Saiyada Fazal

  • Graduate skills in the world of the future

    Hardly a day goes by without a news report on robots either taking over our jobs or revolutionising our lives. I recently attended The World of Work Conference at Henley Business School where the message was loud and clear: THE...

  • Its not too late for me to get a job, is it?

    A common question we are asked by final year students in our Quick Queries is "its not too late for me to get a job, is it?".  This is a totally understandable question to ask and one that indicates that many students are...

  • Cracking Careers Wisdom...

    Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favourite,  did you know they were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith? He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets (almonds wrapped in pretty paper). He came back...

  • Your CV has 8.8 seconds to impress!

    Research has shown that recruiters spend an average of just 9 seconds scanning your CV before deciding whether you are a potential fit for their vacancy. You might think this is unfair but as my grandmother always said, "if you want...

  • Should you leave your career planning to chance?

    I have been seeing a lot of finalists lately and broadly two 'types' of students  emerge: those of you with a clear plan for what you’re going to do after graduation and those of you trying to plan life after...

  • Play games and score a graduate job!

    I have a confession to make... I have got to level 409 on Candy Crush and have three stars in all the levels! Whilst this fact will never make it to the top of my CV, I have recently learnt that gamification...

  • Do you really deserve that job or PhD?

    This week I saw quite a few students who have been wrestling with: "..... I am not good enough - to apply for a PhD, my dream placement or propose an idea to my group" This made me reflect on the...

  • Understanding interview anxiety

    Despite of advising students for over 10 years, I still find myself riddled with anxiety when I attend an interview. There’s something about being in the spotlight; that one chance of either securing the job or being rejected, that is guaranteed...

  • Rebecca Stephens (MBE) joins the Sprint professional development programme

    Applications are now open for Sprint; a fantastic professional development programme for undergraduate women. Sprint enables female undergraduates to reach their fullest potential, focusing on key topics such as how to use your personal power, identify individual values, recognise personal strengths...

  • Procrastinating on your graduate job search?

    OK, I must confess. I have been meaning to write this blog post for the last three days, but each time I have found something else to do. One of my many useless strengths, is my ability to engage in 'task...