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Starting a Graduate Job: My First Weeks in Digital Marketing

By Laura Sage, BA Hons English (2017) After months of job applications, and rejection after rejection, I stumbled upon an interesting and exciting role at an HR software company called Cezanne HR. The position was for a Digital Marketing Executive, and as I have experience in digital marketing, I thought it would be a good …

Five Things I Learned During My Internship

Jack Adams, BSc Computer Science This summer I have been working as an intern iOS developer at a FinTech company in London. It’s weird to say that really. I’ve been planning to do a summer internship since 2014 when I first realised they were an option. A long time I know, but that’s me, I …

The Future is Digital: Finding My Graduate Career

By Beth Angella, BA English (2018) Mid-way through my final autumn semester, I attended the Digital Marketing Academy Showcase. It was an eye-opening insight into the many opportunities in the digital marketing sector. I was intrigued by the creativity, the possibility for tangible results and the sheer scale of the projects on offer. At the event, …

My PhD Journey – The Highs and the Lows

By Maria Lozano, PhD Education Maria has recently completed her PhD at Nottingham and she reflects on her journey – the highs and the lows – and offers advice to potential PhD students. Enchanted by research As a masters student I enjoyed spending time in the library, researching different topics and being a learner. It …

My Experience at a Think Ahead Assessment Centre

By Bethany Webb-Strong, Law with South East Asian Law (2018) In January 2018, I attended an assessment centre for Think Ahead as part of the recruitment process for their social work scheme. The role involves working in a local trust for two years while studying for a diploma and masters in mental health social work.  On the day …

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 …

Why I Studied a PhD and How It Has Helped My Career

By Martyn Quigley, PhD Psychology alumnus Martin has recently completed his PhD and just secured his first teaching role. We asked him to reflect on his experience and offer advice to students considering undertaking a PhD. Make sure you know what your ‘why?’ is Undertaking a PhD is a big commitment and you need to give it …

Six Inspiring Ways to Spend Time Out

Taking time out can offer great personal and professional opportunities. You might take anything from a couple of months to over year – how long isn’t important, it’s how you spend it.  Decide why you want time out and what you want to accomplish. If you’ve just read Eat, Pray, Love and decided help you make time …

From a three-month internship to dream job

By Catherine Appleby, BA English (2013) My English degree gave me lots of transferrable skills but there was no obvious career route for me to follow. After attending sessions arranged by the Careers and Employability Service, I decided I wanted a career in marketing.  Most of my friends were going on to further study or …

My Experience on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

By Freya Parker, MSci Natural Sciences (2017)  In my final year of my degree, I secured a place on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) as a General Management Trainee. My experience so far has been challenging, fast-paced and, at times, I have felt out of my comfort zone. However, I am really grateful for how this has shaped my …