Specialist vs generalist careers

The difference between a specialist and a generalist starts with your degree subject or qualification. For some disciplines, the career path is clearly indicated by the subject of study and a specialist would follow that path. Someone studying mechanical engineering, for example, becomes a mechanical engineer, a chemistry student becomes a chemist, a language student…

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Starting your career at an SME

Have you considered starting your career at an SME (small to medium-sized enterprise)? In graduate recruitment the spotlight is often on graduate schemes or jobs with large, multinational companies, mostly because they have a further reach and tend to be present at graduate fairs. Jobs at SMEs can be harder to find, even though there…

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A beginner’s guide to using Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing tool for online collaboration. Its popularity has skyrocketed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, offering an ideal solution for remote workers to stay connected with their colleagues and clients. From team meetings to presentations to interviews; if you haven’t come into contact with it yet, chances are you will.…

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Why employers value international experience

Studying abroad can be great for your personal development, but it can also help you stand out to employers. However, many graduates who have international experience neglect to highlight this when they start looking for jobs, perhaps because they’re unsure how to talk about it. So, what makes international students so unique in the eyes…

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What is Cultural Intelligence?

Our multicultural societies mean that we now live, study and work with people from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. While this amalgamation of different perspectives, preferences and attitudes is often a source for innovation, creativity and growth, it’s not without its challenges either. To successfully navigate this cultural diversity we need to ensure…

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Finding LGBTQ-friendly employers

Finding a job can seem like a real slog sometimes, and it can feel even harder if you’re struggling to find employers who you think will treat you fairly just because you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community. Telling your new boss about your sexual orientation is an entirely personal decision. You’re not legally obliged to…

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7 quick tips to develop your resourcefulness

Resourcefulness is the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome challenges, find solutions, and identify alternatives by using the resources already at your disposal. It’s a brilliant attribute to have in life generally, but it’s also something businesses frequently look for in their employees because it’s vital for the key skill of adaptability.…

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How yoga can boost career well-being & performance

Yoga is a form of exercise that combines breathing exercises, physical postures, relaxation and meditation. It has taken the health and fitness sector by storm in recent years, with more and more people now using it as a way to support their physical, mental and emotional well-being. There are several reasons behind yoga’s popularity. Not…

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How to prepare for case interviews

A case interview is a type of interview in which a candidate is asked to analyse and solve a hypothetical business problem or brainteaser question. Case interviews are commonly used in the consulting sector, while investment banks and tech firms are also increasingly using them as part of their recruitment processes. The magic (or perhaps…

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BMS assessment day

How candidates are assessed at graduate assessment centres

Almost 60,00 Career Pulse assessments completed in Abintegro’s Career Centre have shown that students and graduates are not confident about working with recruiters.  To help address this, Abintegro’s Content Team recently spent the day at BMS Performance, a leading recruitment agency, assessing over 5,000 candidates each year for roles in sales, marketing, engineering and IT…

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What is an apprenticeship?

For generations apprenticeships have been a tried and tested – though sometimes overlooked – entry route into a number of industries and occupations. An apprenticeship is work experience that comes with pay, training and a qualification. Apprenticeships typically last between one and four years and are usually regulated by the government. This ensures that participants…

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What to do on the first day in your new job

Whether fresh-faced student/graduate or battle-hardened professional, those first few hours of a new job or internship are often among the most stressful and daunting of our working lives. There are new bosses to impress, umpteen co-workers’ names to remember, IT networks to get your head around and chunky induction packs to plough through. If that…

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