I joined a lecture on 5th May, which was organized by the other mentoring group. The topic of the lecture was ‘How to prepare for the working life?’, and was given by Aippi, our coordinator. For the mentors, this lecture is very helpful and meaningful, since we will graduate in June and job seeking should be one of significant issues needed to be considered now. For the mentees, it is better for them to be clear about how to seek a job and make relevant preparation earlier.
Before the lecture, Aippi asked us to think about what kinds of job we could do after graduation from Learning, Education and Technology Programme. We made some notes and then categorized into various types, which involved teaching management, teaching training, researchers, teaching, administers or trainers in company, and so on. It was a good beginning that we took into account our career planning with brainstorming.
There were some important issues about job seeking in Aippi’s lecture and presentation. First of all was application letter. The contents that should be showed in the application letter included brief introduction about educational background and working experience (since they would be illustrated in detail in curriculum vitae), your interests in the position, how you familiar with the employer and related areas, what is your contribution to the employer, what kinds of skills you master, what strength you have, and so forth. In addition, the mistakes and errors, such as spelling and grammar, cannot exist in the application letter.
Secondly was the curriculum vitae (CV). The CV should be two pages, and the contents contained (a) personal information, (b) the detailed educational background and working experience, (c) expertise, strengths, and professional skills, (d) language skills and ICT skills, (e) job intention, which is able to be the description of the position you want to apply. Besides the items mentioned above, we also discussed if adding personal picture on the CV and what types of picture could be selected. The conclusion was that it was a good idea to add picture, since to some extent it would get employer’s attention when he/she read our CV.
Thirdly was what the expectation of the employer. Aippi demonstrated this point particularly and elaborated clearly. From Aippi’s presentation, it consisted of (1) essential expertise, (2) good ICT skills, (3) language skills, (4) collaboration skills, (5) commitment, (6) ability to the active and take initiative, (7) ability to adapt for changes, (8) flexibility, (9) willing to learn more. Apart from those contents, one mentor indicated that ‘keep confidential’ was also one of important aspects the employ expected.
Fourthly was the interview. Before the interview, it was necessary to well know the circumstance of the employer (e.g. main business, enterprise culture, future developing direction, etc.) and the applied position, self-assessment on the basis of position’s requirements, workplace etiquette, and what questions you want to ask interviewers. We should wear the formal clothes and arrive at the interview 10 to 15 minutes early. During the interview, we need to shake hands with interviewers if necessary, speak clearly and softly, answer the questions honestly and politely, present intentions to contribute to the employer, display the skills and ability to work in this position, and so on. After the interview, we should send email to thank employer even though we were refused at the end.
Finally was to utilize social media as a tool in job seeking. There were many social media, such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, etc., can be used to post our profile and CV, and create connection with various people and employers, so that it was possible to obtain information about employment, get an interview opportunity, or even a job.
At the end of the lecture, we were asked to talk about personal strengths and what should be developed, it was conducive for us to self-reflect and self-assess our current expertise, skills, and shortcomings. Today’s lecture presented a clear picture about the process of job seeking and relevant information, which would help me to make preparation for the working life and seek a proper job after graduation. 🙂