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 (8 years experience)
I was a fully-qualified high school teacher of Religious Education in London, and then in China I taught English Language and Literature, as well as Philosophy and Ethics.
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 (9 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.
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. I can also advise on the Big 4 Grad Scheme.
• 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.
Journalism, Postgraduate Studies, Media (6 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 was 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.
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!
Happy to answer questions on the civil service, the fast stream or on working at either the Department for Education or the Department for Communities and Local Government!
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."
Managerial and Executive, Other (4 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.
Commercial Real Estate; Facilities Management; Hospitality; Project Management; Construction; Product Development; Procurement; Marriott Hotels; Regus; Mace Group; EY
Advertising, Marketing and Market Research (8 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.
Visual analytics, business transformation
Jordans Ryvita Company Part of Associated British Foods
Marketing and Market Research (10 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.
Since leaving Durham I've been employed in a number of advertising sales/development roles for companies including Trinity Mirror, BBC Worldwide and Reed Business Information, working across titles such as Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Radio Times and New Scientist. I currently work for The Student Room, the UK's largest student social network
Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Events Management, Medical and Health Care, Sport (10 years experience)
Gym and Fitness Coach
"Previous posts - triathlon coach(junior -> senior, beginner -> elite), music school coordinator, community outreach and volunteer programme coordinator, junior sport programme coordinator
Sabbatical position at Durham University"
Abroad, Chemicals and Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing (8 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.
Knowledge of Project Management, Graphic Design
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.
Consultancy, Government and Politics (5 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.
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