Could gaming be the future of recruitment?

It has been predicted that over 70% of global 2000 organisations will be using gamed-based recruitment campaigns in the next two years. Already Deloitte, BBC and Network Rail are using games to recruit candidates, amongst others.

So how is gaming being used to recruit candidates?

skyrise city

Games-based assessments are the next generation of psychometric testing and are games designed to test your mental agility, cognitive speed, attention span, spatial aptitude and numerical reasoning – not skill. They tend to be delivered through app-based platforms and are tapping into the technology that students have grown up with and are used to. The image to the left shows an example of this type of game – in this instance, Skyrise City developed by Arctic Shores (image credit: Arctic Shores).

Jill Summers, Head of Assessment and Development at GradWeb, suggests that “Games-based assessments provide a much more engaging and motivating experience for candidates, which is why recruiters will continue to move toward them. They assess some attributes and traits that aren’t easily assessed by traditional cognitive or personality tools.”

Why is it being used?

  • Research from Deloitte last year has found that 80% of applicants have expressed frustration with the application process, which can be lengthy – involving tests, assessment centres and interviews.
  • Students can prepare in advance for tests and competency questions, which means that the answers they give may not indicate their decision-making skills, but instead they are simply remembering ‘the right answers.’ Candidates cannot prepare a response to a game-based assessment, so it’s assessing real life behaviours instead of practised responses.

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Finding work in TV

realization-of-video-771413_960_720There is no fixed route for getting into TV, which means it is important to be flexible, open minded and proactive in seeking out opportunities. and building your network of contacts.

It is common to start with work experience positions, even once you have a degree, and then work your way up. Work experience and junior positions are rarely advertised, so you will need to make the first move and contact employers directly. This means being able to market yourself and being persistent despite (what is likely to be a lot of) rejection are vital.

For further tips and advice list to this excellent podcast from the BBC:

See also this article from The Guardian, containing 6 top tips for finding work in the TV industry, including making use of short films and videos you’ve made during your time at QMUL to showcase your best work, and marketing yourself online via social media, blogging or setting up your own webpage.

Remember you can always book a 1-2-1 appointment with a Careers Consultant to explore your options, and there are also a number of helpful job profiles on the Prospects website:

Television Camera Operator
Television Floor Manager
Television Production Coordinator
Television/film/video Producer

How to become a Politician’s assistant

How do you become a Politician’s assistant, what do they do and how much do they earn?

There is no standard route to get into politics – it’s more about your work experience, attitude and understanding of the industry. The Prospects website is full of job profiles, which are a great way to find out about the different types of jobs available.  They list typical daily tasks and responsibilities and the skills required to help you decide whether it is the sort of role you would be good at and enjoy.

There’s also information about how to gain work experience and find vacancies, plus ideas on related job roles that you could be interested in. See the newly updated Politician’s Assistant profile.

Top tips from Careers & Enterprise:

  • Writing experience – strong writing skills are highly valued in this sector, so get experience writing for different audiences in a concise way. You could start your own blog or contribute to newsletters/campus newspaper etc.
  • Network – make connections with people who you can contact for more information and advice. This could be from talking to alumni at careers events, speaking to employers at careers fairs or presentations or talking to a friend/family member about their job.
  • Volunteer with a local political society/party or campaign group – get involved in local issues or join a society on campus.
  • Research the sector – Sites such as W4MP contain a huge amount of information and resources on working in Politics. You may also discover upcoming events and work experience opportunities along the way.

For more information about a career in politics, think tanks and government, see our online ‘getting into …’ guide.

Student blog: My experience working for a start-up

kamrulKamrul Alom is a 2nd year Politics student, who shares his experience working for both a corporate and start-up below. Kamrul also featured in March’s Student Stories Week.

Most students specifically apply for internships at big names. We tend to apply for the likes of JP Morgan, P&G, Google and others. However, it is easy to forget or neglect the world of start-ups: a very different world to the big corporate employers that many of us will one day join. It is a very different but great alternative.

I currently work for a start-up called Plum Fintech, as an Operations and User Happiness Intern, which marks a great difference to my previous internship at Morgan Stanley. I have also gained work experience in several different organisations, both in the charity sector and private sector, developing vital experience and skills.

plumPlum is a personal savings butlers, and it all happens whilst speaking to Plum on Facebook Messenger. My role involves supporting and ensuring that new users are correctly set up onto Plum, and if not, I am tasked to solve and diagnose the error – i.e taking it up with stakeholders or messaging users. I also make sure that the company links correctly to users’ bank accounts (securely and safely of course) to analyse potential savings, using a very smart algorithm. It automatically makes these savings for you. The application allows you to get on with your life, as Plum makes very intelligent savings for you.

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Guest blog: How does a startup or SME’s hiring process differ to a Corporate’s?

ffThe number of university leavers turning away from the larger, more traditional graduate employers in favour of working for a startup or SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) has noticeably increased over the past few years. Over 50% of recent graduates now say that they would rather work at a smaller company and it’s easy to see why. Working for an SME presents first jobbers with a unique opportunity to take on high levels of a responsibility from the word go, to really have an impact on the business’s growth and development, and to develop a wide skills set.

So, if you’re thinking of kick-starting your career at an SME, you’re probably keen to find out how the hiring process differs to a corporate’s. In short, quite a bit. Although it’s important to remember that all startups and SMEs vary too, we’ve outlined the 4 main points that are relevant to the majority of smaller companies.

Speed vs. Formality

At a larger company, it isn’t unusual for the recruitment process to start a year in advance of the start date. They’ll have strict guidelines in place and will also receive a greater amount of applications.

Startups and SMEs simply don’t have that sort of time at their disposal so they tend to start their recruitment drive just 1-2 months before the expected start date of their new employee. This means that it’s perfectly reasonable (and actually encouraged) to start looking for vacancies after your finals or even after graduation, depending on when you’d like to start your new job. You can also expect to hear the outcome of your application a lot sooner!

Relaxed vs. Structured

At a corporate the hiring process will be run by a fully equipped HR team, and there’ll usually be several rounds of tests, interviews and/or assessment centres that successful candidates will be invited to attend.

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Careers & Enterprise: Who we are

Whether you need help finding a part-time job, writing a CV or cover letter, or preparing for a graduate scheme, we can help.

Where are we?

queensThe Careers & Enterprise Centre is based in the Queens’ building (pic on left) on the Mile End campus, which is number 19 on this campus map.

We’re in room WG3, on the ground floor, near the Octagon and the Student Enquiry Office . From the main entrance, head down the corridor on the left-hand side and follow the signs.

What can we do for you?

We help QMUL students and recent graduates (up to 2 years after you graduate) with anything careers-related, from writing a CV to exploring your options after graduation. A career might seem a long way off if you’ve only just finished your first year, but whatever stage you’re at on your QMUL journey, come and see us! Even if you’ve never even thought about life after university, we’re here to help you …

Appointments with Careers Consultants

We offer 20 minute 1-2-1 appointments with a Careers Consultant, and these appointments can cover any careers query, including: CV & application feedback, finding and applying for jobs, or deciding what to do after graduation.

Job hunting

Whether you’re looking for part-time work or a full-time role after graduation, take a look at our jobs board, Job Online: This is updated regularly and

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Could a career in audit be for you? has taken the title of ‘Best Job/Careers Board’ at the recent Recruiter Awards. But what is a career in audit? When it comes to considering a career in the finance sector, roles in audit often attract less attention than those in banking, brokerage and accountancy. So this blog asks: could audit be for you?

Firstly, what are the key skills needed to succeed in a career in audit?

  • Do you enjoy the challenge of working through complex problems?
  • Do you have an aptitude for working with numbers?
  • Are you as happy focusing on the nitty-gritty of a problem as looking at the bigger picture?
  • Are you confident in drawing your own conclusions from information and talking to others about what you’ve found?

If you answered yes to the above, your skills could be a good match, so what’s involved?

audit (1)Auditors specialise in examining how an organisation functions and conducts its business, and the validity and legality of its accounting records. Auditors work with a wide range of organisations from across the commercial and public sectors, not only those providing financial services.

As an internal auditor, you will focus on assessing how well risks are being managed and how effectively internal systems and processes are working within the organisation you are auditing. The scope of audits can vary significantly and often you will be looking beyond financial and accounting risks and examining aspects of the organisation such as reputation, growth, ethics and environmental sustainability. You will report to the organisation’s senior management and give advice on making improvements. You might work as part of an in-house internal auditing team within a single organisation or you might work for a specialist firm and carry out internal audits with a variety of organisations on a consultancy basis.

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