Compete to win a place on the Ultimate Field Trip 2011

October 29, 2010

The Ultimate Field Trip is a team competition offered by BP. The winners will spend six to eight weeks on a paid internship with their operations in the North Sea. During the internship, you’ll visit an offshore platform, take a trip to the Forties pipeline, go to Edinburgh to see the Fringe Festival and visit Wytch Farm – the largest known onshore oil field in western Europe.

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Jobs Seen on the Street 28.10.10

October 28, 2010

Part-time jobs of the week are:

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

Seen elsewhere


Mentors still available…

October 27, 2010

You might have noticed a post a few weeks ago from me about the Manchester Gold mentoring programme. The original closing date was 13th October but applications have reopened for some areas as we have had lots of mentors from some sectors join the programme.

We are only open to applications for the areas where mentors remain – to find out which sectors this covers and the mentors available, please check the pdf document we have available on the Manchester Gold section of the Careers website.  If you’ve already applied you don’t need to reapply as we are completing the matching process at the moment.

The form will be live until next Wednesday 3rd November so apply online as soon as you can to have the chance to be matched with a mentor from your chosen career area.


What is commercial awareness and how can I get it?

October 27, 2010

Graduate employers always seem to be asking for commercial awareness skills, and students often ask me “What is commercial awareness and how can I get it?” Fortunately, there’s a great section on commercial awareness on the careers website, which explains what it is all about and includes links to online games which test and develop this skill (and some of these are actually more fun than you might think!).

So what is it?

The definition most often used is by Christopher Stoakes in his book ‘All You Need to Know About Commercial Awareness’:

“At heart, commercial awareness is about being able to talk to clients, finding out what they want, why they want it, what they will do with it and what they are prepared to pay, and then Read the rest of this entry »


MMU Placement & Career Development Fair 17th Nov

October 27, 2010

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School are holding a fair on 17th Nov with employers including General Motors, M&S, Kellogg’s, Pannone and Co-operative. The event is open to Manchester students too, so if you are looking for a placement or internship it’s a great opportunity to speak to recruiters and find out more about their companies and the roles on offer.  Many exhibitors will have graduate roles too.

More details about the event and how to get there here: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/placements/placementfair


Unsure where to start with your career planning?

October 22, 2010

Sometimes, when it comes to careers, all the information and options can feel a bit overwhelming. You might also have a lot of questions (e.g. What do I need to do to make myself employable? or I want to do something creative, but what sorts of options are there? or How do I get work expereince in x?).

If you have that nagging, toothache-like feeling that you really should be doing something, but you’re not sure exactly where to start, why not start with just 1 small step. Spend 3 minutes with Career KickStart – a brand new interactive, online tool which will help you kick start your career plans, whether you’re a first year or finalist. You just answer 10 multiple-choice questions (on everything from your knowledge of career options to work experience to your CV), and you get a detailed PDF report with feedback on your responses and suggestions for your next steps.


Jobs Seen on the Street 21.10.10

October 21, 2010

Part-time jobs of the week are:

Seen by roving reporters Sarah and Nicola

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

Seen elsewhere


Penguin Diverse Open Day – get an insight into careers in publishing

October 19, 2010

Penguin is having an Open Day on Thursday 25th November 2010 in London for students and graduates interested in pursuing a career in publishing. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about different areas of publishing (editorial, marketing and publicity, contracts, production, sales, design, finance and HR) and may help you decide whether a career in publishing might suit you, and if so, what area. The day is particularly targeted at ethnic minority students, but it’s open to all students. Read the rest of this entry »


Live Q&A tomorrow – how to prepare for your career

October 18, 2010

If you’re wondering how you can make the most of university to start preparing for your future career, or if you’d like to know more about what employers like to see on your CV in addition to your degree, you might want to check out tomorrow’s Live Q&A session run by The Guardian in its careers forums.

What can undergraduates do to start preparing for their careers? 19 October 1pm—4pm

I’m on the panel and will be answering students’ questions alongside other careers specialists and employers, so come and say hello! The thread is open for your questions now.



Volunteer and add to your CV

October 15, 2010

Student blogger, Carrie Esmond

I am at the start of my second year. I am far from ready to be thrown out of the bubble of university to encounter the real world of having a job, and of being horribly adult without the financial dependence of a student loan. I am 19- a teenager!  Read the rest of this entry »


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