The 5 Biggest Graduate Errors at Interview

Guest BloggerFinal Year, Graduates, Guest Blogger, Interviews

Getting an interview after graduating can be both exciting and terrifying – it’s your first opportunity to really sell yourself and your skills, but it might also be your first ever interview. So how do you make sure it goes well? We spoke to Abby Guthrie-Svanholm, hiring manager for Findcourses UK, Findcourses USA and, who makes a point of hiring graduates fresh out of their bachelors or masters’ degrees, to find out what top 5 mistakes graduates make in interviews. Here’s what Abby had to say:

FAQs on SMEs

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Guest Blogger, International Placements, Second Year, UK Placements

According to the latest reports, there are 5.7million SMEs in the UK alone, accounting for 99% of all businesses. An SME is a small to medium sizes enterprise. In the UK, this is usually defined as any business that employs fewer than 250 employees, and has an annual turnover of less than £50million SMEs account for at least 99.5% of the businesses in every main industry sector. So the chances are very high! Working within an SME means you’ll get the opportunity to diversify your skills, taking on tasks across the business. There may be greater opportunities for taking on … Read More

Bounce back and be your best self

Guest BloggerApplications, Assessment Centres, CVs, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, Interviews, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Second Year

When being faced with setbacks, giving up sometimes looks like the easiest option. It can be very frustrating when interviews for placements, jobs and graduate schemes are unsuccessful. When I had an unsuccessful job interview, I initially felt defeated. But I soon began to think about why I didn’t succeed in the interview. To me, this reflection was extremely valuable. The interview made me face an uncomfortable anxiety and the reflection on my unsuccessful interview allowed me to improve upon myself for future opportunities, which may be more fruitful. These moments offer such valuable experiences you can’t find elsewhere. They … Read More

7 benefits of working for an SME

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Guest Blogger, International Placements, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Second Year, UK Placements

Quite literally, SME stands for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise. In the UK, this refers to a business with fewer than 250 employees, and a turnover of less than £50 million. Did you know that the combined annual turnover of all UK SMEs is £2 trillion? Or that over 16 million people are employed by SMEs in the UK? So as you can see, an SME might be small in name and reputation, but their impact is massive! Big businesses offer some great benefits – but bigger doesn’t always mean better. There’s an abundance of opportunity to develop your career prospects … Read More

How to manage your time in the workplace

Guest BloggerFinal Year, Graduates, Guest Blogger, On Placement, Second Year

Managing time in the workplace can initially be super stressful! Although you may have experience working under time constraints in part-time jobs, the pressure to adhere to time restraints and produce high quality work during placement can be very daunting. During my placement at Abbott, I was often given several projects to work on at the same time, alongside additional tasks popping up throughout the day from other team members. Here’s how I managed my time effectively: Finally, at the end of the working day…go home and relax knowing you’ve already prioritised your work for the following week! 

My tips for getting your dream graduate role

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As Christmas fast approaches, so do graduate role application deadlines. Give yourself a stress-free, relaxing break and get your graduate job sorted before exams and deadlines in the New Year. A large amount of companies (including Unilever, Danone and Bank of America) have application deadlines before Christmas so, to save yourself from missing out, make sure you start applying early. I knew that I wanted to get my graduate role organised before the end of the year, as I knew I would have a dissertation to write and exams to prepare for in 2019.

Opportunities for International Students at Aston University

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, International Students, Second Year

As an international student, it can be hard to know what your options are after completing your course. The questions around visas and permits are many, and knowing where to look for roles that suit your needs can be tough. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on how to get the most out of the opportunities available to you as an international student at Aston. So let’s get started… Visas & permits and rights to work. The Hub at Aston University is the first place you should go to for support and advice on a number of issues, including visas … Read More

Maintaining a start-up culture

Guest BloggerEntrepreneurship, Final Year, Graduates, Graduates in Focus, Guest Blogger

With so many big graduate companies vying for your attention, it can be easy to overlook the smaller companies when you are planning your future. Yet this could be a massive mistake as they offer big opportunities! We caught up with Andrew Jervis, Co-Founder of ClickMechanic, to find out more about start-ups and the benefits of working at one… What is start-up culture? Business culture in start-ups is usually seen one of two ways: the 100 hour work weeks or the breakfast bar and sleeping pods of Google. Luckily, most start-ups are a nice balance of the two with more … Read More

I’ve got a job! The learning process of going from student to employee

Guest BloggerFinal Year

In the next few months, many university students will be making that important move to the workplace. It can be a daunting first step to take…even for students who may have been working during their time in education, or who may have completed a placement as part of their course. As a student, it can be comforting to know that once the university vacation or placement year has ended, it is possible to leave that temporary job, internship or work placement and head back to the “safety” of a familiar campus environment. For many students however, the upcoming end of … Read More