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Graduate spring fair

Looking for an exciting graduate position? Unsure of what you want to do after graduation?

Come to the Spring Graduate Fair at the University of London. The fair is a chance for students and graduates to meet with scores of prospective employers and postgraduate training providers from a wide range of sectors.

The Spring Graduate Fair is the only national graduate recruitment fair held in the spring term and will enable you to meet face-to-face with up to 70 top employers and recruiters from a wide range of sectors. You can network with their representatives, give them your CV and find out more about their graduate opportunities. Past exhibitors have included KPMG, Jaguar, British Airways and Sky. To find out who the exhibitors will be this year, click here for more information.

Remember to print out a few copies of your CV to have on hand!

As well fantastic networking opportunities, there will also be presentations by career Consultants on the essential topics to kickstart your graduate career. Previous topics have included ‘how to best answer difficult interview questions’ and ‘how to write a great CV’. Entry for these is free and will be operated on a first come first serve basis.

There will also be a CV surgery on offer, enabling you to check that you are marketing yourself appropriately and that your CV is on track. These will be delivered in blocks of fifteen minutes and will be run by Careers Consultants from the University of London.

The event is free and you can turn up on the day, but to save time it’s worth registering first online. Registering online also means you receive the latest updates and special information to help you get the most from the day.




Adzuna’s Graduate of the Year Competition 2014

Graduate of the Year Logo

Hey there graduates! Could you be Graduate of the Year 2014?

Adzuna are running a competition where you could win an internship, some cold hard cash, and a fantastic opportunity for some CV feedback!

The prizes are:

  1. An internship with a top UK company (including eBay, L’Oreal, Sony & Google)
  2. A cash prize of £1,000
  3. A CV clinic with a top UK entrepreneur

Competition for graduate jobs is high, with a lot of graduates having to take non-graduate level jobs – it can be tough to find employment, especially if you are a recent grad! This amazing prize could help you land your dream job!

Adzuna are looking for a recent graduate from a recognised UK university – they want to find the brightest, sparkiest, gutsiest individual around. If you are skilled in arts, music, sports, academia, languages or are an outstanding student union member, leader, or social contributor, Adzune want to hear about you and why you deserve to win.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is to click here and tell Adzuna why you think you are the Graduate of the Year 2014.

The deadline for applications is the 22nd of August and the finalists will be notified by email on the 1st of September 2014.

Good Luck!

You can follow along with the competition on twitter: #graduateoftheyear – while you’re on there, why not give us a follow @UoCCareers!

Getting Into Publishing

Applications to attend ‘Penguin’s Annual Graduate Open Day: Getting into Publishing 2011’ are now open.

The event will take place this year on 3rd November 2010 from 9:30am – 2:30pm at 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL. It is a chance for students and recent graduates, particularly those from ethnic minority and other diverse backgrounds to find out more about career options at Penguin and in publishing.

To apply, students and graduates should send a CV and a short covering letter no longer than 200 words on why they would like to attend to: gettingintopublishing @penguin.co.uk by 14th October 2011.

We will email to inform applicants if they are successful. Any queries should be directed by email to dele.fatunla@pearson.com


Campaign for Work Experience

A recent report from High Fliers Research stated that students who offer no previous work experience are unlikely or very unlikely to be offered a place on a graduate scheme or a training contract.

This campaign is aimed to highlight the importance of gaining as much work experience as you can before you leave university.

For more details, see the AllAboutCareers.com website.

For more help on finding work experience, try the following:




Graduate Recruitment Trends

Some good news from a recent survey:

– The UK¹s leading employers are expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 9.4% in 2011 and three-fifths of employers expect to recruit more graduates in 2011 whilst a quarter plan to maintain their intake at 2010 levels.

– The leading accountancy & professional services firms are intending to hire almost 10% more graduates than in 2010, an increase of more than 350 trainees year-on-year. There will also be substantial increases to the graduate intake at the City¹s top investment banks (up 12.2% compared to 2010) and the high street banks (up 24.8%).

– The largest recruiters of graduates in 2011 will be PricewaterhouseCoopers (1,200 vacancies), Deloitte (1,000 vacancies), KPMG (900 vacancies), the Teach First scheme (780 vacancies) and Ernst & Young (740 vacancies).

– A quarter of top graduate programmes will pay new recruits a starting salary of more than £30,000 when they begin work and seven organisations are offering at least £40,000 to this year¹s graduates. Public sector employers (average of £22,200), retailers (average of £24,000) and engineering & industrial companies (average of £24,500) have the lowest graduate pay rates for 2011.

– Three-fifths of employers are providing industrial placements for undergraduates (typically for 6-12 months) or vacation work lasting more than three weeks. However, nearly two-thirds of recruiters caution that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisation’s graduate programmes.

Source: Highflyers

Notes from Careers Mini Convention at Fusehill Street Campus

CEVA Logistics

Further to yesterday’s entry, CEVA (formerly TNT) Logistics offer a one year programme including 4 research assignments on customer sites in the Midlands (e.g Volkswagen, B&Q, Rolls Royce). Access to a car provided during this period.

CEVA customers nearer to our area: British Gypsum (Penrith), Thorn Electrical (Durham) and NHS Scotland. Lots of automotive industry customers.

Looking for 2.2 graduates who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, are practical and can think outside the box. Provide life insurance and pension. Starting salary £23k.

Likely first jobs are in operations management in one of their key industry areas (see previous post). Later specialisms might include Finance and Accountancy, Human Resources, IT.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Increased number of graduate opportunities this year. Looking to recruit 1000 trainees nationally including 100 at their outlets in the North. Locations include Carlisle, Lillyhall, Penrith, Hexham, Morpeth, Newcastle, Dumfries, Barrow, Kendal, Morecambe, Lancaster.

New this year: 3 month summer paid internship placements for first and second year students who want to improve sales and customer service. Dealing with telephone queries, taking and upgrading bookings, administration, reporting and analysis.

Also 12 month internship placements for students on business-related courses.


Good Companions

Offer flexible hours for home carers at various locations within an eleven mile radius of Carlisle – numerous vacancies for forthcoming contracts.

Start on £6.50 an hour plus performance bonus, car and mileage as well as free NVQ training and uniform.