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Every job is an opportunity to improve your skills

By Hayley Johnson, MSci Biology alumnae “I think the best advice I had was to remember that you don’t have to secure your dream job right away.” How did you find your first role and what did the recruitment process involve? My first role upon graduating was working for a market research company. I worked …

A big ‘hello’ from Careers

By Jackie Thompson, Information and Communications Manager Whether you’re just starting at Nottingham or a returning student, the University’s Careers team is here for you. Although we’re not physically on campus, we are online to help you navigate these extraordinary times. A snapshot of the autumn term As well as online careers appointments and  job-hunting …

From Graduate to Entrepreneur

By Ava Neilson The world of business is changing. The way that business works and especially the impact of the internet has made working as an entrepreneur a much more viable option for everyone – especially graduates who have honed their entrepreneurial skills over time.  Being entrepreneurial is a talent that some people are born …

From graduation to the best job in the world!

By Katie Leach, UoN psychology alumna We asked Katie to talk about her career path and what advice she would give students who are moving into their final year and our 2020 graduates who are not quite where they want to be. The most extravagant recruitment process ever? So, the best place to start would …

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 …

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 …

There’s More Than One Way to Get A Graduate Job

By Shelley Ashenden, Senior Careers Adviser It’s that time of year when there’s an energy and buzz around campus with many employers attending our careers fairs and promoting their graduate opportunities through recruitment presentations. However, it is worth remembering that although graduate schemes are often the most visible option to students, they only account for …

My Route Into A Graduate Job

By Lewis Mills, BSc Biology As a final year student, everybody starts to ask about what you are doing after university. I finished my degree and had been rejected for every job I had applied for. However, there are many different routes into graduate roles.  Rejection and then an offer In the final year of my …

Making A Good First Impression – Five Things You Can Do Before You Start Work

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer For many people, starting a full-time placement or graduate job can be very daunting. To help, here are five things you can do before you start to make a good first impression. 1. Connect with new colleagues on LinkedIn before you start Send a personalised invite saying that …

Worried about getting a good job if you didn’t secure a 2:1?

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer If you didn’t graduate with the grade you wanted then don’t worry, there are lots of reasons to be optimistic about your career prospects.    Understand the big picture  Graduate training schemes requiring at least a 2:1 actually represent a small amount of the total graduate labour market. Some employers are more flexible, including many well-known organisations (e.g. EY, …