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Placement years: are they worth it? These five students think so 

By Luke Lynch, Employability Education Projects Officer Think integrated placement years are only for engineering and computer science students? Not anymore, thanks to the University’s new ‘optional Placement Year’ scheme.  We caught-up with the first cohort of students as they approached the mid-point of their placements. As well as sharing their workplace experiences, they were keen to pass on advice to anyone thinking of following in …

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 …

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, …

12 Ways to Get Your Foot into the Radio Industry

By Nellie Khossousi, BSc Hons Economics (2018), now spending a year working as an English Language Assistant and learning French. Follow Nellie on Twitter and read about her experiences working as an English Language Assistant in France on her blog. I’ve recently graduated and I am thinking of a career in the media industry. I’ve tried various ways …

Is Your Haphazard Approach Stopping You From Getting an Interview?

By Lorna Airey, Employability Officer When job seeking, it can be tempting to send out hundreds of applications as quickly as you possibly can in the hope that you’ll eventually get something. However, applying for anything and everything can actually slow the process down. By applying strategically, taking your time and tailoring each application, you …

10 Must-Haves on Your LinkedIn Profile

By Rebecca Heasman, Employability Officer LinkedIn is a great resource for finding jobs, researching careers and networking with employers. How do you maximise your profile to really get the most out of it? Research shows that the most effective LinkedIn users have complete profiles. LinkedIn measures the strength of your profile based on how complete …

Five Reasons You Should Attend Physics Careers Week

By Liam Walters, BSc Physics (2018) I didn’t start thinking about my career until the third year of my physics degree, which is a three year course by the way! So Physics Careers Week was particularly timely and I’d recommend all physics students attend. Here are my top five reasons why: 1. Connect with employers …

Halloween Special: How to Take The Fear Out of Assessment Centres

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Officer With Halloween approaching, we thought we’d tackle one of the scarier aspects of applying for jobs: attending an assessment centre. But fear not it doesn’t have to be a horror story! In fact, assessment centres are a great way to find out more about the environment that you could be …