TSR Answers - Grad jobs and how to get ahead - 18th June

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Welcome to our fifth TSR Answers
Live at 3pm on Thursday 18th June

Recruitment experts answer your questions on graduate jobs and how to get ahead


You have told us that one of the things that is most affecting you right now, is uncertainty around your future. So we have reached out to specialists to help us give you some answers - please post your questions to the panel, and get the answers you want - help you get prepared for your future; find the support you need to get you where you want to go; or even just to find out what is open to you right now.


Our expert panellists this week are:

Aasha Tikoo - Graduate Recruitment Marketing Manager from one of the world's most distinguished law firms, Clifford Chance

Ross Parsons - Early Talent Recruitment Lead from the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson

Jack Hendon - Recruitment Manager from MyKindaFuture, an award-winning HR tech company specialising in helping underrepresented talent get into work, excel, and feel like they belong there.

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What are the top skills (other than obvious academic qualifications) you look for in an applicant?

What is the best way for applicants to demonstrate soft skills on their CV?

Do you have any suggestions on ways to boost employability during lockdown when it isn't possible to complete work experience?
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How many work experiences do you look for in a cv?

What, in your opinion, is your ideal employee?

Why is it so difficult to be employed in a graduate job nowadays?
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(Original post by Rainbow Walks)

Welcome to our fifth TSR Answers
Live at 3pm on Thursday 18th June

Recruitment experts answer your questions on graduate jobs and how to get ahead

Our expert panellists this week are:

Aasha Tikoo - Graduate Recruitment Marketing Manager from one of the world's most distinguished law firms, Clifford Chance

Ross Parsons - Early Talent Recruitment Lead from the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson

Jack Hendon - Recruitment Manager from MyKindaFuture, an award-winning HR tech company specialising in helping underrepresented talent get into work, excel, and feel like they belong there.

ASK THEM A QUESTION BY PRESSING REPLY

You have told us that one of the things that is most affecting you right now, is uncertaintly around your future. So we have reached out to specialists to help us give you some answers - please post your questions to the panel, and get the answers you want - help you get prepared for your future; find the support you need to get you where you want to go; or even just to find out what is open to you right now.

Head to the hub page to find out more about the panellists, get more info. and read related articles.

Become a member of The StudentRoom to get involved and get your answers!!
I've graduated in Law with a Pass due to extenuating circumstances (I was a carer for two of my family members) the grade percentage just about comes to a 2:2. Before starting Uni, I had work experience at Allen and Overy through the Pathways to Law Programme at LSE, While at Uni, I had won an Essay competition that helped me secure an 8-week legal internship at Deutsche Bank, I was the Vice President of my Law Society, and I volunteered and attended lots of networking and career talks held by comercial law firms. Since graduating I've built up work experience as a paralegal at a high street law firm. But can't shake the feeling of how much I loved working in a commercial setting (the thrill of working on a cross-border transaction, having work-colleagues from around the world), learning about how the banking world is regulated, marking up commercial documents. I genuinely loved learning and doing all of that.

Now given the situation, is there any alternative routes into building a career in Banking regulation?

I've never considered a career outside commercial law but clearly don't meet the academic requirements. Genuinely rearing to go, and feel a bit lost as to, what steps to take, what direction I could possibly go in.
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How early would you start looking for work experience and at what levels? Would activities such as volunteering abroad help when it comes to uni’s and jobs?
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Is it possible for a graduate to go into a leadership role after uni? e.g a clinical director after a vet medicine degree? Would you consider placing graduates as leaders and giving them opportunities to lead right away?
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How do you discuss pay rises with employers? Is it possible to ask for the higher end of the salary stick as a graduate?
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I've just graduated, and wanted to take a year out before applying for grad jobs - which obviously won't be happening the way I planned!

Talk of the economy and people being made redundant in the pandemic has meant it's hard to get a job at the moment, let along a job I actually want. What can I do to improve my employability in my now free time, and what tips do you have for new graduates who are starting the world of work in a pretty difficult environment?
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Outside of internships what should students be putting on their CVs,
such as student leadership positions, committee roles, volunteering etc. do you look at this can be impactful on graduate recruitment?
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If I was rejected last, could I reapply this year without being flagged as a last years applicant? Thanks
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I'm a 28 year old pharmacist who graduated in 2013 but wishes to change careers (I'm interested in tech and the pharmaceutical industry). Is it too late for me to be applying for graduate positions?
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Any help on looking for jobs outside the UK?
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What is the best way to respond to screening questions such as why do you want to work for the organisation? without spending too much time researching on an application.
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How did you get to the job you are now? What advice would you give to someone who doesn't exactly know what field they want to go in? How do I find my "passion"?
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How much of an impact do you think Graduade jobs will be affected once the economy is back up and running?
And how will you plan to recruit in the next cycle, since penultimate year students who've had their internship cancelled during the summer could be left with 0 work experience by the time they graduate (since 1st year internships are very rare). Are they at a disadvantage and what suggestions would you advise?
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Hi! I've studied architecture in Peru and now I'm going to start a Master course in UK. I'm currently 33 years old, with no experience job in Uk. Would it be difficult to find a job? What would you suggest to me to ease the search?
Thanks in advance!😊
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Hiya I’m applying for an architecture degree and wanted to know what the employability rate would be for it after the 7 year period. Plus how easy would it be to find somewhere where I can complete my work experience, and would a degree apprenticeship make sense to do for the masters degree- would it be less valuable, more or of a higher standard?
Thanks in advance!
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Where is the best place to look for design graduate careers at the moment? I've been looking on indeed but a lot of the postings are from 30+ days ago
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I'm a registered paramedic, and I have another degree in another subject from 2015. I have a disability so I can't paramedic any more. What can I do?
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Is it possible to secure a graduate job with little to no work experience?

Are virtual internships (that are open to anyone) regarded as a relevant work experience to employers?
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