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Welcome to GradLink’s central blog section, covering the latest happenings in graduate jobs markets around the world.

Blog articles cover areas such as where the latest graduate jobs are, and which occupations are experiencing the best salary increases. Our events listing includes the latest careers conferences, fairs, exhibitions etc. of interest to international students and graduates.

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The top networking tips for international students to increase your employability today

 

We noticed an interesting post on LinkedIn recently which highlighted an unusual way an international student got noticed by employers. The marketing director of an international company left her laptop on a bench in London by mistake while rushing to catch a train. Fearing she had lost it forever, she was surprised to receive an email a few hours later from an Italian student who had found her laptop. They met so he could return the case and she found that he had been working in bars but was looking for an entry-level role in the UK. The director wanted to thank the student, so put a post on LinkedIn asking her colleagues and contacts if anyone had an opening for this honest young man. At last count, there were almost 300 responses to her message from employers reaching out to her and she confirmed that she had helped pass his CV on to a number of companies and was coaching him for any interviews he was offered. While this is an unusual situation, it is useful to demonstrate that networking and employability opportunities can come in many forms and from unexpected sources. This got us thinking about how international students and graduates can gain networking skills and opportunities from everyday scenarios. We put together some tips that can be used throughout university and after.

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By Jen Garmston Published: June 18, 2019

Could re-skilling be the key to long term retention?

When talking about skills for employees, the focus is often on new hires and what they can bring to the company. The reality is however, that in a few years time, those skills could be outdated. New skills, particularly in technology move so fast that after a few years of employment, the skills gap can appear even with new employees. So, what is the solution to keep up in each industry and retain both longstanding and new hires? 

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Published: June 04, 2019

How international students can succeed at assessment centres to get a graduate job

Assessment centres are a popular recruitment tool for graduate vacancies, particularly with larger employers. The idea of being assessed for a whole day might seem like a lot of pressure, but if you follow a few of our tips you can arrive feeling prepared for whatever the day might throw at you. Employers invest money in assessment centre as they believe them to be a successful way to recruit the top talent, so, bring your ‘A’ game and do your best to show the company what you have to offer. 

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By Jen Garmston
Published: June 03, 2019

How international students can gain recognition from their university to boost their employability

 

As an international student studying in the UK, there's no doubt that there are obstacles to overcome when finding the best route to your career. Whether the aim is to stay in the UK, return to your home country, or to find a new global opportunity, the goal is to show your talent to new employers.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: May 14, 2019

Which foreign languages pay international graduates the highest salary?

As an international student, you may be bilingual which is a great asset when it comes to applying for a graduate role. Perhaps you’re learning another language as part of a language exchange club at your institution or having language lessons outside of your studies. Whether it’s the language of your home country, or a newly acquired skill, having a second language can help your employability by connecting you to those across the globe. Let’s take a look at some of the highest paying languages for roles in the UK.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: April 26, 2019

The importance of hiring good IT security personnel for your company

When hiring within your IT department, how much focus is on cybercrime? If you’re not already investing in your company’s future with additional IT security hires, you could be leaving your business without sufficient protection when there is a pool of cyber talent available.

In 2018 a number of high-profile companies encountered large-scale breaches including Marriot International, Ticketmaster and Yahoo. The reality is that there has been a shift in how hackers operate and target businesses, but this can be challenged with the correct staff in place to support your security. Tech magazine Computer Business review reveal that “during the first six months of 2018, the equivalent to 291 records were stolen or exposed every second” but these numbers could be reduced.

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By Jen Garmston
Published: April 09, 2019

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