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A world of careers outside your textbook…

By Katy Skillen, second year MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics student So, exam time of year is winding down, and it’s safe to say we are all definitely ready for a well-deserved break. For the past few weeks, our whole lives have consisted of just essays and revision and endless cups of coffee, but maybe amongst all …

Want to get a foot in the door? Send in a shoe.

By Steve McComish, MD at Nottingham PR agency Motive It’s boom time for Britain’s creative industries with the sector worth more than £100bn and growing at twice the rate of the economy as a whole according to the Government’s own website.  Many graduates of all disciplines, are being attracted to the sector by the promise of rewarding careers and job satisfaction. And there …

On to the second; a post-hoc analysis of my PhD year 1 and where I think I’m going

By Andrew Wihelmsen, PhD student It feels an awful lot like I started my PhD no more than a few weeks ago, yet here I am writing reflections on what has actually been an entire year. I’m not sure where those mysterious 365 days went in all honesty. I’m fairly confident I’ve spent longer times waiting to be served …

Four ways studying abroad can help your career

By Joss Hillary, Information Officer With workplaces becoming more and more globalised; employers are looking for those with international experience. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to develop career-relevant skills you can showcase during job applications. Maximise your opportunities Due to my love of travel I always knew I wanted to study abroad and applied …

How to turn your interest in sport into valuable career skills

By Joss Hillary, Information Officer You don’t have to be an elite athlete to boast about the benefits of your sporting experience to an employer. Students are gaining valuable experience through schemes such as the Leadership Academy, set up with UoN sport. Read about their experiences and the important skills they developed. Develop a range …

Talking to the right people is a career ‘must do’

By Joel Kaziro, medicine graduate  Having been a teacher for the last five years, I walked into Medical School as a mature student. I figured that at the end of my four-year stint, I’d be a doctor. What I failed to realise was ‘being a doctor’ was not enough; they come in many different shapes and sizes and …

Five Dos and Don’ts of a Christmas break

By Dale Claridge, chemistry graduate The first semester of university can be pretty hectic. Whether you’re bogged down with essays and lab reports, or you’ve finally found a spare moment to start preparing for January exams, graduation can seem like more of a distant fantasy than an inevitability. However, anyone with friends who have completed …

The rise of perfectionism

By Joanne Workman, Employability Education Projects Officer A student asked me recently if I thought ‘perfectionism’ was a good response to the interview question, ‘what’s your biggest weakness?’ This really got me thinking about the perceived value of ‘being a perfectionist’, and how this might impact on careers and employability. Particularly in light of recent …

What if I don’t want to be an investment banker?

By Alex Owusu, Employability Officer Are you an economics or business student? Have you come to the conclusion that investment banking just isn’t for you? So what do you do now? With so many career options available, it’s important to remember that just because a particular role or sector is a popular choice for your …

How to research a career or job (and what it would involve)

By Alex Owusu, Employability Officer Trying to think of the career or profession that would be right for you can often feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With countless numbers of jobs and industries to choose from, it can easily feel overwhelming – where do you possibly start? With research! Research …