STEM search

stemgraduateslogo_0815.Take a look at if you’re looking for a science, engineering, IT or maths permanent graduate job – whether you’ve studied for an undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree.  You can also test which is your strongest IT language.


Take a look at the site

  • interviewAdvice on how to approach internship interviews with tips from recruiters and examples of typical questions
  • Six ways to make sure an internship is remembered by recruiters including an action plan you can use when you are on an internship or placement
  • How to use your internship experience to get a job with advice on transferable skills and how to link work experience to your future career

What do recruiters want?

noworkexperienceWell, there are two main things apart from your qualification(s) that recruiters value!  Your graduate job search may prove tricky if you lack these.

  • Work experience
  • Soft skills, eg communication, team work, initiative, creativity, leadership, flexibility.  In other words the skills that you need to do the job and work in a particular organisation

Work experience: How to find it

An article on TARGETjobs should help you to understand the different competencies graduate employers expect, provide tips on how to develop them, and give examples of how they are assessed and how to demonstrate your abilities.

Summer’s here…

Although it might not feel like it yet exams will soon be over for another year, but what will you be doing with your summer?

Of course a break after the stress of exams and deadlines is well deserved but, after a week or two in the sun, what’s next? With more than 12 weeks of free time don’t waste it! It’s an excellent opportunity to broaden your skills and gain some work experience while earning some extra cash to bump up your finances for next year.summervacation

L1 student?
Free time over the summer gives you a chance to gain the work experience that is so valued by recruiters. If you plan to do a placement, showing an employer that you have used your summer to acquire new skills, or perhaps been responsible for a project or developing a new system will go miles in your applications – let alone give you something real to talk about during your interviews! You may even get a placement out of it for next year or a job after you’ve graduated!

L2 student?
You can still decide to take a placement year – just contact your Placement Officer. You can keep looking until September!

Have you already decided you’re not going to do a placement? Then getting work experience under your belt is even more essential. Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes: who would you employ if you could choose between a graduate with no experience or someone who has built up a strong portfolio? Recruiters want to see that you can apply your academic learning in the work environment and the best way is through work experience!

So where can you find all these opportunities for the summer?

If you need help with deciding what to do, your job applications or your interview style and practice while you’re working over the summer, we are too – drop in to the PCC (1st floor, Bannerman Centre), or visit our website for advice/information or to find our contact details.

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Do you know the rules of work?

Group of professionalsDo you know both the written and the unwritten rules of the job you do or the job you want to do? (Not just the duties listed in the job description).  Come in and take a look at a book we have in the Placement and Careers Centre entitled The Rules of Work by Richard Templar. Continue reading