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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

February 21, 2022

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In this episode we look at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can relate to your career planning. Rae takes a look at a some of the SDGs to help you think further about what interests you and how focusing on your passion and skills can help you to make a difference.  

For more information visit:

United Nations Sustainable Development – 17 Goals to Transform Our World.

THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development (un.org)

(99+) Using the SDGs to guide your sustainability career | LinkedIn

Entrecomp | Career Zone | University of Exeter

Career Zone at Exeter activities you may wish to get involved with to explore the SDGs further:

Create Your Future | Career Zone | University of Exeter

Aspiring Educators | Career Zone | University of Exeter

Grand Challenges | Grand Challenges | University of Exeter

Green Consultants | Career Zone | University of Exeter 

 

Jobs in the Green Sector

Jobs in the Green Sector

February 21, 2022

In this episode, we will be thinking about careers in the green sector. Rae discusses what the green sector is and how every job has the potential to become green. University of Exeter graduates, Grace and Jasmin, share their advice on how to get involved in the green sector.

Resources & links  

Career Development for Sustainability | Career Zone | University of Exeter 

Green Consultants | Career Zone | University of Exeter 

Grand Challenges | Grand Challenges | University of Exeter 

Exeter Award Themes | Career Zone | University of Exeter – sustainability theme 

Career Mentor Scheme | Career Zone | University of Exeter

Sector Information: Environment and conservation | Career Zone | University of Exeter 

Prospects sectors and job profiles 

Education for Sustainability - Sustainability - University of Exeter 

Student volunteering - Sustainability - University of Exeter 

Visit Handshake to find out what jobs and placements are currently available in this area. 

External Links

IEMA - Sustainability skills map 

Green Jobs Taskforce (publishing.service.gov.uk) 

United Nations Sustainable Development – 17 Goals to Transform Our World.

In conversation with Jo Whitfield, National Officer for Beat.

In conversation with Jo Whitfield, National Officer for Beat.

February 9, 2022

Content warning: This podcasts discusses eating disorders.

In this week’s episode Rachel Sloan, Employability and Placements Adviser, is joined by Jo Whitfield, National Officer for Beat Eating Disorder Charity. Jo discusses eating disorders in the workplace and shares tips on how to manage them in a workplace.

 

For more information and support on eating disorders visit:

  • Beat: Access to resources including self-help guides and to Beat helpline which is available all year round.
  • University of Exeter Wellbeing Services offers individual support sessions for students experiencing eating difficulties.
  • Contact your GP for further advice and support.

 

Graduate Labour Market Update, February 2022

Graduate Labour Market Update, February 2022

February 3, 2022

We last looked at the graduate labour market in September, but what has changed since then? In this episode, Rae takes a look at the current state of the graduate labour market.

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

If you would like help making career decisions or exploring your career/further study options, please contact the Career Zone to book a Guidance appointment. 

In Conversation with Sarah Burne James, Solution Architect at IBM

In Conversation with Sarah Burne James, Solution Architect at IBM

January 31, 2022

As part of Digital and Coding Week, Ben Toulson, an Employability and Career Consultant, is joined by Sarah Burne James, Solution Architect at IBM. Sarah and Ben discuss what IBM do, how to work in the tech industry if you don’t have a tech background and the importance of technical curiosity.

For more resources on digital & coding skills and to find out what events are running throughout the week, visit the Digital & Coding webpages.

Digital capabilities and the digital skills gap

Digital capabilities and the digital skills gap

January 31, 2022

In this episode Rae considers how the rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) will help businesses remove repetitive tasks, and explores how your skills can fit into this ever expanding sector to help address social inequalities, create jobs and improve people’s lives.

References:

Microsoft’s Unlocking the UK’s potential with digital skills Unlocking the UK's Potential with Digital Skills - Microsoft UK

JISC Building Digital Capability Building digital capability | Building digital capability (jisc.ac.uk)

CBI learning-for-life-report.pdf (cbi.org.uk)

Digital skills must go hand-in-hand with human skills | Luminate (prospects.ac.uk)

How can employers upskill graduates post COVID? | Luminate (prospects.ac.uk)

 

In Conversation with Claire Barrett, Director at APIsFirst

In Conversation with Claire Barrett, Director at APIsFirst

January 25, 2022

As part of Digital & Coding Week, Rachel Sloan, Employability & Placements Adviser talks to Claire Barret, Director at APIsFirst. Claire talks about her career journey and shares her advice to students interested in working within the digital sector. Jobs in the IT sector are open to all graduates, and Claire shares how a grounding in any degree subject can help you with a career in the IT sector. Claire also explores some of the main challenges the digital and IT sector are facing and how organisations are reacting to these challenges. 

Claire Barrett is a Director at APIsFirst who makes strategy happen: translating goals and aspirations into technology change that sticks. She has a background in IT leadership and consulting at large, globally recognised organisations in sectors such as financial services, manufacturing and government. She recently returned to the UK after having spent most of her career in Australia and Hong Kong.

For more resources on digital & coding skills and to find out what events are running throughout the week, visit the Digital & Coding webpages.

What is disruptive thinking?

What is disruptive thinking?

January 25, 2022

As part of Digital & Coding Week, Rae explores what is meant by disruptive thinking and how it can bring change to businesses. Rae discusses the difference between innovation and disruptive thinking and shares what you need to be able to do and the skills you will need to develop in order to be a successful disruptive thinker.

For more resources on digital & coding skills and to find out what events are running throughout the week, visit the Digital & Coding webpage

Efficiency vs Perfectionism when starting out in a job or internship

Efficiency vs Perfectionism when starting out in a job or internship

January 25, 2022

In this week’s episode, Laura Ibarra Hempel, College Coordinator for Humanities, explores perfectionism, what it means and how it can affect your behaviour at work. Laura also shares her advice on what you can do to tackle perfectionism.

If you would like to explore this further the University Wellbeing team will be running a webinar on 9th Feb on perfectionism that will help you understand perfectionism better overall and provide you with techniques based on a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach.

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.

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