Enterprise and employ ability award
This week we looked at career planing. We had a lecture about the enterprise and employ ability award.
For the bronze award we will need to complete a online quiz. http://www.weea.org.uk
Silver award I would have to complete 3 out of 6 of the possible tasks.
Complete silver as part of your module
- Work related study
- Careers action plan
- CV and application form
- Presentation and mock interview
Top up to gold:
- Work experience
- Skills analysis
Then for the gold award I would need to complete all 6 tasks. These tasks include:
- Work experience
- Work related study
- Career action plan
- Skills analysis
- Written application
Get in touch: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/careers
Complete tasks from career presentation:
Choose 3 skills
Think of a situation you have demonstrated these skills.
Drawing, Researching, Motivating
Using STAR (situation, task, action, result) describe what happened and outcome.
Situation- Restaurant where I worked needed an advertisement to put outside.
Task- They needed someone to design an advert for them and then paint it onto a board to attract people in for Christmas.
Action- I drew up designs and showed them until they were happy with one. Then I painted it up on the board.
Result- They were pleased with it and ended up paying me although I was doing it for free.
Situation- For university they wanted me to find out about certain companies/artists so that I can talk/write about them for my work.
Task- I needed to research artists for my essays that I had to do at university.
Action- I researched companies/artists and then blogged about it online so that I keep up to date with my work.
Result- I ended up passing my essays and learnt how to research quickly and was able to write it up in a constructive way.
Situation- I was working at a summer camp and a young teen was upset with losing activity’s.
Task- I needed to motivate them to get them to join back in with the activity’s so that they don’t miss out.
Action- I encouraged them by joining in with them on the activity and was on their team to help them win.
Result- They were happy that they had won and ended up joining in with the rest of the activity’s.
Knowing my strengths and knowing how they will come in use in my chosen career.
I will list my:
- Skills- Creative, Drawing, Visualizing, Critiquing, Planning, Editing, Character design, Modelling.
- Intrests- Character production, Environment
- Values/motivations- Stability and security, Creativity, Time, Excitement.
- Character traits- Loyal, Friendly, Competitive, Supportive, Thoughtful, Driven
- Achievements- Work experience
Who do I want to work for?
Why should they employ me? (instead of someone else)
What am I known for? I’m known for being trust worthy, loyal and creative. I’ve shown these skills in multiple job roles that I have done. For example when I worked as a waiter I was asked if I could create a Christmas banner design for the restaurant to attract more customers in. I managed to create it on time and they were happy with it so they paid me extra.
What are the selling points of the person in the speculative letter?
How would describe their brand?
The women in the hat looks creative person because of the casual stylish clothes she has on. You can see in her clothes her personality such as the pineapple pattern or the hat she has on. It could mean she could be a art teacher, photographer, fashion designer. She looks like she is very open and friendly.
The women sitting down looks like she could be a freelancer. I feel that she might be doing office work at home. I think this because of the casual formal clothes she is wearing. I feel that her job is much more at home because of how comfortable her clothes look, it looks like clothes she would wear at home rather for a job.
The man in the suit looks like he is either going for an interview or he might be a business man. I think this because of the sharp suit he is wearing that he wants to make an impression and that his work is really important so he needs to wear really formal smart clothes.
Do companies have brands? Yes. I know this because looking at the Bluezoo website we see bright colours being used, quirky font, huge video showcases of work and lots more. After seeing all these website themes I learnt that the brand that the company has is that its a fun creative atmosphere. Fill of creative people and they show off there work to attract more people to them.
Where as if it was a big corporate website for businessmen it would be more formal and direct. It will have more writing, simple font designs, less colour, this is becuase they are trying to set an example on how this company works. This can also be seen with how people dress to interviews. If I were to dress for a creative company I would wear casual stylish clothes that tell them something about me which is what they are looking for. They want someone that they can work with on a daily basis so they want to get to know me more. Where as if it was for a corporate businesses they would look for someone to dress smart and formal. This is because they want to hire someone who will take their company at an important level, they don’t partially care about your personality as much but care on what you can bring to the company.
Blue zoo: https://www.blue-zoo.co.uk/
What fascinates me?
Production work, character design, gaming, researching
What do I enjoy finding about and talking about?
I enjoy finding out about how things are created and how people came up with those ideas and how they then develop them to create them visually for others to see.
If I spent most of my time finding out about one thing what would it be?
I feel like would spend most of that time learning about nature. I find looking at animals/creatures that have only been recently discovered interesting and any new animals that have/how they are evolving to their natural environment.
What am I studying? What are my hobbies?
Im studying animation. My hobbies include watching films, gaming, meeting friends, learning new things, drawing.
What books to I read and documentaries I watch?
I watch documentaries about animals and life in the wild. Im curious on how things are created and how they are develop as a species over the years.
What is it about them that sparks my curiosity?
Learning about how they develop certain limbs or senses to adapt to new situations in their habitats which is always changing around them.
Things about me:
3 things that I value the most:
- Stability and security- I want to be able have a work schedule for my future career with a stable income. I don’t as to much how much I earn as-long as its enough to live of and support me.
- Creativity- I find that id like to have a creative career because id find it a lot more interesting and fun for me and I feel that there is always something to learn and develop in a creative field.
- Time- I feel that time is very important to me. I think that I would need to work somewhere that I can balance enough time to work and enough time to be with family and friends so that I can have my own freedom to refresh myself to do even more work.
Brief summary about me:
Loyal creative graduate with a main focus to deliver tasks repeatedly to a high standard. Able to work ambitiously in a team and offer the best of my abilities on time. Searching for a passionate team so that I can fit in to use my skills with them so that we can succeed.
Friendly innovative graduate looking to assist a team who are looking for a supportive reliable team member. Looking to develop both myself and the company showing my skills and value.
- Creative graduate with excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills. Able to work well in a team as well as on my own and to meet set deadlines. Now seeking an opportunity to build my skills and experience. -This one is more open and shows what they can offer.
- Inquisitive and enthusiastic Graphic designer, complete with a range of placements under belt, looking for a challenging, imaginative and varied design agency with an interesting bunch of people to work with.- This one feels more limited and doesn’t show what they have to offer as much.
Where might I work?
Animator, Character designer, Modeler, Travel industry, Education, Sports and leisure.
What do animators do before getting their dream career?
What do employees look for?
Personality- Personality is something that employees might want to look for when hiring someone. They might be interested in finding out what you enjoy. This will allow them to relate to you more and get a better understanding on who you are.
Time committed- Being able to meet deadlines and get to work on time.
Motivated- Keeping interested in the job this will help push the work flow and often end up producing better work.
Communication skills- Being able to talk to multiple people when needed to in a confident manor.
What would the successful candidate need to be good at? (skills)
Time management- This is very important skill being organised and making sure that tasks are complete to a high standard on deadline.
What kind of person would they need to be? (character traits, personal qualities)
Someone who is able to communicate to others and show interests. This will allow them to get to know colleges quicker and they can work together more effectively.
What would they value? Qualities and experience
What do they need to be experienced in?
IT programs and customers. Being experienced with using certain technology will help them to develop work quicker and to a better standard rather than someone who has no experience with using the software.
Customer experience will also be a strong asset because being able to work with clients and know what they ware looking for and being able to take feedback from them.
What do they do?
What is the company doing and why they are doing it.
Whats their ethos?
What is their attitude towards this.
Who are their clients/customers?
Who do they contact and what work to they have to produce.
Whats their mission?
What is their main purpose, what do they want to get out of it at the end.
Whats the structure of the company?
What is the company built upon.
Where are the entry points?
Entry points might be on their website or on company profiles.
What are they looking for?
What qualities/skills they are looking in a person and why.
With this I will be planning out a website to brand myself with. This website will represent me and show future employees my abilities and skills so that I am more employable. I will be designing the logo, font, writing to show as much about me as I can.
Logo: Im thinking for my logo I could use my initials, I think this will be a good idea because it will be easy for someone to figure out that it is about me and its small and simple. CAW are my initials that I am thinking on using.
Colours: For my colours I want to use blues mainly with black and white to represent my style for my work. I think blue would be good because it says something about me and the white and black represent how I draw with what I use.
Looking at the fonts below I will list a few fonts that im interested on using for my website. They are are:
- Century Gothic
I like these fonts the most because I find them to be clear and easy to read from a distance, I feel that it is really important that when branding myself with a website I need to use a font that is recognizable for the audience.