There is a careers theory based around the concept of luck called “Planned Happenstance”. Planned Happenstance is where you throw some feelers out into the world of work and see what comes back to you. Planned Happenstance is not just luck or being in the right place at the right time. It is a conscious, purposeful, and on-going process that can help you create chances, conversations and opportunities for yourself.
If you are new to job hunting, the adverts can be daunting and require a degree of navigation. We want to help demystify job adverts so that you are in as strong a position as possible to find the right role for you and submit a great application every time. Here are our top three … Continue reading Demystifying job adverts
Heading home for the holidays? Are you dreading that moment on Christmas Day when the turkey’s been demolished, crackers lie strewn under the table, Granny’s snored her way through the Queen's Speech and the tipsy conversation inevitably turns to the future - more specifically, YOUR future?! If you’re feeling nervous about being quizzed over … Continue reading Our Tips for the 12 Days of Christmas…
As one of the Internship Hub managers I have had the opportunity to work with a range of big and small organisations over the years. Not only do I get to visit them in their work environment but I also get lots of insightful feedback from our students about their experiences. When applying for an … Continue reading Value your values
You’ve created a LinkedIn profile but you’re not too sure why or what to do with it? does this sound familiar? Or perhaps you have thus far ignored LinkedIn as being something for professionals not students or because, as I sometimes hear, “it’s something my parents have” Whether you have already graduated or are a … Continue reading Creating and optimising your LinkedIn profile
Did you know Gerrard Butler studied law before getting into acting? Mick Cooke studied psychology before playing with iconic indie band Belle and Sebastian? and Olympic rower Dame Katherine Grainger studied an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics? All these Glasgow grads ended up in careers that aren’t directly related to their degree! OK, … Continue reading 5 Jobs you can do with any degree!
By Fiona Stubbs, Careers Manager To quote the Canadian rapper Drake, you need to ‘start from the bottom’. The last line of your CV is where most students list their interests, but often they do not actually say anything that is interesting. You like films, sports, reading and travelling. How original! Instead, why not say … Continue reading Are your interests, interesting to employers?
Another way of putting that could be: is equality real now? Dan Brooke, Channel 4’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, said recently, “Employing disabled people drives innovation”. At Channel 4, it happens behind the scenes in production roles but increasing diversity across society is also reflected in its programming. For instance, Hollyoaks recently had wheel … Continue reading Should I disclose my disability to an employer?
Almost half of our roles last year were open to ‘any’ degree discipline, with many more open across a wide range of non-vocational courses in the College of Arts and Social Sciences in particular. What’s more, at least 60% of graduate jobs advertised in the UK are open to ‘any’ degree discipline. Given this, we … Continue reading The Internship Hub won’t limit you based on your degree subject, and you shouldn’t either!
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was reported as saying that she misses her acting role in Suits, the hit American legal drama series. If you’ve been following the exploits of corporate lawyer Rachel Zane and have dared to imagine pursuing a career in the same field, making your dreams a reality might not be … Continue reading I want to be a Lawyer but I’m not studying Law
When Anatomy student Emma Jackson tweeted about her enlightening meeting with her mentor, and how she would never have found them without The Network, we at the Careers Service naturally wanted to know more! About to meet my mentor for the first time, excited @UofGCareers! — Emma Jackson (@emm__jackson) June 4, 2018 It was a … Continue reading I Found my Perfect Match on The Network
Its head down time for your dissertation and finals so this year is all about making applications and continuing to build on the good work you’ve already done. The Careers Service is here to help you manage the transition onto life after graduation. Research the Opportunities and Make Decisions Use the Careers Service and Prospects … Continue reading Making your time as a student count. Final Year Students.
This is the year to really think about your career and what you’re going to do after graduation. Use every aspect of what the Careers Service offers and especially try to get a professional internship during the Summer. Have a look at yesterday's post "making your time as a student count" for first and second … Continue reading Making your time as a student count. Third years.
Welcome (and welcome back to you experienced second years), to the University of Glasgow. We wanted to say hello, introduce ourselves and let you know that its never too early to connect with your Careers Service. One of the most common questions we get asked by students (from all years) is, "How do I make … Continue reading Making your time as a student count. First and second years.
Life in the Pod It’s life Jim, but not as we know it… For the uninitiated, a pod in this context has nothing to do with whales, dolphins, seals, porpoises or hippopotami. A pod is, in fact, a small and cramped, but air conditioned and confidential habitat for a rather different life form: the careers … Continue reading Life in the Pod
It’s difficult to know where it came from: Was it that innocuous comment from a family relative? Was it hearing friends talking about applying for roles and deadlines coming up? Or was it that comment you overheard about someone who already has a job lined up? Whatever it was, it worked! So, now you have … Continue reading Why you don’t need to write a CV (yet)
Employers are constantly searching for graduates with strong IT skills and the IT skills shortage in the labour market isn’t predicted to change any time soon. This must be good news for any Computing Science or Software Engineering Graduate? Well yes, it is, however, it doesn’t stop there – employers are simply unable to fill all … Continue reading You need to have a Computing or Software Engineering degree to get a decent IT job. Don’t you?
Don't underestimate the power of the cover letter, the role of the covering letter is to get the reader to want to read the CV, pure and simple. So it has to be good! Here is a simple formula to get your covering letter together; The Intro Your opening paragraph should grab the readers attention … Continue reading Take Cover!
More is better than less! Isn't it? Well, no, not when it comes to job applications. I know I am not the only one feeling exasperated at the number of posts I come across about new graduates who have applied for hundreds of jobs and not got as much as a glimmer of an interview. … Continue reading Job applications – when 99 is at least 95 too many…
At this time of year the topic of Internships can be high on your agenda as a student. There’s no doubt it can be extremely useful to get an internship. Many major graduate recruiters use summer internships as a two to three month interview, and more and more interns are being offered jobs which start … Continue reading Internships – Simple?