How do I choose the right career?

 

How do I choose the right career?

You can now find a massive amount of career information online – some great, and some not so great! We’re here, at the UCD Career Development Centre, to point you towards the best and most reliable resources to help you plan your career!

If you’re not sure what you want to do yet, that’s OK, but you can get started by identifying your skills and strengths, values, interests and what might suit your personality.

How? Let me introduce you to ‘Profiling for Success, a fantastic resource on the UCD Careers website which can be used to guide you. Log in using the following – Client code: tflhe, Access code: ucd, Password: ucd4 .

Profiling for Success contains 7 different assessments, also know as psychometric tests. Why do I need a psychometric test? Well maybe you’ve been asking yourself some of the questions below…

 

What motivates me?

Money? Flexible work hours? Opportunities to travel? The ‘Values Based Indicator of Motivation’ assessment will help you to identify those things that matter to you most. And in turn, you can look at careers that satisfy these motivations.

 

How can I find a career that matches my interests?

Ever heard the saying ‘The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life’? Finding a career that matches your personal interests would be a wonderful advantage and you can start by using the ‘Careers Interest Inventory’ to find out more.

 

What is my work style? What can I bring to an organisation?

Are you a natural organiser? An advisor? A leader? A negotiator? An investigator? You can find out by taking the ‘Type Dynamics Indicator’ assessment. Understanding your individual style will help you to refine your career focus.

 

What am I good at?

Do you find you work best with numbers or with words? Do you have an analytical, problem solving mind?  Take the ‘Reasoning Skills’ assessments to give you a better idea!

 

How do I learn most effectively?

Do you learn best from reading? Observing? On the job, hands-on, learning? Understanding your learning style can significantly improve your chances of success. So what are you waiting for? Take the ‘Learning Styles Indicator’ assessment asap!

 

Hopefully we’ve sparked your curiosity and more importantly, we hope ‘Profiling for Success‘ helps to guide you in right direction!

Have a great week!

 

 

Morgan Stanley application deadlines. Not prepared yet? These videos & articles may help!

Morgan Stanley

 

 

 

In advance of Morgan Stanley’s upcoming deadlines (Summer Analyst this Sunday, 29th November 2015 and Spring Insight on Sunday, 13th December) the company have shared some content which they hope will be of interest in assisting students with applications and interviews.

Morgan Stanley has worked with The Gateway to produce two new videos:

 

and four articles:

 

The How to ace your Investment Banking Internship Application article video will be of particular interest as it includes advice from a number of the Morgan Stanley recruiters on  applying for an Investment Bank, as well as some specific information on what the company are looking for across a number of their divisions.

For Spring Insight  the What is Investment Banking video might be a really good way to prepare for both the application and the interview process and, more generally, to get a good overview of what Morgan Stanley do.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Insight, Sunday, 13th December, 2015 – to apply, please click here
  • Summer Analyst this Sunday, 29th November 2015 – to apply, please click here

You will be required to complete a set of online psychometric tests as part of your application.

Morgan Stanley

[Source: morganstanley.com]

Register for the Postgrad Ireland ‘Further Study Fair’ 10 February 2016

Grad Ireland Fair

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever considered undertaking further study? Further study is much more than just another course! From research skills to enhanced employability, you develop much more than just what you learn in lectures.

The postgradireland Further Study Fair is Ireland’s official national further study fair and can help you understand what different courses entail, what the benefits provided by various institutions are and what options you have for funding.

At present there are 60 different exhibitors confirmed for the Fair, featuring a mixture of institutions from Ireland, the UK and beyond. In addition to the exhibitors, seminars, Research Zone, funding information and CV clinic, a new feature of the Fair this year is ‘Teaching Zone’. The Teaching Zone will feature exhibitors who provide teaching and education courses at a postgraduate level, including those who specialise solely in teaching. There will also be exclusive information on the application processes for both primary and post-primary teaching. The Teaching Zone will provide attendees with all the information need to make an informed decision about becoming a qualified teacher. If you are are interested in becoming primary or post-primary teachers, the Teaching Zone will answer all the questions they might have.

Register now button

The Further Study Fair will take place on 10 February 2016 in the RDS, Dublin from 12.00 – 4.30pm. Register now for free entry and discover where further study could take you!

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[Source: Postgrad Ireland]

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 23rd – 27th 2015

Events Nov 23-27

 

 

 

 

Events taking place on campus this week (Last week of semester!)

 

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Grant Thornton Careers

internships

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

 

We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

 

Contact us on careers@ucd.ie if you have any questions!

 

Why studying abroad could help you get hired!

www.uwo.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know that students who go on exchange or erasmus have a better shot at finding a job after graduation than those who don’t? Do you also know you can go on exchange even if you don’t speak a foreign language? UCD has exchanges with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA as well as English-speaking opportunities in Asia and Europe!

 

Why Go On Exchange?

  • Adventure and Travel –Travel extensively and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Quality of Learning – Study at some of the best universities worldwide.
  • Your career – Improve your career prospects.  A period of study abroad at a top university will set your CV apart.
  • Communications – Improve your language skills.
  • Friendship – Meet new friends from around the world.
  • New Learning Environment – Experience a new learning environment and teaching methods.
  • Have fun – Most of our students say they had the best time of their lives on their semester/year abroad!

 

Going Abroad - Group Shot

Useful Links

 

Still not convinced???

Why not read up on ‘Exchange Student Testimonials’?

James Fitzsimons Great Wall

 

If you are not sure about what route to take, why not book in an appointment with one of our Career and Skills Consultants in the Career Development Centre. They can discuss the various options open to you and help you start planning for your career development.
[Source: UCD International – Exchanges – http://www.ucd.ie/international/going-abroad-with-ucd/exchanges/]

[Featured image credit – www.uwo.ca, blog images – www.ucd.ie/international]

UCD Career Mentoring Programme – Mentors & Mentees Meet

UCD Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, 3rd November '15

 

 

 

 

The opening evening for the 2nd UCD career mentoring programme was held in Ardmore House in UCD on Tuesday 3rd November. The programme is managed by the UCD Career Development Centre in conjunction with Alumni Relationsand the Schools of English, Drama and Film, Archaeology and History.

46 alumni from these three schools have volunteered their time to act as career mentors to 46 student mentees of the Schools for the duration of the programme due to finish in May 2016.

The Mentors work in a wide range of roles and industries including broadcast journalism, teaching, academia, writing, TV, film, radio, the performing arts, business, IT, marketing, human resources management, law, EU and government policy and advice, archaeology, tourism and heritage, and participants have been matched based on areas of career interest.

Previous student mentees noted this was an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed and that the benefits they gained included increased confidence and clarity on the career steps they needed to take.

The evening included training for the participants and a chance for mentors and mentees to meet each other. There was a fantastic buzz and everyone was very excited about the programme ahead! We hope to grow the programme further and offer to even more students.

UCD Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, 3rd November '15

UCD Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, 3rd November '15

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 09th – 13th 2015

 

 

 

 

This week!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

 

Washington Ireland Programme

 

We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

Survey says that ‘students feel they are not learning job skills’ – UCD Careers can help!

Irish Times

 

 

 

‘Significant numbers of students in higher education feel they are not learning skills which will contribute to their chances of getting a job‘, a new national survey indicates, as reported by today’s Irish Times.

The UCD Career Development Centre are here to help! We offer a range of resources,  both online and at the Career Development Centre itself.

How can we help?

 

One to One Appointments

Students (and alumni) can book a ‘quick query’ appointment (20 min) with aCareer & Skills Consultant to talk about:

 

Events – Employer and Centre Sessions

The centre runs subject and industry-specific recruitment fairs, workshops andemployer presentations throughout the year so students have direct access to network with employees from different companies throughout the academic year.

See our website for details of recruitment fairs which have run this year, we will be providing the same for 2016/17. This is a fantastic opportunity for UCD students to avail of.

Log into Careers Connect and browse the events section to see all of our employer presentations on campus as well as Centre related skills sessions and presentations.

We also advertise these events on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Online Resources

Logging into Careers Connect will give students (and alumni) access to a range of online resources free of charge. To use these resources, a number of codes are required depending on what you want to use, such as: client code, access code and password (all available on log in). These resources include:

  • ‌ Profiling for Success – Psychometric Tests
  • 10 Minutes With‌
  • Vault
  • Going Global
  • CEI Internships
  • Glass Door
  • Workmaze

 

Self-study optional online module – Career Zone

If you feel that you do not want to visit us in person and can learn these skills in a self-taught environment, then our self-study optional module (non-credit bearing) might be the answer! This module, produced specifically for UCD students, can assist with Career Planning.  Career Zone is available to students throughBlack Board. Simply log in and search for Career Zone to register directly. Students can register at any time of the year.

The UCD Career Development Centre wishes all UCD students the very best with the rest of Semester 1 and we hope to see more students dropping into the office to avail of our services.

Career pathway

JET Programme International – Teaching in Japan

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme invites third level graduates (with any type of degree, in any field) to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. Since Ireland became a participating country in 1988, over 1,100 Irish people have contributed to and enjoyed the programme, including the 46 Irish JETS (12 from UCD!) who departed for Japan this July.

A former JET will be in Newman, room A106 at lunchtime today (November 5th) to deliver a presentation on teaching in Japan and how you too could get there too! The Jet Programme Ireland has 2 positions available. Come along today to find out more.

  1. Assistant Language Teacher (ALT): placed mainly in public schools or local boards of education to teach English. No Japanese ability required.
  2. Coordinator for International Relations (CIR): placed in local government offices to assist with international exchange activities at local level (Japanese ability required).

 

Book here for what will be a very informative session:https://careersconnect.ucd.ie/leap/event.html…

Got an Interview coming up? See our Tips & Techniques

job-interview-tips

 

Whether it is for a graduate position, internship, part-time or seasonal work, if you are invited to interview it means that ‘on paper’ you seem like a good fit for the role. It means the potential employer would like to validate this by finding out a bit more about you. An interview also provides you with the opportunity to evaluate whether the organisation and role are right for you!

Here at the UCD Career Development Centre, we provide a wealth of information on interview tips and techniques on our website.

You might also like to consider attending an interview skills workshop at the Career Development Centre, where you will learn about:

Effective applications: developing stand-out CVs and cover letters (45 minutes)
Identify your strengths
Design, Develop and Deliver Compelling Presentations
Get hired
Excel at Interview: A Strategy for Success
Ace your Assessment Centre
Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

Bookings for sessions like this are available through Careers Connect. You can also discuss this with a Career & Skills Consultant by making an appointment.

By taking the steps above to prepare for your interview, you could soon be hearing the words below!

hired text

Career Zone – Online Learning with the Career Development Centre

Career Zone Online Module

 

 

The world of work is constantly evolving so we must be prepared to meet these changes!

When planning your career it is important to be adaptable with your plans, proactive with your approach and open to opportunities. Career planning is too important to be left to chance, because decisions you make now may influence your future career path. Career planning is an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning and development. This is where our online module ‘Career Zone‘ can help you.

Career Zone’ is a non-credit bearing, self-study optional online module available via Blackboard and the UCD Career Development Centre website for UCD students.

Key Features:

On line module

Accessible anytime, anywhere!

Students can learn in their own time at their own pace Structure:

The on-line module is divided into four sections;

1. Career planning

2. Creative job search

3. Winning job applications

4. Interview strategy

Each section provides a structured step-by-step approach to the topic such as planning your career or producing an effective CV. Each module contains an introduction and summary as well as built in exercises to complete in your own time.

Register today and start planning for your future.

Career Zone Online Module

UCD Career Development Centre

 

 

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Oct 19th – 23rd 2015

Events Oct 19th-23rd

 

 

 

 

Barclays Bank ESB Accenture LinkedIn Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon Mason Hayes Curran IBM Philip Lee Meddeas EMC Jaguar Cavanagh Kelly

If you didn’t already know about our Event’s calendar then take this as a gentle reminder! There are a great range of careers related events organised by the UCD Career Development Centre, both on campus and off-campus events of interest to UCD students and alumni.

We encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular. Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

 

See below a snapshot of this week’s events!

 

Monday October 19th 2015

 

Tuesday October 20th 2015

 

Wednesday October 21st 2015

 

Thursday October 22nd 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCD Career Development Open Day 2015

KPMG

 

 

 

 

The UCD Career Development Centre Open Day held today, Wednesday September 23rd was a great success with the Centre staff meeting and speaking with over 850 students! The event sponsored by KPMG (and attended by both KPMG and Grad Ireland) set out to inform students about the Centre and all the services that it has to offer for the coming academic year.

Students received demonstrations from staff about how to use the UCD Career Connect system to book appointments, search and book events on campus, search for job vacancies and academic internships, as well as receiving an overview of online resources and the Centre’s online module Career Zone (available on Blackboard).

To finish off their visit, students were invited to enjoy a free ice cream and enter the Centre Facebook competition to win a brand new iPad.

Ice cream

 

Full set of photos available on the Centre Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ucdcareers

So, let’s go to Japan…

UCD Participants 2015 at the JET Farewell Reception at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador

 

 

 

 

Two students walk into a bar…

“So, I was thinking of doing the JET Programme… “

“The what?”

“The JET Programme: a cultural exchange and foreign language education programme to Japan. Look…”

“That’s a sad website…”

“Yeah, it’s a bit old looking but the info’s good. And here’s a blog from a guy who went in 2011 “Yer Man in Japan:  The misadventures of an Irishman on the JET Programme

“Oh, he’s written a lot, hasn’t he?  I like this one: Pimping for JET back Home. But I don’t want to be a teacher…”

“I don’t want to be a teacher either, but it’s more than that – it’s cultural exchange stuff…”

“Cultural exchange?  What’s that?”

“Sport, dance, music, literature, anything… The idea is that you transmit what life is like in Ireland and expand students’ horizons.”

“So, I have to teach them Irish dancing?!”

“If you want. They’re mad about Riverdance and love ANÚNA. But you can do anything you like, it’s all about expanding horizons and connecting with people.”

“How about my horizons – what do I get out of all this?”

“Well, a chance to live in Japan for a year or more. Experience culture-shock. Meet people from all over the English-speaking world – as well as Japan, of course. Explore a very different culture and country. Have a stab at a new language. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Backpack through South-East Asia if you want. The programme really turns some of your ideas of the world on its head and gives you new perspectives.”

“Do many UCD grads go on this programme?”

“Well for 2015/16 11 of the 47 Irish JETs are from UCD.”

“Hmmm, I’ll think about it.”

“Yeah, you should, you really should…”

 

JET Featured Image

L to R: Genevieve Williams BA Linguistics & Sociology, Jonathan Kelly BA Int’l History & minor Psychology, Shereen Perera BMus, Christopher Ruddy BSc Microbiology, Niall Higgins BA History & Politics & International Relations, Caoilte Burke BA Int’l History & Politics & International Relations, Emily McVey BComm Int’l French, Alan D’Arcy BComm, Thomas Joyce BCL European, Finghin MacChártaigh BSc General Science.

Looking for a rewarding summer 2015?

Ozanam House logo

 

 

 

 

 

Ozanam House Resource Centre is a community resource centre run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and based in Mountjoy Square in the North Inner City.

Ozanam house volunteers and kids

Throughout the year we run childcare, youth, adult education and community programmes. During the summer months the centre is taken up with our Summer Projects, with 180 children and young people involved in action packed, activity based programmes. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this happen.

Our Summer Projects start mid-June and run throughout July and August with the biggest number of volunteers required in July. We engage children and young people aged 5 to 18 years of age. They are broken into different groups and projects according to their age. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of one week to the group of their choice.

All of our projects are activity based with some excursions included each week. The activities can include Arts & Crafts, Cookery, Computers, drama, Sports and games, swimming, photography, film making, digital media, fashion design, and new ideas are always welcome!

Our volunteers act as mentors and friends to the young people, encouraging and supporting them throughout the project. We encourage our volunteers to be as involved in the projects as possible –the more you put in the more you get from the experience. As you can imagine it is an incredibly fun, energising and rewarding experience, as we engage vulnerable children who otherwise would not have any activities or holidays during the summer.

So if you have skills you wish to share, if you want to have a unique and fun experience, to develop your skills further, greatly enhancing your CV and also to make a really big difference in the lives of young people in the Inner City get in touch before Friday 1st May

Phone: 01-8742804
Email: admin@ozanamhouse.ie
Web: www.ozanamhouse.ie
or find us on Facebook – ‘SVP Ozanam House’

Skills for Working Life: Acing Graduate Interviews

KPMG - Acing Graduate Interviews presentation

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Vance from KPMG presented the week 2 session on Acing Graduate Interviews. The interview is your chance to make a great impression and convince the interviewers to choose you, and it’s as much about how you present yourself and your body language, as well as what you say. If you missed the session or you’d like to refresh your mind, have a look over the slides.

Build your skills as an FD brand ambassador

First Derivatives logo

First Derivatives Plc are seeking enthusiastic and ambitious students to represent their company as a brand ambassador on UCD campus.

Here are all the details from First Derivatives about the role. Interested applicants should apply via the First Derivatives website by 18th July 2014.

**THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED – PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW, IN TIME FOR A TRAINING DAY ON 7TH AUGUST 2014** 

 

The Selection Process

  • The individual must be of a relevant degree background and be able to work part-time alongside their studies
  • All applicants must apply online via First Derivatives Plc careers website
  • Applicants will be shortlisted based on the contents of their application
  • Those who successfully pass this shortlisting will be invited via to telephone interview
  • Following the telephone interview the successful applicant will be invited to an FD assessment centre for the following interview stage
  • All FD brand ambassadors selected will be publicised on First Derivatives’s website

What is required to be an FD Ambassador?

  • An FD ambassador will embody all that represents First Derivatives Plc – we need you to raise awareness of the FD brand on campus.
  • You must be willing to exclusively promote FD opportunities throughout the academic year
  • Alongside the FD Ambassador team you must organize a minimum of 2 FD events on campus per year.
  • You are expected to circulate leaflets and other FD promo material when required
  • All FD ambassadors must refer a minimum of 10 final year students to apply to our graduate programme that year.
  • We need outgoing, confident and highly ambitious students with a wide university network.


The Benefits of beings an FD Ambassador
Those who are awarded as an FD Ambassador will get an opportunity to kick start their career in a global organization. Ambassadors gain an opportunity to transfer their skills picked up at university into a real life organization, reporting weekly into HR staff of their progress on campus.

  • An FD ambassador will have the opportunity to add a Global plc organization to their  CV experience
  • Exposure to key HR staff at FD and connections with university career teams
  • Opportunity to make some money – for every graduate you sign up and are successful in securing employment with FD -we award you £50! Those with good sales experience have an opportunity to make lots of money!
  • All FD ambassadors are exclusively invited to FD social events,

How the Programme Works
We are exclusively inviting you to join our FD team to help rally up awareness of FD and help promote our vacancies on campus. This part time activity is an opportunity to build on your CV experience and make some money also. What’s not to lose? Don’t miss out…

 

Interested applicants should apply via the First Derivatives website.

National Student Challenge 2014 winners

gradireland National Student Challenge winners 2014

gradireland National Student Challenge winners 2014Ciara Browne, a third year student from UCD, finished third in the gradireland National Student Challenge Final on Thursday 20th March – for the second year in a row!

It was a closely run race, with 60 of Ireland’s top students after a series of 6 gruelling tasks set by some of Ireland’s top graduate employers.

Ciara qualified for the Final from a pool of over 4,100 students who registered to take the National Student Challenge online. The online assessment put those students to the test, challenging their verbal reasoning; numerical reasoning; commercial competency and logical thinking. Once complete, students were ranked on a leaderboard, with only the top students qualifying to take part in the Final.

Finalists were then set a series of 6 challenges to complete during the course of the Final. Challenges were set by gradireland in collaboration with Lidl, Boston Scientific, PwC, Jameson, SAP and EY, with the help of Irish psychometric testing company cut-e, and mirrored tests used by graduate employers in assessment centres, thus helping all students develop their employability skills. Ciara and the other finalists were tested on Planning & Organising; Commercial Acumen; Persistence; Constructive teamwork; Creativity; and Innovative Problem Solving, all key attributes that top graduate employers look for when recruiting for their graduate positions.

In a tight finish, Ava Mahony (UL) just pipped Tiarnan McCaughan (Trinity College Dublin) and Ciara Browne (UCD) into second and third place respectively.

Look out for the National Student Challenge 2015 launching towards the end of this year, and keep an eye out for other competitions to enter.

Skills for Working Life: Using PowerPoint in Effective Presentations

Accenture presentation - cover image

Accenture presentation - cover imageAccenture were on campus last week to deliver a skills session on using PowerPoint. Presentations are common in college, job interviews and in the workplace, and mastering these technical skills now means you’ll have more time to concentrate on your content and delivery.

This session was part of the Certificate in Skills for Working Life, an 8 week course for UCD students on employability skills. If you missed the session or you’d like a reminder, the slides are available for you to look through.