Working part-time: Roena Robinson

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

Full name: Roena Robinson Degree title: BSc International Business and Management Year of graduation: 2020 Organisation name: Cleone Foods Job title: Sales and Marketing Administrator What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? Get into work by 8am, turn telephones on day service so all calls are now directed to our main switchboard. Respond to queries from supply chain, customers and stakeholders via email and telephone calls. Manage and update our social media platforms with any relevant posts or promotion information for the public. Create and run reports and schedule them as requested, then analyse and present findings … Read More

Working part-time: Ivan Gerov

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

Full name: Ivan Danielov GerovDegree title: BSc Psychology and SociologyYear of graduation: 2020Organisation name: Conigital LtdJob title: Python Developer What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? As this is a Software Developer job, the day typically starts with a daily meeting where the team discusses ongoing and future projects, and everyone shares what they are up to. Then I normally have my morning coffee and I proceed with researching a task I am currently working on or I have meetings with team members, or I simply code. Sometime midday I have my lunch break. Afterwards, I … Read More

How to write a successful CV

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

Whatever kind of role you’re applying for – whether that’s a part-time job, volunteering role, placement, internship or graduate job – a great CV is essential. We’ve pulled together some tips to help you write a CV that’s sure to stand out to employers for all the right reasons. Checklist of what to include Before you get stuck into writing your CV, it’s a good idea to plan out the structure of it so you can make sure you cover all the key information an employer will want to know. Take a look at this handy checklist of what to … Read More

Working part-time: Romina Javandel

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

Full name: Romina JavandelDegree title: Accounting for Management Year of study: FinalOrganisation name: Flannels Job title: Part-Time Customer Assistant What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? A typical day at Flannels was selling products and answering customer enquiries. I provided a bespoke service to customers from all over the world, while I took enormous pride in maintaining high standards, driving sales and hitting targets. I advised customers on their choices, picked out products to match and instinctively knew what was suitable for each individual. Taking payments by cash/credit card, processing complaints and issuing refunds was another … Read More

Postgraduate Placement Success Story: Wafa Alosimi

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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

Postgraduate Placement Success Story: Dipti Rathi

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Dipti is studying MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis here at Aston. She also recently secured a postgraduate placement with the Terex Corporation retained by ASG. Congratulations, Dipti! We asked her 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?Capacity Planning Tool Development Placement with Terex Corporation (retained by The Advanced Services Group at Aston University). How did you find this placement?I found it through Iwan (Careers Consultant) by getting in touch with Alumni on LinkedIn who suggested me to connect with Professors … Read More

Why you should do a virtual internship

jodiecFinal Year, First Year, Graduates, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Work experience is always a great thing to have on your CV. But did you know there are ways to get it without leaving the house? This is where the virtual internship comes in. The good news is that an increasing number of employers are offering these in response to the global pandemic, so now’s the perfect time to try one out! Need more convincing? Let us run you through some of the benefits of virtual internships. What are virtual internships? Before we get stuck in, let’s just make it clear what virtual internships are. Basically, they’re very similar to … Read More

My volunteering experience: Bismark Sarpong

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

Full name: Bismark SarpongDegree title: BSc Psychology and Business Year of study: Second yearOrganisation name: Alzheimer’s SocietyJob title: Side by Side volunteer What does a typical day in your volunteering role look like? My role is not complicated and does not require me to be in any particular location. I call my service user once every week to check on their well-being and provide all the necessary support they require. Most of my responsibilities are done through the phone or online. What has been the highlight of your role so far? The highlight of my role so far has been … Read More

How to ensure your job application stands out from the crowd

Guest BloggerAdvice, Applications, Final Year, First Year, On Placement, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail”– Benjamin Franklin.  Job hunting can often be an extremely time-consuming process. With completing application forms, writing cover letters, editing CVs and carrying out psychometric tests all taking up time, it is no wonder a blasé attitude can begin to slip in. However, applications that have had the time and effort spent tailoring them to the specific role and company are the ones that shine and send that all important message to whomever receives it. When it comes to job applications, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Each role must be treated entirely … Read More

Working part-time: Galina Ignatova

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

Full name: Galina IgnatovaDegree title: BSc Psychology Year of graduation: 2020 Organisation name: Careers+Placements, Aston University Job title: Careers+Placements Associate What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? A typical day may include a meeting, speaking with students, presenting or making phone calls. The schedule was very flexible, which gave me the opportunity to both work and excel in my studying. Has coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown affected your role at all? The C+P team was amazing with providing opportunities for remote working. Yes, there were changes – for example the face-to-face communication became online communication and the … Read More