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How Pedalling the Path Less Travelled Helped Me Explore Career Pathways

By Andrew Wilhelmsen, PhD Life Science After finishing my master’s degree, I had all the career focus of a wayward roaming, itchy-footed vagabond and all the wanderlust of a, well… wayward roaming, itchy-footed … you get the point. So, I hopped on a plane to Singapore and decided to go on a bike ride, for …

How I Found a Summer Internship on Twitter

By Sinead Butler, final year, BA English and Philosophy Recruitment methods for internships and graduate jobs are evolving as technology and social media do too. You might have tried Indeed, Reed or company websites to find vacancies. You might even have used LinkedIn, a networking site that allows you to connect with companies. But have you considered Twitter? I’ve …

Start-Ups and SMEs: What Are Employers Looking For?

By Tara Sallis, TalentPool, matching recent graduates with job and internship opportunities at start-ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) If you are hoping to find your dream job at a start-up or smaller business, it can be hard to know exactly what they are looking for. Here we run through three of the top …

All I Want For Christmas… Is An Internship

By Katie Watson, BA History, second year Well done! You made it to the end of term, which is an achievement in itself. However, if you are like me then you have just realised that you still don’t have an internship, can’t master logical reasoning tests, spend more time on Twitter than LinkedIn, and don’t …

International Work Experience: Reflections from Xi’An 

By John Lim Le Sheng, final year, BA Social Work John received funding through last year’s International Work Experience Grant. He travelled to China to work with the non-profit organisation, Agape Love, which provides for abandoned orphans and children with varying disabilities in China. This is his story. “Yang Ma Ma!” John* cries as he peers into …

Volunteering in My First Year: How I Found Experience for My CV

By Anabel Robson, first year, BA History The first time I put together my CV, I realised that I was severely lacking in experience. I needed something that would make me stand out. So, I decided to spend my summer volunteering and found a great opportunity with the National Trust. I volunteered at Chartwell, the …

Three Reasons I Was Nervous to Graduate (And Why I Didn’t Need to Be)

By Lorna Airey, BA Hons French Studies (2014) and Employability Officer at the University of Nottingham I remember approaching graduation with a mixture of excitement and dread. Excitement because I was celebrating four years of hard work with some of my closest friends. Dread because I could no longer ignore the question that people kept …

Launching a Start-Up: What You Need to Know

By Michael Millar, BSc Economics (2008) It’s thrilling to be at the cutting edge of development and innovation, and we hear about so many start-up success stories that many feel it’s an exciting fast-track to success. The reality can be a little different. Around 90% of start-ups fail. Those that succeed do so because they …

Application Stress Weighing You Down? Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone

By Imogen Daldy, BA French and History, final year “That takes my grad scheme application count to 27 now” you hear the girl sat behind you announce to her friend. Your heart sinks further when she says, “Plus I’ve been invited to three interviews already!” Sound familiar? For a lot of final years, the pressure …

Rejected After an Interview? How to Recover in Seven Steps

By Abigail Rowse, Employability Officer Have you been rejected recently after an interview for a job, placement, course or another opportunity? I know first-hand how disappointing and dejecting it can be. Read on for tips on how to move on in a positive and productive way. 1. It’s okay not to be okay Before you do anything else, …