Graduate Survey for Summer Leavers – University of Stirling



We are about to get in touch with our summer 2017 leavers (approximately 6 months after graduation) regarding the graduate destinations survey. Here’s a bit of information to explain why we carry out the survey, so you know what to expect.

All universities are required by the Government to survey their graduates to find out what they have gone on to do, whether this be employment, voluntary work, further study, taking time out to travel or doing something else.

The information is very useful to University of Stirling staff and prospective and current students in many ways. It not only builds a picture of what graduates are doing including any changes in the graduate job market; Careers Consultants use it for career guidance; students and graduates will use it to get ideas about their careers; potential students will look at it to help them decide on a course; departments can use it for marketing courses.

The results are also part of the criteria used to form University League Tables, so we aim to reach as many recent graduates as possible.

The survey is managed by the staff here in the Careers and Employability Service and we also use the survey to identify grads who need ongoing careers support. You may have used the data from previous surveys to find out what other grads from your course went on to do (all data is anonymous of course).

We will be contacting University of Stirling leavers from December 2017 to March 2018 by email (with a personalised link to the online survey – it is quick and easy to complete the questions; you will only need a minute or two to tick all the relevant boxes) and also by phone. To ensure that the survey results are really useful, we need to get a high level of responses. If you are a recent graduate, we would really appreciate your help.

We have more detail on the survey available for you here:

Many Thanks

The Careers Team


How to find a graduate job using Twitter

Find out how you can use Twitter to network, gather information and ultimately get ahead in the gradate job hunt


A great blog on using Twitter for Job hunting by TARGEtjobs

If you’ve just been using Twitter to post photos of your cat or complain about how hungover you are, it may be time to think about giving your profile a professional makeover so you can use it to build relationships with people who could help you land that elusive graduate job. You could even set up a new Twitter account specifically for this purpose.

Twitter can be used for more than just hunting for job opportunities: it can be an effective tool for networking, gathering information and engaging in conversation on topical issues in your field of interest. Think of it as a very busy, enormous, endless party filled with influential people. This is your chance to listen in to what they are saying and contribute to the conversation.

Think of Twitter as a very busy, enormous, endless party filled with influential people.

Getting set up on Twitter

If you’re new to Twitter or are setting up a new account, it’s well worth investing some time thinking about your profile. Rather than rushing through the setup process spend some time thinking about your Twitter profile.  Consider it your shop window – your twitter handle, bio, header image and profile picture will be the first things people (including potential employers) will see. Think about what impression you want to give. For example, if you want to project yourself as a young professional committed to a career in finance @partyanimal123 probably shouldn’t be your Twitter handle.

Your bio should contain a snapshot of what you do or what you are interested in doing. It should be a professional description of yourself that makes use of key words so that your profile is picked up in searches. It’s also a good idea to include a link to your blog, website or LinkedIn profile if you have one. If potential employers do visit your profile, they can then click through to see examples of your best work or to just find out more about you. You only have 160 characters for your bio though, so keep it concise.

Twitter as a source of information

Following people and organisations that interest you will help you to sift through the white noise and tailor your newsfeed. Remember relevance is key. For example, you might follow industry organisations and training providers, employers that interest you and individuals working for these employers. Following people is your chance to keep up to date with topical issues and trends, see what influencers think and also to observe the connections between key people in your field.

Twitter as a networking tool

Don’t get hung up on follower ratios and try not to get lost in the popularity battle. Instead, focus on tweeting meaningful and interesting content and building up relevant contacts. Join the conversation! Tweet about issues in your field, retweet relevant articles and other topical content and try to establish a regular dialogue with others in your industry.

Take opportunities to offer congratulations to an employer you’re interested in, for example, if they win an industry award. Keep an eye out for media mentions of significant individuals or organisations and tweet a comment about it using the person’s Twitter handle and a link to the article. Twitter is a great way to bypass the gatekeeper and connect with people directly.

Look out for relevant trending topics and if you think you can contribute something that will enrich the conversation or debate – tweet it! Often, organisations run hashtag campaigns to make their presence felt. If you spot one run by an organisation you’re interested in, try to take part.

With around 500 million tweets sent every day, hashtags are also an effective way of finding content that interests you and exchanges that you can become a part of. If used well, they can also help you to expand your Twitter audience.

Using Twitter for self-promotion

If you produce content elsewhere that you want to promote – for example, if you have a blog – then Twitter is a good way to push it out to people who might be interested. Don’t do this relentlessly though – people will get fed up and probably unfollow you.

You can flag up your own content to a particular person or organisation by including their Twitter handle in your tweet. In many ways your tweets can tell a potential employer much more about you than your CV or a reference can.

Remember: you are what you tweet.

Twitter etiquette

  • Do say more with less – it’s good practice.
  • Do make use of applications such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to organise the people you follow into columns.
  • Don’t click on dodgy links as you may get hacked.
  • Don’t plagiarise or retweet anything that might be libellous or offensive.

Check out TARGETjobs on Twitter!

Looking for views, news, tips and chat about graduate jobs? Why not check out TARGETjobs on Twitter? Our main feed is @targetjobsUK.

Interested in a specific profession? You’ll pick up lots of useful updates from our expert sector editors. Connect with them via our sector feeds:

@TjobsMarketing for news and advice about internships and graduate careers in marketing, media, publishing, advertising and PR.

@TjobsLaw for news and advice about careers in law, covering training contracts, pupillages and work experience.

@TjobsFinance for news and advice about graduate careers in finance, with the latest on internships and graduate schemes in accountancy, investment banking, financial services, retail banking, audit and insurance.

@TjobsEng_Tech for news and advice about graduate schemes, placements and internships in engineering and technology.

@TjobsConsult for news and advice about graduate careers in management consulting, with updates about internships and graduate schemes.

@TjobsBuilding for news and advice on graduate careers in construction, building services, property, civil engineering and surveying, and the latest on placements, internships and graduate schemes.

You can also keep up with the latest on internships, placements and work experience via @TJobsInterns. For quick tips on getting hired and reminders of when applications for graduate jobs are opening and closing, make sure you follow @Targetjobs_jobs.

Thinking about postgrad study? We’ve got that covered too, over on @TARGETpostgrad.

Stop by and say hello – we’d love to know how you’re getting on. Happy tweeting!

Courtesy of  TARGETjobs

If you have graduated from The University of Stirling, you are entitled to use the full range of services at the Careers and Employability Service. To access our vacancy pages or to book an appointment with a Careers and Employability Consultant you will need to register  with our new system ‘Target Connect’. If you have already registered please login here.

Study on the employment outcomes of Arts, Humanities and Social Science graduates | Online focus group participants needed



Researchers at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick on behalf of the British Academy are looking for Arts, Humanities and Social Science graduates to join online focus groups, which will run in June, to talk about where they are employed, the jobs they do, and the skills they demonstrate. The British Academy is funding this project and believes that there is a growing need for a better understanding of whether the UK has got the right balance of skills, skill levels and disciplines for the future. The researchers are interested in talking to graduates from both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The subjects covered by the research include creative arts, social studies, law, business and management, mass communications and documentation, languages, and historical and philosophical studies. If you take part you will get a £10 Amazon voucher as a thank you. If you are interested you can register your interest by completing the consent form on the sign-up page. Please take a few minutes to find out more about the research at:

Jobs and workplace skills of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences graduates


Targetjobs – latest deadlines


If you’re hunting for a graduate job or training scheme for after your finals, there are still vacancies available with big-name employers to start this summer and autumn. Keep an eye out for our weekly round-up of application closing dates so you can make sure you don’t miss your chance to apply. Graduate employers with deadlines on the way include, Allianz and

21 May is the deadline for the following graduate roles and schemes:

22 May is the deadline for the FactSet graduate consultant role, for a summer 2017 start.

25 May is the closing date for the technology graduate programme with, in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business.

26 May is your last chance to apply for the Allianz graduate pricing analyst role.

More advice to help you with your graduate job hunt

 Courtery ‘Targetjobs’ May 2017

How to use LinkedIn to find employers – mini series


We are going to shamelessly link to the University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog as they have done an excellent job, through three blog posts, in writing about how you can use LinkedIn to find relevant employers. Thank you Team Leeds!

“Whether you’re looking for experience, placements or a graduate job, it can sometimes be hard to identify potential relevant employers.  This is particularly so if you’re looking outside of the large multi-national organisations. Opportunities with other types of employers, or in other sectors, may not be as widely advertised, and many people actually find jobs and experience by pro-actively approaching employers of interest on a speculative basis. In this 3-part mini series, we’ll show you 3 easy ways you can leverage LinkedIn to identify potential employers of interest.”

3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 1 – outlines how the advanced people search function can help you identify potential employers.

3 ways LinkedIn can help you find relevant employers: Part 2 – outlines how you can use the company search feature to identify employers by location and sector.

3 ways LinkedIn can help you find potential employers: Part 3 – shows how you can use two features of LinkedIn to help you find similar organisations to those you have already discovered.


Acknowledgement: Bath University Careers and Leeds University Careers

 Ambitious Futures – The Graduate Programme for University Leadership

***UPDATE*** date now set for information session: 20th October 2016 @ 2-3pm, here in the Careers and Employability Service, Cottrell 3A1. If you have graduated within the last 5 years, do come along to find out more!

You’re reading this because you’re intrigued about what a university’s graduate programme has to offer you. A leadership career in the university sector is perhaps not something you’ve thought of before. However, for ambitious and talented graduates, it should be a very significant and appealing prospect.

The university sector is one of the most innovative, vibrant and exciting environments in which to build your future career. If you’re looking for a graduate programme that leads to a highly successful and dynamic career in an entrepreneurial, global business, Ambitious Futures is it.


This cutting-edge programme will show you how the challenging and stimulating business of a university operates. You’ll meet some of the most talented people in the country, if not the world, and gain an inside view into the sector’s management and business processes. A key aspect of your training will see you working alongside a diverse range of partners, from students and employers to funding bodies and commercial organisations.

It’s the opportunity to contribute to a life you have already experienced and enjoyed, and make a difference to the learning of future generations of students. What’s more, you’ll be working at the heart of fast-paced and world-leading commercial organisations that, rather unusually, are not primarily motivated by profit-making.


Click on the poster to take you to the Ambitious Futures webpages

Sarah Anderson and Katie Cattanach, two current Graduate Trainees at the University of Stirling, have put together a snappy Powtoon (which you can view here), about this exciting programme. They will be hosting a series of evening information events for students and graduates alike, so do keep an eye out on our blog pages and FB pages for the dates of these sessions.

9 Tips For Using Social Media In Your Job Hunt

linkedIN blog

Most of us use social media on a daily basis, but did you know that used strategically, social media can also be a great job search tool? Here are some tips to get you started.

Develop a professional presence

What do people find when they Google your name? This is something you need to look at, as most employers these days will Google potential job candidates to see what comes up. If the results bring up unprofessional pics or posts, then it’s time to clean up your online image. Start by taking down anything you wouldn’t want an employer to see, and set up a professional profile on LinkedIn, and make sure you include a professional-looking photo. Do the same for Twitter, Google and Facebook, and any other social media you use.

Know what information to include

Look at how other professionals in your industry present themselves online, what social media networks they belong to and what information they include in their profiles. This will give you insight into industry ‘best practice’ and will help you to develop your own profile. Make sure all your social media profiles include keywords that a recruiter or hiring manager might use to find a person just like you.

Be careful what you say

You need to present the best image of yourself online. Whether you’re blogging, tweeting or updating your Facebook status, it’s important that you maintain your reputation and professional credibility. The last thing you want to do is destroy all your hard work by making a careless Twitter comment. What you do on social media is there to stay, so think before you tweet, blog, post or share.

Activate your privacy settings

You need to effectively manage the information that’s available about you online. That means you should make sure your personal information on Facebook is private. Use the Privacy Settings and Tools menu to manage what’s visible to others and ensure that it’s set to Friends and not Everyone! This way, if an employer Googles you, they won’t be able to see the details of your profile and delve into your personal life.

Establish your own URL

Add the URL for your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle to your CV (but not your Facebook profile). This provides an employer with another avenue to connect with you and allows them to see you in a professional light. It also demonstrates that you are social media savvy, which is an increasingly desirable asset.

Engage in online conversations

Participating in online conversations and discussion forums helps you to establish yourself as an expert in the field. It also demonstrates that you are serious about contributing to your industry, so you should share content, forward links and answer questions whenever it’s appropriate.

Connect with the right people

LinkedIn can be a great resource for finding information on organisations and the individuals who work there. If you’re looking for opportunities that aren’t advertised, put together a list of companies that you’re interested in. Use LinkedIn and your investigative powers to find out the names of people who work there and then look at ways that you can start connecting with them.Follow them on Twitter, repost their tweets, and look at who your shared connections are.

Let people know you are looking

Make sure your connections know that you’re looking for a job, as your contacts are the best people to provide you with referrals. You want people to think of you when a position becomes available and for them to let you know when they hear about a position they think you would be interested in.

Follow industry news

There is not one social media network that works best for all job seekers. The important thing is to know which platforms are most used by your industry. Find out the latest happenings by joining specialist industry groups on LinkedIn, following industry blogs, signing up to newsletters and participating in discussion forums. This helps you stay up-to-date with the latest industry information and provides you with the opportunity to make connections that could result in job leads.