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Saturday, January 25, 2014

TARGETjobs career advice roundup

It’s that time of the week again... it’s the TARGETjobs career advice roundup!

Before we delve into the wealth of career advice we have prepared for you this week, we have an announcement to make: this month the TARGETcourses Postgraduate Study Fairs are gearing up for the Spring.

Every year we tour the country, setting up Fairs that bring the UK’s most desirable providers of postgraduate education to you. Come to a PG Fair and you’ll get to meet  over 30 exhibitors and attend free seminars on postgraduate funding, courses, and applications.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s even free lunch and travel reimbursement for students who attend. Find out which fairs are taking place when, and if you want updates on the fly then follow us on Twitter: @TARGETcourses.

While we’re in postgrad mode, we’d also like to hear what you have to say about the funding and course choices available to you. If you’ve got five minutes then please do take our survey.

Now on to the career advice:

First up we have a comprehensive list of all the law firm summer vacation placements with a 31st January deadline. Most commercial firms expect applicants to have submitted by the 31st, so make sure you’ve turned your application in on time. 

Do you want to work in the NHS? Last week we had an article on the Scientists Training Programme, and this week we have two articles on the Graduate Management Training Scheme: here’s a run-down of the application questions for NHS Wales. Applications close in February, so get your foot in the door now.

Are you applying to the NHS England scheme? Then successful applicants will attend the assessment day, which takes the form of a “day in the life of a graduate manager.” Rob Farace, the lead resourcing manager at the NHS Leadership Academy, tells us what to expect.

Writing a good application form is an art, and if you’re applying to Aviva then you need to know how to answer their question about leadership with grace. Give examples of times that you’ve planned, delegated tasks, and given clear communication while keeping your goal in mind. That’s the kind of leadership Aviva are looking for.


Are you applying to M&S and hoping to get through to their graduate assessment day? Then you should try preparing with these example questions.

As well as an interview, the M&S assessment day may include a role play. The role play sessions are designed to simulate work that you’ll be doing on the job, so expect customer complaints and manager-employee meetings.

As always, we’re finishing up with all the deadlines for the coming week.

First, here’s the round-up of next week’s work experience and internship deadlines. There are a number of law firm deadlines here too, so be sure to check them out.

Finally, here are the graduate job deadlines. They’re piling up as we come to the end of January, so take a look and see if anything catches your fancy. 


Have an excellent weekend.