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, Hassan Rehman, On Placement, Postgraduate, Second Year, UK Placements, Work Experience

Looking for ways to narrow down your job search? Or perhaps wondering what it’s like to work at the company you have your eye on? 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 post, we have compiled a variety of online publications which are packed full of useful job-hunting advice and career tips. 1) The JobCrowd Top Companies for Graduates to work for 2020/21 The ultimate student guide that analyses thousands of anonymous … 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

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

A graduate’s advice for your placement year

Guest BloggerAdvice, On Placement

The summer before I started my placement year I was both excited to get a taste of the ‘real world’, but also nervous about all the big changes that come with the jump from university life to work life (9am isn’t even considered early at work, that’s enough to make any student feel nervy!). One of the main benefits I got from my placement was becoming accustomed to, and confident in, a professional environment and full-time work and being able to grow and adapt accordingly. I always considered myself fairly good at time management as I was able to juggle … 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

My placement experience: Romina Javandel

Guest BloggerOn Placement, Second Year, UK Placements, Work Experience

Full name: Romina JavandelDegree title: Accounting for Management Organisation name:  The JobShop (part of Careers+Placements) at Aston University Location of your placement: Birmingham Placement job title: Marketing and Communication Assistant What does a typical day on your placement look like? A typical day may include assisting the JobShop team with supporting students through their opportunity search, applications, and recruitment stages to encourage and increase engagement in early work experience opportunities. Also to update management information on Aston Futures (where is the Careers+Placements online jobs portal) and the JobShop Customer Relationship Management database. I have also supported and coordinated the Volunteering … Read More