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 (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/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: email@example.com 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, system 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 www.drprep.net 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 www.aventure.co.uk . 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 www.makeup4you.co.uk 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 www.kent.ac.uk/architecture 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 http://gapyearkenya.webs.com 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 www.cot.org.uk/careers 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 www.cilt.org.uk 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 www.walksoflife.org.uk 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 www.youtube.com/vetcareers 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 www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk 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 www.northumbrialawschool.co.uk subjects. Visit for more information www.ucasevents.com/design 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 www.guardian.co.uk 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?