5 super useful careers resources to use over the festive break

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Graduates First

If you’re not already, we recommend signing up to Graduates First over the festive break.

Graduates First is an online portal that hosts a range of useful aptitude tests that you’re likely to come across during placement or graduate role recruitment processes. These include numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests, situational judgement tests, as well as games based assessments. They also offer valuable advice on assessment centres and insights on the recruitment processes of some of the UK’s biggest graduate employers.

The portal will log your performance on each test, offering helpful analytics and reports on how you can improve.

How to access: Graduates First is available to current Aston University students via our resource library. The library is unavailable to non-Aston students, so you’ll need to log-in to access it. You’ll also need to register on the portal using your Aston University email address.

Profiling for Success by Team Focus

Profiling for Success offers another range of numerical and verbal reasoning tests that are free to practice as an Aston student. The portal also hosts a lot of other resources such as a career interest inventory which can help you understand more about how your interests align to a particular career – great for anyone who is unsure about what they might want to do after finishing their degree.

How to access: Profiling for Success is available to current Aston University students via our resource library. The library is unavailable to non-Aston students, so you’ll need to log-in to access it. There you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to access the portal, including the client code, access code and password you need.

Launchpad

A growing number of employers are using video interviews as part of their recruitment processes, so it’s really important to get some practice in before going into the real thing. Although it can feel strange talking about yourself into a webcam, it’s important that you’re able to showcase your ‘best-self’ to employers using this method. Video interviews are a great way to really show your personality outside of just your CV!

That’s where Launchpad comes in. The video assessment platform is a great tool to practice. All you need to get started is a device with a camera, mic and internet connection. It’s really easy to use and features clear step-by-step instruction on what you need to do.

If you’re looking for some feedback on how well you do, you can send a link to your interview recording to one of our advisors who can offer some tips and advice. We also offer a self-assessment guide within our resource library.

How to access: Launchpad is available to current Aston University students via our resource library. The library is unavailable to non-Aston students, so you’ll need to log-in to access it. You will need to register on Launchpad using your Aston email address, where you’ll then be guided through the set-up process.

CV library and CV creation tool

Getting your CV in tip-top condition should be a priority and the festive break is a great time to give it a refresh.

Our CV library contains a bunch of helpful CV resources, including examples for final years, first years and prospective placement students.

How to access: The CV library is exclusively available to Aston students, so you’ll need to log-in to access the resources. If you’re a recent graduate, you’ll need to contact careers@aston.ac.uk to get access.

To help you create a beautiful and professional CV, we have partnered with CV assistant to offer our students a CV creation tool. All you need to do is sign up using your Aston email address, and you’re good to go!

How to access: Our CV creation tool is available to current Aston University students via our resource library. The library is unavailable to non-Aston students, so you’ll need to log-in to access it.

Advice by Careers Area – Careers Guides

If you’ve narrowed down your career choices, the next thing you’ll want to do is home in on the information you need on how to get there. That’s where our handy library of careers guides comes in!

Our advice by career area webpage hosts a tonne of useful resources; including careers guides, links to professional bodies and other links that will make your career search much easier. They are all split by sector, so finding the things that are relevant to you is super easy.

How to access: This one’s simple! All you need to do is visit our advice by career area webpage for access to this treasure trove of resources.