Three myths about working in sales

By Alex Townley

Sales. You might be tempted to conjure up images of soul-destroying call centres or Del Boy and friends hawking on street corners with suitcases full of counterfeit watches, but we’d like you to shelve those thoughts for five minutes.

Unfortunately a large number of high-profile careers websites peddle ill-informed graduate sales careers advice, so we’re here to set the record straight.

Three myths about working in sales

Myth 1. “I’ll spend my days cold-calling”

Wrong! Gone are the days of reading from scripts and making over 100 calls a day. The internet has replaced cold-calling and more recently, given rise to social selling. People buy from people and today’s buyers have no patience for unsolicited phone calls hawking products they don’t want. Working in sales requires a certain entrepreneurial spirit: you need to demonstrate a clear product or brand understanding and build on-going relationships.

Modern salespeople spend their days leveraging social networks to generate leads, educating others with informative content and engaging with decision makers. They analyse data to make better-informed choices, email the right person at the right time with the right message and use their time more effectively to build a demand for their product.
It is likely that you’ll have targets, but you won’t necessarily be expected to achieve them by calling strangers all day.

Myth 2. “Sales has got nothing to do with my degree”

“A career in sales would not involve a lot of the skills that I learnt at university and is not particularly creative.”

Anonymous graduate, Inspiring Interns’ graduate survey 2014

No! Throughout your time at university you’ll have built up a host of transferable skills. Those with large social circles and enjoyed life at university often make good sales people. If your degree involved debating subjects, frequent communication with your peers and interpreting information then you may well be suited to a career in sales.

Working in sales is all-encompassing; you’ll learn how to use email marketing techniques to garner new leads, social media platforms to nurture leads and clients, and ultimately set up face-to-face meetings. You’ll need to be analytical to understand your clients’ needs, you can put together a strong case for your particular product/service and you’re convincing enough to close a deal.

Myth 3. “There is no career progression”

False! The lead characters portrayed in Phoneshop are funny, but they are probably the world’s least accurate representation of salespeople.

“Graduate sales positions should not be confused with sales work in shops, door-to-door sales roles or telesales.”

The University of Kent’s careers page

A graduate sales position will give you a firm grounding in all aspects of business as you develop a full understanding of all business activities. Working in sales is usually a complex job; most business leadership positions require sales experience and successful salespeople are usually an organisation’s prize asset.

“Good salespeople are never out of work and always in demand.”

Les Csonge, Co-Founder Yudu Media

If one day you do decide to move on, many of the skills that you develop as a salesperson are applicable in a broad range of other positions; managing client expectations, closing deals and communicating effectively, to name a few.

What next?

To properly arm yourself for a successful career in sales, take a look at this sales-focused graduate weapons piece on attacking the job hunt.

If we’ve already convinced you that sales is your next career-move, take a look at our latest vacancies in sales and send us your CV.

Alex is the marketing manager at Inspiring Interns. He enjoys sport, cinema, admiring sharks from a safe distance (on TV) and supports Arsenal. Alex occasionally blogs on plainhelvetica.com, tweets @agtownley or you can add him to your circles on Google+.

Charlie applied to Inspiring Interns. You won’t believe what happened next.

Actually, it’s probably fair to say you will believe what happened next.

Hey you. Yes, you! You, sat at home reading this as you indulge in a little mid-job application procrastination. Don’t feel guilty, we’ve all been there. And let’s face it, if you’re going to do a touch of procrastination there are worse places to do it than a graduate recruitment blog. Am I right?

So…how can we make this a useful five minutes? Well how about a little bit of inspiration to get you back on track, courtesy of our boy Charlie Bragg and the brilliant MyLondonHome. You’re in? Great – let’s go.

Our hero, Charlie Bragg

Charlie graduated from the University of Leicester last year with a degree in English and, like you, was sat at home last August applying for jobs. Specifically, he wanted something with a marketing bent. So he put in an application to Inspiring Interns. He got a call from us. He came in to meet our HR team and film a video CV. Then came an interview at MyLondonHome, and no longer was he sat at home wondering what was next but starting a social media internship. And, in his own words, it went quite well.

“The best thing about interning at MyLondonHome was opportunity to learn. From day one I was afforded the time and training to truly understand my role. It wasn’t the cliché of making tea or filing paperwork (although of course with any office, tea was heavily involved). A young office with a good social side meant I quickly felt at home in the company and, if offered the opportunity, I could see myself working there for a long time.”

Boom. Kick-starting your career could be that simple. Feeling a bit more motivated but not quite there yet? No fear, Charlie’s got this to say about everything he has gained from the experience:

“I came into the company as a social media intern, but I was quickly learning to manage our Google Adwords account and analyse our web traffic through Google Analytics. After securing a full-time job at MyLondonHome as a Marketing Executive, I was offered the opportunity to study the IDM (Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing) Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing, of which I am expecting the results of in September. I have since been able to fully immerse myself in all company marketing, including copywriting, radio advertisements, an MLH taxi campaign and many other projects.”

Cracking. An internship converted to a permanent job, and a huge amount learned along the way. Well played Braggsy! [NB Braggsy may not be Charlie’s nickname, but we like it]. So having been there, done that and got the job, what advice would Charlie give to potential interns?

“I think the one piece of advice I’d offer anyone looking to start a career in marketing is that it doesn’t have to be for an agency. I’ve had an incredible year at MyLondonHome and think that’s largely down to the fact that every project I’ve been involved in, I’ve been able to see the results first hand.”

Charlie's hard work in action

Booya! Marketing isn’t all about agencies, and doesn’t Charlie know it.

Hopefully Charlie’s story has given you a bit of impetus to snap out of your brief procrastination and crack on with the applications. We’re certainly feeling double lively after reading about Braggsy’s success. And if you want confirmation of what a lovely chap our lad is, along with a reminder that inspiration comes from all around us, he’s revealed one last golden nugget of truth.

“My Dad is probably my biggest inspiration, he never stops thinking of ideas (most of them terrible) but he doesn’t give up and occasionally there’s a good one…In all seriousness, his passion for innovation is infectious and I don’t think I’d be so motivated without him.”

Top man, top story, and hopefully some top motivation. Go get ‘em tiger!

To stock up on even more motivational nutrition, have a butcher’s here!

Andrew James Scherer was thrust into this world in 1986 and from the moment he was born knew he was destined for the top…of the the Inspiring Interns Manchester office. Scherer somehow persuaded Inspiring to take him on in November 2009 and has been immovable since. Can be found @scheza on Twitter. You can also connect with Andrew on Google+!

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Industry knowledge: the graduate reading list

At university, you’re repeatedly told to ‘read around your subject’ to improve your knowledge and make the most out of your degree. The same applies to your job hunt. From having something extra and insightful to say in an interview situation, to having a more well-rounded understanding of what is happening in the industry you are keen to get into – stay up-to-date and you could put yourself ahead of the pack! We’ve taken eight key industries and researched the publications you should be reading, the websites you should frequently be visiting and who you should be following on Twitter. We recommend checking out the Twitter profiles of all the websites we’ve mentioned to get a bite-size daily dose of information!

Contents
If you have an industry in mind, click on the word below and you’ll jump to it.

Advertising
Computing & IT
Digital & Media
Finance
HR & Recruitment
Marketing
PR
Sales & Business Development

Advertising
Campaign is an online magazine providing a mix of news, analysis, features and comment to the communications industry (advertising, media, digital, marketing).
• Similarly, Creative Review is a platform for ‘advertising, design and visual culture’.
• Advertising is a popular choice when it comes to thinking about a career path, so try logging on to Adforum which allows you to research different agencies. Perhaps most interesting about this website is the creative library which explores and introduces you to some of the most critically acclaimed work in the industry.

Computing & IT
• Visit Computer Weekly for technology tips, multimedia and management information.
• Try Q&A site Stack Overflow for professional and enthusiastic programmers.
• Keep on top of software developments and most importantly with this industry, practise makes perfect! Enhance the skills you already have and master other programmes so you can demonstrate to an employer that you have what they are looking for.

Digital & Media
• Those in the industry have found Tech Crunch useful and this is also one for marketing enthusiasts. Go onto the website and take a look around or get the latest headlines delivered straight to your inbox with TechCrunch Daily.
Econsultancy post a huge range of brilliant blogs featuring industry trends, tips and advice to keep you up-to-date with the fast-moving world of digital. Members also get access to a range of reports and up-to-date research (key in an ever-changing landscape).
• A vital thing with digital is to learn as you try it yourself. You can enhance your industry knowledge through meeting more experienced contacts, but also (and more easily!) by engaging with them online. Ask a specific, relevant question to a company about their experience e.g. of the current market and you may not only get the answer you want, but make contacts in the process.

Finance
The Financial Times delivers a constant stream of the very latest UK and international business, finance, economic and political news, comment and analysis. It may sound obvious, but this is essential reading for graduates interested in finance and is also very useful for those with an interest in business and current affairs.
The Economist is another well-known publication offering similar insights, but also focusing on science and technology.
Forbes is well worth a follow on Twitter and/or regular visits to its website for reliable news, politics, economics, business and finance information.
• Depending on whether your focus is markets or global strategy, whether you’re looking into investments or accounting; following relevant financial advisors, experts and business leaders can give you an insight into what goes on and what is happening right now. Twitter feeds or individuals involved in the financial sector will often have a specific focus, so it is worth following a variety of people, companies, news channels, publications and (unbiased) independents.
Finance News 24 is a Broadview ‘Best Finance Blog Award’ winner and provides financial news from the major markets across the world, with particular focus on sports topics. Websites such as this can be a nice way to incorporate your interests into your work/research.

HR & Recruitment
• It may be worth adding the CIPD’s People Management to your bookmarks bar if you are interested in this sector; they provide up-to-date HR news to keep you in the loop.
Personnel Today also offer news and guidance related to all things HR.

Marketing
Battenhall Monthly is a social media and communications trend report published free, every month (as the title suggests). This is essential reading for those wanting to be in the know about the latest data, trends and analysis.
Moz blog is an SEO and inbound marketing hub of information with great tips on what to do and how to it with regards to search, social, content and brand marketing.
The Drum and Marketing Week magazine publish news for the marketing and media industries.
• Consider researching different brands and keeping an eye on those who excel in promoting their product, like Innocent An awareness of current marketing trends and techniques and an understanding of what makes a particular campaign or business successful is important.
• Finally, be sure to check out Mashable for regular updates on ‘what’s hot’, ‘the new stuff’ and ‘the next big thing’.

PR
• Go to Gorkana to find out what’s creating a social buzz and what’s going on in the industry, or log onto PR week for the latest updates and job specific news.
• Take a look at this article for ‘top tips on how to bag your first job in PR’ featuring advice on which direction to take your career, how to network and where to look online.
The Red Rocket is a tech, PR and social media guide and 10 Yetis will give PR fans examples of good and bad PR.

Sales & Business Development
• Familiarising yourself with the CRM software used by numerous companies to assist them in the tracking of sales figures is a great place to start. Try Sales Force.
• Daniel H Pink’s book To sell is human has been a NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Times bestseller and said to be a favourite amongst top salespeople. It looks at the art and science of sales through stories, research and analysis. Mixing up your reading material and looking at a variety of different sources can keep things fresh in your mind!

As Mashable highlights, the power of social media makes it easier than ever before to build up a personal brand. You can take part in industry conversations and build personal connections with those in your field (or field of interest). You can also take a look at our blogs for more information on how to sell yourself and how to boost your professional online presence.

For further information and pointers, explore our free graduate guide with particular emphasis on the following sectors: advertising, analytics, charity, digital & IT, fashion, finance, marketing, PR, sales and a bonus section on using your language skills. The guide lists a huge range of free options to help boost your application, but also points you in the direction of the very best paid-for courses and qualifications.
Finally, if you’re a budding entrepreneur bursting with questions, try Inc. They provide a wealth of information on how to start and grow your own business!

Katie is an Inspiring Intern and a recent addition to our marketing team. A dancer/health & fitness enthusiast, she tweets here: @KatesApps, blogs at: http://bit.ly/WN9rpu or you can connect with Katie on Google+.

How to stand out from a sea of other interns

By Monica Karpinski

It’s no secret how competitive the job market is these days. We’ve all read the scary headlines and scrolled through endless job adverts, all the while working ourselves up into a frenzy. “What’s going to make me stand out to an employer,” we ask ourselves, “when everyone has already done everything else?”

But don’t let the naysay brigade discourage you; there is always a way you’ll be able to impress an employer. You’ll just have to be creative about it.

Internships are an increasingly popular avenue to higher-level, permanent positions in competitive fields. With more and more interns on the scene, you’ll have to work a bit harder to make yourself stand out. Learning additional skills not necessarily related to your field can help you do just that.

As well as allowing you to pick up new know-how, additional skills and knowledge on your CV make you seem interesting. They will demonstrate that you are driven, dynamic and that in your spare time you don’t just sit around and rest on your laurels. You’re a go-getter, with keen interests who’s ready to proverbially take the bull by the horns.

Hot courses internshipsFortunately, learning something new has never been easier for Brits on the cusp of their careers. For example, Hotcourses’ Cash for a Course Awards allows five prospective learners to complete a course of their choice in one of five broad subject areas: arts and craft, technology and business, languages, cookery, and sports and fitness.

Did you study French or Spanish in your GCSEs? A UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) found that 17% of employers were unable to fill vacancies due to a shortage of candidates with languages skills. Why not pick it up and plonk it on your CV? (Incidentally, you can check out Hot Courses’ French courses here!)

It’s good news for those not looking to learn something so serious, too. Another recent survey by the National Careers Service named 23% of employers’ vacancies hard to fill based on a lack of skills, qualifications or experience. Got your eye on a publishing internship? You might be a whiz with words but if you aren’t digitally minded then you’ll shine out less next to someone who does. Taking a short course in technology or social media will show you’ve made an effort to fix that, and that now, you’re up to scratch. In the same vein, your novelty cupcake decorating class will expose your creativity and interest in foodie culture. Your employer feels like he knows you a little better already.

Whether you’re in it for the long haul and ready to pick up a second language, or just want to learn how to decorate a lampshade, each and every skill you acquire will broaden your perspective and add something to the way you think. And that will only ever work in your favour.

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for a course in London to improve your employability, check out our new all-encompassing guide: http://www.inspiringinterns.com/interns/london/guide/

Monica is a London-based writer and digital content producer for Hotcourses. A keen art and culture fanatic, you can follow Monica on Twitter, add her on LinkedIn or connect with her on Google+.

How to sell yourself to employers

By Katie Appleby

The economy is growing, exciting new businesses are emerging and the job market is heating up. Competition for graduate internships and jobs is HIGH and it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. Here’s how:

Go digital
Technology is one of the fastest-growing industries – so embrace it! Get your skills endorsed by previous employers and co-workers on LinkedIn (not just your best mates liking every single one) and secure recommendations (also on LinkedIn) from people you have worked for/with highlighting your contribution, personality and skills. Be active online! From making videos, to blogging or contributing to a publication or website – a relevant, visible online presence can help you to market your brand; you!

Add a splash of colour
Consider jazzing up your CV by adding the logo of companies you have worked for or gained experience with next to their name. This is a simple, but effective way to give your application some colour. Research shows a picture is far more effective at getting a reaction than a block of text. This coupled with the fact that the ratio of applications to job opportunities has been recorded as high as 85:1 with top employers – all points towards the need to be memorable! Putting a small, passport-size photo on the top corner of your CV could also have a positive impact. If a recruiter or company is looking a multiple applications a day (very likely), they will be drawn to your application and remember what you look like if/when they meet you.

Stand out
It’s less about the extra-curricular activities and more about your involvement. Taking a leadership role says a lot about you as a person – as recently highlighted by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in a Twitter Q&A about getting into the legal sector. Standing out is important in this day and age! Whether through what you achieve as a result of your extra-curricular activities, the unusual nature of the hobby or the in-demand skills you have gained as a result of your efforts. You can stand out in other ways too; inject some personality into your job applications, be original in your answers to interview questions or find new and innovative ways to get noticed by people in your industry(ies) of interest.

Presentation
Keep your eyes peeled for Inspiring’s Annie’s upcoming blog ‘What to wear to an interview’ – this will be especially helpful to those girls with a full-to-bursting wardrobe of potential! Until then, present yourself in a way that is relevant to your industry. If you are interviewing for a position in a corporate environment, looking smart is essential. Pay close attention to the job specification or any guidance you are given. If the description highlights a relaxed, start-up office environment, consider that smart/casual may be more appropriate. If in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed. Presentation is more than just what you’re wearing; how you present yourself on paper, online or via email or telephone communications is as important.

Prove it
If your CV features an impressive list of desirable characteristics, traits and skills, think about how you can demonstrate or prove that you have these assets. When prepping for an interview for example, prepare examples of when you have had to use said skills in a real-life situation, how or why you did it and what the outcome was. For more interview advice and insights, have a look at this. You can also back up your statements with examples through your choice of extra-curricular activity (as previously mentioned) and your relevant qualifications or work experience.

See some of our other blog posts for tips on how to search for that dream job and how to interview.

Katie is an Inspiring Intern and a recent addition to our marketing team. A dancer and health & fitness enthusiast, you can follow her tweets here: @KatesApps or connect with Katie on Google+.

Editor’s note: All images are property of Inspiring Interns.

Summer solutions to boost your CV

By Katie Appleby

With the gown returned and certificate in-hand, as a recent grad – the world feels like your oyster! Many of you will want to take a (well earned) break after graduating, but here are a handful of things to consider during your few months of freedom.

Hobbies
In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just a great academic background or relevant work experience. A hobby highlights what you are passionate about and gives an insight into your personality. Performance experience, for example, demonstrates confidence and presentation skills. Interesting or impressive qualifications gained from pursuing a hobby can be a positive addition to any CV.

Skills
Adding strings to your bow outside of the office or classroom environment will help your application to stand out. Why not try learning another language? Inspiring have seen how highly sought-after such skills are. Bi-lingual or multi-lingual candidates dramatically increase their employment and earning potential, for example.

Education
Furthering your education doesn’t have to just mean postgraduate studies. If you are looking to boost your CV, local community colleges often offer educational or practical courses or introductory classes/workshops. This could be particularly useful if you are looking to get into an industry which you don’t have experience in.
Reading is another way to enhance your employability. Keeping up-to-date with industry-related news and reading relevant articles and texts will help you when it comes to impressing at an interview. Consider following industry leaders and relevant business figures on LinkedIn and engaging in discussions on Twitter.

Researching
If you are unsure of the career direction you want to go in, researching different industries and the job opportunities that they have to offer is a great place to start. Check out our graduate glossary for a detailed explanation of different career sectors and job titles.


Find an Internship
An internship is a great way of getting a foot in the door and kick-starting your career in the industry of your choice. However, an internship can be the pursuit of an interest rather than a career focus. Shadowing someone at work for a short period of time is less commitment, but still valuable experience. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to trail an industry of interest and see if it’s something that you could see yourself doing. Take a look at our vacancies page to see the kind of internship (and job) roles we currently have on offer.

International opportunities
As tempting as it to spend your extended post-graduation summer break lazing around on holiday, why not look into doing an internship or taking part in a volunteering project abroad? Get your fix of fun in the sun and add to your CV at the same time: win, win!

Volunteering
From coaching sport to preserving wildlife, there are a whole host of exciting volunteering opportunities available to those looking for an experience. Volunteering doesn’t have to mean travelling to a far away destination; it can be a way to engage with your local community which in turn, may appeal to (local) employers and you could be offered future volunteering opportunities, broadening your experience.


Events
Throw a wild party! OK maybe not, but the right kind of socialising can be a valuable addition to your CV. From industry-specific events to more general graduate recruitment fairs, networking and making important connections is an integral part of the job hunt process. It may reaffirm what you already knew about a particular career option or it could open your eyes to an opportunity you may not have previously considered.

Embrace these opportunities, improve your skillset and look forward to a fantastic welcome to the world of employment!

Katie is an Inspiring Intern and a recent addition to our marketing team. A dancer and health & fitness enthusiast, you can follow her tweets here: @KatesApps or connect with Katie on Google+.

Editor’s note: All images are property of Inspiring Interns.

Top ten graduate opportunities to apply for this weekend

By Hannah Roberts

New-comer to the graduate job hunt? Feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect of finding a career? That’s where we step in! We at Inspiring are experts in helping you wanderers onto the path of career success. Which is why we’ve put together this selection of our greatest internship and job opportunities to get you on your way this weekend. These vacancies may be hot, but that’s not all we’ve got: be sure to check out our extensive list of roles available for application over on our site!

1. Marketing & PR Internship
This paid internship is the perfect opportunity for a recent graduate looking to gain commercial experience in a successful online business with a great track record!

2. Graphic Design Internship
Serious opportunity to gain extensive insight in design best practice from within the fashion retail sector at one of the largest high street clothing retailers in the UK.

3. Junior Programmatic Trader
Fancy working for the sixth biggest communications agency in the world? We’re looking for highly numerate grads with degrees in an analytical or quantitative discipline for this £19-22k graduate job.

4. PR & Executive Assistant Internship
Fantastic opportunity to get involved in and gain full training in PR tasks with this (£1-1.5k per month) internship at a full-service PR agency operating in the video game industry.

5. Sales Internship
This super sales internship is a brilliant opportunity to be part of an exciting new venture from one of the world’s biggest brands! This is a (£1,250 per month) initial three month placement with a view to a full-time graduate job.

6. Administration Internship
Looking to develop your administration skills? Get a load of this paid internship with an expanding mobile app backed by Richard Branson!

7. Global Marketing Technology Co-ordinator
Are you a talented self-motivated individual with a flair for digital innovation and tech? Check out this £25k graduate job with the largest music corporations in the world!

8. Mobile Media Graduate Scheme
18 month £21k graduate scheme opportunity with a widely respected, award-winning mobile marketing agency focusing on strategy, media, analytics and creative.

9. Media Analysis Internship
Fancy interning at an award-winning media planning and buying agency? Here’s your chance!

10. Graphic Design Internship
Learn from an experienced team who will guide, teach and help you develop best in class skills with this paid internship!

Remember, if you’re not sure of the exact career direction for you, you can always submit your CV direct to our HR team via our online application form. Whatever your method, proactivity is key – so get on it!

Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She tweets about all things golden here: @hlcroberts and pins all things pretty here: gildthelilly. You can also connect with Hannah on Google+

Seven steps to prepare you for the job hunt!

By Katie Appleby

With graduation on the horizon, we thought we would put together a useful guide on how best to prepare yourself for the next step – searching for that dream job! Three or four years of hard work later, you may be left feeling a little lost and in need of some advice. Congrats on reaching the end! Now follow these useful steps and you could be well on your way to kick-starting a successful career.

1. Do your research
Try to have a clear idea of the industry that you want to work in and the specific roles that you are interested in before you start your search. To get more of an idea about different job titles and the work that they entail, take a look at our graduate glossary guide.

Identify a few areas of interest and tailor your job/internship search accordingly. You can search our opportunities by industry on our vacancies page – the left hand side has a search function allowing you to filter.

2. Be prepared to tailor your CV
The experiences and skills on your CV should be geared towards the industry you are interested in. A video CV is a great way of getting your personality across and relaying to a prospective employer the applicable skills that you have to offer and what you are interested in. Depending on whether or not you know which industry you want to go into, avoid focussing on a specific role. Emphasise the skills you have that an industry may want. The following link is a great video on “how to shoot one hell of a video CV”.

3. Consider your references
Confirm that your previous employer is prepared to give you a reference and ensure that you have the correct contact information for them.

4. Consider how you could improve your employability whilst searching for a job
There are a lot of volunteering opportunities around and voluntary work can be a great, positive addition to a CV. Industry-related experience or improving your knowledge of your industry of choice through reading and research is also beneficial! Another great way to enhance your CV is through online courses. With skills like Excel regularly sought after by employers, courses in computer software or other areas like languages could put your application ahead of the rest. There are a number of courses available online for free! The team at Inspiring Interns have put together a career resources guide to help you on your way, available for download here.

5. Create a professional email address
Your future employer doesn’t want to know if you think of yourself as a ‘princess’ or a ‘babe’! It is definitely a good idea to create a new account solely for your job search, just remember to check your emails regularly and be responsive. Even if you are not interested in an opportunity, it is important to communicate this. Giving feedback can be constructive for the recruiter and company.

6. Control your social media
For any career, following relevant industry figures and companies and tweeting industry-related content and news is a great way to get noticed. For more great advice on how this can aid your job hunt, click here.
Don’t be naïve! Social media has reached the masses and one of the first things a recruiter may do is search for you online to see if you are a good fit for the company. Delete anything you wouldn’t want to be seen, or ‘hide’ your profile if you do not want to remove content. If you are pursuing a career in digital marketing or media, for example, it is strongly advised to keep your Twitter profile open. Update your LinkedIn profile and add a link to that and your Twitter feed on your CV.

7. Think about setting yourself targets
To meet during your search e.g. a certain number of applications per week. A sense of direction can make your search more efficient. Remember that it is important to have regular breaks, exercise and remain positive!

If your search is a success and you’ve secured an interview – well done! Now check out our top tips on how you can nail that interview and bag yourself a role.

Katie is an Inspiring Intern and a recent addition to our marketing team. A dancer and health & fitness enthusiast, you can follow her tweets here: @KatesApps.

The graduate glossary: job descriptions translated

graduate-glossary
By Inesh Patel and Alex Townley

At Inspiring Interns we understand that it can be a nightmare trawling through hundreds of different job descriptions that are filled with industry-specific acronyms, abbreviations and other terms. It might feel like employers are talking in code, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together this graduate glossary to help make your transition from university to internship and ultimately, graduate job, slightly easier: we hope you find it useful.

Contents:

If you’re looking for help with a particular category, click on the title below and you’ll jump right to it.

1. Inspiring’s career sectors explained
2. Job titles – what do they mean?
3. General business terminology
4. Software tools
5. Let’s get technical
6. The world of finance
7. Marketing definitions
8. Salary

1. Inspiring’s career sectors explained

Tip: Click on your desired sectors to view the current opportunities Inspiring has to offer.

Advertising: The main objective of advertising is to increase awareness and promote purchase of a product or service by effectively conveying its attributes and other relevant information to businesses and consumers. In other words, encourage people to buy stuff. The advertising sector comprises a number of different roles, including creative positions geared towards idea generation and innovation; planning roles that involve scheduling and ad placement; analytical positions that focus on wading through and understanding data and business development roles that involve gaining new clients and progressing the firm. Advertising occupations usually require close collaboration with the marketing and design divisions.

Analytics: Roles in analytics revolve around collecting and analysing data to measure the success of business activities and making intelligent business decisions. Working in analysis often requires a high degree of logical thinking ability and relevant computer proficiency. For further information and advice on this career path, check out our graduate weapons.

Arts, Fashion & Music: These highly competitive career areas usually require a large amount of creativity and passion. Fashion roles can range from design to marketing, music positions can be in anything from events organisation to artist management and arts opportunities can span from gallery and museum positions to buying consultancy. There’s a lot of choice, so be prepared to make some big decisions!

Banking, Finance, Insurance: These sectors contain a wide variety of opportunities ranging from investment and trading to accounting and wealth management, as well as roles geared towards financial data analysis and financial strategy for businesses.

Business Administration: This career area is comprised of roles that are mainly concerned with keeping a business running and supporting its staff. Positions range from project and operations management to PA/office assistance and inventory.

Business Development (or biz dev) & Management Consultancy: Roles in these areas provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of a company’s workings and help you develop entrepreneurial skills. Positions can span from account and project management to B2B operations and data analysis. The main goal of business development is to collaborate with companies to improve their efficiency, productivity and relationships.

Charities: This sector contains careers within non-profit organisations that are usually meaningful and fulfilling. It is a popular choice for university graduates as it offers a massive variety of opportunities, with roles in everything from marketing and advertising to administration and management, as well as programme co-ordination and direct charity involvement. A career in charity sector requires a genuine passion for an organisation’s work and vision. For advice on getting started in the third sector click here.

Computing & IT: This sector is heavily integrated with the tech industry and roles within it usually require specific software and hardware know-how as well as extensive background knowledge in computing. Opportunities in this field range from technical IT support through to software development and engineering. Computing careers often require numerical, analytical employees, so graduates with a mathematical or science based degrees are highly sought after. If you’re computer literate then you could apply your numerical degree to a potentially lucrative career in this sector.

Digital: This is one of the fastest growing industries and roles in this sector span both technical and creative opportunities. These careers are mostly geared towards online involvement and use of internet applications, such as social media. This is the case with positions in digital marketing, SEO and digital design. However, roles may also involve design, mobile application development and analytics. See here for further information and advice on getting into a career in digital.

Environment: This industry encompasses opportunities in environmental science, the energy sector, sustainability, landscape development and environmental research. As such, careers in this area are suited to those with a background in geography, geo-environmental or research based degrees, although it is open to those who are passionate about the environment.

Events Management & Hospitality: Working in this sector is all about delivering successful events and client satisfaction. Roles involve event planning, co-ordination and management, client-side marketing, events research and events promotion. Events opportunities may also cross over into other sectors such as finance and business development. More information and advice on launching an events career is available here.

Graphic & Web Design: Roles in this industry are always highly sought after. Opportunities in this sector range from creative to technical and are often a combination of both. A career in this area usually requires specific design or software skills and a relevant degree, such as graphic design, product/industrial design or computer science. You might work in product design, graphic design, web design/development, mobile application design, digital and gaming design/development, UX/UI design (more on that later), the list goes on. If you’re looking to get into this industry there are some great tips here.

HR (Human Resources) & Recruitment: HR and recruitment functions are central to most businesses and organisations. These areas are similar in that the both deal with staffing and employment. However, recruitment is mostly concerned with gaining new contacts, maintaining relationships and selling recruitment services, while HR is usually more administration and support-focussed. Positions in these areas include staffing management, client services/support, administrative support, recruitment and account management. Follow here for more information and advice on breaking into these areas.

Legal: Not all roles in the legal sector involve being a barrister or solicitor. Whilst a law degree is desirable for most positions, including paralegal and legal secretary positions, many other opportunities in administration and legal support don’t require specific qualifications or experience.

Leisure, Sport & Tourism: Roles in this sector can include direct industry involvement in positions such as sport operations and tourism management, or in a range of positions in a related business, such as organisation and booking, finance, management, PR, promotion and events management.

Market Research: A career in this sector involves researching market trends and consumer behaviour in relation to a company’s targets, goals and services. This may be geared economically, socially or politically. Roles can include consumer research, financial research, questionnaire design and distribution, interviewer brief design, market research analysis and product analysis.

Marketing: This vibrant sector’s main objective is to communicate effectively with a selected audience to enable an organisation or brand to promote certain messages or products/services. It encompasses a wide variety of roles including digital marketing, branding and brand management, affiliate marketing, SEO, PPC, business engagement, marketing analytics, social media management, communications and online media. Marketing can be online or offline and plays an integral part in the vast majority of other sectors.

Media: There are a variety of career paths in this sector and both creative and technical roles are available. These can be within TV, journalism, publications and analytics with jobs ranging from media trading and media planning to digital media and media analytics. Responsibilities may include article/blog writing, publishing, publication content management, online media content management and engagement analytics. This is a highly competitive industry so passion is essential!

Mobile Sector: This rapidly growing sector is mainly concerned with the mobile technology industry. It offers a variety of opportunities that span other sectors, including mobile advertising, mobile UX/UI design, mobile business development and mobile marketing. Further information and advice on this sector is available here.

PR (Public Relations): This sector is very popular with graduates and another highly competitive industry. The objective of most PR roles is to promote positive messages around the brand or organisation and improve public perception. Opportunities could revolve around events, technology, marketing, etc. Roles may hold a variety of responsibilities, such as brand promotion, communication, public image development, organising press briefings, arranging events, liaising with journalists and writing press releases. See here for advice on breaking into this sector. Many PR roles incorporate social media and other digital platforms, so brush up on your Twitter know-how!

Sales, Retail & Customer Services: There are a number on different careers available in these sectors. They mainly revolve around making money for a business through the selling of products and services. Sales roles are usually heavily commission-based so the more effort you make for a company, the more money you should earn (in theory!). As such, sales positions are competitive and fast-paced. Opportunities in these areas range from shop floor assistance to B2B sales, with roles such as sales executive, merchandising, client services and financial sales. Sales is all about understanding clients, managing their requirements and closing a deal, with responsibilities including cold calling, developing relationships, securing clients and making sales. You can find more information and advice on getting involved in this area here.

2. Job titles – what do they mean?

Account Manager/Executive: An account manager/executive usually looks after the interests of a company’s clients and candidates and is the point of contact for the client. The main responsibilities of the role are managing client accounts and building and maintaining long-term relationships. There is also an element of business development in that an account manager also identifies new business opportunities and pitches to potential clients.

Administrator: An administrator performs a variety of tasks within a business; responsibilities may include performing office support, meeting preparation/organisation and reception tasks, as well as other ad hoc duties.

Ad Operations: An Ad Operations Executive is usually in charge of ensuring high performing advertising campaigns. Mobile, digital or online advertising is a division of the advertising industry that references electronic communication promotions and marketing. This can include website display, text, search, online video, mobile (SMS, WAP display ads, video, application ads) and email advertising. An Ad Operations Executive may also be responsible for other functions such as pricing, ad product creation, research, vendor management and maintaining hardware and software systems.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): This is usually the highest position in an organisation’s management. The CEO reports to a board of directors who may set a range of responsibilities. These usually include high-level decision making, directing, press communications, leadership and employee motivation amongst many other things. They may also be known as the Managing Director (MD).

Chief Financial Officer (CFO): The CFO holds the highest position in a business’ finance department and is in charge of major financial decision making, financial planning and record-keeping. They are also responsible for the financial risks of the company ad report directly to the CEO and the board of directors. The CFO may also work closely with the COO (coming soon) on strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding. They may also be known as the Financial Director (FD).

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO): This role involves being in charge of all of the company’s marketing activities. The CMO’s responsibilities may fall within or be related to sales management, product development, distribution channel management, marketing communications (including advertising and promotions), pricing, market research, and customer service.

Chief Operations Officer (COO): The COO is responsible for the daily operation of the company and reports directly to the CEO. The responsibilities of the role completely depend on the company and the CEO’s requirements.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO): The CTO usually reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for all of an organisation’s technological issues. This position tends to exist in technology or science-based companies, such as game developers, social networking services and e-commerce providers. A CTO needs a deep technical knowledge of the relevant field and must be familiar with intellectual property issues, strategic planning and inter-company negotiations. Similar roles (depending on the company) are held by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Science Officer (CSO).

Data Analyst: A Data Analyst collects, organises and analyses data from various sources. The role typically involves examining how changes in internal and external environmental factors, such as strategy and product changes, Government legislation and base rate changes could impact the business. The Data Analyst generally uses data management and reporting systems to collect and organise specific data drawn from relational databases.

Digital (marketing/website) Analyst: The role of a digital analyst is a more specific version of a Data Analyst. A Digital Analyst analyses online/digital marketing and website data. Typical daily tasks include; using Google Analytics to analyse web traffic; analysis for email marketing purposes and creating customer data lists to send promotional and informational emails. Email analytics involves looking at the performance of the email campaigns, split-testing subject lines (working out what works and what doesn’t), design, offers, and looking at open rates and click through rates (who’s actually clicking through to your email from their inbox and then engaging with it).

Executive Assistant: An Executive Assistant is usually involved in tasks revolving around organisation, scheduling and correspondence. Such activities may include; organising files, preparing emails, arranging meetings, scheduling events, calendar management, preparing briefs and presentations and keeping track of contacts.

Media Planner/Buyer: A Media Planner/Buyer delivers effective, innovative and integrated media planning and buying campaigns (purchasing online advertising space) for clients. Typical duties would include; ensuring media planning and buying campaign reports are accurately maintained and that key trends are identified for optimisation; conducting media and consumer research; analysing data for relevant insights. The role may also involve implementing online and offline media planning and buying campaigns, whilst ensuring trafficking runs smoothly.

Merchandising: A Merchandiser is the person responsible for deciding which products to buy (and why) and how they are displayed in shops. A merchandiser needs to know what’s new on the market, what the customers will like and which products will make a profit. Typical daily tasks are likely to include visiting suppliers and manufacturers, analysing sales information, negotiating prices with suppliers, ordering goods, helping with promotions and advertising campaigns and producing sales projections.

PA: A Personal Assistant is an Executive Secretary/Assistant who reports to one individual, usually a manager or director. Their responsibilities are mainly concerned with administrative tasks as their job is geared towards helping their manager/director to make the best use of their time.

3. General business terminology

Ad hoc: This is in reference to unofficial tasks that need to be performed as different situations arise. If you work in an office environment with a fridge, an ad hoc duty might be to make sure the fridge is stocked, but activities can vary depending on the situation. Random, but essential, we’re sure you’ll agree!

ASAP: As soon as possible! In other words, get on it.

Business to business (B2B): Businesses interacting directly with one another, i.e. one company selling another company a computer is classed as a B2B activity.

Business to consumer (B2C): This is where businesses interact with the buying public (consumers), i.e. a company selling a computer to a consumer is classed as B2C activity.

Business development (Biz dev): Business development involves tasks that are generally aimed at developing an organisation and implementing opportunities for growth within them. Its purpose is to use customers, markets and relationships to create long-term value for an organisation.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD): This is a professional association for human resource management professionals. It offers qualifications in HR development and management. This can be valuable when applying for HR or HR-related positions.

Client: A client is a customer who is purchasing or receiving the services of a company or organisation and can be businesses or people.

Client acquisition cost (CAC): CAC is effectively the overall sales and marketing cost associated with acquiring a new client. This takes into account the cost of everything from online advertising/marketing to B2B/B2C sales.

COB: Close of business is the end of the businesses daily activities. Home time!

Consultant: A consultant is an individual who offers professional advice in their field of expertise. For example, a management consultant may advise businesses on the structure and effectiveness of their employee roles, hierarchy and management. They may work freelance or as part of a consultancy (an organisation that provides consultants to businesses).

eCommerce: This is the industry of buying or selling products and services online. Examples of this include online banking, online shopping, group buying and teleconferencing.

Key performance indicators (KPIs): A KPI is a measurement of performance and can be used by an organisation to measure its success. A company usually sets its KPIs as the achievement of certain operational goals, such as zero defect products or 10/10 customer service.

Long-term value (LTV): This is usually relevant to sales and is related to the projected value of a client/customer over long-term period (as opposed to value of their first purchase). It is effectively the financial value of a business’ relationship with a client/customer.

Non-governmental Organisation (NGO): An NGO is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the public good by addressing issues on a local, national or international level.

POC: Proof of concept involves successfully demonstrating a method or idea to prove its feasibility.

Return on investment (ROI): Return on investment is a measure of performance that is used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or compare the efficiency of different investments. It is calculated as such: ROI = (gain from investment – cost of investment)/cost of investment).

Self-starter: This is a self-motivated individual with initiative, passion and a drive to work and succeed without the need for external direction. Is that you?

Small to medium enterprise (SME): A small business or organisation that employs up to 250 members of staff.

4. Software tools

Dropbox: Dropbox is an online file hosting service that allows users to upload, store, share and edit a large variety of file types. As a cloud storage and file synchronisation application, it gives users the ability to save and access files from anywhere and collaborate on documents from different locations. It is similar to Google Drive and may also be used in offices and at home.

Google Docs: Google Docs is a free web-based office suite offered by Google. It is part of Google Drive and enables users to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and drawings online and work on them collaboratively. As such, it has become very useful in offices and facilitates team and project work.

Google Drive: This is a software as a service (SaaS) offered by Google. It is a file storage and synchronisation service that allows users to upload, store and share files, images, videos, music, etc. It replaced Google Docs but incorporates all of its features. This can be highly beneficial in offices as it provides an area where companies can save and back-up files as well as enabling them to access them anywhere with internet.

Microsoft Office: This is a suite of desktop applications and services by Microsoft and includes programs such as, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and OneNote. These applications are commonly used in most offices as they facilitate tasks such as, writing documents, preparing presentations, designing posters and composing emails.

Prezi: Prezi is an online presentation service that allows users to create, edit and share engaging visual presentations. It offers more than its standard linear slide competitors as it gives users the ability to zoom in and out and move around slides in a 3D space. This Saas application can be a useful way of getting across ideas and presenting projects in the workplace.

Sage: Sage is a popular software package used in accounting, HR and payroll, enterprise resource planning (ERP), CRM and e-commerce. Businesses may use this to facilitate the effective and reliable running of their payroll and automate their financial and customer related activities.

Salesforce: Salesforce is a content management system used in CRM marketing and management. This is a useful tool for closing deals, optimising performance, improving products/services and increasing revenue. As such, it is used heavily by sales and marketing professionals.

Xero: This is an online accounting software package for small businesses that is growing in use and popularity. Small companies may use this to view their cashflow online and automate bank transactions and invoices in order to improve the running of the business.

5. Let’s get technical

Back-end: This refers to an application or program that indirectly supports a front-end application (a program that users interact with). An instance if this is the process behind launching a program.

Content Management System (CMS): Computer management systems are computer programs that enable the publishing, editing, modification and maintenance of online content. They are used to store and organise files and provide version-controlled access to their data. There are two different elements of a CMS’s functions: content management application (CMA) and content delivery application (CDA). CMA is the front-end user interface that allows a user to add, modify and remove content from a website without the intervention of a webmaster, whereas CDA compiles that information and updates the web site.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS): These define how to display HTML elements, turning the basic HTML code into a beautiful (or awful) website.

Front-end: This refers to an application or program that users interact with directly. This could be actual interface of the program, e.g. the visible display of a CMS application.

Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML): This is a standardised system for tagging text files to achieve font, colour, graphic, and hyperlink effects on web pages.

Java: Java is a programming language and computing platform that is often used to build web-based applications on your mobile, PC and everywhere else.

MySQL: My Structured Query Language is the world’s second most used database management system.

PHP: This is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language.

Software as a Service (SaaS): This is a distribution model for software in which applications are hosted by a service provider or vendor and made available to customers over a network such as the Internet.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): A virtual learning environment is an e-learning system (usually web based) that provides an educational service without the need for person-to-person interaction.

6. The world of finance

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA): CIMA is an educational organization that provides courses and qualifications in management accounting and accounting for business. Their qualifications are highly sought after worldwide and enable those who complete them to become chartered accountants. You need to be a chartered account to be allowed to perform certain accountancy practices.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA): This is a professional credential for investment and finance professionals, which allows them to become chartered financial analysts or CFA charter holders. It is the professional equivalent of a Master’s degree and is a highly trusted and valued qualification, beneficial for anyone interested in getting into the financial sector.

7. Marketing definitions

Affiliate marketing: This is performance based marketing whereby the affiliate is rewarded for clients brought in via the affiliate’s own marketing efforts (commission based marketing). The role can include various elements on online marketing such as, SEO, PPC, email marketing, content marketing and display advertising.

Campaign: A campaign involves working in an organised and active way towards a goal and may exist in any number of sectors. For example, a marketing campaign could hold the goal of boosting social media reach or optimising SEO. Alternatively, an advertising campaign could simply be the organised effort to promote a certain product or service.

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM): CIM is a UK based professional organisation that offers professional development to marketing practitioners and enables them to become chartered marketers. They develop a range of professional marketing qualifications that are beneficial to anyone looking to start or progress a career in marketing.

Cost-per-click (CPC)/Pay-per-click (PPC): This is a process in online advertising whereby the host website only bills the advertiser each time a link is clicked. This method is usually used if an advertiser has a set daily budget. When the budget is used up the ad is removed for the remainder of the period and not charged further. This is often an activity undertaken by those in ad operations, media buying and digital marketing.

Customer relationship management (CRM): These systems use technology to organise, automate and synchronise sales, marketing, technical support and customer service to effectively manage a company’s interactions with current and future customers. They can be used to measure and track marketing campaigns in areas such as social media and email marketing. As such, they are heavily used by those in digital marketing.

Call to action (CTA): A call to action is a button, banner or type of graphic that encourages a user to click it, hopefully turning them into a lead and then a customer. As a result, this is an essential part of inbound marketing and is likely to be an activity in digital marketing.

Click-through rate (CTR): This is a way of measuring the success of an online advertising campaign for a particular website as well as the effectiveness of an email campaign by the number of users that clicked on a specific link.

Cost per acquisition (CPA): This is a method of PPC/CPC whereby the advertiser only pays the host website when a user’s click leads to a sale or delivers an acquisition.

Experiential marketing: Experiential marketing is a form of marketing that focuses on helping consumers to experience a brand. This may be through appealing to a consumer’s senses to immerse the consumer within the elements of a product, service or brand. The goal of experiential marketing is to generate customer loyalty by creating a memorable and emotional connection between the consumer and the brand. A good example is M&M World in London, where customers are exposed to a building full of products, designs, smells and activities related to the chocolate product.

Google Analytics: This is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. It is primarily used by online marketers for analysing the effectiveness of various online marketing activities (e.g. email marketing, online advertising, etc.).

Inbound marketing: This is the process of promoting an organisation to a target audience through online activities, such as social media marketing, blogs, SEO, newsletters, etc. Its purpose is to bring customers closer to a brand and maintain customer relationships.

Outbound marketing: Outbound marketing is the process of promoting a company through offline marketing activities, such as cold-calling, spam, traditional advertising, posters/flyers, telemarketing, etc. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the organisation and maintain its public presence.

Search engine marketing (SEM): SEM is the process that uses SEO and advertising to increase a website’s visibility on a search results page. This is a highly important part of digital marketing as a website’s online visibility is often vital to its success.

Search engine optimisation (SEO): SEO is a part of SEM and involves configuring a web page and its content so that it appears more prominently on a search results page. This can play a large role in governing the content of a webpage and what keywords are used.

Remarketing: Remarketing allows you to show adverts to users who have previously visited your website as they browse other websites, encouraging them to come back. Ever looked at a pair of shoes online and found yourself chased around the internet by those shoes in different ads? That’s remarketing!

SERPs: The search engine results position is the ranking of a search result/web page that affects how prominently (usually near the top) it is featured on a search results page.

8. Salary

Commission: Earning commission is where you get a certain portion of the money you make for your employer by doing your job (e.g. securing new clients/customers). This may be the basis of your salary or in addition to it.

Negotiable: A negotiable salary is where a base salary range is given (e.g. £18-25k), the candidate can negotiate their salary within that range depending on their level of experience relevant to the role (high experience – £23-25k, little/no experience – £18-22k). Impress for success!

National Minimum Wage (NMW): At the time of writing, NMW is £6.31 per hour, approx. £1000 per month or £12000 per year, depending on hours worked. NB: An internship that pays NMW or more will involve immediate responsibilities, independent work and targets. An expenses-only internship is a work shadowing learning experience, whereby you are assigned with a mentor and receive regular feedback sessions.

London Living Wage: The London Living Wage is an hourly rate of pay, calculated according to a combination of the costs of living in London and 60% of the median wage. It is £8.80 at the time of writing. This gives the wage rate needed to give a worker in London enough to provide their family with the essentials of life, including a cushion against unforeseen events.

OTE: On target earnings are bonus/reward payments for reaching your given job targets. This is usually applicable to sales roles.

Pro rata: This refers to the annual salary when the duration of the paid role is less than a year (e.g. a three month role at £18k pro rata would earn you (18/12) = 1.5k per month, therefore, £4.5K in three months, less tax).

Well done for reading all the way to the bottom! If you think there’s anything we’ve missed be sure to let us know.

This blog was written by Inspiring’s marketing intern, Inesh and our marketing manager, Alex. You can connect with Inesh on Google+ here. Alex occasionally blogs on plainhelvetica.com, tweets @agtownley or you can add him to your circles on Google+.


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How to make the most of your last weeks at university

By Inesh Patel

The Easter eggs are eaten, the holiday is over and the weather is finally taking a turn for the better… It must be exam time! For final year students this may seem like the end of days, but the big, wide world of employment is just around the corner and it really does pay to be prepared! Here’s Inspiring’s five-step guide to setting yourself up before the big graduation…

1. Work hard for your exams:

Our first recommendation is something I’m sure you’ve been told countless times, but this doesn’t make it any less important. Work hard for your exams! Yes, obvious I know, but these exams represent the culmination of your years of study and are what your first employers will usually judge you the most on. Aiming for the best you can achieve and effectively working towards it should instil a sense of regret-free pride and put you in the best position to enter the job market.

2. Network with your lecturers:

In between your exam preparation and polishing off of final projects, be sure to network with your tutors and lecturers.These guys are experts in their fields and if you’re looking to get into a career related to your degree, they are the perfect people to talk to. They can give you an insight into what the industry is like, they can tell you how to prepare for it and they may even be able to recommend you to employers. Connecting with them on LinkedIn, obtaining their email addresses and maintaining good relationships with them can be immensely beneficial to you. What’s more, as professionals who have spent at least three years teaching and getting to know you, they are exactly who your first employer will want a reference from. Keep them happy and keep in touch!

3. Utilise your university’s career services:

You know those annoying careers emails that have been clogging up your inbox over the past few years? Now would be the time to stop ignoring them! Despite the fact that it is woefully under used by many students, you’re university’s careers office is brilliantly equipped to help you kick-start your career. It will have plenty of opportunities on offer in your field of interest and should be able to help you get involved with good employers. It will likely possess extensive industry links and they’re yours to use!

4. Get career hunting early:

Don’t think that others haven’t come to the same realisation; students tend to start panicking about their future at this stage of university and the careers office will soon be inundated with requests for employment. Be sure to beat the rush by getting your job applications in early. Not only will this give you more time to relax once exams are over, but if a role requires you to have achieved a certain degree classification, it will give you added incentive to do well. That extra push can make all the difference!

5. Register with Inspiring Interns!

You’ve had the time of your life, your degree is framed on your wall and you’re ready to apply for your dream job, but wait, they want you to have… experience? This may seem unfair after all your hard work, but with the job market being so competitive, more and more employers are requiring you to have some experience in their industry. How can I get my first job when it requires me to already have experience within it you may ask – this is where we can help!

Registering with Inspiring Interns enables you to bridge the gap between university and full-time employment by gaining experience in your chosen field through incredible internship and graduate job opportunities. We can help you to gain that all-essential work experience allowing you to discover where your true career passions lie and get you started on the path to success. You can view the abundance of opportunities we have in a range of sectors on our vacancies page. If you’re unsure of what to apply for, simply send your CV direct to our team, detailing your availability and we’ll be in touch if we have something suitable for you.

We wish you all the best of luck in your exams!

PS. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself. You’ve earned it!

This blog was written by Inspiring’s new marketing intern, Inesh! Hailing from Southgate, North London, Inesh is a recent product design graduate from the University of Nottingham, mad about all things music and drumming!