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What Are Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Could One Kick-Start Your Career?

By Jiri Hromadka, KTP Associate at the University of Nottingham Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is  a three-way partnership between a university, a company, and a graduate or post-graduate, known as a KTP Associate. They work together on a two-three year project that aims to transfer knowledge from the university to the business. I am a KTP Associate with the University …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Five Tips to Help You Find a Graduate Job with Your Dream Company

By Grace Pownall, final year, studying civil engineering Way back in October 2015, right at the beginning of my second year, I wrote my first-ever careers blog post. For it I covered the civil engineering autumn careers fair. I went along with a particular goal in mind: to kick-start my search for the perfect summer placement.  Little …

How to Approach an Assessment Centre if You’re More Reserved

By Jen Balloch, Employability Education Projects Officer: Faculty of Science Firstly, if you’re through to the assessment centre stage of the recruitment process, well done! That’s a big achievement in itself. Secondly, if the thought of attending an assessment centre fills you with dread then don’t worry, you are not alone. There’s lot of advice online …

Your Most Frequently Asked Careers Questions, Answered

By Jen Balloch, Employability Education Projects Officer: Faculty of Science There are a number of different reasons you may choose to visit the Careers and Employability Service. You might have found an opportunity you want to apply for and need some help or advice on the recruitment process. Equally, you might be at the beginning of planning …

Studying STEM? How to Find Your Ideal Graduate Opportunity

By Gradcracker, the UK’s careers website for STEM students; intro by Chris Jones, Senior Careers Adviser – Faculties of Science and Engineering As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) student, you and your skills are in high demand across many sectors. Scientific, engineering and technical fields need you as well as broader occupational areas, where …

Facing Psychometric Tests: Before, During and After

By Manuela Cabrera, masters student, studying structural engineering So you’ve passed the application form – yeah! – but then you get sent a link to complete an online test. It can be quite a stressful process; trust me, I’ve been there too. That’s why I’m going to tell you about my experience of managing it. Not every company …

Six Different Styles of Leadership, and When to Use Them

By Rebecca Heasman, Employability Officer, Sutton Bonington Campus Leadership is essential for the world of work today. What’s more, lots of graduate employers are looking for good leaders. However, there isn’t just one style of leadership. Understanding the different styles can help you identify which works best when, and what qualities you need to hone to …