Welcome to the BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education: Level 3 Careers DayWednesday, 3 October 2001
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Programme • 1100 Introduction: Welcome, PDPs TS • 1110-1130 Finding out about Outdoor Education related jobs Hu • 1130-1145 Jobs in Field/Environmental Centres TS • 1150-1205 Considering Higher Degrees and/or Research TS/Hu • 1205-1220 Jobs in Outdoor Centres DH • 1220-1230 Preparing for Interviews TS • 1230-1330 Lunch Break • 1330 JMU Careers Service Heather Barrett • Business Bridge Andrew Byrne • 1430 Teaching Geography and PGCE Geography courses, • Mr Jim Moore, Liverpool Hope University • 1530 Teaching PE and PGCEs in Physical Education • Barbara Walsh, LJMU • 1600 End
Job, Career, the future ?? Why ?? • Only 8 months till we finish at JMU….. • Dissertation • Posters • Log books • Seminars • Assignments • Assessments • Exams……………...
So why spend today on jobs, careers ?? • Take a moment to think why you came to do a degree ? • Why this degree ? • Why Liverpool ? • Reflect • Highs • Lows
Competitive Market ? What can you offer ??
BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education • Broad based degree with some specialisation (electives/options) - Geog, PE, Adventure Therapy, Recreational Ecol, Development Training • Lots of transferable skills • Practical skills in the outdoors, GB Awards • Field skills • ICT, presentation skills, communication skills…..etc..etc
2002 leavers Summary 2001 leavers Teaching PGCE Sec Geography 6 PGCE Primary 2 PGCE Sec PE 1 PGCE FHE 1 Higher degrees (Masters) 4 Outdoor Centres 5 Environmental Centre 1 Freelance Mountaineer 1 Management Development 1 Armed Forces 1 Travelling year out 5
So where can you find out what might be on offer ? • Start here today: listen to what is said…you might change you mind in future !! • JMU Careers Service, Business Bridge • Fellow students • Staff, personal tutor • Email - keep in touch…email me your new/alternative email address for email list • Contacts list, Ex- O.Ed Web site/Message Board
Let family, friends, contacts, tutors, WBL employer, referees etc know what you are interested in/looking for...
Newspapers & Magazines • Guardian • Times Educational Supplement • Times Higher Educational Supplement • Independent • Magazines: Focus, Paddler, High, Summit, Clean Slate (ATA); New Scientist etc
(c) By end of Semester 4: Level 3 Options: 1 2 3 Provisional Dissertation title (and tutor): Details of Outdoor Education Placement Dates: Address: Tel: Short term goals: Long term goals: Action plan for Level 3 to ensure meeting these goals:
(d) By 1 April Semester 6: • 1. Complete a Curriculum Vitae • (further guidance will be given on how to lay this out and the best methods of • production during a Careers Day in February of Semester 6). • Here is a basic structure you can follow, but the specific content will • depend on the job/course you are applying for. • Personal Details • (full name, address (home and University include post code, tel, Fax, Email address) • Date of birth, Marital status, Dependents, maybe a scanned photo of yourself) • Education & Qualifications • Schools attended (chronological order), Examinations passed giving date, • examination Board and grade attained for each). Include any other academic • courses you have completed before coming to JMU and put your course last • like this • BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education (degree classification • expected June 200X))
Employment History chronological order – if you have done lots of short jobs you may need to summarise, prioritise and just give examples. Practical Qualifications Outdoor Pursuits, Governing Body of Sport Awards, ICT, Driving, First Aid, etc Referees Give at least TWO: one will be your academic referee (probably either Programme Manager or Academic Tutor); the other should be by a person of good standing who has known you for a long time. Sometimes you might add a third who could be a past employer.
2. Self-Written Reference Students Prepare their own self-written reference which should be a true and honest assessment of their strengths, abilities, preferences, skills under the following headings: Academic Studies Outdoor Pursuits Professional Skills and Experience Personal qualities Signature
Here is an Example Reference for you to base yours on. Academic Studies XXX joined our degree course, the B.Sc (Hons) in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University in September 199X. S/he entered with ‘A’ level passes in Biology (C); Geography (B), Sports Studies (D) and General Studies (E). S/he has since proved him/herself to be a motivated and hard working student, who has produced consistently good academic work and has increased his/her mean level score year by year from 54.4% at the end of Year 1 to 56.3 % at the end of Level 2 to 61.03% at the end of semester 1 in Level 3. S/he is predicted to gain a Class II.i degree if s/he continues to maintain this standard during this final semester. S/he undertook an ambitious final year dissertation project in the French Alps investigating micro-climate on a glacier. [After final exams marked something like this may be inserted by your tutor: XXX has scored a mean mark of 59.08 % which is around the II.i/II.ii class boundary and we will need to await the decision of Programme Assessment Board on 23 June to know the final degree classification].
A comprehensive list of all modules with their credit rating, mark achieved, and whether or not referral opportunities were required, is given in the attached University Transcript [For those preparing for a PGCE in Geography you may add At Level 2 s/he chose elective modules in Natural Resource Management (12 c) and Natural Hazards and Applied Geomorphology (12 c) and at Level 3 Option Choice modules were :Environmental Issues, Recreational Ecology & Adventure Tourism and Glacial & Fluvial Processes which has maximised the amount of Geography studied in preparation for a teaching career in Geography) For those preparing for a PGCE in Physical Education you may add At Level 2 s/he chose a 24 credit elective module in Physical Education in which swimming, games, gymnastic and dance were introduced along with the relevant theory and at Level 3 Option Choice modules were Coaching and Leadership Behaviour and TWO further Physical education modules – a Community Placement (20 days) and a module called “Delivering the Physical Education National Curriculum), which have maximised the amount of Physical Education studied in preparation for a teaching career in PE)]
Outdoor Pursuits Strengths and Governing Body Awards • XXX is a competent all rounder in his/her outdoor pursuits. During this course s/he • has successfully completed: • Mountain Leader Training Board (MLTB) (Summer) Mountain Leader Award Training (6-days, Feb./Mar. 199X); • Emergency and Rescue Care First Aid Certificate (2 days, Nov. 199X); • Training course for the MLTB Single Pitch Award SPA (Rock Climbing), 2 days, June 199X); • British Canoe Union 3* Star Test (Apr. 199X), • British Canoe Union Canoe Safety Test (Apr. 199X); • British Canoe Union Level 2 Kayak (Instructor) Training. • University training in orienteering, problem solving, adventurous activities (Level 1); Winter Mountaineering (4 days, Scotland) skiing (5 days, Scotland) and caving (5 days, Yorkshire Dales) at Level 2. • The Assessment for the (MLTB) (Summer) Mountain Leader Award is scheduled • for May 200X and the SPA (Rock Climbing) Award Assessment is planned for • June 200X. • [Add here any other Awards you hold]
Professional Strengths and Experience • As part of the Outdoor & Environmental Education courses’ Work Based Placement • module XXX spent three weeks working as a Leader for Brathay Expeditions in the • French Alps during the summer (200x). This gave him/her experience of leading • groups of adults in unfamiliar terrain in the Chamonix area, and on the Tour du Mt • Blanc. • [Those planning to enter teaching should list all experience of working with • children and time spent observing in schools, giving details of what you learned • and why you have the abilities and skills needed to enter the teaching profession. • You may be able to quote something from your WBL Report eg. • S/he enjoyed success in building up relationships with the groups s/he taught. • At all times s/he displayed a good professional manner and his/her timing and • group management were good. His/her school mentor reported that s/he had • "demonstrated that s/he was punctual, professionally dressed, enthusiastic to • become involved and when given the opportunity to do some teaching,s/he • was well prepared and showed an ability to create an effective learning • environment and formed good relationships with both staff and pupils"].
Personal strengths. XXX has no health problems and is physically fit. S/he has a very mature, sensible and professional attitude and the ability to strike up positive relationships with others. I have always found him/her to be trustworthy, honest and reliable. S/he is punctual at all times. Signed: ____________________________ Date: _____________
Generally for 'Geographers' and 'Ecologists' (Biologists) with a keen interest in teaching academic subject out of doors.
3 main areas to gain employment: • Field Studies Council (FSC) • LEA Centres (Environmental) • Private Centres
Field Studies Council (FSC) • probably largest most well know single employer. • Educational Charity 'environmental understanding for ALL' • operates 12 Field centres situated in rural areas each with 4-6 academic staff (~ 60 total) + 7-10 domestic staff
Blencathra Preston Montford
Blencathra Orielton Preston Montford
65-70% of clients are 'A' level, 20-25% GCSE, 10 % Adults + some HE & Universities • good reputation (greater proportion of students from Independent schools & Colleges)
Working conditions • You teach ~ 20 - 25 (6.5 day) weeks per year (12 hour days) - lecture - field - lab (max of 3 wks in a row) • You service other courses i.e. help staff who teach their own courses • mainly 'A' level, some GCSE, Adult courses (Aug) + some HE/Unis.
Centres close in winter (Nov - end Feb) but staff still employed: • - help with maintenance • - staff training, Annual Conference • - research and development • - time off (4-5 weeks per yr holiday) • Usually residential i.e. a room provided + all meals in return for residential duties 1 night per week)
Pay - may be slightly lower than school teaching, TSS pension scheme, some salary knocked off pay in lieu of food & accom. • Research & Publication encouraged - small grants, FSC has its own Publications Unit • No/v.little pure OP - tied closely to school curricula • Promotion - Tutor - Senior Tutor - Deputy Warden - Warden • Permanent and temporary contracts • (would usually welcome observers, voluntary assistants)