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Friday, November 23, 2012

TARGETjobs news roundup


Well hello there. How are you? You’re looking very stylish, and I love that thing you’ve done with your hair. You have come to the right place. To celebrate your arrival we’ve put together a little something. Welcome to the TARGETjobs news roundup.


If you’re interested in accountancy and finance management then this is an important week for you. First up there’s the lowdown on the merger between BDO and PKF, then there’s an insight from Ernst & Young about flexible working and some advice on what it takes to become an actuary:


  • The merger of BDO and PKF is due to happen sometime in early 2013. With all of the ‘Big 4’ companies formed by similar mergers, this is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
  • In news that will affect everyone, Nick Clegg announced this week that everyone will have the right to request flexible working hours. This is regularly regarded as a high priority by graduate recruits. Now Lynn Rattigan, Ernst & Young’s deputy chief operating officer, has spoken up in support of the scheme.
  • And if you want to become an actuary you’re going to need to crank up the effort. With more and more people competing for the same jobs, some are taking steps such as completing their Actuarial Profession exams while they’re still in university.
But there have also been developments in banking, consulting, engineering and retail:
There are also some real gems in our general advice:
  • First up there’s a bit of an insider’s secret for you: graduates should apply to companies they have never heard of. Small and medium sized employers (SMEs) make up a big majority of all the companies in the marketplace, and you won’t do yourself any favours by ignoring them.
  • So why not check out some employers with our usual collection of graduate job vacancies up for grabs. It’s a busy one this week, so if you’re looking to start a career you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time. This is especially true next Friday, when EVERY VACANCY UNDER THE SUN seems to be closing applications. Check out the latest jobs here.
  • And, when you do get that interview, try to avoid talking yourself out of a job offer. Self-deprecation can be charming, but in an interview you want to bring out the big guns, and put your modesty aside.
To get graduate careers news as it happens, check out the TARGETjobs news feed. Alternatively, check out the round-up this time next week!

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