Choosing a Career - University of Kent

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Choosing a Career - University of Kent
Careers and Employability Service
What can I do with a Degree in HPA?
Nicola Urquhart
Careers Adviser
What we will cover
• The graduate labour market
• What do employers want?
• What skills do HPA graduates have?
• What do HPA graduates do:
the jobs they get
their typical employers
the further courses they study
The graduate labour market in 2013
• Approximately 30% - 40% of
vacancies are open to graduates
with a degree from any discipline
• Employers increasingly focusing on
professional attributes in addition to
transferable skills
• Relevant work experience
increasingly important
• Need for students to think earlier
about their employability
• Employers are expecting to
increase their graduate recruitment
by 2.7% in 2013
What do employers want?
Commercial Awareness
Work Experience
Professional attributes
Employability skills
Degree awarded at 2.1 or above
What skills do HPA students have?
• Attention to Detail
• Communication
• Critical Evaluation/Interpretation
• Literacy
• Research skills!
• Time Management Skills
• Analytical Skills and Creative Thinking
Skills and attributes that graduate recruiters are
looking for?
Self awareness
Contextual/cultural awareness
Report writing
Problem Solving
Positive attitude
Team working
Capacity to develop
Drive and resilience
Project management
IT skills
Business and
customer awareness
Planning and organisation
What is a career?
• Career choice is not an
event or occasion
• Career choice is a
Jobs directly related to your degree
Jobs directly related to your degree
Arts Administrator
Auctioneer/Valuer - Fine Arts
Editorial Assistant
Exhibition Organiser
Heritage Manager
Heritage Officer/Interpreter
Historical Buildings Inspector/Conservations Officer
Lecturer, Art History (HE/FE)
Librarian, Special/Academic
Magazine Journalist
Museum/Art Gallery Curator
Museum Education Officer
Museum/Gallery Conservator/Restorer
Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Officer
Picture Researcher
Jobs that are not directly related to your
Many employers value the
skills you have gained more
than the subject
Many options open to you!
NHS Management
Human Resources
Production Management
Public Relations
Social Work
Researching Careers
• http://www.prospects.ac.uk/museum_gallery_curator
• Overview of the sector
• Job descriptions
• Salary and conditions
• Entry requirements
• Training
• Career development
• Employers and vacancy sources
• Related jobs
Graduate Schemes
• www.prospects.ac.uk
• www.get.hobsons.co.uk
• www.targetjobs.co.uk
• www guardianuk300.com
• www.top100graduateemployers.com
• www.kent.ac.uk/ces/vacancies.html
Example Graduate Schemes
• Accenture
• Ernest & Young
• Aldi
• EU Careers
• Arcadia
• BAE Systems
• L’Oreal
• Mars
• Bloomberg
• McDonalds
• British Sugar
• MI5
• Cancer Research UK
• National Grid
• Deliotte
• Penguin
• TeachFirst
• Diageo
Example Graduate scheme (Bloomberg )
• Finance
• IT
• Media
• Sales
Example graduate scheme: DFID
• Engineering
• Finance
• General Management
• IT
• Purchasing
• Research and
Postgraduate Study
• Approx. 22% of HPA graduates do PG study after graduation
• MA taught – 1 year Sept to June – lectures,
June to Sept – dissertation.
• Research MA 1 to 2 years – often part-time
• PhD – 3 years. Nearly always a MA first.
• PGCE (teacher training) 1 year:
• See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/postgradmenu.htm
Postgraduate study
• Not much funding available for
MA. Fees are about £5,000. At
Kent get £1,000 graduate school
scholarship reduction
• Many students work for a year to
fund it or do it part-time whilst
• Consider vocational MA –
journalism, publishing, HR,
Media Production etc.
• Normally apply middle of final
year. No UCAS can apply to as
many course as you wish to – 3
or 4 is normal
Study Abroad
• Many postgraduate courses
are now taught in English,
especially in the Netherlands
and Scandinavia
• No course fees in Sweden and
about £1,000 in Germany and
• See
Being Successful
• “ Most people find a
job in the creative
industries by word of
mouth: the more
people you know in
the industry the better
your chances”
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Using Social Media to Job Search
• Follow organisations, @SkillsetSSC,
@ace_national, @IPA_Updates
Follow @unikentemploy
Get industry updates
Remember everything is public
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• ‘Like’ company pages
• ‘Like’ https://www.facebook.com/UKCES
• Is your profile professional enough?!
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• www.linkedin.com
• Search for jobs.
• Use key words in your profile.
• Follow companies.
• Connect with people in the industry.
• Join relevant groups.
What do HPA graduates do?
In broad terms (recent destinations)
• Employment 67%
Further Study 22%
Not available 6%
Seeking employment 5%
Typical Employers
• Antique Dealers
• National Galleries
• Art Dealers
• National Museums
• Arts Organisations
• Picture Libraries
• Civil Service
• Schools, Colleges,
• Commercial Galleries
• Craft & Design Institutions
• Heritage Centres
• Local Authority Museums
• Stately Homes
• Tourist Boards
• Valuers & Auctioneers
Entry level job titles
Art Gallery Administrator
Assistant Curator: Schools - Tate Britain
Cultural Tour Operator - Martin Randall Travel Ltd
Education Officer (Families & Young People) - V&A
Exhibitions Registrar - National Gallery
Fine Art Administrator - International Auction
Junior Picture Researcher - The Folio Society
Part-time Picture Researcher - The Welcome Trust
Picture Desk Administrator - Quarto Publishing plc
Public Art Co-ordination Officer - Bolton Metro
Publishing Agent (Fine Art Reproductions) - Isle of
Wight Museum Service
Trainee Assistant Curator - Norwich Gallery
University of Kent Employment examples
Administration (x2) - Courtauld Institute, Sothebys
Art Adviser - Castle Galleries
Auction Administrator - Spink & Son Ltd
Collections Assistant - National Museum
Display Assistant - Turner Contemporary
Gallery Manager - Galleria
Guiding Warden - Buckingham Palace
Intern (x2) - Christie's Auctioneers, CAPC Musee D'Art Contemporian
Library Assistant - West Barnes Library
Museum Assistant (x3) - Greece, Herne Bay Museum, Paisnel Gallery
Photographic Designer - Jarvis Photography
Print Assistant - Christie’s Auctioneers
Tour Leader - Leeds Castle
Trainee Archivist - Gloucestershire Archives
Trainee Evaluator - Bonhams Auctioneers
Volunteer Curator - Tate Modern
Visitor Service Host - National Army Museum
Employment examples
Administrative Assistant - Essex University
Classroom Assistant (x3) - Bearnes Primary, St. Francis De Sales Junior, Dane Court Grammar
EFL Teacher (x5) - British Council, Language School, Canterbury Christchurch University, GEOS,
Examinations Officer - Christ the King's 6th Form College
Lecturer/FE Certificate - Canterbury College
Programmes Senior Administrator - University of Surrey
Teacher - Montessori School
Editor - Educational Publishing Co
Editorial Assistant - Radio Times (BBC Worldwide)
PR Assistant - PR Company
Production Co-ordinator - European Technology Publishing
Publicity Assistant - Macmillan
Reporter - Purple Media
Researcher- Brooklapping (TV)
Sub-Editor - Barbour Index
Further study examples
Art Foundation Course - Middlesex
MA - Courtauld Institute of Art
MA English - Kent
MA Film Studies - Kent
MA Film Studies - Nottingham
MA Gallery Studies - Essex
MA History & Philosophy of Art - Kent
MA History & Theory of Art - Kent (x5)
MA History of Art - Courtauld Institute of Art
MA History of Art - Bristol
MA History of Art - Essex
MA History of Art - Oxford
MA Industrial Relations - Kent
MA Medieval & Tudor St - Kent
MA Modern Art – Essex
MA Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics - Kent
MA by Research - History of Art - Kent
MPhil History & Theory of Art - Kent
PGCE Art & Design - Homerton College
PGCE Primary - Canterbury Christ Church
In the creative arts and
culture industry 44% of
people are self-employed
compared to 13% in the UK
as a whole.
Placements and Internships - Definitions
• Internship:
Usually 1-3 months long, during a summer vacation.
The student works on a defined project at a graduate
• Graduate Internship
Usually 3-6 months long, after graduation.
The student works on a defined project at a graduate
Placements and Internships - Definitions
• Placement:
Also called sandwich year or year in industry.
Usually 9-12 months long during the penultimate year
of study.
Must be relevant to degree course.
The student works on a defined project at a graduate
• Work experience/shadowing:
1-2 weeks unpaid.
A taster of the career area.
• Insight day
Taster days organised by companies.
Top Tips during your Placement/Internship
• Make an impression:
Use your initiative.
Get feedback.
Be professional.
• Network
Ask to shadow/work in different departments.
Connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn.
• Keep a log of the skills you have gained with
Searching for placements/internships
• www.kent.ac.uk/ces
Vacancy database
‘ ‘I want to work in….’ section
• www.ratemyplacement.co.uk
• www.prospects.ac.uk
Vacancy database
Job sectors
• Graduate directories
• Speculative approach
Searching for placements/internships
• http://graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk/cms/Sho
• www.targetjobs.co.uk
• www.milkround.com
• www.insidecareers.co.uk
• www.thejobcrowd.com
General advice
• Market Yourself ! - It’s not necessarily who you know
but who knows you
• Read the relevant trade, industry, websites and
directories (find out what’s happening)
• Develop your networking skills (record and follow up
• Find out who actually makes the decisions for hiring
Make use of your time at university!
What if I’m still stuck?
• Make the most of
opportunities (planned
• Think about it little and
• Make an appointment
to speak to a careers
How the Careers and Employability Service can
help you.
What we do
• Careers Talks and Workshops
• Careers Library: Employer Directories, Occupational Profiles, Books etc
• Comprehensive Web Pages
• Careers Employability Award (CEM) on Moodle
• Vacancy Database
• Alumni Careers Network
• Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair
• Drop In - Quick Query
• Careers Guidance Interviews
Careers and Employability Service
Web Site: www.kent.ac.uk/ces
Careers and Employability Service Web Pages
• I want to work in ….
• What can I do with my degree in
• Choosing a Career
• Interviews (includes assessment centres and
psychometric tests etc.)
• Example CVs & Covering Letters
• Creative Career Search
• Employability Skills
HISTORY OF ART LINKS - Useful Websites
Arts Council (links to Visual Arts organisations & resources) www.artscouncil.org.uk
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) www.ahrc.ac.uk
Art Galleries Listings www.artefact.co.uk
art jobster http://artjobster.com Artworkers jobsite: arts, media, visual arts, gallery, museum, community arts,
heritage, theatre, dance, festivals, music, & art therapy jobs.
Association for Heritage Interpretation www.heritageinterpretation.org.uk
Association of Art Historians once a member you can apply for up to £500 of support for relevant work
experience in a gallery or similar www.aah.org.uk/funding/voluntary-work-fund
Auction Guide Online www.auctionguide.com
Bonhams www.bonhams.com
Christie's www.christies.com/home_page/home_page.asp
The Creative Way www.creativeway.org.uk creative careers in the Thames Gateway
Cuture 24 (gateway to 2,500 museums) www.24hourmuseum.org.uk
Guide to Art Collections Around GB and Ireland www.artguide.org/uk
Museum Net www.museums.co.uk
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council www.mla.gov.uk
Museums Association www.museumsassociation.org
Online directory of UK Postgraduate courses www.prospects.ac.uk/student/pgdir
Careers Employability Award
 The module takes about 12 hours to complete
 But this can be done at your own pace
You do this by completing:
 9 quizzes
 3 short assignments
 1 feedback form
Comments from students who have completed
the award.
• “I liked the fact that the assignments relate to how you
would fill in answers on a graduate job application step
by step and provides examples of how to fill it in.”
• “I really enjoyed the quizzes. They effectively
highlighted the gaps in my knowledge, as many of the
answers surprised me. I also found the module on
creating my own CV very useful, these skills will be
invaluable for tailoring my CV to particular jobs.”
• “There is a wealth of information about everything; I
especially liked the individual information about
specific job types and the advice given about interview
Attend Careers Talks and Workshops.
• A Career in Sales
• Champions Life Academy
• The Network
• CRCC (Asia, China Internship
Programme )
• http://www.kent.ac.uk/calendar/
(Student Skills and Employability)
• http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/casev
Vacancy Database
• All vacancies sent to the Careers and Employability
Service by employers, whether for graduate jobs,
sandwich placements or vacation
work/internships are entered on this database
which offers:
• Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest
• Employers notifying vacancies are often
specifically targeting Kent graduates, so
competition for jobs is lower than on other
vacancy sites
Speak to an adviser:
• Quick query, drop in and
speak to an adviser
10.30am -12.30pm and
2.00pm-4pm Monday to
• E mail
[email protected] and
an adviser will respond to
your query.
• You can also book a longer
career guidance
appointment over the phone
or pop in.
Action points
• Use www.prospects.ac.uk, including Prospects
Planner, to research options available
• Use www.kent.ac.uk/ces
• Get relevant work experience
• Think beyond the stereotypes of organisations e.g.
Asda , e-on
• Find out how the sectors you are interested in recruit
Have a back up plan
• Make use of the Careers and Employability Service
Careers and Employability Service
You can download a copy of this presentation
at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm
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