Day 4

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Day 4 

And we’re back! Today’s well-being activity is called ‘High & Lows’ and will help us look back and reflect on the positive experiences in our lives. By identifying the activities and experiences that encourage positivity in our lives, we can put more effort into focussing our energy on these things in the future. 

Highs & Lows Resources  

Okay, now that we’ve looked at the jobs and industries that are likely to grow, identified roles based on our personalities and set some goals in relation to how we’re going to get there, it’s time to start thinking about the nitty gritty!  

To be successful with any job opportunity, you’re more than likely going to have to have good employability skills! These are the skills that make you stand out when going for jobs, things like; interview skills, application skills, communication, time management, organisational skills. The list goes on! We’ll explore employability skills more later on. Firstly, our guests for the day. 

Andrew Wilkins – Director Legal Services 

Andrew heads up the Council’s vast and very diverse legal service area. As an organisation, RCT Council has so many different areas of work which in turn requires several different areas of law. Andrew’s department covers everything from children’s services and family law to property law. Andrew will be able to give us an overview of the various careers on offer within legal services and how somebody might access these careers. 

Dion McIntosh – Highways Engineer 

Dion is an engineer within our Civil Engineering department with a specific focus on Highways. This means that Dion spends a lot of time assessing the structures and environments surrounding the highways across RCT. This can include testing bridge integrity, planning and implementing new highway projects and exploring ways of maximising green spaces around our highways. 

Employability Skills 

So, the recruitment process will be different for most jobs. It could be as simple as handing your CV in somewhere and them offering you a trial. However, jobs with better pay, better prospects and with the most attractive companies will have far more rigorous recruitment processes. This is simply because they get so many applicants and they need effective ways of finding the best candidates. Think of it like the Euros, application forms are the group stages, online assessments are the knockout stages and final interviews are the final! 

Today, we’re going to give you an insight into the recruitment process for our Apprenticeship and Graduate Schemes. We can often get between 40-100+ applications for one single post. We therefore require ways of reducing these numbers to find the best candidates. Unfortunately, this means that someone that may be perfect for the job could miss out if they haven’t filled in the application form correctly or if they haven’t put a lot of effort into it. Our recruitment process usually consist of 3 or 4 stages for our apprenticeship and graduate schemes; 

  1. Online Application Form – This is crucial as we get so many applications that we can be quite picky with who we put through. Make sure you fill in every section and use the STAR method to answer the competency based questions (more on this later).
  2. Online Tests– Sometimes, we get so many applications that the application process isn’t enough to get the numbers down to a number that we can interview, so we sometimes use basic skills test to measure numeracy and literacy.
  3. Group Assessment– This has traditionally been in-person but due to the pandemic, we have switched this to a virtual process for the past 12-18 months. The idea is to see how you work within a group and we’re looking for effective communication, leadership, organisation, empathy and a range of other soft skills.
  4. Interview– The final stage is the individual interview. This is again made up of competency-based questions and gives the employer an opportunity to find out a little more about you. 

Although this is the recruitment process for our apprenticeship scheme, it tends to be fairly similar for a number of organisations and the same skills will be relevant. Here are some resources to help you practice for you future interviews. Use the Employability Skills Quiz  (PIN: 007313319) to watch videos and answer questions related to Employability Skills. 

Activity: Employability Skills Quiz (PIN: 007313319) 

Day 4 Videos:

Gareth Rees – Mental Health Graduate

Aaron Jones – Civil Engineering (Floodrisk)

Sion Pennell – Civil Engineering (Structures)

Check in again tomorrow for Day 5!