Finalists – what are your career plans…?

April 29, 2010

If you’re a finalist, about to graduate from the University in 2010, and hoping to get a job, we want to hear what your thoughts or plans are so far.

Please complete our quick survey – your answers will help us provide better support and advice for new graduates.



Jobs Seen on The Street 29.4.10

April 29, 2010

Seen on DirectGov website
(Enter job ref and ‘search’ for details)

Seen on Retail Choice website

Seen elsewhere

First impressions at interview

April 23, 2010

Employers are always telling us about the silly and quite serious mistakes students make when applying for jobs, well it doesn’t stop there!

When it comes to interview make sure you don’t fall into these common traps! 

Don’t be late

In the real world time is money: The interviewer will have a tight schedule and will not have time to hang about waiting for you. If you can’t turn up on time for an interview it gives the impression you don’t care and will not be a good employee.

If you are running late (cancelled trains, missed buses or general inability to find the building) ring the employer to apologise. They won’t really care what your excuse is, take ownership of the problem and pray that they might be able to reschedule you. (Don’t bet on it though – we have heard employers are getting tough!)

Dress Smartly 

You really do need to wear a suit to an interview.  Companies may say they have a casual dress policy but…

 a) It’s probably not as casual as you think, and

 b) Definitely not at interview!

We have heard from companies recently who have said that candidates have turned up to interviews casually dressed, they haven’t turned them away but when reviewing all the candidates’ performances it counted against them and they were not selected. Make sure you have a respectable looking coat, bag or folder too.

The basics! 

You would think it would be blindingly obvious but…

  •  Bring a map – so you can find the building – better still locate it in advance!
  • Bring the contact details of the person you are meeting – when you arrive at reception they will need to know who you are meeting.
  • If you have an umbrella or overnight bags arrive early so that you can arrange to store them somewhere and freshen up.
  • Bring your diary, and make sure you have a note of any dates you are not available to work. 

Crisis management

  •  Sniffles and sneezes can happen to anyone – take a pack of tissues.
  • Wearing tights? Take a spare pair in-case you snag them.
  • A small pack of wet wipes can be handy for smudges, drips and stains.

Don’t make them sorry they invited you in the first 10 seconds. The rest of the interview – now thats a topic for another discussion!

Jobs Seen on the Street 22.4.10

April 22, 2010

Jobs of the week:

Seen on Key 103 website

Seen on DirectGov website
(Enter job ref and ‘search’ for details)

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My Career in… freelance work

April 19, 2010

I currently work as an independent consultant and have been running my own business for over four years.  I have public and private sector clients from the worlds of creative, media and digital; skills and development; regeneration and sustainable communities; environment and innovation and knowledge transfer. 

The services I provide are just as diverse as my client list and include project development, project and programme management, marketing and communications work, strategy development and business planning, research and mapping, evaluation – and more!

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on some new business ideas and bringing together an updated website which will showcase a renewed and more focussed consultancy offer with some of my other ideas and activities – including an art and photography blog (I am also a part time art student) plus a section on my love of veg growing!  

So how did you get to this point in your career? Read the rest of this entry »

Jobs Seen on the Street 15.4.10

April 15, 2010

Part time jobs of the week are:

Seen on DirectGov website

Seen on Employment 4 Students website

What next?

April 15, 2010

Hello to all you finalists out there!

You’re just coming to the end of your last university vacation.  The next bit of time off you get will be when you’ve finished this degree. I’m sure for some of you this is great relief (I remember six years ago I couldn’t wait to get the last lot of exams done so I could stop feeling so guilty every time I watched TV or went out for a drink rather than working on the dreaded dissertation or revision), but for some of you the end of the undergraduate studies might feel a bit daunting.

Sometimes beginning to make plans can help to hold off the feeling of rising panic, so it might be a good idea to take a look at the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme.  The 2010/11 programme is now open and vacancies are already open, some with starting dates as early as June this year.  Internships are based in Manchester and are for up to a year, providing a really good opportunity to gain experience and a foot on the ladder of your chosen career, as well as allowing you to stay in this great city!

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