What skills and attributes do employers struggle to find? 

Thanks to my colleague Ruth Donnelly for this post which gives an overview of findings from a recent employer survey about skills they struggle to find - Rebecca Although most graduate employers claim they are not looking for "the finished article", there are certain important skills, attributes and mindsets which are often found lacking. According … Continue reading What skills and attributes do employers struggle to find? 

Interested in paid work in the voluntary sector? What skills will you need?

Many thanks to my colleague Janet Forsyth for this blog posts which gives an insight into the skills and qualities needed for working in the voluntary sector; essential reading for those of you interested in working in this varied sector - Rebecca Paid work in the voluntary/charity sector attracts interest from students in all the … Continue reading Interested in paid work in the voluntary sector? What skills will you need?

Saying Yes: The art of managing a portfolio career in the creative industries

Thank you to Peggy Hughes  from Literary Dundee for this really helpful guest post on how to juggle a portfolio career in the creative industries. Peggy will be hosting a table at CCCF16  World of Books & Publishing on Thursday 3rd March. Come along and meet her there! Great chance to pick up more tips...... … Continue reading Saying Yes: The art of managing a portfolio career in the creative industries

CareerConfident16 – Transitioning from student to professional

This post comes from my colleague Kayleigh McGarry; it's partly a promo of our CareerConfident week of events next week but also includes information on the sorts of skills employers are looking for and some handy hints on faux pas to avoid when you're networking and meeting with employers - invaluable advice if you're making … Continue reading CareerConfident16 – Transitioning from student to professional

IT Professionals needed – STEM SHORTAGE!

UK Commission from Employment and Skills (UKCES) highlights where the likely STEM shortages are going to be between now and 2022.  Highest in demand are IT professionals, but many other roles will need those with STEM skills to plug the industry gap.  You can read the full report here, but the above graphic gives a … Continue reading IT Professionals needed – STEM SHORTAGE!

What and where is the digital economy?

Tech Nation: powering the digital economy 2015 is a report by TechCity on the UK's digital industry, and follows on from an earlier post on the subject of tech jobs and chimes with other posts on this blog on advertising, digital and big data.  Interestingly, TechCity started life in 2010 with a mission “to support the emerging … Continue reading What and where is the digital economy?

Top tips for getting into the publishing industry

I recently attended a very informative session from the Edinburgh University Press on the publishing industry as part of Innovative Learning Week. It served to highlight the diversity of the sector, and that although many people focus on the editorial side of the industry, there are many different elements to a publishing company. I am … Continue reading Top tips for getting into the publishing industry

Big data world!

Many thanks to Susan Bird, Careers Consultant for the School of Biological Sciences and School of Geosciences for this really interesting post on big data and opportunities for graduates - Rebecca We are living in a world of data and that data is getting bigger every second as the capacity modern technology now has to … Continue reading Big data world!

Careers in IT

The well documented skills shortage facing ICT and digital technologies sector in the UK raises industry wide challenges. However, it also presents graduates and those thinking of a career in the sector with significant opportunities. An interesting article I read earlier this week looks at the topic across sector wide skills issues, and the graduate and … Continue reading Careers in IT

LinkedIn’s Top 25 Skills

LinkedIn isn’t just a great resource for networking; it’s also a useful tool to get news and insights into a range of topics, such as the economy, careers and recruitment. A colleague recently shared with us an interesting blog post from the LinkedIn team. Their ‘The 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2014’ … Continue reading LinkedIn’s Top 25 Skills