UK Graduates

Graduates - Why You Need The 'STAR' Technique For Job Interviews

Victoria McLean | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Victoria McLean

You've spent three years (or more) studying, your degree's done, your CV's sparkling and you've landed your first job interview in your post-graduation life.

The (Real)ity Of Life After University

Katie Grace | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

I have now, after what feels like the longest three years of my life, finished University. Three years of tears, meltdowns, weight-gain and general life-expectancy-decreasing stress, and I am free as a bird. If you too have reached the end of your academic careers, I hope you are sleeping well knowing that Harvard referencing and 14-hour library stints are now over, forever.

My Job Means I Can Be Many Things - Does Yours?

Mat Galvin | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

Last month, it was fantastic to read about the finalists of the Global Teacher Prize. What a wonderful set of individuals doing amazing things around ...

Why A University Degree Is Still Worth Having On Your CV In 2017

Andrew Arkley | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Andrew Arkley

Are we living in a post-graduate world? News headlines talk of spiralling debt and poor employment prospects for graduates, but despite looming fee in...

Are Two-Year University Courses The Way Forward?

Katie Grace | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

Although the costs factor in, the reason we attend University (on the most part), is to better prepare us for adult, working life, so we should be provided with the best standard of teaching and support to prepare us for that. Emphasis on the should, Department of Education.

Graduates From Poor Families Earn 10% Less Than Peers From Wealthy Backgrounds

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students from under-privileged backgrounds earn almost 10% less on average than those from wealthy families six months after graduating in the same su...

Thousands Of Graduates Overcharged On Student Loans Are Being Refunded Hundreds Of Pounds

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than 300,000 graduates have been given refunds on their student loans in the past five years after they were over-charged. The Student Loans Com...

The Donald Trump Meme That Spoke For A Whole Generation

Kadie Regan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

Now, I love books as much as the next English graduate with a Waterstones club card, but even I know that people cannot always be comprehensively understood from a piece of paper or reductive application form. People are people, with complex lives and stories to tell. Maybe they weren't brought into the world wanting to be an (insert job title here), but they may just have it in them to make a bloody good go of it anyway.

There's More To Life Than Exam Results: Boost Your Employability With Or Without Those Perfect Grades

Samuel Odusina | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Odusina

If you're still really stuck, go out and do something that you can write about. I coached football through my DofE programme, which I used on my CV to show communication and leadership skills. Always remember that each skill you list should be backed up by a real life example of where you've demonstrated this, and then the world is your oyster.

Millennials And Their Digital Legacy

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Shaw

Imagine that all important interview; you've graduated university with a 1st, spent your summer working hard to gather the relevant experience, and you've spent hours doing your research and brushing up on the job, the company and the industry. It's September and it's game time.

Graduate Labour Market Shrinks, But Do Millennials Actually Want Graduate Jobs?

Paul Moran | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Paul Moran

Recent figures from the Association of Graduate Recruiters has revealed a sharp reduction in the number of jobs available to graduates, the first decline in the graduate labour market in four years. A steep decline in such a short time is highly worrying, but the issue is seemingly more complex than might first appear.

The Post-University Hangover Year

Flo Simpson | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Flo Simpson

This year essentially feels like a very bad hangover after three years of being made to feel special, having your intellect constantly stroked, and being part of one of the most privileged institutions on earth.

The United Kingdom Is United in Name Only

Shazia Awan | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

We shouldn't aim to be "tolerant." Tolerance is not good enough. Let acceptance and fairness be our goals. We must overcome the unease of talking about race honestly and bypass this hideous false sense of cultural sensitivity and political correctness. It's taken us backwards, not forwards.

Reality Of Being A Graduate

Schobya Nimalarathan | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Schobya Nimalarathan

Whether I like it or not, I am constantly questioning myself whether my degree is a blessing or a curse. Maybe in 10 years I may be able to get my dream job but for now it will have to remain ...

10 Tweets That Sum Up Living With Your Parents After Graduating

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

As graduates up and down the country say goodbye to their university town, lectures, exams, and that damp mould in the bathroom, it is a time of huge ...

Adding a String to the Bow

Paul Clayton | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

So perhaps a drama school that endeavours to train its students how to be an actor, should enlighten graduates as to just what is possible. Promotional work, corporate work, work that uses the skills they have learnt as actors to engage with the public. Somebody has to wear that Sponge Bob Square pants suit in the shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon. How much better for all concerned if it's somebody who can really make it look fun.

Companies Prepare to Battle for IT Graduates

Anthony Sherick | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech
Anthony Sherick

I was given a tour of a secondary school recently by a couple of very passionate and articulate students. We were looking on behalf of my son. I aske...

Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Morwenna Jones | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Morwenna Jones

Six months ago, I lost my job. Sitting in an office with the CEO and Founder of the company I'd been working for, I heard the words no graduate wants to hear: "We're sorry, but we can't keep you on".

Oscar-Winning Director Stuns Graduates With Dropout Tale

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Director Oliver Stone has told University of Connecticut graduates of the academic failures that led him to drop out of school - before he launched hi...

This Proves The Impact Family Wealth Has On Your Future

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Graduates from well off families earn significantly more after leaving university than students from poorer backgrounds, a huge new study has found. T...

Why I Deleted Internships From My Graduate Job Search: 2016 Graduate Advice

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

Within the creative industry there is a perception that graduates are desperate. Certain professions like those within medical industries wouldn't dr...

Ways To Blow Your First Ever Christmas Bonus

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

For the majority of students working part-time, a Christmas bonus is about as realistic as Santa Claus. But, now you're settled into to your first...

Why You Should Be Focusing on Life Experience as Well as Academiss

Matt Eastlake | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Eastlake

There's no denying the importance of trying hard at school and aiming for good grades. However, new research has shown that 60 per cent of businesses rate life experience to be just as important as a strong academic track record.

Aston University Presents: Carbon Week... Wait, Carbon What?

Katie Grace | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Grace

As corny as it may sound, you get out of life what you put into it, and Carbon Week is a great example of this principle. Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 20 years, and offering Carbon Week to students like myself is another way of helping us to increase our awareness and be one step ahead of the game.

A Conveyor Belt Age? Ofsted's Apprenticeship Report and the Need for a 'Year of Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

Young people hear so much about the need to do well in their exams but virtually nothing on the need to invest in themselves as people, and yet that's what will set them up for success in the workplace--and in life. Young people face so many challenges during their transition to adulthood and employment. Giving them the tools to do that successfully is surely the responsibility of our society. Ofsted's report should be a wake-up call to make that a reality.