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Welcome to Generation Essex

Generation Essex

Generation Essex is the career support package for final year undergraduate students who are due to graduate at the end of the academic year. Join Generation Essex and give yourself a fighting chance.

What happens when you graduate

Lots of things is the short answer! You’ll have your graduation ceremony and be presented with your degree. You’ll celebrate with your friends and family, and you’ll take your first step into the working world (or further study).

That last bit is why joining Generation Essex can mean the difference between getting on the career ladder for your dream job and just missing out.

The career support package has come about from years of Essex’s Employability and Careers team helping our graduating students find jobs, plan their careers and develop key skills that will see our graduates climb that career ladder and achieve their career goals.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

Considering a Masters?

Look no further than your very own Employability and Careers team who can help you find the perfect course here at Essex (you get a discount for this!) or elsewhere. We’ll even help you through your application and help you find information on funding.

Starting your job search?

Giving you a fighting chance really is our forte. You’ll have extended access to CareerHub for three years after you graduate to help you apply for graduate schemes, jobs and internships.

We can also point you in the direction of Essex Interns. Heard of them? You should have done, they’re magicians. They create real and paid internships for all Essex students but they also create incredible paid graduate internship opportunities just for Essex 2017 graduates to help you get your foot on the start of your career ladder. A graduate internship can go a long way to building your CV.  

Talking of CVs, you’ll continue to be able to access our careers team for CV reviews, Application reviews, interview support and one-to-one career consultations.

  • Job Search - Find Out More

    Let us help you get that dream job. As well as CareerHub, we’ve compiled a list of recommended job vacancy websites for you to get your teeth stuck into.

    Don’t worry, you’re not on your own with this. We have resources to help you through the job application process:

    CV

    Struggling with your CV? Download the Essex CV pack/a> and check out the range of CV templates to get you started.

    Cover Letter

    Getting lost with your cover letter? Our video guide to writing a cover letter should help you out.

    Application

    Don’t know where to start with and application form? Download the Essex Application pack and have a look through some sample job descriptions to help you practice writing about your skills and achievements.

    Interview

    Well done, you’ve been invited to interview! Now what? a href="http://www.essex.ac.uk/careers/essexinterview/documents/Essex_Interview_Pack.pdf"> Download the Essex Interview pack and take a look at some employer videos a about the interview experience to get you prepared.

    Tests, Assessment centres and Psychometric Tests

    If you’ve been asked to take part in an assessment centre or complete online testing then it’s a good idea to practice. p>

    You can access a number of online practice test resources for free as an Essex student or Alumni. You can also work through an online Assessment centre preparation tool.

    Remember, you can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to review your application, cover letter or CV at any time. Email careers@essex.ac.uk to book an appointment.

Already found your dream job or internship?

Awesome. You’re awesome. Well done! Don’t forget though, you can still access the Employability and Careers team for all of the extended careers support or even help you with some development workshops or top-up professional qualifications in your desired field to make you even better at your job.

Setting up on your own?

Planning to start freelancing? Want to be your own boss? Setting up a new business? Are you the next Mark Zuckerberg? Or a budding entrepreneur? Yes? Oh, we have got SO much for you!

A fully funded Postgraduate Certificate in New Venture Creations at Essex Business School? Yours.

A grant to help with your initial business set up costs? Yours.

Thinking of setting up a Theatre Company (this one’s exclusively for East 15 students)? You’ve got funding for that!

Want to teach?

Great decision! Whether you’ve already secured your route into teaching or not, we are here for you. We have teaching careers experts to help with your UCAS teacher training application and after that, we can help you secure work experience, alternative accreditations if you don’t want to take formal teacher training options and even help you research grants and bursaries to support your training!

  • Want to teach? - Find Out More

    To teach in England and Wales you need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This can be obtained by completing a one year Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme through either a school-led or university-based route.

    You will then have achieved newly qualified teacher (NQT) status and will be ready to undertake your induction year.

    Applications for most teacher training programmes in England and Wales are made through UCAS Teacher Training, in the autumn prior to starting training. To find out more, see routes into teaching. Financial support is available including bursaries for some subjects depending on degree grade.

    You will need to amass at least 2 weeks work experience in schools at the age range you wish to teach. You will need to contact schools to see what work experience they can offer you. For a list of schools in England and Wales, check EduBase.

    For more information about how to become a teacher and the different routes into teaching, download the Teaching as a Career information sheet.

Want to develop your professional skills?

We’re running career development workshops all the way through your final year and we'll keep running them after you graduate.

You will benefit from Alumni professional development and networking events for life. Look out for your monthly Alumni newsletter, this will keep you in touch with every single offer we launch for Essex grads.

For skills development events and workshops, keep your eye on CareerHub – both before and after you graduate.

Final year, no idea?

You and thousands of others. Don’t sweat it, it’s not too late to get yourself sorted (though better do it now than after you graduate). Get clued up in four simple steps.

  1. Join Generation Essex.
  2. Drop-in to the Employability and Careers Centre. The Information Team will see you on the spot and you can also book Careers Advice appointments.
  3. Research! You don’t need to know what you want to do, but you should arm yourself with knowledge about what’s available.
  4. Keep calm. Easier said than done, but keep a calm head and it’ll all start to make sense.

Next steps

Now that you’ve signed up, you’re in! We’ll keep you updated about Generation Essex events throughout the rest of 2017 (including after you graduate) which are geared to help you develop your CV.

We’ll also keep you in the know about any funding opportunities, internships, careers support and application support so that you enter the graduate job market with a jam packed CV that’s ready to take on the world.

What are you waiting for? Join Generation Essex or email essexgrad@essex.ac.uk for more information. You can also call the Employability and Careers Centre on 01206 872494 to book a careers advice appointment.