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Theconversation. A recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) claimed that the UK is one of the very few EU countries which saw larger growth in low-skill jobs than in high-skill ones between 1996 and 2008.


All this at a time when the share of graduates in the economy increased dramatically. The report received widespread attention and makes other interesting points which were summarised by the authors in an article for The Conversation. But in our own ongoing research, we’ve concluded that the finding that low-skill jobs grew more than higher-skill ones is driven by a problem in the data used – the European Labour Force Survey. How to use social media to get a graduate job. The question is, how can graduates take advantage of social media opportunities in order to stand out from the crowd?

How to use social media to get a graduate job

Start your own blog Starting your own blog is a fantastic way to demonstrate numerous transferable skills to potential future employers. Writing well is a valuable skill and a blog is a simple yet effective way to demonstrate your ability to write a wide range of content. Setting up the blog itself also shows that you have initiative, while posting consistently will demonstrate reliability and an ability to see things through. Which UK city is best for graduate prospects? One of the first things you’re told when you start university is to make the most of being a fresher; because before you know it you’ll be approaching the end of third year, on your fourth coffee of the day and filling out your fifth job application of the week.

Which UK city is best for graduate prospects?

Needless to say, you didn’t take this on board – and now you’re in your final year – trawling through graduate scheme listings in search of your perfect job. Me too. Finding the right scheme is incredibly difficult. Not only do you have to find a job in which you could thrive, there are various other factors to consider before applying too, such as where you would like to live. London is the immediate thought for many university leavers, as it offers the most grad schemes, work placements and comes with the buzz of working in the capital.

London also boasts the top three graduate recruiters this year; Pwc, Deloitte and Teach First all have their head offices located in the capital. International Education News l The PIE News l UK: Unemployment lower for mobile students, IU finds. Differences in unemployment rates and graduate salaries are particularly marked among students who studied STEM subjects– the unemployment rate was 5.2% for mobile students, compared to 6.1% for their non-mobile counterparts.

International Education News l The PIE News l UK: Unemployment lower for mobile students, IU finds

Additionally, 88% of the full-time roles attained by mobile STEM students were in top jobs (‘managers and senior officials’, ‘professional roles’ and ‘associate professional and technical occupations’), compared with 82% of roles for non-mobile students. In Computer Science, 100% of full-time roles for mobile graduates were in these top positions, compared with 86% of non-mobile; and 94% compared with 88% in Engineering Technology. Anne-Marie Graham, Head of Programme, Outward Student Mobility at IU said the report aims to spotlight STEM fields to provide “as much evidence as possible” to demonstrate the positive outcomes of study and work abroad for STEM students.

The 10 toughest interview questions. IT skills and past experience of dealing with a difficult colleague are the kinds of things you might expect to be asked about at an interview, but unless you’re planning to go into sports logistics, the number of tennis balls used at Wimbledon is unlikely to be something you’ve research in advance.

The 10 toughest interview questions

Similarly, detailed knowledge of supermarkets’ product ranges and their calorific value might not be high on your list of revision subjects for an interview at Google. But these are among the things candidates say they have been grilled on at interviews for unrelated jobs. The website Glassdoor has chosen 10 questions which it claims are the 10 toughest asked of UK job-hunters over the past year. The questions were posted on the site by the candidates at the receiving end – only some of whom have explained how they answered. Can you calculate how many tennis balls are used during the course of Wimbledon? A: 54,250, according to the Wimbledon website A: 31.9m according to the industry. Graduate careers: six ways to get a job after university. 1.

Graduate careers: six ways to get a job after university

Decide on a career path and focus all your energy on achieving it Employers don't like vague applications, says Mark Bradford, resourcing specialist at Stem Graduates. "Pick something that most suits your interests, experience and skills. In applications demonstrate your passion and knowledge for that particular path. " Jon Gregory, a university careers adviser, agrees: "Follow your interests and choose an industry that you are enthusiastic about. 2.

Many graduates think their first job will determine their future career path. Similarly, Zac Williams, founder and director of GradTouch, says "don't be afraid to make mistakes" because developing your career is a continuous process. 3. How to use your disability as a strength when applying for jobs. Dear Employer, I’m James, a mathematics graduate from the University of Bath, who’s not able to do things which most people can.

How to use your disability as a strength when applying for jobs

My biggest weaknesses include ...” This is clearly not the best way to kick off a CV or job application, though it’s exactly what I thought I’d be doing when I disclosed my disability applying for a graduate job. I am clearly not alone. PwC recruiters say A-level results unfairly aid private school pupils. The international accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) plans a radical move to ditch A-level results for recruiting graduates because of the unfair advantage given to independent school pupils.

PwC recruiters say A-level results unfairly aid private school pupils