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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 …

Getting Experience Within Architecture

By Izzy Rhodes, University of Nottingham alumna and founder of Swain Architecture Beyond university, the world of architecture offers an open plan of opportunities for students to build the foundation of their careers. When it comes to getting professional experience under your belt, the competition can be fierce, so to get ahead of the crowd. You …

How You Can Get Funding for Work Experience Overseas

By Jill Bennett, Placements Projects and Systems Coordinator It will come as no surprise that employers are always looking for what makes a candidate unique. Why should they employ you rather than the next person? What have you done to stand out and show you have the edge on the rest?  It is a very …

All I Want For Christmas… Is An Internship

By Katie Watson, BA History, second year Well done! You made it to the end of term, which is an achievement in itself. However, if you are like me then you have just realised that you still don’t have an internship, can’t master logical reasoning tests, spend more time on Twitter than LinkedIn, and don’t …

International Work Experience: Reflections from Xi’An 

By John Lim Le Sheng, final year, BA Social Work John received funding through last year’s International Work Experience Grant. He travelled to China to work with the non-profit organisation, Agape Love, which provides for abandoned orphans and children with varying disabilities in China. This is his story. “Yang Ma Ma!” John* cries as he peers into …

Six Reasons to Get Involved in the Nottingham Tech Scene

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Officer in collaboration with Jessica White, software developer, UNiDAYS Did you know there is a massive tech scene on your doorstep?  According to the Tech Nation 2018 report, in 2017, there were over 11,607 jobs available in Nottingham in the digital tech sector with over 102 digital tech businesses launching in 2016 alone. This …

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 …

How an Internship Can Help You Figure out Your Future Career

By Marina Ivanow, final year, BSc Finance, Accountancy and Management  There is a lot of pressure to apply for internships with the huge companies with extremely long and difficult application processes. I was looking for an internship where I wouldn’t be sat at a desk all day doing the same tasks over and over. Working for a …

Careers beyond Coding: Working in Technology without a Tech Degree  

By Olivia Kaluna, BSc Management (2017) There’s a common misconception that a career in tech is for someone who is purely data-driven. For someone who the thought of writing some break-through code is enough to get them out of bed in the morning faster than free pizza. While there is a growing demand for developers …

Three Ways A Placement Year Can Help Your Career

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Office A placement year or a year in industry is often a full academic year, taken after your penultimate year at university. It’s a great opportunity to get work experience, either related to your degree or career aspirations.  So why should you consider an extra year? 1. You’ll benefit academically A …