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Career Support: Abertay Graduates ABERTAY UNIVERSITY CAREERS SERVICE

Welcome

We are currently in a very unique situation, in a world shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has resulted in a lot of uncertainty, especially around the economy, work and recruitment opportunities for graduates.

How you respond to this situation is the only thing that you are in control of now. We have created this guide to bring together as many resources as possible and make them easy to access in order to help you maintain a focus on your goals and take action now.

This is more important now in the current context. Over the coming months we will continue to develop our support for you and align it with emerging trends in graduate recruitment, such as the move to on-line recruiting.

Our Offer

Continuous Online Career Support to Graduates

It is Abertay University's policy to provide continuous career support for three years after graduation. See the section below, "Online Career Support Resources" for specific details on how we can support you. We can also connect with you for a career conversation, one to one.

How Will We Connect?

Visit Abertay Connect, register as a Graduate and once successfully registered, you can book an online Careers Appointment for a one to one conversation by Microsoft Teams or telephone.

You can also submit a question using the query function on Abertay Connect.

Careers Team

Richard Ogston (Careers Service Manager) - Divisions of Food & Drink; Law; Sport & Exercise Sciences

Martin Hughes (Career Development Adviser) - Divisions of Natural & Built Environment; Psychology; Counselling and Forensic Sciences

Kelly Dawson (Careers Adviser) - Divisions of Games Technology & Mathematics; Games & Arts; Cyber Security; Accounting, Business and Management; Biomedical Sciences

Jacqueline Gray (Careers Adviser) - Division of Health Sciences (Mental Health Nursing; Division of Sociology

Aaron McKenna (Careers Adviser) - Works across all Divisions supporting graduates

Jane Graham (Placement Coordinator) - Works across all Divisions regarding placement modules

Ricky Shek (Employer Liaison Officer) - Works across all Divisions regarding employer engagement & labour market information

Your Future Starts Now

If you have graduated into uncertainty and are confused about what to do now, then start to take action and tap into all the support you can get. The challenge is to cope both with the "here and now" and also to continue to focus on shaping your future, your longer term goals.

In the current situation this might take longer and require flexibility and re-evaluation of your plans. There are opportunities out there and more will emerge as we work our way out of all the current uncertainty.This is a time to focus on solutions and take action to put them into practice in order to achieve your long term goals. We can support you to do this.

Online Career Support Resources

  • CV Guidance
  • CV Examples
  • Cover Letter
  • Successful Applications
  • Personal Statements
  • Interview Guidance

You can find guidance for the above topics and much more on our career resources page here.

A Life Online

Virtual is the new normal. Many recruiters have moved their recruitment process online; they will not simply go back to pre-pandemic life once we return to a more normal situation. LinkedIn has always been an important communication tool for Graduates, now it is essential. As with your CV you can have an effective professional LinkedIn profile or one that does not effectively communicate what you have to offer.

There are a number of simple guides that have been created to help you create a professional profile, many of them created by LinkedIn for students and graduates.

You can find help guides on LinkedIn here on our careers pages. If you create, or have created, a profile let us know and we can review it to ensure it is effective.

Managing Uncertainty

Developing Resilience

Being resilient is definitely a strength, but in order to help you develop it we first need to know what blocks its development and what can be done to remove those blocks.

"Developing Resilience" by Michael Neenan

ATTITUDES: The blocks exist in our attitudes, our interpretations of our self and the world. Our attitudes are not set in stone, but once identified and understood can be changed by consciously working to think differently.

UNCERTAINTY: One of the key attitudes that holds us back, undermines our resilience and stops us taking action is our attitude towards uncertainty. If you cannot predict the outcome of a course of action then you do not undertake the task or embark on the journey. Instead you engage in “what if” thinking and focus instead on predicting the future and ultimately deciding not to undertake a specific course of action.

MINDSET: A resilient mindset is prepared to engage with uncertainty and undertake a course of action even if the outcome is not guaranteed. Action is taken even when you are uncertain about the outcome. The focus is on action and shaping the outcome to ensure it is the best possible in the circumstances.

CAREER: If you ask a lot of people who are in a place where they are happy with their career destination they will tell you, “I didn’t plan for this, I worked towards it and created my own luck along the way and grabbed opportunities when they appeared.” They engaged with the world and in so doing actively shaped their future.

WELLBEING: By focusing on “how to” rather than “what if”, the kind of journey outlined above is hard but often less stressful because engaging with the world brings its own benefits in the people you meet and the feeling of “doing something” meaningful. Essentially dealing with uncertainty is about being prepared to step out of your comfort zone, shape the unknown and manage your thinking along the way.

COVID-19: Are you more resilient than you might be giving yourself credit for? How do you deal with uncertainty? Ask yourself how you dealt with the lockdown and the impact of COVID-19. What has your response been? After all this is the only thing you are in control of.

WE ALL NEED SUPPORT: You can find articles with wellbeing advice and support on this section of NextStepSupport.

There are also a number of self-care apps you can use if feeling anxious or stressed:

Mental Health Helplines

  • Samaritans T: 08457 90 90 90
  • Breathing Space: T: 0800 83 85 87
  • Hopeline T: 0800 068 4141
  • Saneline T: 07984 967 708

Other Resources

Credits:

Created with an image by Markus Winkler - "untitled image"