Students often tell us that it’s impossible to find ‘an exciting graduate role offering the potential for progression into leadership AND with scope to make a measurable difference to society’. Yet few have considered the national graduate leadership programmes such Police Now (neighbourhood police officer), Frontline (social worker), Unlocked Graduates (prison officer) and Teach First (teacher).
Here’s why we think they’re worth a look.
‘Getting experience whilst at university will increase your graduate prospects’.
This is a huge claim to make – how do we know it’s true? Because students tell us it worked for them! Interestingly, they also tell us how an initial failure can be useful too.
It is a popular misconception that group tasks are the one element of assessment centres that you can’t prepare for.
Although you will rarely be given advanced details of group tasks, as employers want to see how you react in unfamiliar situations, there are simple strategies you can employ to help you shine.
With recruiters taking less time to read your CV than an Olympic sprinter takes to complete the 100 metres, you might be wondering if your CV has enough impact to get you noticed.
With this in mind we’re debating the question ‘Are traditional CVs outdated?’
Congratulations, you’ve been invited to an assessment centre. Trouble is, when you ask anyone how you should approach it, they just say ‘be yourself’.
Not very helpful is it? That’s why we’ve put together our 5 top tips.
Have you ever wondered what it’s really, really like to work in the criminal justice sector? To find out, we held a panel event with Essex Police, Unlocked Grads and the National Probation Service and the experiences they shared were intriguing, exciting and a little surprising.
Here’s what they had to say…
Female students have just as much talent and ability as their male counterparts, but they often lack confidence when it comes to their employability.
Find out what we, at Essex, are doing about it.
What interview questions do you dread the most?
The top 3 answers we hear in the Employability and Careers Centre here at Essex are – ‘Tell me about yourself?’, ‘What is your greatest weakness?’ and ‘Why should we hire you?’
Here’s how to answer with confidence.
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.
Chief Barketing Officer at We Create Digital
Do you know your skills from your strengths?
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?