Friday, April 26, 2013

TARGETjobs News Roundup

It’s that time of the week again where we tell you the latest news and career advice posted on

First up…  if you are a law student applying for pupillages, your time is nearly up. To give you a helping hand with your application we’ve spent five minutes with Rosemary Budden, barrister and pupillages committee member at Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB). She reveals what can make you stand out on an application, what work experience is most impressive and other golden nuggets of information. 

Our second big news…  if you haven’t followed us on Twitter you won’t know that we announced the winners of the Undergraduate of the Year awards last Friday. The winners and the finalists are inspirational, high achieving students. We look forward to keeping in touch and hearing about their adventures on the internships they've won. They will also be posting blogs telling us about their personal experience with the awards. So watch this space. 

Next on the agenda we are asking you how well you know the Big 4 accountancy firms. Do you think you know all there is to know about Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PwC and KPMG? It’s probably best to double check by reading our article on them. The more prepared you are the better. 

We also focus this week on getting a graduate job with a 2.2 – contrary to popular opinion, getting below a 2.1 does not mean you are out of the job hunt game completely. Here is how to job hunt if you are set to get a 2.2 when you graduate. 

And finally we give you the latest roundup of upcoming job deadlines – with a special mention that Tuesday 30 April is the last day to apply for pupillages. 

Hope you enjoy your weekend. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Undergraduate of the Year

This blog follows a different format to our usual round up as today is the Undergraduate of the Year Award ceremony where 120 finalists become 12 award winners.

What are the awards?
The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards were launched four years ago to identify and celebrate the UK’s best undergraduate in specific areas.  The awards categories are:

The Undergraduate of the Year Award for Commercial Excellence – sponsored by Nestle
The IT and Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Marks and Spencer
The Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by e-on
The Law Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Mayer Brown
The Management Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car 
The Construction Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Laing O’Rourke
The Arts and Humanities Undergraduate of the Year Award – Sponsored by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management
The Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by EDF Energy 
The Mathematics Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Gazprom
The Female Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Rolls Royce
The First Year Undergraduate of the Year Award – sponsored by Ernst & Young
The Future Business Leader of the Year Award – sponsored by Mars

Every year thousands of undergraduates are tested through a series of online assessments, which are then followed by assessments centres run by the sponsoring organisations. Only ten people make the shortlist for each category and are invited to a glitzy awards ceremony held in London where the winners are announced.

And this is where we are today at The East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, feeling the tension. Here we will be live tweeting @ugradoftheyear letting everyone know who the shortlists are and who Sir Trevor McDonald announces as the winners – if you are interested in finding out, stay tuned on Twitter.

Hope you all join us in congratulating the shortlists for making it this far and the winners for making it to the top J

To keep our usual structure, we round up this week’s blog with the latest graduate job deadlines next week. 
Lots are coming up on Sunday 21 April. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Applying for the Engineering Undergraduate of the year

Engineering Undergraduate of the Year finalist, Jake Tudge writes about his experience of applying for the award as well as what he has been up to. 

My dissertation was submitted last week and the final coursework is due in Thursday; third year is almost over, bar exams that is! This Friday I will be heading to Canary Wharf for the Undergraduate of the Year Award ceremony, where I have secured a final top ten place or the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year award and I will be joining E.ON to find their engineering winner for 2013! To say I am excited is an understatement; I am expecting a day of fantastic networking opportunities and the chance to meet our host, Sir Trevor McDonald!

I’m coming to the end of my BEng year at the University of the West of England and, during my time at university I have realised the significant importance of employability.  During my summer last year I undertook an Energy Internship at South West Water, where I worked with the energy and carbon team to understand new energy source opportunities and how to reduce carbon emissions. As a result of my internship, my interest in the energy sector increased significantly and I was also fortunate to win First Prize in the Rathbones Green Intern of the Year award.

Prior to Christmas I received an email from TARGETjobs regarding the Undergraduate of the Year award and I noticed that the engineering award was sponsored by E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies. The initial application process included entry of all standard education details, as well as three questions which required a five hundred word answer for each. I am not going to lie and say it was easy; it certainly took a lot of research and hard work, but evidently they were happy with my answers and saw the time invested. This is an excellent opportunity for me to note a comment from a senior graduate recruiter from a very large oil company; I was explicitly told that their application process is often cumbersome and extensive to simply remove those undergraduates not interested – something important to remember when you feel like throwing your laptop through the window.

Following my successful initial application to E.ON through the Undergraduate of the Year website, I was invited to undertake a series of numerical, verbal reasoning and other competency tests. Once again, these were extremely time consuming and at times very challenging, but you just have to remember why you are doing them. I personally thought I had performed poorly in some of the areas, but to my surprise I was invited to an assessment centre at E.ON’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station near Nottingham! Before my assessment centre I read through a number of the TARGETjobs pages on assessment centres and how to deal with them. If I was to offer some personal advice, it would be to introduce yourself to everyone you meet immediately and ensure they know your name – when it comes to the group exercises, it will look favourably when you know everyone’s name and people ask you for your opinion. Furthermore, just be yourself, remember the company want you there and be faithful of your abilities. The group exercises and presentations were inherently straight forward; however, I believe it is the personal interview where candidates can show their individual aptitude.

My personal interview consisted of two managers from E.ON and I was expecting a host of technical questions. However, I was surprised that the majority of questions were based on my personal attributes – what have I done outside of my studies, have I been involved in the Students’ Union and what hobbies do I have? It felt more like a personal conversation, but it showed me the importance of getting involved at university. Fortunately, I have been involved with the Union through acting as a Student Representative Department Chair and I have undertaken a variety of extra-curricular activities, which the interviewers kept asking questions about. Yes, there were many questions on the future of the energy sector but E.ON were keen to understand my personal ability, through understanding examples of experiences and how these would relate to working in their organisation.

Employability within engineering is the key to success and there are opportunities for everyone. During my next blog, I plan to feature opportunities for employability for those studying an engineering degree. Anyway, I must get back to this final piece of coursework and this Tuesday I’m off to the Cardiff UCAS fair, where I will be representing the University of the West of England and speaking to prospective students. Of course, it’s then the Undergraduate of the Year event on Friday; I’m extremely excited to meet all those involved and I look forward to a fantastic day! 

If you want to follow Jake on twitter to find out what he's up to and indeed if he is the Engineering Undergraduate of the Year follow him @jaketudge 

Friday, April 12, 2013

TARGETjobs News Roundup

Hello and welcome to our weekly news roundup. We have some exciting news for you. If you are a keen photographer, whether that is the subject you are studying or it’s your hobby, then we would like to see your photos. 

More details: We publish career advice both offline and online through our publications and website. Within these we use plenty of photography to illustrate our content. If you feel that you can take or have photographs that will complement our career advice and news related to our sector, why not send them to us? 

You can send them to me at or you can email for more information.
If we do use your photo we will reference you on site and/or in the publications and will send you a letter with your publication date for your resume.

In the news: We had quite a retail focus this week in terms of our career advice. We told you:
·         How to write a great graduate retail CV 

·         The top skills retail recruiters look for in graduates: communication, leadership and teamwork. 

·         What questions to expect at your retail graduate interviews. 
·         And what types of retail work experience there are.

But if retail is not your thing we also have something for those of you interested in IT:

·         How to decide what type of IT company and job is the best fit for you.

On another note, it’s the Undergraduate of the Year awards ceremony next week on Thursday 19 April. If you want to find out who the winners and listen to the action as it happens, tune in on Twitter using #Ugradoftheyear2013

As always, we conclude our blog with the next week’s graduatejob deadlines. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

TARGETjobs News Roundup

Hello and welcome to our news roundup. It’s been a very exciting start to the week at TARGETjobs HQ as we got ready for our awards ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 3 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The event was followed by a quieter ending to the week as we all nurse our sore heads!

What are our awards? We like to think they are like the BAFTAs of the graduate recruitment industry. They celebrate employers’ hard work throughout the year to grab your attention with their recruitment campaigns and to win the ‘Most popular graduate employer in their sector’ or the ‘Best Marketing campaign on campus’ award, amongst others.

How do we know who to crown the winners? We wouldn’t be able to do this if it wasn’t for you. Every year we distribute the trendence graduate barometer survey. Through this you (students) let us know who you preferred employer is, the runners up and other important information. This is how we can establish the winner of the ‘Most popular graduate employer’ in a particular sector.

These are really special awards to win and, after a year of battling it out to get your attention, employers can finally let their hair down for one night and celebrate. And celebrate they do... have a look at these tweets:

Find out the full list of winners here and, if you want to know more about the actual awards, please visit the website

In the midst of the awards we had a very law heavy week, as Julia, our law editor, was busy interviewing industry professional to find out what it is they look for in applications, in future candidates and what it’s like to do their job. Here for you are the bite size versions of these interviews:

- Five minutes with Amy Rogers, barrister and pupillage panel member at 11KBW 

- Five minutes with Charlotte Hannan, recruitment officer, Shearman & Sterling 

As always, we conclude this week’s roundup by letting you know which graduate job deadline are closing next week. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!