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Searching for Jobs Beyond Academia?

By Clare Jones, Senior Careers Adviser PhD researchers often begin a careers discussion with me by asking questions about where they should start looking for jobs. They may then add that they are uncertain about what career paths are open to them other than academia.  This second statement is crucial, as it’s difficult to effectively job search without having …

What to Love About SME’s?

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Officer Love is in the air, so we wanted to share our top 5 reasons to love small to medium-sized businesses! A small to medium-sized business is any business that employs fewer than 250 people and has an annual turnover of less than £50 million. According to a report by FSB …

How to write a chronological CV with little experience

By Sophie Blumenthal, Outreach Executive at CV-Library Ltd Chronological CVs are perhaps the most common type of CV and can be an effective way of marketing your experience and qualifications. They list your most recent jobs first and are great for showing off your career progression, especially if you’ve been promoted in a past role.   But what should you do if you …

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 a Rapid Change in Technology Increases New Opportunities for Graduates

By Chris Jones, Senior Careers Advisor for Faculties of Science and Engineering Monday, 29 October 2019 saw over 40 varied companies descend on the East Midlands Conference Centre to meet our brilliant students and to promote their opportunities within science and technology.  Members of the Careers team were also there on the day speaking to employers …

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 …

How the Best Summer Ever Can Build Your CV

By student blogger Antonia Munday, BA Hons English Literature and Language I may have found the ultimate CV building experience: Camp America. Last summer I set off on what I thought would be a three month holiday, baking in the heat by a lake. Not that it wasn’t all of that, but it turned out …

Seven Ways to Succeed in a Competitive Job Market

The graduate job market is competitive and you will need to be prepared to impress potential employers. Here are our tips on how you can ensure you are in the best possible situation to achieve your career ambitions. 1. Be positive When you begin your job search, don’t believe all the ‘doom and gloom’ headlines in …

Top tips to succeed as a freelance photographer

By Erina Bogoeva, graduated in 2014 with a MA in film, television and screen industries  For the past year I’ve been a freelance photographer (teaching and co-running a local photography website), producer/assistant director and translator (from English into my native Macedonian, and vice versa). All these freelance positions make me very happy and I am not …