University of Brighton Careers Blog

Get your skates on to enjoy two great careers events on 6th November

On Wednesday 6th November the university are hosting not just One but Two great careers events for students on all courses! In the morning head to the Amex Stadium at Falmer for the opening of our annual Careers Fair  running from 11 am to 3pm. Please note that NO  booking is required for this event….

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Tailor your CV

The term ‘Curriculum Vitae’ ( CV) literally means ‘story of your life’ and you can have one that does indeed tell that whole story.  Which could go on for at least several pages… So when applying for any job, be it a short term part time opportunity, a speculative application or the graduate job of…

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NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme now open

  NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) opens today Monday 14 October 2019 and closes at 23:30 on Wednesday 18 December 2019   http://www.nhsgraduates.co.uk/the-scheme/ This is a fantastic opportunity for graduates of any degree who are passionate about providing a world-class healthcare service, and have the determination and drive to meet the NHS challenges head-on….

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Banking Careers Insight Day for students with a disability or health condition

The world of investment banking is changing rapidly and the City’s leading banks are looking for fresh and innovative minds regardless of disability or degree, to join their diverse workforce. Are you keen to find out more about careers in banking? Do you have a disability or health condition? If the answer is YES to…

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Legal Careers Insight Day for students with a disability or health condition

 The City’s global law firms are looking for sharp legal minds, regardless of disability and / or degree, to solve complex problems and represent the needs of their diverse client base.   Do you have a disability or health condition? Are you curious to find out more about legal careers and meet the companies themselves?…

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What should I be doing – a guide for final year students?

Welcome back to everyone but in this particular blog, a huge welcome goes  to our final year students. Well how did this happen, one minute you are a fresher wondering where everything is and then suddenly boom, the final year looms. It can be a shock to suddenly end up in the final year but…

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Wired Sussex Jobs Fair in Brighton

Interested in a career with a digital media company? Then get yourself along to the largest digital, creative, tech Careers Fair in the South East showcasing the best job opportunities and companies from Brighton and beyond. Entrance is free! Whether you’re looking for a job in design, marketing, games, production, virtual reality, web and app…

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Getting ready for the interview

In our current blog post series on interviews we have so far focused on interview questions and preparation for these. Now in the final one of the series we are going to look at what  you need to know before you go, what to do when there, what to wear etc. Beforehand… If you are offered…

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Dealing with difficult situations and how this can help with interview responses

So far  in the series we have covered some  questions that are commonly covered at interview and here are a sample of those. Why should we hire you? How to answer an interview question about communication How to address more ‘unusual’ interview questions If you go back to the Advice section you will find more…

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Questions to ask the employer at interview

  So far in the series we have covered the sort of questions you are likely to face in the interview. So testing your skills, knowledge and experience to date in relation to the job being applied for. You are also very likely to be asked why you want to work there.  We have covered these…

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How to answer an interview question about communication

  This series on interview questions the aim is not to find  ‘word perfect’ answers but to help you identify scenarios demonstrating where, when and how you used certain skills. You can then talk about these with confidence no matter what the questions are. Number 2  in the series approaching interview questions covers a skill needed in all jobs – communication. Examples  involving good communication…

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Hatch a plan over the break

Five quick top tips for career planning over the break… Update your CV– life can move very rapidly and you think you have a  CV and then suddenly its ‘out of date’. So add on new skills gained from the course, work, volunteering and other interests. https://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/looking-for-a-job/cvs-applications-and-interviews/how-to-write-a-cv/index.aspx Check your digital footprint – what comes up when you…

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Did you know you can get a certificate for volunteering through the university signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor?

If you volunteer for more than 30 hours or complete a significant volunteering project by volunteering via the university’s volunteering service, Active Student, you can get a certificate. This is only for volunteering outside of your degree – extra-curricular volunteering – and not as part of a community engagement placement module within your degree. The…

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Preparing for the ‘Unknown’

Preparing for the ‘Unknown’ is probably a paradox. However it is important to consider this when attending any recruitment event such as an interview or assessment centre. Recruiters will ask you to  respond to questions and tasks that you know the answer to and can prepare for ( the Known), but then they will surprise you with questions and…

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What to do when Graduate Schemes have closed

      You may be finding out that the deadline on many graduate schemes has gone and you are concerned about having missed the boat. Or you haven’t managed to secure a place on one, despite applying. Do not despair! Whilst graduate  schemes are really good opportunities they are not the sole entry point into a graduate level…

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Latest arts and heritage volunteering opportunities including Brighton Dome and Festival 2019!

Latest arts and heritage volunteering opportunities including Brighton Dome and Festival 2019! Why volunteer? Is it worth it? The essential way to add to your CV and get work experience related to your degree whilst you are university, before you graduate – think employability skills Boost your confidence Make new friends, meet like-minded others Improve…

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How to capture evidence of skills

As you progress through your degree you will hear people talk of the skills you are gaining and how important they are to future employment, particularly in the application process. Having identified key skills you need to think about showing evidence of  the skill and how  it can be shown to a potential employer. So how can…

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Words count (and the art of editing)

   We are often asked how long an application should be and what happens if you write too little or perhaps more commonly too much. There are a number of scenarios to cover. The reasons recruiters or admissions tutors ask for a set number of words is often to enable them to get through the volume…

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Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers

The third run of a free online course for research students and early career research staff  entitled Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers is now open for bookings. The MOOC is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, and University of Sheffield and is available  to students and staff  at any institution worldwide….

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Review the personal statement for your postgraduate application

A fair few of you are now thinking about applying for postgraduate study and what to include in the personal statement. It’s great if you can  speak to a Career Development Adviser beforehand to review the statement but if time is running short then here is a checklist of what should typically should or could be included. Our advice…

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