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

Working part-time: Lili Szabados

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

Full name: Lili SzabadosDegree title: BSc Hons Business and International RelationsYear of graduation: 2022Organisation name: Deloitte UK Job title: Deloitte Campus Ambassador What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? I did not really have a typical working day as the role was extremely varied. As a Campus Ambassador, it was my responsibility to represent Deloitte during on-campus events such as Deloitte events and career fairs, while also reaching students via social media. Also, I was expected to reach students by holding lecture shout-outs. Lecturers at Aston University were extremely supportive and sometimes they offered more than … 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

Working part-time: Paula Adodo

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

Full name: Paula Adodo Degree title: Medicine Year of study: Second year Organisation name: Aston Medical School (AMS) Job title: Mentor and Ambassador What does a typical day in your part-time job look like? When I am working on a Saturday, I start my shift at 8am most times and end at 5pm. I really enjoy the job because it involves communicating with students during interviews for upcoming medical students and getting to help with the organisation of the event. I mostly work during weekends for my ambassador role. Furthermore, my mentoring job at AMS is often on Wednesday, because … Read More

Staying positive during the job search

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

Happy woman sitting at table with laptop

When you’re looking for jobs, it can be hard not to feel frustrated and demotivated, especially if you feel like you’re getting nowhere fast. However, having a positive mindset is crucial to being successful in your job search. That’s why we’ve pulled together these handy tips which will have you feeling focused and on top of things in no time. We hope they’re helpful! Create a daily routine Job searching can often feel like a job in itself, so it’s important to set some boundaries so it doesn’t consume all of your time. Creating a schedule will help you feel … Read More

Mistakes I made: Libby Jones

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

A big realisation I made during my placement year was understanding the benefit of seeing mistakes as learning experiences rather than letting myself get disheartened by them. Now I’m starting to apply for graduate roles, I’ve realised the value of the lessons I learned in the application process and how they will help me with my future job hunting. In hindsight, the way I began my placement search was the first mistake I made. I put myself under a great deal of pressure to just find any placement because I was so panicked that I would go into third year … Read More

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

Finding careers inspiration as a Black woman

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

Finding careers inspiration has often felt like an impossible task as a Black woman. It can feel like a mountain getting your foot in the door, never mind finding inspiring people you can relate to. I found that learning through the stories of people who look like me made me feel less alone and able to tackle the corporate world. To make this mission a little easier, I’ve pulled together some of my go-to resources which help me find many other incredible Black Boss ladies! Netflix Nowadays, finding inspiration as a Black woman is more accessible than you think. Netflix has … 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