What are you good at? What energises you? What are your strengths?


These might seem like pretty simple questions, but it can be much easier (and less complicated) to develop knowledge of the world around us than it can be to take time getting to know ourselves.  Everyone talks about university as a time for self-discovery, but even if you know the person you are, that’s already … Continue reading What are you good at? What energises you? What are your strengths?

All Experience Counts


According to a survey conducted by the UK Commision for Employment and Skills (UKCES), up to two thirds of employers regard applicants with relevant work experience as being more prepared and suitable for job opportunities. This creates a catch 22 situation where in order to find work you need experience but can't gain that experience … Continue reading All Experience Counts

Can passion lead to leadership? Exploring how to be a leader.


Leadership is often presented as a skill to aspire to have or actions to do from even before university all the way to your future career. However, the traditional idea of leadership also often presents itself as an elite, elusive skill that only certain people can achieve. In that case, how do you become a … Continue reading Can passion lead to leadership? Exploring how to be a leader.

3 ways to develop the skills that employers want


Employers who recruit students and graduates want more than a good academic record and degree class. They also want employability skills (eg IT, teamwork and communication skills), plus strengths and qualities (such as resilience and self-motivation). So, how can you develop these while you’re at university? Read on to find out. 1. Work experience Whether … Continue reading 3 ways to develop the skills that employers want

Tips for applying for a SIB internship


If you’re looking to secure a summer internship you can use the large number of vacancy sites to find opportunities (see the Internships and placements page for some of them). For local project-based internships, have a look at the Student Internship Bureau (SIB) opportunities. SIB typically starts advertising many more vacancies from the Easter vacation … Continue reading Tips for applying for a SIB internship