Pull or push?

For a lot of you, looking for a new job is driven by a combination of “push” and “pull” factors.

Push factors are things that drive you away from your current employment, including redundancy, dissatisfaction, disappointing salary increase or bonus, or just the realisation that you need a change.

Pull factors are things that attract you to a new employer, including people you meet who you see are fulfilled there, or simply an agency or headhunter calling you to interest you in the opportunity.

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The grass on the other side of the fence can appear temptingly greener. Be clear why you want to move, and if you are feeling “pushed”, beware of taking the first opportunity that comes along – chances are the match is not ideal and by doing a little research you can uncover better opportunities.

“Decisions that you make today will affect where you will be in the future. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” Mark Victor Hansen.

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It is really important that you take a step back to clarify the type of work you want to do and the kind of organisation you want to work in, so that each step of your career builds positively on the previous one.

University rankings impacted by poor graduate prospects

The 2015 Sunday Times university ranking published last weekend follows a similar one in June by The Guardian.  Both university rankings show the usual suspects, Cambridge, Oxford, LSE and others, at the top of the table.  But I find it more interesting to see the scoring of graduate prospects and their  impact on the overall university ranking.

Graduate prospects is one element of the overall university ranking and is measured by the percentage of graduates who find graduate employment within 6 months after leaving. The Sunday Times averages 2013 and 2014 while The Guardian evaluates year by year.

Oxford (1=), Durham (6), Exeter (7) and Warwick (8) universities stand out in the Sunday Times university ranking as having notably lower graduate prospects than their overall ranking with graduate prospects ranking at 5, 12, 13 and 22.

The same disparity occurs further down the university ranking.  Relatively low graduate prospects drag down overall scores with those worst affected being Winchester (ranked 61st overall in university ranking but 107th in graduate prospects), Goldsmiths, University of London (55th, and 99th), Royal Holloway London (34th and 70th), Brunel (47th and 80th) and UEA (14th and 46th).  Improving graduate prospects would inevitably lead to a higher overall ranking for these universities.

Our aim at ProHireMe is to provide a smarter, faster way for those graduating, and indeed beyond graduation, to get hired.  Using a systematic method to approach selection processes is critical to competing with your fellow graduates. Getting hired is a competitive process, and qualifications however good or bad, are only one part of the decision. Also important are how you present yourself and your resumé/CV to get selected for interview and how you prepare for interviews.

Universities which offer their students tools like ProHireMe have the opportunity to significantly improve graduate prospects, and from their the overall university ranking. This has a knock on effect on admissions, which in part derive from the university ranking. So tools like ProHireMe represent a win-win for both students and universities.


H1B quota date approaching

By Andrew Stott

The H1B quota (for 2015) opens on 1 April 2014, so if you plan to work (legally) in the US, you should be well on the way to requesting employer or academic sponsorship for your application. 

Many international professionals I talk to want to work in the US and the main barrier to this is obtaining a visa, unless you are, or are planning to marry, a US national (and even then it is not straightforward). The main working visa for highly educated professionals is known as the H1B, one of many types of visa for “aliens” to enter the US.

There is a limit or cap to the number of visas issued in any fiscal year, limited to 65,000. Additionally the first 20,000 applicants with a US Masters degree or higher are exempt from the cap, so effectively 85,000 foreigners admitted. The US makes an announcement as soon as the quota is filled and last year’s quota was filled in less than 5 days although in 2013 (for 2014) this was not until June and in 2012 (for 2013) in November. Wikipedia also has a long post on the topic at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-1B_visa

According to the US Citizen and Immigration Services website (http://www.uscis.gov), this visa category “applies to people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability.” So whether you are a highly educated careerist or a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability you should have your process well under way.

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