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Why resilience is king in getting a job and building a career?

October 24, 2011

Like many people, I loved watching Steve Jobs’s lecture to Stanford students in which he talked about how “failure” had been the making of him. He had dropped out of college, been fired from Apple but still managed to create one of the most successful American companies ever! The benefits of failure His lecture also […]

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How many Social Networks should you use for job search?

October 9, 2011

It’s almost like asking “How long’s a piece of string?” there is no one definitive answer or static recommended list. Social media networks are in a constant state of flux, falling in and out of favour faster than fashion trends. Advances in new technologies mean networks are vying for our attention more than ever at a time […]

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Can recruitment agencies help or hinder your career?

September 21, 2011

Every now and again you get a contentious topic when it comes to careers advice in relation to job seeking and recruitment agencies/consultants are certainly no exception. If you’ve used recruitment agencies before no doubt your opinions will range from some are good, some bad and OMG seriously why did I bother? In this post I’d […]

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Ever considered working for the Civil Service?

September 16, 2011

I am posting this on behalf of my colleague Mary Macfarlane, who is a Careers Consultant here at the University of Salford. The Civil Service runs a graduate scheme called the Fast Stream, which takes several hundred graduates every year. It includes several different options, such as the Analytical Fast Stream, the Technology in Business Stream, […]

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A call for a return to fairness

September 4, 2011

“We value effort, hard work, diligence, conscientiousness, and application; we do not value free-riders, shirkers, the slapdash, those who do the minimum or jobsworths”, writes Will Hutton in his latest book “Them and Us – Changing Britain – Why we need a Fair Society” in a straight-talking  statement that very few people could disagree with […]

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Social Media and Graduate Job Search

August 12, 2011

Given the relative lull in careers appointments at the moment, I have used this opportunity to scour the internet and social media sites (Strictly for work purposes you understand ). One of the really useful gems I have come across in recent days are the video resources provided on the Career Player website. Career Player […]

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Who’s in control of your Digital Identity?

August 3, 2011

“If you aren’t controlling who you are online, some else is or will. And taking control of your digital footprint is something that is so easy to do”. This quote is by Steven Anderson on his recent blog post ‘Taking Care of your Digital Self’. If you have been following the latest careers news and […]

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Dyslexia: Information and Support

August 1, 2011

Dyslexia is a form of learning difficulty which in simple terms can affect a person’s ability to read or write consistently as well as affecting memory and organisational skills. Wikipedia defines it ‘as a difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, coding, auditory, and/or rapid naming‘. It is estimated that some four to five percent of the UK population may […]

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Why should I use Social Media?

July 25, 2011

You know it’s been a while since I mentioned PG Futures 2011, this is one of the last posts on this topic I promise, I will stop going on about it :-). So quick recap, our one-day conference focused on Career Management in the Digital Age. Here are a couple of video clips from that […]

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Planning your career by “broadening your horizons”

July 15, 2011

At our Postgraduate Futures Careers conference in June myself and my colleague Max Rawlings  (from Human Resource Development) ran a short taster session about Broadening Horizons which is a career development programme developed by Vitae  for research staff .  The “real” programme has been designed as a full 2 day course; so we were a […]

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