The UTAS-Nizwa Career Guidance Center (CGC) provides relevant academic and career information to enable students to make informed decisions throughout their academic and professional careers.
Our focus is to provide learning/training opportunities in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development, and to prepare students to meet future challenges.
The Career Guidance Office is constituted by a placement officer and faculty members in order to provide the necessary guidance and information to the students to help them to shape their careers. The team keeps up to date with employment trends and is knowledgeable of the available options, giving solid advice to students.
CGC provides services such as campus interviews, job placement, and training programs. Such services enable our students to develop practical skills for a competitive job market. The office works out placement for students who are interested in working in corporate offices, the IT industry, banks, and an array of other businesses.
The CGC also organizes workshops and seminars on personality development, interpersonal relationships, communication skills, interviewing skills, and presentation skills which are designed to enable the holistic development of UTAS-Nizwa students.
Resource personnel from various economic sectors and esteemed educational institutions are invited to provide training through the CGC.
The Career Guidance Centre provides opportunities for students with:
The curriculum vitae -CV- is a is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. In some countries, a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview.
Here is a good CV template you can use: Download the CV Template or Click here to create your CV online.
Companies fill or create positions because they have problems they want to solve -- for instance, ineffective advertising or long customer-service lines. So prepare for an interview by identifying the problems hinted at in the job ad. (If there's no job ad, research the company and industry.) Then, prepare examples detailing how you'll solve those problems -- and how you've solved similar problems in the past. Practice telling stories about specific results you've achieved. And if you're interviewing for a career change, keep in mind that many problems -- such as a lack of effective project management or a breakdown of teamwork -- are not industry-specific. Offering solutions to these problems is a great way to overcome a lack of directly applicable experience.
Avoid empty clichés. Be prepared to back up your claims about your skills or characteristics with relevant and specific stories. For example, don't just say you "work well with others" -- talk about the types of teams you've worked with and what you've learned from them. Or if you plan to say you're "detail-oriented," come to the interview prepared with a story about how your attention to detail saved a former employer money (or otherwise saved the day).
Prepare three or four effective sound bites that highlight your skills and past successes. A sound bite is succinct and direct, so it's catchy and easy to remember -- for example, "I've designed logos for three Fortune 500 companies" or "My efficiency plan decreased product-delivery times by 15 percent without costing the company a cent." When you're coming up with your sound bites, ask yourself, "What were my greatest accomplishments at my most recent job?" and "What sets me apart from other candidates?"
Your resume and cover letter will likely form an outline for at least part of your interview. Because a resume has to be brief, it probably says many things that could be elaborated on or explained in more detail. Often a resume explains the "what" (for instance, "supervised two people"). Use the interview to talk about the "how," as well as skills you gained, praise you received and so on.
You say a lot about yourself with nonverbal language: your posture and your facial expressions, for instance. Sit up straight -- leaning forward can make you seem closed off, as can holding a briefcase or purse in your lap. Maintain eye contact when answering interview questions, and smile frequently. Also, practice your handshake with a friend: An overly aggressive handshake can be as off-putting as a limp.
Avoid complaining about a former employer or laying blame at a former manager's feet -- doing so will likely make you seem difficult to work with (or disloyal). Even if you quit your last job in a rage because you had an incompetent manager, saying something like "I felt I was ready for a more challenging position -- like this one seems to be" turns a potentially interview-killing situation into something that makes you look very attractive to a hiring manager.