Relaxing during exam time

We know exam time can be a daunting and sometimes stressful period.  However here are 4 simple 5-minute exercises you can do at any time, to help you relax, stay calm and remain focused.  We have also included some useful resources for further relaxation exercises.

  1. Breathe deeply
    Sit comfortably with your back straight. Imagine a spot just underneath your naval. Close your eyes, focus on and breathe deeply into that spot.  Exhale slowly, counting to ten in your head. Do this repeatedly and you feel calm.

 

  1. Relax to music
    Listening to your favourite music with relaxation exercises is a great way to tune out. Find the music that lifts your spirits or soothes you.

 

  1. Stand up and stretch
    Your body accumulates tension in areas like the neck and lower back when sitting perusing over notes for long periods, which can lead to aches and pains. It is recommended you stretch every 45 minutes, in order to deter lasting tensions. Set a reminder to take a short break, whether it’s just a stretch or a brief walk outside. This simple act will increase circulation and promote relaxation.

 

  1. Visualise + Smile
    Have you ever noticed that when you think back to a recent vacation or a happy moment, you feel instantly relaxed? Visualising and smiling actually triggers the release of endorphins – natural stress relievers. So if you are feeling tense or a little worried, maybe try closing your eyes, thinking of your favourite place and smile 🙂

 

 

Switching off at night
Just recently we discovered a very powerful app which helps you tune out and get a good night’s sleep.  The app is called ‘Headspace’ and is available on Android and iOS.  Give your mind a ten minute workout and reap the rewards.

We have also discovered a list of freely available mindfulness exercises from Beaumont Hospital. Click here for even more relaxation and remember to keep smiling 🙂

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8 tips on getting ready for exams

Good luck in the exams

  1. Give yourself enough time to study.

Yes we know people have gotten a 2:1 or even a first when cramming but I think we can all agree that it doesn’t normally work out like that!  Plan your time ahead (start now if you haven’t already).  Some exams may need more time than others to prepare for, so factor that in and give more time where more time is needed.

  1. Clear distractions, organise your study area

Make sure that you have enough space to spread your books and notes out.  Have you enough light?

Put away your phone.  Don’t have 20+ tabs open on your web browser.  Check the ‘Stay Focused’ extension available on Google Chrome (and other browsers if you search) to minimise time allowed on social media and other distractions.

Some people require complete silence in a tidy environment. Others work better with background music or ambience.  Maybe you require a mixture.  Find out what works for you and prepare your study area.

  1. Use flow charts and diagrams, create a story

Write down everything you know about a topic before studying.  Then make a list of what you need to know.  Closer to the exam, minimise your revision notes into a one-page diagram.  Visualising your ideas in this brief format can really help you remember everything you need to during the exam.

  1. Do past exam papers

You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again – for good reason!  Past exam questions generally cover topics in different ways year on year.  They will help you get used to the format of the questions and if you practice timing yourself it can be a great way of making sure you allocate correct time for each question during your exam.

  1. Explain your answers to others

Communicating your answers to others is a great way of getting what it is you are trying to say clear in your head and also identify areas you are still not 100% on, which may need more study.

  1. Eat and drink the right things

It’s very easy to crave for that quick fix to hunger after a long (or short!) period of study.  Avoid junk food!  This can make you tired and crash very quickly when performance was otherwise relatively OK!!  Slow releasing energy foods are much better in general but especially around exam-prep time.  See this list of 15 foods that will aid your memory and concentration and even improve energy levels.

Drink plenty of water.  This is an essential part of keeping your brain working at its best.  Keep well hydrated during study period and exam day.

  1. Mind yourself

Spend 1 hour every day switching off from exams and doing something you enjoy. This could be anything from taking a bath, making yourself a decent meal or catching up on your favourite TV show.

  1. Be prepared

Avoid last minute panic by planning how you’re getting to the RDS in advance. Traffic around the RDS is insane during exam time and can add up to half an hour to your travel time. The Students’ Union run an exam shuttle bus from campus, but this can fill up quickly, so always have a back-up plan.

Double-check your exam timetable. In previous years, a number of students have arrived to the exam hall in the afternoon only to find out their exam took place that morning, resulting in an immediate fail grade. Save yourself the cost of a repeat by simply re-checking the exam timetable.

 

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GOING GLOBAL

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Get international experience by studying and/or working abroad, and broaden the range of international opportunities available to you when you graduate.

Getting international experience through working or studying abroad can help you gain a new perspective, demonstrate independence and adaptability, develop your language skills and increase your self-confidence.

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre

ACTIONS:

  • Access Going Global for country-specific career and employment information and worldwide internship and job postings.
  • Keep an eye on careersconnect.ucd.ie for relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations.
  • Make an appointment with a Career & Skills Consultant at the UCD Career Development Centre to find out more about overseas graduate study opportunities.

Not sure what you want to do yet?

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  • Take the ‘Profiling for Success’ psychometric tests available through our Online Resources page.
  • There are personality, learning styles and career interests tests, as well as abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning tests.
  • NOTE you need to login to your Careers Connect account to obtain the codes necessary for accessing these tests.
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Graduate Study in the US and Europe

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GRADUATE STUDY in the US and EUROPE
A postgraduate qualification could improve your career prospects. It’s also a big commitment, so it’s important to ensure you’re choosing the right course, for the right reasons. If you’re considering Graduate Study in the US or Europe: course, funding and scholarship application deadlines can have early closing dates ……….

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre

ACTIONS:

  • For graduate qualifications in Europe, check the Qualifications Framework of the country you’re considering applying to study in – to ensure you’re applying for the right level of qualification.
  • Check application deadlines for graduate study programmes you’re interested in and be aware of early closing dates; many overseas programmes have very early deadlines.
  • Keep an eye on careersconnect.ucd.ie for relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations.
  • Make an appointment with a Career & Skills Consultant at the UCD Career Development Centre to find out more about overseas graduate study opportunities.

Assessment Centres

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Employers use a variety of methods to select the best graduates at assessment centres – knowing what to expect and being well prepared will increase your chances of success.

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre

ACTIONS:

1. See the following for some great advice to help you prepare for assessment centres:

2. Use the ‘Profiling for Success’ abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning tests to help you prepare for assessment centres. These are available to you through links from our Online Resources

3. Keep an eye on careersconnect.ucd.ie for relevant Careers workshops, seminars and employer presentations.

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Interviews

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Find out about different types of interviews and how to prepare successfully for them…

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre

ACTIONS:

  • Keep an eye on careersconnect.ucd.ie for relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations.

Applying for Jobs

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Applying for Jobs

Find out how to develop effective applications and how to prepare successfully for interviews and assessment centres…

ACTIONS:‌
Check application deadlines for graduate programmes and be aware of early closing dates.
See the following for more details and to access some great resources to help you with applications:
Be smart with your application
Find a Job or Internship
gradireland.com
– prospects.ac.uk

Keep an eye on Careers Connect for:

Relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations
Jobs and Vacancies
– Take the ‘Profiling for Success’ psychometric tests available to you. Use the abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning tests to help you prepare for assessments which are part of the recruitment process for many graduate positions.

Clean up your social media profiles
– Use consistent messaging across all profiles
Create professional profiles e.g. LinkedIn

 

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Finding a Job or Internship

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FINDING A JOB OR INTERNSHIP

Whether you’re looking for a graduate job or a non-credit bearing summer internship, your first port of call should be Careers Connect, our online vacancies portal.

ACTIONS:‌
Login to Careers Connect regularly for:
– Job & Internship Vacancies – hundreds of vacancies updated daily
– Relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations

More advice to help you with finding a job or internship:
– UCD Career Guide
– Our Job & Internship section
– gradireland.com
– prospects.ac.uk

 Hidden Jobs Market – Some jobs are not advertised!
 How to find them:
– Network!
– Find work through Social Media
– Do an Internship
– Build a positive online presence

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CRSI Academic Challenge

The CSRI Academy Challenge is set over 2 stages and open to all university students and recent grads interested in shaping the global agenda.

Earn an all-expenses paid trip to the CSRI Fall Meeting in London hosted by Credit Suisse’s Chairman. The round table will include Prof. Nouriel Roubini, Prof. Joseph Stieglitz and Sir John Major!

Travel to Davos, Switzerland and attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2017. Join the panel and share your insights! See all the available prizes here.

 

Be part of the CSRI Academy network! All stage 2 participants will be granted access to the private network. Get invited to private events, receive mentor-ship from the executive committee, publish unique content and more!

Enter the challenge

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Nurse Open Days – Dublin

 

 

 

Mont Clare Hotel in Merrion Square, Dublin

 

Meet the Aintree team in Dublin to discuss our superb nursing opportunities and excellent benefits package at our NHS Foundation Trust based in Liverpool UK.

 

Informal Interviews will be available on both days.

 

  • Wednesday 1st June – 11:00 till 5pm
  • Thursday 2nd June – 09:30 till 5pm

 

If you would like to come along you can email us at recruitment@aintree.nhs.uk  or call us on 0151 529 3030.

 

If you have any nurse friends who are interested too (student or experienced), please feel free to invite them along!

 

 

Event run by the Aintree Resourcing Team.

2016 gradireland Summer Fair

 

 

 

 

 

The gradireland Summer Fair returns to the RDS, Dublin on 8 June from 11am – 5pm with live jobs up for grabs across all disciplines.

 

The Summer Fair will feature a host of employers seeking students and graduates for roles spanning various sectors. So whether you’ve finished and are looking for a graduate job or you’re still a student and seeking some work experience, there’s something for everyone at the Summer Fair.

 

As always, there will also be a free CV clinic, a series of seminars and postgraduate course providers from Ireland and the UK.

 

Register now for free entry and start your summer on the right track!

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Summer Job Planning 2016

 

 

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A lot of students need to work during their studies to earn money, and this will also enhance your CV and benefit your future career prospects. Employers are looking for skills and experience gained in a range of different situations, and work experience combined with your academic qualifications can help you stand out!

Finding a job that is related to your field of study and/or the career you would like to go into is a great way to get a foot in the door. Some industries can be difficult to get into, so a job on reception or helping with general tasks can help you network your way in. However, even if your part-time work is seemingly unrelated to your chosen career you can still develop transferable skills and have examples to use in competency-based applications and interviews.

gradireland has some useful information on gaining experience whilst in college, and TargetJobs offers ten skills you can gain from a part-time retail job, which can also apply for work in other sectors.


Finding work

You can find part-time and temporary jobs advertised through most of the usual job websites and channels. However, increasingly employers are using social media as an inexpensive, easy and fast way to fill vacancies. Some tips for finding work are:

 

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Need more advice?

We are open for appointments throughout the summer so feel free to drop in, book online on Careers Connect or ring us on 01 716 7574

Read more about our appointments here.

 

 

 

UCD Career Development Centre Events: April 11th – April 15th 2016

 

 

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What a fast year this has been! We are on our last week of events for 2015/16.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

 

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

 

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

 

The Questions you need to ask at interview by Engage Education

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When you attend a teaching interview remember it is a chance for you to find out whether the school and role are a good fit for you and not just the interviewer’s chance to ask you questions and find out whether you are a good match for them.

We assist new graduates and experienced teachers prepare and interview with English schools everyday. Interviews can happen face to face at our exclusive free IDAY event, over the phone or via skype but they are always an opportunity for both parties to question the other before making or accepting an offer of employment.

We have some suggestions especially for new teachers about what to ask at interview, to determine whether the position you are interviewing for is going to be the right job. This applies for jobs in your home country or any of the 1300+ schools we work with in England.

The Principal’s or Head teacher’s have asked you the questions, now…

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  • What support do you offer new starters at your school? What you want to know if whether there is a mentor program, assisting to transition into the school and their way of working and ongoing help when needed. A school that can let you know exactly how it supports new staff and can give examples of how it will assist you is a promising start!
  • How would you describe the ethos of the school? This is where you can get a feel for the leadership style at the school and what the important goals for the students and staff. If this answer aligns to your beliefs and approach you may have a good match. You may be able to start this question with a comment about what you have gathered from their website, so you can also show you have done some research.
  • What behaviour management approach is used at the school? You may also want to ask what is expected of the students in terms of their behaviour. The school may have little behavioural issues, or a very structured approach like the use of Positive Behaviour for Learning or a Strike policy. The answers will give you an idea of what to expect and the approach of management in support and managing behavioural issues.
  • What will be expected of me other than my classroom teaching role? How will I be assessed? This shows that you are looking at your role in the wider school community and also you will find out what ways your performance will be assessed during your contract.
  • What are you most proud of about your school? It is nice to hear a passionate leader talking about the school’s achievements and where they have excelled. The answers will give insight into many things- what is important to management and the things the students and staff have achieved.

So there are 5 questions that can help you decide whether the school and role are right for you. Other questions you may want to ask are: “What will be my biggest challenge at your school? ” or ” What opportunities will there be for me to progress in your school if I am successful?”

We all have different concerns and priorities when we are trying to select the right job. Your Engage Education Ireland consultant will be able to help you navigate the many school vacancies and opportunities you need to consider. Our iday events are a great way to put these questions to good use in face to face interviews! Contact Rachel in the Dublin office at Rachel.travers@engageeducation.ie or call 0864109883 for a chat about your options!

UCD Career Development Centre Events: April 4th – April 8th 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

  • ‘Matrix Recruitment Information Stand’ Full details (Target Audience: Engineering, Quality & Laboratory, Manufacturing, Supply Chain students)

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  • ‘Beyond STEM: Alternative Graduate Careers’ Full details & direct booking  (Target Audience: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Maths students)

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016

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UCD Career Development Centre Events: March 29th – April 1st 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

  • ‘A Toolkit for Beginning Your Career in STEM or Beyond’ Full details & direct booking (Target Audience: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematical Science students)

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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  • ‘Securing a Graduate Job in STEM -What I need to do now to prepare for my future!’ Full details & direct booking (Target Audience: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematical Science students)

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gradireland #FYI Careers Showcase 2016 for FINAL YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

We know that choosing the right career path isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t got anything lined up after you graduate, or if you one of the 62% of students which gradireland’s latest survey found to be “worried about your future career”.

As you come towards your Finals, take a couple of hours out and attend an event that will leave you with a much better idea of what you might want to do – and how you can get on that career path.

gradireland #FYI is a unique and innovative initiative, supported by the careers service here in University College Dublin. It will give you an insight into what careers are out there for you across a huge range of sectors – and show you the skills you will need to be successful in whatever path you decide to follow. The event is fun and hands-on. No lectures, you can chat to recent graduates, explore career videos, network with employers, get advice from professionals and you will leave with a much better idea of the career paths that are out there for YOU, regardless of what you are studying.

Taking place on Tuesday 12 April from 12-4pm, we would urge you to invest a couple of hours of your time if you are still unsure on which direction you will take after Finals.

To register for this free event go to gradireland.com/fyi-live or pop into the UCD Career Development Centre for further advice!

PLUS BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN AN ACER TABLET JUST BY REGISTERING! 

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gradireland #FYI Careers Showcase 2016 for SECOND YEAR students

 

 

 

 

 

This stage of Second Year is the ideal time to start thinking about the various career paths out there for you. Regardless of your subject of study, today’s employers are looking for key ‘employability skills’ when they are recruiting for the best jobs, and if you possess these, your options are even wider and brighter than you think.

gradireland #FYI is a unique and innovative initiative supported by the careers service here in University College Dublin. gradireland #FYI isn’t about deciding today what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. One afternoon in the RDS will give you an insight into what careers are out there for you across a huge range of sectors – and show you the skills you will need to be successful in whatever path you decide to follow. gradireland #FYI will help you hone in on what you might like to do when you graduate. Not only that, you will learn how to develop the key skills during the rest of your time in College that will give you the edge in the rush for the best jobs come Final Year.

gradireland #FYI is designed to give Second Year students who attend the event the ‘inside track’ and a competitive edge when it comes to the graduate job market in Final Year and beyond.

Sounds good? To register for this free event go to gradireland.com/fyi-live or pop into the UCD Career Development Centre for some further advice!

PLUS BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN AN ACER TABLET JUST BY REGISTERING! 

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