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Saturday, December 21, 2013

TARGETjobs career advice roundup: the Christmas edition

Wreaths are on doors and mistletoe is hanging from the rafters: it’s Christmas time again, and we’re here to give you the final career advice roundup of the year.


First of all we have some Christmas cheer for Emily Barton from the University of Exeter: she’s the winner of the TARGETjobs National Student Challenge! After competing in the final at the Crystal Building in London, Emily was awarded £1000 and a paid internship with Siemens.


Would you like to enter a competition too? If so, take a look at the Undergraduate of the Year awards. The deadline is rushing towards us, and there are quite a number of graduate programmes and internships that you could win.

Next, we have all the career advice ready for you to browse while you relax this Christmas:

  • If you’re considering a career as a barrister, you’ll need to know how much a pupil barrister can expect to earn. As well as some sound advice, we’ve also got a list of 12-month pupillage awards to help you compare chambers. 
  • If you’re applying for McDonald’s, then you’ll need to be familiar with the four steps of the application process. Not only do they ask you to apply online and interview in person, there are also on the job evaluations and a personality questionnaire to consider.
  • As mentioned, one of the hurdles that you’ll come across in the McDonald’s recruitment process is the on the job evaluation. If you do your research and make sure you’re friendly and conversational, you’ll be fine.
  • If you’re applying to Morrisons you’ll need to be thinking about the three stages of their recruitment process: the application, assessment centre and interview. The most important thing at all of these stages is to understand Morrisons’ key values. 
  • If construction is your sector, then we have some advice on how to network in to a built environment career. You’ll need to know how to expand your current network (you already have one, even if you think that you don’t!) and the major do’s and don’ts.
  • If you are a woman and you’re looking at careers in architecture, construction, engineering or surveying then you’ll want to read this article by Abi, one of our own editors, on her hints and tips for women in construction.


We’ve also got an extra Christmas gift this week: our graduate schemes page has been updated with all the deadlines through to the end of January. There are plenty, so don’t miss out on an opportunity.

And to finish off we’ve got a bumper deadline bonanza for you, with all the graduate jobs deadlines from now until Christmas and the New Year, right up to January 6th.


Have a very merry Christmas, one and all. Everyone here at TARGETjobs wishes you all the best for the New Year!