Graduate Job Podcast

Welcome to the 95th episode of the Graduate Job Podcast. Over the coming weeks students would normally be graduating and heading out into the world to start looking for a graduate job. This transition period from university to work is a stressful enough time, not helped often by the extra pressure placed on recent graduates from parents. Which is why this episode is dedicated to parents and how they can help their recently graduated kids find a graduate job. Get them to download it, download it for them if you have to, but try and get them to listen to it. In today's episode, I explore 8 key things that your parents need to do to help you as you try and get a graduate job. I cover why worrying and panic is not going to do anyone any good, and why your parents might be out of touch with the modern world of work and recruitment. We delve into why they should be thinking about your needs and not theirs, and why getting their chequebook out to fund a masters isn’t the answer. We look at what they can do to help, why they should think about dropping me an email, how they can utilise their network, and why their mindset matter. No matter where you are on your job search for a graduate job, just graduating or already applying, this is an episode you need to listen to. Links today and a full transcript can be found in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/parents.

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Direct download: GJP-95.mp3
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Welcome to the 94th episode of the Graduate Job Podcast, the UK’s number 1 careers podcast. Today I take you through the tricky topic of how to deal with rejection when you apply for a graduate job. It’s a topic that you hope you aren’t going to have to deal with, but the simple fact is, at some stage you’re going to get the old ‘thanks but no thanks’ email, and you are going to need to know what to do when it lands through in your inbox. I take you through the 8 stages of dealing with getting rejected from a graduate job, from acknowledging exactly why it hurts, to why you really shouldn’t take it personally. To why you need to step back and be honest with yourself, and how you should go about doing this. I delve into why getting feedback on your performance is so crucial, and just as importantly what you need to then do with that feedback. In this episode I take you step by step through the process from anger and upset at the initial rejection to taking the learning and using it to super charge your graduate job search.

No matter where you are in your job search, if you’ve started applying, or still thinking about which jobs to apply to, if you’ve not had a rejection yet or if you have a stack of them, this is an episode which you aren’t going to want to miss. Now the only link you need to remember from today is www.graduatejobpodcast.com/rejection, as that has all the links to everything which we discuss and a full transcript which you can download, so make sure you head on over there.

Direct download: GJP-94.mp3
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Hello and thank you for joining me for the 93rd episode of the UKs number 1 careers podcast and boy do I have a cracker for you today. I’m joined on the show by a company who aren’t a household name, but whose products you will definitely have used. They are in the FTSE 100, are growing rapidly, and have some of the most exciting and international graduate schemes on the market today. They are of course packaging and recycling giant DS Smith. In this episode we delve deep into DS Smith and cover what exactly that they do as a business, and the types of roles they offer across their 3 graduate schemes. We look into the finance scheme in particular and its amazing opportunity to spend one-year placements working across Europe. We explore what you need to do to apply and the details of each stage of the application process. We cover how you can stand out from the crowd and what you can expect from the virtual assessment centre. No matter if you have already applied, or not even heard of DS Smith, this is an episode you won’t want to miss, as it is packed full of brilliant advice which will stand you in good stead for any graduate scheme you apply to. As always, a full transcript and all the links from today can be found in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/dssmith.

 MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • DS Smith and exactly what they do as a business
  • Their 3 graduate schemes and what you can expect across each
  • The international travel opportunities available on the finance scheme
  • Details of each stage of the application process
  • Why 23-page CVs aren’t needed to apply
  • How to stand out from the crowd at each stage
  • What to expect from the virtual assessment centre

 

Direct download: GJP-93.mp3
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Hello and welcome to the 92nd episode of the Graduate Job Podcast. In today’s episode I tackle a listener question, which is when is the best time to apply for a graduate job? Is it better to apply during your final year, or once you have graduated? In this episode I take you through the pros and cons of when you should start applying.  We cover when graduate schemes are open from, why applicants often underestimate the work required to apply for a graduate job, and why you need to think carefully about if you have capacity to apply for jobs whilst you are in your final year. I delve into some of the advantages of applying early, such as the skills and experience you learn from an early application, how it might reset your expectations about how difficult the application will be, and how it could be worth applying early if you don’t think you will get a 2.1. Finally, I explore why ultimately you should ignore any peer pressure and only apply for graduate jobs when you have capacity and are ready. No matter where you are on your job search, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. As always you can find a full transcript with all the links from today in the show notes at www.graduatejobpodcast.com/when.

MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:

  • When graduate schemes open and close, and why you need to make sure you apply early
  • Why applying in your final year might be best if you think you will get a 2:2
  • How most graduates underestimate the work required to apply successfully for graduate jobs
  • Why you need to disregard peer pressure and what your friends are doing, and apply when is best for you
  • Why you need to be making the most of your time at university
Direct download: GJP-92.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09am EST

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