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									SLGGS Careers Bulletin 13 November 2009
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Connexions would like to invite you to be members of the Canterbury Young                       Weekly Bulletin
Person‟s Focus Group. The meeting is to be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 26                     Or SUBSCRIBE!
November at the Connexions Access Point, 40a/41 Dover Street in                     send an email, with the subject “careers
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Canterbury. Connexions is an independent support, advice and guidance
service for all young people aged 13 – 19 and they are looking for your input
on what improvements could be made to the service; how accessible you
think it is to all young people; whether you feel Canterbury is lacking any
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details. Remember that being a member of the Canterbury Young Person‟s            graduate employment market and includes
Focus Group will look good on your CV and personal statement! Please notify       a wealth of useful information and articles
                                                                                  across 26 subjects to show what graduates
Mrs Shieber in the Connexions Library if you would like to attend the meeting     went on to do
as soon as possible.                                                              The Year in Industry: Case studies,
                                                                                  booklets and information about YINI – the
                                                                                  leading student placement experts.
So What Next After A Levels? Where do you Begin?                                  Round Up: Newsletter from the University
If you are really stuck for ideas, Mrs Shieber has produced a two-page            of Portsmouth
                                                                                  Flavour: newsletter from Northumbria
document with information on how to get started, advice on where to look and      University with stories about graduate
guidance on how to go about choosing which degree programme might be              successes, information on new courses and
right for you. It‟s available from the Careers section of the Online Curriculum   “A Day in the Life” section
on the Intranet or from the school website at                                     Sparsholt College, Hampshire: further                  education course guide 2010
                                                                                  History & Philosophy of Art: brochure
                                                                                  from the University of Kent
New Unique Degree: BSc Rehabilitation Engineering – No                            Engineering at the University of
                                                                                  Greenwich: brochure from the School of
Course Fees!                                                                      Engineering
Coventry University‟s Health Design and Technology Institute are introducing
a new BSc in Rehabilitation Engineering with all course fees being paid by the    LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION
NHS for successful applicants. Rehabilitation Engineering is an interesting       Languages and Careers
and varied career which will appeal to students who have an interest in both      Language graduates find
engineering and healthcare, and who have the ambition to apply their skills in    employment in many different
an area of real social value. The course has been developed in collaboration      fields. The ability to speak another
with the NHS, so place numbers are limited to meet the future workforce           language is a key employment
planning needs. This should ensure good employment prospects. Visit               skill. This is true for business for more information
                                                                                  executives, international sales
                                                                                  people and all workers. It is likely
LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION:          Jobless Graduates Increase 44%                that many people, regardless of
Graduate unemployment has increased by 44% in 12 months and is now at its         what their jobs are or where they
highest for 12 years, according to research released in November. Some            are working, will encounter
7.9% of students who left university in 2008 were out of work in January, the     situations where language skills
Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) found, up from 5.5% the            are useful. This is particularly true
previous year. HECSU warned the picture could be even worse for those             in the expanding European Union;
graduating this year. The last time levels of joblessness were so high was in     as the number of countries in the
1995-96. The research found that recruitment in the public sector bucked the      European Union grows, so does
downward graduate employment trend, with the number of graduates entering         the number of people coming here
healthcare, teaching and social work increasing. But architecture and building    to the UK and the opportunities
graduates were particularly badly hit, reflecting the slump in the construction   which are available to us in Europe
industry, with unemployment nearly tripling from 2.9% in 2007 to 8.5% for         expand as well. Languages are an
those who left in 2008. The proportion of civil engineering graduates without a   important basic skill like numeracy
job increased from 2.4% to 7%.The proportion of graduates employed in             and literacy. The UK economy is
business or financial work fell to 7.5%, compared with 8.7% the year before.      increasingly interlinked with
And the number working as financial and investment advisers or mortgage           Europe and the wider world: 57%
consultants dropped 19%, with only 1,700 of the 220,065 graduates surveyed        of the total British trade is with the
getting that kind of job, compared with 2,100 in 2007.Among those who             EU; British companies exported
revealed how much they earned, the average salary was £19,677 -“ up 2%            approx 150 billion pounds worth of
from 2007. (From article by Kathryn Hopkins, The Guardian, 2/11/09)               goods to the EU in 2006
SLGGS Careers Bulletin 13 November 2009
                                                                                   LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION:
Nursing to Become Graduate Entry                                                   Prospects for Graduates
From the BBC News website: All new nurses in England from 2013 will have           Approximately 50-60% of all
to spend at least three years being trained to degree level, the Department of     graduate jobs in the UK are open
Health has announced. The move will help nurses meet the increasingly              to graduates of any discipline.
complex needs of patients more safely and effectively, it said. The extra one      Therefore, a tremendous range of
or two years of training needed for nurses to obtain a degree will include a       opportunities are open to
focus on gaining experience in community health teams. The move follows a          graduates that are not necessarily
recommendation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The NMC, the                linked to their course of study. This
regulatory body for nurses, is developing new standards for nurse education,       does not mean you shouldn‟t give
which it plans to announce next autumn. The new standards for nursing              careful consideration to which
education will be introduced across the UK from 2013. Current training             university course you wish to do.
involves a combination of theoretical and practical work as nurses work            You should be equally aware that
towards a diploma, but the new standards, which are open to consultation, will     for many jobs, obtaining a specific
include a focus on giving students community health experience. Trainees will      degree is essential. To research
also shadow school health nurses and district nurses who work with people in       career options go to
their own homes. Health Minister for England Ann Keen said: "Nurses are the,
largest single profession within the health service, and are critical to the       and for more information on your
delivery of high quality healthcare. Degree-level education will provide new       degree choices go to
nurses with the decision-making skills they need to make high-level      
judgements in the transformed NHS." The Chief Nursing Officer, Christine           Gaining work experience is highly
Beasley, said: "We need to make sure that not only do nurses need to care          valued by employers and also
and have compassion, but they also need to have real ability to think, to make     provides the insight and
critical decisions and have technical skills. What we're doing now is to look to   opportunity to find out first hand
the future, to make sure we are preparing nurses to do the very best they can      what that sector or role is really all
for our patients and community." Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the         about. This will help you decide if it
Royal College of Nursing (RCN), called the move "an important and historic         is the right path for you to follow. It
development". He said: "All nurses need to put quality care at the centre of       can dramatically improve your
what they do, and they also need extensive knowledge, analytical skills and        chances of finding a good career
experience to work in a range of settings."Many nursing roles are demanding        after university as work experience
and involve increasingly advanced levels of practice and clinical knowledge."      and many other extra curricular
Dr Carter said the move was not designed to restrict entry to the nursing          activities, are an excellent way of
profession. "We must ensure that the door to nursing continues to be as wide       evidencing and enhancing your
as possible.”                                                                      employability skills.

                                                                                   Employability skills are much
Explore Life’s Possibilities on
                                                                                   sought after by employers and the is a new website which aims to inspire and encourage young              recent report „Future Fit: Preparing
people to consider how to make the most of their potential and talent, by          graduates for the world of work‟ by
showing video clips of how others have used theirs. There are nearly 1000          CBI/Universities UK (2009),
video clips that are easy to search. From telecoms engineers to police             reinforces the need for such skills
officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to        to be evidenced by graduates.
zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it‟s like, how they came to be      Launching the report, the CBI
where are and their hopes for the future. Visit to find out more.   Director General Richard Lambert
                                                                                   highlighted the importance
Advanced Apprenticeships with National Grid                                        employers place on employability
One of the UK‟s biggest engineering businesses, National Grid owns and             skills such as: self management,
maintains the „grid‟ of towers (pylons) and gas pipelines which carries energy     team working, customer
across Britain. Their Advanced Apprenticeship gives young people the skills,       awareness and problem solving,
qualifications and confidence to help look after all this technology. Find out     when recruiting graduates, “even
more at                                           more important during the
                                                                                   recession, graduates need to be
Stirling Lecture at UKC for Sixth Formers                                          better equipped to compete in the
                                                                                   increasingly tough jobs market”. At
The Stirling Lecture at UKC will be given on Tuesday 17 November, at 6.30pm
                                                                                   university you will find many ways
in the Keynes Lecture Theatre 1 (KLT1). The Stirling Lectures are held
                                                                                   of developing employability skills,
annually to help bring current anthropological ideas to a wider audience. This
                                                                                   either within your course or via
year's speaker will be Sarah Franklin, Professor of Social Studies of
                                                                                   many opportunities provided by
Biomedicine, and Associate Director of the BIOS Centre (Centre for the Study
                                                                                   different parts of the institution.
of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology andSociety) at the London School         (Information from the Association of
of Economics. Her topic is 'Biological Relatives: Kinship after Embryo Culture'.   Graduate Careers Advisory Service
                                                                                   AGCAS, September 2009)

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