First Newsletter for 2015

Welcome to the first employability Newsletter of 2015 for student studying with the Department of Adult Continuing Education. Let us know what you think or if you have any suggestions about what you would like to see included in future newsletters – we welcome any suggestions. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make our guidance and employability services more accessible to you. If you would like to receive this newsletter in welsh or in a different format please email j.lingard@swansea.ac.uk 

Contents

  • How the Guidance and employability service can help you
  • Marketing yourself
  • Disclosing a disability
  • Access to work

 How the guidance and employability service can help you

 Individual Advice and Guidance sessions

Working out where you want to go and how to get there is increasingly complex. We are able to support you through your individual decisions and choices.

Skills sessions

Tips and advice on the application process including how to write a CV and complete application forms and interview techniques. 

CV checks

Your CV can make the difference between success and failure in the employment market. To improve your chances of success always have your CV checked.  For an appointment please telephone 01792 602211 and ask to book into the guidance diary.

Alternatively you can email your CV to j.lingard@swansea.ac.uk

Mock interviews

Learn how to enjoy interviews and over come nerves by practicing prior to the big day.

How to Book

For an appointment please telephone 01792 602211 and ask to book into the guidance diary.

Alternatively you can email your CV or questions to j.lingard@swansea.ac.uk

MARKETING YOURSELF

To be successful you need to market yourself effectively. As well as a good degree, employers want evidence of the following: teamwork, leadership, initiative, planning and organisational skills, motivation and business awareness. You can gain these skills through your degree as well as work experience both voluntary and paid.

At all stages of the application stage you need to consider the following 

  • Show that you are enthusiastic and have a passion for the job and the company you are applying to. 
  • Work out what core competencies the organisation is looking for and then relate them to your education and experience (work and/or other interests). 
  • Make sure you show yourself in the best possible light. Research each application thoroughly and present it carefully. Quality is preferable to quantity. 
  • Try to develop the skills employers’ want through gaining work experience (paid or voluntary) and by getting involved in a variety of activities. 
  • Think about targeting those employers who are actively wishing to recruit you and take advantage of any initiatives that may be available. 
  • If you have a disability, present it positively and avoid it being the focus of your application. Use examples of how you have overcome problems in the past. 
  • Anticipate employers’ concerns. Make them aware of financial support available to make adjustments. 
  • Use all support available to you.

DISCLOSING A DISABILITY

If you have a disability, when applying for work you need to think about whether or not you will disclose your disability to a potential employer. You may want to consider the following points:

Benefits

  • Under the Equality Act 2010 all employers irrespective of size are not allowed to discriminate in their recruitment procedures.
  • If special arrangements are required at interview or in an assessment centre both you and the employer have time to prepare.
  • You may be eligible for assistance under the Access to Work scheme (two ticks scheme). Highlighting this early can allay unfounded fears about possible financial implications of employing you.

Disadvantages

An employer may look no further than your disability and not at your ability to do the job.

Some implications

  • Application forms or medical questionnaires often ask questions relating to disability and health. Giving false information might result in dismissal later.
  • Employment is covered by the Equality Act 2010. You may not be protected if your employer is unaware of your disability.
  • Under the 1974 Health and safety Act you are obliged to inform your employer if your disability has any implications on the health and safety of yourself or your work colleagues.

Many employers are keen to recruit disabled people. Look out for the jobcentre Plus Disability Symbol, made up of two ticks with the words 'positive about disabled people'. Employers with this symbol guarantee an interview to applicants with disabilities if they meet the basic criteria to do the job.

See further details below.

You may wish to discuss how and when to disclose a disability with a careers Adviser. Please do get in touch.  Tel 01792 602211 or email j.lingard@swansea.ac.uk

ACCESS TO WORK

The Access to Work programme is a government funded scheme run

by Job Centre Plus. It provides financial and practical support to overcome any barriers faced when looking for work. It is available to unemployed, employed and self-employed people and can apply to any job, fulltime or part time, permanent or temporary.

How much you get depends on your circumstances. The money can pay for things like:

  • adaptations to the equipment you use
  • special equipment
  • fares to work if you can’t use public transport
  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
  • a support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
  • disability awareness training for your colleagues
  • a communicator at a job interview
  • the cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job

Further information

For further information www.gov.uk/access-to-work or contact Jane by email j.lingard@swansea.ac.uk or telephone 01792 602211

 Next issue

  • Top tips on writing your CV. 
  • Student to graduate employee, how to manage the transition.

 If you would like to contribute or make any comments please contact Jane Lingard on 01792 602211 or email j.lingard@swansea.ac.uk