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My Internship With the Civil Service (Part 2)

By Benedict Watson, student blogger Part one of this blog detailed the run-up and first two weeks of my summer internship with the Civil Service. Find out how my internship has progressed and what I have learned since…  What I’ve been doing Having presented my findings on the sheep meat market to my team, I …

3 Tips for Boosting Your Employability Using the Careers Website

By Bryony Adshead, final year English Student and a student ambassador for the Careers and Employability Service Boosting your employability can be hard during the pandemic – many opportunities for work experience have been cancelled, there are fewer part-time jobs on offer, and even the practical experience offered by our courses, such as in-person group …

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 …

Teach First Q&A: The Application Process

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger After university, many graduates go on to teaching careers. I sat down with my friend Hannah (name changed for privacy) to discuss the application process for the popular graduate scheme Teach First. The application process for many graduate schemes is similar and knowing what to expect can …

Assessment Centres – Being Yourself Matters

By Jade Brewster-Mahon, BSc Microbiology with Industrial Year Based on previous work experience I always knew I wanted to do a year in industry. Having had meetings with the Careers team towards the end of my first year, I began the process early. I had written CVs and attended job interviews in the past but …

How to prepare for virtual assessment centres

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer As part of their response to the COVID-19 situation, many graduate employers have moved their recruitment activities more online, including assessment centres. Online (otherwise known as ‘virtual’) assessment centres involve completing a series of activities virtually where the employer will assess your performance against their criteria. These activities …

My Day at an Assessment Centre

By Katherine Rowe, BA History Over my time at university, it became clear to me that I wished to pursue a career in either the public or the charity sector. This meant that I started looking at graduate schemes in the summer of my second year.  When I came across the Local Government Association’s National …

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 …

My Experience at a Think Ahead Assessment Centre

By Bethany Webb-Strong, Law with South East Asian Law (2018) In January 2018, I attended an assessment centre for Think Ahead as part of the recruitment process for their social work scheme. The role involves working in a local trust for two years while studying for a diploma and masters in mental health social work.  On the day …

How I Survived My First Assessment Centre

By Alice Gould, student blogger After the stress of January exams and coursework deadlines had finally come to a close, it suddenly dawned on me that I will be graduating very soon. I don’t have much longer left as a student. In barely a few months, I am going to have to face the fact …