Advice

  • Coping with career rejection

    At the Careers Service, we’re here to support you on your journey into the working world. A significant part of this journey might involve coping with rejection, either at the application stage or further along after an interview. We want to encourage positivity and set you up for success, and making...

  • Online networking - starting the conversation

    Several students have asked me recently about how to start the online networking conversation. You have a great LinkedIn profile or you have registered for Bath Connection, raring to connect with alumni to ask questions about their careers, but you...

  • Personal Statements for Academic Jobs

    I first published this post in 2015, but I've given it a little refresh for 2020, based on my experience of having read many personal statements for academic jobs, and heard academic recruiters talking about what helps to make a...

  • Remote Working Opportunities

    I think it’s fair to say not everyone sets out to work from home. And yet with the UK still under lockdown, remote working is the ‘new normal’ for many office workers. Maybe you’ve considered a work-from-home job yourself, only...

  • Starting a job virtually -hints and tips

      Hannah Barnham started as a Placement Officer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in May 2020 and has never had a working day in the office. Here are her excellent tips and hints for any students or...

  • How recognising your strengths can help your career

    Increasingly, employers are using strengths-based interviews to recruit new staff. But recognising your strengths can do more than help you to succeed in a job interview. By knowing what your strengths are, you can look for ways and opportunities, to...

  • Skills to thrive in a post COVID world of work

    A few weeks into the lockdown we ended up caring for a robin fledgling, who we named ‘Tufty’. For a little ball of fluff, he ate rather a lot (hourly meal worm feeds) and produced plenty of waste but he...

  • Student Blog: Starting a Virtual Placement!

    COVID-19 has changed the way we all work currently, and the ongoing impact for 2020-21 will continue to challenge us all to adjust and adapt. Starting a placement (or new job of any kind) is daunting at the best of...

  • Informal interview? Relax yes...but not too much

    Here in the Careers Service we are often told by students that they are feeling nervous because they have been invited for an “informal” interview. This type of interview seems to be a growing trend, even during lockdown and especially...

  • Why are you applying for this master’s degree? How to write a convincing answer

    The decision to apply for a master’s degree is very exciting. There are many reasons why you might pursue one but presenting these motivations in a personal, deep-seated, and well-considered way is a task of its own. To start, be...