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					SLGGS Careers Bulletin 18 June 2010
Enter the JobPod and Discover a Career for You!                                            Read this bulletin ONLINE!
                                                                                      Intranet: Online Curriculum > Careers
Oxford Brookes University has launched a new careers focused website for               Website: Students > Careers Dept >
young people aged 13-16. The JobPod (                            Weekly Bulletin
highlights career and higher education options specifically tailored to each                  Or SUBSCRIBE!
student‟s preferred subjects and hobbies. You select one of six fun character        send an email, with the subject “careers
                                                                                    bulletin,” to:
to represent you in the Pod and then choose your favourite subject at school
and your preferred hobbies. The Pod uses these subjects/hobbies to generate
a range of industry areas. Jobcards highlight detailed information for each
industry, including: subjects students need to take at school; higher education
                                                                                   New Publications in the
courses available; potential jobs in that area and links to useful websites        Connexions Library
including Jobs4U and UCAS. There is also an opportunity to win an IPod and         UCAS Big Guide 2011: The
other prizes.                                                                      official universities and colleges
                                                                                   entrance guide for 2011 entry is an
Medicine Pre-Application Course in July at Royal Holloway                          essential resource for all students.
                                                                                   This book provides entry
Dr Prep Ltd offer a pre-application course for students seeking to maximise
                                                                                   requirements, including the UCAS
their chances of being accepted to medical school. The course is intense,
                                                                                   tariff for nearly 50,000 higher
serious and efficient preparation for students who want to know how to get in.
                                                                                   education courses at over 300
The course content includes UCAS personal statement workshops, interview
                                                                                   institutions within the UCAS
workshops with clinicians, UKCAT workshops, work experience workshops,
presentations from junior and senior clinicians, presentations from allied
                                                                                   Engineering at the University of
medical professionals such as paramedics, nurses and physiotherapists to
                                                                                   Greenwich: Prospectus from the
reflect the enormous importance of the multidisciplinary team and a forum for
                                                                                   School of Engineering
parents. The course is held at Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey,
                                                                                   TopJobs4Girls: Careers cards
on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July. The course costs £150 with an additional
                                                                                   promoting opportunities for women
£39 for bed and breakfast accommodation and the option of a three course
                                                                                   in Engineering.
dinner on the Saturday night at £15. More details are available online at
                                                                                   Developing Your Career in
                                                                                   Surveying: Booklet from the Royal
                                                                                   Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Gap Year Guide Available Free Online                                               The Careers Guide 2010: booklet
Africa and Asia Venture have created an electronic „gap year options and           from the Oxford University Careers
advice‟ guide for students called “The AV Gap Year Guide”. It is available to      Service offering information about
download from . The 14-page guide includes a number of          internships, CVs, interviews and
case studies, ideas for fundraising, tips on safety and employability and a        showcasing the career profiles of
discussion of your options. The company is also offering a free telephone          Oxford graudates.
advice line (during office hours) on 01380 729009 giving help and advice to        Walks of Life: brochure from the
students who are interested in discussing worthwhile gap year options.             veterinary profession to highlight
                                                                                   the range and scope of careers
Courses for Students Interested in TV Makeup                                       available to veterinary graduates
                                                                                   Prague College: university
Makeup artist, Sue Sian, with 28 years experience, is offering courses for
                                                                                   prospectus available in booklet
students who wish to work in the television/fashion/media business. The
                                                                                   form and on CD
„Makeup4you Course‟ offers an introduction into the world of television
                                                                                   Occupational Therapy Career
makeup and is run over two weeks. Students can then go on to do the
                                                                                   Handbook 2011-12: booklet with
advanced course. Students have real faces to work on and will receive a basic
                                                                                   up-to-date information about a
makeup kit. They are also offered a day in a TV studio as an extra day. The
                                                                                   career in occupational therapy
advanced course covers makeup and hair for television. A further course is
                                                                                   including a listing of all the College
available in bridal makeup. Visit for more details
                                                                                   of Occupational Therapists
                                                                                   accredited courses
Kent School of Architecture Annual Exhibition                                      Laureate Hospitality Education,
Kent School of Architecture at the University of Kent are holding their annual     Les Roches International School
exhibition of student work from today until 16 July. Exit 2010 is a showcase for   of Hotel Management and Glion
the work of students studying for degrees in architecture, interior design and     Institute of Higher Education:
interior architecture. Visit for more information      university prospectuses offering
                                                                                   degrees taught in English in
Gap Year Kenya Offers Teaching Opportunities                                       Switzerland in Hospitality
                                                                                   Management, Event Management,
Students considering a career in teaching may be interested in a volunteer
                                                                                   Sport and others.
programme called Gap Year Kenya with volunteers teaching 10-12 year olds
                                                                                   Australian International Hotel
in Kenya. The trip also includes a safari in the Masai Mara. More details
                                                                                   School: prospectus
available online at The company has been set
up by a relative of former SLGGS student Flora Haynes.
SLGGS Careers Bulletin 18 June 2010
                                                                                     Occupational Therapists
                      Two Thirds of Employers Unhappy
LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION:                                                           Can Work Anywhere in the
with Young People’s Language Skills                                                  World!
71% of UK employers are dissatisfied with foreign language skills in school          All graduates from a College of
leavers, and 55% are unhappy about graduates‟ language skills, according to          Occupational Therapists‟
a new survey by the CBI. The report, which sets out what makes young                 accredited programme receive
people most employable, highlights the importance of linguistic proficiency in       recognition from the World
another language and its capacity to help build business relationships around        Federation of Occupational
the world. It also emphasises the importance of international cultural               Therapists (WFOT), giving
awareness, communication and literacy - all of which are skills that can be          graduates the opportunity to work
gained through studying a language. The CBI report also cites problem                anywhere in the world.
solving and creative thinking as key employability skills – both of which have       Occupational therapists are health
been linked to multilingualism. Research commissioned by the European                and social care professionals who
Commission shows that there is a greater potential for creativity amongst            work with people of all ages,
those who have more than one language, and that bilinguals tend to be more           helping them to carry out activities
successful in problem solving which is cognitively demanding. Kathryn Board,         that will enable them to live life
Chief Executive of CILT, the National Centre for Languages, said: „Learning a        their way. Occupational therapists
language is not just about words. It is about communication, commitment,             enjoy job satisfaction and excellent
intercultural understanding and building an ability to operate and be                prospects in a variety of clinical,
successful in a multilingual and multicultural world. It is vital that we give all   research, teaching and
young people the opportunity to develop these skills that will set them up so        management posts. More
well for the future, and allow them to be successful in an increasingly              information about the work of an
competitive global jobs market.‟ A recent report from the Office for Fair Access     occupational therapist can be
highlighted the importance of languages for gaining entrance to top                  found online at
universities, and noted that state school pupils are two and a half times less where you
likely to take a language at A level, compared with independently schooled           will find two short films streamed
pupils.                                                                              via YouTube. Mrs Shieber can
                                                                                     organise a visit from an
Taken from                                                           occupational therapist if you would
                                                                                     like one – please let her know if
Information and Advice for Future Vets                                               you are interested.
The veterinary profession has produced a new brochure called “Walks of Life”
to highlight the range and scope of careers available to veterinary graduates.       Fashion Retail Academy
The brochure is aimed at young people aged 14-18 who are interested in               The Fashion Retail Academy
finding out about careers in veterinary science. It provides information about       (FRA) was the first National Skills
the role of the vet in its widest sense and on the career choices open to those      Academy to be opened in the UK
who enter the profession. It also outlines the range of entry and progression        in September 2006 to educate and
routes available. Copies of the brochure are available in the Connexions             train young people aged 16+ to
Library or online at A range of short films has also          develop the skills required for a
been produced which focus on different aspects of working as a vet, including        career in the fashion retail
life as a student. The films can be found online at                                  industry. They offer vocational                                                           training with a combination of retail
                                                                                     business experience and fashion
LLB (Hons) Law and Environment Available via UCAS Extra                              education and are located just off
for September 2010                                                                   London‟s Oxford Street. Students
The new three-year LLB (Hons) Law and Environment programme at                       under 19 do not pay any fees to
Northumbria University (UCAS code MD14) provides an integrated                       attend the FRA. Further
environmental qualifying law degree. The programme, offered in partnership           information available online at
with the School of Applied Sciences, will be of interest not only to those 
wishing to become legal professionals, but also to anyone with an interest in
working in the environmental sector. With probably the fastest growing               Design Your Future 2010!
regulatory regime of any sector in the UK, whatever your chosen career path          Design Your Future is at London
within this fast expanding sector, you will need a fundamental understanding         Excel on 23/24 November
of the law as it relates to the protection of the environment. Applicants need       showcasing a range of courses
five GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics            within art, design and creative
PLUS 320 UCAS tariff points – ABB. Visit              subjects. Visit
for more information                                                        for
                                                                                     more details
SLGGS Careers Bulletin 18 June 2010
                                                                                      English. University College London
Have You Applied for Student Finance?!                                                is the best for psychology and art
                                                                                      and design. For business studies
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has urged students to apply
                                                                                      and management, Warwick is top.
online now for their student loans and grants. Mr Willetts made the comments
during a visit to the Student Finance England processing centre in Darlington.
                                                                                      The more a university spends per
He saw how the centre is gearing up for a busy summer period and how the
                                                                                      student, the more satisfied its
introduction of new technology is making the process easier. From next year
                                                                                      students are, it seems, and the
most parents will no longer need to send in evidence to prove household
                                                                                      higher it is ranked in the tables.
income as this will be validated directly with HMRC Next year also, students
                                                                                      However, to make this fair, judges
will have a comprehensive system for tracking the progress of their
                                                                                      took into account the fact that
applications online. Mr Willetts said: “Enrolling at university is an exciting time
                                                                                      universities that do not teach
for students and a very busy time for Student Finance England. Applying as
                                                                                      expensive courses such as
soon as possible will help students avoid unnecessary stress.” Students can
                                                                                      engineering will spend less on
apply for finance online via Directgov. The deadline is 25 June 2010.
                                                                                      each student. Oxford came top
                                                                                      with a rating of 10 out of 10 for
Sixth Formers Should be Told How Much They are Likely to                              expenditure per student, while
Earn When They Graduate                                                               Cambridge and Edinburgh
Sixth-formers should be told how much they are likely to earn when they               achieved more than nine out of 10.
graduate, based on their choice of degree course.The Office of the                    However, Queen Margaret and
Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education published a new report this              Edinburgh Napier universities
month which suggested that students want to see more value from their                 overcome low spending per
university tuition fees. Responding to the findings, higher education minister        student to take places 63 and 55 in
David Willetts explained that the coalition government is determined to               the tables. University College
improve communication between the two parties."The government wants to                Plymouth St Mark and St John
see universities publishing clearer and more consistent information to                came last with just over two out of
students," he said. "This includes better information about the costs, graduate       10.
earnings and student satisfaction of different university courses."
                                                                                      Imperial College London came out
Oxford tops Guardian's 2011 university league table                                   top for career prospects with 86%
                                                                                      of students going on to a graduate-
Oxford University tops the Guardian's university league table for the sixth year      level job or full-time further study
running, with arch-rival Cambridge holding onto second place. Warwick comes           within six months of graduation,
third and St Andrews fourth – the pair have switched positions from last year.        while Robert Gordon University
University College London, Lancaster, Imperial College, London School of              came second with 82%. Oxford,
Economics, Loughborough and York are in the top 10. London Metropolitan               Bath and Cambridge came next
has come last. The tables, published in full online at rank        with 80%, 79% and 78%
universities according to the following measures: how satisfied their final-year      respectively. London Metropolitan
students are; how much they spend per student; the student/staff ratio; the           came last with 40%. On average,
career prospects of their graduates; a value-added score and what grades              63% of students went on to
pupils have to achieve to stand a chance of being offered a place. The tables         graduate jobs or full-time further
provide vital information for the more than 600,000 university applicants who         study.
this year face the toughest ever competition for places.
                                                                                      Aaron Porter, president-elect of
Britain's oldest universities still dominate the high rankings, although several      the National Union of Students,
have dropped many places from last year. The University of Manchester,                said universities should be more
which was formed in 2004 from two universities that were established in the           open and accountable about
19th Century, has fallen to 51st place out of 118, from 32nd last year.               where their funding is coming from
Edinburgh has gone down to 15th place from seventh last year and Bristol has          and how it is used. He said:
fallen to 33rd from 29th last year. Some universities founded in the 1960s,           "Students have a right to expect a
however, appear to be on the rise. Lancaster has climbed from 16th to sixth           higher quality of education and
this year, the University of East Anglia has risen from 35th to 19th and York         improvements to their experience.
has gone from 11th to joint ninth place with Loughborough.                            They should also increasingly
                                                                                      demonstrate to prospective
Every year, final-year students score their universities according to how             students what they can expect
satisfied they have been with their courses, as part of the National Student          from their experience and be more
Survey. The tables reveal that Kingston has fallen the highest number of              transparent about what they offer.
places from last year – from 73rd to 98th, but Huddersfield is the biggest            Choosing a university and course
climber, having risen from 96th last year to 54th this year. Hertfordshire has        involves consideration of a wide
also shot up, from 97th place to 60th. There are separate tables to show              range of factors and information,
which universities are best – and worst – for particular subjects. Oxford comes       which universities must provide in
top for medicine, maths, modern languages, law, politics, economics and               order that applicants can make
                                                                                      well-informed choices."
SLGGS Careers Bulletin 18 June 2010
                                                                                     if you have an interest in biology
Advice for Future Medics from Fourth Year Medical Student                            and/or chemistry as so much pre-
and Mentor Leila Hummerstone                                                         clinical experience is based
                                                                                     heavily on science. Students are
                                       Former SLGGS student and Mentor,              often given ethical dilemmas to
                                       Leila Hummerstone dropped by to chat          discuss at interview. Leila said it
                                       to prospective medical students in the        was important to remember that
                                       Connexions Library on Thursday (17            there is no right or wrong answer
                                       June) before jetting off to Uganda to         but that it is important you consider
                                       begin an eight-week elective working in       the ethics behind a variety of
                                       a rural hospital. Leila has just completed    different medical dilemmas.
                                       her fourth year at medical school in
                                       Edinburgh and although she absolutely         Leila’s contact details and the email
                                       loves the experience now, she revealed        addresses of more than 130 other Mentors
                                       to students there were four separate          are on the Mentoring Database which you
                                                                                     can find on the Intranet > Online Curriculum
                                       occasions in the first year at Edinburgh      > Careers.
                                       where she hated the course so much
                                       she asked to leave the school!                The following is an example of the kind of
                                                                                     ethical dilemma med school students have
                                                                                     to tackle. More are available from Mrs
                                        Leila said that students need to be          Shieber, kindly sent in by Leila.
                                        aware of the different types of courses
                                        on offer ie systems based, problem-          A middle-aged man is brought into
                                        based learning (PBL) and traditional,        an A&E department, somewhat
science-based courses (available only at Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews).          unwillingly, by three friends at 1
Courses are intense and are delivered at a fast pace by busy, working                am. He took an overdose of 50
doctors. A lot of independent research is expected of medical students. Leila        paracetamol tablets four hours
didn‟t enjoy the first year because it was not what she expected – she hadn‟t        ago. He says he wants to die and
anticipated the extent of text book learning that would be required.                 refuses any form of treatment. He
                                                                                     is not psychotic. Can he be treated
She said it was as important to choose the right location for medical school as      against his will, i.e. given a
well as choose the right course. Students spend between five and seven               stomach washout and/or
years in one place so they need to sure they will really love the city they select   acetylcysteine? Which of the
to live in for that time. She recommended students seek work experience from         alternative answers apply?
a wide variety of sources such as GP practices, hospitals, hospices, mental                No, his wishes must be
health clinics etc and that they should consider learning how to communicate                  respected because he
with the elderly and about death and dying before attending Med School. One                   understands the fatal
of Leila‟s patients died mid-way through her case-study of him. She went to                   consequence.
see him one morning on the ward and was told he had died overnight. She                    Yes, under common law.
said that she had only come across a handful of children during her four years
                                                                                           Yes, but only if he has first
and that the majority of patients she had encountered were elderly. Leila felt
                                                                                              been „sectioned‟ under the
quite strongly that shadowing a medical student would be more enlightening
                                                                                              Mental Health Act.
than shadowing a consultant. She said it would be at least 15 years before
                                                                                           Yes, but only if an
she herself could become a consultant and you don‟t apply to Med School to
                                                                                              emergency court order
become a consultant, you apply to become a medical student.
                                                                                              has been obtained.
                                                                                     His daughter arrives. She says he
Leila was accepted by Edinburgh after getting three As in Maths, Biology and
                                                                                     disappeared from home yesterday,
Chemistry. For students who fail in their application to Med School, Leila said
                                                                                     shortly before a consultant
she felt it would be important to really examine the reasons why. It may mean
                                                                                     psychiatrist arrived, at the urgent
students need to reconsider their options. In her opinion, Leila said
                                                                                     behest of the family GP and a
admissions tutors are looking for students who are honest, driven, intuitive,
                                                                                     social worker, to assess him with a
interrogative and passionate about medicine. Any teaching experience
                                                                                     view to placing him under Section
students have such as mentoring/coaching etc is valuable and should be
                                                                                     3 of the Mental Health Act
mentioned on personal statements as this is a key role for all doctors.
                                                                                     because he was a serious danger
Evidence of partnership (or team) working is also important as doctors need to
                                                                                     to himself. He has been
be able to work successfully with all sorts of people including patients, nurses,
                                                                                     depressed and suicidal for six
porters, domestics etc etc. Basically, Leila said it is vital that students enjoy
                                                                                     months (since his wife died) and
learning how the body works, how it goes wrong and how to fix it.
                                                                                     on antidepressant medication.
                                                                                     Does this history alter the legal
It‟s important to be relaxed in an interview and to not be afraid to say you don‟t
                                                                                     and ethical considerations? What
know the answer if you are asked a difficult question – if you can‟t be honest
                                                                                     legal consequences might flow if
about what you don‟t know, there is a risk you could take risks with a patients‟
                                                                                     he is treated? What legal
diagnosis. Leila said interviews are often conducted by a panel and will
                                                                                     consequences might flow if he is
usually include the question about why you want to do medicine. It really helps
                                                                                     not treated?