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Five Practical Tips for Your First Graduate Job

by Jenna Alexander, National Head of Internal Recruitment at Hays The beginning of your career is a constant learning curve. With the benefit of hindsight, what do experienced professionals wish they’d known when starting out? Here are five top tips for your first graduate role. 1. She or he who shouts the loudest doesn’t necessarily get furthest …

How I Landed a Dream Engineering Internship in Germany

By Edoardo Cocconi, second year, mechanical engineering Are you interested in undertaking work experience in another country, but worried about cost? The International Work Experience Grant can offer up to £750 to support you. Designed to help students take up work experience opportunities they might not otherwise be able to afford, the grant will support expenses …

Your Questions, Answered: How to Succeed at Teamwork

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Officer The ability to work well in a team is one of the most important things that a graduate recruiter is looking for.  When you enter the world of work, you will find yourself working with people that you have never met before. More often than not, you will not get to …

The ‘I’ Word: Do I Need an Internship?

By Chris Colegate, Careers and Employability Placement Consultant At a recent careers fair, I spent the day talking to students about work experience schemes offered by the Careers and Employability Service. Time after time, these similar questions came up: “If I don’t get an internship is it going to affect my chance of getting a …

What Happens in a Careers Appointment?

By Jennifer Balloch, Employability Officer There are a whole host of reasons why you might decide to book an appointment to speak to a member of our team. Appointments vary in length and you can use them to get help and support with any aspect of your career planning. Whether you’re starting at the very …

5 Reasons to Join LinkedIn Before Starting Your Job Search

By Jennifer Tait, Marketing and Social Media Co-ordinator at Bridgewater Graduates LinkedIn can be an extremely valuable tool. However, many graduates still start their job search without setting up a profile. Sound like you?  With sixty percent of employers using social networking sites to research job candidates, LinkedIn can be so much more than your online CV. …

Starting Your First Job? How to Master Your New Workload

By Susanna Quirke, Senior Content Editor & Marketing, Inspiring Interns As a student, it can be easy to feel hard done by. Essays, problem sheets, extracurricular and exams – it can all pile up. When you graduate to your first job or internship, however, you’ll soon realise that working life’s a whole different ball game. So. How …

STEM students looking for summer internships – Why not try something a little different?

By Chris Colegate, Careers and Employability Placement Consultant Internships are hard to get – yes, you all know that! Securing something that’s really closely matched to your degree can make the search even harder. With that in mind its worth keeping your options open and as broad as possible. Why not consider something completely different …

How to Identify Employability Skills in Your University Life

By Charlotte May, Direct Bookings Coordinator, Unitemps Nottingham There are opportunities everywhere to gain employability skills, and the reality is you often acquire them without even realising it. At university, the skills you gain are implicit within your studies and engagement with university life. So how, when applying for jobs or undertaking any self-reflective exercise, do you …

Five Ways Travelling Can Enhance Your Career Options

By Ryan Neal, Student Communications Officer at The University of Nottingham, Editor at onemetal.com and a freelance copywriter It’s June 2010, roughly two weeks before graduation and I’m sat in the Careers office on D floor of the Portland building trying to work out what I want to do with my life. I’m about to graduate …