Career Zone Podcast
Introducing Grand Challenges

Introducing Grand Challenges

January 18, 2022

In this episode, Branwen Cleaver, Programme Assistant, is joined by students Blakeney, Francesca and Maisie to share their experience of what it was like to take part in Grand Challenges. They discuss why they got involved, how taking part in the week has helped to develop their employability skills and share their tips on getting the most out of the week.

Grand Challenges is a project week, in which students work in interdisciplinary groups to design innovative solutions to real world challenges. This year, Grand Challenges will be taking place in one of these two weeks: 6th-10th June or 13th-17th June 2022. The exact week will be confirmed soon. For more information on the week and to sign up visit the Grand Challenges webpage.

How to Choose Your Referees

How to Choose Your Referees

January 10, 2022

Mair George, Freelance Theatre Producer and External Facilitator on the Create Your Future programme, explores how to choose your referees for professional job applications. As part of the recruitment process, it is likely you will be asked to submit names of referees who are able to provide an insight into your previous work and your capabilities. In this episode, Mair provides examples of who you can ask to be your referee and explains what you will need to let your referee know in order for them to provide a strong, tailored reference for you.

What are employers in the Law sector looking for? December 2021

What are employers in the Law sector looking for? December 2021

December 7, 2021

In this week’s podcast Rae is joined by colleagues from the Career Zone who recently attended the Institute of Student Employers Virtual Conference. The Career Zone staff share what they found out about what graduate recruiters for Law are looking for and what you can do to prepare for the graduate labour market. 

 

For more information on the Law sector and to view the range of resources available to you, visit the Law sector page on the Career Zone webpage. 

What are employers looking for? December 2021

What are employers looking for? December 2021

December 7, 2021

In this week’s podcast Rae is joined by colleagues from the Career Zone who recently attended the Institute of Student Employers Virtual Conference. The Career Zone staff share what they found out about what employers are looking for and what the graduate labour market is looking like.

For more information on different sectors and to view the range of resources available to you, visit the employment sector page on the Career Zone webpage.

Introducing the Exeter Leaders Award

Introducing the Exeter Leaders Award

December 2, 2021

In this week's episode Katya shares her experience of completing the Exeter Leaders Award with fellow student Amelia. Katya shares why she chose to complete the Exeter Leaders Award, her favourite aspects of the Award and why she would recommend the Exeter Leaders Award to other students.  

The Exeter Leaders Award is an employability achievement award that recognises leadership roles you've undertaken during your time at the University of Exeter. It also provides a framework to help you develop as a leader. For more information and to register, visit the Exeter Leaders Award webpage.

 

 

Resilience in the Workplace

Resilience in the Workplace

November 29, 2021

In this week’s episode, Rachel Gaunt and John Greaves, Employability and Placements Advisers at the University of Exeter, discuss the importance of resilience skills in the workplace. John discusses how employers might determine whether candidates have resilience skills and shares what you can do to develop your resilience. 

The Career Zone runs Personal Resilience sessions throughout the term. To find out more and to book your place, visit Handshake. 

In conversation with Izzy and Alina, students from the Enactus society.

In conversation with Izzy and Alina, students from the Enactus society.

November 26, 2021

In this week’s episode, Rae is joined by Izzy and Alina, students from the Enactus society, to discuss why they joined Enactus and how they became involved in their projects. They also discuss the range of skills they have developed while working on their projects and share their advice on how to get involved with Enactus.

You can find out more about Enactus here, where you can also find out more about the PlastExe project and the Biosmart project mentioned in this episode.

If you're thinking about working for yourself, building a portfolio or entrepreneurial career, contact the Careers Zone to book an Entrepreneurs Guidance appointment.

You can find out more about Compassionate Careers and the events running by clicking here.

Accessing the hidden jobs market

Accessing the hidden jobs market

November 18, 2021

Some job roles are never actually advertised publicly on jobs boards.  There are a range of reasons for employers choosing not to publicly advertise roles, but here Rae is joined by Employability and Placements Adviser, John Greaves, to look into what the hidden jobs market is and explore how, going forwards, you can ensure you put yourself in the best position to access potential roles by networking, utilising social media (Twitter/LinkedIn), subscribing to newsletters or news alerts and attending conferences and events to enhance your job search.

In conversation with Romy and Connor, students from the Enactus society.

In conversation with Romy and Connor, students from the Enactus society.

November 11, 2021

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, Rae is joined by students Romy and Connor, students from the Enactus society, to discuss how entrepreneurship fits into Enactus’ aims in regards to addressing the global issues. Romy and Connor discuss the range of skills they have developed while working on their projects and share their advice on how to get involved with Enactus.

 

You can find out more about Enactus here, where you can also find out more about the Black Live Matter Action for Change project and the Grow project mentioned in this episode.

 

If you're thinking about working for yourself, building a portfolio or entrepreneurial career, contact the Careers Zone to book an Entrepreneurs Guidance appointment.

 

You can find out more about Global Entrepreneurship Week and the events running by clicking here.

Resilience in finding a placement

Resilience in finding a placement

November 5, 2021

In this episode we are joined by Geography student Harriet who completed her placement year with Johnson & Johnson, and Bioscience student Anais who completed her placement year with ZSL. They share their experiences of looking for, securing and being on placement year and share their tips for students currently looking for work experience and how they had to develop and utilise their resilience.

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