The key to strengths based interviews

Recently I visited FDM Group to observe an assessment day at their Glasgow office (big thanks to the FDM staff who were very welcoming and importantly to the candidates for letting me observe them too!).  FDM use strengths based interviewing as part of their assessment process and I picked up so many useful tips to … Continue reading The key to strengths based interviews

Working in pharma without a science degree

So you might have thought that the majority of student placements in the pharmaceutical industry were in R&D and only open to scientists. But according to an Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) report published last year, there has been a 78 per cent increase since 2013 in undergraduate placements for roles that have … Continue reading Working in pharma without a science degree

Lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates

I recently attended a very informative Careers Service briefing at HM Treasury. I'll hope to share other findings from this in a later post, but for now the focus is on a really interesting element of their presentation: lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates. Linsey Chrisman, Graduate Outreach Manager at HMT, highlighted that there’s … Continue reading Lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates

IT & Technology careers: not just for Informatics graduates!

Back in February we held our annual Careers in IT event which was attended by over 450 students; if you were one of them, we hope you found it useful. Naturally, we used the Informatics Forum at George Square: it is a great space and is handy for the School of Informatics students wishing to attend.  … Continue reading IT & Technology careers: not just for Informatics graduates!

5 Tips for Future Foresters

5 Tips for Future Foresters Shireen Chambers FICFor is Executive and Technical Director at the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), in addition to being a Chartered Forester and a Fellow of the Institute. She studied forestry and soil science at Bangor University before embarking on a career overseas, working with the Government of the Bahamas … Continue reading 5 Tips for Future Foresters

Careers in the EU

Thanks to my colleague Jo Fairweather for this post giving an update for anyone interested in a career in the European Union - Rebecca After a recent visit to Brussels to find out about Careers in the European Union there are a few key points to note for anyone interested in applying: - The UK … Continue reading Careers in the EU

Which sector of the economy employs the most graduates?

Thanks to my colleague Matt Vickers for spotting this research which looks at which organisations employ the most graduates - Rebecca October saw an interesting article in the Times Higher Education Supplement concerning some research carried out by The Complete University Guide, who have looked at the numbers of graduates recruited by different organisations. Unsurprisingly, financial … Continue reading Which sector of the economy employs the most graduates?

Another employer looking beyond UCAS points in getting the right candidates!

Many thanks to my colleague Steve Norman for this post on employers' entry requirements and how these are changing - essential reading if you're interested in pursuing a career in professional services - Rebecca Not so long ago a good degree (2:1 or above) would not be good enough even to be considered by top recruiters … Continue reading Another employer looking beyond UCAS points in getting the right candidates!

Retail Insights into Aldi.

Building on a recent post about the retail sector in Edinburgh, I'll briefly cover some observations from a recent visit to the Aldi Scotland Headquarters. Employer visits are an essential part of our work. Hearing about developments in recruitment, selection, and company culture and staff journeys from student to graduate employee is really informative. We then … Continue reading Retail Insights into Aldi.

Setting yourself up for success on LinkedIn

Recently representatives from LinkedIn came to present to a group of students on “Setting yourself up for success on LinkedIn”. They broke the hour and half session into three main sections: Who you are – your personalised profile Who you know – your network of contacts What you know – exploring groups, jobs, alumni contacts … Continue reading Setting yourself up for success on LinkedIn