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Put yourself out there (while staying in): tips on graduate job...

This is a tough year to be a student looking for graduate jobs, with record redundancies, cancelled internships and a 23% reduction in entry level jobs. But while the landscape may have changed, there is a lot you can do to get noticed. We spoke to Tanya de Grunwald, author of How to Get a…

‘The job market isn’t totally on its knees’: why there’s hope...

Record redundancies, rising unemployment and declining job opportunities: it’s clear that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the jobs market. Those at the beginning of their career are especially vulnerable, with entry level jobs slashed by nearly a quarter and 40% of placements and internships cancelled.Students could perhaps be forgiven, then, for feeling gloomy about…

Online panel: how can universities help graduates survive the Covid jobs...

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the labour market, the UK economy and workplace culture. While some industries are thriving, others are barely surviving. Young people will be among the most affected by this shift, with internships cancelled and fewer entry-level jobs available, including for graduates. So how can universities equip graduating students with the skills…

‘Humanities graduates are just as employable’: do the sciences really lead...

Alongside Bill Gates’s rictus grin, floppy hair and thick glasses, and Steve Jobs’s iconic black top and blue jeans, one of technology’s most distinctive-looking personalities is a man called David Shing, an Australian marketing executive. His wild hair and denim jackets may make him look like a 1980s glam rocker dragged backwards through a hedge,…

Boost your job prospects or do what you love? How to...

For many students, working out what to study at university is guided by whether they want a route directly to a job, or to keep their options open. But sometimes it’s not easy to decide between the two. This was Morgan McArthur’s experience. She’s now a 21-year-old languages student at the University of Sheffield –…

‘This isn’t an outdated ivory tower’: how Oxford university leapfrogged its...

It’s no secret that graduates from Oxford University can be found everywhere in the higher echelons of British public life. The university’s success in placing its graduates in jobs has seen it unseat Cambridge in the Guardian University Guide for the first time since 2011, pushing its traditional rival down to third place, behind St…

No internships, no entry-level work: under-25s fear Covid jobs squeeze

His bank balance was in the red, but Eóin Forker was determined to make it in the music industry. It was the summer of 2019, and Forker, who is 22 and from Armagh, secured an internship with a small record label. For £1,300 a month, he worked 30-40 hours a week meeting artists, running errands…

How to land a job protecting the planet: do the groundwork

With concerns about the climate crisis becoming more urgent, many are predicting major growth in jobs that involve protecting our environment. But with more graduates wanting those roles, it’s a really competitive sector. In fact, a single job in sustainability can attract as many as 200 applications, according to Shannon Houde, a sustainability careers adviser.…

It’s never too early to think about jobs: how students can...

For students navigating the shift from school and college to university, working life can feel light years away – and it’s tempting to put all thoughts of jobs and a career to one side. A survey by the Higher Education Policy Institute this year found current students to be more worried than excited about the…

How can I boost my CV if I can’t get work...

Finding a job during or after university is about to get a whole lot harder. Employers hit by Covid-19 are cancelling work experience or cutting back on graduate recruitment, leaving thousands of students to chase a shrinking number of opportunities. Journalism graduate Alex Cutts missed out on internships at Sheffield Hallam University earlier this year.…

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