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Your Best Digital Self

By Simon and Rob, Co-founders of The Jolt Take it from us, two alumni who offer candid career insight via The Jolt; we never had to worry about social media for job hunting when we left Nottingham in 1991. The closest we got to social media was the noticeboard in the Portland Building. That didn’t …

How Not to Be the Perfect Intern

By Anna White, Placement Projects Officer A couple of years after I graduated, I was looking to change direction so took a short-term internship with an IT start-up. I was 23, newly back from having a baby and trying to escape a job I hated. I felt the stakes were sky high, so I put …

I Don’t Know Where to Look for Job Opportunities

By Jen Balloch, Employability Officer Looking for job opportunities can feel like a daunting task. There is so much information out there and this can sometimes feel paralysing. Not to mention the endless questions that go together with job hunting. What do I want to do with my life? What am I good at? Where …

Looking for Work Now You Have Graduated?

By Peter Kay, Senior Careers Adviser At the time of writing, May 2022, it is safe to say that there are a lot of jobs being advertised for graduates. What you have to do is become a skilled job hunter. To do that there are a few simple rules to follow and questions to ask …

Boost Your CV and Your Wallet With a Part-Time Job

By Anna McConachie, English student blogger Paying rent, bills, and funding your Portland Coffee addiction can be a struggle come the second term (or second week!) of uni. If, like me, your student loan doesn’t quite stretch, it’s worth considering getting a part-time job alongside your studies.  I’ve held a number of part-time positions over …

Don’t Underestimate the Skills You Have Gained in the Pandemic!

By Anna Scrivener, Employability Education Projects Officer I’m noticing a tendency for students to feel they have to apologise for the things they haven’t been able to do during the pandemic i.e. in person work experiences that were cancelled, sports teams that couldn’t play, or societies that didn’t meet. I want to challenge that mindset. …

Exploring Careers in Sustainability

By Sarah Ainger, Senior Careers Adviser An increase in public awareness of environmental challenges has led to organisations investing in sustainable working practices. As a consequence, the job opportunities in this area have also been growing. But how can you start to build a career in sustainability? Here we look at four ways to explore …

Embrace Your Neurodiversity in the Recruitment Process and the Workplace

By Dr Blandine French, University of Nottingham alumna The Careers and Employability Service recently organised a Careers session for neurodiverse students to discuss the experience of being neurodiverse in the recruitment process, as well as the workplace. One of our speakers, Dr Blandine French and recent Psychology PhD graduate, talked about the challenges she went …

Maintaining Your Wellbeing in the Digital Workplace

By Hannah Woolley, Careers and Employability Consultant Workplaces are increasingly digital. Whether you’re doing an internship or placement or have recently moved into a graduate job, digital workplace practices are likely to be a big part of your experience. With this in mind, it makes sense to give some thought to what this means for …

Career Thinking for Science Graduates

By Sally Hall, Faculty Careers and Employability Consultant With a science degree, you can use your technical and transferable skills across many sectors, roles and sizes of organisation.  In this blog post we’re drawing your attention to options with smaller companies and careers that make a difference. Plus, how to develop insights, make connections and …