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The Importance of Seeking Careers Advice for Business Students and Graduates

Choosing a career path after university is one of the most challenging decisions a student or graduate can make. It won’t define your career entirely (after all, it’s never too late to pursue something new), but it’ll be an essential factor in shaping every area of your life, from where you live to the money you’ll be earning, and everything in between.

Some graduates have known exactly what career they want to pursue since being a child. These lucky individuals have spent their entire time in education working towards becoming a lawyer, a teacher, an athlete, an accountant or an engineer – they’ve probably secured relevant work experience in this field and have been working towards the grades they need to succeed in their chosen sector.

However, for the vast majority of students and graduates, their career path hasn’t yet been defined, and they find themselves on the cusp of making the tough decision that will help them take the first step on the career ladder. These individuals must think long and hard about the choice they’re about to make, considering everything from their skills and abilities to their personality and their previous work experience, in order to come to some conclusion about which path they want to pursue.

If you’re one of these individuals, don’t worry… you’re not alone! Thanks to the wealth of careers advice available to young people today, you can find support to help you make this important decision.

The importance of careers advice

At such a crucial juncture in life, nobody should be expected to make this decision without the proper support or guidance; that’s why careers advice is so important for the business students and graduates of today.

Careers advisers can provide impartial assistance for those who aren’t sure which step to take next. Not only can they help you settle on a career choice depending on all of the relevant factors, they can also point you in the direction of training or employment opportunities that could help you get your foot in the door. They’ll help you prepare your CV and application forms for particular roles, they’ll offer tips on the latest recruitment trends, and they can even help you secure voluntary work, if you feel that’s the best way to progress in your chosen industry.

Similarly, careers advisers can help you if you’re looking to change career. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur for as long as you can remember, but now feel you’re not ready and want to take up a sales role to gain experience. A careers adviser can help you prepare for the new challenge ahead of you.

Careers advice from Infinity Resourcing Group Ltd

Here at Infinity Resourcing Group Ltd, we offer a range of advisory options for those who aren’t sure about what to do next. We have expert careers advisers and a range of independent agencies on hand to offer free and confidential advice, both over Skype or over the telephone. To seek quality careers advice today, email hello@business-graduates.uk and a member of our team will be there to assist.

4 Top Interview Tips to Help Business Graduates Stand Out

So – you’ve secured yourself an interview for a graduate scheme or an entry-level role at a company you’d love to work for. Congratulations! The application process for many of these positions is notoriously competitive, and making it to the interview stage shows you that you’re doing something right.

Now comes the challenging interview process, which can make or break your graduate job application. If you haven’t interviewed for a position like this before, you’ll naturally be feeling nervous, and you may not be sure what you’ll encounter in the interview room. Here are five top tips from the experts here at Infinity Resourcing Group Ltd, to help you stand out and succeed in your interviews.

Prior planning and preparation prevents poor performance

You may have heard this little phrase before, and we can’t emphasise enough how accurate it is. It’s essential to plan ahead and prepare for your interview, whether you’re reading up on the company’s history and background, or planning your route to the interview venue. Plan your outfit beforehand, and read through the job description or brief once more; if there’s anything you’re not sure about, give the recruiter a call to clear things up.

The more preparation you do in advance, the less nervous you’re likely to feel on the day, and you’ll find yourself much better equipped to give a great account of yourself and your skills.

Practice beforehand

In any interview, you’ll be asked to talk about yourself and your skills a lot. If you’re not used to this, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, try practicing beforehand.

Write down a list of questions you feel you might be asked, and then practice answering them in the mirror, or with a friend. Make notes on your performance, or ask your friend for constructive feedback, taking into account everything from your choice of words to your body language. This will give you some experience thinking up answers off-the-cuff, and you’ll become more familiar and comfortable with the way you look and sound, which can breed confidence.

Read the room

Learning how to read the room and judge the tone of the interview is an important skill. If you can read the room properly, you can then adapt your own style and tone to suit.

Some interviews – especially in business – will be very formal, and your potential employers will expect you to respond and behave accordingly. Occasionally, you might find a slightly more informal interview environment, where you can showcase a little more personality and maybe engage in some light (yet still professional!) banter.

Avoid bland responses

You don’t want the interviewer to feel as though you’ve prepared a dozen stock responses to the most common interview questions, nor do you want them to think they’re just one of many potential employers you’re interviewing with. Try to tailor each of your responses, relating your answers back to what you’ve learned about the company. This personal touch can be very effective, and can leave a lasting impression on employers when they come to make their decision on whether to call you back for the next round.

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