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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 …

Three Ways to Make the Most of Your Last University Summer Break

By Grace Pownall, final year, studying civil engineering With three months off between my final University exam and starting my grad job in Nottingham – more on this here – I’ve got a lot of free time to fill this summer. I’ve spent a good portion of my last two summers doing work experience placements, so …

Five Ways the Nottingham Advantage Award Will Make You More Employable

By Abigail Bennetts, third-year, studying psychology Would you like to add something unique to your CV to help you stand out to employers? Would you like to gain experiences of mentoring, leadership, and entrepreneurship – those career buzzwords we all struggle to demonstrate in interviews? The Nottingham Advantage Award may be for you. Here are five …

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 …

Transferable Skills You Can Develop With Any Degree

By Grace Pownall, final year, studying civil engineering I recently attended the first ever Spotlight On: Alternative Careers For Engineers. It was aimed at students who didn’t want to become graduate engineers and wanted to explore different career paths. I have really enjoyed studying civil engineering for the last four years, but I was still …

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 …

How I Successfully Applied for a Summer Internship

By Daniel Adams, final-year philosophy student During my second year at university I felt I should get an internship over the summer. This was for several reasons. I was aware of the growing importance of having relevant experience to complement my degree. The PR industry was alien to me and I wanted to familiarise myself with …

Key Skills I’ve Learned as a Society President

By Grace Pownall, final year, studying civil engineering After two years on the committee for the civil engineering society, including one as president, the time has come for me to hang up my hard hat and steel-toe-capped boots. Being on a society committee has been big part of my day-to-day life, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Not only …

How To Become a Journalist: Advice From People Who Have Made It

By Laura Sage, BA Hons English (2017) The work of a journalist appears both crazy and exciting from an outsider’s perspective. Constantly situating themselves in the middle of the action, they see news unfolding as and when it happens. Journalists also create the news. They approach the world in a way that draws the interesting …

Why You Should Be Thinking About a Placement In Your First Year

By Bethany Ramshaw, second-year studying animal sciences As the snow continues to fall, summer may seem far away. However, that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to think about a placement. Short-term, work-experience style placements are ideal for the summer. They keep your mind working over those months away, and help you begin to build up …