Friday, October 5, 2012

TARGETjobs news roundup

Hi there, how’s it going? You've found your way to the TARGETjobs news round-up. It’s weekly, it’s quick-fire, and it’s got all you need to know about the world of graduate recruitment.

Before we get going we would like to thank BBC Free Speech for inviting us down to their live audience in Reading. The debate topics included immigration, and Nick Clegg’s apology. To read more about this just scroll down or click here. 

This week there are a couple of stories which should prove particularly interesting to engineering graduates. It seems engineers are in high demand these days, and even though the built environment sector has been going through a rocky patch, there are still jobs available if you know how to get them:
Then again, not everyone wants to be an engineer, so check out these as well:
We also have a round-up of all the other news for anyone who doesn't fancy moving into these sectors:
  • For a while the graduate recruitment business has been looking for a more inclusive way to assess applicants – rather than the 2.1, 2.2 cut-off – and it looks like we might have one. Universities are introducing HEAR, a thorough record of achievement which also reflects extra-curricular activities.
  • We've also got a heads-up about ‘zero hours’ contracts. This new kind of contract is gaining popularity among recruiters. With the news that NHS clinical staff may soon be on them, they are being introduced for graduate roles too.
  • Everyone needs to know how to answer competency questions, but what do you do when the competency is as vague as ‘managing ambiguity’? Fortunately, we’ve got a handy breakdown of what this skill entails, and how you can prove that you’ve got it.
  • Finally there are a number of graduate jobs with deadlines coming in the next week. Would-be management consultants will be particularly interested.

To get graduate careers news as it happens, check out the TARGETjobs news feed. Alternatively, check out the roundup this time next week!

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