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4 ways to prepare for a successful first day at work

With graduation imminent and four hard years of studying coming to an end, it's time to leave behind the comforting familiarity of university for the cold, harsh world of work.

It's a big step which, whilst boasting some pretty serious positives (who else can't wait for their first fulltime paycheque to bolster their bank account?), also comes with a lot of drawbacks.

Mostly, getting used to a new and strange environment.

Yup, your first day of your first real job after university is on the horizon, and you're already feeling nervous.

It's an understandably nerve-wracking experience, but the good news is, we've all been there.

Which means we've got plenty of advice to help make your first day a success.

Here are four tips that'll let you walk into your new office feeling confident and ready to take on the world. Check them out.

#1: do some research

Before your first day, take some time to Google your new employer and their industry. Doing this background research should help to put your mind at rest and increase your familiarity with your future job.

You can even email your new boss and ask if there's anything you can prepare, read or start working on.

At worst, they'll tell you not to worry, but hopefully they'll send you some useful resources to get cracking with.

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4 top tips for a stress-free out-of-town job interview

Long gone are the golden days when companies would hover around universities recruiting fresh-faced graduates for high-paying schemes. Now most of us have to look pretty far afield to get a decent starting salary, or indeed any salary at all.

And being forced to travel just to get a 15-minute meeting with a potential employer makes the whole interview process 100 times more stressful than it normally is.

You're not just trying to prepare some answers and get your CV in tip-top shape, you're also dealing with crashing on a friend's sofa or surviving a cheap hotel room in a strange city you're completely lost in.

So that you can concentrate on that all-important prep work, we're sharing a few top tips that'll help make your next out-of-town interview go much smoother. Take a look.

#1: calculate travel expenses before you go

Before you agree to an interview, calculate travel expenses so that you can determine whether or not it's worth it. It might seem awkward, but ask if they offer compensation for travel costs. Lots of bigger companies will, although they may not always advertise it.

If they don't provide financial help, then check Skyscanner for deals on any flights you need and Airbnb for cheaper accommodation, to save as much money as possible.

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Great Tips to Make Your Graduate Resume Stand Out

Applying for your first job once you graduate can be challenging. You might have a great degree but so will many other applicants. You may even be coming up against people with much more work experience in the field. With more people than ever applying for every graduate job, you need to find ways to make sure your resume stands out and makes it to the top of the pile.

What Makes You Different?

When trying to make your resume stand out, finding out what makes you stand out and what could make your resume different from all the others is a great start. Studying in a different country as a foreign student gives you a unique experience. It shows you're not afraid of a challenge and that you can easily get to know new people and fit into new situations. Studying online for an online masters in accounting is another unique learning experience. Going out of your way to study online shows you have a huge level of commitment to your chosen subject.

Clean

Keep it clean. Make sure the paper is crisp, white, and of high-quality. Prospective employers will get a first impression from their first glance at your resume. It's important.

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Preparing for Emergency Situations While Studying Abroad in the UK

If you're gearing up to study abroad in the UK, you likely have many things on your mind - where you're going to live, what classes you'll take, what part of France you'll visit on spring break. Emergency preparedness is probably not as high on your list as, say, driving on the other side of the road and learning British slang. But questions that would come naturally to you at home, like where to call for an ambulance or what happens if you get sick, may not be readily apparent in a new country. You don't want the first time you think about how to refill a prescription to be when you've run out. This handy checklist will help prepare you for potential emergencies abroad and let you get back to researching weekend castle trips.

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3 dream fashion jobs perfect for new graduates

Although you've been dreaming of a career in fashion for as long as you can remember, as you near the end of university and get ready to enter the world of work, the doubts are slowly starting to creep in.

Whilst most watched The Devil Wears Prada and loved Miranda Priestly's icy stare even more than they admired Andy's chic transformation, you felt terrified.

The film, like most of Hollywood's depictions of the fashion world, doesn't exactly offer a glowing review of the industry.

But don't be discouraged.

Whilst it's certainly not the easiest to break into, there are plenty of ways to win yourself a coveted job in fashion - if you're prepared to venture off the beaten track and make your own opportunities, that is.

Here are three such career paths you might not have thought about before. Take a look.

#1: start a blog

Seeing their name printed in Vogue may have been once been the goal of all wannabe fashion journalists, but today most dream of being a fulltime blogger.

Online influencers not only earn a lot of money (some brands and businesses will pay upwards of $100,000 per post to those with big enough followings), they also get to enjoy the freedom of being their own boss.

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