23 July 2012 08:58 AM

So you don't fancy working in the City. Now what?

You're on your way to top marks in your degree, you're a well-rounded student, you're a grad scheme recruiter's dream...but you just don't feel like following the herd. Sound familiar?

If you'd rather poke your own eyes out with a biro than work for a big corporate firm, why not consider a career in the Charity and Not-For-Profit sectors? No, you probably won't make millions, but if you're still reading this, we're guessing you're not into all that anyway, hmm?

We've done the hard work for you by interviewing everyone from Marketing Mangers to Volunteer Coordinators - to get you started, here's a quick overview video. It includes advice from employers and experts on everything you could ever want to know about landing a fulfilling charity job.

Find out more CLICK HERE

Sue Bishop Action Aid

 


23 April 2012 10:04 AM

Women in Engineering - we made a documentary!

And we're very proud of it. We even got to go to the House of Lords for International Womens' Day because of it - how cool are we?

We were pretty horrified to discover that just 7% of engineers in the UK are women, so we decided to do something about this (we're practical like that). We made a film that showcases influential women in the world of engineering, telling us why they love their jobs and why engineering is a great industry to work in, regardless of gender.

We made two edits of the film - the first is aimed at schoolkids so it's a bit more general - and here they are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQzPfib7YyA 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgjaWq0d7I8 

We're so chuffed with these - we'd love you to reblog/retweet/tumblr/facebook them, etc - especially if you're a) a woman, b) a nerd and c) think that the next generation of girls and women need to know just how awesome it is to work in science and engineering.


15 November 2011 01:30 PM

Graduate Engineers and a SuperSonic Car!

At CP towers, we're working on a huge amount of new content for the website and our clients. One of the most exciting projects brought us in contact with the Bloodhound project. For those that have never heard of it, this is the British attempt to smash the world land speed record. It's an immense project but what makes it so special is that the primary aim is to inspire a generation of kids with what can be achieved with science and technology. Breaking the speed record is secondary.

Below is a snippet of a video we're producing that features some of the brains behind the project. We can safely confirm that it is the coolest car we've ever laid our eyes on. The top gear cool wall isn't nearly wide enough to plot this little beauty.


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...


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...  


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.

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