An introduction to the careers team session is held during week 1 of back end block, where the careers team introduce themselves to the cohort and explain the processes that they will go through for the rest of their Bootcamp journey and beyond.
Each student is then allocated a dedicated careers coach and has a private slack channel set up for them to communicate with their coach and the rest of the careers team.
During week 3 of back end block, recorded careers materials and supporting documentation are provided to the students such as:
- CV Writing; videos around personal statement, how to add Northcoders to your CV and how to set up your CV through layouts and designs.
- Industry Insights; a regularly updated session to show what the job market is currently looking like, the types of roles available and the salaries they are paying!
- Interviews; how to prepare for interviews and answer common questions.
- LinkedIn hints and tips; how to network via social media.
- Proactive and Reactive job searching to get the most of your job search.
- Workplace professionalism and positive mindset for job searching, including handling imposter syndrome.
After careers materials are released, students work on their CV in their own time and submit it to the careers team before the end of Front End week 1. The dedicated careers consultant then reviews the CV for the student and arranges a 1:1 call. During the 1:1 call (careers discussion) we discuss the CV and feedback, as well as looking at students career aims and goals to set in place some actions with them.
The team can provide adhoc support with covering letters and mock interviews also.
Once a CV is signed off students will have access to the job board to be able to apply for opportunities via Northcoders hiring partners.
Throughout the bootcamp access to;
- Hiring partner presentations; hosted by the partners we are working with for them to tell the students about the opportunities for which they are recruiting.
- If arranged; Match Me if You can events.
Following graduation, careers coaches keep in touch with graduates to see how their job search is progressing and provide any required support throughout the journey. Usually this contact is via slack/calls/texts and support is in place for 6 months post graduation.
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