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CONTENTS JUNE 2007

ON THE COVER

LEAD STORY 06 Fifty tips on how to get a great job. Fifty issues of Real World have been scoured to bring you our finest careers advice 

UP FRONT 02 Competition time Register with realworldmagazine.com for the chance to win a fantastic prize 05 Letter from the founder Darius Norell, the man behind the UK’s leading careers magazine 14 Why your friends could hold the key to your future Networking can be an essential part of job-hunting – we tell you why and how to do it 15 How to have a sensational summer Three months backpacking? Sadly, no. You’ve better things to do, says Amy Harris 16 Temporary solutions Landing a temporary job can be a great

CELEBRATING THE BIG FIVE-O!

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s you’ve probably guessed from the big ‘50’ on the cover of the magazine, we are proud to celebrate the 50th issue of Real World. Since we started, way back in 1999, we have always brought you advice on how to land a great graduate job.

And this issue is no exception. To kick off, we’ve gone through the Real World archives to bring you a round-up of great careers advice from leading graduate recruiters and careers advisers. We have also compiled interesting statistics and found fantastic books to help you with your job search. In the “Brainfood” section of the magazine you’ll find top tips on how to land your perfect job: from making the most of your summer, to how a temporary job can lead to bigger and better things. All in all – we’ve got job-hunting and CV-perfecting covered! At the back of the magazine you’ll find an excellent directory of great companies to work for and – best of all – many of them have vacancies right now. So, what are you waiting for? Just turn to the back of the magazine to get the lowdown on some of the country’s greatest organisations. Good luck with job-hunting and, in the meantime, if you have any questions do not hesitate to drop me a line at editor@realworldmagazine.com

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IN THE NEXT ISSUE >> Visit your careers centre in September to get your hands on our three brilliant sector-specific titles – Law, Engineering & Technology and City & Finance

FAIR PLAY NO, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FREE MUGS AND PENS – CAREERS FAIRS CAN ACTUALLY PROVIDE ANSWERS TO A LOT OF IMPORTANT QUESTIONS – YOU COULD EVEN BAG YOURSELF A JOB, SAYS INGRID FRANCIS

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Correction – we would like to apologise for an error which appeared in our feature “Little Britain”, in the May 2007 issue of Real World. We reported that David Greenwood works for Royal Bank of Scotland. He, in fact, works for Bank of Scotland. We apologise for any confusion caused.

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for employers and graduates to meet in a fairly informal setting. Typically, they are free events, held in large venues, and attract a diverse range of employers from large companies to more obscure businesses. They are all there to raise awareness. There are many different types of careers fair, and although their aims are similar, they do work in slightly different ways, so it’s important to know what you’re in for.

HERE’S THE LOW-DOWN:

• University Fairs are held on campuses and may last from

several hours to several days. Most recruiters come to these fairs to advertise and recruit on campus.

• General/Regional Fairs happen less frequently than

university ones and are publicised widely, making them very popular. It is best to arrive early and target specific employers. Due to the popularity of these events you will have to make an incredibly good impression if they are going to remember you and often it is best just to go to find out more information which you can follow up after the fair.

• Professional Fairs are often more specialised and may have screening and mini-interviews to uncover the candidates who have real potential.

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GRADUATING WITH A DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY FOR THOSE “ EVEN PEOPLE WHO

HAVE A JOB, THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT LIFE WILL REALLY BE LIKE ONCE THEY JOIN THEIR NEW ORGANISATION CAN LOOM LARGE.

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Three years ago we launched the Real World Graduate of the Year competition

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to celebrate those students who had truly

UK? Many of them have no idea what they will be doing this summer, let alone come

made the most of their time at university. Thanks to PricewatehouseCoopers’

September. Even for those people who

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have a job, the uncertainty of what life will really be like once they join their new

give £50,000 back to students over the last four years in the form of prize money.

organisation can loom large.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

For students who enter the competition, it is a chance to reflect on their time at university and what they have learnt

The pressure from parents, peers (not to mention from yourself) to get a job can be huge. The competition for a ‘graduate’

outside of the lecture theatre. This year’s competition closes in early July so there is still time to enter – just visit our website

job can be fierce, with 150,000 students expected to graduate with a 1st or 2:1 this summer. Added to which, there is an

(www.realworldmagazine.com). Real World is also behind an increasing amount of graduate research. I was

implied expectation that after 15 years of formal education you should know exactly what you want to do with your life. This combination of uncertainty and pressure that students face on leaving

recently asked to chair the Orange Graduate Panel which is looking at the disconnect between employers and graduates from the student perspective. The next session is looking at the

university is one of the driving forces behind why I set up Real World back in 1999. I applied for a couple of jobs in my

expectations versus reality of working for a company. If you have any experiences you would like to share please email

final year and didn’t get offered either of them. I graduated with a vague plan to start a business that in some way

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‘serviced students’. Whilst working what exactly the business would be, I was rung up by a company I had worked for during term time to run a six-month project in Germany. Three and a half years and a dozen countries later I set up Real World. So much for making plans. Eight years on we have distributed literally millions of issues to hundreds of thousands of students covering every sector under the sun. Tens of thousands of students receive job alerts from our website and thousands have attended our career workshops and seminars.

I recently came across a set of principles* that I think provide a pretty good guide for starting out on life after university: Be yourself. Do what matters. Start now. Engage with others. Never stop asking questions. Thank you to all our clients, universities and readers over the years who have supported us. Without you we would not be here.

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OVER THE PAST 50 ISSUES, REAL WORLD HAS BROUGHT YOU UNSURPASSED CAREERS ADVICE AND JOB-HUNTING TIPS FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S LEADING AUTHORS AND CAREERS ADVISERS. NOW, TO HELP YOU SUCCEED IN YOUR GRADUATE JOB SEARCH, WE HAVE PAINSTAKINGLY COLLATED THE BEST OF THOSE TOP TIPS…

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10 Top Tips “Ask for feedback. Even if it’s not offered. The further down the recruitment

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NOVEMBER 2001 Checklist “It’s never too early to plan summer work-experience placements for highly competitive areas like the media. First- and second-year students: beat the rush and write your letters now.”

MARCH 2005 Facts ’n’ figures “81 per cent of students

5 FEBRUARY 2000 All the Fun of the Fair “Employers generally wear suits, or at least something smart, so even though you may look ridiculous to your friends, don’t rule it out… be “casually smart” and look like you mean business. A good first impression and you will feel more confident and professional.”

March 2000 Prove Yourself “Prove your initiative, creativity and ambition. Develop team management, presentation and time-management skills.”

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Facts&Figs “Fact: taking a gap-year or a postgraduate degree is not

8 È JUNE 2000 How to Impress on the Telephone “Make your call from a quiet place. If you’re at home, make sure that the TV, radio and your mobile are all switched off.”

regarded as a cop-out by employers, despite becoming increasingly popular among

2 MAY 2003 Choosing the Right Employer It’s all in the detail. “Instead of looking at starting salaries, think long term: look at remuneration four or five years down the road. Is the company a meritocracy? Is pay performance related?”

graduates. But students need to ensure that what they’ve done looks purposeful and planned, so it helps them to stand out.”

FEBRUARY 2007 Real World Great Read All You Need To Know About Commercial Awareness What It Is And Why You Need It To Become A Successful Professional, 2007/2008 Edition, Christopher Stoakes. Longtail Publishing, £14.95. “This is a practical guide for anyone considering a career with a corporate or commercial element. It breaks down into simple terminology everything from mergers and acquisitions, to how to make money.”

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October 2001 CV Clinic “Tailor your CV to the job for which you’re applying.”

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May 2000 Stamp Duty “Find out as much as you can about a company by ringing them up for an information pack or surfing its website.”

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June 2003 Wild Ideas “Starting a new job is daunting, but if you’ve been allocated a mentor or personal adviser within your new firm, it can be a huge help in ironing out any initial problems, learning more about the company or development projects.”

È March/April 2007 Real World Great Read Career, Aptitude and Selection Tests Tests, by Jim Barrett. Publishers: Kogan Page, £8.99. “Not only does this guide give

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you advice on how to do well at assessment centres, it also includes an extensive range of motivation and personality questionnaires to assess your

È May 2004 3 Steps to Success in Covering Letters “Your covering letter is the first information employers read about you, and therefore crucially important. Be careful to avoid spelling mistakes and factual errors. Initially, it might help to find someone to check through the letter for you.”

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strengths and weaknesses and match them to your ideal career.”

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the Month “CVs should focus on skills rather than duties, but make sure you provide credible evidence. So, whenever possible, add relevant numerical details to gain that extra credibility.”

14 October 2006 Finding the hidden job market This is vital, because according to Warwick University careers service, “up to 80 per cent of jobs can go unadvertised.”

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May 2004 Tactics to Career Clarity “Throwing yourself into some targeted work experience can define your likes and dislikes and help to focus your career options.”

Á November 2002 The Golden Rules of Interviews “Don’t slouch or avoid eye contact. Also, practise the art of the handshake with someone you know – too limp is yucky, and a bone-crusher is offensive. When interviewing with a panel of interviewers, be sure to shake each person’s hand.”

20 October 2003 Capitalise on Your Careers Service “I don’t think students make enough use of the employer presentations – they should keep themselves up to speed with which presentations are happening, and attend them, then use the careers service to develop the skills employers talk about.”

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October 2000 21 Ways to a Better CV Consider the layout: it’s not enough to list qualifications, job titles, firms and dates and expect your audience to guess the rest. Use three or four bulletpointed phrases to highlight your responsibilities and achievements. Remember to use succinct, sharp phrases.”

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26 May 2001 5 Steps to get Productive Work Experience this Summer “If you have any contacts working in the area you are interested in, use them, however tenuous they may seem. Other people will. Talk to family friends and peers and interrogate people who visit your university for suggestions and advice.”

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Hits – Careers Advisers “In order to get the job you want, you need competitive advantage. I advise students to: 1. Clarify your objectives 2. Focus on your objectives 3. Try to find a placement that satisfies your ambitions.”

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May 2004 CV Clinic “Don’t send off a CV without a covering letter. Why miss out on another chance to sell yourself and reiterate your suitability for the job.”

September 2004 9 Reasons to Love your Careers Service “A mock interview gives you the chance to road-test your professional personality. You will also receive helpful feedback, preventing avoidable mistakes in the real thing.”

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September 2005 8 Reasons to Love your Careers Service “Careers services devote a great deal of time to encouraging employers to offer work placements and experience to students. They can provide guidance on applying for internships and can put you in touch with volunteering organisations.”

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What Next? 10 Strategies for Success “Do not wait for things to happen. Make the (guidance, information, psychometric testing); look at career opportunities in small businesses; keep up to date with developments in your prospective career area; view everybody you meet as a potential client.”

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Get nosy: The 7 secrets of Research. “The best way to get the low-down on a particular job or organisation is to speak to somebody already working there. Your university alumni office can often put you in touch with graduates happy to share their experiences.”

29 È June 2002 Career Matchmakers “Temping jobs can lead to permanent placements. Temping in a field you like could open doors and it’s a good way to prove your enthusiasm for the job.”

Î November 2004 What’s In Store “You do need to do extracurricular activities while you’re at university to demonstrate leadership and team-working qualities. Join sports teams and societies, as it’s vital to enhance your skills and show that you did more at university than just studying.”

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June 2002 How to Survive your First Week at Work “In most jobs there will be a ‘grace’ period when you can ask straightforward or, seemingly obvious questions. Take notes. However, don’t just ask for the sake of it – use your initiative and start solving your own problems.”

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4 Things You Should Know

“Your future lies with people you know, and the people

they know. Contacts, contacts and more contacts are what you need to climb the ladder.”

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How To Succeed In Psychometric Tests, by David Cohen. Publishers: Sheldon Press, £10.99. “This is a practical guide to psychometric tests

È March 2005 Take the Lead “Employers want to know if you will add value to their business. Try to show evidence of commercial awareness from basic things such as managing your debt, or working in a shop or bar.”

38 March 2005 News Flash!! More Jobs “Blue-chip employers expect to pay a median starting salary of £22,000 – an increase of 4.8 per cent on last year.”

Í September 2005 Facts: Knowledge is Power

32 Í October 2006 Real World Great Read: How To Get A Job You’ll Love, by John Lees. Publishers: McGraw Hill, £12.99. “A practical guide to unlocking your talents and finding your ideal career.”

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“49 per cent of employers think graduates are under-prepared for employment. And 67 per cent think they lack businessawareness skills.”

which demonstrates how to prepare for tests and perform well in team exercises. The latest edition, by experienced author David Cohen, includes sample tests and useful advice on how to succeed in tests.”

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È November 2006 Building an Amazing Career “Although you might not like the word ‘networking’ it is an essential part of working life. If you are trying to get an internship or job, use your existing contacts to see if they can help you get a position.”

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May 2006 CV Clinic “Don’t spend so long procrastinating about your CV that you never send out any applications.”

35 October 2005 Barometer “Research by the Institute for Employment Studies and the Council for Industry and Higher Education confirms that the internet has made graduate-recruitment processes more efficient.”

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February 2007 CV Booster “Knowledge of a foreign language is a considerable asset when entering the world of work. Not only are you likely to be eligible to work abroad, but domestic employers – particularly multinational organisations – hold foreign language ability in high esteem.”

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March 2006 Take Control of your Future “Work experience is highly valued by employers – 25 per cent say it’s almost a condition of employment.”

47 Nov 2004 CV Clinic “Do get someone – preferably a careers

October 2003 Six Steps to your Dream Career. “The most successful job seekers hardly ever invent a new wheel – they learn from others. Part of the way forward is to identify successful career movers and find out how they did it, and how they have learned to ‘read’ the marketplace.”

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48 June 2002 How to Become More Employable “Talk to friends (how did they get them?) family, lecturers, friends of your parents, parents of your friends. Don’t hold back. Probe for industry and company information, names and contacts.”

March/April 2007 CV Booster: Work Experience “More than 60 per cent of university students now leave with a 2:1. And with government policy aiming to get 50 per cent of over-18 year-olds into higher education, the graduate job market has never felt more crowded.”

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Survive your First Week at Work “Before your first day in the office brush up on your employer’s business. Spend some time on the internet and look at relevant trade magazines. Read a variety of newspapers for at least a week before you start to get up-to-date.”

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November 2002 È How to Milk the Milkround “If the milkround doesn’t deliver a certain company to your university, don’t worry – there are plenty of other ways to get a head start on your job search. Forget the tradition, contact the employer and develop the relationship yourself.”

43 Í June 2006 Big Dos and Don’ts to Ensure you Maximise your Time at Careers Fairs “Get hold of a map of the careers fair so you know where to find the companies you’re interested in.”

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March 2005 What do I Want to do with my Life? “Many graduates make light of temporary or seasonal jobs, but they provide a huge source of evidence to employers. Your work experience is also a testing ground for discovering your likely career. Examine every experience of work you have achieved to date.” n Compiled by Amy Harris

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hile some may think of networking as only a slightly more sophisticated way of begging for a job, in essence it is simply about connecting people. Annie Kasmai, an account executive at Prompt PR, says that it’s about making social and professional contacts that may, at some point, be useful for your professional and personal development.

“All the people you meet have the potential to get your name on someone’s professional radar,” she says. Using your initiative to make professional contacts allows you to get first-hand information about how you can get involved in the industry, and puts you at a career advantage. Karen Barnard, head of the careers service at University College, London, part

of the Careers Group of the University of London, says: “Networking is beneficial, if done in the right way. We advise students on how to build up a relationship with their contact so they can find out as much information as they can without seeming pushy.” Networking has the power to help you decide on a future career too. As Karen points out: “Speaking to a

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If you are a social butterfly, why not use your skills to your advantage? With a growing number of jobs not being officially advertised, it has become increasingly important to make professional contacts in order to find out about available opportunities, as Analiese Darninsuang reveals.

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BENEFITS OF NETWORKING ARE VAST… “ INTHESOME SECTORS, ESPECIALLY IN MEDIA, MARKETING AND ACADEMIA, IT IS ESSENTIAL ” potential employer can help you decide whether it is the right environment for you.” The benefits of networking are vast. At

means of connecting industries so they extend their sphere of influence. Therefore, no matter what your career

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interests are, it is important to keep creating networks as they may be

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decide on what you want to do, broaden your knowledge of a profession and act as a springboard into opportunities within an industry. In some sectors, networking is essential to success, especially in marketing, media and academia. Annie Kasmai explains: “To get a step on the ladder in media and PR it is often a case of knowing the right people.” On working in PR she says that it is “incredibly important” to make social and professional contacts so that your news is put in the public eye. But even away from this creative sector there lies a significant role for networking as a

experience, volunteering or

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Use all your resources. Attend careers fairs and check with friends and family to see if they have contacts you can speak to. Do your research – then you can ask relevant questions. Informational interviews. Write to specific members of a company and ask if you can speak to them about their work. Use your initiative by taking every opportunity to meet as many people as you can to widen your knowledge of your preferred industries

CV BOOSTER

Howtohavea sensationalsummer You are about to see the end of those dreaded exams and are free to embark on the summer of a lifetime, but do you know your plans? If so, do they give your career and CV a boost?

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n overseas placement in the summer is the perfect opportunity for work and play, to allow room for a bit of work experience and employment, while having time to relax and travel. There is ample choice in placements too. One option open to you is to teach English in an exotic foreign country. It is a good opportunity to boost your language skills and your CV, says Liz Taylor from Gap Activity Projects: “Gap does Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Tefl) in 13 countries where there is a training course prior to departure and this time can be used to produce lesson plans.” Tefl is not exclusively for those people who

How about Teach First?

want to go into teaching as a career, it can also be rewarding for those who want to work with a community. Besides, after your placement, you may well have some time free to do some travelling. While you’re doing this, you could also try to make some money through freelance travel writing. Besides Tefl, there are also volunteering opportunities at home and abroad that are immensely rewarding and can allow you to have a bit of work experience. There is definitely room for choice because you could opt for volunteering at a Kibbutz in Israel or help to build a school in Africa. The opportunities are endless. The summer is a golden opportunity for work experience and to aid your résumé. It is perfect for those that want to work hard and play hard. As Liz Taylor says: “We run placements to summer camps in Canada to a conservation project in Australia, so there’s plenty of choice out there.” n Report by Amy Harris

As graduation day approaches, you might still be wondering what you are going to do once you leave uni? Your friends might already have jobs lined up, but don’t worry if you haven’t. There are still plenty of opportunities out there. For those of you who fancy having a year out after you graduate, there are many organisations that accept applications with a deferred entry – one of those being Teach First. The idea behind the Teach First scheme is simple enough. Its mission is: “to transform exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields”. Initially, it’s a two-year commitment to teach in a tough school. The schools that qualify for the Teach First programme have to be quite needy, with low results and lots of pupils on free school meals. After just six weeks’ training you go straight into the classroom, teaching pretty much full-time. We caught up with Steve Adcock, who graduated from Warwick University with a 2.1 in History. He is now a history teacher and is also a director of learning (similar to an assistant head position). So how did he find the training? “It was good,” he reveals. “After six weeks we didn’t have all the knowledge, but we knew where the gaps were.” Although he initially found it nerveracking, he soon felt more confident. He tells us that his passion for the job stems from a number of things: “Working with so many different young people is very entertaining. Every day you’ll see such a range of characters; you’ll always laugh and smile at something. I enjoy the challenge too; after a tough day I feel more energised than after an ordinary day. The best times are when you make a breakthrough with a tough class.” If this sounds like the opportunity for you, then take note. From 4 June, Teach First will be recruiting teachers from across the board to start in 2008. For more info, visit: www.teachfirst.org.uk n

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that is what employers are looking for. Plus, by signing up with employment agencies you cast your net across the entire job market and can delve into different things to see how they suit you. It might also be appropriate for you if you are looking for a flexible and varied work schedule. Georgina also adds: “The agency is only a call away if you have any problems and it gives a sense of security as it will always help you find another job. I also like how I can try different jobs and constantly update my CV, the agents listen to what I’m interested in and try to build on that to find me a job.” So why not give it a try, because your communications and inter-personal skills will soar as you make acquaintances. Above all, it will be a step in the right direction for finding your perfect job. Just ask Tracey Turton. She graduated in 2002 with a degree in marketing and media from Lincoln University and found temping a great help in her career as a marketing executive: “Temping is a great way to gain experience when you are unable to get a job straight away. It gave me a wider spectrum of skills which helped me to get my current job.” n don’t forget…

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“It was a Catch 22 situation as I couldn’t get any office experience as I didn’t already have any. I just wish I had joined the agency sooner as I felt a bit stranded after graduating.” Most temporary vacancies involve covering a position that has come up or for a short period, such as maternity leave. But if you impress, a short-term post may lead to a different job offer within the company. Plus, making so many new acquaintances will improve your communications skills dramatically and

> Being in a job makes it easier to find another, so temping can be a quick solution to unemployment as you make applications for other jobs or take the time to explore what you want to do. > Have your CV ready when you go in, and be ready to sell yourself, treat it as a practice interview. While it isn’t essential to be well-presented, it may reflect badly on you if you’re not. > If you’ve signed up to an agency but haven’t heard back since, be proactive and ring them. Don’t just sign up to one agency either, the more you make yourself known, the more opportunities will be available. > Don’t lose sight of your long-term goals. It’s easy to get used to being paid weekly and the routine of a sometimes fairly undemanding job. > Seek out temp jobs that take you towards your goals or will give you higher levels of skills. > Don’t get conned, temping agencies shouldn’t have to charge you for any basic services or training. > Temping could be the ideal opportunity to get a foot in the door of your ideal job, as most places advertise permanent vacancies internally. So make sure you give the job everything.

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Entrepreneurs are depicted as visionaries, wealth-creators, even as ‘superhuman’. But what is the reality facing people starting out? Does a recipe exist for successful business enterprise? Derry Nairn finds out

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When it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s generally assumed that it takes a certain type of person to make

restaurant and shopping vouchers. “I feel like someone who writes a hit song and then hears

a success of it. But what are the essential attributes that make it more likely for one individual to succeed

strangers humming it. What was a small idea has become something bigger and touched people.

over another? “Tenacity! And lots of it!” exclaims Laura Thorp. She left her degree course to run a food company making

For me, it’s a creative process.”

biscuits, shortbreads, and other bakery products made with spelt flour. “You don’t need a business degree. Just do your research, plan it properly and remember

Graduate of the Year. With multiple projects to his name, Kirill’s most prominent achievement has been Enternships, a social enterprise organising internships

that cash-flow is everything!” “Faith is key,” claims Tom Minter. He set up BuddaBag in Manchester while studying. The furniture

for students. “Never give up,” he advises. “You need to be able to finish and execute tasks. And be prepared to always be thinking about the business.”

company has now opened outlets in Dublin and London. “If you take the first step in faith, the next step will unfold before you. You do not have to see the entire journey, just take the first step.” “Some entrepreneurs probably have a lot of

BuddaBag’s Tom takes a more prosaic approach: “Just start,” he says. “Just do something. Buy some wholesale t-shirts. Sell them for a profit. In one week of looking for suppliers, negotiating the deal, and marketing your product, you will learn more about

arrogance,” argues Charlotte Fraser. While studying Anthropology at St Andrews University she established and ran her own airport-transfer company, St Andrews

business than a year at business school.” But should potential business-starters really drop out of education? “Of course not,” says Kirill, “What my

Direct. “But, at the end of the day, arrogance can work against you. I’d argue that everybody’s got the potential to run their own business.”

education did was allow me to get to know other people who were interested in the same things that I was. It made a huge difference and really shaped

“Even if your idea seems silly,” she continues, “don’t give up on it. A really good stimulus is to say to yourself: ‘If only this was true, if only that was true...’ Then realise that most things are achievable.” The advice from these young entrepreneurs shows that anyone can start a business if they believe in it. Craig Murdoch couldn’t agree more. After working for larger companies, he set up his own courier firm, Rush Couriers, three years ago. “Have a vision,” he advises. “I started my business knowing where I wanted to be in the end. My vans run on gas, our office is carbon-neutral, and we use sustainable partners as much as possible. Driving profit should not always be the priority.” James Eder concurs: “It’s not about the money,” he says. While still studying in Birmingham, Eder set up studentbeans.com, a website offering half-price

what I’m working on and who I’m working with now.” The spare time that university allows can be helpful. “Just let ideas come to you,” claims St Andrews Direct’s Charlotte. “Starting a business is all about the initial idea.” So where did these business-starters receive their inspiration? “I wanted to buy a big beanbag for my front room and couldn’t find one,” remembers Tom. “I thought ‘It can’t be that difficult to make one’. So I did. Then I thought, ‘How can I make it better than a beanbag?’ So I cut up an orthopaedic mattress and stuffed it inside. Suddenly all my friends wanted one!” It goes back even further for Studentbeans’ James: “When I was 13, I was taking black and white photos of dogs and selling them to the owners,” he explains. “Studentbeans.com was a natural progression.” Be under no illusions though, entrepreneurship is hard work. It can be a lonely occupation: no water-

“Basically, it comes down to wanting it enough,” observes Kirill Makharinksy, the 2006 Real World

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cooler gossip; no secure monthly pay slip. Going against others’ advice for an idea you believe in is a tough choice too. “The hardest thing for me was actually taking the leap,” Charlotte remembers. “In the beginning, I went to an insurance company. The man spent the whole time laughing at my idea from behind his desk. But I didn’t take it to heart because I had enough confidence in both me and my idea.” If you are keen to set up a business, support may be closer than you think. “I’d set up a stall in a market, selling biscuits, one summer during college,” recalls

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it’s the most holistic and broad education you can get. You are continually becoming stronger mentally and emotionally…

Laura. “I did it because there was very little on offer for those off-wheat who wanted a nice treat. Then the local Enterprise Board gave me a grant towards equipment and renovations. This gave me some extra credibility with the banks who also gave me a loan. The rest came from family and friends. It was such a success that I gave up my degree.” In the UK, the Prince’s Trust runs regular enterprisethemed award schemes. The British Library’s Business Collections has lots of advice on patents and protection for the small start-up, too. Starting a business can contribute to other areas of your life too. “It’s the most holistic and broad education you can get,” says Laura. “You are continually becoming stronger mentally and emotionally, more confident and much more knowledgeable than you would in any PAYE job.” Practical business experience looks very impressive on a CV as well. “Most questions I’ve been asked in interviews are about the business. It has definitely made me stand out from the crowd,” asserts Charlotte. “And on a personal level, I reckon my boyfriend was impressed by it too,” she laughs. “I won his heart thanks to St Andrews Direct!” • For more information about becoming an entrepreneur take a look at the resources box, right. n

Useful resources for young entrepreneurs: Advice Startups offers free – and very readable guides – to starting up all sorts of small businesses, from a fish & chip shop to a florists. www.startups.co.uk Small Business Advice is run by the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies and features lots of useful information. www.smallbusinessadvice.org.uk Start Business has more than 800 guides to starting a small business as well as links to related books on Amazon. www.startbusiness.co.uk Oxford Entrepreneurs is a society aimed at young Oxford University entrepreneurs. The advice and links section is useful. Why not set up a similar society at your university? www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk Business Gateway is a Scottish government agency designed to help out the young and intrepid business starter. www.bgateway.com Enterprise Ireland is a similar venture in Ireland. www.enterprise-ireland.com The British Library Business Collections, near London’s King’s Cross, holds a huge collection of market research, both online and in its business section. Best news? It’s free! www.bl.uk/collections/business/business.html

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postgraduate study, a good idea? For some, the thought of further study is out of the question, and seeking employment is the right choice. However, for others, postgraduate study is a viable option. But Have you got what it takes? Kathryn Hills investigates

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But further study does require commitment, determination and motivation. So, if you’re unsure where to go in terms of career choice, it’s best to first cover all your options. “I always ask students to make sure they’ve thought through their reasons,” explains Karen Barnard, Head of University College London’s careers service. “Some just think there’s no better alternative, which is clearly not a good reason.” It’s never a good idea to jump into postgraduate study without doing any research. “The advice I would give is, ‘be clear why you’re doing it’,” says Tim Reed, careers adviser at the University of Kent. “It’s either to enhance your employability or because you enjoy the subject. Ideally, it should be both.” There are three key advantages to postgrad study says Reed. “More time to consider the real range of career options available to you; to enhance your qualifications; and, if you undertake a vocational degree, you could enhance your employability.” It’s also important to research different courses, says UCL’s Barnard. If you do intend to study a vocational degree, it’s important to know the difference between a PhD and a Masters. “It’s crucial to understand the mechanics of the two courses,” she explains. “Masters degrees normally involve teaching and an aspect of self-sufficiency. Whereas a PhD is at the other

end of the spectrum, it requires far more independence.” Conversion courses – thereby altering your career area – may also be worth consideration. For example, the MSc in Information Technology is designed for non-IT graduates who intend to work in computing. While, for non-law graduates, there is the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a one-year programme that covers all the key areas in a law degree. It’s also crucial to consider costs. Postgraduate courses aren’t cheap and, as a postgraduate student, the Student Loans Company will not fund your study. However, other loans are available, the most popular being Career Development Loans (CDLs). But, as with all loans, it’s important to check your eligibility. There are also institutional studentships, which involve companies paying your student fees, if the job is related to the skills that they require. In addition, says Reed, “private organisational funding, scholarships from universities, government research organisations and charities and trusts all provide possible sources of funding for postgraduate students.” So, you’ve considered all the options. You know that you want to study the subject you enjoy further, you can finance it, you have the time and you’re certain that you won’t be left high and dry with no career prospects. With this in mind, postgraduate study can be a really productive experience. Although the amount of work can appear daunting, if it gets you closer to the job that you really want, then it probably is the right choice. n

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IF YOU APPEAR TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS ‘STUFF’ THAN THE MIDDLE-AGED AND PANICKING PUBLISHER, THEN YOU WILL ALREADY BE HALFWAY THROUGH THE DOOR

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static print. Trinity Mirror is no exception. With a combined circulation of 14m for

which demonstrates the candidate has gone the extra mile can pay dividends.

the platform for newspaper

their 230 regional titles, amounting to a

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and magazine titles, national and regional, to plunge into the world of blogs, vods and podcasts – all in the name of telling a good story whilst keeping attuned to the new ways

fifth of the total circulation in Britain, each title has a web and multimedia presence complete with video and audio applications. This technological shift has had a knock-on effect with

can produce a portfolio of work that includes multimedia as well as print, that would certainly help to set them apart in a very crowded market,” recommends Neil. This could include

audiences now consume their news. “Increasingly, journalism graduates are expected to have multimedia skills –

what is expected from those eager to go into the news business.

keeping an online blog – many of sites allow you to do this for free (www. blogger.com), experimenting with

to be at ease producing and editing a video item, creating a podcast, writing a story or blogging,” insists John Thompson, creator of Journalism.co.uk and Managing Director of Mouse Trap

MULTIMEDIA ADVANCES “The move towards multimedia has opened up great opportunities for aspiring journalists, and for journalists of any vintage. There is much more media

recording a podcast or even homing in on the latest technology to make a web-based documentary.

Media. “If you appear to know more about this ‘stuff’ than the middle-aged and panicking publisher, then you will

available, in a wider variety of channels, than ever before. They all need quality content, and that spells opportunity for

Places for the prestigious Mirror Group Journalist Graduate training scheme are highly sought after. Regarded to be the

already be halfway through the door. But don’t forget you still need basic journalism skills.” So popular the

journalists,” reports Neil Benson, Editorial Director of Trinity Mirror. Multimedia innovation appears to be taking over

“gold standard” for the industry the scheme runs for two years and four places are offered for the best

electronic mode of address has become, the New York Post is rumoured soon to be replacing print with an electronic format accessible online, whilst Sweden’s oldest newspaper title, Post-och Intrikes Tidningar has already done so after a 362 year-old print run. While the future does not promise digital formats across the board, the majority of titles offer a sister website to accompany their shrinking print editions, accessible to a world audience, heralding no limits on how content is presented. Online, stories can now be told by video and audio

but, according to Neil, print has not lost any of its raison d’être – nor has a traditional grounding of experience accompanied with a genuine zest for a career in the news business. “We haven’t redefined fundamentally what we want from our new recruits - we’re still looking for bright, inquiring, enthusiastic, committed people,” Neil advises. “We insist that candidates sit a series of papers which we have designed to test their general knowledge, English skills and news sense.” But in a thriving industry where competition is fierce, he

applicants. However, with hundreds of applicants per place, the selection process is rigorous. For the privilege, selected candidates who make the grade are asked to give it their best. The scheme, usually undertaken by graduates hungry and fresh from university, offers a 16-week stint in Newcastle where trainees receive multimedia training in addition to the more conventional tools of the trade, including journalism law, and bringing the dreaded shorthand to 110 words per minute. Upon completion, trainees will be then sent on three month

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make and edit their own films, music

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MAGAZINES MATTER With over 8,500 established specialist and consumer titles available, Britain is

something they did not foresee from the outset. “With something like Monkey, nobody knows where the parameters

covering subjects ranging from the serious, the bizarre and sublime, finding your specific interests and sticking to

still something of a magazine powerhouse in Europe, signalling that print is still going strong. The recently

are because you’re constantly inventing them and they’re constantly evolving,” explains Eoin. Despite its success, Eoin

them will soon equip you with specialist knowledge and a reputation. The rest will soon follow. “People who have

launched lads’ publication, Monkey Magazine is hot but not off the press. Breaking convention, the title is only

admits that in a rapidly changing and increasingly digitalised world, there will always be a place for print. “Things can

succeeded the most from the people we know are those who have specialised in a certain area. So they

available in digital form, and is sent by email to subscribers. Stories told by video and audio have taken centre stage over text, striking a popular chord with its readers. Receiving in excess of 200,000 hits a week from an international audience, it is outperforming its print competition receiving more hits in a week than the subscribers rivals attract in a month. But despite Monkey’s digital ambitions, the editor, Eoin Mc Sorley insists that for candidates keen on entering the industry knowing the technical side is a bonus, but the most attractive qualities are willingness to learn, fuelled by a keen attitude. “You’d have to be passionate about what you’re doing and display and aptitude for the Internet because it’s a place where you can get found out very easily,” he says. For the Monkey team, writing stories for each issue is merely the beginning. From week one, the prospect of adding sound to their films was beyond them.

exist hand in hand – TV didn’t kill radio and DVDs didn’t kill the cinema. We are just another form of media.”

find something they’re really good and knowledgeable about, and stick to it,” believes Kerry. Fused, like many small independent titles, cannot afford to pay their writers, designers or photographers. But Kerry insists that writing for free is essential, acting as the stepping stone from leaving college and getting larger, paid commissions in addition to increasing their potential for possible employers. “Our contributors have gone onto some really exciting work with some really big international magazines and newspapers,” said Kerry. We’ve had people who have gone onto write for Art Review, to edit Flash Art in Milan, to work with the Guardian Group – lots of different things really”. Whether you fancy yourself as a hard nosed newshound or more of a full-time feature writing fanatic, knowledge of multi media will give you the advantage in a competitive marketplace, but beware not to overlook the importance of the more basic journalism skills. n

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? While Monkey Magazine represents one of a handful of online examples, the abundant selection of print and electronic titles strongly positioned both on the magazine stand and in cyberspace gives as much choice to writers as the consumer. Whether it’s a fanzine showcasing the latest up and coming musical talent or a needlework and embroidery weekly, someone has to fill all of those glossy pages, even if pay is not promised. For those yearning for a career in the magazine industry, a serious commitment will have to be demonstrated by undertaking work experience and maintaining the portfolio of published words – even if you are not paid, according to Kerry Thomas, coeditor of Fused Magazine: “Without a portfolio of published work, you’ve got

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THE CANDIDATE Edwin Broni-Mensah is a computer science and mathematics graduate from the University of Manchester. His academic record is great but it’s been a while since he’s updated his CV. At present he’s considering a few alternatives for his future, including applying for jobs in financial risk management or continuing his education with a maths PhD. One option, because of his experience and background, is to apply for IT-based jobs in finance, and it’s for this purpose Edwin has worked on his current CV.

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THE CAREERS ADVISER Brian Reeve is a careers consultant at the careers and employability division at the University of Manchester. Of Edwin’s finished CV he says, “If only more students could achieve such a good standard as this, which many cannot even after several tries.”

  Proof read your CV very carefully and then get someone else to read it very carefully. It’s amazing what details can be missed (did you spot GSCE instead of GCSE).

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 Sloppy layout  Passive. Note the start of each statement, such as : ‘Ability to’. It’s a very common mistake that students use passive language to describe their achievements. ‘Responsible for’ and ‘involved’ are other typical passive phrases that students overuse. Go for action phrases like ‘Took responsibility for’.

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 Was this paid? What exactly did Edwin do and how is it relevant to his ambitions to break into the world of finance? Descriptions of work experiences, interests and achievements lack evidence to support assertions, says Brian.

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be focused on trying to sell yourself to the employer. Look at everything through the eyes of a recruiter. Ask: ‘How is this relevant to the company I’m applying to?’. For example, here the fact that Edwin has gained a deeper appreciation of the film and media industry is of very limited interest to a financial recruiter.

demonstrate commercial skills, but what exactly did Edwin do? Ability to negotiate what?! How big was the company and does he have any figures to demonstrate that he was successful in the role?

contact details take up much too much space, says Brian. The same goes for his A-level results.

  The overall impression of the CV is that it’s rather empty. While an overly busy CV can be just as off-putting for recruiters you want to impress them with your experience not highlight the lack of it.

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  Listing your modules can be useful but don’t just include a shopping list – it doesn’t say anything about you and your abilities. Whittle it down to show courses that are relevant to the job that you are applying to. If, like Edwin, you are doing well academically, let it shine through!

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  Does playing in a amateur football team really constitute working under ‘immense pressure’ compared to working in the financial markets? Be wary of exaggeration.

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 Layout is inconsistent. See the use of capital letters for ‘Manual Labour’ but lower case for ‘junior graphics’. Plus, there is an inconsistent use of bold throughout the CV. Do spend time on the layout as it can let a great CV down or give a recruiter the impression that you don’t pay attention to detail – not a good selling point.

 Too much white space!

 You don’t always need to list your referees as the employer will usually ask for them further along in the recruitment process.

 This sounds interesting but what does it actually involve? Don’t miss the chance to list an achievement. How many people are in the team? What deadlines?

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FEATURE | CV CLINIC

AFTER...  Edwin’s personal details take up much less space and the layout is neat and clear. “The overall impression is attractive and professional,” says Brian. “Sections are clearly separated, headings are in a distinct format and separated from the remaining text, and sub-headings are avoided when they would unnecessarily add to clutter (e.g. address). The use of bullet points generally adds to clarity.”

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 Edwin’s impressive academic achievements at university immediately stand out. Rather than listing every module Edwin has taken he’s focused on subjects and projects which will emphasise her suitability for a job in marketing.

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GCSE grades for maths and English but Edwin has also included computing as it’s relevant to his career aspirations.

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experience. Edwin has really made the most out of showing what skills he gained from it by using plenty of figures and numbers as evidence.

 Note the use of active verbs: “Good use of language, particularly verbs and phrases such as: designed and implemented; led a team; was promoted; took the initiative,” comments Brian.

 An excellent piece of impressive voluntary work, which was not mentioned on his original CV. Voluntary work is very popular with employers. Although it’s not paid employment it shows that you are proactive and self-motivated. Again Edwin has emphasised not only what he’s done but what skills he’s developed while doing it. “Like many of the entries it includes detailed factual material used to illustrate many competencies and skills exercised, developed or gained - this is the major strength of the CV,” says Brian.

 Edwin has focused on what he achieved in his previous jobs, which makes them look much more impressive, as well as demonstrating a range of skills, such as good commercial ability and innovation.

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 A mission statement listing some key achievements or attributes can give a CV a sense of direction and tailor it to a specific job role. However Edwin’s CV is already very focused so he’s decided not to give space to such a statement.

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figures on the savings made or the cost of the project that he worked on. For example, ‘Promoted to work on the ‘Hell Raiser...’ This £10,000 project was successfully delivered on time…’

 By including the open days and employer events he has attended Edwin has shown that he is focused on a career in finance and has taken steps to get to know the industry.

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…make sure the overall look is clean and professional. On average your CV will be scanned for 20 seconds before a decision is made so you need to make a good first impression. …type and laser print your CV. If you are sending out hard copies then go for a heavy, high quality paper.

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Edwin is able to demonstrate that he has strong programming skills by listing his achievements under one heading.

 “This makes very clear his interest in finance, a quality looked for by potential City employers,” says Brian.

….spend so long procrastinating about your CV that you never send out any applications. …send the same CV to everyone. Tailor the CV to the role you are applying for. …play hard to get. Put all your contact details in and make sure you are contactable. Also, change any funky email addresses such as stupid@hotmail.com as they won’t impress anyone ….send off the CV without a covering letter or email. Why miss the chance to sell yourself and reiterate your suitability for the job?

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CAREERS FAIRS 2007 | OVERVIEW

FAIR PLAY DATE: OPENING TIME: VENUE:

NO, IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FREE MUGS AND PENS – CAREERS FAIRS CAN ACTUALLY PROVIDE ANSWERS TO A LOT OF IMPORTANT QUESTIONS – YOU COULD EVEN BAG YOURSELF A JOB, SAYS INGRID FRANCIS

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CAREERS FAIRS 2007 | OVERVIEW

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areers fairs are a way for employers and graduates to meet in a fairly informal setting.

HERE’S THE LOW-DOWN:

Typically, they are free

events, held in large venues, and attract a diverse range of employers

• University Fairs are held on campuses and may last from

from large companies to more

obscure businesses. They are all there to raise awareness. There are many different types of careers fair, and although their aims are similar, they do work in slightly different ways, so it’s important to

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several hours to several days. Most recruiters come to these fairs to advertise and recruit on campus. General/Regional Fairs happen less frequently than university ones and are publicised widely, making them very popular. It is best to arrive early and target specific employers. Due to the popularity of these events you will have to make an incredibly good impression if they are going to remember you and often it is best just to go to find out more information which you can follow up after the fair. Professional Fairs are often more specialised and may have screening and mini-interviews to uncover the candidates who have real potential.

PREPARATION, PREPARATION! t busy careers fairs, the most popular stands are likely to have queues of interested people. So, if you are

queuing, make sure it’s not time wasted. Speak to the other candidates and find out about their strategies for finding employment. Also, try to think of a good question, often students waste time queuing and then ask a silly question which shows little initiative. The likelihood of actually being recruited at a fair is low, but you do have the opportunity to introduce yourself and say what your interests and aims are – assuming they are relevant to the job. Companies screen everyone they see and – if they are impressed with your communication skills – then you may be remembered for the right reasons. However, be proactive, they see so many people at careers fairs that sending them another copy of your CV with a covering letter explaining how you met them at the careers event is usually a good idea. Events like these also give you the opportunity to fill out application forms with guidance, get an overview of occupations and employment opportunities and get advice on how to improve the look of your CV.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CAREERS FAIR OPPORTUNITIES:

• Research the employers that will be at

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the careers fair and which ones to target first; this way you will know the basics about them and be able to form good questions and opinions on topics. You can also tailor your CV to the needs of the individual company. Arrive early. While there are fewer people there, you have a much better chance of a longer chat with the recruiters and more of an opportunity to get used to the layout at the venue. Get a map! This way you won’t waste time on finding elusive stalls of the companies you want to visit. Take time to decide what you are going to wear. Smartness may not be absolutely crucial but it does reflect a professional attitude and suggests you take yourself seriously. Ensure you prepare answers to questions that might crop up about your CV. Always accept and request business cards, you might need them later on. Keep an open mind!

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CAREERS FAIRS 2007 | CARDIFF

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY GRADUATE RECRUITMENT DAY

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DATE: THURSDAY 14TH JUNE 2007 The Cardiff Graduate Recruitment Day is one event you can’t afford to miss this summer. A great opportunity for graduates to meet representatives from a broad range of organisations exhibiting a whole host of opportunities including graduate training programmes, full-time work, travelling abroad, setting up your own business and short-term work placements. Furthermore, as well as the main exhibition, the following workshops will be taking place: Employment Regs for International Students Working in Wales What Can I do With a Career in Humanities CV & Careers Advice Drop-in

OPENING TIMES: 11:00AM–3:00 PM VENUE: CITY HALL, CATHAYS PARK, CARDIFF CF10 3ND

12noon-1.00pm 12noon-1.00pm 2.00pm-3.00pm 1.00pm-3.00pm

Open all new graduates, free entry. For full details of the event, visit the event website www.careers.cardiff.ac.uk/graduate_fair TRANSPORT: City Hall is at the heart of the University and Cardiff’s civic centre, a short walk from the Students’ Union. For full details of how to get there, visit the event website: www.careers.cardiff.ac.uk/graduate_fair CONTACT DETAILS: Employer Liaison & Marketing Team, Cardiff University Careers Service. Tel: 029 2087 4712. Email: careersfairs@cardiff.ac.uk SPECIAL EVENTS: Cardiff Graduate Recruitment Day is part of the “New Grad” programme (Friday 1 June – Friday 22 June), three weeks of workshops and talks for new graduates. FACILITIES: Wheelchair access, disabled parking available in the City Hall car park. If you have any specific needs, please contact us at careersfairs@cardiff.ac.uk in advance so we can ensure that we have adequately catered for them.

EXHIBITORS: Exhibitors confirmed as of 30/04/07 (for an up-to-date list, visit the event website www.careers.cardiff.ac.uk/graduate_fair) include: ACCA, Aerosystems International, Aldi Stores Ltd, The Army, Aviza Technology Ltd, BAE Systems, Bloomberg, British Nuclear Group, Cardiff University Careers Service, CIMA, CIPFA, Corus, Costain Group Ltd, EDS (UK) Ltd, Enterprise Managed Services Limited, Ernst & Young, GDS International, GO Wales, Graduate Prospects, ICAEW, Jobcentre Plus/European Employment Services (EURES), Lidl UK Gmbh, London & Country Mortgages Ltd, Lonza Biologics plc, L’Oreal Manufacturing UK, Majestic Wine Warehouse, Open University in Wales, OrthoClinical Diagnostics, OSTC, Pareto Law, PKF (UK) LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Real World, Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Teacher Training Wales, Thomson Financial, Thresher, Training & Development Agency for Schools, University of Bath School of Management, University of Glamorgan, Voluntary Community Service (VCS) & White Young Green

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LIVERPOOL GRADUATE RECRUITMENT FAIR

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DATE: TUESDAY 12TH JUNE 2007 OPENING TIMES: 10:30AM – 3:30PM VENUE: ST GEORGE’S HALL, LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! If you’re still job seeking after graduation, you can’t afford to miss the Liverpool Graduate Recruitment Fair. Hundreds of jobs from a wide variety of employment sectors will be on offer for talented graduates. With over 60% of graduate jobs open to students of any degree discipline, there’ll be opportunities for everyone. There will be jobs available throughout the UK and even further afield, but if you’re looking to work in the North West, the fair will feature the Graduate to Merseyside Arena – a must for graduates looking for work locally. Organisations offering further study and training opportunities will also be exhibiting. As well as being able to meet representatives from the exhibiting organisations, the fair will also provide you with an opportunity to get expert advice from a team of careers advisers at the Careers Advice Stand. Furthermore, a series of free seminars on CVs, application forms and interview skills will take place alongside the exhibition to assist you with the application process. Students and graduates from any university or college are welcome to attend. To get the most out of this event, it is vital that you prepare. Visit www.liverpoolfairs.org.uk for our top-tips and an opportunity to download our “Prepare for the Fair” podcast. This event will have real jobs for the right candidate. Somebody’s got to get them… so why not you? THE ORGANISERS This event is organised by the University of Liverpool Careers & Employability Service in partnership with the Careers Services of Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University. CONTACT US Tel: 0151 794 4647 Email: fairs@liverpool.ac.uk Web: www.liverpoolfairs.org.uk

EXHIBITORS: Exhibitors include ACCA, Army, Amaze, Baker Hughes, Chase Medical Sales, CIMA, Civil Service Fast Stream, Co-Operative Group, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Duncan Sheard Glass, Edge Hill University, EF English First, Enterprise Rent A Car, EURES Jobcentreplus, Graduate-Jobs.com, Graduate Prospects, HSBC, Littlewoods Shop Direct Group, TeamIT, Liverpool John Moores University, Matchtech Group Plc, McDonalds, Merseyside Police, Pareto, Parsons Brickerhoff Ltd, PKF, Real World, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Training & Development Agency for Schools, Scantec Personnel, SRG, University of Central Lancashire, University of Liverpool. Visit www.liverpoolfairs.org.uk for full details.

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CAREERS FAIRS 2007 | MANCHESTER

MANCHESTER GRADUATE RECRUITMENT FAIR ANY FINAL YEAR, GRADUATE OR POSTGRADUATE WELCOME If you’re a new graduate/postgraduate or a graduate/postgraduate from a previous year, regardless of where you studied, you are very welcome at the Graduate fair in Manchester. Some exhibitors will be looking for applicants with specific qualifications, others will have vacancies where your degree subject is irrelevant. THE BIGGEST GRADUATE RECRUITMENT FAIR IN THE UK Come along and meet over 180 different exhibitors from all over the UK with hundreds of vacancies for Autumn 2007 – mostly full time graduate jobs, but also some postgraduate course places and some volunteer positions. Different exhibitors will be present each day – large and small companies, recruiting for both national and local vacancies in a wide variety of sectors. ATTEND ON BOTH DAYS TO SEE EVERYONE. TRANSPORT: The Armitage Centre is just south of the city centre, within easy reach of the motorway network and railway stations. There is free parking around the Centre. It is also on a bus route from Manchester city centre and a free bus to the Fair leaves Piccadilly Train Station every 20 minutes from 9.30am until 3pm, picking up at the bus stop next to the taxi rank on Fairfield Street, beside the Station. For detailed information, please see the website www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/graduatefair Click on “How to Get There” for a map and travel directions.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 13TH AND THURSDAY 14TH JUNE 2007 DIFFERENT EXHIBITORS EACH DAY OPENING TIMES: 10:30AM – 4:00PM EACH DAY VENUE: THE ARMITAGE CENTRE, MOSELEY ROAD, FALLOWFIELD, MANCHESTER M14 6HE

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SPECIAL EVENTS: In addition to meeting with over 180 exhibitors, you can also: Get free expert advice from a team of professional Career Consultants who will be providing individual one-to-one help. Attend the free seminars on applications, interviews and assessment centres to help you succeed in your job search. Remember there are different exhibitors each day FACILITIES: Adjacent free car parking; Disabled access; Refreshments on sale at the Firs Pavilion (adjacent to the Armitage Centre); Free entry and free Fair Catalogue for all visitors on arrival; Free transport from Piccadilly Train Station. CONTACT DETAILS: www.manchester.ac.uk/careers/graduatefair Tel 0161 275 2828 jan.hewitt@manchester.ac.uk

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NEWCASTLE GRADUATE RECRUITMENT FAIR

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DATE: MONDAY 11TH JUNE 2007 OPENING TIMES: 11:00AM – 3:00PM VENUE: NEWCASTLE UNITED ST JAMES’ PARK

Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair is the largest event of its kind taking place in the North East. Open to new and recently qualified graduates, finalists and postgraduate students from any institution. The event attracts over 70 local and national organisations from a variety of sectors with immediate graduate jobs on offer. See website for more details about the fair and who will be there… www.careers.ncl.ac.uk/ngrf. TRANSPORT: St James’ Park boasts an easily accessible City Centre location with excellent public transport links. For further detailed travel instructions, please see the ‘how to get there’ section on the event website. FACILITIES: On-site parking; fully accessible venue; refreshments available. CONTACT DETAILS: Angela Smee, Events Co-ordinator Email: Angela.Smee@ncl.ac.uk Tel: 0191 222 7768

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EXHIBITORS (CORRECT AT 16/04/07): ACCA, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, Amey, Areva T&D UK Ltd, Chase Medical Sales, CIMA, CIPFA, Control Techniques, CTC Marine Projects Ltd. Deloitte, Douglas & Gordon, Duco Ltd, Durham University Graduate School, Edge Hill University EDS (Electronic Data Systems), Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Entrust, EURES, Explore Learning, expw: consulting, Frontier Agriculture Ltd, Gardline Marine Sciences Limited, Graduate Prospects, Graduate-Jobs.com, Grant Thornton, HM Government Communications Centre, ICAEW, International Paint, Invista, Kelly Scientific Resources, Majestic Wine Warehouses, Management Development Services (MDS), Matchtech Group, MCS, Milkround Online, Mott MacDonald, Newcastle University, Nexia Solutions Ltd, Nigel Wright, Northern Rock, Northumbria University, Northumbria University - School of Law, Nova Group, Pareto Law, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Perfect Image Ltd, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QGS Recruitment, Real World, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Schlumberger Oilfield, Select Education, Solutions Recruitment, SRG, Tarmac, The Army, The Logic Group, Training & Development Agency for Schools, University of Central Lancashire, Waitrose

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CAREERS FAIRS 2007 | YORKSHIRE

YORKSHIRE GRADUATE RECRUITMENT FAIR

DATE: THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2007 OPENING TIME: 11:00AM-3.30PM VENUE: SPORTS AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Come along to the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair, the biggest event of its kind in Yorkshire, for an opportunity to: • Access immediate and future vacancies with local, national and international organisations • Visit the ‘Local Employment Zone’ sponsored by GraduatesYorkshire • Find out about postgraduate courses and research • Investigate a range of voluntary work in the UK and overseas • Research enterprise and self-employment resources • Learn about career-planning help available in the region The Fair is open to new and recent graduates from any UK university and is free to attend. TRANSPORT: There are excellent public transport links to Leeds and the Fair is centrally located within easy reach of bus and train stations. See the website for more details. SPECIAL EVENTS: Come along to our Prepare for the Fair day to get your CV checked, try your hand at ‘speed interviewing’ with recruiters, and get advice and help on how to make the most of the event. • Wednesday 6th June, 11.30am-3.30pm, at the University of Leeds Sports and Exhibition Centre FACILITIES: The Fair venue is fully accessible and refreshments are available. If you have any specific needs please contact careers@ bradford.ac.uk or call 01274 234991 and we will make appropriate arrangements for you. EXHIBITORS: There will be around 100 organisations at this year’s event. For an up to date list of bookings and information on their opportunities, see www.graduatesyorkshire.info/recruitmentfair. CONTACT DETAILS: Web: www.graduatesyorkshire.info/recruitmentfair Email: careers@bradford.ac.uk Tel: 01274 234991

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GREAT COMPANIES TO WORK FOR WONDERING WHERE TO START WITH YOUR APPLICATIONS FOR A GRADUATE JOB? REAL WORLD BRINGS YOU A SELECTION OF SOME OF THE HOTTEST RECRUITERS AROUND. THEY ARE HIRING NOW – SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? APPLY NOW!

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hen it comes to choosing which companies to apply to for a job, it can be

www.realworldmagazine.com. One of the most important things to remember when job-hunting is to make sure you

a daunting experience. There are so many different organisations out there – how do you know which one will be right for you? Well, to make life a little easier we have a compiled a directory of great organisations to work for. Each company offers great opportunities for graduates; so why not have a leaf through their profiles to see which ones you would be best suited to. The directory covers organisations from across the board: so whether you are looking for a role in marketing or a career in teaching there is something for everyone! When you start to make the applications to your chosen companies make sure you’ve read our advice given both in this issue’s lead story (50 tips to get you a great job), as well as those archived on our website

tailor your applications to the companies in question, rather than making one generic application that you use for all organisations. Above all, make sure you are passionate about the position you are applying for. Companies want to see a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the work they do. What’s more if you have work experience that is relevant to the role then you will already be head and shoulders above other applicants vying for the same position. Good luck with your job-hunt – and don’t forget to mention Real World when you are asked how you heard about the vacancy. And finally, we’d like to say a big thank you to all the companies who have contributed to this issue – and the previous 49 issues. Without your support Real World wouldn’t exist!

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great companies TO WORK FOR

Enterprise

NO, I’D RATHER JOIN ENTERPRISE, SO I CAN RUN MY OWN BUSINESS WITHIN TWO YEARS.

We are an equal opportunities employer

YES, I’D LIKE TO SPEND AN ETERNITY MASTERING ONLY THE BASIC BUSINESS SKILLS, UNTIL MY ENTHUSIASM IS AS FALSE AS MY TEETH.

MANAGEMENT TRAINING SCHEME Will most industry-leading companies really make the most of your talents? You’ve spent all those years at uni, so the last thing you want is to end up as an expert in photocopying and making coffee. Better make sure that’s not your fate by joining the 1000 plus graduates who enter the Enterprise Management Training Scheme each year. We’re an international car rental company with over 440 locations across the UK, Ireland and Germany and a multi-billion pound turnover. And we’ll teach you how to run your own business in as little as two years. You’ll learn about everything from sales, marketing and customer service to operations and finance, so you can make crucial business decisions and reap the rewards. You could be promoted twice in one year. And earn in two years what could take you five elsewhere. We’re here to make the most of your potential, not let it wither and die. To apply, go to www.enterprisealive.co.uk/rw50 or call 0870 850 1232.

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Marks and Spencer

Improve your chances for a place…while you still can. People will do almost anything to get on our graduate scheme. And it’s hardly surprising when you look at what we have on offer – and the handful of available places. Choose our retail programme in the UK or Ireland, and you’ll spend twelve months learning everything you need to know about store operations. Or, join our head office where you’ll spend up to twenty four months covering all the ins-and-outs either in food, technology, buying, or IT. You’re probably wondering exactly what it takes to secure a place with us. For starters, we’re looking for the future leaders of our company, so the ability to motivate and inspire will be key. But most of all, we want people with new ideas and the drive to implement them. We’ve built our business on innovation – and we have every intention of keeping it that way. For more advice on the qualities you’ll need (and they don’t include blending in with our cheese ravioli) and all the vacancies available, go to www.marksandspencer.com/careers Closing date: 18th June 2007.

The Graduate Scheme everyone wants to get onto.

Marks and Spencer plc is an equal opportunities employer.

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great companies TO WORK FOR

RM

Not so much a job, more an education Abingdon, Oxfordshire We’re the UK’s leading provider of IT for education, and are well known for our friendly and supportive culture that allows graduates to thrive from the outset. We’re not all talk either. Join us as a graduate and on top of the chance to get stuck into some real projects as soon as you arrive, you’ll benefit from a starting salary of £22-£25k and excellent rewards, including a laptop and performance-related bonus scheme. Whatever your role, you’ll need to combine a broad blend of skills. While those taking on IT-specific roles should be able to

demonstrate technical ability, our commercial roles require excellent problem-solving abilities. All our graduates will need fantastic communication skills and a strong customer focus, along with the energy, enthusiasm and determination to succeed. Our training and progression opportunities are first-rate too. In fact our CEO, Tim Pearson, was once taking his intrepid first steps as a graduate himself. So if you have a 2:1 or above, at least 240 UCAS points and would like to find out more, visit www.rmgraduates.com

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Nova Group

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