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How I Made the Most of the Careers and Employability Service

By Paige Linden, MEng Mechanical Engineering student  When I started at Nottingham, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was quite overwhelmed by all the different options and didn’t know how I would decide. 1. Attend careers fairs The careers fairs at Nottingham were informative and gave me a better insight into my …

How My University Experience Helped Me On My Career Journey

By Aparajita Roy, MSc Economic Development and Policy alumni and Head of Market Research at KornChain I will always remember the day when I started working at the Central Bank of India. The efforts put into getting the internship there, started off right from my days at the University of Nottingham. It has helped in …

What To Look For In A Future Employer

By Margarita Fedoseteva, BA Management Studies alumna and Business Director at Macildowie Outstanding Recruitment During my first week at work, it was if a light had been switched on and I said to myself, “it makes sense now”. As an undergraduate with very little experience of working life, it can be tricky to absorb how …

Why your ‘hidden’ skills as a language student will take you far

By Julie Callaghan, Senior Careers Adviser Many employers seek candidates with a ‘global’ or ‘international’ outlook so language students are highly desirable candidates in the workplace. Being competent in at least one other language is a very specific skill to have, and is recognised in the workplace. Through time spent abroad you will have developed …

Making A Good First Impression – Five Things You Can Do Before You Start Work

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer For many people, starting a full-time placement or graduate job can be very daunting. To help, here are five things you can do before you start to make a good first impression. 1. Connect with new colleagues on LinkedIn before you start Send a personalised invite saying that …

Engineer your career as a PR consultant

By Andrew Bartlett Chart.PR, Director of Science and Engineering with TopLine Comms and TopLine Film Do you love science, engineering and technology? But feel you might enjoy a career writing and talking about these subjects more than doing them in the laboratory? Then you could put your STEM qualification to good use as a public …

How to Stand Out When Applying to Work in Fin-Tech

By Tony Nguyen, BA (Hons) English graduate Fin-Tech is not just another potential career path. It’s fast becoming the career path of choice for many students. And there is certainly a demand for skilled and qualified individuals in the sector. Something that I have learned, working in the Fin-Tech field myself, is that the scope …

How to Deal With Career FOMO. Yes, It’s A Thing.

By Valentina Corrao, Employability Officer I am sure you are all familiar with the acronym FOMO. For those of you who are not, it means Fear Of Missing Out, the apprehension linked to missing out on opportunities, events, and social interactions that are happening elsewhere. Well, it looks like career FOMO is also a thing. …

Worried about getting a good job if you didn’t secure a 2:1?

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer If you didn’t graduate with the grade you wanted then don’t worry, there are lots of reasons to be optimistic about your career prospects.    Understand the big picture  Graduate training schemes requiring at least a 2:1 actually represent a small amount of the total graduate labour market. Some employers are more flexible, including many well-known organisations (e.g. EY, …

Applications – Why You Shouldn’t Give Up

By Katie Watson, second year BA (Hons) History, student blogger Applying for graduate jobs, placements and internships is one very long process. It is tiring and often frustrating to put in all that time and effort only to receive a rejection email. Playing the long game is hard work and at times it seems easier …