How you can continue to focus on Career Planning during the Covid-19 Lockdown
LSST Students, welcome to our first blog of many to come. The work placement, employability and careers team is here to look 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 of studies. This is the first of several blogs we are writing to give you some top tips to help you stay engaged with your career aspirations and employability options. To attain direct link to the Work Placement please click here: https://portal.lsst.ac/mod/page/view.php?id=2915)
What sort of personality are you?
We know that education changes how people think. Learning not only gives you new 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, what makes you tick and what just leaves you feeling bored or frustrated? This personality questionnaire is based on the famous Myers Briggs® ‘personality types’ and is surprisingly accurate: take the test here https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
Once we understand 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 issues in our personal and professional life that we find challenging.
Here are some engaging and helpful TED talks to make you think about your communication style and help you focus on your abilities
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.
Make sure your CV show cases the best aspects of your personality and communication abilities.
So now that you have found what sort of personality you are and watched the Ted Talk videos, here’s a task we have for you to look at during this Covid-19 period. This CV template has been created with a step by step guide of what is required in each section of the CV.
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 please follow the link below:
Please contact us:
If you have any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Despite the lockdown, we as a team are working hard to offer our services to you virtually.
Work Placement, Employability and Careers Team
Dr Wendy Wigley: Head of LSST Student Support and Enhancement– firstname.lastname@example.org
Daud Maroof – All campuses email@example.com
Carlene Nancoo – Wembley Campus Carlene.firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Cojocaru – Luton Campus email@example.com
Fabiana Bernardi – Elephant and Castle Campusfabiana.firstname.lastname@example.org
(Edited by Connect Admin - original submission Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 5:16 PM)