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Careers in the Lab: Alumni Insight

By Gemma Foxall, Employability Education Projects Officer As part of our Spotlight On series of events, we held an informative session all about lab-based careers. Amy (MSci Human Genetics), Group Leader at Charles River Laboratories, Jaimee (BSc Biology), Brain Bank Technician at King’s College London, and Liam (BSc Microbiology), Lab Manager at NHS Test and …

What Is a Mentor… and Do I Really Need One?

By Katy Skillen MNutr Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, third year “I’ve found a mentor!” Recently, my housemate told me that she’s found a careers mentor for herself, and I was actually really surprised. I hadn’t heard of many people getting mentors before and didn’t really understand what a mentor is. So, let me break …

Summer Work Experience as a Graphic Designer

By Gabriela Florescu, architecture and built environment student blogger Last summer I was offered the opportunity to work as a graphic designer for a small local company in my home town. It was a useful experience not just for my future career, but it also helped develop skills that would help me during my studies. …

Ace the Recruitment Process With Graduates First

By Charlene Binding, Employability Education Projects Officer Have you recently applied for a graduate role, graduate programme or internship? If so, this is the blog post for you! Introducing Graduates First: an online resource which could transform your job application strategy. It’s free to access, both for current University of Nottingham students (use your current …

Food Matters: Careers in the Food Sector

By Seamus Higgins, Associate Professor in Food Process Engineering When one thinks about food, not only has it fuelled our evolution as humans over millions of years it has also defined our societies over thousands of years. Think of hunter gatherers, the agricultural revolution and indeed more recently the industrial revolution. Today the World Bank …

How To Deal With Imposter Phenomenon

By Ash Watts, Professional Services Projects Officer What are you doing here? You don’t deserve to be here. You don’t belong here. Are these common thoughts, familiar voices or words in your head? Well, you’re not the only one, in fact it is suggested that 70% of people have had these thoughts and feelings. It …

Finished a Year in Industry – What Next?

By Jade Brewster-Mahon, microbiology student Since my previous careers blog post on assessment centres where I outlined my placement application process, I have finished my placement year at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Pharmaceutical Microbiology. Throughout placement I consistently questioned what it is I wanted to get from the year regarding graduate opportunities. There are so many …

Graduating in 2022? Get to know the job market.

By Paul Charman, Careers and Employability Service Deputy Director You might have seen the recent headlines highlighting 91 applications for each graduate job vacancy. The numbers come from the annual Institute of Student Employers (ISE) Student Recruitment Survey. Widely reported in the media this month the survey contains useful insights to support your career planning …

The First Steps Towards Figuring Out Your Career Options

By Anna McConachie, English student blogger Deciding what you want to do after university can be tough. This is especially true if (like me) you find yourself interested in many different career sectors, with no clear route to that ‘end goal’.  As an undergraduate English student, I’m often overwhelmed by the opportunities that come from …

How Much Could I Earn in My First Graduate Job?

By Jackie Thompson, Information and Communications Manager When you’re thinking about your future career, there are a number of factors that will affect your choice such as work/life balance, job satisfaction, personal development opportunities, and so on. Wherever it sits on your list, how much you could earn will be a consideration too. We subscribe …