What have you got planned for the summer break?
Instead of binge-watching box sets you could fill your time broadening your skills, making new contacts and preparing for your career.
Our five steps will show you how a productive break can also be fun: Continue reading
After graduation, a holiday and a short stint studying abroad, it was about time I got a job.
I quickly fell into a role as a Sales Administrator through a friend of a friend. I knew it wouldn’t be permanent, but I also knew after about a month, that I disliked everything about it. I saw my friends succeeding in their graduate schemes and moving to big cities and felt completely left behind. After six months of feeling sorry for myself, my dad gave me some valuable advice; ‘No one can get you out of this job but you.’
And so began the search!
A BIG thank you to everyone who celebrated The Big Essex Awards on Thursday 8 June in Sub Zero!
The Big Essex Award is THE standard of student employability success at Essex. Thursday 8 June in Sub Zero was the night that Bronze, Silver and Gold levels were awarded to some of Essex’s finest.
You did it!
You got that job you applied for – all that application work, reviews and interview prep has all paid off and now you are starting your first day!
Feels awesome right? We are super happy for you!
First day nerves? Don’t worry – you’ve got this. Here are a few little tips to help you sail through that first day. Continue reading
The Second Successful Essex Hackathon!
In collaboration with Major League Hacking (MLH) and Essex Startups the University of Essex hosted their second Hackathon in 2 years.
I am a Careers Information Assistant at the Employability and Careers Centre at Essex and I love my job because I love the variety. I get to meet lots of students during drop in sessions and, as everyone is different, I get to answer a whole range of interesting questions. There is one area though, that I wish didn’t differ so much from student to student: that is the extent to which students can’t get a ‘grip’ on their employability.
Increasingly so, yes!
The CIPD indicate that there’s an increased use of technology to attract and recruit candidates (Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey, 2015).
So let’s explore the basics together:
First thing’s first – it’s OK to talk about yourself
When students visit the Employability and Careers Centre for a CV review we find out a little bit about them and who they are, talk through how they plan on using the CV, and work our way through its contents.
We often find ourselves working to extract additional experience, interests, awards and achievements and even education which the student has chosen not to include. Often when pushed they tell us time and again that it “felt like bragging” and time and again we reassure them that it if there’s one place where it’s OK to shout about what an excellent candidate you are for any given position, it’s your CV!
Whether you’re bonkers for BT, or crazy for your corner shop, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to working for large or small organisations, it’s about what’s right for you.
You might have your heart set on working for a big name and adding some kudos to your CV, but have you thought about the pros and cons to being a small cog in a big machine?