Application advice – Covering Letters for Science Students

As an Application Adviser who works primarily with the School of Engineering and Materials Science at QMUL, I meet a lot of students who are writing covering letters for jobs and internships. The problems these students encounter are by no means specific to SEMS, nor even to science subjects in general, but there are some … More Application advice – Covering Letters for Science Students

Graduate schemes – not the only option!

There are lots of attractive things about graduate schemes: they’re usually well-paid from the beginning, offer job security for the length of the scheme and the opportunity for career progression afterwards, and often give you the experience of working for large, prestigious or well-known companies. But it’s worth remembering that graduate schemes are NOT the only way to begin … More Graduate schemes – not the only option!

Student story: make your part-time job work for you

Like many students I could not afford to study unless I had a job. I’m in my third year, and the chilling realisation of ‘the real world’ is looming. I’ve emerged blinking into the blinding lights of numerous graduate schemes and initiatives and feel woefully underprepared. I blame this partly on naivety, but mostly on … More Student story: make your part-time job work for you

Application forms – What recruiters look for

Be specific when answering application form questions such as “Why are you applying to us?”.  It is really important to avoid generic statements such as “you are a reputable firm, deal with top clients and offer excellent training prospects”. This can be said about a lot of companies, so is actually a poor response. Employers … More Application forms – What recruiters look for

PwC no longer looking at your A-Level results

Points no longer always mean prizes. If you’ve surfaced from revision and essays over the last couple of weeks you will have seen the announcement from PwC that they are relaxing their entry criteria around A-Level grades[1]. This has been met with interest in the recruiting world (see this article on LinkedIn for example). So … More PwC no longer looking at your A-Level results