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How one graduate took on the current job market and won!

Created 23/09/2010 10:49 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42


Jessica Hodkinson takes over the reigns of the blog today, discussing her experience of looking for a grad job.

When you break out of the University bubble and face the world of work it can be a huge shock to the system. No matter how many times people tell you to start preparing early before you graduate- the thought of a night out and finishing last week's essay seems far more important.



I always thought that the job hunt would be difficult and avoided it like the plague.  I was correct as it turned out to be one of the most testing times of my life and I was faced with many hurdles.

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Time to get social whilst looking for that grad job!

Created 16/09/2010 12:42 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42



We all know the current job market hasn't been the kindest for you graduates, but instead of giving up it's time to take some action!  Never before has there been a time when there is such a wide wealth of tools that you can utilise to the max!  Instead of being negative why not see it as a challenge?  There are jobs out there, but these days you just have to be a bit sneakier in finding them. 


One quote that should always be etched in your brain is that ‘60% of jobs aren't advertised'.  I can see you now, scratching your head, thinking ‘well where are they then?'  Look around and think for a moment, it's right in front of you and growing up with technology as the ‘Gen Y ' you should know.....

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Love Yorkshire? Why not Buy the T-shirt

Created 10/09/2010 17:38 Last updated 14/02/2018 08:10




So we're entering the busy period of Birthdays and even (dare I say it) Christmas.  If you're Yorkshire and proud or just love the beautiful county we live in why not get the T-Shirt?!


We're proud to present the 'Made in Yorkshire' T-Shirt, it's bound to get a laugh and you can be smug in the knowledge that you're one of the lucky few to wear such a garment.


The T-shirts come in an array of colours and soon we'll also be introducing hoodies for those cold winter nights!


Click here to get the latest fashion craze :)


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Come meet the team at a Careers Fair near you!

Created 10/09/2010 17:06 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42


On the 12th October we will be descending on Leeds University's Autumn Careers fair and we want you to come along!


It's a great opportunity for you to come and chat to us and find out what Graduates Yorkshire is really about.  


The Internship team will also be there so if you have any questions to ask about Internships they'll be more than happy to help.


So come join us at Leeds University on the 12th October, meet the team and take that all important step in getting yourself a great job!

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Got a degree? Fancy winning yourself an IPad?

Created 10/09/2010 16:41 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42



If you haven't had a chance to have a cheeky go on an IPad yet, you're missing out!  The world is literally at your fingertips when you have one in your grasp and we're giving you a great opportunity to have your own one!


If you take just 5 mins to fill out our Big Graduate Survey 2010 you could be in with a chance.  We're asking for all grads across the region to take part as we want to get a thorough understanding of your experience to enhance our service even further.


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Top Internships!

Created 10/09/2010 15:08 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42


So you've just finished Uni and now you're looking for that great graduate role but all you're hearing from every angle is : ‘we need experience'. 


This is where we come in, helping you bridge the gap between your academic know how and practical capabilities.  Our internships are not about making the tea, but getting real, hands on experience whilst getting paid - you can't get much better than that!


We have internships ranging from IT roles to marketing and PR so there is one out there for everyone.


Here are the top internships of the month but make sure you keep checking back as we're adding new ones all the time!

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Make yourself Hireable

Created 02/09/2010 11:12 Last updated 24/02/2018 01:34


So now the dust has settled after results day, we bet most of you are wondering where do I go from here.   Our CEO Martin Edmondson gives you a clear answer -

‘Make yourself hireable'

However, making yourself hireable does not consist of one silver bullet; it is about a series of small actions that cumulatively will increase your traction in the job market. One way of viewing this is to divide the process into 3 stages: (Comments 5)

Time to congratulate not speculate!

Created 26/08/2010 10:35 Last updated 02/04/2018 19:50


It seems this summer we've been hit with a turbulent storm of negative media coverage surrounding exam results.  First off we had graduation, where most students were scared to an inch of their life with the news


‘there are 69 graduates applying for each job' - which isn't always the case!


Then came along A-levels, this time with the auspicious A* grade, which confused some of us older folk!  It is put in place to distinguish the academic elite, some were a bit wary of it, but with just over 8% gaining this result we think it's something to be proud of!


And for the final part of our trilogy an amazing outcome for all GCSE students but mockery was once again abundant for how ‘exams are getting easier'.

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Forget doom, gloom and despondency, the public sector shake-up could be a real opportunity for young people

Created 20/08/2010 14:24 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42


Sarah Smith, Young People's Co-ordinator, for Local Government Yorkshire and Humber, explains the benefits of working in the public sector.


O.K., so we all know that local government and the whole of the public sector is being squeezed by central government. There are seemingly impossible targets to meet in terms of budget reductions and every day the press seems to run a new story hammering public sector workers as overpaid and underperforming.


Despite this, there may never been a better time for a young person to consider a career within local government. Yes, you heard that right. Despite the low morale, job losses and budget cuts aplenty, the changes that are taking place could actually result in a positive reinvention of a sector which traditionally has done little to attract the young talent leaving our schools, colleges and universities.

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One Happy Intern...

Created 10/08/2010 12:14 Last updated 12/12/2013 14:42

Ok so it's not a great time to be a graduate in the UK, but it's certainly not the worst. I was more than happy to guest blog for Graduates Yorkshire as I genuinely believe we're very lucky to have such an excellent service running here in Gods own county, in fact it's that good I was a little shocked when at the end of the recruitment process (I was lucky enough to win an internship thanks to them) that they didn't ask me for a fee!

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