Careers Pathway – Compete

Careers Pathway – Compete

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Last Updated: October 1st 2019

You know what you want to do, you have a plan, the next stage is to compete successfully for a graduate level job or place on a postgraduate course. You need to make yourself stand out from the crowd and promote yourself successfully. If at any point you change your mind you can revisit the Decide and Plan pathways and go through the process again.

Applying for and securing a graduate level job

  • The application process can involve a number of things including submitting an application form with a personal statement, submitting a CV, a telephone or online interview, one-to-one interviews, assessment centres and psychometric testing. Always follow the application instructions and never presume anything. You must always tailor your application, giving lots of evidence and examples to demonstrate your ability to do the job. If you can, make a visit to the employer or contact them before applying. This will help you to stand out, demonstrate your enthusiasm and help you understand the role better. Before an interview, always prepare well, ask any questions to clarify things you are unsure of. The careers team at Newman can help you through the whole process.
  • There is lots of literature and guidance out there. Useful webpages include:
  1. Prospects applying for jobs
  2. Prospects CVs and cover letters
  3. TARGET Jobs Example CVs, cover letters and job hunting tools
  4. TARGET Jobs applications and CVs for graduate jobs
  5. Prospects interview tips
  6. TARGET Jobs interview techniques and tips for graduates
  7. TARGET Jobs interview types
  8. Assessment centre tips
  9. Psychometric tests
  10. Accepting job offers and handling rejections

Applying for and securing a place on a postgraduate course

  • Every postgraduate course if different in terms of how you apply, what you need to include and the interviews they conduct. Some teaching courses are directly through UCAS Teacher Training many others are directly to the institution you want to study. Hints and tips will be included on university websites about what they want you to include in your application and the interview processes but you will be expected to talk about why you want to do the course, your career aspirations, the relevance of your experience and education and your personal qualities. Like securing a job you will be expected to demonstrate your suitability and stand out from the crowd. Tips are included on TARGET Jobs Postgraduate study information. The careers team at Newman can help you through the whole process.


  • If you have the ambition and drive to bring your ideas to life, going self-employed could be the key to your success. Check out the Self-employment guide and don’t forget the support available at Newman.

Setting up a LinkedIn profile

  • Set up your LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn provides guidance in setting up your profile and you can also seek support from a member of the careers team. LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. It can act like an online CV and allows you to find and connect with new professionals, search for jobs and receive endorsements for your skills.

Seek professional support

  • It is a very competitive job market so if you are not successful don’t become disheartened. It may be the case that a small change here and there would result in success for you. The careers team can check applications, do mock interviews and give you feedback.
  • For personalised one-to-one advice and guidance, talk to a Careers Adviser in a Careers Guidance appointment. You can book this through your My Career account.
  • Attend a Career Planning workshop run by the careers service. To find a workshop and book a place log on to your My Career account.
  • For personalised one-to-one advice and guidance on securing an opportunity, talk to a Careers Adviser in a Job and Placement Shop appointment. You can book this through your My Career account.
  • Attend a Successfully Presenting Yourself to Employers and Course providers. workshop run by the careers service (these run from September until May each year). To find a workshop and book a place log on to your My Career account.
  • You may also have the opportunity to see a progression coach for your career development.
  • Access useful information, advice and guidance on things like CV’s, applications and interviews on the Careers intranet resources page.

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