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Highlights from the Work Experience & Internship Fair – with EA, Projects Abroad, IBM, BUNAC & more!

On Wednesday 9th November, the University of Surrey welcomed 22 organisations to the Work Experience & Internship Fair 2016.

Hundreds of you took the opportunity to network with recruiters and find out more about the range of work experience and summer placements on offer. Here’s a spotlight on 4 of the internships and work experience placements with EA, Projects Abroad, IBM & BUNAC.

For a full list of exhibitors, see below.

Electronic Arts (EA)

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company, recognized for its portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™.
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Make next summer count – 5 types of work experience to supercharge your CV

Demonstrating work experience in your chosen field alongside your university studies is becoming ever more crucial. According to a recent survey by The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), the graduate jobs market has shrunk by 8% for the first time in four years following the EU referendum, and graduates with no experience are highly unlikely to be offered graduate positions according to a study of graduate recruiters by the BBC.

With traditional internships becoming more and more competitive, you may need to think outside of the box to gain those critical transferable skills and experience to put on your CV. So whether you’re a first year or final year student, in preparation for the University of Surrey’s Work Experience & Internship Fair this Wednesday 9th November, here are 5 different ways to get valuable work experience on your CV…
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Careers Fair: 3 Questions with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Expedia & Vodafone Group!

 

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At this year’s University of Surrey Autumn Careers and Placements Fair, our roving reporter, Surrey student Giacomo Spagnoli asked 3 questions to graduate recruiters from Expedia, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Vodafone Group. Questions included ‘What’s the best bit about your job?’, ‘What advice do you have for Surrey students and graduates for applying for graduate positions?’ and ‘What’s your advice for being more confident when approaching recruiters at Careers Fairs?’

Find out what the graduate recruiters had to say…

  1. Have a plan! – Enterprise Rent-A-Car

With only a few minutes to make a great impression, approaching recruiters at Careers Fairs can be intimidating. Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Regina Van Burkle gives some great advice about how University of Surrey students and graduates can appear more confident in front of graduate recruiters.
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Kirsten: “The Autumn Careers Fair completely changed my perspective on the potential I have in the future”

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By Kirsten Parry

One of the biggest common student worries is what we’re going to do when we graduate. As a Music student, I am more than used to people telling me that they are worried for my career and future; it’s not perceived as the most “employable” subject to take at degree level. Most people think that it’s a bit of fun for three years and then we leave University, only to have to settle for mundane jobs in a totally non-musical setting. This certainly isn’t the case for the majority of Music graduates, especially from Surrey – they have gone on to do amazing things! And personally, my passion is teaching; I’d love to be a Secondary School music teacher when I finish University.
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Guest Post: Personal Branding & Your LinkedIn Profile

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We are delighted to welcome a guest post from Jack J Collins, Editor of AllAboutFinanceCareers.com

Something that’s absolutely key in the finance industry is building your own personal brand, and one of the foremost ways of doing so is through your use of Social Media. Here at AllAboutFinanceCareers, we’ve put together a checklist of how you can make sure that your LinkedIn profile (perhaps the most important weapon in your social media arsenal) is consistent with what you’re trying to convey.  With more than 300 million users on the site, you need to do something special in order to stand out. Here’s our top tips on how to do just that.
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Guest Post: Aptitude Tests for Graduates – Explained

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We are delighted to welcome a guest post from Ed Mellett, Director at WikiJob

If you’ve spent the last few years studying and you have now finished your degree, it’s time to enter the world of work either through a graduate program or regular job with a leading firm. The majority of large employers now use what’s known as an aptitude test to evaluate a number of skills in several different areas. The aptitude test is commonly found in various graduate level vacancies because employers use them to determine how well you will perform in the role you have applied for, rather than relying on your qualifications as an indicator of performance. But what exactly are these aptitude tests, how do you prepare for them and most importantly, how can they help you secure employment?
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