It may sound obvious, but in a job interview or assessment centre situation, nobody will speak up about your credentials other than you. Don't expect an interviewer to know what an amazing candidate you are unless you tell them!
Education and Academia, Events Management, Fund Management, Postgraduate Studies (2 years experience)
Make the most of life in Durham while you can. There are so many opportunities for you to seize, which are harder to come by once you leave. As for careers, think ahead if you can. Even if you aren't sure what to do, just start applying for things early. It's better to have some options than none at all.
Education and Academia, Postgraduate Studies (3 years experience)
I have some experience of training for teaching in Higher Education, and worked part-time as a research assistant, as editorial assistant for a small academic publishing house, and as Resident Tutor and Postgraduate Student Experience Officer for Josephine Butler College during and after my PhD.
Various publishing internships, internship in a German archive
That if you really want to do something and you are willing to wait for your chance and keep applying, your break will eventually come along - it's so easy to get disheartened!
Being German and having completed my first degree there, as well as various internships, I can give some advice on studying and working in Germany. Generally I'm happy to advise anyone interested in pursuing postgraduate study or wanting to work in Higher Education in the Arts & Humanities, especially English literature.
• Just because you’re inexperienced doesn’t mean you can’t have great new ideas
• Don’t be afraid of asking questions – it’s the best way to learn.
• Try not to accept other people’s preconceptions about a problem/issue.
If you are interested in a career in finance then you should definitely think about applying for an internship between your second and third years. They are fantastic opportunities to get a real taste of what a career in your chosen field will be like and also look great on your CV.
I'm Helen and I joined the Hallmark Cards commercial graduate scheme 6 months ago. I'm currently half way through the first of 3 placements, working as a product manager for the Morrisons Christmas range If you have any questions about Hallmark, the graduate scheme, or retail in general, drop me a line!
Abroad, Education and Academia, Museum / Heritage sector, Postgraduate Studies (7 years experience)
I studied Near Eastern Archaeology in Berlin and Durham. After graduating with a BA in 2009, I did an MA at the Free University Berlin and currently am working in different jobs on excavations, at Uni and in the museum and preparing for my PhD.
I am happy to answer any question about archaeology, the Near East, student exchange in Europe, working abroad, German unis and Berlin.
Abroad, Banking, Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Financial Services (4 years experience)
26 years in investment banking including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.
Pro Mujer is a 20 year old organization operating in 5 Latin American countries providing poor women with microfinance loans to start businesses as well as health care and training. We have 250,000 clients, 1600 employees and about $100 million in assets. We believe in a holistic approach to alleviating poverty that seeks to empower women to improve their lives and those of theri family.
LPC. I will be finishing this course in June 2011.
I spent 7 months working as a paralegal before beginning the LPC.
"Interviews and assessment days can be extremely varied. It is never possible to be 100% prepared. However, you can always turn a question around to fit your preparation. You will only need to prepare 2-3 current affairs in detail if you choose stories that cover a number of legal areas."
Abroad, Managerial and Executive, Marketing and Market Research, Retail (3 years experience)
Be ready to move and up sticks at the drop of a hat when the job offer comes in - don't get too settled!
Any hockey players moving to London I play for PHC Chiswick if you want to get involved!
I can help any students interested in Project Management, Business/Product development, and whilst not working myself in any design capacity, I have small teams of programmers/designers/developers that report into me on the various projects who would love to help advise anyone interested in their line of work.
Advertising, Marketing and Market Research (2 years experience)
I didn't really think about what I wanted to do when I was at university, and as a result of that you end up doing nothing afterwards. Think now. Get some internships, learn some languages, work, volunteer. Look at what you can do. Apply for everything. Lots of application processes are long, tedious and absurd, but if the end looks good get working on the means.
Ask me anything. Except my secret crimefighting identity. Because I don't have one.
Marketing and Market Research (4 years experience)
I currently work for the Jordans & Ryvita company, one of many businesses within Associated British Foods, which owns brands such as Twinings Tea & Kingsmill bread amongst others.
ABF are always on the look out for promising Grads for their Grad Schemes. They run 3; Supply Chain, Marketing & Sales. Feel free to get in touch if you think this could be of interest.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Thailand Mission to the United Nations, New York, USA
Royal Thai Embassy, Madrid, Spain
- Internship and work experience are important, and you are never too young to start internship and work experience. Not even when you are during your 1st year.
- Never feel afraid of applying or asking for internship from agencies that sound intimidating. Some jobs like UN, government's job tend to recruite those who had worked for them before.
- Start thinking of writing resume as soon as you enter university.
- Volunteering and extracirricular activities play some role in helping you get good internship and job.
If you are interested in volunteering in Thailand or visiting Thailand, please do not hesitate in letting me know. I am more than ready to support you!
That languages other than English are important if you want to communicate properly these days
Working for one company for many years was a plus for me - I did a host of different jobs from store management to running a systems department , and worked in Germany & Belguim as well as around the UK .
Retailing is about people , and has its own buzz .
After retiring in 2004 , I got bored and now do seasonal showroom work for Asda , which is also a good company.
Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Social Work (11 years experience)
Various post qualifying courses attended though main areas being Sexual Abuse, Adoption and Fostering BAAF (various), Death and Dying, Vulnerable Adults
Having worked within the finance industry for many years I wish I had known more about distance learning and social work in general and changed my career much sooner as although social work with children is a very demanding profession it is also extremely rewarding
I worked within an Adult Social Work team for 7 years working with adults with a physical or sensory disability before moving to a social work post within the Fostering and Adoption Team specialising in Adoption, Permanent Foster Care, Post Adoption Support and Adoption Counselling
Apply for jobs early and keep applying until you get one.
It's not all about your degree, Infact it's actually just a benchmark. I actually got my job for a number of reasons outside of my degree. I organised Butler Day for two consecutive years and was able to show how that demonstrated all sorts of additional qualities my company was looking for.