70% of graduates get a 2:1, so what? 2015 graduate job guide

70% of graduates get a 2:1, so what? 2015 graduate job guide

The number of graduate level jobs available is forecast to increase, but the competition has never been fiercer. You may have only just vacated your university campus, but it’s time to shift your focus to what makes you stand out to an employer. Want our advice? Here are the top tips to go through before you hit “send” on that online application:

Research is your best friend
Sending 15 applications in one day might make you feel like you’re smashing that graduate job search, but you need to take the time to tailor each application and research the company you’re applying to. Research the roles available within the industry and what skills you may be expected to demonstrate. Is it a technical or data driven job? Are your required to be creative with content or experiment with new market research ideas? Match your skills and personality to the internship or job and company you are applying to work for. This will strengthen your application and prepare you for interview. If you can, include facts and data to support your claims, whether that’s sales figures or awards you have won!

Personality, enthusiasm and ambition can be as important as education or relevant work experience when an employer is choosing between candidates. Convey your enthusiasm by devoting time to understanding the company’s values and what drives the people who work  there.

What makes you special?

70% of graduates achieved a 2:1 in 2014 and the number of 1st class degrees rewarded has risen 14% since the same year

The stakes are high and recruitment is moving beyond Microsoft Word. It’s time to film your video CV, create a social CV including a kick-ass LinkedIn profile complete with up-to-date information and a professional profile photo! Engage in industry debate on social media and forums, Google free educational or networking events in your area or sign up to free online courses to boost your CV while you job search. How you can sell your skills to an employer to persuade them to invite you to interview? Highlight what you’ve done in work, education or outside of the office and classroom that demonstrates desired traits like: entrepreneurship, management, tech-savvy IT skills, creative design, sales or other. If you don’t fit a mould, talk about how your volunteer work, hobbies or interests have influenced you and the subsequent skills they have taught you.

Perfect your proof-reading
100s of applications are put forward for almost every role advertised online and eliminating CVs with mistakes is a quick way to narrow down candidates. Typos and grammatical errors indicate laziness and a lack of attention to detail. To an employer, the quality of your CV and cover letter correlates directly with how much you care about the role. A badly written CV riddled with mistakes indicates that you are likely to apply the same lack of attention and organisation to the internship or graduate job you’re asking to be put forward for. Perfected the written word? Read it, send it to your Mum to read, ask your housemate to read through it, you get the idea! Fresh eyes can spot mistakes you might not have seen if you’ve been staring at the same screen for hours.

Practise psychometric tests
These tests might seem impersonal, but employers use them to weed out unprepared candidates. Preparation shows your dedication and determination to succeed and there are free practice tests available online or in most bookshops if you want to go old school.

The moral of the story?
Don’t undervalue the importance of enthusiasm and hard work. Employers understand that it’s tough out there and it’s not always possible to gain relevant work experience. You aren’t expected to be a polished professional, but you are expected to be willing to learn. This comes across instantly at interview.

Graduate? Save up to £300 a year on travel in London with CommuterClub

Graduate? Save up to £300 a year on travel in London with CommuterClub

Plus an additional £20 discount with this exclusive code!


Life in London is full of possibilities, but the cost of living is a less fun reality. To cheer up the hard-working graduate population, those who have started a new job and those looking to get started, Inspiring Interns has teamed up with CommuterClub again to offer a one-week only offer of £20 off an annual travelcard. Curious? We thought so. It’s time to cash in!

discount-code-£20-off-london-travel-commuter-club-inspiring-interns-gradaute-jobWhat is CommuterClub?

CommuterClub was set up to make travelcards more affordable and convenient for all commuters. Instead of paying the full cost of an annual travelcard upfront and in one go, you can cover the cost monthly, get one month free and get a saving of £20 with Inspiring Interns’ July 2015 offer.

Bonus features of joining the club

Access to exclusive deals and free give-aways from CommuterClub’s partners including: Just Eat, Time Out, Uber and Fitness First. Now it’s starting to get interesting, isn’t it? Membership will also give you a third off national rail travel which is ideal for those who don’t have a 16-25 young persons’ railcard already.

Additional important information

Since CommuterClub’s scheme is classified as a loan, you can start to build a positive credit rating while saving money. This is important for the future when you’re thinking about mortgages and other adult stuff! (We realise you’re getting your first job and this isn’t quite on the agenda yet, but thinking ahead helps.) Finally, if you leave London, it’s a non-committal subscription so you won’t lose out when you say “see ya!” to the City.


The legal stuff:
Commuter Club Ltd is a provider of retail financial services and is Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Interim Permission Number 659398. Commuter Club Ltd. is entered in the Financial Services Register. For more information you may visit www.fca.org.uk.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE: Credit Limit: £1200. Interest: £67 Total payable: £1267 in 11 monthly instalments of £115. Representative 10.6% APR. Interest rate: 5.6% pa (variable)


Fast 5: the top graduate jobs to apply for this (rainy) summer weekend

Fast 5: the top graduate jobs to apply for this (rainy) summer weekend

Summer-Sun-Deck-Chairs-Motivation-Inspiration-Inspiring-InternsAttacking the job hunt this weekend? Excellent! Let the summer rain wash away those post-university blues, hit the links below to apply.

Private Equity Internship – Paid – London
This is an exciting 6 month internship in banking & finance based in the heart of the City, with a view to convert into a full-time job. With an equivalent salary of £25,000 per annum, the role will cover analysis of deal flow, trends and investments and supporting portfolio management. Get it before it’s gone!

Healthcare Administration Support Officer – Paid – London
This is a fantastic role at a national organisation where we have placed a number of talented graduates who continue to move up the career ranks! This is a 4 month internship, starting salary: £22,914 per annum (equivalent), with a view to converting into a full-time job at the end of the 4 months. Based in North London, your day-to-day role will be varied and require a degree of responsibility and professionalism. Expect fast-track progression and a great team to work with.

Digital Marketing Internship – Paid – Blackburn
This is a 4-6 month internship based in Lancaster, with a view to start immediately and convert into a full-time position after the internship. The growing company is a digital marketing specialist and in your day-to-day role you can expect to be involved in innovative campaigns, PR and social media strategies, identifying new trends and analytics. Starting salary: £15,000 per annum (equivalent).

Online Learning & Development Coordinator – Digital Advertising – London
Fancy a full-time job in West London at a new venture formed through a Google partnership? Thought so. If you’re interested in technology, digital media and professional development through online learning, this one is definitely for you. Start on a £21,000 salary, join a friendly tech-savvy team and get access to great business contacts and gadgets.

Finance & Account Internship – Paid – Preston
Graduate with a degree in accounting or a finance related degree? This company specialises in the supply of high quality garments, predominantly jeans and trackies, reflecting current market trends and are looking for an ambitious graduate to join their finance team. 3 months. £1,000 per month.Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

The eHarmony of recruitment: matching graduate job-seekers with top employers

The eHarmony of recruitment: matching graduate job-seekers with top employers

eHarmony’s focus is on meaningful matches and the candidate-employer relationships Inspiring Interns curate are equally long-term. Our internships often lead to permanent positions at the host company and we’re here to guide graduates throughout their aspiring careers, from their first job to their last.

FFFAcebook Like Inspiring InternsSo you’ve posted your graduation photo on Facebook, what happens next? It’s difficult when applying to a job online to visualise the company culture, what it’s really like to work somewhere and whether it would be right for you – that’s where we come in! This summer has seen the launch of a new online filtering system at www.inspiringinterns.com which asks recent graduates and employees the same questions about their needs, strengths and motivations in order to find the perfect match.

Who do we recruit for?
Global advertising agencies, fin-tech start-ups, large healthcare organisations, sports marketing agencies, international newspapers, we work with employers across the UK in a variety of industries.

How doclock tick tockes it work?
We offer an innovative employment solution for employers and are a free tool for graduates, providing a careers advice service as well as a recruitment service for graduate jobs and internships (with a view to become permanent positions after three months). To apply to a specific role(s) or send a more general application if you are unsure which career direction to go in, an online candidate application form must be completed. This takes around 5-10 minutes and includes a skill section, the opportunity to upload a CV and questions to determine which sector you would be most suited too. Successful applicants are then contacted by our talent development team to discuss the next steps, filming a video CV and preparing for interview.

How do we know they are a match?
Employers get in touch with our business development team, discuss the requirements of the role they are recruiting for and are sent a shortlist of quality, relevant candidates. The same questions are asked to employers and candidates, enabling their answers to be analysed and compared. Oh, and we have six years experience placing over 5,000 graduates into graduate jobs and internships and all Inspiring Interns employees start out as interns, so we know what it’s like to be a graduate and an employer!

What is a video CV?
Lights camera action93% of millennial consumers (18-35 year olds) visit Youtube at least once a day. Video is HUGE. Visuals receive much higher engagement than just words and to capitalise on that, we wanted to give our graduates maximum exposure to top quality employers and the chance to really show off their skills. A video CV is a 60-second direct introduction between a graduate and an employer, giving graduates an opportunity to communicate their education, experience (if applicable) and where they aspire to work. Employers select from a shortlist of relevant candidates to gain insight into the communication and presentation skills of an individual pre-interview.

So, what next?

Ping-Pong-will-ferrel-inspiring-internsPrevious interns have gone on to management and director positions, even hiring their own interns as their careers continue to skyrocket. For advice, to find a career match or if you just fancy a game of ping-pong (our office is famous for it), get in touch!

Graduates can view our latest jobs and internships (all available now) and filter any search or head over to our online careers advice service.

Employer? Find out more about how we work here or send search requirements to: sales@inspiringinterns.com

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Stay cool this summer with great graduate going out offers in London & Manchester

Stay cool this summer with great graduate going out offers in London & Manchester

Here are some rocking rooftop bars in London and Manchester to get you out of the shade and into the sun in the scorching summer month of July, brought to you by designmynight.com


Bird of Smithfield[5]They say good things come in small packages, and that’s definitely true of this rooftop bar. Bird of Smithfield promises lip-smacking cocktails and a whole lotta fun right in the heart of Farringdon. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner giving you no excuse to fit in into your jam-packed summer social schedule.

Smokin Gracielas[5]East London has a reputation for bringing us the very latest and greatest pop-ups every summer, kicking things off with Queen of Hoxton’s Smokin’ Graciela’s Rooftop Bar. Experience a taste of Cuba with frozen cocktails and delicious dishes like prawn, mango & pepper skewers to line that stomach.

For a fiver, Dalston Roof Park will grant you membership for the whole summer, where you can enjoy silent discos, DJ sets, BBQ food and a well-stocked bar including signature gin cocktails and pale ale. It’s the perfect place to relax after work or at the end of a day well spent – sending your application to the talent development team at Inspiring Interns.

If one chilled drink isn’t enough and you’re in need of some serious summer partying, Roxx on the Roof is calling. A ticket will set you back £10 and if you’re really going for it, you can jump in the jacuzzi to cool off.


Blackdog[5]Manchester is bringing out the big guns this summer, starting with the Black Dog Ballroom where the BBQ is a permanent fixture on the rooftop along with the bar and chill out areas.

The-Knott-BarIf you’re seeking the perfect pint, look no further! The Knott Bar is a stones throw from Deansgate station and has a huge selection of beers, largers and ales from around the world.

If you want to escape the chaos of the city centre, Rooftop Lounge is as laid back as the name suggests. Prices are affordable and you’ll be uploading #nofilter shots of the cosmopolitan views to your Instagram before you’ve even sat down.

Inspiring graduate jobs & internship success stories: London, Manchester & the UK, Summer 2015

Inspiring graduate jobs & internship success stories: London, Manchester & the UK, Summer 2015

This summer we’re bringing you a selection of our brightest success stories to inspire, motivate and restore your faith in the graduate job hunt!

Dinesh-Hansla Dinesh is a fantastic French-speaking graduate from Cambridge University with a BA and MEng in Engineering. He sailed through the interview process and was quickly offered a graduate job at a social advertising company in London, where he continues to thrive in his analytical role.

Cassie had previously worked in buying, marketing and events during her time at Cassie-Melroseuniversity in Bournemouth and after graduating with a degree in retail management & marketing. What happened next? Inspiring Interns sourced an exciting client-facing role at a FMCG company and the rest is history! She’s doing a great job and loving her time at the digital agency.

Christopher-YuAfter studying hard for an LLB law degree from Manchester and securing internship experience in London and Hong-Kong, Christopher came through the Inspiring Interns wardrobe (aka the unique entrance to our London HQ) looking to figure out his next career steps. What did he find? A business and marketing internship at an international retail software company – of course!

Hannah-HunterHannah left university in Newcastle with a degree in English Literature and wondered what to do next! After successfully registering with Inspiring Interns and soaring through the interview process, she landed an internship in operations at a transport company. Nice one Hannah!

Sophie-SimmondsMeet Sophie – she stormed through life at university in Leicester picking up awards for employment and leadership and learning Spanish. After travelling through South America to perfect her grasp of the language, she was offered a graduate job as an account executive at an pioneering energy company.

Send us your CV if you’re actively seeking a graduate job or internship and we’ll match you to exciting, new opportunities.

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Focus your graduate job search this summer

Focus your graduate job search this summer

Search “graduate jobs” on Google and 313,000,000 results hit you at a speed of 0.35 seconds. Search “internships in London” and you can get over 27,500,00. You get the idea. The question is, how do you filter this overload of information? For graduate job application information and CV advice, you’ve landed on the right page. In this particular post we focus on the words of graduates who have recently found work and how that can help you in your graduate job hunt.

target-jobs-rising-star-award-2015-gradaute-careers-advice-inspiring-interns-careers-blogTARGETjob’s Rising Star of The Year 2015 graduate nominee, Stefano Persico, had this to say:

“Take on extra responsibility and challenges; it helps show you can learn and picks things up quickly. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but try to ask the right ones!”

“Show your enthusiasm, energy and passion. Think about how you can add value, take the initiative and be proactive.”

Ciaran Hickey secured an Ciaran-graduate-careers-global-m-recruiment-inspiring-interns-sucess-story-graduate-job-search-adviceinternship in recruitment after graduation and went on to become a full-time consultant at Global M Recruitment. His advice?

“Talk to a recruitment agency, like Inspiring Interns, as they deal with hundreds of people who are all in the same boat.”

“By voicing what you really wouldn’t want to do, as well as areas of interest, you can really identify what would suit you best and an agency can then use that information to guide you in the right direction!”

Laetitia-graduate-careers-advice-inspiring-interns-success-story-quotesUCL graduate Laetitia successfully completed an internship in affiliate marketing and went on to be offered a full-time job in marketing. Here’s what she had to say:

What were your biggest internship challenges?

“The biggest challenge was probably working in an area which, initially, I had limited knowledge of. I was given lots of work from the get-go and had to learn a lot of things. While this was the most challenging aspect of my work, it was also the most enjoyable! I found myself learning quickly and taking on a lot of responsibilities.”

What insight would you give graduates looking to get into affiliate marketing?

“Try and get some experience – whether that’s through an internship opportunity or doing some personal affiliate activity on a blog at home. These things will help when you’re trying to get your foot in the door.”

Katie is Senior Marketing Executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

May bank holiday beer garden guide with designmynight.com

May bank holiday beer garden guide with designmynight.com

It’s not often a three-day weekend comes around, so make the most of it with designmynight.com and their pick of the top beer gardens to hang out in this Bank Holiday. Looking for graduate jobs and internship opportunities is a job in itself, so take a break from sending your CV and enjoy a well-deserved drink! (Get back on the job hunt on Tuesday).


Peoples Park Tavern[6]Having won an award, The People’s Park Tavern will meet and surpass expectations when it comes to going out for a chilled drink. Based in the heart of East London, this joint attracts a cool crowd that want to enjoy long summer evenings with a beer in hand. Those wanting to introduce a splash of colour to their Bank Holiday evening, Barrio East is definitely the place to be. Every colour of the rainbow is integrated into its interior and they have some mouth-watering cocktails ideal for Instagram #nofilter. There’s plenty of benches, so forget about the hassle of finding a seat!

Barrio East[7]Aeronaut is another, perhaps surprisingly good beer garden. They are mostly adorned for their bizarre circus and cabaret performers, but it’s time we spread the word about their cute shacks and spacious outdoor drinking area. If you’re looking to awaken your inner child this May, we can’t recommend Grand Union Brixton enough. They have private tree houses – you heard! And if you’re passing by this joint midweek, take note of the deliciously tempting lunch offer. Lock lips with a tasty burger, fries and drink for the bargain London price of £6.50.


Aeronaut[5]Raucous partying is nothing but the norm for Liquor Store – they don’t close ’til 3AM every single day of the week, so you can imagine what this Bank Holiday might hold! Enjoy drinks alfresco with your mates.

Grand Union Brixton[6]Sinclair’s Oyster Bar sounds like a posh venue with sky high prices, but it’s actually been marked as a “drinkonomical” spot on designmynight.com. This pub has quite a bit of history, having opened in 1720 and the customers continue to come flooding in! It’s great value for money. For a different drinking experience, head to The Metropolitan this weekend and take advantage of the outside bar. Ordering a drink has never been so easy, so say goodbye to the dreaded journey back inside! It’s all here.

Leighanne is marketing & PR executive at designmynight.com

All photos are property of designmynight.com

CommuterClub for graduates: save money on your London travel

CommuterClub for graduates: save money on your London travel


Inspiring Interns partnership with CommuterClub is back with a bang! Before you top up your Oyster, here’s how you can save money on your London commute and get an extra £10 off with our promo code.

What is Commuter Club?

CommuterClub gives you access to the benefits of an annual travel pass, even if your company doesn’t. With CommuterClub, you get unlimited travel which you pay for monthly. If, for example, you commute between zones 1 and 2 – that’s a saving of around £140 compared to the cost of a yearly travelcard! Once you include TFL’s sporadic rail fare hikes, the saving is even greater.

Is it relevant to graduates based in London?

Yes! Once you’ve landed your first job out of university, your thoughts may turn to saving money and cutting costs. As we’ve already mentioned, you could save over £140, but there are also a selection of exclusive benefits that go with this unlimited travel. To start with, a third off all national rail travel. Perfect for those who don’t have a 16-25 railcard. CommuterClub has also teamed up with Fitness First, Uber, Time Out and more offering their members great benefits.

Commuter-Club-Inspiring-Interns-Graduate-Job-London-Travel-Commute-Oyster-Card-MonthlyTell me more!

Interestingly, since CommuterClub’s scheme is technically classified as a loan, you can start to build a positive credit rating while saving money. Perfect for those who think it’s too soon for a credit card or when the time comes to settle a mortgage deposit (OK, we realise fresh out of university this isn’t exactly on your agenda, but it all helps!) Once the job hunt’s over, having your travel sorted is a great feeling.

What if I leave London?

CommuterClub offers a non-committal subscription, so if you want or need to leave London you won’t lose any money.

Sign me up!

Head to: commuterclub.co.uk and enter code: “INSPIRE” to get an extra £10 off.

The legal stuff:

Commuter Club Ltd is a provider of retail financial services and is Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Interim Permission Number 659398. Commuter Club Ltd. is entered in the Financial Services Register. For more information you may visit www.fca.org.uk.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE: Zone 1-4 Annual (amount borrowed): £1844. Interest: £103 Total payable: £1947 in 11 monthly instalments of £177. Representative 14.0% APR. Interest rate: 5.6% pa (fixed)

April weekend antics: London 2015

April weekend antics: London 2015

It’s the freakin’ weekend! You spent all week on the job hunt and now it’s time to broaden your cultural horizons. It’s the last weekend in April and it’s a busy one in London. Here are the 4 top things to sample in the city, come rain or shine:

NLA#1 London is an ever-expanding monster, so get to the NLA galleries for a bird’s eye view of it. New London Architecture has created a mini model of the beautiful city to educate the public about London’s past, present and future. Bonus points to those of you that can find Abbey Road on the 12.5m long interactive installation.

#2 Whether you’re into sports or not – you will be this weekend. Sunday 26th April 2015 brings with it the Virgin London Marathon and it’s an aLondon_marathonmazing day out for runners and supporters alike. Select your spot somewhere along the 26.2 mile route and cheer on the best marathon runners in the world (including Paula Radcliffe for one last time) and support the thousands of keen beans racing against each other and the clock. Good luck to everyone participating, let’s hope the sun comes out!

burger#3 Vodka testing & burgers. Now that’s got your attention hasn’t it? Covent Garden based independent restaurant Little Water have brought together these two classics in one swift motion. Check out their website for more information, you know you want to.

FLAG4# St George’s day rocked up last Thursday and patriotic celebrations are seeing in the weekend in style. Head to Trafalgar Square on Saturday for the Feast of St. George which promises cookery demos from celebrity chefs, delicious British food, live music, fun and games. Best of all? It’s absolutely free.

MarkusA lover of all things music, Bayern Munich and beer – Markus is the latest talent to join the Inspiring Interns team!