2015-16 to see The Careers Group’s first foray into Professional Qualifications, thanks to exciting partnership with UEL

2015-16 will see the launch of an exciting collaborative relationship between University of East London and The Careers Group, University of London, in the co-delivery of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Career Coaching.

The Careers Group will design and co-deliver new “Careers Coaching: The Higher Education Context” module as part of UEL’s Career Coaching PGDip, covering the following topics:

  • Working in partnership with academic colleagues and Higher Education senior management
  • Understanding and utilising data
  • Careers Education and the curriculum
  • Using technology in careers education
  • Supporting diverse cohorts
  • Engaging employers.

Gemma Kenyon, Head of the Professional Development Unit at the Careers Group, said:

At The Careers Group, University of London, the majority of Careers Consultants we hire are new to careers and employability work and come to us without any directly relevant qualifications in this area. Our new Careers Consultants often view the opportunity to be funded to study a guidance qualification as a major perk to joining us and in the past we have supported staff in studying a wide range of qualifications whilst highlighting the AGCAS / Warwick diploma as our preferred option.

The new collaboration with UEL will enable us, whilst continuing to support the AGCAS Diploma as we always have, to create a professional qualification option as part of the UEL Diploma which will also cover the full range of knowledge and skills we need, albeit through a different mode of attendance.

2015/16 will be the first year of our exciting new collaboration. If you would like to be part of the journey all modules on the Career Coaching Diploma are available as stand-alone units so join us and our next batch of newly hatched Careers Consultants.

Julia Yates, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, MSc and PG Diploma in Career Coaching at the University of East London, said:

“I was delighted when The Careers Group approached me to see if we could form a partnership.

I am passionate about the links between career theory and practice. This new collaboration between UEL and The Careers Group makes sure that the links work both ways. Integrating professional practice with the academic curriculum will ensure that practice guides the research that we draw on, and that theories and research shape our practice. The partnership with The Careers Group adds an interesting dimension to the Career Coaching Diploma at UEL, and it’s great to be part of an innovation which will benefit practitioners, employers and clients”.

The PG Diploma in Career Coaching starting this September is open for enrolment right now
and Students starting in September will be able to benefit from the new module, to be delivered in spring 2016 – visit the UEL Career Coaching PGDip web page for details.

However, all the modules on the Careers Coaching Diploma are also available as stand-alone units and The Careers Group will use the new module to train its most recent recruits. Watch this space for further details and enrolment dates for the “Careers Coaching: The Higher Education Context” stand-alone module.

Guardian Careers Webchat: CV and cover letter advice clinic

Jeff Riley, Senior Careers Consultant at The Careers Group, University of London, will be joining a panel of experts to answer any CV & cover letter related queries as part of a Guardian Live Q&A session at 1pm today.

The panel of experts will be looking in particular at:

  • What to include in a CV and cover letter
  • Common CV and cover letter mistakes to avoid
  • How to make your application stand out
  • What recruiters are looking for in an application
  • How to make sure your job applications are successful

Jeff Riley is a senior careers consultant at The Careers Group, University of London currently working at Queen Mary, but has worked previously across universities in London and Australia.

Live Q&A CV & cover letter surgery: Wednesday 17 June from 1–3pm BST – visit the Guardian Live Q&A web page for full details and how to take part.

Five ways to an outstanding careers service that staff and students love

The vast majority of institutions consider their careers service to be key so the pressure is always on to deliver the best possible events, placements and support. We’ve moved from the traditional Careers Centre to one which operates internationally and over the internet, from being organisers to educators; it’s no wonder we always seek the most effective tools to help us complete our jobs.

Here are five quick ways to ensure you’re the most visited service:

  1. Put the recruitment and placements service at the heart of the careers agenda and deliver uncompromisingly efficient events, resource management and service delivery.
  2. Break free of the mould. Work across faculties, departments and even institutions!
  3. Hold all your student data in one place using systems that speak to and support one another. This allows you to deliver a personalised service and keep track of progress.
  4. Treat social media and your website with as much commitment as your careers service reception area. Ensure there’s advice on a wide range of disciplines, not just the most popular.
  5. Get out there and shout! Make sure students know you’re there. Be clever in your marketing, think ‘outside the box’ and make sure every campaign has meaning and links back to the service.

The first integrated career management solution

The Careers Group is launching the premier integrated solution to career management this autumn.
Three core employability systems will be at your fingertips on one state-of-the-art CRM allowing your careers service to support placements, recruitment and running a temp agency along with all the essential day-to-day functions from events to mailshots.

The cost-effective pricing structure allows the purchase of single components with a low setup cost compared to legacy CSMS (Careers Service Management Systems) and an upgrade path as legacy software expires.

 Find out more or book a demonstration and a free trial.

Another award for Royal Holloway Careers and Employability, in recognition for curriculum development and delivery

Following on from the recognition at the AGR Awards, Royal Holloway Careers & Employability is to be awarded the RHUL Team Teaching Prize for their innovative curriculum delivery in the School of Management.

Careers Consultant, Ed McLean, will be awarded the prize in July for his collaborative work with two academic colleagues on the new undergraduate module on employability delivered to 350 students.

Dr. Bob Gilworth, Director of College Services at The Careers Group commented: “It is great to see this recognition for Ed and his immediate colleagues in the teaching team. The RHUL Careers Service and The Careers Group as a whole are very keen to support innovation of this kind. Curricular delivery is an absolutely key area of development right across our organisation.”

Be sure to visit the blog again in July for the full story or register for the RSS feed.

You can also check our website for full details about the range of services provided by The Careers Group, University of London.

Credit: www.royalholloway.ac.uk - Stuart Walker, Geography

Picture credit: www.royalholloway.ac.uk – Stuart Walker, Geography

“The Careers Group was really helpful in helping me find work”

The Careers Group, University of London has received an excellent response SurveyGradGatewayfrom clients using its employment services: JobOnline, University of London Temp Agency and its paid internships’ scheme.

In April 2015 The Careers Group set up some research into the popularity of its recruitment services with employers and job seekers. The research included a series of online surveys designed to find out how easy the services were to use and also what the outcomes were for the participants. One client who completed a BSc in Psychology at UCL in 2013 now has a job as a 999 call handler for the NHS and told us that “The Careers Group was really helpful in helping” her find work.

The Careers Group offered clients a chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers for completing the survey. The prize was awarded to Ashleigh Willis.

To find out more about The Careers Group, University of London recruitment options please see www.graduate-gateway.co.uk/employers/.


The Careers Group Consultancy Launches Open Courses

The Careers Group, University of London is delighted to announce that one of its most successful training-courses, Improving your Assertiveness, is now available to the public.

eventBriteIn response to growing demand The Careers Group Consultancy has extended its career support for individuals by producing a comprehensive one day open course that helps participants increase their self-awareness and communicate clearly and effectively.

It provides clients with practical advice on saying what they want and dealing calmly with other people’s reactions in a range of situations. The course explores the spectrum of assertiveness, from the basic principles and theories to the application of these methods in your workplace.

By the end of this workshop participants will have:

  • An awareness of appropriate assertive behaviour
  • The ability to choose an appropriate assertive behaviour
  • Practical tips to articulate your needs, intentions and opinions clearly and coherently
  • The ability to negotiate potential negative outcomes and manage them in a positive manner
  • Recognise the difference between appearing and being assertive
  • Techniques to boost your self-esteem
  • Build a toolkit for the future

The biggest and best national graduate recruitment fair in London will take place on 17 June

Senate House will host  The London Graduate Fair from The Careers Group and TARGETjobs – the biggest and best national graduate recruitment fair in London.

The Careers Group, University of London is organising the event sponsored by TARGETJobs. It will take place at Senate House between 11am – 6pm on Wednesday 17 June 2014.

The event is free and open to current students and recent graduates from any institution. All visitors can pre-register in advance to save time on the day of the event.

Up to 3,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair, which makes this event the perfect opportunity for organisations to fill current vacancies and graduate schemes and get the pick of the best candidates for the coming year’s recruitment cycle.

Up to 80 companies and institutions will be promoting their opportunities. The exhibitors list includes names such as Royal Mail Group, Oracle, Experis, Royal Air Force, Dennis Publishing, etc. A range of recruiters and academic institutions will also be present. See the full list.

Students and recent graduates will get the opportunity to find 1000s of vacancies and graduate schemes, meet representatives from top employers, network with recruitment teams or explore further study options. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get free CV and Application Form advice from careers consultants.

This is what previous visitors say about the Summer London Graduate Fair:

Much better than other fairs, more diverse and more employers.’

Layout, organisation and advice all very good.’

Useful seminars and career talks not found at other fairs.’

Everybody in one place, great face-to-face contact.’

Interested students, recent graduates and other jobseekers can find more information about the event on the website.

Organisations who would like to join as exhibitors are welcome to contact events@careers.lon.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7863 6050 to book their stand.

Find the London Graduate Fair on twitter – #LondonGradFair

For more information about our events please visit our website.

TARGETJobs AGCAS Award WIN for Careers Service Engagement

TARGETJobs AGCAS Award Winner 2015The Careers Group, University of London is delighted that Phoenix Education Trust (PET) has won the TARGETjobs AGCAS award for excellence in careers and employability service engagement 2015.

Nominated by The Careers Group, University of London member college, Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre, PET are a small London charity that work to support and promote democratic education. They received the award for their exceptional contribution in providing quality work experience placements for young people through Queen Mary University of London’s work experience programme, QProjects.


Emily Huns, Head of Careers and Enterprise at QMUL, said:

This award reflects the extraordinary commitment of the Phoenix Education Trust to our QProjects programme, which provides project-based early work experience to QMUL students. Not only has PET, a small London charity, hosted 40 students over three years, they have also looked after all of these students extremely well, ensuring they make maximum use of their project to improve their employability and can present this persuasively to future employers.

The panel identified PET’s outstanding effort especially given their size. The other shortlisted nominations all came from commercial businesses across a range of sectors:

  • Atass Sports (nominated by the University of Warwick)
  • Jesmond Engineering Ltd (nominated by the University of Hull)
  • Midland HR (nominated by Nottingham Trent University)
  • Standard Life (nominated by the University of Edinburgh)
  • Web Applications UK (nominated by the University of Salford)

Find out more about The Careers Group, University of London’s career development and employability services.

The Careers Group to Present at UKCISA Conference: What Makes a Global Student

Abi Sharma, Deputy Head of Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise, part of The Careers Group, University of London will be speaking about global employment and employability at the UKCISA/Warwick Integration Summit 2015: What Makes a Global Student on 6 May 2015.

The conference, which is being held at the University of Warwick, will be considering ways to encourage greater integration between international and UK students to enhance the student experience during study. It will also look at how universities can provide students with the necessary outlook, self-awareness, communication and intercultural skills required to succeed in a global workplace.

Abi’s interactive session will explore research from NUS UK and NUS Scotland on global employment and employability, looking at international and UK students. It will draw on Internationalgood practice from across the University of London colleges and showcase how careers services such as UCL, Kings College London, Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London train students to be employees in a global workplace.
Delegates attending the session will gain an understanding of global employment and employability for both international and home students. The workshop will provide a broader understand of how we can help students recognise where they have gained an international outlook and intercultural skills from a year abroad or overseas internship, and how this can be marketed to potential international employers.


The session will also invite delegates to consider how we can equip students for an international job search and hear about some of the ways this is being done at the University of London.

Abi Sharma has over 6 years’ experience of one-to-one careers guidance and group facilitation for UK and international students across a wide range of career related topics.

The Summit organised by the University of Warwick, Warwick SU and UKCISA is an excellent event for students, researchers and practitioners interested in promoting greater integration between home and international students.


The Careers Group Comments On Luck’s Role In Careers

David Winter, Head of Consultancy at The Careers Group, University of London was lucky13recently interviewed by Ignites Europe about the role that luck plays in careers. He has written several articles on the subject and his unit provides coaching and training to help people understand what they can do to increase their chances of career success by adopting approaches that increase the probabilities of favourable events. Much of this is based on up-to-date theory and research about career success.

David has made sure that one of the distinguishing features of The Careers Group Consultancy is that it integrates the latest career thinking to provide a better service to its wide range of customers.

Working with both organisations and individuals The Careers Group Consultancy specialises in how to make organisations become successful by enabling people to be successful.

David says:

You often have consultancies who specialise at the organisational development end, looking at the strategic side of developing an organisation, and then you have other organisations who specialise at the training and the development/coaching of individuals. It’s a somewhat artificial distinction, because these two things are intimately related.

This different approach which looks at an organisation’s success in relation to its individuals means that the team can take the learning they gain from dealing with leadership and management issues and relate it back to career management issues and vice versa. A lot of the problems are the same. How do you get the information you need? How do you make decisions? How do you plan for a future when you don’t know what unexpected things might happen on the way?

The Consultancy unit started by focusing on career management for individuals, covering traditional areas such as how to find jobs or get jobs or make career transitions. But it has gradually extended its remit beyond that to provide training and coaching on how to perform well in an existing job so that it yields further opportunities like promotion or attracting attention through personal effectiveness so that more opportunities come your way.

In David’s view:

We take a holistic view of success. That’s why we deliver skills training, such as assertiveness, personal effectiveness and communication skills. These are abilities that help you to excel in your job and therefore contribute to your overall success in your career. We also provide coaching and training on leadership and management because, if you’re successful in your career you are likely to progress to more senior levels and take on more responsibility. Most training in this area tends to look at what skills you need to do the job of a manager but because of our background in career development we also consider how you successfully manage the transition from an operational identity to a management identity as a personal process.

One of David’s main interests is learning – how people learn, how people learn effectively and why they sometimes fail to learn. When he or one of his team run training — whatever the topic — their primary aim is to enable people to become more effective learners. They know that most of the real learning will happen outside of the training room. They equip people with the tools, habits and attitudes that enable them to engage in real world learning more effectively. They also prepare them to take advantage of the unexpected opportunities that luck may bring.

To find out more about The Careers Group Consultancy visit www.thecareersgroup.co.uk/consultancy