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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – events management & hospitality

Events. Who doesn’t love them? If you’re the type that enjoys planning, organising and socialising, a career in events management could be an appropriate path to pursue. This blog aims to act as a written helping hand, guiding you along the rocky road of applications to the finish line of career success. We’ll analyse the opportunities that lie ahead and the specific skills and characteristics you’ll need in order to win the fight for those prized positions!

Roles in events management generally revolve around the organisation and running of all manner of social, promotional and business events. Whatever the finer details, your project is your responsibility from the get go of initial planning to the final few moments of the event, ensuring the last guest crawls out of the venue. Day-to-day activities include the handling of clients and discussing their requirements including budgets and timescales, brainstorming original ideas, researching venues and suppliers, negotiating, publicising and eventually managing your own team.

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt: the third sector

After a delicious break spent tearing up Croatia , I return to you on this lovely sunny Friday with my next instalment of the graduate weapons! This week I thought I’d take on something a little different; the third sector. This blog should act as a helpful insight into potential careers within this industry, giving you a broader understanding of what it is, what opportunities lie within and how you can best attain these roles. Targeting your application Your understanding of the third sector will allow you to identify which area you are most suited to. The third sector consists of charities, voluntary and community organisations, not-profit companies, industrial and provident societies and social enterprises. The essentials Start off by asking yourself what you want to achieve in your career. If you’re financially motivated with big dreams of making millions then starting your career in a non-profit organisation may not be the most suitable step. Be realistic. You’re aware that this may not be the most lucrative sector to aim for; your attraction should stem more from the prospect of the positive impact you can make in the world. It’s a case of job satisfaction over monetary gain.

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – analytics

It has arrived! The second in a series of industry specific blogs aimed to equip you with some insider tips on what we look for in top dollar candidates. This week I dissect the desirable characteristics of a budding analyst. But before I do that, I’d like to draw attention to all you readers whose eyes have already glazed over… graduate jobs in analytics may not be something you’ve considered, hell it might be your worst nightmare! But, I urge you to read on. Whilst the industry context may not be relevant to you, there will undoubtedly be some food for thought within the next few hundred words, maybe even skill that you haven’t considered highlighting. Lots of industries require analytics – not just finance! Don’t limit yourself to a whole job market that is crying out for your numerical abilities. After all, you graduates are faced with entering one of the toughest job markets of today - take all the help you can get! The essentials Your degree will be your foundation for success in this industry. A qualification that is relevant to your role is key. We at Inspiring will naturally look for any subject with a high level of mathematical content, with appropriate degrees including: mathematics, actuarial science, physics, statistics, economics, business/management, finance and engineering.

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt – PR

The graduate weapons returns, this time to show you how to make your applciation stand out when applying to graduate jobs in PR. My aim over the next few hundred words is to provide you grads with a mini-insight into the industry of public relations; what’s it all about, what opportunities lie within, and most importantly, what qualities you’ll need to arm yourself with in order to win the fight against the thousands of other candidates battling for your future position.

Contrary to the Ab Fab portrayal of PR-nut Eddy, a career in public relations is more than just celebs and champers. Granted, this industry can be a touch more glam than your average office job but alongside that, PR can be a prosperous and rewarding career path for any grad. PR essentially handles the reputation of a brand, organisation or person. Whether in-house, via an agency or freelance, the role of PR is chiefly to build, maintain and protect the reputation of the client. This is achieved by communicating what they do, tailoring what they say and influencing what others say about them through various media (think press releases, social media, events).

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Graduate weapons for attacking the job hunt: digital

Digi-devils this one’s for you. At a time when it’s not uncommon to see career paths and industries disappear altogether, there seems to be a growth in innovative career paths of a digital nature allowing for a blossom in opportunities for the computer literature, socially savvy graduates of today. Not only are we seeing a rise in opportunities, but there’s been a significant increase in support and funding for the digital sector. With estimates of more than 1.2 million new science, technology, maths and engineering jobs by 2018 as a result of rapid advancements in technology; careers in digital will continue to rise. The other promising factor lies within the range of potential jobs that exist under the digital umbrella from marketing and advertising to digital account handling, and social media. The ever changing and emerging job titles that 5 years ago were unheard of, only serves to demonstrate the increasing demand for digital skills.

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