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Bath Spa University Introduction a student graduating from Bath Spa University, you'll leave with much more than a degree in a specific area of study. Throughout your course you'll acquire and develop a whole range of transferable skills, practical experience and industry insights that will make you highly attractive to employers. We aim to enhance the employability of all our graduates by ensuring that as a Bath Spa graduate you are well positioned and fully equipped to identify - and set foot on - the right career path for you. We'll encourage you to start thinking about making the most of your future right from the start of your university life by accessing the professional support and wide ranging resources available to you throughout the year - and even after you graduate. Careers professionals and industry experts work in partnership with lecturers and tutors to help develop key employability skills throughout your degree. They also work closely with employers and other industry partners to maximise both opportunities for students and awareness of our graduates' talents and achievements. What do Bath Spa graduates do? In 2010, 91% of Bath Spa graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation. The number of Bath Spa graduates known to be in work was the highest recorded for the University, as was the number working in graduate-level jobs. Even in the midst of an economic downturn, graduates successfully entered a diverse range of careers from public sector management roles and graduate schemes to starting their own businesses (particularly in the creative industries) and teaching. Each of the course pages in this prospectus gives an idea of the sort of careers open to graduates from the course with more information available online.Excellent careers supportOur team of careers professionals is available to guide you in the right direction and suggest ways to help you make informed career decisions. Help with everything from CVs and job search strategies to assessment centres and even module choice is available throughout the year, with a range of one-to-one sessions, small group workshops, mock interviews, presentations and e-guidance options available to give you the right kind of support, how you want it and when you want it. First to hear about industry opportunities An array of physical and electronic resources helps you keep up-to-date with news of the latest vacancies, recruitment schemes and other opportunities. Recent developments in specific degree-related and employment sectors are available to you, as are the psychometric assessment tools, as used by major graduate recruiters. Our careers website and regular eBulletin is a rich source of information useful before, during and after your period of study.Network with employers You'll be introduced to graduate recruiters, local, regional and national employers and business experts through a range of industry events on campus. Through careers events and industry mentors to employer presentations and networking evenings, you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the likes of the BBC, NHS, Future Publishing, Ordnance Survey, Hilton Hotels and many more, enabling you to find out about the many options open to you when you graduate. With over two-thirds of our graduates gaining employment in the south west of England, we work closely with local and regional employers to source and create the best graduate-level jobs, placements and internships for our students.Earn while you learn Bath Spa University Job Shop is a completely free in-house recruitment service exclusively for students, which helps you find good quality, well-paid, part-time employment (15 hours or less per week) during your time at university. Job Shop staff will help you through the application process and help you realise the invaluable skills you'll be gaining through these employment opportunities - both on campus and in the Bath area - which will help your future career prospects. Gain essential work experience Many subjects have placements or industry projects as part of their degree programmes, which can help you develop a range of skills and experiences to support your career development. Placements and internships are also available on an extra-curricular basis, both during term-time and vacation periods. Our careers and business support teams broker opportunities with businesses in the region, offering a wide range of opportunities for learning in a professional setting. Work with an industry mentor A growing team of business experts are on hand to work with you as "industry mentors", providing you with the opportunity to be supported by a trained professional working in a field of your interest including the creative and cultural, health, science and heritage sectors.Supporting student enterpriseDeveloping graduate entrepreneursAs well as a host of possibilities within your degree to develop creative, innovative and enterprising ideas, many opportunities exist elsewhere at Bath Spa to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. The University's Business Plan Competition inspires and rewards excellent new concepts and business start-up proposals from students. "InSparation" is a network offering support, advice and developmental opportunities for enterprising Bath Spa students.Artswork: a leader in the creative industries As a national Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the creative industries, Bath Spa University continues to enrich the student experience across a wide range of creative subjects. Students and recent graduates benefit from industry- standard facilities, employer-inspired projects and significant links with the local and regional creative community. After attracting funding of £4.85m, Artswork signalled a major investment in facilities, resources and further professional expertise, the continued development of students as creative professionals and the high-level profiling of the University's excellence in this area. The University continues to strengthen its position in the creative sector and was recently named as one of only three members in the inaugural University Enterprise Network for the creative industries. How can I boost my career prospects?Industry-informed degree programmes coupled with a range of personal and professional development opportunities enrich your university experience and help improve your career prospects.01 Networking with employers02 Resources 03 What's on offer04 Placements05 Networking with employers06 Group work outside01040302

Bath Spa University Introduction 14 / 15Bath SpaPlusVolunteering'Just V'Recognising your achievements Promoting to employers Bath Spa Plus is a free training and development programme open to all students. It's designed to help you acquire essential personal and professional skills whilst at University and equip you with invaluable tools and techniques for life beyond university. Bath Spa Plus is here to help you:  Develop new skills;  Spice up your CV;  Improve your learning;  Stimulate new ideas;  Enhance your employability;  Achieve your potential;  Network with employers. Recent workshops, delivered by a range of staff from within and outside the University, have included communication skills, IT skills, gaining work experience, marketing yourself and effective networking. In addition to these, we run a suite of career development and job sector-related workshops, with the programme further complemented by some more intensive training courses including three-day Apple-accredited software training and modern language courses. Your degree will, of course, set you apart from those who have not been to university and will be a key part of the package you'll offer employers. However, with over 330,000 graduates leaving university each year, quite simply, a degree alone is often not enough to secure a good job. Employers will look at what else you have to offer, and Bath Spa Plus recognises your other achievements above and beyond your qualification. Skills you will have gained will include the following:  Communication skills  Team-working and leadership skills  Commercial awareness  Relevant work experience  Literacy/numeracy  Confidence  . and a whole lot more! You'll develop many of these employability skills throughout the course of your degree programme. Bath Spa Plus is here to help you realise and develop these, as well as fill any gaps you feel you may have. Beyond the timetable, Bath Spa Plus has brought together key areas of the University to design a mouth-watering programme of interactive workshops, seminars and presentations along with a host of volunteering, work experience and networking opportunities to develop your "know-how" and expand your "know-who".Many Bath Spa students are involved in volunteering activity whilst at the University, giving their time, energy and skills to help out local, national and international voluntary organisations. There are hundreds of organisations providing services which depend on volunteers. Our students take part in environmental projects; work with young people; tutor in local schools; volunteer in the arts; work with disabled people; help the elderly; help with sports coaching; contribute to the work of animal charities and fundraise for local charities. There's bound to be something that suits you and the time you're able to give - from one-off activities to more regular, weekly commitments. Within the University itself you can get involved in helping fellow students through the Peer Support Network, running a welfare campaign or by becoming a student academic representative (STaR). What do you get back from volunteering? It's very rewarding, great fun and provides you with real-life experience and a fantastic means to meet other students and members of the local community. What's more, you'll be able to develop your skills and strengths through the provision of a range of internal and external training opportunities and if you so choose, work towards the University's 'Certificate in Volunteering Achievement'. Volunteering will give you an edge with future employers who are looking for well-rounded individuals, people who are motivated and who use their initiative and skills to give something back. Investing a little time now could result in big paybacks later.Nina DavisBA (Hons) Creative Arts and Textile Design, graduated 2010- "D uring my final year I volunteered to run textiles and art workshops for children at a local museum and devised a series of art workshops for vulnerable young adults in Bath. Initially I volunteered to gain experience in my career field but I was happy to continue after the first project as I'd thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people. Also I realised that volunteering can introduce you to lots of people who can help you out in the future.The feedback I got from the workshop participants was positive, and everyone had a lot of fun, so I believe that my efforts made a difference to people's lives. Personally, the experiences have given me confidence in approaching new and challenging situations and I've gained a lot of life experience. I've also met new people and had a lot of fun! Volunteering has been instrumental in helping me secure my first graduate paid role - artist in residence at a local independent girls' school. My voluntary experiences helped my CV to stand out and provided great talking points in interview situations."0506