7 Questions With Hasaan – A Career in Finance

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

Today on 7 Questions With, we’re chatting to Hasaan. Hasaan graduated from Aston in 2019 with a degree in Accounting and Finance. He’s now enjoying a career in finance! If you read Hasaan’s interview and you’re curious about a career in this sector, make sure you come along to our virtual Business Fair, Tuesday 27th October, 10am-4pm. Get all the details here. Enjoy! What do you currently do for a living?I currently work for Deloitte as an M&A tax analyst specialising in private equity deals. What motivated you to work in finance?As cliché as it may sound I’ve always enjoyed … Read More

6 student career guides to help you with your job search

HassanAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, On Placement, Postgraduate, Second Year, UK Placements, Work Experience

Looking for ways to narrow down your job search? Or perhaps wondering if the company you have your eye on is a good employer? Luckily, there are lots of publications out there that tell you everything you need to know about the top graduate employers and what to expect as a new recruit into various industries. In this blog, we have compiled all these useful online publications, packed full of useful job-hunting advice, and tips available for you. 1) The JobCrowd The ultimate student guide that analyses thousands of anonymous surveys to list the top companies to work for. It … Read More

7 Questions with Lara – A Career in Science

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

Welcome to the second installment of 7 Questions With! If you missed the first one, you can catch up on our interview with Darcy, who works in marketing, here. Today we’re chatting to Lara. Lara graduated from Aston in 2019 with a degree in Microbiology and Immunology, and now works in science. If, after reading this, you feel inspired to pursue a career in STEM, don’t miss our virtual STEM Fair on Thursday 22nd October, 10am-4pm. Get the details here. Enjoy our interview with Lara! What do you currently do for a living? I currently work as a Field Clinical … Read More

7 Questions with Darcy – A Career in Marketing

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

Welcome to our brand new blog series, 7 Questions With! We’ll be interviewing recent Aston graduates and asking them all the same 7 questions about their careers. Today, we’re kicking off with Darcy, who graduated from Aston in 2019 with a Business and Politics degree, and now works in marketing. Before we get into it, if you think you might be interested in a career in marketing, make sure you come along to the Business Fair on Tuesday 27th October, 10am-4pm. Find out more here. Enjoy the interview! What do you currently do for a living?I am a Marketing Graduate … Read More

CV360 – Your CV Feedback Friend

jimrealiAdvice, Applications, CVs, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, Jim Reali, On Placement, Postgraduate, Second Year

You’ve written your CV in readiness to apply for a role. It’s a masterpiece! Best to get it checked over by Careers+Placements first though… *Log-in to Aston Futures to book an appointment*… Oh, there aren’t any available right now. What should you do? Don’t worry, we have a brilliant new tool called CV360 that can provide you with instant feedback on your CV. It’s a really clever resource that scores your CV against over 50 checks that commonly can make or break a candidates recruitment chances. You’ll get useful and detailed feedback that can then be implemented to help optimise … Read More

Celebrating Black History Month: Events & Opportunities

abbyEvents, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, On Placement, Postgraduate, Second Year

October is Black History Month – a time to celebrate the achievements of Black people. There are a number of events and opportunities for Black students and graduates that you might be interested in getting involved in, so we thought we’d compile some of them here for you to check out! BAME Leadership Conference – Tackling the elephant in the roomTuesday 20th October | 16:15 – 20:00 | OnlineFor this Black History Month, Generation Success have decided to do something special and create their first very BAME Leadership conference, connecting industry with future talent. The theme for this event is … Read More

Here’s why you simply must attend a careers fair

abbyFinal Year, First Year, Graduates, Postgraduate, Second Year

Our virtual careers fairs are coming up, and boy, we’re excited about it. We’ve got more fantastic companies attending than you could shake a stick at. We’re talking GSK, Morrisons, MI5, Network Rail, BAE Systems, BT, EY, Rolls-Royce, Virgin Media, Aldi, HM Treasury, Müller, PwC and more. If you’ve not yet got the dates in your diary, we’re hoping to change that with 6 reasons why you simply must attend a careers fair. Before we get into it, grab your pen because here are the dates: STEM Fair Thursday 22nd October | 10am-4pm Business Fair Tuesday 27th October | 10am-4pm … Read More

How to handle career fair nerves

abbyAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, On Placement, Postgraduate, Second Year

Let’s not beat around the bush. Speaking to a potential employer – someone you’ve likely never met – by video, is daunting. We’ve got our virtual careers fairs coming up later this month, and they both offer you the opportunity to speak 1-2-1 with organisations through the Careers Fair Plus app. It’s not like the traditional fairs, where you can operate a safety in numbers system and make your way around the event with your good pals Alice, Hinesh and Symrun. If you’re feeling nervous about speaking 1-2-1, it’s completely understandable. That being said, try not to let nerves stand … Read More

Mastering virtual interviews

jodiecAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, Interviews, Postgraduate, Second Year

Woman in a pink dress typing on a laptop

More and more employers are offering video and virtual interviews these days. While this is great news if you always dread getting lost on the way to a face-to-face interview or panic about a bus not turning up when you need one, virtual interviews can present a different set of challenges. That’s why today we’re sharing our top tips for mastering these types of interviews – don’t worry, you’ve got this. Test your tech beforehand Virtual interviews are stressful enough, without adding technical problems to the mix. Avoid any potential glitches by testing your equipment before the interview date. This … Read More

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