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Plants to People: How I Became a Recruitment Consultant

By Tom Cox, BSc Hons Plant Science, graduated 2016 A plant science graduate, a semi-professional cyclist, a youthwork volunteer and a blogger all walk into an office… Sounds like it should be the start of a joke that’s going to need to be explained more than once doesn’t it? Rewind ten months and that was …

Six Inspiring Ways to Spend Time Out

Taking time out can offer great personal and professional opportunities. You might take anything from a couple of months to over year – how long isn’t important, it’s how you spend it.  Decide why you want time out and what you want to accomplish. If you’ve just read Eat, Pray, Love and decided help you make time …

How Strengths Coaching Landed Me the Perfect Job

By Liam Walters, final year, studying physics; and Erica Sparkes, Employability Education Projects Officer It was the autumn term of my final year at university. I’d been invited to a video interview for a risk management graduate position in the financial sector. I hadn’t done anything like this before, so I booked a practice video interview …

Three Ways to Make the Most of Your Last University Summer Break

By Grace Pownall, final year, studying civil engineering With three months off between my final University exam and starting my grad job in Nottingham – more on this here – I’ve got a lot of free time to fill this summer. I’ve spent a good portion of my last two summers doing work experience placements, so …

Testing, Testing: How to Prepare for Psychometric Tests

What is a psychometric test? And why should you care? If you’re applying for a job, or even an internship or placement, you may well be asked to complete a psychometric test – sometimes called an ‘online assessment’. Psychometric tests are often used by employers to sift through candidates who’ve got past the application form stage, …

Okay, What’s Next? Preparing for Finishing University

By Chris Jones, Senior Careers Adviser Are you coming towards the end of your degree?  Whether you are an undergraduate or a postgraduate, whether you are planning to continue in education, move into the world of work, or have other plans (or no plans yet!), one thing is certain – a change is coming. Naturally, your …

Five Sections of the Careers Website All Science Students Should Know About

By Chris Jones, Senior Careers Adviser Your Careers teams have been busy recently updating some key information on the University careers website. If you are researching your future career options as a science student, you might find the following sections helpful: 1. What can I do with my degree? Now updated for all schools in the …

How I Found Part-Time Work in Nottingham

Laura Fisher, Recruitment Administrator for JobZone, interviews Eleanor Flynn, LLM Human Rights Law (2017) When I started at the University, I quickly realised that it was necessary to start building skills and experience to enhance my CV and help me secure employment when I graduated. Plus a bit of extra money was very enticing too! A friend …

Nottingham Entrepreneur Shares Top Tips on Starting Your Own Business

By Rebecca Heasman, Employability Officer, Sutton Bonington Campus Do you have a brilliant business idea? Do you want to be your own boss? Does the thought of launching your own business appeal to you more than other graduate career paths? If so, you are not alone. Many University of Nottingham alumni have gone on to make …

Five Ways the Nottingham Advantage Award Will Make You More Employable

By Abigail Bennetts, third-year, studying psychology Would you like to add something unique to your CV to help you stand out to employers? Would you like to gain experiences of mentoring, leadership, and entrepreneurship – those career buzzwords we all struggle to demonstrate in interviews? The Nottingham Advantage Award may be for you. Here are five …