“The only thing I have truly excelled at is being an intern”. If you’re just starting out, this is what you need to do

Want your work experience to become a paid job? Here’s Adrian Chiles’s secret:

Making tea is a life skill that can take an intern far in life – it shows willingness to make yourself useful.

I first wandered into BBC Television Centre in 1992 on work experience. My placement was in the business programmes department. I didn’t leave that office until 15 years later, so I must have done something right. Read more

Should you get a Mobile-Only Bank Account When you Move to the UK?

Should you get a Mobile-Only Bank Account When you Move to the UK to do Your Graduate job or Internship?

And Which One?

If you are a graduate moving in the UK to attend university or to do an internship, you will probably need to open a UK bank account.

If you use your account from home, you will almost definitely end up in paying a lot of charges for using your card abroad. Getting cash, transferring money to UK accounts, and maybe even just making a payment at a shop might all cost some money. This of course is not ideal. Read more

What could Boris Johnson’s election as UK Prime Minister mean for your Erasmus?

According to the latest updates, the UK is due to leave the EU at 11 pm UK time on 31 October 2019.  With the election of the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this matter is getting even more urgent.

You have just signed your Erasmus agreement and you were ready and excited to start this amazing experience… So what about your placement now?

We’ll try to explain what the current situation is, what could happen with Brexit, and why there’s NO NEED TO WORRY about your Erasmus!

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The Dos & Don’ts of Writing a Killer CV for your Dream Graduate Job or Internship

Recruiters receive loads of CVs every day, and usually they don’t have the time to read everything in detail, so what you need to stand out from other candidates is an outstanding CV!

When you search for a job or internship, your CV is the only chance you get to make a great first impression. Here are some dos and don’ts that will help to create the most appealing CV to catch recruiters’ attention!

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The top 5 free CV preparation sites for graduates

The top 5 free CV preparation sites for graduates

Are you looking for a job or an internship and you need to create a new CV, but you don’t know where to start? Every day we review a lot of resumes and we know how hard it can be to pay attention to the content & design as well as being as quick as possible!

That’s why we decided to look for the best CV builders online and, after a long research, we’ve selected the top 5 free CV preparation sites to help you in realising a terrific CV! Read more

Seagull baiting & toilet flushing: interns share WORST work experience roles

The purpose of a work experience placement should be to give a university undergraduate the opportunity to enhance their skills, come to terms with the office environment, make contacts and above all, improve their skillsets for CV purposes.

While some interns may be tasked with some of the more mundane tasks such as filling out spreadsheets, taking down minutes in meetings and occasionally making the tea and coffee, they should leave their placement having learnt more than that otherwise it is utterly pointless.

We asked what the most clichéd, ridiculous or horrible task that interns were assigned to do on work experience was and it received lots of shocking responses. Read more

Why Your First Job Post-College Matters More Than You Know

College graduates are under pressure and in a hurry to find their first job quickly. However, their quest shouldn’t be to secure something to get hired. It should be to find the right fit, recognizing the importance of choosing a role and company that will position them for success.

Do not take a “check the box” approach and simply accept the first role you’re offered, as you might be taking a step backward. This first job is critical: It will be a barometer for future roles, serving as a basis of comparison as you develop professionally. It will be your “test drive” of the knowledge and skills cultivated during college, in and outside the classroom. Read more

UK Immigration & Right to Work Overview

Right to work guidance Mar 2019 – Branded Article

UK immigration system

Generally speaking, the UK immigration system excludes everyone, unless a person is:

  • not subject to immigration control, which includes:
    • British citizens
    • Individuals with right of abode
    • EU nationals and their families, who can rely on EU regulations (for the time being)
  • granted permission to enter or remain in the UK

As a result, if a person wants to work in the UK, they must fall under one of the above listed categories – see below for some more detail regarding each category. Read more

Who is Responsible for Ensuring Workers’ Legality?

As a matter of best practice, recruitment agencies generally screen candidates at an early stage and carry out a full right-to-work check before recommending a candidate to an employer.

However, it is important to bear in mind that, regardless of the industry and the role, the legal obligation to prevent the employment of illegal workers falls on the employer. Therefore, it is prudent for employers to make sure that someone has the right to work before they are hired and a crucial question is whether the recruitment agency or the end-user company is the employer.

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