Welcome to the BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education: Level 3 Careers Day Wednesday, 3 October 2001 This PowerPoint Presentation available at: www.staff.livjm.ac.uk/ecststot/home.html 3OEE Careers Ppt Programme 1100 Introduction: Welcome, PDPs TS 1110-1130 Finding out about Outdoor Education related jobs Hu 1130-1145 Jobs in Field/Environmental Centres TS 1150-1205 Considering Higher Degrees and/or Research TS/Hu 1205-1220 Jobs in Outdoor Centres DH 1220-1230 Preparing for Interviews TS 1230-1330 Lunch Break 1330 JMU Careers Service Heather Barrett Business Bridge Andrew Byrne Teaching Geography and PGCE Geography courses, Mr Jim Moore, Liverpool Hope University 1430 1530 1600 Teaching PE and PGCEs in Physical Education Barbara Walsh, LJMU End Job, Career, the future ?? Why ?? • • • • • • • • Only 8 months till we finish at JMU….. Dissertation Posters Log books Seminars Assignments Assessments Exams……………... • SPA, ML ? WGA ? Coach Level 2 ? Log book..experience… 3rd year is 75% of degree class !! So why spend today on jobs, careers ?? • Take a moment to think why you came to do a degree ? • Why this degree ? • Why Liverpool ? • Reflect • Highs • Lows In 10 months you could be a ‘Graduate’ ? So what next ??? Competitive Market ? What can you offer ?? BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education • Broad based degree with some specialisation (electives/options) - Geog, PE, Adventure Therapy, Recreational Ecol, Development Training • Lots of transferable skills • Practical skills in the outdoors, GB Awards • Field skills • ICT, presentation skills, communication skills…..etc..etc So what sort of careers/jobs did last two years graduates go on to ? Summary 2001 leavers Teaching PGCE Sec Geography 6 PGCE Primary 2 PGCE Sec PE 1 PGCE FHE 1 Higher degrees (Masters) 4 Outdoor Centres 5 Environmental Centre 1 Freelance Mountaineer 1 Management Development 1 Armed Forces 1 Travelling year out 5 2002 leavers Raleigh International ? Training Team member Work in USA Kayak Guide, Kenya Young Carers Group Worker, Renfrewshire Council PGCE Outdoor Education, Bangor Freelance Mountain Instructor ? World Challenge PGCE Physical Education, LJMU Director of OEd, USA Estate Angent work Kayak Guide, Dauphine Alps, France World Challenge Ldr, Peru Outdoor Activities instructor, East Lothian DC, PGCE ? Social Worker (HM Prisons) Outdoor Education PGCE Geography, L'pool Hope World Challenge, Crickhowell Raft Guide, Kenya PGCE Geography, Keele Conway Centre. PGCE Primary Firs t Dest inat ions of 3OEE st udent s (s ubmitted in May 2001) MSc in Comput er Studies PGCE Geography /Out door Ed., Univ ersity of Leeds Not k nown Trav elling, Canada ? Project Y out h Work er at the Wilderness Centre Worc es ters hire Y ear out : apply f or Primary PGCE f or 2002/3 Ardent inny Outdoor Centre PGCE Geography at Univ ersity of West of England, Brist ol. Ardent inny Outdoor Centre MA Dev elopment Training, Univ ers ity College of St . Martin's , Lanc as ast er (Ambles ide) PGCE PE?? MSc Env ironmental Engineering, JMU MA Dev elopment Training, Univ ers ity College of St . Martin's , Lanc as ast er (Ambles ide) ?? Freelanc e Mountaineer / Dev elopment Training PGCE Primary , Sunderland Outward Bound Ins truc tor, Ullswater Rock St eady : Management Dev elopm ent Outdoor Ins truc tor, UAE ? PGCE Liv erpool Hope Univ ersit y (KS1 Primary ) s eek ing env ironment relat ed work FE College Lec turer in OP: p/ t PGCE in FHE Roy al Marines Commando PGCE Geography , Manc hes ter Met ropolitan Univ ersity (Crewe) Env ironmental based work Not k nown Trainee I nst ruct or c ourse, Abernethy Trust , Sc otland PGCE Geography , Liv erpool Hope Univ ersit y PGCE ? Outward Bound Ins truc tor, Aberdy f i So where can you find out what might be on offer ? • Start here today: listen to what is said…you might change you mind in future !! • JMU Careers Service, Business Bridge • Fellow students • Staff, personal tutor • Email - keep in touch…email me your new/alternative email address for email list • Contacts list, Ex- O.Ed Web site/Message Board Let family, friends, contacts, tutors, WBL employer, referees etc know what you are interested in/looking for... Newspapers & Magazines • • • • • Guardian Times Educational Supplement Times Higher Educational Supplement Independent Magazines: Focus, Paddler, High, Summit, Clean Slate (ATA); New Scientist etc http://www.tes.co.uk http://www.jobs.thes.co.uk/ http://www.newscientistjobs.com/ http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/ http://jobs.merseyworkplace.com/ Your CV, Reference and PDP http://www.staff.livjm.ac.uk/ecststot/ (c) By end of Semester 4: Level 3 Options: 1 2 3 Provisional Dissertation title (and tutor): Details of Outdoor Education Placement Dates: Address: Tel: Short term goals: Long term goals: Action plan for Level 3 to ensure meeting these goals: (d) By 1 April Semester 6: 1. Complete a Curriculum Vitae (further guidance will be given on how to lay this out and the best methods of production during a Careers Day in February of Semester 6). Here is a basic structure you can follow, but the specific content will depend on the job/course you are applying for. Personal Details (full name, address (home and University include post code, tel, Fax, Email address) Date of birth, Marital status, Dependents, maybe a scanned photo of yourself) Education & Qualifications Schools attended (chronological order), Examinations passed giving date, examination Board and grade attained for each). Include any other academic courses you have completed before coming to JMU and put your course last like this BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education (degree classification expected June 200X)) Employment History chronological order – if you have done lots of short jobs you may need to summarise, prioritise and just give examples. Practical Qualifications Outdoor Pursuits, Governing Body of Sport Awards, ICT, Driving, First Aid, etc Referees Give at least TWO: one will be your academic referee (probably either Programme Manager or Academic Tutor); the other should be by a person of good standing who has known you for a long time. Sometimes you might add a third who could be a past employer. 2. Self-Written Reference Students Prepare their own self-written reference which should be a true and honest assessment of their strengths, abilities, preferences, skills under the following headings: Academic Studies Outdoor Pursuits Professional Skills and Experience Personal qualities Signature Here is an Example Reference for you to base yours on. Academic Studies XXX joined our degree course, the B.Sc (Hons) in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University in September 199X. S/he entered with ‘A’ level passes in Biology (C); Geography (B), Sports Studies (D) and General Studies (E). S/he has since proved him/herself to be a motivated and hard working student, who has produced consistently good academic work and has increased his/her mean level score year by year from 54.4% at the end of Year 1 to 56.3 % at the end of Level 2 to 61.03% at the end of semester 1 in Level 3. S/he is predicted to gain a Class II.i degree if s/he continues to maintain this standard during this final semester. S/he undertook an ambitious final year dissertation project in the French Alps investigating micro-climate on a glacier. [After final exams marked something like this may be inserted by your tutor: XXX has scored a mean mark of 59.08 % which is around the II.i/II.ii class boundary and we will need to await the decision of Programme Assessment Board on 23 June to know the final degree classification]. A comprehensive list of all modules with their credit rating, mark achieved, and whether or not referral opportunities were required, is given in the attached University Transcript [For those preparing for a PGCE in Geography you may add At Level 2 s/he chose elective modules in Natural Resource Management (12 c) and Natural Hazards and Applied Geomorphology (12 c) and at Level 3 Option Choice modules were :Environmental Issues, Recreational Ecology & Adventure Tourism and Glacial & Fluvial Processes which has maximised the amount of Geography studied in preparation for a teaching career in Geography) For those preparing for a PGCE in Physical Education you may add At Level 2 s/he chose a 24 credit elective module in Physical Education in which swimming, games, gymnastic and dance were introduced along with the relevant theory and at Level 3 Option Choice modules were Coaching and Leadership Behaviour and TWO further Physical education modules – a Community Placement (20 days) and a module called “Delivering the Physical Education National Curriculum), which have maximised the amount of Physical Education studied in preparation for a teaching career in PE)] Outdoor Pursuits Strengths and Governing Body Awards XXX is a competent all rounder in his/her outdoor pursuits. During this course s/he has successfully completed: Mountain Leader Training Board (MLTB) (Summer) Mountain Leader Award Training (6-days, Feb./Mar. 199X); Emergency and Rescue Care First Aid Certificate (2 days, Nov. 199X); Training course for the MLTB Single Pitch Award SPA (Rock Climbing), 2 days, June 199X); British Canoe Union 3* Star Test (Apr. 199X), British Canoe Union Canoe Safety Test (Apr. 199X); British Canoe Union Level 2 Kayak (Instructor) Training. University training in orienteering, problem solving, adventurous activities (Level 1); Winter Mountaineering (4 days, Scotland) skiing (5 days, Scotland) and caving (5 days, Yorkshire Dales) at Level 2. The Assessment for the (MLTB) (Summer) Mountain Leader Award is scheduled for May 200X and the SPA (Rock Climbing) Award Assessment is planned for June 200X. [Add here any other Awards you hold] Professional Strengths and Experience As part of the Outdoor & Environmental Education courses’ Work Based Placement module XXX spent three weeks working as a Leader for Brathay Expeditions in the French Alps during the summer (200x). This gave him/her experience of leading groups of adults in unfamiliar terrain in the Chamonix area, and on the Tour du Mt Blanc. [Those planning to enter teaching should list all experience of working with children and time spent observing in schools, giving details of what you learned and why you have the abilities and skills needed to enter the teaching profession. You may be able to quote something from your WBL Report eg. S/he enjoyed success in building up relationships with the groups s/he taught. At all times s/he displayed a good professional manner and his/her timing and group management were good. His/her school mentor reported that s/he had "demonstrated that s/he was punctual, professionally dressed, enthusiastic to become involved and when given the opportunity to do some teaching,s/he was well prepared and showed an ability to create an effective learning environment and formed good relationships with both staff and pupils"]. Personal strengths. XXX has no health problems and is physically fit. S/he has a very mature, sensible and professional attitude and the ability to strike up positive relationships with others. I have always found him/her to be trustworthy, honest and reliable. S/he is punctual at all times. Signed: ____________________________ Date: _____________ END Jobs in Field Centres Generally for 'Geographers' and 'Ecologists' (Biologists) with a keen interest in teaching academic subject out of doors. 3 main areas to gain employment: • Field Studies Council (FSC) • LEA Centres (Environmental) • Private Centres Field Studies Council (FSC) • probably largest most well know single employer. • Educational Charity 'environmental understanding for ALL' • operates 12 Field centres situated in rural areas each with 4-6 academic staff (~ 60 total) + 7-10 domestic staff Blencathra Blencathra Preston Montford Blencathra Orielton Preston Montford • 65-70% of clients are 'A' level, 20-25% GCSE, 10 % Adults + some HE & Universities • good reputation (greater proportion of students from Independent schools & Colleges) Working conditions • You teach ~ 20 - 25 (6.5 day) weeks per year (12 hour days) - lecture - field - lab (max of 3 wks in a row) • You service other courses i.e. help staff who teach their own courses • mainly 'A' level, some GCSE, Adult courses (Aug) + some HE/Unis. • Centres close in winter (Nov - end Feb) but staff still employed: • - help with maintenance • - staff training, Annual Conference • - research and development • - time off (4-5 weeks per yr holiday) • Usually residential i.e. a room provided + all meals in return for residential duties 1 night per week) • Pay - may be slightly lower than school teaching, TSS pension scheme, some salary knocked off pay in lieu of food & accom. • Research & Publication encouraged - small grants, FSC has its own Publications Unit • No/v.little pure OP - tied closely to school curricula • Promotion - Tutor - Senior Tutor - Deputy Warden - Warden • Permanent and temporary contracts • (would usually welcome observers, voluntary assistants) No vacancies at present BUT quite a high staff turnover so jobs come up quite regularly. About half staff are qualified teachers. Must have a driving licence. Advertise in Times Ed, Ed. Guardian, New Scientist or send a letter + CV to: Director: Tony Thomas Central Services Unit, Preston Montford. http://www.field-studies-council.org/ Field Studies Council, Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, England SY4 1HW Tel: 01743 852100 Fax: 01743 852101 Email: [email protected] 2 Private Centres • Very similar working conditions to FSC. Some do OP. More likely to give seasonal / temporary contracts. i.e. no work, no pay over winter. No real career structure unless you want to start up and run your own centre ! • May be private pension scheme, may be TSS. • (e.g. Rheidol Study Centre, mid-Wales; Lochranza, Arran) MID WALES Rheidol Study Centre Field Studies, Tutors/Instructors required to start a.s.a.p. to teach GCSE and 'A' level Geography and Env. Studies to residential students. Candidates should possess relevant academic qualifications and ideally with teaching experience. Possession of a clean driving licence is essential. The Centre also runs a wide range of Out-door Pursuits and Development Training courses. A willingness and ability to instruct on these, would be an advantage. The posts are residential with single room accomm. only with full board. Please apply by letter giving full details of qualifications and experience to: The Director, Rheidol Study Centre, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth SY23 3EX 6209230(0068) LEA Centres • Must have QTS (i.e. have done a PGCE). Teach pupils from the LEA: Primary - 'A' level. Mainly teach in School Terms. Geography, Biology, may be some OP. • holidays as for teachers (12-13 weeks) • pay as for school teachers • evening work occasionally (eg 1 per week), occasional weekend work • more and more contract out to freelance • Almost always employ teachers with school experience (2 yrs +) or other experience (like FSC, other centres) • Jobs advertised in Times Ed., Ed. Guardian or write to LEA and express interest Some examples • • • • Edgemond Hall Residential Frank Chapman Centre Hothersall Lodge OE Centre The Wilderness Centre ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT! - Newlands Adventure Centre - location: Keswick, North Lakes We are keen to finalise our small team of instructors for the 2001 season. We would particularly like to hear from Level 2 Canoe & Kayak coaches. If you are available from April to October, hold a minimum of 2 National Governing Body coaching awards, a first aid certificate and have experience of living and working in a residential outdoor centre then send a copy of your cv with a covering letter to Newlands Adventure Centre Stair Keswick Cumbria CA12 5UF Telephone: 017687 78463 email [email protected] NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Instructor of Outdoor Education Whitby, North Yorkshire NORTH YORKSHIRE EDUCATION AUTHORITY OUTDOOR EDUCATION SERVICE Instructor of Outdoor Education at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre Initially appointment is from April 2001 to 31 August 2002 Wanted, enthusiastic person, ideally with a background and experience in outdoor education. A clean driving licence, with a minimum of four years experience, is essential. Salary £13,014 Further details and application form from: East Barnby OEC, East Barnby, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3SA Tel 01947 893333 Fax 01947 893467/893119 email [email protected] - Closing date for applications 16 March 2001 EAST BARNBY OEC, WADES LANE EAST BARNBY, WHITBY, NORTH YORKSHIRE Postcode: YO21 3SA Tel 01947 893333 Any Questions ? Why Opt For Post Graduate Study? • Approximately 20% of Liverpool John Moores graduates progressed to post graduate study and research programmes in 2000 (1 in 5) • in 2001, 4 from 28 OEE graduate did (14%) • over 16 000 courses currently available in the U.K. • Early planning and research together with a realistic assessment of your suitability for further study are vital. . Why opt for further study? • Intellectual challenge. You may find your subject area stimulating and wish to continue studying in more depth. • To train for your chosen profession e.g., teaching, www.canteach.gov.uk • To develop new skills. You may have the desire to develop specialist skills required for particular career areas e.g. I.T., Development Training, • To enhance your employability prospects. The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) cite a 2% unemployment rate in the first year after graduation for post graduates compared to 5% for new graduates. • To delay making a decision about your future career: mistake !! • To study abroad. An attractive option to many but you will need plenty of motivation and resourcefulness as there may be language, financial and cultural difficulties to overcome • discuss your plans for further study with course tutors - may have links/contacts with research centres. Further Information Further information, as well as help and advice is available in the Careers Development Centre especially if you have any queries not covered by the above. Regular career sessions are held on a range of topics including post graduate study – see www.livjm.ac.uk/careers . Useful on-line sources of information include: www.prospects.ac.uk/student Further study section. www.hero.ac.uk (Higher Education and Research opportunities in the U.K) Useful reading Range of useful reference material available at the Careers Development Centre including: AGCAS booklet, Postgraduate Study and Research, Prospects Postgraduate Directory, Hobsons Postgrad 20001 The UK Research Councils Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) http://www.nerc.ac.uk/ NERC believes that students usually benefit from a move to a different institution after undergraduate training, and strongly encourages this PhD - £8000 Masters - £7144 Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ Questions ? Preparing for and Being Interviewed http://jobsearchtech.about.com/library/weekly /aa071999.htm • DO Background research on organisation: www, brochures, talk to other employees/customers • DO practice answering typical questions to expect • Regardless of the questions they ask, what most really want to know is how well you'll fit into the team • DO Remember that attire, body language and manners count, big time. Interview Stories We've all been interviewed for jobs. And, we've all spent most of those interviews thinking about what not to do. Don't bite your nails. Don't fidget. Don't interrupt. Don't belch. If we did any of the don'ts, we knew we'd disqualify ourselves instantly. But some job applicants go light years beyond this. A survey of top personnel executives of 100 major American corporations turned up these stories of unusual behaviour by job applicants. The DON’Ts • 4. "... asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate." • 5. "... announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office - wiping the ketchup on her sleeve". • 6. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm." • 7. "Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions." • 8. "When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office." • 12. "While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping longest at the centerfold.” • 13. "During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologised and said he had to leave for another interview.” • 14. "A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: "Which company? When do I start? What's the salary?" I said, "I assume you're not interested in conducting the interview any further." He promptly responded, "I am as long as you'll pay me more. "I didn't hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer." • 15. "His attaché [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies’ undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume." • DO Remember, it's a two-way street. It's the employer's chance to judge you, but it's also very much your chance to judge the employer, • DON’T discuss salary AT the interview USUALLY - wait till you’re offered the job, then discuss http://jobsearchtech.about.com/cs /interview/ Questions ?