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Careers and Employability Blog
by Fairfield Connect Admin - Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:27 PM
 

Dear students  

The work placement, employability and careers Team at FSB are still looking out for you during the COVID-19 lock down. We want to help you focus on what you will do when your course finishes and give you the best possible chance to find a career that suits you and your family. We know this is especially important for those of you in your final year. This is the first of several blogs that the team and I are writing to give you some top tips to help you stay engaged with your careers aspirations and employability options. 

Work Placement, Employability and Careers   

Mr Larry Oseni –  Larry.oseni@fairfield.ac  

Mr Sabi Singh – saravjit.singh@fairfield.ac  

Head of Student Support & Enhancement  

Dr Wendy Wigley – wendy.wigley@fairfield.ac   

 

What sort of personality are you? 

We know that education and studying changes how people think. Learning not only gives you knew knowledge and skills; it also enhances the knowledge and skills you already have...the ones that make you the person you are. 

Personality questionnaires are a good way of helping you understand yourself and what makes you tick and what just leaves you feeling bored or frustrated? This personality questionnaire is based on the famous Myers Briggs (r) ‘personality types’ and is surprisingly accurate: take the test here https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test 

Once we have an idea what type of personality we are, we can help ourselves by putting in place strategies that help us enjoy the good things in life, but also help us deal with the things in life...and our work that we find challenging.  

Knowing our personality can help us tell employers that we have the skills that they will be looking for by using descriptions of ourselves such as being organisedcreativedetermineddedicated, and you can use these descriptions to your personal statement (see below) 

 

Want to watch some helpful videos? 

Below are two very good Ted Talks that you could watch during the stay at home period. One is about on seeking employment and the other one explains the importance of communication.  

Title: Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques 

Topic: Communication is critical to success in business and in life. Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about speaking up during a meeting? Learn and practice techniques that will help you speak spontaneously with greater confidence and clarity. Matt Abrahams is a lecturer of strategic communication at Stanford GSB and the host of "Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast," a show with more tips and best practices on becoming a more engaging speaker.  

Title: Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen 

Topic: Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive -- and why employers should look for ability over credentials. 

Have you got a Curriculum Vitae (CV)? 

Here’s a task for you to look at during this Covid-19 period. Our CV template has been created with a step by step guide of what is required in each section to make it easy for you to follow 

To help you we have also included some different personal statements. You can look at these and make them personal to describe you and your aspirations. These statements will work for which ever course you are studying for both students studying.  

To attain direct link to the CV and personal statements template please email us on workplacement@fairfield.ac