Widening your search to find the right internship…..

TSIS_colour_large_logoThere are two key messages that all students studying in Higher Education should be aware of. These are; to get the most from your learning by developing new skills and experience and gain as much industry experience as possible.

While the first key point will be mostly addressed through your learning and the curriculum at GSA the second, gaining as much industry experience as possible, is up to you to manage and  achieve as you progress through your studies.

Most GSA students looking for a industry experience will be looking for an internship within the creative industries. This is a great idea as sector specific internships not only; will test your skills,  career ideas and  develop your confidence within a creative context, it also helps you to develop professional networks and knowledge for your future career.For further information see: https://gsacareers.wordpress.com/2012/11/

There are range of ways to find opportunities within the creative sector;  through networking, online opportunity pages and  sector magazines. Please contact GSA career service for further information and to gain more advice about finding your ideal creative internship.

When looking for internship opportunities it is also useful to remember that not all ‘creative’ internship opportunities are found within the creative industries.  Broadening your search into other sectors can increase your chances of finding a paid internship and help you achieve opportunities that will test your specialist  skills, creative processes and thinking within new industries. Also developing internship practice within other sectors will help you to demonstrate a positive,  pro-active approach and professional attitude,  attributes that future employers will be interested in.

There are a range of  programmes and organisations that specialise in paid student internship opportunities. Two of these programmes are  Third Sector Internship Scotland and Saltire Foundation Programme, who offer a range of paid internships in a variety of locations and sectors.

Third Sector Internships Scotland are visiting GSA on Friday 27th September 2013 and The Saltire Foundation are visiting GSA  Wednesday 23rd October 2013. See GSA’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) calendar for further details.

Come along to these events to find out more about the benefits of undertaking an internship in different sectors, the types of internships on offer and how to apply to an opportunity that will enhance your experience and be fantastic for your long term creative career ambitions.

Further information:

If you are graduate reading this post why not look at the paid opportunities available at Graduate Talent Pool: http://graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/p!ecaaefg or Scot Grad http://www.scotgrad.co.uk/ for paid internships.

3 Top tips for writing successful job applications…

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If you are currently looking for work, then you will probably already created  a targeted CV  and covering letter, however CV and covering letter is not the only way that employers recruit new staff. Often employers will ask you to complete an application form instead.

The main difference between a CV and an application is that; you create and design your CV while an application form is designed by the employer and is structured in a question and answer format.   Employers use application forms to help them:

  • recruit candidates in a fairer way as candidates will answer the same questions.
  • make comparisons with different candidates in order to create short lists.
  • deal with large volumes of applications at once.

Applications are an essential part of recruitment and will deserve your full attention to ensure that  you get the job. If you are currently completing an application form here are my 3 top tips to ensure that it will be successful:

Tip Number One:  Do Your Research… a great application is more that just filling in a form. Your application should demonstrate that you have researched the company and thought about how the job on offer matches your skills, experience and abilities.  Careful research will help you to;  gain a clear idea of what the employer is looking for,  help you understand the company’s ethos and values and support you to organise and describe your experience in a successful way that demonstrates your suitability for the role. Further information about how to research companies:  http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviews/qt/interviewtipcompany.htm

Tip Number Two: Get your Personal/Support statement right….most applications will have a section where you are given the opportunity to highlight why you are applying to the job. Don’t over look  this section or launch into a large waffling statement that does not relate to the job on offer. A great statement will be written in a positive tone that demonstrates your suitability for the role using your work history /experience as evidence.  It will also indicate your motivation and will summarise why you are the best candidate. Write a great statement by  reviewing your research and identifying key skills/experience that the employer would be interested in hearing about, then  structure your text so that it flows from one point to another. Sounds difficult?  Why not try using the STAR technique to help create your statement:

Tip Number Three: Double check for spelling and grammar errors…just like your CV, employers are not going to be impressed with poor spelling or grammar.  If great spelling and grammar is not your forte, take your time and get a trusted friend to check over your application once you have completed it. Ask them to: find errors, check sentences  to make sure that they make sense as well as demonstrate  your match to the job…

Further Information on Applications:

Want to find out more contact the GSA Careers adviser for further advice and tips on writing applications.

The part time visible and hidden job markets….

40_article2photo1_job-seekerAre you currently looking for a part time job?…

Did you know that 1:5 of the UK workforce are now working part time and that this trend is expected to grow in the coming months. In Scotland the job market has seen improvement  in 2013, with a rise in the number of job vacancies  available.

This is great news if you are currently seeking part time work, however it is important to remember that the market is still competitive and to ensure that you get the job, you will need to be; focused, targeted in your approach and present a professional CV. Find out how to get your preparation right for your part time work job hunt here: https://gsacareers.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/finding-part-time-work-in-glasgow/

Part time vacancies can be found through the visible and the hidden job market.

The visible job market are jobs that are advertised. These are found in; local newspaper adverts, online job sites, job centres, company websites,  careers fairs , vacancy boards and recruitment agencies. The visible job market is competitive and you will need to act quickly, to secure a position. Gain more information about  ‘visible’ vacancies; by signing up to online vacancy sites, getting the latest opportunities directly to your inbox and by staying focused on specific job areas.Here are some online sites to get you started in your job hunt:

And don’t forget to sign up to the new GSA vacancy handling service here: http://gsa.prospects.ac.uk or our twitter @gsacareers and facebook gsacareerservice.com for vacancy up dates.

It is estimated that 20-30% of job opportunities in the UK are visible, the rest are hidden. The hidden job market operates through individual networks and being proactive in sourcing work through speculative approaches to employers, undertaking placements and joining sector organisations.

If you are new to Glasgow,  the prospect of finding work via the hidden job market may seem like a difficult task as you settle into your new location.  Why not start your hidden job search by attending the GSA career service Part Time Work  event on Wednesday 18th September 2013 Bourdon Lecture Theatre  4-5pm  (see VLE for further details) and gain some advice , ideas and tips on how to successfully develop your networking and speculative job hunt.

Finally, treat your job hunting seriously and be prepared to spend time looking and applying for work.  Take care of your approach and make sure that it is professional, keep a diary of who you have applied to and  be persistent.  A confident motivated job seeker is much more attractive and creates the right impression to an employer than one who is half hearted.

Good luck !

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