It’s a great idea to keep up to date with the labour market so that you know how COVID and other factors have impacted on your preferred career paths and sectors. Sensationalist articles in the popular press can leave you feeling worried that this is a hopeless time to be looking for internships, graduate schemes … Continue reading How do I find out what’s happening in the graduate labour market?
It can be hard to remain motivated and positive in the transition between university and your next step. And the phrase finding a job is a full-time job is true! Plus, being turned down or not even hearing about an application is not a great feeling. Here are a few things to consider. Being organised … Continue reading Staying motivated whilst looking for jobs
This blog is written in July 2021 when the graduate labour market, and more broadly the economy, are still struggling with the effects of the pandemic. They have been grappling with this for some time now. At the same time, the actual campus experience has felt so strange in recent times (not being on campus … Continue reading Skills developed while getting through a pandemic
Recently we held Graduate Advice Week for our graduating cohort of 2021. It was a week chock full of industry professionals getting our grads geared up for life and work beyond these walls. The advice was amazing, and we would like to share some of the best of it with the rest of you. 1. … Continue reading What we learned at Graduate Advice Week 2021
A CV that goes off into the online application ether. An interview for a second interview that never comes or a rejection letter that says thanks but no thanks. Rejection at any stage of the interview process is never fun and it can really dint your confidence. If you are also working hard on exams … Continue reading Facing application and interview rejection
Iona Campbell, a postgraduate student, explains the benefits of taking part in an internship with third sector organisation, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland as part of the Find a Solution programme. As a Master’s student in human rights, I was looking for an opportunity to gain professional experience in research and came across an internship with … Continue reading Why interning in the third sector might be right for you
1. Tailor it to the role Before you start writing your CV, think about the person who is going to read it, what do they want to know? The job advert is a great place to start, go through it and highlight key skills and experience that the employer is looking for and then think … Continue reading 5 tips to help boost your CV
Many jobs are filled by personal referrals and recommendations. In other words, your chances of getting an interview increases when you know someone on the inside of a company or organisation. To do that, you need to network. This is basically connecting with people that you either know or are even strangers to ask for … Continue reading How to make networking work for you?
The thinking behind psychometrics – selecting candidates for types of jobs based on fair but competitive assessment of their intelligence-based behaviour – has been around for thousands of years. Situational judgement tests (SJTs), however, have only been around for fifty years. It took a while for them to gain ground in the recruitment landscape – … Continue reading Situational Judgement Tests – Thinking Ahead
The thinking behind psychometric tests has actually been around for about 4000 years. It was applied by Chinese emperors for many hundreds of years in deciding who should be at court and the positions they should have before Confucius said of differences between people, “their nature might be similar but behaviours are far apart” (c. … Continue reading Revealing Psychometrics
Many of you who are enjoying and performing well in your studies at undergraduate and Masters level could be considering doing a PhD in the near future. This can be a fantastic opportunity if you find a topic you are passionate about and are willing to work hard and take responsibility for your own research … Continue reading Thinking about PhDs?
One of the things that I hear from Arts students is that there are no jobs in the Arts for Arts students. Now, whilst I agree that the Creative and Cultural sector CAN be challenging - people work in the sector so there must be jobs, right? So where are they and how do you … Continue reading Are you interested in working in a Creative and Cultural job?
Spring weeks or insight days offer early year students the opportunity to gain work experience, build connections in competitive industries. These pre-internship experiences are popular and important for those considering a career in investment banking but they also feature in other sectors such as professional services, law, accountancy and consulting. They last from a few … Continue reading Student Stories: our spring week experience
Writing a cover letter for every application is tricky as you have been told that you need to target it to each job. So, when you come across the words “cover letter optional” or it is not even mentioned on a job posting, you might feel a weight lift off you. After all, your application … Continue reading Reasons you should write a cover letter even when the job description says it is optional.
A few weeks ago, the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) conducted a Pulse Survey with scores of graduate recruiters across the UK to see what their student recruitment plans were. The context is a (now official) UK labour market recession but with a few emerging signs of the start of a gradual recovery. This type … Continue reading What is happening in graduate recruitment?
A Mathematics & Statistics class Congratulations on completing your undergraduate degree. Undoubtedly, this is a challenging time in which to transition into your next career step. If your career plans led you to apply for and accept a place on a Postgraduate Study programme for this Autumn then you may a degree of safety in … Continue reading I have been accepted onto a postgrad course. Is 2020 a good time to undertake postgraduate study?
Finding a job can feel like a full-time job in itself and after spending hours on an application and putting your heart and soul into it, it can be really disheartening to receive a rejection e-mail with no feedback on why you didn’t get the invitation to the next stage. In today’s blog, I’m going … Continue reading Job searching and applications – Q&A
Getting an ‘entry-level job’ is a competitive process. When you look at job descriptions and see the lists of skills and experiences companies are looking for the prospect can be overwhelming. You know you are ready to start a great career so how do you convince someone to give you an entry-level job? That is … Continue reading What should be on an entry level CV?
Finished exams and coursework and looking for ways to develop your skills online? In this blog, we'll explore 5 ways you can develop your skills and experience from the comfort of your home. 1. Take part in a virtual internship Internship Experience UK - 3 day virtual internships, content delivered by industry experts and leading … Continue reading 5 ways to develop your skills at home
Although this is a global pandemic, it has spread across the globe in such a way that entire regions move into and then beyond peak levels of infection at different times. All areas of life, culture and employment are affected, differently, according to region. More on that below. We know of course that the virus … Continue reading Career Progression Strategies During COVID-19