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

May bank holiday beer garden guide with

It’s not often a three-day weekend comes around, so make the most of it with 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 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

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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: 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

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!

Graduate CV checklist: survival of the fittest

Graduate CV checklist: survival of the fittest

Spending (what seems like) 48 hours a day crafting your perfect CV, choosing the nicest font, ensuring every work experience you’ve ever had is included and of course, mentioning how you’re a hard-working individual… Hold up! Have you thought about who will be reading your CV and what they might be looking for?

CVRecruiters receive 100s of CV applications each day and they’re less interested in your choice of font than they are interested in spotting errors. A recruiter has specific roles in mind when quickly sifting through applications and they’re looking to compile a list of guys and gals that get the basics right.

As a graduate or student looking to secure an internship or job, it’s essential to get the fundamentals right. Follow the top tips listed below and don’t give recruiters or potential employers the chance to write off your application within those crucial first few seconds. The easier it is for those hiring to spot basic, key information – the higher your chances of passing onto the next stage of the process.

What’s your story?

Your degree and dream job are a great match on paper, but when did you graduate? Recruiters are interested in how you got to where you OZare today and the route you took. Spent a gap year backpacking around Australia? Mention it! The less unexplained gaps in your CV and the more relevant details you give about what is on there, the easier it will be for the reader to see your development.

What’s your situation?

govIt’s staggering how often people leave crucial information out of applications. When applying for a job in London for example, it always helps if you are already there! And if you’re not, tell us how fast you can get there. A simple “willing to relocate to x, y or z immediately” can boost your chances. If you’re not a UK citizen, it’s worth noting that SME’s (small and medium sized enterprises) are often not in a position to sponsor VISA applications, so outlining your citizenship and VISA situation in an application is also useful, if applicable.


Simply put, your CV must not have spelling mistakes! Send your CV to someone or more than one person to check for any typos or grammatical errors. It is always worth checking, especially when it could be the difference between getting an interview or not.

What’s your USP?

Picture this: 10 people with the same degree, same grade from the same university apply for the same job. Who will be invited to interview? The candidate who is able to stand out and draw attention to what makes them different! Involved with a charity, organising events at university, winning prizes for outstanding achievements or writing a blog? Shout about it. Demonstrate that you’re a well-rounded individual and you could be one step closer to getting an interview and securing that job.


coneYou earned your own money aged 14 doing summer work at an ice-cream shop, but is it relevant to role you’re applying for? The two months you spent organising your university society’s ball working with Excel and developing time management and organisational skills, will impress your potential future employer much more. Show how you needed to use skills that are relevant for your job in a practical situation and you will pass with flying colours. Support your claims with stats.

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


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Internships & graduate job advice: interviews

Internships & graduate job advice: interviews

Thinking on your feet in a interview situation is important. You can come with a question or two prepared, but it’s also good to react to the conversation and ask any questions that come to mind. This shows you are engaged. When interviewing, consider using the STAR technique to provide answers:

• Situation – set the context for your story.
• Task – what was required of you.
• Activity – what you actually did.
• Result – sell yourself with an impressive outcome!

How will the work I’ll be doing contribute to the company goals?

A question like this shows initiative and an interest in strategy and planning ahead. Show your passionate about what the company is trying to do and the role that you could potentially play in that. As a graduate, your work experience is likely to be limited, so your passion and drive is even more important.

What skills and experience are you looking for in an ideal candidate?
If asked early on in an interview, this question can give you a chance to demonstrate how you meet these requirements. Having read a job description for the role and been invited to interview – you will have some idea of this, but further information will be revealed.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

This is a great chance for you to gain insight into company culture and whether you would be a good fit. A tech start-up in Shoreditch is a vastly different environment to a corporate agency in the City, so it’s good to gage what you can expect from an average working day, the environment and team.

Are there opportunities for training and career progression?

It’s useful to be aware of what you can expect in the future if you were offered the position. Your also giving the interviewer the opportunity to really sell the role and company to you.

What not to ask:

• How long is lunch?
• How many holiday days can I take?
• Can I bring my dog to work?

Katie is a marketing executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

Apps for concentration: the graduate job edition

Apps for concentration: the graduate job edition

Find yourself endlessly trawling through Buzzfeed, Mail Online and your Twitter feed when you should be concentrating on the task at hand? Whether your studying for exams or applying to jobs online – it’s easy to get distracted. Here are 6 apps to get you back on track:

SelfControl is a free Mac OS X application that let’s you block your own access to distracting websites, emails or anything else on the Internet. That’s right, prevent yourself from incessantly swiping left, right, up and down by setting an allotted time during which all sites you have added will be blacklisted. Simply hit “start” and from then on, until the timer you set expires, you will have restricted your own access. Suddenly found you have an even-more-than-usual burning desire to check your newsfeed? Restarting your computer and deleting the app won’t work, so crack on with that revision or graduatcold turkeye job searching (we recommend ‘coz until the timer runs out…

Similar: You can also stop procrastinating by going Cold Turkey. Good luck out there!

Toggl is an “instant productivity boost” allowing you to track your time in real time. Ideal for teams, it allows multiple users to share a space where they can assess progress, export timesheets, email reports and more. If you’re a student at university, this could be your seminar presentation group saviour or for graduates entering the world of work, it could be one to share with your new team.

Soundshade – If Spotify and Youtube are proving more a of distraction than an aid to your concentration, check out soundshade where you can “create your own soundscapes and relax with your own mix of quality nature sounds.”

Similar: OmmWriter – also known as your own private writing room – is somewhere you can get lost in your own creativity and concentration with the help of sounds, audio tracks and backgrounds to set your mood.



Lumosity – This app allows you to “enjoy games and tools developed by a team of neuroscientists.” Play 5 games in each of your daily workouts. Train 15 minutes a day, 3 days a week to exercise your brain and track your progress. The aim? Boost your productivity with exercises when you’re not working, so that when you are – you’re the sharpest tool in the box.


Katie is a marketing executive at Inspiring Interns. A dancer, sport and health & fitness enthusiast, she likes to move, tweet and blog.

April antics with Design My Night

April antics with Design My Night

Are you on the hunt for an unforgettable Easter weekend? Forget searching for chocolate eggs, we’re bringing you the London and Manchester must-see events and parties. Get ready!


If a cheap night out is on the cards, you need to check this out. Live Wire Free Party at Gorilla and Thirdeye Presents a Free Party will both let you in for free before 12pm, which logically means an extra Jagger Bomb at the bar, right? Both clubs have special guests on the night and are certain to mix up your typical Easter four-day weekender with some serious tunes.

Head to Kaluki Presents Jackmaster and be treated to disco classics, house beats and forgotten dance anthems. Deeper House Presents the Fun House at XOLO is sure to shake up your Sunday night, harbouring huge party vibes so if you’re a lover of deep techno you’d be an (April) fool to miss it!

Taking a sharp right away from contemporary tunes, is the I Am The Ressurection: Easter Party with their strictly 90’s only night. Classics from the likes of Oasis will get you cutting shapes on the dancefloor and if one thing is for sure, Manchester is bringing it’s a game to town this April.


Party animal? Xclusive Touch are hosting a fifteen hour marathon of music:Lost in Wonderland at the McQueen in Shoreditch spanning three floors. For something a bit more risqué, get a ticket to Aeronauts Easter Circus Spectacular for £12. Expect fire breathers, comedy and more to keep you entertained.

If love is what you’re looking for, stop swiping left and right on that smartphone and challenge yourself to a night that says “Balls to Dating”. Lock eyes over the ping-pong tables and expect fun and games hosted by the organisers.

Follow designmynight on Twitter and discover where your weekend could take you.

Leighanne is marketing & PR executive at

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