14 March 2011 02:12 PM

Graduate Interview Questions You Dread...

Graduate Job Interviews. They're fairly predictable nowadays. Look smart. Smile. And have all your competencies prepared...can you work in a team, can you demonstrate leadership, why do you want to work for us? But every so often you get confronted with a killer question. You know the one - where you're doomed whatever you say.

Knoweldge being power we thought we'd arm you with a few choice questions. Here's what we found out when we corned a group of people to ask about their trickiest interview experiences...

13 August 2010 03:23 PM

Graduate Jobs In Advertising...

You want a job in Advertising. Excellent choice.

You want to meet companies on campus to discuss your options. Ah.

Lots of Industries are really well represented on campus. Like banking, law and consulting. But if you're interested in the creative industries you're in trouble.

The Oxford Advertising Society got started for this very reason, as its president explains: if you want a career which doesn't involve wearing a suit then you're going to struggle to find information on campus.

A big hurdle for students is that it's actually very hard to establish which companies exist that can offer them a job. Few are household names, in fact most of them don't have names but funny acronyms. And if they're not on campus it's pretty much impossible to establish where to apply.

To help you all out, here's a starting list. Lots of Ad agencies who recruit grads, information resources for the industry and some marketing and advertising specific job boards. Aren't we lovely!

Happy hunting... 

P.S. To research your options don't forget our graduate jobs in advertising section.









































18 June 2010 09:10 AM

I feel the need...the need for speed!

Anyone who has watched Top Gun will have dreamed about life as a pilot. So we went in search of one to find out what it's really like. 

Meet Jamie Sharp, a commercial pilot with one of the UK's top Airlines.

If you love travelling and want a job with a structured career path and good pay - it might be worth adding to your list of possible graduate job options.

Click the image below to watch the video on CareerPlayer...  

16 June 2010 09:05 AM

Using LinkedIn for Graduate Jobs...

Social networks. There can't be one of us that doesn't use one! But can they actually help in your hunt for graduate jobs?

Facebook, by far the most popular social network amongst students, is starting to be used by stacks of graduate recruiters but few go beyond a token presence. And perhaps more importantly, many students feel pretty uncomfortable about using a personal tool for for professional ends.

Which brings us to LinkedIn, a pure business networking tool. It should be a dream for students trying to stand out from their peers but it's surprising how many are stumped by it. Partly this is because it seems to work best for people who already have a professional network. It may also lack relevance for the biggest graduate employers who have more formal recruitment processes. But for the hundreds of small to medium sized companies often priced out of traditional campus recruitment, it's a different story. We recently stumbled upon this video which gives a really simple introduction into how to use LinkedIn and why it should be in every student's armoury in their hunt for graduate jobs.

Yes it's slightly U.S. focussed and yes it's from LinkedIn who naturally want you to join their network but it makes a pretty powerful point.

Have a watch and see what you think...


You might also want to check-out their blog 

14 June 2010 09:05 AM

Internships. Internships. Internships!

If there's one thing we hear from employers it's the importance of internships - "a must for all top students" they say...

So what's the best way to land an Internship?
And how do you squeeze the most out of them?
We wanted to find out - here's a video of what we learnt. It includes advice from employers and experts on everything you could ever want to know about landing your dream Internship.  

Click the image below to watch the video on CareerPlayer... 

18 May 2010 11:41 AM

Office Romance - a perk of work or your worst nightmare!

As the saying goes, you spend half your life at work so you better be doing something you like. But with working hours getting longer and longer employees are increasingly eyeing each other up for a boost to their job satisfaction!

So, can it ever work...the office romance. Or is it just a gamble. A risk not worth taking. A fast track to your P45? We couldn't decide so we packed the camera and put it to a public vote...


UPDATE: Good spot from @GarethGeorge - look out for the new Dr Who half way through...

02 May 2010 12:00 PM

Graduate Employers Reveal Their No.1 Application Tip...

When speaking to employers, we're always interested to hear their thoughts on what makes some graduates stand out and others fall by the wayside. And it's uncanny how many say the same things.

What's reassuring is it's rarely related to some skill or attribute that's unachievable for all but the very best. It's almost always something basic. Very very basic. So much so that it can feel slightly too obvious to point out, even a bit patronising. But the fact is, it's the simple things (like making sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors on application forms), that crop-up over and over again and distinguish those most likely to progress and those that struggle.

From the employers we spoke to, the below clip highlights one of the most fundemental pieces of graduate careers advice you can't do enough of if you want to compete for the best graduate jobs... 

26 April 2010 09:12 AM

Do you have a typical day?

Apparently no one does...

19 April 2010 09:10 AM

The No.1 Competency Graduate Employers look for...

Over the last couple of years, we've been lucky enough to film loads of graduate recruiters. And looking through all our career videos there are some pretty strong themes. This is one of the first things we picked-up when chatting to graduate employers about the key skills they look for...


Reminds me of the adage "some people have a way with words...and some people not have way!" Looks like you need to make sure you're the former if you want to land the best graduate jobs. So get involved in anything that can help you demonstrate this key skill. It's going to be at the top of the competencies list for most graduate employers.

For more top tips check out the graduate careers advice section on CareerPlayer.

12 April 2010 09:45 AM

Internships...are they worth it?

Wondering whether you should bother sorting out some work experience?

Think your summer could be better spent hanging out with mates?

Well. We asked some graduate employers what they thought...


OK. So that's pretty definitive! Skates. Get. Quickly. On...

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