James Howell

Writes about students, graduates and taking that first step into the working world

I graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a 2:2 in English and History in 2012. I have been writing about student and graduate issues since I joined the Goldsmiths student paper in 2010.

I now write content for graduate-jobs.com, having previously interned at Spiked Online, MSN UK and The Huffington Post UK.
5 Point Guide to Making Your First Graduate Summer

5 Point Guide to Making Your First Graduate Summer Incredible

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.
06/08/2014 13:45 BST
So Why Are 47% of Graduates Working Non-Graduate

So Why Are 47% of Graduates Working Non-Graduate Jobs?

Whether it's experience or proven skills, employers have been setting higher application requirements as to limit the amount of graduates that would be accepted. I would argue that this is also a result of the economic crash.
22/11/2013 12:56 GMT
The Mid-Milkround

The Mid-Milkround Malaise

The first thing to remember is that schemes tend to be open for the next month or so at least. Most schemes do not tend to close until late December or even the start of January. However, it is known that companies, like BP for example, operate on a first come first served basis and will close their application when the places are filled.
22/10/2013 15:12 BST
Modern Interviewing Formats You Might Be Faced

Modern Interviewing Formats You Might Be Faced With

Gone are the days of sending off a CV and then waiting for the telephone to ring with the offer of an interview. Employers are starting to utilise modern technology when it comes to interviewing potential employees...
27/09/2013 13:37 BST
Five Ways to Make Your Final Year

Five Ways to Make Your Final Year Count

Congratulations you have made it into your final year at university. If it hasn't already, the dread will kick in and you will realise that it's all coming to an end... You shouldn't panic though, you've got a year left and it will be over before you know it, it is worth facing the challenge head on.
10/09/2013 19:59 BST
Answering That Killer

Answering That Killer Question

A recurring theme that employers mentioned was candidates not being able to explain why they want the job. Interviewers really enjoy this question, not because they like to see the interviewee squirm, but it gets some great information out of them.
13/08/2013 13:02 BST
Its Not All Doom and Gloom... For

Its Not All Doom and Gloom... For Some

It seems that now, graduates are bombarded with statistics, figures and dooming projections about graduate employment. Graduate schemes are an excellent way to get your career up and running, but more must be made of more moderate companies offering just as good opportunities.
03/07/2013 13:48 BST
Top Five Ways Not to Waste Your

Top Five Ways Not to Waste Your Summer

Students often spend summers, travelling, festivaling, holidaying and generally having a good long relax. They've deserved it, why not? However this small sickness seeps in of how they are going to cope in the big, real world. Here are five ways not to waste your summer, while at least trying to have fun at the same time.
17/06/2013 13:21 BST