Monthly Archives: November 2014

How I got my job – Morrisons Marketing Graduate scheme


Katie McCormack graduated in 2012, then worked for a couple of years developing her professional experience before securing a place on a graduate scheme earlier this year.  Here she shares her experiences and learning points as well as the experience of undertaking a video interview.


About me

I have recently gained a place on a marketing graduate scheme at Morrisons. I graduated back in 2012 with a degree in Communication Studies and have worked for two years since, which shows you don’t always have to be a recent graduate to get accepted onto a graduate scheme. Continue reading

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How To Open Doors to a Management Accounting Career

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Interested in Management Accounting? Perhaps this post from our guest blogger Katy Crouch, on behalf of  the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) will help.

Management Accounting – What it is

Management accounting roles combine financial know-how with management skills. This career will have you using accounting expertise in order to form business strategies; and as you progress you can work your way up to making essential business decisions and driving success!

A rewarding career

A career in management accounting can satisfy the most ambitious of people.  It offers the opportunity to earn a living as you study towards a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification, and by obtaining this certificate you can go on to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), taking your career to the next level. Continue reading

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How I got my design placement

Jasmine Mellor - PhotographJasmine Mellor, a textile design student, has recently started her placement with the Home Retail Group. In this post, which she wrote shortly before starting her placement, she shares her top tips for placement-seeking success.

I am a second year undergraduate student studying Textile Design and I am about to start a 6 month placement at the Home Retail Group which compromises of Argos, Habitat and Homebase. The design industry is highly competitive and experience is essential. The need for this experience is what fuelled my decision to take a year out of my studies and complete a year in industry.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a CV and cover letter Continue reading

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My Industrial Placement Year – what new skills have I gained?

Laura Riggall recently completed an industrial placement year with GSK. In this post she outlines how the placement helped her to develop many key employability skills and experiences.

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Having recently completed an industrial placement year, I can honestly say it was a fantastic year for personal and professional development. I was based on a laboratory placement at GlaxoSmithKline within the Investigative Preclinical Toxicology (IPT) department in Safety Assessment, at GSK’s Ware R&D site in Hertfordshire, and in this post I hope to highlight to you the benefits of completing a placement year based on my own experiences Continue reading

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What can I do with a Sport and Exercise Science degree?

Steve Carter, Career Consultant talks to us about the wide range of options available to Sport and Exercise Science students and why it is so important to be able to promote the transferable elements of your degree course.

So, what can you do with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science (SES)?  This is a question that I am sometimes asked by SES students themselves, and by some employers who think that all SES students do is play football and rounders all day!

The short answer to this question is anything, or at least the 60/65% of graduate jobs that are not asking for any specific degree discipline.  This percentage increases for SES students as they can obviously do those graduate roles that do require specific sports related knowledge (of which more below) and careers related to biomedical sciences Continue reading

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Top Tips On How To Secure A Placement!


Cat is currently a final year student at University of Leeds, and has recently completed a placement with Rate my Placement.  Below she gives advice on how to look for placements.

My name’s Cat, I’m a fourth year (eek!) Geography student and have recently returned to the scary world of referencing, seminars and turnitin after a year of working as a marketing assistant at

If you haven’t heard of the website before, essentially, it’s a one stop shop for work experience. They work with around 250 employers to help find students placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights.

Securing my own role, recruiting the following year’s placement students and working for a website dedicated to placements, I’ve managed to pick up a few nuggets of information along the way which I want to share with you on how to make your job hunt as effective as possible!

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