Postgraduate Placement Success Story: Wafa Alosimi

Guest BloggerGuest Blogger, International Students, On Placement, Postgraduate, Postgraduate Placements, UK Placements, Work Experience

Wafa is studying MSc Business and Management here at Aston. She also recently secured a postgraduate placement with Vitabonna Development. Congratulations, Wafa! We asked Wafa to tell us a bit more about the role and how she remained motivated during the search. What role have you secured and with which organisation?Business Strategist and Development Analyst with Vitabonna Development How did you find this placement?What gives Aston University the distinctive edge I believe among other universities is how much they care about the student and the full support that is given to us. I was able to secure this internship through … Read More

Why and how to practise online job assessments

jimrealiAdvice, Applications, Assessment Centres, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, International Placements, International Students, Interviews, Jim Reali, On Placement, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, UK Placements

Do you have a dream company in mind? Both small and large organisations will require you to complete Online Job Assessments as part of their application process. These vary from ‘traditional’, though extremely common, aptitude tests to ‘modern’ styles of assessment, such as Game-Based Assessments now used by 10% of employers, and Video Interviews. As the area of online job assessments has become a staple for employers when recruiting, so too has the amount of preparation required by candidates to meet the company’s requirements. It is now essential more than ever to get familiar with the types of Assessments you … Read More

No career ideas? No problem!

jimrealiEntrepreneurship, Final Year, First Year, Further Study, Graduates, International Students, Jim Reali, On Placement, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate

If you’re looking for a placement or thinking about life after Aston, there may be a number of thoughts running through your mind ranging from “I’m not ready to start thinking about my career yet”, to “I’ve secured an opportunity”. Ok, so let’s take a little bit of time now to think about a specific situation: specifically, what about those of you who aren’t sure what you want to do for a career? There are lots out there (I was like this when I completed my studies many, many years ago!) The key message is simple: Keep calm and career … Read More

Careers advice and support for international students

Guest BloggerApplications, Cover Letters, CVs, Final Year, First Year, Further Study, Graduates, Guest Blogger, International Students, On Placement, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year

As an international student, it can be hard to know what your career options are. The questions around visas and permits are many, and knowing where to look for roles that suit your needs can be tough. To help, we’ve put together a guide to help you get the most out of the opportunities available to you as an international student at Aston. So let’s get started… The Hub at Aston University is the first place you should go to for support and advice on issues involving visas and your right to work in the UK. You can speak to an … Read More

3 lessons I learnt from taking a placement year

Guest BloggerInternational Placements, International Students, James Chew

Blog by James Chew Being an international student meant that I was given the chance to either take a placement as part of my degree or I could choose to go straight to the final year. However, I was glad I chose to undertake a placement year as I have learnt so much more than the knowledge my books could offer. Here are some lessons that I have picked up along in my placement year. 1. Knowing When To Voice Out. Sometimes being the intern, people from various teams will try to get you to help them with their projects … Read More

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