Are you about to finish your University degree? Are you worried about obtaining a good enough job once you’ve finished? Although graduates are currently struggling in today’s economic climate to gain employment this does not mean there are not opportunities out there and statistics show that individuals with a degree still fair better in the job market than those without. One of the best paths for a recent graduate to take is that of a graduate scheme. Graduate schemes are programmes of training that are often run by large companies; these firms aim to recruit graduates in the autumn of their graduating year. They provide a paid, permanent job as well as 2 years of structured training providing graduates with a career path and guaranteed employment after training. As with all jobs and work experience applying early is extremely important, closing dates for graduate schemes vary and the selection programmes can be lengthy and competitive. Simply entering, ‘graduate schemes’ into a search engine can bring up thousands of opportunities in both the public and private sector. To have the best chance of gaining a place on a graduate scheme…
- Research different companies and know where you want to apply
- Tailor your CV to companies and make sure it is organised and clear
- Apply early – continue to check company websites even after deadlines close
- Be prepared for numerous interviews, group tasks ad assessments during the application process
Whether you’re looking for work experience or an opportunity to earn some cash over the summer the time for applying for these positions is approaching. As with almost every kind of work placement at the moment, demand is extremely high. A great deal of companies begin to consider summer interns and work experience placements around the end of March, this means that sending off CV’s and cover letters is something you should start thinking about as soon as possible! If you’re looking to make some money with a casual work placement employers may start recruiting as early as April, some job application deadlines may have even already passed. This means it’s important to know what sort of position you want early and start applying! Common summer jobs for students include working at summer camps, festivals, office work, holiday reps, bar staff and retail jobs. Some of these jobs can even provide the opportunity to travel abroad to work. To give yourself the best chance of gaining work over the summer…
- Apply early!
- Brush up your CV, update it and start sending
- Research summer jobs, there is a lot out there specifically for students
- Research employers and the different roles you may be required to carry out
It’s nearly that time of the year again!
Yes, it’s very nearly graduate scheme time. Whilst that may not be the most exciting prospect, it is still an important period of time in which recent and soon to be graduates will go about looking for jobs with reputable companies in a, usually, well paid training position.
It was a Thursday morning and I was sat on the train speeding towards Reading browsing through the newspaper when I stumbled upon the story of Cait Reilly.
“Who is Cait Reilly?” I hear you ask.
Who wants to hear some great news?
Unemployment fell by 51,000 to 2.61 million according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics. Oh, and youth unemployment fell as well by 29,000 with just over 1 million young people now unemployed.
Okay, so it’s hardly the greatest news you will receive today but it offers a crumb of hope for young people looking for a break in what are arguably the most difficult economic times in a century.
University fees are set to rise this September from £3,000 to £9,000 per a year. This at first was shocking to many of us and especially those who will be freshers this coming September. University life should be exciting and fun, and should the prospects of our future.
It has been reported that although university cost may be rising there doesn’t seem to be any significant changes or any at all to degrees. With the increase in tuition prices there is expectancy from students for there to be more lectures, more tutors and extra resources in equipment but none of those are set to improve. Continue reading
It is getting to the stage when The Apprentice takes its candidates to interviews. We sit watching as they are pulled apart one by one.
But for those of us who won’t be humiliated in front of the nation. Read here for tips to get through interviews.
Now the summer has approached, there is time and with time comes boredem. Sure, we can go out and enjoy ourselves, spend a little cash but how do we make this work without a job. Seasonal work is usually the best type of temp work. View our top six seasonal summer jobs and all year around jobs.
Finding a job while at university can be daunting as having more pressure to fit everything in, it can also be difficult in finding a job that suits your needs and timetable. Now, there is the increase of youth unemployment and the rise of the cost of a degree, the cuts to our education. Making money isn’t always easy especially if you decided to set it up on your own. There is a new “scheme” in town, which is not all new as it has been around for a long time but recently it has taken an increase.
Other activities that may be asked of you in an assessment centre are as follows:
Presentation - You may be notified of a topic in advance or given a subject during the assessment centre. Remember that the style of your presentation is as important as the content, so preparation is mandatory.
Chance to meet recent graduate recruits - even if you are told that this is not being assessed, do not relax too much! Use the opportunity to find out about the actual work, a typical day, the change from student to working life etc. Employers want to see a person with an inquisitive mind, not someone who is passive and docile.
General rules for assessment centres
- Never give up - even if one person seems to be doing everything perfectly
- Do not panic if you do badly in one aspect. If you do well in others, your overall assessment may still be good.
- Speak clearly- observers may be behind you in group exercises
- Do not compare yourself with others - employers recruit to a standard, not a quota
- Get involved in all activities
- Beware of the free bar!
For more career advice please visit: http://www.careers4graduates.org/job_seeking/jsasscen.php