How to impress at the Fair

And more importantly, what to wear

You’ve done your research and worked out who you want to speak to at the Fair. Now you need to know how to go about it to create the right impression. Continue reading

How to impress employers

Research and preparation

Imagine if you were on a blind date, and your date hadn’t even been bothered to read your profile. That’s the kind of impression we give to employers when we ask questions like “so what does your company do again?!” Continue reading

Why attend the Fair?

Careers Fairs are a great opportunity to make some really good headway with your career planning in a very short space of time – think about all those employers under one roof!  If you know what you want to do, this is a great opportunity to research employers, graduate schemes and placements.  If you don’t know what you want to do, it’s a great opportunity to find out what’s out there for Reading grads. Continue reading

Is the Careers and Placements Fair for you?

Yes, the Careers and Placements Fair is for everyone

 

You might be surprised to hear that over 60% of jobs advertised to graduates are open to students who have studied any degree subject… that’s a lot of interesting possibilities! If you’re one of Reading’s many arts, humanities or social science students, you might be wondering if it’s worth attending our Careers Fair on 19th October. It’s all about big business, right? They won’t be interested in me, will they? Answer – NO! Continue reading

Social media etiquette

vintage graphic cubeWhat do your social media profiles say about you? Just like the way you behave shows who you are, Facebook or Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn reflect your personality. If employers research you, and they do this, what will they discover about you online? To avoid creating the wrong impression, you need to know the basic rules of social media etiquette.Do not share images of yourself which you wouldn’t want people outside your closest circle of friends to see. Continue reading

Campus Jobs Work For You

With three bustling campuses, the University of Reading offers plenty of opportunities for you to work part-time during your studies. However, it could be hard for you to find the right job and apply. Don’t lose hope because next academic year Campus Jobs comes to your rescue. Technically, this is a one-stop shop for all temporary work at the University, providing part-time opportunities that are safe and secure for you.

However, you could think of it a Super-service with extra flexibility, which bravely manages all the part-time and temporary work on campus to help you gain extra money and work experience while studying.CAMPUS JOBS promotional poster containing the brand visual identity, logo, and links to social media channels.

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The workshop for your career in marketing

For a career in marketing, experience plays a big part. It is actual work, trial and error processes which make good marketers. If you are a recent graduate with a degree in Marketing or Business and little experience but would like to launch your career, the Graduate Marketing Workshop will get you started. This event organised by The SR group and Carter Murray, recruitment agencies, will take place on the 21st of June in London. Continue reading

Tips for starting a business

“Starting a Business Tips

There’s a whole wealth of information about starting a business, and we won’t be able to give you a complete guide (that would take several books and several years of research!). However, from our experience at ClickMechanic, where we’ve grown over the past 4 years we can pull out some common themes that have been crucial to our success.

What are your hypothesis?

Inherent in any business plan is a number of assumptions. Working out what these are and then testing them should be one of the first things you do as a budding entrepreneur. A helpful exercise is to write down any assumption you’ve made on a post-it note, and stick them on a graph with an x and y axis: ‘Ease of testing’ and ‘Criticalness to business’

If they fit in the top-right, get testing. If you’ve got things in the bottom right, then now is a good time to rethink your idea. Testing your assumptions with as little resource as possible is key to building a successful business.

Apply the scientific method

In science, you start with a hypothesis, collect some data and then evaluate. This build-measure-learn cycle is incredibly helpful in starting a business. No amount of thinking and hypothesising can replace feedback from real customers. Iterating quickly will help you to improve your product or to change your idea if needs be.

Watch the financials

Startups fail because they run out of money. Ensure you’re measuring the financial performance of your business from day one. It will give you early warning signs of where you need to change course or areas where you can scale. Not only that, but investors are looking for a return, and any founders without a good grasp of their financials is a huge red flag.

Why do you want to start a business?

Building a business from scratch is hard work, and takes long hours, sacrifices and dedication. Before embarking on a project, consider why you want to start this particular business. Just because you have found a gap in the market doesn’t mean that you want to dedicate the next few years to trying to exploit it. So do some soul search, pick an industry that you care about and build a business you’d be proud to be running in a few years.”

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This article has been provided by an external organisation, as such the views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre.