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Tracking Big Cats in the Amazon: Work Experience with a Difference

By Cyan Turner, final-year, zoology 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 such as …

What Teaching Nursery School in Zambia Taught Me

By Isabel Bos, second year, sociology and social policy Are you interested in undertaking work experience in another country, but worried about cost? If so, 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 …

My Summer Volunteering in Fiji (and How You Can Do It Too!)

By Maggie Brina, second-year mathematics student Last summer, I jumped at the opportunity to spend the summer volunteering in Fiji with Think Pacific. Looking back at my time, there are so many highlights, challenges and unique experiences that I’ll never forget. Arriving on the first day in the village was surreal. We travelled by motor boat …

Your Questions Answered: Working as an English Teacher Abroad

By Alice Gould, LLB (Hons) Law with European Law (2016) In April of this year I was very excited to find out that my first ever assessment day had been successful. This meant that in a few months’ time I would be teaching in China. Fast forward seven months and I’ve been through a terrifying visa …

Can’t Decide on a Career? Three Reasons to Apply for an Internship

By Claire Kilroy, Inspiring Interns Some people have their whole lives planned out; they know what they want to do, how they’re going to get what they want, and by the time they get to university they’re already halfway there. Then there are the rest of us, who arrive at and sometimes even leave university with …

Not for Profit: Eat, Sleep, Change World, Repeat [Part One]

By Mike Walker, student blogger When you switch on the news, you can’t help but be bombarded with huge world issues: injustice, poverty, inequality and massive global phenomena. It can be hard ignore. Do you want to do something, anything, but don’t know where to start? In this post, I’m going to share some of practical lessons I’ve …

Five Transferable Skills You’ll Gain as a Student Representative

By Alice Gould, student blogger It’s impossible to avoid elections at this time of year. Be it people blocking the entrance to Hallward with their campaigns for Student Union office or societies constantly asking for applications for next year’s committee. While these are both great opportunities, if campaigning isn’t for you, they are not the only option. I was the Publicity Officer for The …

Three Tips for a Better University Work-Life Balance

By Alice Gould, student blogger One of the first things that was drilled into me at university was the importance of extra-curricular activities. From employer-led workshops to personal tutor meetings and society events, everyone was obsessed with improving their CV. It all soon began to get on top of me. Naturally I wanted to be employable – I …

Seven reasons to… take the Nottingham Advantage Award

By Hannah Somers, studying a PhD in molecular microbiology   The Nottingham Advantage Award is a 30-credit programme, offered across all the Nottingham campuses, UK, Malaysia and China. Students complete two or three modules from an extensive list (of over 200), and use these to develop professionally and personally. The Award sounds great on paper, …

Three Pieces of Advice: Taking Some Time Out

By Suzanne McGregor, Careers and Employability Consultant Did you graduate this summer or last year and are unsure what career you want? Are you thinking of taking some time out to travel or volunteer in a different country? If this sounds like you, then take note! Suzanne McGregor shares her top three pieces of advice …