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I Want a Creative Career…but What Are My Chances?

By Cathy Sibley, Employability Education Projects Officer People often use the words, ‘creative’, ‘cultural’ and ‘arts’ interchangeably when talking about jobs or an industry. These terms can cover working in TV and film, theatre, publishing, marketing, journalism, gaming and much, much more. This blog will help you to think about what it is you mean …

Time to Get Proactive: Tips on How to Make the Most Out of Your Work Experience

By Indy Bamra, Employability Officer Work experience is a wonderful thing to highlight on your CV, but it is also an opportunity for you to prepare for what the world of work is like and for your future career. If you will be doing an internship, work experience or plan to gain some work experience …

How Not to Be the Perfect Intern – Part Two

By Anna White, Placement Projects Officer An internship can be a positive experience where you get a foot in the door to an exciting sector, meet people who inspire you and can finally say you’ve gained that crucial bit of work experience to progress you career, but it can also throw up challenges. In my …

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 …