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Top Three Tactics I Use to Stand out as a Candidate at Interview

By Manuela Cabrera, masters student, studying structural engineering When facing a job interview, many questions usually come to mind: Am I suitable for the job? Do I have the skills that the position requires? Do I have the knowledge?  Here, I share the top three tactics I use to prepare myself for a job interview. 1. …

New Semester, New Me: Five Careers Resolutions for 2018

Jack Adams, second-year computer science student If you listen closely you might just be able to hear the sounds of thousands of students dragging themselves to one of their first 9ams of the year. Well, if it’s not 8:55am in the last week of January where you are, you’ll just have to imagine it I’m …

ParliaMentors: Making a Difference in the Community

By Joshua Holt, final year, BA Hons International Relations Parliament can often seem like a distant concept. You decide who you want to sit there on your behalf, but often that’s where your engagement ends. It’s not uncommon to start feeling pretty detached from the whole process. Among our generation, it’s even worse. Do you often hear people say they feel disconnected with …

How the International Work Experience Grant Funded My Month in Sri Lanka

by Abigail Bennetts, third-year, psychology student Two weeks after finishing my second-year exams, I flew out to Sri Lanka to spend five weeks living in jungle surroundings on a mental health placement.  One of the best parts of it all? The Careers and Employability Service awarded me £750 towards my trip through the International Work …

How to Impress on Your Internship in Five Easy Steps

by Sinead Butler, second-year, English and Philosophy student Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The process of searching for spring or summer work experience has begun. It’s also never too early to start thinking about how to impress on your internship when you do secure one. Going into a new working environment and …

Why Failing an Assessment Centre Revealed I Was Pursuing the Wrong Career

by Abigail Bennetts, third-year, psychology My “I-need-an-internship” panic began back in the first term of second year. I had come to the conclusion that I didn’t want to pursue the traditional route into clinical, educational or forensic psychology after finishing my psychology degree, but a career in business sounded appealing. After a brief look into …

Five Dos and Don’ts of a Christmas break

By Dale Claridge, final year, chemistry student The first semester of university can be pretty hectic. Whether you’re bogged down with essays and lab reports, or you’ve finally found a spare moment to start preparing for January exams, graduation can seem like more of a distant fantasy than an inevitability. However, anyone with friends who …

Five Ways I Made It Past the Application Form

Jack Adams, second-year, computer science Applying for jobs is hard work, but getting rejected at the application form stage is even harder. I’ve found that you can apply for 20 jobs that you don’t even care about, but you’ll still get that disgusting punched-in-the-gut feeling every time you open those generic rejection emails. It can …

Student Visa? Don’t Panic: You Still Can Work in the UK!

By Manuela Cabrera, masters student, studying structural engineering As an international student, you may be thinking about finding a job while studying in UK. I know I was. I was also concerned about what legal procedures I might need to know about. While at the beginning it seems complex, I promise you, it’s not that …

Building a Career in Construction: A Job That Can Take You Places

Last year, I attended the inaugural Spotlight On Construction, to find out more about this career path. I thoroughly enjoyed the event, which provided a great insight into what it’s like to have a career in construction. There was also ample opportunity to network with the speakers. This event helped confirm my interest in pursuing …