GUEST BLOG: Assessment centre? No need to shudder!

DSC_0238 Guest blog written by Serife Gunal, Careers Student Brand Ambassador

There’s something about the words ‘assessment centre’ that makes me want to shudder, in fact, there’s been times where hearing ‘grad job’ or ‘internship’ has made me feel queasy! I realise now that those fears were somewhat misguided and that applying for grad jobs and internships doesn’t have to stress you out!

If you are scheduled to attend an assessment centre or even planning on applying for a graduate job or internship, Careers and Placements has an event just for you. The annual assessment centre simulator event will be taking place at 17:30 to 20:30 in P/T/005 (Physics) on Wednesday 1st February and will be a fantastic opportunity to have a practice in an assessment centre environment!

IBM and the Civil Service are just two of the employers who will facilitate three different sessions which demonstrate some of the activities presented to applicants in the assessment centre stage of an application. Sessions will last for 30 minutes each and there will be 10 minute breaks in between. Drinks and nibbles to follow sets the stage for you to dazzle with your networking skills and have a chat with the employers!

If, like I was, you are terrified at the prospect of assessment centres, this could be the cure for your nerves. If you aren’t terrified and you want to maximise your chances of landing the role – you should come along too. The sessions will allow you to demonstrate some of the key skills that employers are looking for and to apply them to the assessment centre format. Giving you the opportunity to showcase your communication, problem solving and teamwork skills, the evening promises to be useful, engaging and heavily attended – so book your tickets now on the Careers Gateway!