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Using the Support From the Careers Service To Ace My Interviews

Hannah Wright, MSc Mental Health: Research and Practice As an undergraduate, I had heard that career support would be available throughout our studies and as alumni, but it wasn’t something I’d engaged with yet as I had planned to move straight to postgraduate study. Now in the position where I am nearing the end of …

How To Be a STAR

By Katy Skillen, third-year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Recently, I’ve been trying to use the STAR (situation, task, action, and result) technique in interviews. This method helps you systematically answer application or interview questions. It helps you include all the key points that interviewers want, but without going off on a tangent. STAR …

From Graduate to Graduate Scheme and Everything Inbetween

By Max Cooper, BA Hons History graduate I’ll start by saying that I never considered myself to be within the bracket of students who got placed on internships or graduate schemes. If I can get a place on a graduate scheme then the vast majority can provided that they prepare accordingly. What I believe allowed …

Playing Games To Get a Job

By Saumya Surendran, MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management We interviewed Saumya to find out about her experience with game-based assessments and how she prepared for them. What did the games involve? There were various different game-based assessments that tested my ability to solve problems quickly and creatively. It’s interesting as the elements of the game …

How I Found a Science Job During the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Mica Cunningham, University of Nottingham BSc Biotechnology graduate. Graduating from University can be a daunting experience – especially during a pandemic! Having a lack of previous work experience, I initially felt I had no idea what I was supposed to do next or even how to start – what should I put on my …

4 Ways To Boost Your Employability Using Lab Skills

By Peter Kay, Senior Careers Adviser The last 16 months have been challenging for many reasons, not least the lack of laboratory time as part of your course. Looking for a job or PhD degree that requires a level of laboratory skills makes applying for an opportunity even more challenging. Or does it? So what …

How To Deal With Procrastination

The Career Wellbeing blog series. We know that thinking about your career, applying for jobs, and moving into the workplace can be exciting, but we also know that sometimes it can present challenges and might be a source of stress or anxiety. That’s why, in this blog series, we will explore some of the things that …

8 Tips for Speculative Work Experience Applications

By Rosie Pinder, BA English second year Finding work experience or an internship is a task on most students’ minds. This is especially true at the moment when opportunities are restricted by the need for the majority of work to be online. However, in many fields, it is possible to secure a placement even when …

My tips on video interviews from home

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics, second year student blogger Well, I never thought that I would be having a job interview in my bedroom. But I guess we are living in very unprecedented times. Normally, a job interview would involve me getting dressed up and sitting in an office across a desk from …

Five Ways I Made It Past the Application Form

Jack Adams, second-year, computer science Applying for jobs is hard work, but getting rejected at the application form stage is even harder. I’ve found that you can apply for 20 jobs that you don’t even care about, but you’ll still get that disgusting punched-in-the-gut feeling every time you open those generic rejection emails. It can …