No grad scheme? What now?

Posted by S Donaldson on 15 June 2016

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, job hunting, Graduate Internships, career success, graduate schemes

Can social media get you a job?

Posted by S Donaldson on 25 April 2016

Image taken from Justien Van Zele

Have you seen that new Scapchat filter that makes the bottom of your face really thin so you have a huge forehead and a teeny tiny pin mouth? Yeah, well that particular bit of social media probably isn’t going to help you get a job. But believe it or not the ol’ internet can be quite useful.

Jobvite’s most recent Recruiter Nation survey shows that 92% of US employers use social media to support recruitment. This number is much lower, at only about 40%, in the UK. But that’s still a significant chunk of employers, and with a third of those surveyed planning to up their spend on social media recruitment, we reckon it’s worth a blog post.

So here are a few things to keep in mind for maximising the career-potential of social media:

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Topics: networking, employability skills, Social networks

How to Get the Best Out of Your Internship

Posted by Carla King on 21 March 2016

The following is based on the experiences of a Careers Consultant who has previously managed internship programmes in a range of sectors.

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, work experience, Getting Experience

5 factors that affect your starting salary (and how to tackle them)

Posted by Ruth Bushi on 26 January 2016

You’ve got more say in your pay than you think. Save the Student flips the lid on salaries to show you the money – and how to get it.

The good news is that having a degree stacks the salary odds in your favour: graduates go on to earn around 60% more than someone without a degree over the course of their career. While that’s a hefty bonus in the long term, take a look at some fixable factors that influence your pay from day one.

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Topics: employability skills

Career inspiration No. 3: Taylor Swift

Posted by careers consultant on 19 January 2016

This post comes from a series of blogs looking to pop culture for career inspiration.

How has it taken me three celeb career inspiration blogs to get to Taylor Swift?! Last time I wrote about the feline Taylor Swift, this time it’s the real deal. Here are just a few of the possibly infinite number of career lessons we can learn from Tay Tay’s phenomenal success.

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Topics: employability skills, Comment

The 10 most popular articles from The Careers Group in 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11 January 2016

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.


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Topics: News, Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, job hunting, employability skills, CVs and applications, Postgraduate study

What career skills were you shouting about in 2015?

Posted by S Donaldson on 7 January 2016

Image from Marcos de Madariaga

Are you sick of 2015 countdown lists yet? No? Good, because here's another one.

Have you heard of Coursera? It's great. It allows you to take free online courses in pretty much anything, and those courses are taught by university experts. In fact, The Careers Group delivered a course in Employability Skills in 2014 and 2015.

And now the good people at Coursera have put together a handy list of 2015's most coveted career skills.
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Topics: News, job hunting, employability skills

Acing applications - what employers don’t want to hear!

Posted by Kate Murray on 23 December 2015

Writing answers to application form questions is an issue with two halves: the first half is generally pretty straightforward answers to biographical questions; the second half is generally the section that takes the longer time and requires more input. I’ll write later about Personal Statements, so here’s some help with those competency questions.

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Topics: job hunting, CVs and applications

Working at work experience - Advice for the unsure

Posted by Kate Murray on 22 December 2015

I met someone earlier today who wanted to find a part-time job to give himself some work experience for when he finishes his further degree. 

When I went to record our conversation, I found that he and I had already had that conversation a couple of years ago. I wondered what stopped him finding work then?  Will our chat today have made any difference?  

Here are some ideas for finding useful experience. Think carefully before you dismiss them, or perhaps your thoughts will, like my student’s, go round in circles for the next couple of years!

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Topics: job hunting, work experience

Believe in Yourself! Martial arts and the attitude of success with job applications

Posted by Payal Patel on 15 December 2015

I know what you’re thinking. What do martial arts have to do with job applications?

This is not about extra curricular activities (well I do mention that later). It’s about what you can learn from martial arts and how you can use this information to approach job applications in a healthier way!

Practising the philosophies of martial arts may help you overcome that initial dread of filling in the application form.

Both ‘practices’ have a lot in common. Both seek to project a positive self-image of confidence and strength.

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Topics: employability skills, CVs and applications, Comment, Recruitment

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