UK Graduates

Mind the Gap

Nicholas Harris | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Harris

It looks unlikely that the job market will ever become tame but that does not mean it cannot be bested. It is up to us as individuals to bring as much as we can to the table when it comes to the assault course of assessment centres and interviews faced when we graduate from university. And so as repetitive as it may seem, it really is worth minding the gap.

Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage. Yesterday, the think tank IPPR published a report claiming that 'an additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020' in order to meet growing demand, but that 'the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually'. Well as a starter for ten, that maths doesn't look good.

Lots of Updates

Ellie Lewis | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

Hold on a moment. Just let me brush away these cobwebs. Oh, and do watch out for that virtual tumbleweed rolling through here.

Graduate Lands Dream Job After Handing Out CVs At Waterloo Station

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A graduate who handed out CVs at Waterloo Station like they were promotional flyers has landed himself a dream job - showing an inventive approach to ...

18 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Went to University

Sophie Turton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Turton

A fresh influx of excited faces will flood through university doors this month. It is a scary and exciting time but it is also a period of great expectation and it can be hard to prepare for such a massive change in your life's direction... In many ways I wish someone had told this to me on my first day at university.

Are Universities Fudging Employment Figures?

Nick Chowdrey | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Chowdrey

Because there is no public overseer, there is no one to take genuinely impartial responsibility for making sure that employment figures are accurate. The result is that thousands of students a year could be relying on misrepresented information to make one of the most important decisions in their lives.

International Students Research Finds Public More Interested in Talent Than Targets

Heather Rolfe | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Heather Rolfe

There is support for international students among the general public who both recognise the benefits they bring and believe we should make use of their skills and talent... 'International students should be allowed to stay and work in Britain after graduating from British universities, using their skills for the benefit of our economy, for at least a period of time'.

Tour Della Toscana

Andrew B Neville | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew B Neville

The food was excellent, as expected. The wine was even better, again as expected. It was however the cities, the intricacies of their designs, the details of their architectures alongside the views witnessed from the hilltops in Chianti that really stole the show. I thoroughly recommend you all take a Tour of Tuscany.

Avoid the Trap of Unpaid Internships - 5 Alternative Ways to Add to Your CV

Jenna Allcock | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenna Allcock

Don't be fooled into thinking unpaid internships are an essential stop on the route to graduate employment - there are alternative ways to add to your CV and land a great graduate job without spending months on end in unpaid labour!

Soft Skills Are Making the Grade With Employers

Mark Boleat | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Boleat

Getting good grades can of course open the door to a promising future, but more employers are stressing the importance of soft skills... we need to address the skills shortage and ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work in order to bolster this economic growth.

Foot in the Door

Tim Manton | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tim Manton

What's really important, however, is- to borrow a cliche here - getting a foot wedged in the metaphorical door. Employers like seeing different names on the CV. Many expect experience, even for a graduate position, which generally means an unpaid internship or two and a lot of asking around.

5 Point Guide to Making Your First Graduate Summer Incredible

James Howell | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Howell

Let's be fair, it is about the last time it is officially acceptable to sponge off your parents for a week jaunt to sunnier climes without having to put your hand in your own pocket. Enjoy it, spend some quality time with your family that you've not had since the odd week at Christmas or since you left for uni.

The 21st Century Graduate: Lessons to Stay Ahead

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rajeeb Dey

Whilst the economy is showing signs of recovery and job opportunities are increasing there is also an increasing amount of competition for every graduate job. This means that if you are joining the race you have to be prepared for what the world of work entails. Here are three top lessons to stay ahead as a 21st Century graduate.

Employers Want Social Skills Over Academia, Survey Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Employers want "soft" social skills over academic prowess, preferring the enthusiastic, confident average Joe to the quiet, geeky, first-class honours...

How to 'Do' Italy in Only Eight Days

Anna Pitts | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Pitts

Travelling is extremely popular with students and graduates but we don't always have the time (or money!) to go gallivanting around the world for months. I have just got back from 8 glorious days in bella Italia- no, not the restaurant- beautiful Italy!

The Three Unwritten Rules of Graduate Employment

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rajeeb Dey

With thousands of students graduating this summer I wanted to share three rules which you should and need to follow to insure that you rise above your peers and get your dream internship or secure your ideal graduate job.

For My Siblings, On Their Graduation

Rebecca Allen | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Allen

I was alone. No one told me what to do next. There were no helpful leaflets, or Welcome to Real Life packs... I cannot emphasise this enough: no one will give you any opportunity without you asking. Having a degree does not give you an automatic right to anything.

Flirting With Freelancing as a Graduate

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

There will be moments when you do a double take on your lifestyle... Just because there isn't a graduate scheme for it, doesn't mean you can't do the work you want to do. Go old school, send some emails, make some calls, and set yourself up... if you offer something good enough, the clients will come trotting.

Big Banks Are Threatening People With Dodgy 'Wonga-Style' Lawyers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK

Britain's biggest banks are hitting customers with legal threats from what appear to be independent lawyers, but are actually names used by the bank's...

Government's Student Loans Company Sent 'Wonga Style' Debt Collection Letters To Graduates

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government's Student Loans Company sent "Wonga-style" debt collection letters to graduates using a fictitious firm to threaten legal action, it ha...

It's In the Detail

Caitlin Charles-Jones | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Charles-Jones

It's been about a week since I did my first blog post on here where I shared details of my latest collection, as well as some significantly down-played concerns about what on earth I'm going to do next with my shiny new MA qualification.

Ten Ways to Stop Yourself Going Broke as a Graduate

David V.H. Ellis | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David V.H. Ellis

Were the press to be taken at face value - always a terrible idea - it would seem only students have financial woes, as if every graduation ceremony involved not only a mortarboard and an awkward stumble across a stage but a cash prize too. If only...

Graduate Salaries: What You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

When looking at graduate jobs, the potential salary is likely to be one of the first things to catch your eye. For some students, earning as much ...

Taking Off My Fashion 'L Plates'

Caitlin Charles-Jones | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Charles-Jones

When I was choosing my GCSEs at school I remember thinking (very naively... naturally) "what can I choose that will help me get into the best fashion schools in the country?" That seemed to be the recurring question at every crossroads of my education and as I progressed the reality became more and more clear: this was going to be tough...

The End of the Academic Year Is Upon Us - With Both Students and Business Facing the Same Choices About 'Investing' in Future Capabilities

Leo Quinn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Across the country, tens of thousands of students are getting ready for the end of the academic year - and facing one of the most crucial decisions of...