UK Graduates

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

Matt Eastlake | Posted 16.11.2015 | 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 29.10.2015 | 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 26.10.2015 | 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.

Why You Should Visit North Korea to Boost Your Job Search

Sara Jones | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Jones

I am a humanities graduate. I spent tens of thousands of pounds to read things at University College London with the occasional hour spent reading things with a professor in the room at the same time. The received wisdom is that this kind of degree is actively harmful in securing a career and that anybody who doesn't choose Science is doooooooooomed...

If You Want to Support Social Mobility, Measure It

Donna Miller | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Donna Miller

Government, not for profits and think tanks are starting to bring evidence to light that businesses need to be involved in providing opportunities to people from all backgrounds. We are now seen as part of the solution to financial inequality.

Expert Tips to Kick Start Your Graduate Career

Vicky Bullen | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Bullen

It is a long time since I was a graduate, but I regularly work with grads as we run a 'fellowship' graduate training programme in our business. So I asked our current grads and a few of my 'nearer graduate age' colleagues at my agency, Coley Porter Bell, what advice they would give a grad going into their first career job.

Careers Advice for Young People Needs Our Attention

Neeha Khurana | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neeha Khurana

We recognise that if we want to keep ahead, we need to demystify the preconceptions that surround the world of work. And as responsible employees, it is our duty to help inspire and educate the next generation, so that they can make informed decisions about their futures.

The Top 10 Subjects To Study If You Want To Get A Job After You Graduate

The Huffington Post UK | Jordan Freud | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

If you're considering spending an eye-watering £9,000 a year on your university education, then you're definitely going to want some reassurance you ...

Top Tips for Preparing for Your First Interview

James Reed | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Reed

The interview process varies for every job - some may request a phone interview, and others a Skype interview - but most commonly, potential employers will invite you to the workplace to meet up face-to-face.

Bad News If You're Looking For A Graduate Job

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Britain's job market is failing to keep up with the number of graduates leaving University each year, with more than half taking on low-skilled work, ...

Burnham Pledges To Scrap Tuition Fees, Ban Unpaid Internships And Introduce Graduate Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has pledged to scrap tuition fees, introduce a graduate tax and ban unpaid internships. The shadow health ...

Ernst & Young Removes Degree Classification From Entry Criteria As There's 'No Evidence' University Equals Success

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Ernst & Young, one of the UK's biggest graduate recruiters, has announced it will be removing the degree classification from its entry criteria, sayin...

Dear Graduates

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Long story short, my life has been pretty much mapped out up until now. And in some ways it's liberating to not know what's coming next. But it's also completely terrifying. So can anyone provide me with some reassurance or advice or anything really? Am I alone in feeling like this? Will things work out? What do I do next?

Graduates, It's Okay to Not Have It Right Yet

Jasmine Andersson | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Andersson

I received a stark social media reminder that it was a year since I had graduated. Although Time Hop has always managed to greet me at the most inconv...

How One Student Is Changing The Face Of Mastectomy Lingerie

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Style

A soon-to-be London College of Fashion graduate has launched a beautiful range of underwear for women who have undergone mastectomies. Elle Goldie,...

To All Graduates - The Struggle Isn't Over Yet

Imogen Groome | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I sound annoyed, and I am. I worked incredibly hard for my degree, and I'm very willing to work. Problem is, going to University doesn't seem to be providing the happy ending I was looking for.

'Go Out There And Make It Happen', Michelle Obama Urges Graduates

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

In a commencement address at Oberlin College, in Ohio, US, First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates to, "go out there and make it happen." The Fi...

Why You Shouldn't Be Enthusiastic in a Job Application

Sara Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Sara Jones

In our society, if you want something, you go out and buy it. Getting a job is one of the few instances where money is completely irrelevant. A job is quite literally priceless, so at some point someone is going to reject you from a dream opportunity and there'll be nothing you can do about it. For once in our consumerist society, wanting isn't getting...

Why Good Students Struggle to Get Jobs

Julian Tan | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

I recall memorising the timeline of human prehistory when I was twelve - Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic - from the fresh first pages of my history textbook. It was past midnight, and their quirky names numbed my tongue and befuddled my brain. Nevertheless, I forcibly committed them to memory, motivated by the promise that hard work at school will one day pay off...

Graduate Doctors Landed With £82k Of Debt They Can't Pay Back

PA | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Doctors who graduated last year will have amassed debts of more than £82,000 and are unlikely to be able to pay back their student loans, according t...

Do Internships 'Privilege' Those Who Are Wealthy?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Post-graduation, many twenty-somethings intern in the hope of securing a job for the future. But national campaign Intern Aware has warned that gra...

You're About to Graduate - Now What?

Sara Jones | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Jones

Of course, what you did for your degree could have very little bearing on what you'll want to do for the rest of your life. You have to look way beyond the degree you chose at 17 and which you perhaps spent as little as six hours actively learning a week.

'You've Got Your Whole Life Ahead of You' - Now What?

Ellie Lewis | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

How do you feel when someone tells you "you've got your whole life ahead of you?" I hope I'm not alone with this - I feel absolutely terrified. There is an internal howl of panic and my subconscious screeches: "What am I going to do for the rest of my life?"

Ssssshhhhhh! It's a Secret: Why Students Are So Reluctant to Be Open About Their Disability With Employers

Helen Cooke | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Cooke

When I was applying for graduate jobs I clearly remember filling in one of the application forms that asked me: do you consider yourself to have a disability? There was a box to tick if you did. I had no idea why they wanted to know and my immediate assumption was that if I ticked the box, they wouldn't want me.

Perception Is Reality: Are People Looking for Jobs That Don't Exist?

Ian Burke | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Ian Burke

People looking for their first job have long had a raw deal in the labour market. The effects of the financial crisis in 2008 meant employers disproportionately scaled back recruitment of entry level jobs and the most recent ONS statistics concerning those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) say there are still 954,000 young (16 -24) NEETs.