It may sound obvious, but in a job interview or assessment centre situation, nobody will speak up about your credentials other than you. Don't expect an interviewer to know what an amazing candidate you are unless you tell them!
Abroad, Education and Academia, Other, Postgraduate Studies (6 years experience)
PGCE Secondary Religious Education
How little undergraduates actually know of the job marketplace, how to network or gain valuable work experience/ life experience, and other opportunities in other countries we don't often think to explore.
I have taught in London for 3 years, I lived and taught in Beijing for 3 years and travelled around Asia before moving to the USA for a fully funded PhD program in Communication and Rhetoric which also allows me to pursue multiple MA's and PhD's in the process.
Education and Academia, Postgraduate Studies (7 years experience)
I have some experience of training for teaching in Higher Education, and worked part-time as a research assistant, as editorial assistant for a small academic publishing house, and as Resident Tutor and Postgraduate Student Experience Officer for Josephine Butler College during and after my PhD.
Various publishing internships, internship in a German archive
That if you really want to do something and you are willing to wait for your chance and keep applying, your break will eventually come along - it's so easy to get disheartened!
Being German and having completed my first degree there, as well as various internships, I can give some advice on studying and working in Germany. Generally I'm happy to advise anyone interested in pursuing postgraduate study or wanting to work in Higher Education in the Arts & Humanities, especially English literature.
Consultancy, Financial Services (6 years experience)
In addition to my career at EY I have been involved in significant levels of graduate recruitment and have run sessions on applications, CV writing and assessment center skills. I would be happy to answer any questions people have in these areas whether for EY (or similar roles) or otherwise.
The need to be organised and prepared as soon as possible...
The need to be ready for if things don't go so well in your degree...
Learn a 2nd language!
Currently living and working in Paris for Deloitte as a part-qualified actuary and taking the actuarial exams. Only got a 2:2, so whilst not getting a 2:1 can make your goals harder, it does not make them impossible.
Arts, Charity and Voluntary Organisations (4 years experience)
It doesn't matter if you don't know what career you're aiming for whilst you're going through uni. Do as much as you can in terms of placements and work experience in anything that might interest you though, because those weeks (or even days!) of experience prove invaluable as proof of your abilities and enthusiasm, even if it's not remotely related to the jobs you apply for in the end!
If you're interested in a career in the arts/charity, or in business development, feel free to get in contact. Also happy to give advice on the various (brilliant) government funded graduate job schemes there are in Wales which proved extremely useful to me.
• Just because you’re inexperienced doesn’t mean you can’t have great new ideas
• Don’t be afraid of asking questions – it’s the best way to learn.
• Try not to accept other people’s preconceptions about a problem/issue.
If you are interested in a career in finance then you should definitely think about applying for an internship between your second and third years. They are fantastic opportunities to get a real taste of what a career in your chosen field will be like and also look great on your CV.
Before beginning a graduate scheme, I started a small online business involving research, buying, manufacturing, marketing and selling. It was really simple, good fun and I'd be happy to talk about my experiences to anyone interested in doing the same.
Arts, Journalism, Postgraduate Studies (4 years experience)
MSt in Film Aesthetics from Oxford University
Work experience on Doc Martin and at Centre Screen Productions
More about pursuing a career in television - it's not really advertised as an option by a lot of the careers services at Durham, which I find frustrating as it's such an exciting path! It is very hard to break your way into, especially getting that first bit of experience, and I wish I'd had more guidance on how to do so. Feel free to contact me if you need any advice!
I am one of 16 Production Trainees employed by the BBC each year, where you complete three four month placements in television and radio to train you for a career in production. I am currently working at Front Row at Radio Four, at Assistant Producer Level. I have also worked at Current Affairs, as part of the wider BBC Production Talent Pool for Runners and Production Management Assistants. I would be happy to give advice on getting into the BBC, or on getting work in television/radio in general. Also happy to give advice on applying for Masters courses, having just completed a Masters at Oxford University.
Education and Academia, IT and Computers (1 year experience)
PGCE Secondary English
You don't have to have a plan and stick to it.
Believe in yourself - you can do whatever you want if you persevere.
After leaving Durham, I trained to be an English teacher in a secondary school and worked in this field for 3 years. I then decided that teaching wasn't for me, so I explored my options and I am now working as a technical author for a software company.
I am happy to offer advice about getting into teaching and also changing career.
I'm Helen and I joined the Hallmark Cards commercial graduate scheme 6 months ago. I'm currently half way through the first of 3 placements, working as a product manager for the Morrisons Christmas range If you have any questions about Hallmark, the graduate scheme, or retail in general, drop me a line!
BP funded project in the Durham maths department at the end of my second year.
I joined the fast stream in September 2016, so am quite familiar with the application process and the scheme itself. If you would like to ask anything about the fast stream, my department or the civil service itself then please do get in touch, I'm more than happy to help if I can!
Abroad, Education and Academia, Museum / Heritage sector, Postgraduate Studies (11 years experience)
I studied Near Eastern Archaeology in Berlin and Durham. After graduating with a BA in 2009, I did an MA at the Free University Berlin and currently am working in different jobs on excavations, at Uni and in the museum and preparing for my PhD.
I am happy to answer any question about archaeology, the Near East, student exchange in Europe, working abroad, German unis and Berlin.
Association of Research Managers and Administrators
Abroad, Banking, Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Financial Services (8 years experience)
26 years in investment banking including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.
Pro Mujer is a 20 year old organization operating in 5 Latin American countries providing poor women with microfinance loans to start businesses as well as health care and training. We have 250,000 clients, 1600 employees and about $100 million in assets. We believe in a holistic approach to alleviating poverty that seeks to empower women to improve their lives and those of theri family.
Cheetham & Mortimer summer internship July 2014; Cushman & Wakefield summer internship August 2014.
I am training to be a chartered surveyor and whilst studying was unsure to what it encompassed - Real Estate is a very wide field so would have recommended getting more experience during the holidays in the different types of surveying and real estate, and also to give an advantage at interviews.
I started my career at Cheetham & Mortimer in Summer 2014, and am currently working towards my APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) in Commercial Property, aiming to sit in Spring 2017. I work wholly with retail property, mainly focusing upon agency and Landlord & Tenant.
LPC. I will be finishing this course in June 2011.
I spent 7 months working as a paralegal before beginning the LPC.
"Interviews and assessment days can be extremely varied. It is never possible to be 100% prepared. However, you can always turn a question around to fit your preparation. You will only need to prepare 2-3 current affairs in detail if you choose stories that cover a number of legal areas."
Abroad, Events Management, Travel and Tourism (5 years experience)
6 months as a Hôtesse Billetterie at Disneyland Paris.
4 month internship at Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel.
Games Maker Volunteer 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games - NOC/NPC Assistant for Togo/Belgium
How long the applications take to fill in.
How to best present a CV/Motivational Letter.
Managerial and Executive, Marketing and Market Research, Retail, Consultancy (2 years experience)
Be ready to move and up sticks at the drop of a hat when the job offer comes in - don't get too settled!
I’m a Prince2 qualified Project Manager
Happy to advise on Prince2 or project management in general
I’m happy to advise or discuss graduate scheme applications at any of the following:
Regus (former employer of 5 years)
Mace Group (current employer)
Ernst & Young (current secondment)
Contact me if interested in work experience in construction/Real Estate, change management, or with EY and I will endeavour to find something for you.
I’m currently working towards becoming a Chartered Geographer with my work and consultancy around spatial interactions in office environments.
Advertising, Marketing and Market Research (6 years experience)
I didn't really think about what I wanted to do when I was at university, and as a result of that you end up doing nothing afterwards. Think now. Get some internships, learn some languages, work, volunteer. Look at what you can do. Apply for everything. Lots of application processes are long, tedious and absurd, but if the end looks good get working on the means.
Ask me anything. Except my secret crimefighting identity. Because I don't have one.
Marketing and Market Research (8 years experience)
I currently work for the Jordans & Ryvita company, one of many businesses within Associated British Foods, which owns brands such as Twinings Tea & Kingsmill bread amongst others.
ABF are always on the look out for promising Grads for their Grad Schemes. They run 3; Supply Chain, Marketing & Sales. Feel free to get in touch if you think this could be of interest.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Thailand Mission to the United Nations, New York, USA
Royal Thai Embassy, Madrid, Spain
- Internship and work experience are important, and you are never too young to start internship and work experience. Not even when you are during your 1st year.
- Never feel afraid of applying or asking for internship from agencies that sound intimidating. Some jobs like UN, government's job tend to recruite those who had worked for them before.
- Start thinking of writing resume as soon as you enter university.
- Volunteering and extracirricular activities play some role in helping you get good internship and job.
If you are interested in volunteering in Thailand or visiting Thailand, please do not hesitate in letting me know. I am more than ready to support you!
Abroad, Chemicals and Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing (6 years experience)
Most people see GSK and think 'science' - I always did. And of course, there is that element. But there's far more to the company than that.
I project manage packaging artwork changes for the Consumer Healthcare side of the business. I've worked on major campaigns including the rebrand and relaunch of Aquafresh and Sensodyne for the whole of Northern Europe. Day to day, I work in a busy artwork studio in Barnard Castle. I'm responsible for 11 Northern European markets and the main point of contact for 2 manufacturing sites. I've been lucky enough to travel with work on several occassions, to support and train the markets and sites.
The Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry isn't for the light-hearted, and you can't be afraid to voice your opinion - things move and change quickly and you've got to be flexible and adaptable. That being said, if you enjoy it, you won't regret it.
That languages other than English are important if you want to communicate properly these days
Working for one company for many years was a plus for me - I did a host of different jobs from store management to running a systems department , and worked in Germany & Belguim as well as around the UK .
Retailing is about people , and has its own buzz .
After retiring in 2004 , I got bored and now do seasonal showroom work for Asda , which is also a good company.
Consultancy, Government and Politics (3 years experience)
APMP Project Management
Volunteer Academic Mentor at local Sixth Form
In consultancy and politics related stuff - having strong Excel skills (like understanding when to use pivot tables, index formulae etc) is a real plus. Try and do that stats module or see if a Maths / Economics friend can send you to a helpful tutor. You'll really open up a lot of opportunities.
Say yes to everything at University! That employer event you couldn't be bothered to attend, that appointment with the Durham Careers team that you bailed on, it really helps to work out what you want to jump in to.
Project management skills are so desirable - getting involved with university societies and Exec are excellent ways to build these.
Life's direction can be unexpected, try to think of what you could apply your skills to when finding a job.
I specialise resolving disputes impartially between banks, insurers, financial providers and customers of these institutions. This can involve mediating and putting forward resolutions to either party.
Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Social Work (15 years experience)
Various post qualifying courses attended though main areas being Sexual Abuse, Adoption and Fostering BAAF (various), Death and Dying, Vulnerable Adults
Having worked within the finance industry for many years I wish I had known more about distance learning and social work in general and changed my career much sooner as although social work with children is a very demanding profession it is also extremely rewarding
I worked within an Adult Social Work team for 7 years working with adults with a physical or sensory disability before moving to a social work post within the Fostering and Adoption Team specialising in Adoption, Permanent Foster Care, Post Adoption Support and Adoption Counselling
Apply for jobs early and keep applying until you get one.
It's not all about your degree, Infact it's actually just a benchmark. I actually got my job for a number of reasons outside of my degree. I organised Butler Day for two consecutive years and was able to show how that demonstrated all sorts of additional qualities my company was looking for.