Graduate to a job
THE FINAL year at university can be one of the most stressful times in a young person’s life. As well as facing the hurdles of final exams and dissertation deadlines, students have to start thinking in earnest about their next step after university. To add to this, the graduate job market is increasingly competitive, with a larger number of graduates applying for the top positions.
Many job-seeking facilities are available to students via university careers services and graduate employment fairs, but these can be overwhelming and often they are available only during term-time, when a student’s schedule is most demanding.
This is where the Employment Resource Centre (ERC) can help. Based in East Finchley (North London), the ERC is a charity that exists to help any workready member of the Jewish community who is looking for employment, by giving free, confidential advice.
The ERC offers recent graduates and those in their final year at university the opportunity to come on a two-day course to learn more about how to incorporate their existing experience of voluntary work and extra-curricular activities into an attention-grabbing CV.
The course also gives tips on interview skills, speculative applications, writing application forms and accessing the hidden job market.
The ERC will also provide clients with a personal advisor, who will work with them to identify what they want from their career and — when the time comes — to prepare for interviews.
Job-hunting as a graduate can be daunting. Katie, a maths graduate, was unable to find a graduate placement, months after completing her degree. Katie heard about the ERC through UJS and she attended a two-day seminar there, where she learned how to use her considerable extra-curricular and voluntary activities to her advantage in creating a winning CV.
After submitting her CV to a number of companies, Katie found a graduate internship with a City firm.
Another student, David, found the ERC’s course useful in helping him hone his CV when he was looking for a work placement, as part of his year in industry.
He commented, “I hadn’t thought that companies would take speculative applications, but I tried sending my CV to a few places following the ERC course and very soon afterwards I had a reply and a placement”. The ERC’s graduate course runs on December 17 and 19, 2007. To book a place, contact the ERC on 020 8883 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ERC seminars help applicants make the most of their abilities