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What is a graduate scheme?

By Suzanne McGregor, Careers and Employability Consultant Are you a final year student searching for graduate roles? Are you also beginning to wonder- what on earth is the difference between a graduate job and a graduate scheme? Fear not, Suzanne is here to explain what it actually means to work on, and apply for, a graduate …

The best and worst things to do when filling out a job application

By Laura Estrop, Social Media Officer If you’re searching for jobs this summer, more likely than not you will have been faced with a job application form. For anyone who has completed more than two, you will be aware of how repetitive and time consuming they can be; leading to sloppy and easily avoidable mistakes …

Q and A for Psychometric Tests

By Sarah Durke, Employability and Education Projects Officer If you’re looking for a graduate role this summer or an internship, it’s more than possible that you will come across psychometric tests as part of the recruitment and selection process. Here’s some helpful answers to questions we get asked about these tests. What are psychometric tests? …

A-Z of Online Job Applications: Part 2

Looking to stand out in your online applications? Read our quick tips before settling down at the keyboard to discover the dos, don’ts and definitely don’ts of online applications.  Myths such as ‘you will be selected or rejected by a computer’ surround online applications – don’t believe them. Computers can only be used for screening candidates based on factors such …

A-Z of Online Job Applications: Part 1

Looking to stand out in your online applications? Read our quick tips before settling down at the keyboard to discover the dos, don’ts and definitely don’ts of online applications.  Allow enough time for each form. Some can take hours and rushing through them can lead to mistakes, such as poor spelling and grammar. Break your examples down to get …

5 things you didn’t know about speculative applications

You may be well-practised at filling in online application forms and sending off your CV and covering letter to apply for vacancies, but what if there’s a company you’re keen to work for and they’re not advertising positions? With a speculative application you send your CV and covering letter to an employer to enquire about opportunities, not necessarily vacancies, …

10 Things You Should Absolutely Do in an Interview

Have you got an interview coming up, or are planning to apply for a job soon? Get prepared for this crucial part of the application process with our short guide to help you ace the interview. 1. Conduct your research Take some time to find out about the company you’re applying to and news and …

Online Q&A round-up part 2

By Paul Charman, Careers Consultant  Missed this week’s Q&A? Get up-to-speed with a selection of questions we received and advice given. You may find the answers to a careers question you’ve been wanting to ask here!  When’s the best time to apply for internships, first or second year? (Kathryn, first year studying human genetics) Why …

Online Q&A round-up part 1

By Jan Perrett, Careers Adviser, Careers and Employability Service  Missed our online Q&A?  We’ve compiled a selection of the questions that were put to us and the advice from our careers adviser. Remember, you’ll have the opportunity to put your questions to one of our careers advisers at our next online Q&A on Thursday 20 …

Research: Essential for essays, essential for job applications

By Pablo Costa, Careers Adviser (Faculty of Engineering) Employers expect applicants to understand issues that affect not only their organisation but their industry as a whole, this is called commercial awareness. It is important to demonstrate this as it shows that you are serious about the job, know the issues surrounding it and are able …