29 May 2009 10:00 AM

How to Turn Failure into Success

Here's a great little presentation we found on Ad Grads from a guy called Sam Ismail. He thought of a brilliant solution to the Saatchi & Saatchi graduate application form - unfortunately it ended-up getting him into trouble with the very company he was trying to impress! Turned out to be the best thing that could have happened though and it's great example of snatching success from the jaws of defeat (and how original thinking can really cut through). Looks like Saatchi's now use his presentation to promote their company on the Milkround so don't get too down over rejections - you'll probably end-up as the client of the company that rejected you, or as we hear so often, end-up as one of their senior managers!

28 May 2009 03:26 PM

Awesome competition for all you budding photographers

If you're looking to break into the uber competitive photography world and fancy the ultimate boost to your CV (not to mention a five grand bursary), then you should enter this google competition asap!!!

Google are offering the chance for 36 shortlisted entries to be turned into igoogle themes with 1 lucky winner getting a day with Martin Parr to boot.

28 May 2009 03:00 PM

YouTube mashup

We love a good bit of editing and have been blown away by Israeli producer Kutiman. He's become an overnight sensation having put together an album entirely from samples of YouTube clips. It's pretty amazing, check out the website ThruYou. Given our recent experience of editing hundreds of clips, this project must have taken him a seriously long time. To give you a taster here's one of the tracks.


27 May 2009 03:53 PM

Teamwork - A key skill for landing your perfect grad job!

Here's a novel way to snare your perfect graduate job...brilliant reposte to the age old classic from employers "how have you used teamwork to achieve your goals"!!!


16 March 2009 10:34 AM

CareerPlayer Beta Launches

Big week for us at CareerPlayer, the Beta site has come out of testing and is now live. Check it out here.

Had some amazing feedback so far and a slightly overwhelming amount of interest from students and companies. All body parts crossed in the hope that holds up!

Still lots to do, we can't wait to release our psychometrics update which adds a brilliant innovation to the typical format. Any feedback on the beta site is hugely welcome so do post a comment or send us an email.

As we're rather steeped in video we thought it would only be right to film a quick overview of the site. Here goes...

An Intro to CareerPlayer from careerplayer.com on Vimeo.

11 March 2009 07:59 PM

Banking crises explained

Similar vein to a previous post on the formula that killed Wall Street. Any graduate readers looking for a job in finance might want to watch this, it gives a really simply explanation of how things went wrong.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

10 March 2009 02:16 PM

City Rats

Just a quick post to big-up our resident directing, editing and all round production guru Adam Levins who shot a movie before joining us that was recently shortlisted for the slamdance film festival. The short film, starring Danny Dyer, has been snapped-up by revolver entertainment and is definitely one to look out for. Chances of us permanantely loosing Adam to Hollywood? Annoyingly high!

City Rats Teaser Trailer from Adam Levins on Vimeo.

06 March 2009 09:14 AM

Candidate Rich Environment...

Just came across this multi award winning short film. Conceived as a comic twist on immigrant day labour in the US, it does make me think about the state of things in recruitment at the moment!!

03 March 2009 12:11 PM

Giants, Minnows and Scalable Careers

I recently read a brilliant book called The Black Swan and in it the author talks about some career advice he got at business school. He was told to do something scalable. This meant pick a career whereby the same amount of work could have vastly different results, like writing a book. It takes the same amount of time and effort to write a book that sells a million copies as it does to sell 1. By pursuing scalable careers you are therefore open to a situation in which the rewards for your work can be massive without actually having to work 'harder'. Financial trading is another example. Make a trade and the same effort has gone into it whether or not you make a million or nothing at all. This is all in contrast to more predictable careers whereby you're paid by the hour. A dentist for example, or a lawyer. As you're paid by the hour you can only earn more by working harder and/or for longer and given there are only 24hrs in a day there is a pretty set limit to the rewards you can achieve.

This strikes me as a pretty useful way to think about different graduate jobs. Especially as those that are suscepitible to scalability and those that aren't have other distinctions worth noting. One of the big things that the author observes is that scalable careers tend to be populated my giants and minnows. For every best selling author there are thousands of unknown writers. And unfortunately he makes a very persuasive argument that it's more likely to be luck than talent that separates the two. Non scalable careers on the other hand tend to be more middle of the road, with outcomes slightly less impacted by random events. 

So what kind of job would you want? One where your hard work could reap huge rewards or none. Or one in which you plod along doing very nicely thanks?

The author recommends sticking to non scalable careers. You can earn a healthy living (not many dentists on the poverty line) and your life and success is much more predictable. A quick survey of the CareerPlayer team has us in the scalable camp. Sure you might end up a small impoverished minnow but the excitement, the possibility of beating the odds and becoming a giant...we couldn't concentrate without it.

27 February 2009 12:33 PM

The Formula That Killed Wall Street

A bit off topic but a fascinating article from WIRED on what caused the credit crunch. Any readers considering a graduate job in banking or finance may want to swat up, it'll make brilliant interview fodder.

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