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David Winter, careers thought leader, launches new book: You're hired!

Posted by Harry Picken on 26-Apr-2016 09:30:00

David Winter from The Careers Group has released a book with Tristram Hooley and Jim Bright entitled 'You’re hired! Job Hunting Online: The Complete Guide'.

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Topics: News, Resources

LinkedIn Students: What’s it all about and key actions for universities

Posted by Harry Picken on 19-Apr-2016 09:30:00

In today’s post we are going to take a look across the pond to our friends in the US and in particular, the launch of LinkedIn Students, an app that aims to help graduates build a professional network and begin their career.


Career service and university colleagues will probably think of LinkedIn as an online CV. However, the sector has recently become aware of its importance as a research tool, career explorer, and news aggregator. It’s not just professionals taking advantage, students are too. As students are their fastest growing demographic LinkedIn has put a tremendous amount of effort into building and releasing LinkedIn Students which hits app stores in the US yesterday (18/04/2016). Depending on its success, the UK will hopefully see its release in the next few months -that means we have some time to prepare!


Take a look at what you can expect and the key actions for UK universities below.

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Topics: News, Comment

Working with academic departments to temp agency partnerships: 5 things you will learn in the latest edition of The Frame from Goldsmiths Careers

Posted by Harry Picken on 21-Mar-2016 11:32:30

The Spring issue of The Frame is here! The publication from Goldsmiths Careers Service is bursting with a range of projects and approaches, opinion pieces, interviews, case studies and videos focused on student personal professional development.

With commentary from Goldsmiths staff, students and guest contributors from across the sector, you can be sure there are a number of key takeaways that set you up to be the envy of your colleagues as you casually slip the latest industry know-how into conversation.

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Topics: Comment, The Careers Group member Colleges, Partnerships, Resources

Addressing social mobility through employer engagement

Posted by Harry Picken on 29-Feb-2016 09:30:00

Social mobility is widely acknowledged as a long standing issue for employers and universities. As a result, leaps have been made in policy, research, and practice throughout the graduate recruitment industry, from the big four to the local tech startup.

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Topics: News, Comment, Resources

The best times (and worst) to post on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for careers centres

Posted by Harry Picken on 03-Feb-2016 13:13:48

It’s not enough to just post your content on social media. These days it’s important to consider when you’re posting, to ensure your content gets seen by the most people. But when exactly is the best time to be posting on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn if you're trying to reach students and employers?

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Topics: Comment, Resources

8 incredibly useful tools each careers centre should know about

Posted by Harry Picken on 26-Jan-2016 09:00:00

Always thinking of new ways to optimise your time or improve the service you provide to students and employers? Fear not! These tools are so functional you'll be left pondering how you used to manage your day. 

We're not saying bookmarking them will change your life, but you might as well give it a go.


1. Calendly

Always struggling with back-and-forth emails to schedule meetings with students? It's a daily issue. 

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Topics: Comment, The Careers Group member Colleges

Times Higher Education highlights AGCAS graduate survey

Posted by Harry Picken on 18-Jan-2016 10:48:55

The Times Higher Education has highlighted the annual graduate labour market survey, undertaken by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

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Topics: News

The 10 most popular articles from The Careers Group blogs

Posted by Harry Picken on 11-Jan-2016 12:10:00

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.


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Topics: News, Jobs and Internships, Fairs and Events, Consultancy, Services

Postgraduate Study Fair launches new look and website to overwhelming response

Posted by Harry Picken on 08-Jan-2016 11:15:17

The UK's leading Postgraduate Study Fair has a new look and feel to both its website and branding. The refresh  accommodates the changing needs of prospective postgraduate students and universities exhibiting at the fair.

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Topics: Fairs and Events, Services

Untangling fairy lights: how careers centres can leverage the season of goodwill

Posted by Harry Picken on 16-Dec-2015 16:47:36

December is here and that means festive marketing campaigns are in full swing. You may have noticed that campaigns are beginning to follow a slightly different format.

In 2009, John Lewis’ ‘Sweet Child o Mine’ advert featured a very direct message of children playing with gifts that could be bought from the British department store. So what’s changed and what can a careers centre learn from this?


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