The 10 most popular articles from The Careers Group in 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11 January 2016
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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.


10. Want to be self-employed? Your Uni can Help!

A survey of over 1,000 graduates highlights that although there is a clear interest in self-employment as an option after university many respondents felt there wasn’t enough provision to help new graduates start on this path. The Careers Group colleges do support students in this area, so we looked at some of what's currently on offer. This was taken from our Career Options blog.
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9. Making the most of exhibiting at Graduate Recruitment Fairsundefined-318030-edited.jpg

Interestingly, this was our most read article on our blog for graduate recruiters as it's hard to know what to expect as a new exhibitor at a graduate fair. The post contains some simple but effective guidelines for recruiters to ensure they can make the most of their time on the day and meet the best graduates.
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8. Six Griefs of Good Leadership (1) - FEAR

This post by David Winter, our Head of Consultancy is one in a series of six which explore emotions that you are likely to come across as a developing leader. A fully functioning leader, will experience a wide range of emotions as their leadership identity develops. Whether these emotions are avoided or embraced, the reaction will determine how quickly a leader develops and how effective they can become.
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7. (92) PhD or no PhD, that is the question

A report on a fascinating panel discussion on a question many students grapple with - should they do a PhD or not? Published on our Career Options blog.


6. Graduate Jobs in the Alcoholic Drinks Industry

No surprise that this features in our top 10! This insightful article from our Industry Insider blog goes through the wide variety of graduate positions on offer within the alcoholic drink industry. The roles available are quite diverse and can suit graduates from vastly different disciplines including science, marketing, finance, arts and horticulture.


5. 10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your CV - NOW1438027441_Checklist.png

Perfecting CVs has always been a hot topic in careers. Did you know that employers sometimes only have 10 seconds to look at your CV? Writing one sentence about who you are and what you are looking for can attract their attention so they will continue reading. This post will ensure your CV doesn’t immediately end up on the unsuitable pile. From the Get Hired blog.
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4. Leaving Academia? 5 CV Don'ts!

Academics live in their own special world when it comes to CVs. So it's no surprise that many researchers are baffled when they try to leave the ivory tower. Taken from our Get Hired blog.



3. The Careers Group Launches New Website

A much needed revamp of our main website was launched to accommodate the changing needs of students, graduates and businesses seeking its services. The article was our most read News article followed by The Careers Group winning HEFCE Learning Gain Project


2. 5 Opportunities in International Relations

Occasionally students visit our career centres who say they want to work in international relations, but when a careers consultant asks them what that means in terms of a job role or job title they are often a bit hazy. This article is great for casting light on the roles available in international relations. This post was published on our Industry Insider blog.
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1. 5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Graduate JobMedal-2-128.png

Job hunting in an effective way can often make the difference in securing a graduate job you love and a job you are doing to put some money in your pocket. This post was published on our Get Hired blog.
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There we have it! The top 10 blog post from The Careers Group in 2015. We look forward to see what our readers love in 2016!

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