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How Working for the Careers Team at University Helped Me Land a Graduate Job

By Grace Smyth, Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies student blogger Over the past year, my final year of university, I have worked for the Careers team as a social media content creator. What started as simply a way to earn some extra money alongside my studies, has actually given me the opportunity to move abroad …

Make Yourself Stand Out on LinkedIn

By Emily Oxbury, MA History student blogger  Entering the professional world can seem rather daunting, especially with background checks on social media accounts becoming more and more common. Don’t get caught out by ensuring you have a formidable LinkedIn profile – the first place many employers will look to find out more about you. Here …

Your Best Digital Self

By Simon and Rob, Co-founders of The Jolt Take it from us, two alumni who offer candid career insight via The Jolt; we never had to worry about social media for job hunting when we left Nottingham in 1991. The closest we got to social media was the noticeboard in the Portland Building. That didn’t …

Getting To Know Your Chosen Industry

By Rosie Pinder, BA English second year Qualifications and having the right experience are perhaps the most obvious things that come to mind when thinking about interviews and job applications. However, another significant factor when pitching yourself is to know the industry. This knowledge is crucial as it ensures that you seem both interested and …

LinkedIn: How You Should Really Be Using It

By Rosie Pinder, BA English second year  Recently I’ve had lots of discussions with friends who no longer use LinkedIn, and I can understand why. It can easily become a space characterised by toxic productivity and self-promotion, which can be very overwhelming. However, if you change the way you use LinkedIn, it still has the potential to be a really useful platform.   …

Being a Social Secretary and What I Learned

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger Being part of a committee while at university can be a great experience. Last year I accepted the role of social secretary for the English committee. This role gave me many great opportunities and the skills I learned has boosted my CV enormously. Here is what I …

How to kick-start a writing career during quarantine

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger The best thing we can do right now is isolate. But it doesn’t mean this time should be wasted. If you’re interested in a career in writing, or have maybe always been interested in the craft, now is the perfect opportunity to get creative and practice. Here …

How I Found a Summer Internship on Twitter

By Sinead Butler, final year, BA English and Philosophy Recruitment methods for internships and graduate jobs are evolving as technology and social media do too. You might have tried Indeed, Reed or company websites to find vacancies. You might even have used LinkedIn, a networking site that allows you to connect with companies. But have you considered Twitter? I’ve …

LinkedIn: Network Your Way to the Perfect Internship

By Darain Faraz spokesperson for LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network The summer break is a great chance to get your foot on the career ladder by interning. If you haven’t lined something up yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz shares his top tips for using LinkedIn to get an internship. Don’t be …

LinkedIn Guide to Starting Your Career After Graduation

By Darain Faraz, spokesperson for LinkedIn If you have graduated this summer but haven’t got a job lined up yet, don’t worry. LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz shares his top tips for building your network and sussing out your first career move. Get visible It’s completely normal to find yourself surfing the net when you’re supposed to …