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

Where to look for placement opportunities

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Finding a placement right now may not be as easy as it was a few months ago. We wish it wasn’t the case, but it is. However, the good news is there are still companies who are recruiting – they’re just doing it virtually. So you can get a placement. You can. Even you, Dave.  Not to sound like a bunch of cheeseballs, but your placement search starts with a positive attitude. Best case scenario is you get a placement – give yourself a fighting chance and believe in the best case scenario.  And if you get one, you’re going … Read More

How doing an international placement changed my life

Guest Blogger#MyPlacementStory, International Placements, Second YearLeave a Comment

When choosing where I wanted to study, I knew I wanted to experience everything the world had to offer; which is why I study my degree at Aston University. Thankfully after riding the sea of applications in my second year, I managed to secure my dream placement of working at TomTom in Amsterdam then proceeding to study at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Here I will tell you the three top things I gained from going abroad! Organisation I truly took living in Lakeside for granted, due to the ideal location of it being only 5 minutes away from … Read More

My advice on starting your placement search

Guest BloggerApplications, Cover Letters, CVs, Guest Blogger, International Placements, Second Year, UK Placements

Name: Libby Jones Course: Business and Management Placement Year: Retail Placement Programme at Lidl I started my placement search in week two of 2nd year and I’m so glad I did. It was quite a daunting task to begin with, so I decided to make a list of all the things I needed to do. Top of the list was getting my CV ‘placement ready’ and making sure I knew how to write a quality cover letter. I attended the university placement workshops and did some online research to aid the perfecting of my CV before booking an appointment with … Read More

How to Balance a Placement & University Assignments

AfiyahAfiyah Nadeem, On Placement, Second Year, UK Placements

One of the lesser-known benefits of undertaking a placement that might not quite hit you until you’ve started a placement yourself is the lack of exams. This is where most of us would breathe a sigh of relief and also possibly cheer at the idea of no exam stress/revision or learning of the sort. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be free to laze about the entire year, depending on the type of placement you’ve decided to do, either study or work, you’ll have plenty of assignments to keep you on the ball. If like myself, you’ve never really taken on a … Read More

Working abroad can change your life (+placement opportunity!)

Guest BloggerInternational Placements

Ana Carrasco, a former Aston Student and Head of Customer Services at Seville’s new business centre, ‘iSspaces’ talks us through the following: An opportunity for you to undertake a 4-6 month placement at iSspaces The benefits of working abroad How the Spanish city of Seville could be the perfect destination for your placement. An opportunity for you iSspaces is a beautiful new business centre based out of Seville which, aside from renting office space to growing businesses and entrepreneurs, has created and fostered a community of like-minded business people through its events and hospitality. The obvious benefit for these business … Read More

How I started a business during my placement year

Guest Blogger#MyPlacementStory, Entrepreneurship, On Placement, Second Year

Ashleigh Plummer, who is an Aston graduate, started a business in his placement year with the support of BSEEN. Ashleigh shares his story below.  What did you do for your placement year? For my placement year I started a company called Deusoft Web Development and Creative Studio. This is basically a creative web company that aimed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses showcase their brands in the best possible light. As we worked with multiple clients, the specifications were always different. Our job was to listen to our clients’ needs, break it down and then use an agile process to produce something … Read More

3 ways to effectively manage your time during placement

Guest BloggerJames Chew

Being on placement doesn’t mean that you will be given interesting projects all the time. There is an element of mandate stuff that you will have to do as part of your job scope. Over time, this can get boring and sometimes you will fall into the zone of time wasting activities or even spending too much time reacting to last minute stuff. Here is my secret to how I manage my time as a placement student to be always on the ball and keep things interesting. Identify what are activities, results or achievements There is an infinite number of … Read More

What’s the big deal with SMEs?


It can sometimes feel difficult trying to find the right placement or graduate role for you. Large companies can offer attractive graduate schemes or placement programmes, but competition for them is often fierce. But don’t despair, there are plenty of opportunities out there – you just need to look in the right places. Don’t make a big mistake and ignore the opportunities offered at small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – just because they aren’t household names, it doesn’t mean they can’t offer you exciting prospects. What is an SME? An SME is defined as a company that employs fewer than … Read More

Why you should consider working at a start-up


Stuart Harrison graduated from Aston University in 2014 with a degree in International Business with Modern Languages (French). He is now Co-Founder of a start-up called Remedy Roots (who are nourishing better health through a range of signature loose leaf tea blends) based in Birmingham. Here he tells us about his career journey, what it’s like working in a start-up and how his placement year helped him to get where he is today. Tell us a bit about your career journey. How have you moved from being an Aston student to where you are now? After graduating, I moved down to … Read More