What is global outlook and how can you develop it?

A global outlook is top of the list of skills and attributes that employers are looking for in graduates.

So what is it and why does it matter?


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Witchcraft or worthwhile? Career Assessments unwound!

It’s not all AI and Skynet!

Should you feel willing to put your future at the fate of an online test, Career Assessments could open your mind to the career possibilities that await you!

They’re not going to predict your future, but they can help you to assess your skills, interests, strengths and other aspects of yourself to indicate sectors or jobs that might be a good fit for you.

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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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Maths to Medicine

This is a story about how I went from Maths to Medicine

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Hi, I’m Penny, a 2017 Mathematics graduate from the University of Essex. I’m now in training to become a Paramedic – bit of a change of direction I know.

Here is my story and how this all came about.

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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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Chief Barketing Officer at We Create Digital

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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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Skills: Understand the Basics

Do you know your skills from your strengths?

Identify your skills

Do you know your employability skills from your transferable skills? Your hard skills from your soft skills or strengths? Do you understand what skills employers actually want and, crucially, how you can show that you have them?

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