How new digital spaces are helping Essex students build their careers

A new online careers and skills development resource for Essex students is launching this term and will revolutionise how students engage with and build on their skill sets.

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How to answer strength and skills interview questions

There is an art to answering strength and skills based interview questions

Picture this: you’re in an interview (or completing an application form). You’ve just answered a question on how you meet the essential criteria for the role and what skills you have which are needed for the job.

THEN you’re asked: ‘What are your strengths and how would you apply them to this role?’…hang on…haven’t you just answered this?

How could you answer it differently? 


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Why you should consider an SME for your placement year

Does the size of the company affect your decision process when applying for placements?

Many students focus their search on large companies but this means they’re overlooking the fastest growing sector of the UK economy – SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises).

To find out why you should seriously consider applying to an SME, we’ve got an inside view from Anna Appleton-Claydon, Director at We Create Digital Ltd, and Will Prentice and Kyle Manning, Essex students currently on placement there.

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Technology Trends in Graduate Recruitment: What You Need to Know

Tech, Trends and Recruitment Techniques, this post is loaded

Did you know that situational judgement tests, strengths-based recruitment, assessment centres were all techniques developed for use with graduate recruits before being more widely adopted? Graduate employers have always been at the forefront of using new recruitment techniques and technology is the new driving force behind these changes.


Here is my round up of the top four technological trends that you need to be aware of to be successful in the competitive graduate jobs market.

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From Placements to Frontrunners – know your work experience

What experience do you have? For many students this is a dreaded question when applying for work.

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You know you need experience to help you on your way to becoming a top-class graduate, but it can be difficult to know what to look for, what meets your needs and what gaps need filling. Frontrunners, Essex Interns, UROP, and Placements are all phrases you’ve probably heard in an employability lecture, or when you’ve seen us out on the Squares throughout the term. But what do they really all mean? And how can we help you find whats best for you.

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