The prospect of life after university can be daunting. Once the student bubble has burst it’s time to decide what you’re going to do next. Do you jump straight into the world of work or take a break to travel? What if we told you that you could do both? AllAboutCareers spoke to Alan Clark about his experience travelling across India as a Graduate Brand Ambassador for Scotch whisky and premium gin producer Chivas Brothers.
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In the past few years there have been a lot of studies that have found social class discrimination to still exist within many workplaces and during the recruitment process. Over 52% of HR managers and directors believe social class inequality occurs in the workplace, with 79% believing an unconscious bias to exist in recruitment and promotion opportunities.
The events industry can offer a rewarding career with exciting challenges, exciting perks and the chance to help make people’s dreams come true. From parties to weddings, it’s a fun career but one that carries a lot of responsibility, organisation and creativity. Niamh Spence caught up with three young graduates who are lucky enough enough to be working at one of the UK’s most exciting wedding venues, Heaton House Farm, and they’ve shared their top tips on how to get ahead in this competitive industry.
Back in 2013 Universities announced that they would be increasing their fees from £3,000 per year to £9,000 per year for new students, doubling the cost for those looking to further their education. This immediately met controversy as students and prospective students alike took to the streets to protest the rise. The public expressed their worry that universities would go backwards and become, yet again, a place for the elite and upper classes.
Anthony Alleyne is a Filmmaker, Film Course Leader and Course Designer, based at Met Film School. He is the Leader of Met Film School’s course. We sat down with him to talk about the skills that you need to pursue a career in filmmaking.
For most students, university is all about having fun. You’ll spend as much time drinking and dancing as you do being educated, and few people give too much thought to what they’ll do once the experience is over. Those who study vocational courses might already have their career paths mapped out before them, but most of us don’t. It might be the case that you’re happy with this arrangement, but then again, it might not. Although it’s normal not to have your whole life planned out at 18 or 21, experience will always work in your favour. The harsh reality is that once you leave university and start applying for jobs, the empty ‘past employment’ section on your CV will work against you. Unless you go against the grain and fill it up, of course…
Congratulations, student – you got there! You made it into university, and you’re preparing yourself for three or more years of adventure, camaraderie, alcohol, and hopefully the occasional lecture. But it’s also time to start preparing yourself to take on the world after you graduate. That’s right – time to work on your employability. Hey, don’t be scared. It’s okay. That word can’t hurt you. Though you shouldn’t let the prospect of employment on the horizon dominate your time at uni, there’s no denying that it’s an excellent time to get started on making yourself attractive to employers and picking up the experience and skills you’ll need to excel in the workplace. So here are my five top tips for improving your employability while you’re at uni!
My CV was bare. Completely and utterly empty of experience, of any kind. I knew full well that I wanted to work in my first summer of undergrad, but the chances of that happening were probably somewhere in the negative hundreds of percent with the experience I had, even if I tried to cover it up with my "substantial extracurricular achievements". So, when a family friend offered me a week-long temporary position at his company, I naturally jumped at the chance. The first step is always the hardest, right? I reasoned that this first job would put me in an excellent position to seek more, regardless of what it actually entailed.