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Want to leave the world of medicine?

Posted by careers consultant on 25 March 2015

Whether you’re a medical student or a foundation trainee, the prospect of divorcing yourself from a world you've (heavily) invested in is a huge one.

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Topics: Medicine and Healthcare, career choice

Rock Physics and Scilly Birds: Exotic vacancies this week

Posted by careers consultant on 16 March 2015
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Topics: teaching, STEM, Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, charity, Working abroad, Postgraduate study, creative industries

Get into Teaching

Posted by careers consultant on 3 March 2015

Do you know your Premier Plus, GTTR, SCITT and QTS? Those who do, teach. With so many changes to graduate routes into teaching, it can be difficult to know which route is best for you, what other options exist and what support you may get. The DfE Get into Teaching website has useful resources and regularly puts on free events where you can find out more about the different types of teachers, the qualification routes and how to apply.

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Topics: teaching, Postgraduate study

Stonewall Top 100 Employers

Posted by careers consultant on 16 February 2015
Stonewall has released the 2015 version of its Workplace Equality Index which identifies Britain’s most gay friendly employers. This year they have also introduced “additional criteria to assess organisations’ commitment to lesbian, gay and bisexual staff globally” with 10 companies achieving “Top Global Employers for 2015” status.You can find the list and report on Stonewall’s website and lesbian, gay, and
bisexual jobseekers might also find their Starting Out Guide helpful which is available online as well as hard copies in your careers service.Find more resources for LGBT jobseekers on Careers Tagged.
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Topics: Diversity, job hunting

Skills for Global Work –Skills for Global Life?

Posted by careers consultant on 11 August 2014

Thanks to my colleague Helen West for sharing this interesting post....

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, employability skills, Working abroad

Online Application Forms as a Barrier for Dyslexic Candidates

Posted by careers consultant on 31 July 2014

Remember when it was the norm to walk into an office or a store with a batch of neatly printed out CVs to hand out to prospective employers? Well, you’re probably aware that those days are long gone. With the continuous growth of digital technology more and more recruiters have moved along with the times to online application forms and assessments as an essential part of their recruitment processes. Yes, on the outset, online application forms are faster, more efficient and they allow for a paperless environment. However, it is commonly known that many people suffering with severe dyslexia find it extremely difficult to carry out tasks like processing data and online filing –with online application forms falling within this ambit.

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Topics: Diversity, CVs and applications

Ethnic Minorities and Elite Universities

Posted by careers consultant on 30 July 2014

An article by the Guardian asks the question: why do elite universities admit so few ethnic minority applicants’. This is both a long-standing and contentious issue which has been the subject of much debate. However, even today we still have to face the disturbing idea of there either being institutional racism within higher education institutions or that young black, Asian and Minority groups are discouraged from applying to university – either way, something needs to be done. There is no doubt that recent years have seen an increase in the number of minority ethnic students within higher education institutions with an actual over-representation of black students in the 11 universities from the former post-1994 group. Nevertheless, we now are facing the challenge of moving towards greater representation of these groups within the more prestige universities of today.

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Topics: Diversity

Guest Post: Eight quick reasons to work at a startup - James Pursey

Posted by careers consultant on 25 July 2014

I graduated university in 2011 and wanted to join a startup but was drawn into the corporate world on the promise of juicy pay cheques and a clearly defined career path. I decided I’d take the suit route for a few years to save up some cash, then leave to start my own business.

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Topics: career choice, entrepreneurship

Diversity in STEM Careers

Posted by careers consultant on 15 July 2014

There has been a wave of concern regarding the way in which women and girls are highly under-represented in Science, Technology, and Maths and Engineering (STEM) careers. The lack of women within this sector has been the basis of contentious argument and many initiatives have been set up on the back of this. Nevertheless, it is also important that we continue to look at the bigger picture and remember that the lack of diversity within STEM careers exceeds further than a gender issue seeing as disabled people, ethnic minorities and socially disadvantaged groups are also marginalised in this industry – more significantly within the most senior roles within the sector.

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Topics: STEM, Diversity

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