Prepare for the 2017 Careers Fair

….the big 3 day Fair is coming up fast, 10-12th October!

Whatever stage you’re at in your university life, it pays to go to Careers Fairs – a chance to meet a wide range of employers, plus attend talks on a variety of topics – CVs, applications, interviews, assessment centres, your LinkedIn profile……check out the programme in the Fair Guide (Days 1-2) and Third Day Guide

Do your research before hand – there are different employers and different types of employers on the different days. Explore who’ll be there on the different days:

  plus the third day …. 

  • Day 1 – a range of recruiters, internship providers and careers talks – from accountancy firms, financial institutions, Retail management, to IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), Civil Service Fast Stream and so many more – check them all out via MyCareerHub
  • Day 2  – yet more recruiters, internship providers and careers talks – from law firms,  Creative Edinburgh, Teach First, ScotGrad (graduate internships), Finance and Professional Services….. and so many more – check them all out via MyCareerHub
  • Third Day – third sector and voluntary/charity sector – if you’re interested in working for a charity or not-for-profit organisation in the UK – get an insight into this sector, and find opportunities for gaining experience and working in this sector –  Frontline (fast track social work), Charityworks, Cancer research UK, GoodMoves, the Action Group, Alzheimer Scotland, Children 1st…..and more – find them all via MyCareerHub

Find organisations that interest you, go and talk to them – they’re here because they’re keen to recruit our students- ie you!

  • Early years student? – check out what experience and skills employers look for in their recruits, and any opportunities to gain experience via volunteering, work experience etc. eg check out Alzheimer Scotland, The Action Group, and more at the Third Day Fair,  if you’re looking to enhance your Clinical Psychology experience. You’ll also get a feel for the wide range of possibilities in the workplace. Go with an open mind, be prepared to think beyond the obvious.
  • Penultimate year? , investigate internship opportunities, explore possibilities,
  • Final year and beyond? – get insider knowledge on careers and employers you’re interested in – extremely useful for making effective applications

And as with most things in life, to get the most out of it, it pays to prepare – to ensure you make the most of this great opportunity to talk to a range of employers all under one roof, so watch our short video –  top 10 tips on how to prepare for a careers fair.

Make sure you take full advantage of this great opportunity on your doorstep. Employers have made the effort to come here to see you – now it’s your turn to make the most of this.

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Finding a part-time job in Edinburgh – 6 tips for PPLS students

I’ve shamelessly pinched this post from our Inform.ed blog (many thanks to my colleague Kirsten who wrote the original), as if something is good, it’s well worth sharing! I’ve also added a bit extra for those psychology students who may be looking to find work experience related to the psychology professions (see Point 6 below)

So in case you missed the original, or want more on psychology-related work experience -read on to discover the wealth of resources available to help you with finding PT work.

We see lots of students who want a part-time job in Edinburgh. This can be trickier than many students first expect as there are lots of students in Edinburgh all trying to get the same jobs. The Careers Service can support you in finding a part-time job.

To get you started here are our top 5 tips on finding a part-time job in Edinburgh (plus an extra tip 6 for psychology students).

  1. Use MyCareerHub. Last year we advertised over 2500 part-time job opportunities. Also keep an eye on shop and restaurant windows as they will often advertise by putting a sign in the window asking for staff.
  2. Get your CV up to scratch. Finding part-time work in Edinburgh is competitive, you need to tailor your CV to the type of work you are looking. Find out how to do this by looking at our resources on CV writing:
  3. Manage your time. Think carefully about how many hours you can work to balance with your course work. You may want to wait until your course is underway before committing to a part-time job.
  4. Experience counts. It is always easier to get work in an area you already have experience in. If you don’t have any experience of work yet and you are struggling to get a part time job, consider volunteering to build up some experience. Regardless of what job you do you will be developing skills which will be of value to your future career.
  5. Know your rights. Check out your rights, including information on the minimum wage on our website: If you don’t have one already make sure you get a National Insurance number, by calling 0345 600 0643 or coming to one of the on campus processing days – details on MyCareerHub.
  6. Looking for experience for the psychology professions? Take a look at the work experience sources for psychology professions  which includes ideas for paid as well as voluntary experience. And make the most of the volunteering and third sector fair on 12th Oct – some of the organisations coming along have paid opportunities for you to build up your relevant experience

Check out our online support for finding part-time jobs:


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Considering further study? Your person statement is key to success.

Over 20% of PPLS students will go on to further study of some sort after graduation. Your personal statement is key to success in securing a place on your preferred course.

And now here at the Careers Service we’ve developed a resource to support you with that!

Take a look at our new short guide to personal statements for PG courses. This brief (6 minutes of sound advice) online tutorial gives you excellent pointers and examples on how to construct an effective personal statement. Use it to get started on your own personal statement for PG study.

And check out all our PG study resources – crammed with  advice and information to support you with your decisions and applications, including:

  • to study or not to study…
  • choosing the right type of course for you
  • researching different courses
  • making the application
  • that all important personal statement
  • funding

…and so much more… make the most of your Careers Service’s comprehensive online resources.




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Psychology, Stats and the Civil Service – they’re looking for you!

Government Statistical Service Graduate Scheme   

Are you one of those psychology students with a passion for stats? Then the Government Statistical Service is looking for you!

Their 4 year Fast Stream programme is open for applications – CD 26th Oct. Below is a quote from their recruitment info –

‘To apply, you’ll need to be eligible to work in the UK. You’ll also need to be heading for a 2:1 Honours degree in a subject containing formal statistical training, such as Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Psychology, Geography or similar. Alternatively, you could have a Higher Degree, such as an MSc or PhD in a subject containing formal statistical training.’

Interested? Find out more on the Fast Stream website.

Want to find out more? The Civil Service are attending Day 1 of the Careers Fair, 10th Oct – talk to them then for insider information!

For more on the Civil Service and all the Fast Streams and other routes into working there – check out our Civil Service Resources. 

For more on Statistics careers – take a look at our Stats Careers Information.

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Welcome back!

Hello – and welcome/welcome back – from new student to finalist and beyond! – I hope you’ve all had a great summer.

I just want to alert you to a few new/updated resources on the Careers Service website – including ones specific to PPLS students. Lets start with those.

Make the most of these resources – available 24/7 – get ready for your future – and have a great semester!


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Psychologists – and other PPLS subjects – will be in demand in graduate careers of the future…

It’s hard to escape articles on the effects of robots and AI in the job market – speculation on which jobs will go, which will stay and evolve, where the new growth areas for graduates will be.

 A recent article on the AGR (Association of Graduate Recruiters) blog, titled ‘Graduate Careers of the future’ makes interesting reading for PPLS students and graduates. Here Tom Lakin, of Resource Solutions considers the jobs that graduates and schools leavers will be doing in the future.

Points of interest include:

  •  65 percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created.
  • as we adapt to humans and robots working together, expect an increase in opportunities for psychologists – good news for psychology students
  • repetitive aspects of legal, financial and data analyst jobs will go to the robots
  • Regulatory and policy professionals, ethical advisers, virtual designers and professional coaches will all have an increased role – good for all PPLS students – many of you find your way into these professional areas.
  • key traits that will be valuable for employers are curiosity and flexibilityinnovation and entrepreneurship

Read the article in full for more ideas of what’s in store in the workplace of the future – and get working on your curiosity, flexibility innovation and entrepreneurship!

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After English and Linguistics – what next?

If this is a question that’s on your mind – there’s a great website to help you work out the answer- After English!

With blogs written by English students and grads on themes ranging from

  • Business and Enterprise,
  • Advertising, Marketing and PR
  • Publishing and writing
  • Media and technology
  • Teaching
  • and more….

…it’s a great place to start to explore your future direction.

And to make sure you take a path that works for you, there’s a whole section devoted to working out what this is! The Resources tab supports you to consider your skills, values, qualities, and more, to help ensure you take a direction that suits you.

And for an Edinburgh-focused approach – take a look at the LEL Padlet for examples of what recent grads did with LEL, and the resources here at Edinburgh to support you.

So take a look, and start answering that question – After English and Linguistics – What Next?



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