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Career choice & development resources

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Subject & title Location & notes
After you graduate: finding and getting work you will enjoy Skills shelves
Alternative careers in science: leaving the ivory tower Occupational information
An academic career Website created by the Careers and Employability Division at the University of Manchester. Designed to help all levels of students, alumni and researchers who might be considering a career in academia.
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres
Balanced researcher: strategies for busy researchers Skills shelves;
Online at Vitae researcher booklets site
Beyond the PhD Career resource for arts and humanities PhD researchers. Includes video and audio clips, articles and profiles on the career development of PhD graduates.
Brand you: turn your unique talents into a winning formula Skills shelves
Build your own rainbow: a workbook for career and life management Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Building a successful career in scientific research: a guide for PhD students and postdocs With occupational files V
Career change handbook : how to find out what you're good at and what you enjoy - then get someone to pay you for it Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service)
Career networking: networking for career and job success Skills shelves
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service);
See also Wiley companion website
Career trends: careers away from the bench: advice and options for scientists Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Online at Science booklet site.
CareerPlayer Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Careers after biological sciences Interesting blog with lots of career stories from Biological Sciences graduates.
Careers for modern linguists (Careers Service publication) Download Languages Guide
Careers for those studying economics (Careers Service publication) Download Economics Guide
Careers with a science degree: over 100 job ideas to inspire you Occupational information
Careers with an arts and humanities degree: over 100 job ideas to inspire you Occupational information
Career-wise researcher (The) Skills file 10: career choice and development
Online at Vitae researcher booklets site
Case studies: careers in research - RCUK Online suite of stories providing an insight about life as a researcher and the different career paths which researchers take.
Changing or leaving your course Skills file 10: Career choice and development;
Available online
Changing your career: practical advice to help you move on Library - two 7 day loan copies (donated by Careers Service)
Choosing a career (Careers Service publication) View Choosing a career booklet
Confident networking: for career success and satisfaction Skills shelves
Dare to change your job and your life Skills shelves
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Longitudinal Survey Longitudinal destinations data provides an insight into the employment and study patterns of university leavers three and a half years into their careers.
Diagonal thinking self-assessment tool Tool to test for diagonal thinking, an attribute valued by the advertising and communications industry.
Don't want to use your subject? (Careers Service publication) Skills file 10: Career choice and development
Dude, where's my career? The guide for baffled graduates Skills shelves
Ethical careers guide With occupational files R6;
Loan copy available
Finding work: a job searching and work preparation handbook for employment professionals and people with autism, including Asperger syndrome Equality & diversity shelves
Finding work experience (Careers Service publication) View the Finding work experience booklet
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Graduate Success Graduate Success is a project exploring how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The Graduate Success website contains advice and numerous case studies.
HECSU: Futuretrack Futuretrack is a study which explores the relationship between higher education, employment and career planning. Reports available to download.
How to analyse and promote your skills for work Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
How to change your career Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
How to get a job you'll love Skills shelves
Moving on in your career: a guide for academic researchers and postgraduates Skills shelves;
Library - two 7 day loan copies
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree Next steps for bioscience graduates leaflet prepared by the Society for Experimental Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
Planning a career change Skills shelves
Prepare2GetAhead An e-learning career planning resource from the University of Warwick on developing employability skills while at university. Designed for UK-educated Chinese students, but useful for all students.
Prospects Career Planner Career planner application available for use in the Careers Service or from any PC with internet access.
See also Prospects Career Planner information on our website.
Psychology student employability guide
https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Employability_Guide_0.pdf
Comprehensive guide covering all stages of the career planning process.
Rebuilding your life after redundancy: the new life network handbook Skills shelves
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed
So what are you going to do with that? Finding careers outside academia Skills shelves;
Library - loan copy available
Studying Economics Site includes sections on work experience and options after your degree.
Successful careers beyond the lab Occupational information
Take charge!: focused and inspirational advice for career changers Skills shelves
TARGETpostgrad.com: advice Guide to types of course, funding, applications and interviews and what you can do with a postgraduate qualification.
Team Focus application for verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests and personality assessments (Bath only) Practise reasoning tests and assessments designed to establish learning style, personality type and values determining motivation at work. Application available to Bath students and graduates.
Travels in a mathematical world Listen to mathematicians talk about their careers and work. Podcast produced by the University Liaison Officer of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development (Bath only)
University of Leeds YouTube videos on using LinkedIn: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUL_viKVCUyDNsOQExaFwXovXkx3izBUn A series of videos from Leeds Careers Centre on making the most out of LinkedIn, including researching careers, networking, commercial awareness and finding jobs.
Using your language skills (AGCAS special interest series) Occupational files A4 and O4;
Available online
Vitae Support the professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff.
Vitae: career stories on film Films of the career stories of people with a research background. May be of interest to those considering a PhD as well as current PhD students.
What can I do with my degree? (AGCAS)
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree
Degree-specific information on your options after university.
Information on making the most of a Masters qualification when applying for jobs and information on further study options.
Information on how to make the most of a PhD to improve chances of getting an academic job and guidance on how to find and apply for academic positions.
What can you do with a social sciences degree? (Careers Service publication) Download social sciences guide
What do graduates do? Skills shelves
What do researchers do? Career paths of doctoral graduates View the Vitae website
What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral entrepreneurs Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
View the Vitae website
What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral graduates Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
View the Vitae website
What do researchers do? Doctoral graduate destinations and impact three years on Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
View the Vitae website
What do researchers do? First destinations of doctoral graduates by subject Skills shelves;
Loan copy available - please ask at reception;
View the Vitae website
What do researchers do? Labour market information
  • Analysis of the main employment sectors for doctoral graduates
  • Profiles on some of the most important occupations for doctoral graduates
  • Advice on using labour market information to assist with career planning
What do researchers want to do? The career intentions of doctoral researchers View the Vitae website
What do Social Science graduates do? Social & policy sciences discipline
What else you can do with a PhD: a career guide for scholars Skills shelves
What the Careers Service does for first years (Careers Service publication) Handout available
You're hired! Job hunting online Skills shelves
Subject & title Location & notes
How to pass graduate psychometric tests Skills shelves
Diagonal thinking self-assessment tool Tool to test for diagonal thinking, an attribute valued by the advertising and communications industry.
Graduates First practice psychometric test software - register using your University of Bath email address (current students) or your @bath.edu email address (University of Bath graduates)
  • Verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests - seven tests for each of these
  • Personality and situational judgement questionnaires
  • Assessment centre exercises (including e-tray)
  • A very comprehensive package including detailed reports, explanation of incorrect answers and video tutorials.
Keirsey.com Temperament/preference assessment with the same theoretical basis as MBTI.
Psychological Testing Centre
http://www.psychtesting.org.uk
A British Psychological Society managed site. Includes guidelines and information for test takers - test takers section.
You can also search for test reviews.
Psytech International Test provider. Site includes brief descriptions of various ability and personality tests and excellent illustration of how employers compare a candidate's profile to the profile they're seeking.
SHL Candidate-focused site SHLDirect contains some free example tests including:
  • personality
  • motivation
  • situational judgment.
Team Focus application for verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests and personality assessments (Bath only) Practise reasoning tests and assessments designed to establish learning style, personality type (same theoretical basis as MBTI) and values determining motivation at work. Application available to Bath students and graduates.
Subject & title Location & notes
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres
Brilliant presentation: what the best presenters know, do and say Skills shelves
Develop your presentation skills Skills shelves
Overcoming presentation anxiety Useful advice from Oxford Brookes University.
Presentation skills YouTube video covering the whole process of presentations.
Presenting with power: captivate, motivate, inspire and persuade Skills shelves
Subject & title Location & notes
53 interesting ways to communicate your research Skills shelves;
Library - one 28 day loan copy
Assert yourself: how to find your voice and make your mark Skills shelves
Assessment survival guide: steps to success: tips on preparing, practising and performing effectively
at a graduate and industrial placement assessment centre
Skills file 5a: assessment centres
Balanced researcher: strategies for busy researchers Skills shelves;
View researcher booklets on the Vitae website
Brand you: turn your unique talents into a winning formula Skills shelves
Career planning for research bioscientists Skills shelves;
Library - one 7 day loan copy (donated by Careers Service);
View Wiley companion website
Career trends: building relationships: mentoring, collaborating and networking Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Science careers booklets.
Careers for modern linguists (Careers Service publication) Languages guide
Career-wise researcher (The) Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Online at Vitae researcher booklets site
Commercial awareness Skills shelves
Commercial awareness and business decision-making skills: how to understand and analyse company financial information Skills shelves;
Loan copy available
Dare to change your job and your life Skills shelves
Diagonal thinking self-assessment tool Tool to test for diagonal thinking, an attribute valued by the advertising and communications industry.
Digital literacy Web page explaining what digital literacy is and how it is relevant to your career planning.
E-Z business math Skills shelves
Enactus
http://enactus.org
International non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.
Everything you need to know at work: a complete manual of workplace skills Skills shelves
Future fit: preparing graduates for the world of work Report from the CBI and Universities UK which 'highlights good practice by employers and universities in helping students in higher education develop employability skills that will equip them for their working lives'. Useful for identifying the skills and experience employers look for.
Graduate jobs formula: how to land your dream career Skills shelves
Graduate Success Graduate Success is a project exploring how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market. The website contains advice and numerous case studies.
How to analyse and promote your skills for work Skills shelves;
Two loan copies available
Innovate2GetAhead An e-learning resource from the University of Warwick aimed at students wanting to develop innovation skills and an innovation mind-set.
Journey to work: from a degree to a graduate job Includes seven student journey case studies and seven employability guides videos.
Streamed video online (Campus only)
LinkedIn basics Online articles from LinkedIn on how to use and get started on the social media networking site.
LinkedIn groups - getting started Step-by-step instructions on how to use groups in LinkedIn. Groups are useful for networking and job role research.
Managing your placement: a skills-based approach Work experience shelves
Moving on: the physics student's guide to boosting employability Skills file 10: career choice and development
Next steps: options after a bioscience degree Online PDF leaflet prepared by the Society for Experimental Biology. Covers job seeking strategies, work experience, importance of skills, postgraduate study opportunities, making applications and interviews.
Prepare2GetAhead An e-learning career planning resource from the University of Warwick on developing employability skills while at university. Designed for UK-educated Chinese students, but useful for all students.
Rebuilding your life after redundancy: the new life network handbook Skills shelves
Research student's guide to success Library - two 7 day loan copies of 3rd ed
Skills for success: personal development and employability Skills shelves;
Loan copy available
Talent fishing: what businesses want from postgraduates Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) report for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Includes information on the perceptions employers have of postgraduates and skills that are valued in the workplace.
TARGETjobs: skills and competencies for graduates Information on which competencies employers expect and how you can demonstrate them at application and interview.
ThisIsMe University of Reading's website on managing online reputation
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development
University of Bath: Skills for study
Web page details help with skills development available at the University and includes a list of other web-based resources.
University of Leeds YouTube videos on using LinkedIn: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUL_viKVCUyDNsOQExaFwXovXkx3izBUn A series of videos from Leeds Careers Centre on making the most out of LinkedIn, including researching careers, networking, commercial awareness and finding jobs.
Using Twitter for job search and networking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yXgcQ_sZvU&feature=related
YouTube video on utilising Twitter for job search and networking
Using social media YouTube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eWIvdxBGKs&list=FLKAtcFM48gwRtWIA08nwp_g
University of Oxford careers service video on using a range of social media tools including WordPress, Blogger, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype for networking and job research.
What else you can do with a PhD: a career guide for scholars Skills shelves
Workplace culture & etiquette: a guide for students (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 60 kb