms) 71.87 % 28.13 % Increase of 1.05 %
4th Architecture & Construction 70.04 % 29.96 % Decrease of 0.07 %
5th Manufacturing & Production 69.20 % 30.80 % Increase of 1.07 %

The research shows that as technology has become a more prominent part of everyday life since 2003, the dominance of males looking for jobs in Digital Media, IT and Computing has subsided from 71.89 per cent in 2003 to 65.78 per cent in 2013. This puts the sector outside of the top five in terms of the scale of gender disparity in career preferences.

Gerry Wyatt, Operations Director at graduate-jobs.com, said, “Increasingly female graduates are looking to work in traditionally male-dominated areas, showing that efforts to combat the gender career divide are working for women. For example, despite male graduates constituting 80 per cent of the graduates looking to begin a career in Engineering, the percentage of female graduates looking for jobs in that section has risen steadily since 2003. Many employers are looking for career-driven women in sectors primarily populated by men, such as banking, engineering, telecoms, IT and sales. These recruiters often advertise on the female focused graduate-women.com.”

“However, the graduate-jobs.com data shows that male graduates are progressively more hesitant to consider roles in female-dominated job sectors, such as in HR, Secretarial and Business Administration, or Health. Career advisors at schools and universities must ensure that they provide students with relevant information on the enormous number of career opportunities available. More resources need to be committed to helping men overcome the barriers that prevent them pursuing careers in female-dominated industries. There are high-quality careers which many simply aren’t considering, perhaps owing to a perception that their gender precludes them from applying. They mustn’t let a misapprehension close any doors as they look to begin their careers. Encouraging more men into female-dominated job sectors has the knock-on effect of easing competition women face entering male-dominated sectors.”

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Are you considering a career as a carer? http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/are-you-considering-a-career-as-a-carer/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/are-you-considering-a-career-as-a-carer/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 11:07:46 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=16803 Becoming a carer is an extremely fulfilling career, but it’s not by any means an easy job. It requires a lot of of patience and understanding, and knowing that you are responsible for ensuring that residents are comfortable and properly ... Read More

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Becoming a carer is an extremely fulfilling career, but it’s not by any means an easy job. It requires a lot of of patience and understanding, and knowing that you are responsible for ensuring that residents are comfortable and properly cared for.

The fundamental attributes of a good carer are:

  • Professionalism at all times
  • Patience
  • Being a good listener

If you are willing to learn, care about improving other peoples’ lives and have a positive attitude, your skills will come together to give you an excellent grounding in best practice in care.

The role of a carer is to make a difference to the everyday lives of people by enhancing their wellbeing through practical and personal care and emotional support, whilst respecting their dignity and promoting their independence.

You will enhance our people’s lives through a variety of methods, whether it’s cooking or gardening, singing and dancing, or just reading and talking, you will help them keep living the life they love.

As a carer, you will be reliable, friendly and professional and a team player with great communication skills and a flexible approach to work.  Experience isn’t essential as you will be trained and given the opportunity to complete your professional qualifications in Health/Social Care if required.

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. They have 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of their homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. Each of their Homes provide comfort and care to people with dementia, following an assessment of their needs.

They employ over 1,500 members of staff at 17 different locations across England and Wales and offer a range of career opportunities including full-time, part-time, bank and voluntary roles.

Whether you work as a Care Worker, Domestic, Laundry/Kitchen Assistant, Administrator or Management, making sure residents, their families and friends feel welcome and cared for is at the heart of what they do.

They believe that great care starts with great people, so RMBI are always looking for people to work with them.

If you think this might be for you, then check out their current vacancies here.  

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Are you employable? http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/are-you-employable/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/are-you-employable/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:26:51 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=15602 There are London places up for grabs at two-day coaching session, 7 & 8th March 2014

Eyes Wide Opened will run an action-packed practical Friday/Saturday course with a difference to help young career-seekers ask and answer not just “What do you want ... Read More

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There are London places up for grabs at two-day coaching session, 7 & 8th March 2014

Eyes Wide Opened will run an action-packed practical Friday/Saturday course with a difference to help young career-seekers ask and answer not just “What do you want to do?” but “Who are you and what do you stand for?”

Turning the approach to job-seeking on its head, first class coaches from business and the arts will help you uncover the unique combination of six ‘signature strengths’ that set you apart from all the other experienced, well-qualified jobseekers. By the end of the two days, you’ll have created a ‘living landscape’ (a visual representation of who you are and what you have to offer), you’ll have gained clarity on your direction in life, and you’ll be a massive step closer to identifying the kind of work that’ll really make you tick.

Eyes Wide Opened (EWO) is a social enterprise that helps graduates, undergraduates and school-leavers find direction and improve their employability. Co-founder Alastair Creamer said today:

“We think young people and even their advisers might be asking the wrong question with ‘What do you want to do?’ For most people, the answer will be little more than a stab in the dark until they’ve been given the time and space to reflect on a broader question: “Who am I, what do I stand for, and what’s important to me?”

You’ll probably spend at least 10,000 days of your life working, and whether this hefty chunk of time becomes a) a sacrifice necessary to fund your real life, or b) a fulfilling, enjoyable part of life, depends on the choices you make now. The better you know yourself, the better you’ll be able to seek and choose paths and opportunities that make you tick and have you bouncing out of bed each morning.”

The course will take place in London Bridge, costs £200 and will feature one-to one time on both days as well as intensive small group sessions.

To apply, please email your completed application form (downloadable here) to apply@ewopened.com

Rave reviews from 2012/2013 courses

  • “My days with EWO have been like a launching pad to move forward in my life. I feel equipped, I feel empowered, I feel confident. Everybody should do this course. No matter what stage of your life you’re at, you can get something from [it].” Alanna
  • “Without EWO I wouldn’t have had the confidence in myself to pursue something that seemed out of my depth. Every day that I use the skills you taught me. It was the most useful thing I’ve ever done.” Ella
  • “I’ve been in education since I was 6 and secondary school since I was 12, and all this direction has happened in 3 days. Sarah
  • “10 years from now many of us will look back at those make or break moments in our lives. The days I spent with Eyes Wide Opened will be at the top of my list.” Abs
  • “My experience at EWO helped me secure an internship at Barclays bank” Richard

How will you spend your 10,000 working days?

For real-life case studies and more info, visit www.ewopened.com

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New app means you can now quit your job with a text message http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/new-app-means-you-can-now-quit-your-job-with-a-text-message/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/new-app-means-you-can-now-quit-your-job-with-a-text-message/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:13:03 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=15573 Now, the rules state that you should never break up with someone via text message, but no one said anything about quitting your job. Handing in your notice can be very awkward, as well as extremely nerve-wracking. Not everyone has the ... Read More

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Now, the rules state that you should never break up with someone via text message, but no one said anything about quitting your job. Handing in your notice can be very awkward, as well as extremely nerve-wracking. Not everyone has the time to do a viral YouTube video, so designers have developed an app which allows employees to quit their jobs, without even having to be in the same building as their bosses!

The Quit Your Job app, available now for iPhone, is obviously meant as a tongue-in-cheek gesture, of course, but could also be used legitimately provided your boss has a really great sense of humour.

And here’s the description that comes with it:

Are you sick of paper pushing? Tired of cubicle kvetching? Ready to quit, but dreading those awkward parting words? Finally, an app that lets you terminate your employment with just a few taps.

Once you decide it’s time to quit, the app gives you three options to send within a message.

1. I’m sick of the corporate world

2. I want to get rich

3. I found a new job.

After that, you sit back and let technology do what you were too scared to do in person.

The team behind BreakUp Text teamed with job-matching company TheLadders to produce this one — so after you send your resignation text, you’ll then be prompted to begin searching for a new position. And if you decide you hate that one too, you can just fire up the app and do it all over again!

We’re not convinced this is the best way to go about leaving your job, especially if you expect a shining reference after, but it’s certainly funny if you think your boss can take it!

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Long-term unemployed inspired to find work in January http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/long-term-unemployed-inspired-to-find-work-in-january/ http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/long-term-unemployed-inspired-to-find-work-in-january/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:52:49 +0000 http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com/?p=15565 Long-term unemployed people rely heavily on careers advice and support during January according to new research released by the National Careers Service.

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Long-term unemployed people rely heavily on careers advice and support during January according to new research released by the National Careers Service.

Fifty per cent of careers advisers questioned by the National Careers Service reported more demand from long-term unemployed for inspiration, advice and guidance at this time of year. In addition, over half (60%) of advisers report that people vow to make changes to their professional lives at the start of the New Year.

More than three quarters (77%) of advisers say that January is the time of the year, when people need most help from the National Careers Service. Data from the National Careers Service also shows that advisers received over 20,000 calls in January 2013.

The most common request for assistance is for help to develop a CV, with nearly three quarters of careers advisers (71%) asked for advice and tips on CV building. This is in addition to 55% of advisers reporting that people ask for advice on finding a new job after seasonal positions end, while 52% contact advisers to enquire about changing their careers during this period.

Generally, careers advisers report the areas of work of most interest to job-hunters in January are retail, social care and hospitality. According to the research, people are likely to look for aspirational careers and those that offer the best long term training options.

Additional new data from ICM also reveals that among those who are in work but looking for a change in job, the top sources of inspiration for a new post are more money (42%) and better training and development packages (27%). [2]

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said:

“The National Careers Service provides sound advice and inspiration to people at any stage of their career, from those starting out, to those wishing to progress to the next level.

“With a record number of jobs available, the National Careers Service provides guidance to help people into productive careers that benefit not only themselves and the businesses they work for, but also the country’s economy giving us the ability to continue growing from a stable platform.”

The National Careers Service “Here for You” campaign will use simple, engaging and relevant YouTube videos delivered through the National Careers Service social media channels, to provide people with a tangible action plan to meet their career objectives.

National Careers Service Adviser Tracey Bell added:

“Most people expect to have a bit of a break in January, as businesses are often a little slow during this month – but for careers advisers it’s the busiest time of year!

“Many people use the Christmas break to assess and re-evaluate what is important to them and this often leads to a shift and change in priorities. The reassessment can be in all parts of life, one of which is often work.

“I would advise anyone who is thinking of changing their career to consider their strengths and what they enjoy. The New Year is a particularly good time to do this as Christmas can provide some time for a pause. January is then the perfect time to set into action the ideas you planned during the festive break. Advisers from the National Careers Service are on hand – online, over the phone or face-to-face – to help with this process and next steps.”

Denise Parry from Gosport who found a renewed confidence and changed her career path with help from the National Careers Service said:

“I had worked my way up to a position as a facilities manager when I found out I was being made redundant in 2010. I had been unemployed for three years and often felt a bit low before I contacted the National Careers Service.

“However, I decided to focus on the positives and be really proactive with my job search. I wasn’t quite sure of my options but my careers adviser was very friendly and helped me to revamp my CV and believe in myself again. With their support I approached a number of local employers and within no time I had secured a role as an internal temp at Portsmouth Council.”

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January is one of the bleakest months of the year – the mornings are still dark as you leave for work and the sun disappears again over the horizon as early as 4pm, before you’ve even thought about shutting down your PC and heading home.  What’s more, the Christmas festivities are over and there are months of gloomy winter days ahead.

No wonder that January is the time when many people are struck down by the winter blues, which can often have a negative impact on our working lives, leaving us feeling deflated, lacking in motivation and questioning whether we’re in the right job.  It’s no surprise that around 42 per cent of British adults start looking for a new job in January, with the majority starting their search on the first Monday back in the office, according to research.

Is when we’re feeling de-motivated and lacking in energy really the best time to jump ship?  Surely it’s wiser to wait until the spring when most of us are bound to have, well, more of spring in our step!  The answer depends on whether you just need a little boost to get you back on track and out of the winter doldrums or whether you are genuinely unhappy in your current role. The question is: is it the job or is it you?

If you suspect it’s you, there are ways and means of regaining your motivation and putting some enthusiasm and direction back into your working life.

Start by speaking with your manager about how you can make changes to your job to make it more challenging and allow you to be more productive.  Consider whether you can collaborate with different people or even transfer to a different team or department.  You may be surprised about how open to ideas your employer can be, simply by having that discussion.

Next, get organised – there’s nothing more demoralising than a backlog of emails and an overflowing pile of work.  Plan what you need to do and create a to-do list, then focus entirely on the task in hand.  Don’t avoid jobs that don’t appeal – tackling that challenging or boring task and ticking it off your to-do list first will give you a sense of fulfilment to attack the rest.

Finally, learn to switch off. When you finish for the day, leave your work worries in the office.

If you’ve taken stock and can’t see any hope of improving your current role, then January may indeed be an ideal time to make the change.  The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to re-assess your goals for the coming year.  Decide what it is you want out of a new position and use your renewed focus to drive your job search.  Don’t rule out a contract or interim role if you’re not sure what path you want to take, it could be the perfect opportunity to take that leap.

With employers renewing their recruitment budgets for 2014 and a more positive outlook for the economy as a whole, a new job for a new year could be the boost you need.

 

Jodie Finn, Venn Group

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