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4. KEY SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT
4.1 The Careers Service
You are encouraged to visit the Careers Service at any stage during your studies, the sooner the better, for confidential and impartial information, advice and guidance, whether you are you seeking:
part time work to help finance your studies, or
that all important work experience to assess whether a particular career is for you and to demonstrate your commitment to a future employer, or
to develop skills which will make you more employable, or
help to decide on your future career direction (job, further study, year out, etc), or
information on what opportunities are available, or
to make successful applications and win that offer, or
to discuss the implications of choosing, changing or leaving your programme of study, or
to discuss any other career related issue.
You are very welcome to come and meet us on the 1st Floor, Student Services Centre, next door to the Guild of Students on Mount Pleasant, opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral. Details of all our services are on our website via the Centre for Lifelong Learning home page at www.liv.ac.uk/cll, or contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: 0151 794 4647.
The Engineering Careers Adviser is Jackie Leyland (email@example.com). Each year a wide range of presentations on all aspects of careers are organised, mainly for the benefit of final year and Master’s students. A short presentation on vacation work experience is offered to other students.
4.2 The Higher Skills Development Programme
What is it?
Higher Skills Development is a programme designed to enable the recognition and transferability of the skills that will help you to become an effective student and an employable graduate.
Changes in the job market have seen a decline in recruitment by large firms and an increase in the number of small companies employing graduates. Changes in Higher Education mean that there are more graduates competing for jobs. To be successful in this environment, you need to show that, in addition to having gained a University degree, you can articulate the skills developed through academic and extra-curricular activity. Going through the HSDP will help you to realise, reflect on and describe your skills development, and this will be invaluable when the time comes to completing a demanding employment application form and being interviewed for a job.
How does it work?
You have the choice of working through the programme on-line – where information and materials are available through VITAL, or off-line where information and materials are available in the HSDP Handbook. You will have access to a dedicated Skills Adviser via e-mail and face-to-face meetings. Students typically complete the programme within 18 months to 2 years (less if you are in your final year of study) and there are workshops and on-line guidance if you need development in particular skill areas. The programme is FREE; successful completion will be recorded on your Student Transcript and you will receive Certification.
For more information and to register for the programme: contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.hsdp.ac.uk
4.3 Liverpool University Student Training Initiative (LUSTI)
Liverpool University Student Training Initiative (LUSTI) provides free skills training for students. The skills covered can support students in their academic studies, are useful in every-day life and will be very attractive to future employers.
Sessions can give you a head start in Presentation, Communication & Assertiveness Skills, as well as Time Management and other key areas. LUSTI also provides tailored training for specific groups, such as Volunteers, Guild Officers and Student Representatives.
The training programme is based in the Guild’s fully equipped student activity centre, 'The Hub'. All sessions are run by qualified student trainers, with an informal, interactive and friendly atmosphere. They are also completely free!
For full details on all sessions & for the current training timetable, visit the LUSTI web site via. the ‘We Want U’ section of www.liverpoolguild.org.uk or e-mail LUSTI@liv.ac.uk.
4.4 Key Skills Development within your programme
Key skills are the wide range of skills that will be valuable to you whatever job you go into: communication and presentation skills, IT skills, team-working skills, etc. In section A3 of your Programme Specification, the many opportunities for acquiring, developing and assessing these General Transferable Skills are listed.
4.5. Engineering Work Experience
All students in the Faculty of Engineering are strongly advised to participate in at least one period of engineering work experience in industry during a long vacation.
The Centre for Careers and Academic Practice endeavours to assist students to obtain industrial training. Students requiring help should make an appointment to see Jackie Leyland (email@example.com), the Careers Officer dealing with all engineering students, during the Autumn term, at the offices of the Centre in the Student Services Centre.
Students who wish to undertake a year-long work placement will normally be permitted to suspend their studies for one year (normally between Years 2 and 3) in order to do so. They are encouraged to obtain validation for their experience by registering for the Certificate in Industrial Training (see Appendix F).
4.6. Professional Institutions
The hallmark of a professional engineer is admission to corporate membership of a professional engineering institution and registration by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer. The Council’s website (http://www.engc.org.uk) provides detailed information on the routes to registration and links to the professional institutions that act on its behalf in the accreditation of the degrees.
The most important institutions for this Faculty are:
The Institution of Civil Engineers: http://www.ice.org.uk
The Institution of Electrical Engineering: http://www.iee.org.uk
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining: http://www.iom3.org
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers; http://www.imeche.org.uk
The Royal Aeronautical Society: http://www.raes.org.uk
The institutions recognise the MEng(Hons) degrees from the University of Liverpool as fully satisfying the academic requirements for corporate membership. The Engineering Council is currently reconsidering the routes by which students who graduate with BEng (Hons) degrees can complete the CEng academic requirements (eg, by completing a full- or part-time Master’s degree). The institutions hold regular meetings and arrange visits in and around Liverpool; we strongly encourage you to become a student member and to take part in the activities to enhance your engineering studies, to increase your knowledge of career opportunities and to make professional contacts. Members of staff have been appointed as Liaison Representatives; they and your Programme Director can give advice on the route to corporate membership and information on institution activities.
4.7. Languages For Engineers
See http://www.liv.ac.uk/ulc/courses.html#languages. Any queries about Language Study for Engineers should be addressed to: Ms Jane Maher, 0151-794 2731, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Room 204, Modern Languages Building (Precinct Plan No 71).
Engineering programmes containing language modules
In the third or fourth year of study, many Engineering programmes permit students to select a 7.5-credit module entitled Advanced German for Engineers (TLLC023) provided that they have the pre-requisites: either an A-level in German or a GCSE in German followed by two years of study in the post-GCSE classes (stages 3 and 4) of the University’s Languages for All programme (see below). The module will run only if selected by a sufficient number of students. Note that students who join a Languages for All beginners’ class in Year 1 (ie, having no previous knowledge of the language) and take the normal follow-on Year 2 language class will still not have reached the entry requirement for the Year 3 Advanced German module.
The ‘Languages for All’ Programme (not counting towards your degree)
Even if you do not intend to go on to the advanced language module, you can still develop your language skills by following a programme (French, German, Spanish, or Italian beginners or post-GCSE) in Years 1 and 2 but outside your degree programme. You will receive a certificate on satisfactory completion of the course. You can, if you wish, earn NVQ accreditation for these studies (fee payable).
Available modules are:
Stage 1 Beginner French Stage 1 Beginner Spanish
Stage 2 Beginner French (cont) Stage 2 Beginner Spanish (cont)
Stage 3 Post-GCSE French Stage 3 Post-GCSE Spanish
Stage 4 Post-GCSE French (cont) Stage 4 Post-GCSE Spanish (cont)
Stage 1 Beginner German Stage 1 Beginner Italian
Stage 2 Beginner German (cont) Stage 2 Beginner Italian (cont)
Stage 3 Post-GCSE German Stage 3 Post-GCSE Italian
Stage 4 Post-GCSE German (cont) Stage 4 Post-GCSE Italian (cont)