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Preparing for Success

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Entering the job market as a recent graduate can be a daunting experience. One option that can provide you with structured career development and valuable experience is a graduate scheme. Graduate schemes, also known as graduate programmes or entry-level programs, are offered by a wide range of organisations, from large corporations to government agencies and nonprofit organisations. They typically provide graduates with a combination of on-the-job training, professional development, and mentorship opportunities. With graduate schemes now starting to open, we'll guide you through the steps to prepare for applying.

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  • 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.

  • Career Planning in a Pandemic

    Career Planning in a Pandemic

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    The media is awash with gloomy predictions for the graduate job market. However, those that can adjust their expectations, adapt to the new labour market and seize opportunities - even if they are not what they expected - will thrive in the long run. Here's how...

  • Struggling to find a graduate job? You’re not alone!

    Struggling to find a graduate job? You’re not alone!

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    The pandemic has had a huge impact the graduate job market. Whilst some press reports remain relatively optimistic, a quick scan of graduate job boards shows that opportunities have dramatically reduced - at least for the time being.

  • Covid-19 Mental Health Support

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    These are unprecedented times....wherever we can, we need to support each other and we need to look after ourselves. We received the following from GFirst LEP and thought it so good we wanted to share it with our job seekers. Here’s a few thoughts that will try to help us look after our mental health.

  • Web interviews… how to look good with 6 simple tech tips

    Web interviews… how to look good with 6 simple tech tips

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    Here are our top 6 simple tech tips for making yourself look better for video interviews – whether you are using Skype, Zoom or something else there are a few quick things you can do to look more professional.

  • Corona Virus and Your Career

    Corona Virus and Your Career

    Sunday, March 22, 2020

    Corona Virus will impact your graduate job search. That’s a given. But it’s not all bad news. By being proactive and creative, you can minimise the impact on your early career plan. Find out how....

  • #LoveWhereYouLive and #LoveWhereYouWork

    #LoveWhereYouLive and #LoveWhereYouWork

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might be looking for love. We can’t find you the perfect Valentine, but we can find you the perfect #gradjob so that you can #LoveWhereYouLive and #LoveWhereYouWork.

  • Graduating in 2020?

    Graduating in 2020?

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    If you’re graduating in 2020, recruiters will be advertising over the next few months for summer start dates.
    Get yourself ready now to fire off applications before you're too busy with exams. Here's what you need to do.

  • Helping unemployed graduates

    Helping unemployed graduates

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    We are pleased to be working with Jobcentre Plus to support unemployed graduates get a foothold in the graduate labour market.
    Since September this year we have been supporting unemployed graduates with CV reviews, interview coaching and more. Find out about what we've learnt so far...