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My Journey to Securing an Optional Placement Year

By Daria Paterek, English student Despite being an English undergraduate, I discovered my love for marketing during my first year, when I managed a university society’s social media channels. This experience led me to gain work experience in marketing, which solidified that I wanted to pursue it as a career. After browsing work experience opportunities …

Six Good Reasons to Use eCareersGrad

By Cathy Sibley, Employability Education Projects Officer Do you have a job interview coming up? Or have you had a few interviews and thought you’d done ok, but they’ve not resulted in a job offer? If so, this new resource could be just what you need to elevate your job interviews from average to excellent. …

My Top Tips for Virtual Assessment Centres

By Janvi Patel, second year economics student Reaching the assessment centre stage of the application process is an incredible achievement. The assessment centre is usually the final hurdle to land an internship or graduate role. Here are my top tips for preparing for an assessment centre from my experience: Tip one: Bullet point ideas for …

Why You Need Unitemps

By Joe Paternoster, psychology student blogger Towards the start of my masters degree, I was struggling. The workload had hit me like a truck, and I was starting to realise how not having a maintenance loan in the traditional sense was hugely detrimental to my finances. I needed a fix, a way to somehow earn …

Transitioning from PhD to Postdoc

By Dr Erin Connelly, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick and UoN alumna Determining your pathway in academia is specific to personal circumstances and varies greatly by individual and discipline. However, this post will attempt to draw out some general practical steps that may be transferable to a wide range of situations. This post …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Virtual Careers Fairs: The Ultimate Guide

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics, student blogger So, you’ve got to grips with lectures from home, societies from home, and catching up with friends… from home. But how about discovering your next job from home? Well, that is exactly what a virtual careers fair aims to help you do! Having attended the virtual …