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Prospects virtual fairs – a creative way to find a job
Graduate Prospects will be holding a series of virtual fairs in 2008/9. These innovative careers fairs allow students and graduates, recruiters and course providers to interact within a unique online environment.
The virtual environment removes the stresses often associated with traditional recruitment events and allows even the most remote students and graduates to access employers and careers information from the comfort of their own computer.
Last year’s virtual fair events allowed a range of graduate employers to meet over 3,000 potential employees. Since then, the virtual fairs archive has received a mammoth 40,000 page views from over 20,000 users. Laura from Maxxima Group explains why she feels the virtual fair is a creative and effective alternative to traditional recruitment:
'The event was a great success for us, much busier than we expected and we gained some great feedback in terms of what graduates are looking for. This is something that we would not normally have gained from simply placing online adverts and was much appreciated. In addition, we received a number of applications, eight of which were of very high quality. We have used Prospects successfully in the past and the virtual fair confirmed our faith in Prospects to continue to provide us with highly skilled, motivated graduate candidates.'
Around 10-20 graduate recruiters or course providers exhibit at each virtual fair, with each expecting to attract up to 2,000 visitors a day. Students and graduates have access to five key zones, including exhibitor information, vacancies, chatroom events, CVs and interactive careers guidance. For the sector job fairs, each registered student will also be invited to upload their CV to a special database, available only to participating recruiters for the duration of the virtual fair.
This year’s programme of virtual fairs kicks off in November with seven one-day, sector-specific fairs. Confirmed exhibitors include Capital One, NHS Scotland and Camp America, to name but a few. Jayne Rowley, Publishing Director at Graduate Prospects, explains the programme of fairs for 2008/09:
'After taking on board the feedback we received from careers services, we decided to hold a series of sector-specific events. The fairs will cover seven sectors and conclude with a Postgraduate Fair attended by course providers. We are also holding a Gap Year and Work Experience Fair in December, so there really is something for everyone.'
Careers services can also choose to host their own virtual fair, inviting the exhibitors of their choosing to attend. The system is easy to use and can be customised to fit with existing systems. Fairs can run for any duration and hosts can decide on the scheduling of chatroom events.
Full Virtual Fairs Programme
Prospects Sector Spectacular Fairs: 17-25 November 2008
- Public and Voluntary Sector and Education (17 November)
- Professional Services, Banking and Management (18 November)
- Engineering, Science and Technology (19 November)
- Sales, Publishing, Media and Marketing (20 November)
- Law (21 November)
- Retail, Tourism and Leisure (24 November)
- IT and Information Services (25 November)
Prospects Postgrad Extravaganza Fair: 26 November 2008
Prospects Virtual Work Experience Fair: 1-5 December 2008
Prospects Virtual Gap Year Fair: 1-5 December 2008
You can view further details of these events on the Prospects website.
Making Prospects better - an AGCAS member's experience
Andy Kay, Careers Adviser at the University of Salford, was seconded to the Prospects Web User Experience Project in 2007.
You can read about Andy's experience as part of the team charged with 'making Prospects better' in the report below, which is available to AGCAS members who have registered with this site and signed in.
This article was first submitted to Phoenix (May 2009).
Graduate Prospects is looking for a small team of experienced HE careers professionals to help ensure the currency of Types of Jobs and to review the ratings for Prospects Planner.
There are two aims:
• To review the existing Types of jobs profiles to ensure that they're representative of the current job market. The team will review titles and advise on changes, suggesting new and upcoming titles and removal of obsolete titles for AGCAS/Prospects final decision.
• Each profile will be assigned a rating which is matched against a set of criteria, the ratings inform the My Prospects Career Planner tool which helps students and graduates match their skills against suitable occupations.
Prospects are looking for 4/5 experienced HE careers professionals to review and rate profiles and one moderator who will be responsible for providing a clear direction to the group under the leadership of AGCAS/Prospects, monitoring progress, coordinating activities, arranging meetings and checking consistency and accuracy of work.
There are almost 400 profiles and ideally each team member will be responsible for the review and rating of 80-100 profiles. It is expected that the project will run for around two months, and Prospects would ideally like this to commence in May 2014.
A fixed sum of £500 per person will be paid to the successful individuals which is expected to cover all associated tasks over the two-month period.
How to apply
If you're interested and think you have the skills to help with this project, please email Margaret Collister. You will need to provide a short summary which details your skills, experience and knowledge in the area and also include evidence of any research/analysis you have undertaken or projects you have worked on.
As part of our commitment with Graduate Prospects to produce relevant and informative careers resources, AGCAS Publications are introducing nine new Job Profile titles on to the Prospects website to add to the extensive list of Job Profiles we already publish with Graduate Prospects.
As they need to be written from scratch, we're offering £400 per title. This work has to meet the writer guidelines and deadline, and include submission of at least one case study.
Working on a new Job Profile title involves researching and writing the text, sourcing case studies of people who graduated within the last five years and submitting the work as a Word document to deadline. You will be allocated an AGCAS editor for guidance and help.
The titles are:
• Actuarial analyst
• Business analyst
• Forensic accountant
• Physician associate
• Play therapist
• Project manager
• Psychological wellbeing practitioner
• UX analyst
The deadline for submitting the complete profile and case studies is Monday 13 June 2016.
Please submit a bid, which includes a summary of why you would be ideal for the task. Consider the following:
• Have you got research/writing experience? An interest in these jobs?
• Do any of your students study degrees that lead to these occupations?
• Do you know alumni/friends/family you could get in touch with for case studies?
• Do you have links with university departments who could advise/put you in touch with alumni?
Please email your bid to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 21 March 2016.
Writing for AGCAS is a great opportunity to hone your skills, expand your knowledge and enrich the content on the Prospects website for the benefit of students, graduates, careers professionals and the wider HE community.
AGCAS is pleased to announce that Prospects is the headline sponsor for the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals 2016. We are delighted to be working with Prospects, who have supported AGCAS's flagship conference over many years and helped us to make the Annual Conference the highlight of the HE careers calendar.
Prospects Chief Executive, Mike Hill, said:
"We're delighted to be headline sponsor of the Annual Conference once again. Prospects has a long-standing professional partnership with AGCAS to achieve our common objective: supporting HE careers services and related sectors to maximise the opportunities and support available to all students and graduates."
Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, commented:
"Prospects' continuing support of the AGCAS conference enables us to put on a bigger and better event than in previous years. There is so much happening within the HE careers and employability sector at the moment. The conference will be an important opportunity for colleagues to keep up to date on developments."
Returning to a three-day event running from the 6th - 8th September at the University of Chester, the conference theme this year is Strategy in Action: Innovate, Influence, Impress. The conference, supported by headline sponsor Prospects, will include a mix of topical keynote presentations, a wide range of workshops, an exhibition, a conference dinner and the AGCAS Awards for Excellence.
How to book
To book your place at the conference, download a copy of the booking form from the conference web page.
Findings from the 2016 edition of What Do Graduates Do? reveal that the unemployment rate for graduates six months after leaving university is 5.7%, a significant fall from 6.3% in 2015.
The report also highlights that graduates are working in more professional roles with the proportion in non-graduate jobs after six months falling from 32% in 2015 to 29% in 2016.
The 2016 report gives a thorough picture of the destinations of last year’s 247,835 UK domiciled first degree graduates in January 2016, six months after they had left university.
What Do Graduates Do? is an annual publication published by Prospects in collaboration with AGCAS for the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU). Analysis uses data from the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Expert commentary in the form of editorial is provided by members of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group, careers and employability professionals who work on a day-to-day basis with students, graduates and employers, in collaboration with members of the Prospects team. The 2016 report gives a thorough picture of the destinations of last year’s 247,835 UK domiciled first degree graduates in January 2016, six months after they had left university.
Graduates in demand
Early unemployment rates below 6% signal a relatively strong jobs market for graduates, a level last seen during the pre-recession employment peak in 2007.
Charlie Ball, head of higher education intelligence at Prospects said:
“This year’s graduates can be reassured that we are approaching Brexit with a graduate jobs market that is in relatively good shape, certainly the best it has been for some time. By the start of next year, the large majority will be in work or in postgraduate study. Leaving the EU will disrupt our graduate labour market, but it won’t kill it. Although a hit to graduate career prospects is likely, the story of the UK economy will continue with increased reliance on highly skilled people to drive growth. However, exactly where the impact will fall and how large it will be is still highly uncertain, presenting challenges to careers and employability professionals supporting students and graduates.”
Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, said:
“These recent findings are encouraging and show that the skills and attributes of UK graduates are very much in demand by employers. We all have concerns about the potential effect of Brexit on the graduate labour market. AGCAS will continue to work with members, their institutions, the wider higher education community and employers to ensure the best outcomes for graduates of UK higher education.”
The number of first degrees awarded to UK domiciled graduates in 2014/15 was 312,330, down 25,900 on the previous year. As a consequence, the number known to have been in work after six months also fell from 199,810 in 2015 to 189,245 in 2016. As fewer graduates entered the labour market, there are clear signs of a shortage in many occupations, notably in nursing, engineering, construction, teaching, IT and parts of the business services industry.
Charlie Ball added:
“It looks likely these areas will continue to experience shortages. The country is about to enter a prolonged period of falling numbers of 18 year-olds. A decline in graduate numbers, similar to that we have seen this year, may become more common without policy drivers to increase university participation. Business and the economy has to accustom itself to the idea that the pool of available graduates may not continue to grow in the way we are used to over the next few years.”
Janice Montgomery, Chair of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group, added:
“It is particularly good news that there has been a notable increase in the proportion of graduates working in professional roles. Uncertainties remain in the political arena but, based on these figures, there are grounds for some cautious optimism for current and future graduates.”
Download the latest edition (2016) of What Do Graduates Do?
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