7 Find Jobs in Leicester and the East Midlands Careers and Employment Support www.dmu.ac.uk/careers Before You Start This information should be read in conjunction with ‘Career Success Guide No.5: Finding Information on Employers in the East Midlands Find Graduate Jobs’ and the ‘AGCAS Special Interest Series booklet: Job Seeking Strategies’. Both provide general information on graduate job search Chambers of Commerce nationally and are available to take away from the Student Services Centre. These are business membership organisations representing employers at local Why Work Locally/Regionally? and regional levels. Their websites can provide useful information on potential employers, particularly SMEs. For a list covering the East Midlands and beyond go to www.chamberofcommerce.co.uk then click on ‘find your chamber’. The East Midlands covers the counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland - and there are All the regional chambers of commerce websites have a ‘Database of Members’ many reasons to work here. For some people the choice is based on personal to help you identify local employers. circumstances and the wish to be close to family and friends. Other people seek the opportunities the region offers to work in a target sector or with a key Other websites employer. Before making a decision about where you want to work, it is important to consider your reasons and the impact your decision might have on These often list potential employers by city, county or region and include those your future career prospects. listed in the ‘Why work locally/regionally?’ section (above), those listed in ‘Career Success No.5: Find Graduate Jobs’ and the following: Opportunities in the East Midlands cover most creative, industrial, commercial and public sector occupations, and the section on ‘Who are the Potential • www.yell.com Graduate Employers?’ (below) lists some of the key employment sectors. • www.countyweb.com For information on the current and predicted changes in regional and local • www.great-british-pages.co.uk/ employment check the following websites: • www.matren.co.uk • www.emda.org.uk • www.lsep.co.uk Public Sector Employers in the East Midlands • www.lsint.info/ • www.eastmidlandsobservatory.org.uk These include some of the largest regional and local employers covering central and local government. Such organisations recruit to a wide range of jobs, from general administration and general graduate trainee positions to specialist Deciding Where You Could Work in the East Midlands – Your occupations including environmental health and social work. Travel-to-Work Area For a national perspective on public sector opportunities check the following websites: As a part of planning your job-search strategy you need to decide on your travel- to-work area – the parts of Leicester, or the other towns and cities you would be • www.jobsgopublic.com willing and able to commute to on a daily basis. This will depend on whether you can drive and have a car, the availability of public transport or car-sharing • www.lgjobs.com opportunities, how long you are prepared to spend commuting, and the likely costs. For a regional perspective go to: Use a road atlas to check out the main centres of population you could travel to. These may include Leicestershire towns including Hinckley and Loughborough • www.lg-em.gov.uk and regional cities including Derby, Nottingham and Coventry. Find out the travel For local government jobs in Leicestershire go to: times by road, rail and bus using the contact details below. You may also be able to check your travel-to-work information with personal contacts who are • www.leicester.gov.uk Leicester City Council doing the same journey daily. • www.leics.gov.uk Leicestershire County Council National Rail Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk • www.leics.police.uk Tel 0845 748 4950 Leicestershire Constabulary (Police) National Bus Enquiries www.traveline.org.uk • www.leicestershire-fire.gov.uk/ Tel 0871 200 2233 Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Who Are the Potential Graduate Employers? For district and borough council contact details see Potential employers in the East Midlands range from small and medium • www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk enterprises (SMEs), with up to 250 employees, to large multinationals. Around 57% of East Midlands employees work for SMEs which are widely predicted to be the main growth organisations for graduate employment. For information on working in SMEs see www.prospects.ac.uk, click on ‘Jobs and Work’, then For NHS jobs see www.jobs.nhs.uk, then click on ‘Employer list’ for contact ‘Explore jobs sectors’, then ‘SMEs’. details of NHS trusts within the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority. Key regional employment sectors and major employers include the following: Large public sector employers may publish their current vacancies through print • Food and drink: Samworth Brothers, Northern Foods, Pedigree Masterfoods, vacancy bulletins (often held at public libraries and Job Centre Plus) or have PepsiCo their own online job shop. For example Leicester City Council’s online recruitment system can be found at https://secure.leicester.gov.uk • Creative industries: NEXT, BBC, MATV • Engineering: Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Toyota, Caterpillar, Cosworth Regional Graduate Training Programmes Racing • Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical instrument manufacture: Astra- The schemes listed below provide an opportunity to gain relevant experience Zeneca, Boots, 3M Healthcare and skills by working for local or regional employers and may lead to permanent • Banking and Finance: Alliance and Leicester, Capital One, Egg, Experian. employment. Many of the placement opportunities are likely to be with SMEs. • Getonwithgraduates www.gowg.co.uk Student Services . . . we’re supporting you. Offers placements and 12 month graduate positions across the region covering To identify other regional recruitment agencies check the following websites: roles that include business, IT/technical and design. • www.ukwebstart.com/listjobsleicester.html • Graduate Gateway www.lboro.ac.uk/business/kt/graduategateway/ • www.rec.uk.com Offers 26 week business improvement assignments to graduates in companies across the region. • www.yell.com • step enterprise www.stepenterprise.co.uk Offers placement and recruitment programmes for students and graduates. The Careers and Recruitment Fairs database, which includes permanent vacancies, placement opportunities and internships, can be searched using a range of criteria including region and job Student and graduate recruitment fairs are an excellent way to meet local, sector. regional and national employers. At DMU the main events include: • Success Matrix www.successmatrix.co.uk • The Leicestershire Student and Graduate Fair – held in November at Offers graduates permanent roles, project work and short term placements in Leicester City Football Club, is the largest recruitment fair in the East companies throughout Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. Midlands. It is run jointly by DMU and the University of Leicester with over 90 companies exhibiting at the fair. • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships www.ktponline.org.uk • FAME – Fashion, Arts, Media, East Midlands is aimed at students and Offers graduates 12 to 36 month placement opportunities across the UK graduates interested in working in the creative industries, with organisations generally in business, technology or design. For information on DMU from areas such as television and radio, multi-media design, advertising, opportunities with KTP see: fashion design and performing arts. FAME takes place in March and provides an excellent opportunity to network with experienced practitioners www.dmu.ac.uk/partnerships/consultancy/innovation_centre/kt/index.jsp in the region. • Part-time and work experience fairs – these are targeted events which Regional Graduate Vacancies take place in the autumn and spring terms and focus on companies that offer vacation, part-time and voluntary work. Log on to the ‘calendar of events’ section of our website at www.dmu.ac.uk/careers for specific dates Your job search should include as many relevant vacancy sources as possible, and further information. but also be targeted at sector websites, journals etc covering the particular For information on other graduate careers fairs see www.prospects.ac.uk. career you aim to enter. The ‘AGCAS Sector Briefings’ provide essential sector information and are available to take away from the Student Services Centre For information on local careers fairs organised by Jobs Centre Plus see and on www.prospects.ac.uk, click on ‘Jobs and work’, then ‘Explore job www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk Click on ‘View Local Events’. sectors’. The following general vacancy sources are all important for sector- targeted job search. Further Help in Planning Your Regional Job Search Strategy Regional Websites Careers advisers at The Careers Service can help you identify potential employers in Leicester and the East Midlands. Use the ASK Here 9-5 drop-in • DMUworks is DMU’s free online jobsite exclusively for DMU students and service which runs from Monday to Friday in Gateway House (Ground Floor). graduates. Whether you are looking for graduate, part-time, vacation, voluntary or placement opportunities in the region, log on to www.dmu.ac.uk/dmuworks. DMUworks has an e-mail job alert function which means that any relevant vacancies can be sent to you the very next day. • Other university careers services will publish their own vacancy information which may be on open access or closed websites. See www.prospects.ac.uk (click on ‘Your Uni Careers Service’) for contact details and then phone the careers services to check the vacancy information they can provide. • graddtobusiness is a regional online resource providing a brokerage service to SMEs. Student/graduate registration at www.graddtobusiness.org.uk gives access to key regional employment programmes and student/graduate vacancy information. • em-grad online www.ntu.ac.uk/emgrad/ - essential website for graduates seeking work in the East Midlands. For vacancy information, click on ‘Searching for suitable opportunities’. National graduate jobsearch websites often include regional search facilities. You can use the Prospects website at www.prospects.ac.uk to find East Midlands vacancies by selecting ‘Search Job Vacancies’ and then ‘Add locations’. Local newspapers For Leicester Mercury vacancies see www.leicestermercury.co.uk or the Jobs feature on Wednesdays. Also see www.wrx.zen.co.uk or www.fish4jobs.co.uk for links to other local, regional and national newspapers. Recruitment Consultants and Employment Agencies Hot Prospects – East Midlands Recruitment Service at www.hotprospects.org.uk provides access to job vacancies in the East Midlands and enables you to build a profile which can be viewed by employers. Jobcentreplus is a key source of local and regional vacancies. Check www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk for a list of locations and for local/regional vacancies. Phone 0845 606 0234 to contact the ‘Job Seeker Direct’ vacancy service. Student Services . . . we’re supporting you. Career Success Guides – Titles in the Series CS1 – A Quick Guide to Your Careers Service CS2 – Plan Your Career CS3 – Find Out About Occupations CS4 – Get Part-time Jobs and Work Experience CS5 – Find Graduate Jobs CS6 – Apply for Jobs CS7 – Find Jobs in Leicester and the East Midlands CS8 – Find Jobs in the UK: Essentials for International Students Contact Details Careers Student Services Centre Ground Floor, Gateway House The Gateway Leicester LE1 9BH Telephone: 0116 257 7595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dmu.ac.uk OUR AIM: To provide you with careers information, advice and vacancies and to help you develop the skills you need to gain employmen Student Services . . . we’re supporting you.