Category Archives: Employability

Parent power: getting in the way or enhancing social mobility?

The recent GTI Media survey of parental influence upon children’s career choices packs a punch. It shows the hearts and minds of UK parents need a spot of lifting, opening, re-educating and – in extreme cases – requiring a transplant … Continue reading

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Change lives for the better by giving kids with learning difficulties a chance; change your organisation for the better

I want to start with an uncomfortable fact. According to government figures, fewer than 7% of people with learning difficulties in the UK are in paid employment. This compares to 36% of people with disabilities (not that this is anything to shout about). … Continue reading

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PwC are my new social mobility heroes while, across the water, Athlone students get suited and booted

I was so pleased when I read that PwC had made the decision not to use UCAS points as a barrier to entry on to their graduate programmes. I hope this is the first crack in the wall and other … Continue reading

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What does it take to be voted the Graduate Employer of the Year? Clue: you have to be worth it…

And so, another year on, we return to the annually fascinating question of what makes a graduate employer the Graduate Employer of the Year at the cosmically huge TARGETjobs Awards. I interviewed Negin Lankarani, Graduate Recruitment Manager at L’Oréal UK&I, to … Continue reading

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Only 7% of students with learning difficulties find employment. What a waste. What an opportunity.

At last week’s TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, the audience was not asked to put their hands in their pockets for the night’s good cause, they were asked to do something much more important. They were asked to give children … Continue reading

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What Greg Dyke can teach us about postgraduate study

Today marks the start of the general election campaign. Be still my beating heart. There’s a lot that I don’t like about politicians but the single thing that gets me hottest under the collar is the flagrant disregard they have … Continue reading

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To sell engineering careers, especially to engineering students, simply point out the contribution they make to all our lives

In my long experience of interviewing recent graduates, the difference between normal, sound performance at work and exceptional performance invariably comes down to one thing – attitude. Having the desire to go one step further is a trait that not … Continue reading

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