Surrey Careers blog

Official blog of the University of Surrey's Employability and Careers Centre

The art of negotiation in your personal and professional life

Getting what you want in life doesn’t always come easily!  Being part of a group working towards a goal can be challenging. It may involve unwanted compromises, frustrations and a trail of messy decision making. And it may take a long time.  But there could be an easier way.  In this short guide, we’ll explore […]

The benefits of starting your career at an SME

While structured graduate schemes with large companies may be widely promoted, most graduates will start their career at an SME (small to medium-sized enterprise.) Employment in SMEs represents 60% of all UK employment*, so let’s consider the advantages. Starting your job soon Jobs can start at any time of the year. SMEs advertise their roles […]

Is it worth going on placement?

Going on a placement is widely considered as one of the best ways to improve your employability while studying. However, spending one more year in higher education might be viewed as an unjustifiable delay in starting a career and earning money. In my role as senior personal tutor and employability advisor, especially for first-year students, […]

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): What you need to know

If you’ve been applying for jobs and not getting anywhere it could be because your application isn’t compatible with the Applicant Tracking Software that the recruiter is using. Up to 75% of all applications through an ATS are rejected, so it’s essential you know how they work: What is an ATS? It’s a software that […]

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