Job Hunting in the UK

This week felt as if I’d been placed on a racetrack in the middle of the race and told GO! Monday and Tuesday were full of research. I wanted to be really prepared for the London Graduate Fair, a two-day career fair in London at the Business Design Center.

The Fair's logo courtesy of the Fair's website.

Through my research I found that only a handful of companies are open to helping employees get visas – and I’m not even sure they meant visas to work in the UK. This was a little discouraging, but I really didn’t want to let that get me down. Someone out there needs an employee like me.

And just to be on the safe side, I met with a C2 adviser, someone who reviews what you’re looking for and discusses how you’ll achieve it – kind of like a career adviser. It was really helpful. She told me that I might “UK-ify” my resume to better position myself. So making do with what I had, while I handed out my resume, I took the time to explain to the representatives what my GPA meant and who the different organizations were listed on my resume. That gave me the chance to talk to the representatives a bit more than others. So I highly recommend doing this if you are searching in another country for a job.

In between walking around the booths and talking with people, I attended speaking sessions. I went to one held by News Associates and it was about being a journalist in the UK. I found that my degree means nothing here. You need to take a course, which costs nearly $3,000. You are then NCTJ accredited, and you look better to employing publications.

This is a map of the UK. You can see West Sussex and Kent in the bottom left corner.

“Learn all the traditional journalism skills of news gathering, news and feature writing, media law, government AND sub-editing … Learn multi-media skills of video production and online journalism … Shorthand now included too.”

It was said that you probably wouldn’t be looked at without this accreditation. Hmp.

And I learned that you needed a marketing certification too. This is not cool. However, attending that session did give me some good ideas in regard to positioning myself apart from others.

Finally, the best part about this career fair is that I did get an interview. It’s Monday, and I feel really prepared. Wish me luck!

Tonight Fi and I are headed to Kent for a birthday party. I’m excited. I’ve never been to Kent before, and I get to meet Fi’s “high school” friends. But first, I need to get ready, head downtown to return some clothing, drop off two resumes and enjoy the beautiful day.

Until the next time, Cheers!

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If Marcia Miller had to pick up everything and leave, then she'd make sure to grab a few things before she left. First, the duffel bag is a must, followed by her laptop and iPod. She grabs her journal next, along with every CD she owns - just in case. Miller pulls off the pictures and concert tickets that adorn her walls. A towel is going to be handy too - this she learned from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Finally, she grabs a handful of pens and her trusty AP Stylebook, throws her duffel back over her back and picks up her purse. Closing the door behind her, she leaves her apartment, heads down the stairs and... Well, Miller heads to your office because she's ready to do a job. She is ready to move at a moment's notice, write what needs to be written, edit what needs to be edited, promote what you think the world needs to know about. Miller's got the personality, the skills and the spunk to succeed in any situation. She's not afraid of trying new things or getting her feet wet. Her moto: If an opportunity doesn't present itself, then create one.
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