The faculty of Computing and Engineering have developed a one week Summer Camp aimed at 14-16 year olds who have a careers interest in Computing and/or Engineering. It runs from Monday 1st to Friday 5th July 2013 at the Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee Campuse. For additional information see a member for the Careers staff ASAP.
News from the Careers Department.
Applications for the 2013 Sutton Trust Summer Schools are now open online at http://www.suttontrust.com/summer-schools/uk-summer-schools/ Sutton Trust summer schools are offered at the following universities: Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, King’s College, Nottingham, St. Andrews and UCL.
The Summer Schools are a great opportunity for high achieveing pupils from non-privileged backgrounds to get a taste of student life at a research-led university. All expenses are met by the trust and participating universities.
Each student may only apply for one summer school and applications must be completed by 11th March 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted.
In addition the Sutton Trust is also expanding its US summer Schools programme based at Yale and MIT, and will be able to offer 150 summer school places at these institutions. Applications are now being taken and must be completed by 18th Febuary 2013. For more information on US summer schools visit http://www.suttontrust.com/summer-schools/sutton-trust-us-programme/
On Thursday 29th November, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Parkhill from the Careers Department attended the annual Northern Ireland Schools’ Careers Association (NISCA) conference, where they were addressed by Mr John O’Dowd, Minister for Eduation as the keynote speaker, and attended a number of workshops on topics such as ‘Applying to university in the European Union’, ‘Applying to study in the USA’, ‘Interview Skills Preparation’, ‘UCAS applications’, ‘Careers in Languages’ and engaged with a number of outside providers, such as Sector Skills Councils, CAFRE, etc. Both Mrs Kelly and Mrs Parkhill felt it was an informative, relevant and highly useful conference which will allow them to feed the information back to staff and to pupils, keeping everyone right up to date with current developments in Careers Education. Any pupils wanting further information on these or any other careers issues should call to the careers office.
Two of our Year 14 pupils, Caroline Goodliffe and Jennifer Horrigan, recently spent a week on the Isle of Coll, Scotland, undergoing challenges and assessments in the hope of being selected to complete a Gap Year abroad before embarking on a degree at university. Coll has only 235 inhabitants, no street lights and no mobile phone signal! Caroline said “Throughout the week we faced many challenges designed to determine whether we are capable of living overseas for a year doing charity projects”. If accepted onto the project the girls could be posted anywhere in Asia, Africa or South America. Over the course of the week long selection process “our days consisted of lessons, over sea preparation, presentations and even essays”. In addition to the girls from Dalriada, were teenagers from England, Scotland and Wales. However, the girls made friends quickly and now all they have to do is wait and see if they have been successful in their applications.
On Wednesday 14th November, all Yr14 pupils took part in our annual Mock Interview Careers Evening. An extensive range of professionals from a variety of career disciplines gave up their evening to help our pupils gain a better insight into the kind of questions they could be subjected to at both university entrance and graduate level job interviews. This year’s interviewers specialised in a number of areas including; Law, Medicine, Sports Science and even International Relations. After each interview pupils were given individual feedback and careers advice from their interview panel and a significant number of panellists commented on the level of knowledge and understanding the pupils were able to demonstrate during interview, whilst everyone was extremely impressed with the maturity and professionalism demonstrated by all of the pupils on the night. After the interviews everyone was able to unwind and network with some hard earned refreshments in the refectory canteen. An interesting and motivational evening was had by all and a very heartfelt thank-you must go out to all of the panellists and staff who gave of their free time.
The British Airways Future Pilot Programme will open again for new applicants on the 18th November. The programme provides future airline pilots with an opportunity to train with British Airways in order to become a First Officer with them. And to ensure that only the very best talent is selected for training, BA will, where required, provide the necessary financial guarantee to enable successful applicants to secure the required funding. This year 72 new pilots will be selected and trained for British Airways through the Future Pilot Programme. This is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed, if you have any ambitions on being a commercial pilot after leaving school, apply, but competition will be fierce so don’t leave your application to the last minute. For further information visit: http://www.ctcwings.com/bafuturepilot/finance
On Tuesday 16th October, Mrs Kelly and a group of pupils attended the Armed Forces Careers Exhibition at Kinnegar Barracks, Holywood. The Army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy were all exhibiting and representatives from all branches of the Armed Forces were available to answer questions and provided a captivating insight into a life in the services. All of the representatives made our pupils feel very at ease and offered a lot of useful information regarding their careers and experiences. In addition, pupils had the opportunity to explore the inner workings of a range of military hardware including tanks, and a Typhoon fighter jet. And the crack shots amongst our group even had the chance to try out some air rifles and laser guns in the Sniper area. A fascinating and stimulating day was had by all involved.
A University Education is still the best route to finding a job, despite the tough labour market, says the Higher Education Careers Service Unit.
The employment prospects of graduates are “much better than feared”, despite a tough labour market according to a new report commissioned by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (Hecsu) and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services. The report provides a detailed look at the paths taken six months after graduation – based on the cohort leaving university in 2011. The report highlights that 62% of university graduates have jobs six months after leaving university and only 9% are unemployed, despite a rising number of graduates and a struggling economy.
It echoes previous studies showing that in the long term, graduates are likely to earn higher incomes than non-graduates and are less likely to face unemployment. In terms of salaries for graduates, the typical range of earnings was between £18,000 and £24,000 for those graduates who had jobs six months after leaving university.
The deputy research director at Hecsu, Charlie Ball, says that in a “difficult jobs market” and a struggling economy “over 166,000 of last year’s graduates were known to be working in the UK six months after leaving university – nearly 8,000 more than the previous year” and that “the figures show that even in difficult times, graduates can and do get jobs.”
The report also highlights how the jobs market is changing – with both higher demand for graduates and also an increase in the number of graduates starting up their own businesses – with a steady upward entrepreneurial trend in self-employment. This is now approaching 5% of university leavers – up from 3% in the middle of the last decade.
In addition the report points to how cuts in public sector spending could be affecting the jobs market, with reductions in the numbers of graduates going into a range of posts in health, education and social services. For more information visit http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/
The Sunday Times has made awards for the university which is best in each subject area; based on a combination of student ratings for teaching and assessment, UCAS entry points, 1:1s and 2:1s achieved, graduate employment and dropout rates.
Bath – Architecture, building and planning; Business; Mechanical engineering.
Birmingham – Tourism, transport and travel.
Bristol – Human and social geography; Social work.
Cambridge – Biology; Education studies; European languages; History and archaeology; Law; Mathematical sciences; Non-European languages; Politics; Psychology; Sociology, social policy and anthropology; Veterinary sciences.
Durham – Civil and chemical engineering; Performing arts; Sports science.
Edinburgh – Nursing.
Glasgow – Finance and accounting.
Imperial College London – Electronic and electrical engineering; Subjects allied to medicine.
King’s College London – Media studies.
Leeds – Agriculture.
London School of Economics – Philosophy.
Oxford – Art and design; Computer science; Economics; Management; Medicine and dentistry; Physical geography and environmental science; Physical science.
Oxford Brookes – Communications and information Studies.
Queen’s University Belfast – Medical science and pharmacy.
Southampton – Technology.
University College London – English.
Warwick – Creative arts.
Current students thinking of pursuing a career in teaching after completing their undergraduate degree will now find it even harder to gain a place on a PGCE course. The Department of Education has reduced the number of PGCE places available for trainee teachers by 20%. The department has been trying to limit the number of teachers being trained due to both the high number of teacher redundancies currently taking place throughout the sector as a result of departmental budget cuts and the already high number of unemployed new teachers without permanent jobs in a saturated jobs market.