Career Development is a journey. Wherever you are in the process, ALDAR University College (ADUC) Careers Services Office is here to support you every step of the way. The Careers Services Office at ADUC understands that searching for an internship, graduate job or opportunity both during your studies and after graduation can be a very intimidating and time-consuming process. Being prepared for this process is the key to being successful in today’s labor market.
This guide is designed to help you by:
To stand out from the crowd when looking for an opportunity either an internship, graduate job or Higher Studies, you will need to sharpen your skills, this guide is your road map toward organized, structured, and fruitful career planning.
Your internship in your final year is not only an academic requirement for your graduation but an ideal opportunity for you to enter the job market. The Internship integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional work environment. In preparation, you must discuss your eligibility/timing for your internship with your College Academic Advisor and College Faculty Internship Supervisor before starting the internship process, give some consideration to your choice of Internship Site.
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ENJOY LEARNING & DEVELOPING:
Job search can be a very intimidating process if not efficiently planned. Here are some helpful tips that will guide you in structuring your job search:
There are many ways you can use social media in a job search including:
LinkedIn for Networking & Career Planning
One of the best ways to use LinkedIn is to find contacts within specific companies you are interested in. You can search for those companies and find people who are connected to it or to other people you know. Then, you can ask your personal contacts to connect you. Or, for a monthly fee, the site will allow you to email people where you don’t have a contact in common to make direct connections. There are many online career and recruitment resources that you can benefit from to support you in your career journey. Below are some examples of these resources:
LinkedIn: is a professional networking site that can give you easy access to many online jobs. Update your profile, and keep exploring opportunities.
Instagram for Networking & Career Planning
Identify how you want to market yourself and brainstorm how you might be able to use Instagram to help you search for a job. Obviously, this will be easier for some fields than for others. It’s up to you to figure out how you can include Instagram in your job search. Be creative. With a little brainstorming, you might be able to come up with some innovative ways to utilize your account and enhance your job search portfolio. For example, if you’re a book publicist, you might create an account posting pictures of different cover art, book signings, literary events, or even shots of people reading the product in various locations.
Official Government Recruitment Websites
Official government recruitment websites: for vacancies in the government sector such as:
Alumni and Student Careers Office: utilize all the available resources at ADUC. The office aims to help and support you in finding opportunities to develop your skills and meaningful employment and keep a record of your job-hunting actions – this will help you to stay on track and be organized. A recommended strategy is to keep a record of the employer name, the position you applied to, the action taken by you, and dates with notes on next steps. Remember to follow up with employers you had interviews with. Network: it is all about making connections, presenting yourself and asking for insights. To succeed, you need to be authentic, considerate and ask for advice not a job. Be aware that people like to do business with people they know and like, so work on having a positive first impression. Do not hide behind the online portals, get out of the box, volunteer, and attend conferences and public events where you can connect with new people.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)?
You need a C.V when:
A Strong C.V:
Short: No more than 2 A4 pages. REMEMBER most employers spend less than 3-7 seconds looking at a C.V for the first time.
Simple: make sure that it is easy to read by having clear section headings, a professional format and layout, simple font, no tables, pictures, or distracting icons. Use the action verbs to describe your skills and accomplished tasks.
Relevant: do not provide a shopping list of everything you have ever done, every workshop you have attended or every certificate you have gained. Focus on relevant quality information not quantity in your C.V.
1. Personal details:
It goes at the top of the first page of the C.V. it includes name, email, and telephone number. The font size of the name should not be bigger than size 14. Please make sure that you have your updated mobile number and a professional email address.
It should be brief. It is used to give the recruiter an idea about your career goals.
3. Ideas to tailor your objective to a specific job:
you have to start by your most recent education first. You should mention the name of the institution, the degree, the major, location, and year of graduation (expected to graduate). The GPA can be included if it is above 3.0. Ideas to tailor your education to a specific job:
5. Mention courses or projects related to the job you are applying for.
you have to start with the most recent one. Dates to be clear, and the name of employer, and the department/position you are working in. It is important to state the tasks or some of your major responsibilities /achievements under each experience. It is recommended to include your internship experience, volunteering, part time, summer jobs, and extra-curricular activities if they are related to the position. Ideas to tailor your work experience to a specific job:
TEAMWORK / COLLABORATION
Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict
Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth.
ORAL / WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS
Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to people inside and out of these are usually classified into three categories technical skills, Language skills, and soft Skills.
IDEAS TO TAILOR YOUR SKILLS TO A SPECIFIC JOB
This section is optional as employers will usually ask you for references if they intend to recruit you. If you decide to include it in your CV, you can state (will be provided upon request). For the interview and future requests, you should have the references in a separate document with the same heading of your CV. You should always take the permission of a referee before including them as reference. Usually, recruiters ask for 3 references.
Ideas to tailor your references to a specific job:
Ask people who have a positive opinion of you and who can describe your work-related qualities and personal characteristics.
When to give your reference list to a prospective employer:
How and Where to list references:
The opening – Who you are and what position you are applying for “I am a graduate from ALDAR University College, majoring in Business Administration and would like to apply for the position of Marketing Executive as advertised on your website.
Why them? Demonstrate you have done your research and be positive about the company
“I am particularly interested in the Marketing position in your company. From my research I understand your organization is one of the most prestigious event management companies within the UAE and offers excellent career development programs for UAE National graduates. I believe such an opportunity would enable me to move forward in my career goals by enhancing my knowledge and skills within the area of event conferencing and publications’’.
Why you? – Give evidence of how your skills and experience show you match the job role “I believe I would be ideal for the job as I have very strong organizational and creative skills which I developed on my internship as a marketing assistant and from organizing numerous events for different groups during my university study.”
The Positive Ending
Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of student information. Employers shouldn’t disclose information about you to another organization without your prior written consent, unless necessitated by health or safety considerations.
Employers are expected to provide accurate information about their organizations and employment opportunities. Freedom from Undue Pressures Employers are expected to provide you with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision about accepting an employment offer. Employers are also expected to provide you with a reasonable process for making your decision. It is improper for employers to pressure you to revoke your acceptance of another job offer.
Employers are expected to inform you of your status in the hiring process and communicate hiring decisions within the agreed upon time frame.
If an employer is required by changing conditions to revoke a job offer that you’ve accepted, you’re entitled to a fair and equitable course of action. That can include, but is not limited to, financial assistance and outplacement service.
Employers should inform you in advance of any assessments, the purpose of the tests and their policies regarding disclosure of test results.