How to speak to employers at careers fairs

Guest BloggerAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, Postgraduate, Second Year

You’ll hopefully have seen that we’re having two careers fairs this term, both of which will be digital! These are the dates, in case you’ve not seen them yet and fancy popping them in your calendar: The STEM Fair: Thursday 22nd October, 10am-4pm The Business Fair: Tuesday 27th October, 10am-4pm To attend them, you’ll need to download the Careers Fair Plus app, where you’ll be able to find out who’s recruiting for placements and graduate roles, and upload your CV to book 1-to-1 appointments with the organisations who are attending. Speaking to employers at careers fairs can be a pretty … Read More

Working part-time: Costanzo Facchiano

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Full name: Costanzo FacchianoDegree title: BSc Transport Management Year of study: Second yearOrganisation name: JobShop, Aston UniversityJob title: Marketing Assistant What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? A typical day in my role begins with dressing smartly in order to best represent the JobShop. My job is focused around finding employment vacancies for Aston students online, which involves telephoning company representatives and performing due-diligence checks to ensure that the jobs on offer are of a high quality. I also greet and talk to students who visit the JobShop to find out the best way to help … Read More

First year advice from a graduate

Guest BloggerAdvice, First Year

My time at Aston has come to an end, and with that brings about glimmers of nostalgia forming here and there from my first year of university. The adjustment that came with moving to England’s second city was a tough one, and moving from college to university was even more daunting. As incoming first year students, here are some top tips that may prove useful to get you through the year! Do NOT underestimate first year classes! I am sure you’ve heard so many students say, “all you need to do is pass” or “first year is easy, don’t stress … Read More

Working part-time: Isabella Naziwa

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Full name: Isabella M Naziwa Degree title: BSc Business and ManagementYear of study: Second yearOrganisation name: easyHotel Job title: Front of House What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? I’m a night shift receptionist meaning that I work on my own during my shift. You may wonder what it’s like to work on your own in a hotel with 80+ rooms? I love it! We have a device which we have to wear for our safety just in case and doors are always locked at night, so I’m safe! Being a receptionist, I am the first … Read More

Checklist of career-related activities for you to focus on this year

jodiecAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Postgraduate, Second Year

Notebook saying 'Make it happen'

A big hello to the Aston newbies out there and welcome back to our returning students! Whatever year you’re in, you’re bound to have lots on your plate what with getting stuck into your studies, meeting new people and wrapping your head around this whole virtual learning thing. It’s also important to dedicate some time to thinking about your future where you can – to help you out, we’ve written this checklist of achievable career-related activities you can focus on this year. We hope it’s helpful! Set up/update your profile on Aston Futures For those of you who don’t know, … Read More

Working part-time: Tom Bowen

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Full name: Thomas Bowen        Degree title: Bsc FinanceYear of study: Second yearOrganisation name: Aston Students’ UnionJob title: Coffee shop supervisor What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? Opening up the shop and serving customers coffee and food. What has been the highlight of your job so far?   Working the Students’ Union Christmas dinner shift. It was a very stressful and challenging shift but very rewarding. What skills have you developed? My teamwork and communication skills have massively improved since I started working at the SU. Why did you decide to get a part-time job? I … Read More

Situational Judgement Tests (SJT): Why and How to Prepare

Guest BloggerApplications, Assessment Centres, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, Postgraduate, Second Year

So, What is a Situational Judgement Test (SJT)? Situational Judgement Tests (or SJTs) are a popular form of assessment used by employers to assess behavioural competencies to help determine if an individual is suitable for a role. Situational Judgement Tests can either be ‘traditional’ or they can be more interactive, perhaps even in a game-based format. An increasing number of employers are using a “storyline” approach which presents a ‘day-in-the-life’ experience such as Jaguar Land Rover, many even with Verbal and Numerical type questions too. Regardless of their format, all SJTs will look for evidence of a small group of … Read More

Disability and the Workplace – Things to Consider

Guest BloggerAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, On Placement, Second Year

Career planning, job-hunting and all that comes with it can be difficult (especially in these crazy Coronavirus times!), and having a disability can make that feel all the more difficult. But it doesn’t have to be! I hope that this post can help you think about some of the things you might want to consider in terms of disability and the workplace, whether that be part-time work during your studies, a placement role, or a graduate role. Sell yourself, disability and all! As students, we have heard over and over and about the importance of ‘selling ourselves’ to potential employers … Read More

Working part-time: Saif Widyatmoko

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Full name: Saif WidyatmokoDegree title: International Business and ManagementYear of graduation: 2020Organisation name: Aston University Careers+Placements TeamJob title: Careers+Placements Associate What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? Our manager in the Careers+Placements team would send out an e-mail listing out the different jobs they had for the month and we would sign up on certain shifts through a Google Sheet document. From there we would complete whatever task was given whether it was creating a blog for the C+P website or turn up at a placement workshop to talk to second year students. Once our tasks … Read More

8 Aston students share why doing a placement is worth it

abbyAdvice, First Year, Second Year

You might be wondering if doing a placement is really worth it. It can take a lot of time to find one, going through the recruitment stages can be stressful, and it adds an extra year to your degree. Plus, 2020 has made things a whole lot more difficult! Whilst all those things are true, what you stand to gain from doing a placement makes it so worth it. Even if you don’t do a placement that’s related to your degree or the area you’re considering working in, you stand to boost your skills in problem solving, time management, communication, … Read More