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Volunteering in My First Year: How I Found Experience for My CV

By Anabel Robson, first year, BA History The first time I put together my CV, I realised that I was severely lacking in experience. I needed something that would make me stand out. So, I decided to spend my summer volunteering and found a great opportunity with the National Trust. I volunteered at Chartwell, the …

Why You Should Be Thinking About a Placement In Your First Year

By Bethany Ramshaw, second-year studying animal sciences As the snow continues to fall, summer may seem far away. However, that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to think about a placement. Short-term, work-experience style placements are ideal for the summer. They keep your mind working over those months away, and help you begin to build up …

Not for Profit: What It’s Like to Work for a Charity [Part Two]

Ever thought about working for a charity, but not sure what it would be like? In the second part of my series on careers in the charity sector – read part one here – I caught up with Mark Colliass, a graphic designer for the charity Open Doors, to find out. Here’s what we talked about. What …

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 …

Four Ways to Have Fun This Summer While Boosting Your CV

By Mike Walker, student blogger It’s scary how quickly my first year at Nottingham has passed me by. It seems like no time at all since I was a first-week fresher, flung 200 miles from my native home in Devon. Since then, time since has flown by crazily fast. With a long summer ahead of me, …

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 …

Youth programmes: an invaluable experience

By Mary Strickson, student blogger I’ve been involved with various youth programmes and projects over the last year. The reason I started looking for voluntary roles was because I wanted to do something constructive with my spare time. Little did I know that these experiences would provide me with so much more than just something to …

Looking for a Summer Internship? Don’t Panic, There’s Still Time!

By Sarah Allen, Employability Education Projects Officer Have all of your friends secured summer internships but you’re still looking for a way to spend the summer? Don’t panic, there is still time! Even though you may not have secured an internship yet there are still plenty of ways to use the holidays to enhance your …

Arts jobs: the journey

By Mary Strickson, student blogger When I finished my undergraduate degree I felt the same as some final year students may now be feeling: worry, panic, fear of entering the ‘real world’. I found myself needing to consider what my ‘dream’ career would be, hearing that awful question asked by my parents and friends: ‘Do …

Why I’m glad I’m doing the Advantage Award

By Mary Strickson, student blogger I’m studying art history and during my spare time I volunteer with museum and gallery youth programmes, as well as writing art-based articles. I was interested in the Part-time Jobs, Vacation Jobs and Volunteering Jobs  module on the Advantage Award but I wasn’t sure if I would be eligible. My …