Get stuck into your internship

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Being an average all-rounder and studying such a broad course as International Business with Spanish – I’ve always found it extremely hard to know what career path I want to take after University. With fourth year looming and sadly my time at the University drawing to an inevitable close, I saw the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP)as a great way to gain work experience and (I hoped) get a little closer to discovering what it is I want to do. After a tough interview, I was fortunate enough to land the summer internship with Student Services!

For the past 8 weeks I have been working within the Funding, Graduations and Awards Team, reviewing the information on studenthelp and improving/ adding additional FAQs in where necessary – sound a bit like a dull office job? To be quite honest, it was…until I took complete ownership of the role, the project in hand, and once I really understood what was expected of me. It was only then that I was able to set out and achieve my objectives. Continue reading

Is your CV really the first thing you need to check?

If you’re a finalist, could this be you?

Is your CV really the first thing you need to check

By Jim Reali, Careers Advisor for GEES

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Recently at one of my advice desk appointments I met a final year GEES undergraduate who told me that they had booked the appointment because they wanted someone from Careers Network to review their CV. Let’s call the student “Bob”.

When I’m looking at a CV, it always helps to know what industry sector it’s intended for, what it is that appeals to the student about that sector and how they intend to use the CV, so I asked Bob to tell me about this “bigger picture”.

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Lynx, Lancs and Life

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In my first year and a bit as a Biological Sciences student I think I must have flirted with every possible future career under the sun. I’ve variously been interested in plant development, immunology, zoology, and changing tack completely to work in the charitable sector.

I doubt I’m unique in this. There’s a lot of pressure at university, and in general to figure out what it is you want to do with your life early on – it’s one of those unspoken cultural things, where everyone is impressed by (and jealous of) the folks with a clear idea of where they’re going and how they’re getting there. A more focused degree type can be a real blessing when it comes to mapping out your future. So I’d decide that I’d chosen my future field, put some fairly intense research and… realise maybe it wasn’t entirely my thing after all. Continue reading