It may by daunting when you are starting to dive into the world of employment. It is full of applications, digital tests, interviews, assessment centres, and that’s before you even have to start thinking about location, salary, benefits, responsibilities etc when choosing the job. This is why the University, coupled with Henley, have a supportive and expert careers department so you can gain advice in any area you are struggling with.
The first thing to remember is that by being part of the Henley Business School you have access to both the University of Reading’s Careers department and the specific Henley Careers Department. There are a range of things available to you from booking one to one appointment, resources online on Blackboard and even events running throughout each term.
We have taken the time to list some of the key resources for you to help make sure you are the best applicant for any job you are applying for. So be sure to use them! Even though campus is shut due to lockdown, all these resources are still available.
Listed below are some things available before the end of the Spring Term:
Telephone Careers Appointment (including careers advice, CV and Cover Letter checks or information about funding/work experience).
Book an online or telephone mock interview with a Careers Consultant.
Some Events Taking Place:
Digital Mock Assessment Centre. 12th January 2021 at 16:00-17:30.
The Henley Business School provides students top tips and a practice within a digital assessment centre.
Industry Insights with Bank of America. 20th January 2021 at 18:00-19:00.
The Bank of America takes this webinar to give students an insight into their company, values and graduate programmes.
Industry Insights with HSBC. 27th January 2021 at 18:00-21:00.
As one of the UK’s top 4 Banks, HSBC will take this webinar to give students an insight into their working life, the company and their graduate programmes.
Find Hidden Jobs. 2nd February 2021 at 16:00-18:00.
Searching for Jobs can sometimes be the hardest thing to get started with. This webinar will help you know what you are looking for and more importantly, find the more hidden jobs rather than the programmes that are usually centre stage of grad job promotions.
59 Minutes on Sustainability. 23rd February 2021 at 18:00-18:59.
Sustainability is becoming a large feature of progressive companies so this webinar will break it down for you and can also provide you topics to talk about in an interview.
Interview Skills. 24th February 2021 at 13:00-14:00.
This webinar is ideal for someone that wants to develop their interview skills, whether this is making themselves more approachable or tackling nerves.
Alumni Insights. 12th March 2021 at 20:00-21:00.
The Henley Business School invites some of their alumni students to come and give advice and answer questions on their time searching for jobs and what they are doing now.
These are just a selection of events and you can find more on MyJobsOnline.
Whilst career engagement programmes and workshops are useful when you are applying for various roles, another key thing to consider is what will actually go into your application. This is where I would stress the importance of society and club involvement. Not only can it expand your network, it shows the employer that you are ambitious and can time manage your degree alongside other commitments. This is why the RUSU Societies page is imperative to giving your application that added extra.
I would suggest joining your course society (Business Society, Finance Society, Real Estate Society etc.) However, you could then get involved in more tailored societies, such as Enactus and Reading Entrepreneurs to demonstrate your passion in your subject area and your ability to immerse yourself further than your course.
It is never too late to join a society, no matter what year you are in. Make sure you are taking advantage of what The University of Reading and the Henley Careers department have to offer, and keep an eye out for more upcoming events!