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  • Top Ten Sources of Graduate Jobs in SW England

    Top Ten Sources of Graduate Jobs in SW England

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    For graduates, the secret to developing a successful career in south west England is often down to knowing where to look. Rely on the internet and you'll find your search results dominated by the big graduate job boards, all of which tend to be very London-centric. But there are loads of brilliant opportunities out there. We reveal our top ten sources of graduate jobs in south west England...

  • Opportunities for STEM Graduates

    Opportunities for STEM Graduates

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Are you a STEM graduate?
    The STEM Graduates into Business project works with Devon SMEs to offer paid graduate internships. It's a great way to develop experience so register your interest now!

  • Start a Career in the IT or Cyber Sector

    Start a Career in the IT or Cyber Sector

    Monday, December 14, 2020

    Live in Devon or Somerset and interested in a career in IT? A new programme, funded by the Department for Education, is offering free training to build your confidence and industry skills to find that next exciting role in the new digital economy.

  • Forget the Gloom - Recruiters are Hiring!

    Forget the Gloom - Recruiters are Hiring!

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    With the media awash with gloomy predictions for graduates, you probably believe that things look bleak for your graduate career. Negative headlines have prompted many graduates to delay their entry into an uncertain job market with postgraduate study. Others have given up altogether.

    But things are not as desperate as they may seem. Things are undoubtedly tougher than in previous years, but we have consistently had jobs and seen a genuine resurgence of vacancies during November. Ironically, some companies are now funding it hard to recruit because candidates have been put off even looking.

  • The 5 Big Mistakes Candidates Make

    The 5 Big Mistakes Candidates Make

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    If you’re looking for a job, you want to stand out as an exemplary candidate. There are loads of different ways to do this be it an incredible CV, outstanding work experience or a fantastic academic record.

    But all of this will be irrelevant if you make one or more of the mistakes below. Sadly, in our experience, lots of candidates do. It’s probably done unwittingly but can have a huge impact on career opportunities - and not just at entry level.

  • Four Reasons Why You Should Write A Covering Letter

    Four Reasons Why You Should Write A Covering Letter

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    Four reasons why you should take the time to write a covering letter every time you apply for a job by CV.

  • Which Sectors are Least Impacted by COVID-19?

    Which Sectors are Least Impacted by COVID-19?

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    As we start to return to some form of normality, it is important to look at the economy and how different sectors have been impacted by the pandemic. Graduates looking to enter the workforce are feeling disheartened by the reduction of jobs out there, but there are sectors who are still hiring and have actually seen a demand for more staff from COVID-19.

  • Working in South West England

    Working in South West England

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Taken from our webinar with the University of Exeter about working in south west England, our slides tell you what you need to know to get a graduate job here.

  • Top Ten CV Tips - A Recruiter's Perspective

    Top Ten CV Tips - A Recruiter's Perspective

    Monday, July 13, 2020

    A recruiter with over 15 years experience shares the ten things good CVs have in common, giving you valuable insight in how to create a winning CV. Essential reading for all candidates!

  • Job-hunting Problems 101

    Job-hunting Problems 101

    Saturday, July 4, 2020

    Securing a graduate job can be tough at the best of times. In a global pandemic, it’s even harder. Whilst we sympathise, job hunting problems can nearly always be boiled down to 5 simple issues and there is help at hand for each and every one of them.