Get In Early

One thing unifies all recruiters – they want to employ the best.  Luckily they all define ‘best’ slightly differently, or only 5% of the population would have jobs!  When it comes to the graduate recruitment market though, all recruiters want proactivity which has lead to a closing-date-arms race amongst City Firms in particular. It goes…

Summer Fun?

At this time of the year job hunters often tell me that there is no point trying to find work as everyone’s on holiday until September.  I disagree: people without school aged children avoid holidaying in late July and August due to the inflated costs, and even those with children only get 5 weeks holiday to…

Statistical Shenanigans Stun Surveys

It’s the time of year when surveys come out about graduates – there’s lots of surveys, but the ones that tend to get the most reporting are the Destination of Leavers results which come out via the government and are collated by the universities, and the Association of Graduate Recruiters surveys. Both are high quality surveys,…

Professional Qualifications – will they never end?

Students all over the UK will be getting their MSc & BSc results in the next couple of weeks, and nearly all of them will think ‘thank goodness that exams are over – never again’.  But of course they aren’t all over, and seemingly never will be. That’s the cheery thought on my mind because…

Build your strengths or develop your weaknesses?

An alumni last week asked my colleague (Martyn) whether it was best to build on his strengths or work on improving his weaknesses.  As usual in Careers, there’s no easy answer to this. This was brought to (cenematic) life in an unexpected way yesterday as I watched X-Men: First Class.  After Charles Xavier recruited mutants…

Internships

Internships, or how it always used to be known – work experience – has been in the news a lot recently.  Nick Clegg was accused of hypocrisy after he said that nepotism should be banned, only for it to be revealed that he’d received experience that way 20 years ago; many commentators have said that…

That time of year

Have you ever noticed how things always happen at the wrong time of year?  If you’ve ever been in or managed a company reorganisation you’ll know that however hard you try you’ll end up telling people they are redundant just before Christmas. With graduate & intern recruitment, businesses always tell their recruiters that they want…

Telephone Interviews

I’m currently helping quite a few students prepare for telephone interviews.  They have become, by far, the most common type of first round interview for the larger recruiters, and it’s not hard to understand why: 1 – They are cheaper for the recruiter – no travel expenses, no room hire, less time on small talk…

Hello from the Careers Advisers

I, along with my boss, the inimitable Martyn Drage, make up the Careers Team here at the ICMA Centre.  I’ll blog every so often about things that I’ve seen, heard or done that you might find fairly interesting – like QI, but FI. A few weeks ago I was at a meeting of Financial Sector…