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Starting a new job virtually

By Ash Watts, Professional Services Projects Officer Firstly, I want to say to the graduating class of 2020: while I do not know the levels of uncertainty upon taking your first steps into your career during a global pandemic, I do understand the simply bizarre world of starting a new job virtually. When accepting a …

Working in Sales: What I Learned

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger To support my masters degree, I got a part-time job in sales. Sales was a career area I had always been interested in, and I have learned a lot from the experience. Here are the top five things I learned: Representing the brand You are responsible for …

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 …

Working out what you want to do while in quarantine

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you’re stuck altogether. Why not use this time to think about what job you’d like to do and what could help you get there? Whether you’re a current student looking to develop skills, a graduate starting out, or wanting a change …

Publishing in Practice: Selecting an Agent

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger So, you’ve written a piece of work you’re interested in getting published. You may require a literary agent as very few large publishers contact authors directly. Choosing an agent to represent you and your work can be confusing and it is important to choose the right one. …

Publishing in Practice: Writing a Pitch

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger So, you’ve written a piece of work you want to show to the world. You’re interested in beginning the process of getting literary agents and publishers involved, but you need to write a pitch. This essential part of the publishing process can be tricky. You need to …

Five Local Publishers You Can Submit Work To

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger If you’re interested in a creative career, having relevant experience on your CV is vital. Nottingham is a City of Literature and therefore boasts many great publications accepting a variety of creative pieces. Here are five local publishers you can send your work to: The Tab Writing …

Responding to that dreaded question…

By Katy Skillen, MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics student blogger We all have experienced this, talking to friends, family or even strangers about university and being faced with one of the most stressful questions. “So, what about after graduation?” This question always freaks me out. I’m in my second year of a four-year course and have …

5 Signs Of A Positive Organisational Culture

By Abra Miller, Freelance SEO and Content Consultant, and alumna A job can offer the best salary, interesting and varied work, and a generous selection of benefits. But if you don’t gel with the organisational culture, even a job that looks perfect on paper can be a nightmare.  What do we mean by organisational culture? It’s the social and …

Don’t Be Scared To Speak About Salary

By Jennifer Balloch, Employability Officer  What do you think when a job advert doesn’t specify a salary and instead states, ‘negotiable’? Does it strike fear, or do you take it in your stride? How would you tackle this vague question? In some instances, negotiating will be expected, especially if the job advert doesn’t state a salary …