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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. …

My Advice for Coping with Rejection From Grad Schemes

By Anna McConachie, English Student Blogger Facing rejection is demoralising, demotivating and down-right difficult. Unfortunately, as graduates we are likely to face a lot of it. Here is how I have been dealing with rejection from grad schemes recently.  Process your emotions Being rejected hurts. After spending hours on an application, agonising over assessment questions, …

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 …

How I Boosted My Productivity Using The Pomodoro Technique

By Anna McConachie, English student blogger Faced with four large essays and a dissertation to write over the Christmas break, I was feeling overwhelmed. When a friend suggested I try the pomodoro technique, at first I was sceptical. But after too many days spent at my laptop, I decided to try it, and was happily …

Spotlight On Publishing – What I Learnt

By Anna McConachie, English student blogger Publishing is a growing industry. Last year UK consumer book sales climbed 7% to £2.1bn according to a BBC News article. If you’re an English or humanities student like me, I’m sure you’ve considered it as a career. Here’s what I learnt from a recent publishing event hosted by …