CAREERS ADVICE

The Diversity Dashboard provides Careers information, careers advice and careers guidance across the UK to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. We also provide careers advice to Graduates and Schools Leavers from the leading graduate recruitment professionals and specialists


Ignore the naysayers. We women make great plumbers!”
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Ignore the naysayers. We women make great plumbers!”

If you were stuck on an island and needed just one person with all the skills to build, decorate, plumb and heat your home, Corrina Bailey would probably be the perfect choice. She started training as a bricklayer at college before changing to a multi-trade..

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How to become a confident public speaker
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How to become a confident public speaker

Most people aren’t born public speakers, but everyone can become a good, even inspiring, speaker. Author James Schofield offers some down-to-earth tips If you dislike talking in public you’re not alone; millions of people dislike standing in front of an audience. However, fear of public..

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Leadership Tips to Get Started with Racial Equality
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Leadership Tips to Get Started with Racial Equality

The recent protests that have sparked the global debates around diversity and inclusion, and with institutional racism being a key focus of conversations, how can leaders develop and develop truly equitable workplace environments, whilst putting a better focus on increasing racial equity? The shifting focus..

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Have you got the Dedication to Work for a Charity?
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Have you got the Dedication to Work for a Charity?

We cannot expect to compete with the likes of the late great Sir Captain Tom Moore; however, you could consider doing your bit for your fellow human beings and join the Charity Sector. Competition for jobs is high, and top charities can afford to select..

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Why it is a Good Time for Graduates to Choose a Career in Recruitment
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Why it is a Good Time for Graduates to Choose a Career in Recruitment

With hopefully light at the end of the tunnel as more people get their vaccination, business of also types and sizes will be ramping up their operations and productions again. And this must be good news for the recruiting industry as busy HR Managers rush..

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Explore Sky: Home Service Apprenticeships in England Digital Insight Day
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Explore Sky: Home Service Apprenticeships in England Digital Insight Day

You’ve probably never considered a career in Sky Home Service before – but if you’re looking for an apprenticeship that gives great support and excellent benefits, why don’t you come along to our digital insight day and find out if this is the perfect job..

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Job Hunting During a Pandemic
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Job Hunting During a Pandemic

Society is changing across the world in how we live, eat and work especially since the Covid 19 Pandemic hit us. That said with the vaccine programmes in full swing, there is optimism around and that goes for employers too. The local bakery will reopen..

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Can I Find a Job in the Film and TV Industry?
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Can I Find a Job in the Film and TV Industry?

Well, we all aspire to be a famous Film Producer, wining, and dining with the stars, or maybe a talented Director of Photography going up to receive an Oscar. However, first you will have to beg someone to give you a break starting at the..

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How to become a non-executive director
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How to become a non-executive director

NEDs are vital to any organisation for several reasons, bringing specialist expertise and valuable insights and their independence from the main management of the company, also makes them ideal for monitoring and evaluating a company’s executive directors. In practice you will most likely be expected..

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So, You Want to Be A Teacher?
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So, You Want to Be A Teacher?

However, to become a qualified teacher in a state-maintained school across the UK, first you will need to undertake Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Entry is generally quite competitive; however, you may stand a better chance of success applying for shortage..

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Get Your Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
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Get Your Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

A popular postgraduate academic qualification leading to QTS, is the PGCE. This is a one-year course focused on developing your teaching skills and underpinning your knowledge. Available for primary and secondary, you are expected to have a good understanding of your age range and/or chosen..

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Explore Sky: Diversity Insight Weeks
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Explore Sky: Diversity Insight Weeks

Fancy ‘Springing into Tech’ with an insight week with the team that built the likes of Sky.com, Sky News, NOW TV and Sky Q? Want to know how our marketing teams make sure potential customers know about our innovative products and services? Want to influence..

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Working in an Ad Agency
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Working in an Ad Agency

Often featured in Movies or TV series, top advertising agencies can be both glamorous and well paid. Being able to sell yourself as well as products, is also going to be crucial for a job in advertising. In our 24-hour grind, we the general public..

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How About a Career in Film Distribution?
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How About a Career in Film Distribution?

With the global appetite for watching new movies on Netflix and other sources, at an all-time high, film distribution is now playing an even more important requirement for the film industry. However, in order to get a movie up and running, a movie producer will..

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Do You Have Job Search Plan?
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Do You Have Job Search Plan?

Where for example should you look for the current vacancies….is it really worth going to job agencies…. are you writing a convincing covering letter when applying??? Sounds complicated, but with a bit of forethought and planning you can hopefully attract the employer’s attention, and jump..

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Do You Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Make You Stand Out from The Crowd?
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Do You Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Make You Stand Out from The Crowd?

LinkedIn has a staggering 450 million members globally, so it has become a fantastic way for you to connect and be found. In fact, 1000s of recruiters and employers search LinkedIn daily to find suitable candidates for their job vacancies. They may want to interview..

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No child’s life chances should be limited by their social or family circumstances. 
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No child’s life chances should be limited by their social or family circumstances. 

“Social work is about working out a way to make life better for a child in a difficult situation, using whatever resources you have available. That could mean working with the family, the child’s school, youth workers and the police. This also means understanding the..

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How to Choose the right graduate employer
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How to Choose the right graduate employer

To get the best start to your graduate career you need to find a place where you’ll fit in. Even within a single career area, employers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they offer a diverse range of working environments, training options..

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Using Social Media for Job Prospecting
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Using Social Media for Job Prospecting

In this day and age the Internet is an integral part of our lives. Some see it as detrimental to us as a society, whilst others view it as a marvellous creation that has helped improve the lives of millions of people across the world...

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Six tips to deal with loneliness and boredom whilst studying at home
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Six tips to deal with loneliness and boredom whilst studying at home

The current pandemic has presented a unique set of challenges to university students across the country. Social distancing measures, self-isolation and working from home can all easily lead to feelings of boredom and loneliness, which can affect mental health and make it difficult to study..

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Here’s what the nation wants to study online in 2021, as experts give their top five tips for remote learning
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Here’s what the nation wants to study online in 2021, as experts give their top five tips for remote learning

Online learning has become the new normal since last March, and since the most recent lockdown was announced, searches for how to learn new skills online have increased by 218%1, suggesting more people want to utilise their spare time at home to learn. Research collated..

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“I just knew an apprenticeship was the right path for me…”
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“I just knew an apprenticeship was the right path for me…”

When Karl Rouse found himself working as a forklift truck driver in his mid-twenties, he came to an important realisation: there must be more to life than shifting goods around a warehouse the size of a football field! “I was just getting by and I..

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How To Make A Fighting First Impression
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How To Make A Fighting First Impression

Making a good first impression is incredibly important when you go for an interview. You don’t have long to show your best side to your potential employer. Think about when you meet someone for the first time, you tend to make your assumptions about them..

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Interview Tips For Internships
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Interview Tips For Internships

However, as long as you are thoroughly prepared for what lies ahead, there is no reason why your nerves cannot be used to your advantage to help you to enhance your performance. Preparation When attending an interview for an internship, it is just as important..

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10 Tips to Reinvent Your Career in the Time of Coronavirus
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10 Tips to Reinvent Your Career in the Time of Coronavirus

So it’s no wonder then that the current pandemic is leading to many people rethinking their careers. Maybe you’re on furlough with more time on your hands, maybe your job doesn’t seem very important anymore - what you do know however, is that you want..

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Digital Workshops to Help the Underrepresented Pursue a Career in the Legal Sector
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Digital Workshops to Help the Underrepresented Pursue a Career in the Legal Sector

This follows a successful pilot that PRIME undertook last year, involving member firms Brodies, DWF, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons, along with support from Thorntons. 23 firms have already signed up to host 25 two-hour workshops. The sessions will be delivered to students in..

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The day in the Life as a teacher
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The day in the Life as a teacher

Every day you’ll get the chance to inspire young people and use your skills to give something back – making sure every pupil gets the same access to a quality education and the opportunity to succeed. As most teachers will tell you, there’s no such..

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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training
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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training

School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programmes are run by schools or groups of schools. Many schools work in close partnerships with universities, enabling trainee teachers to gain a PGCE alongside working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Similar to non-salaried School Direct (tuition fee) programmes, they..

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The ten most common questions asked at graduate interviews
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The ten most common questions asked at graduate interviews

Whereas we doubt if this survey is very reliable but it does give an idea of the key questions to watch out for, and to prepare answers to, at interview. Of course questions were sometimes asked in slightly different formats. For example,”Why do you want..

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How to Prepare for Psychometric Tests
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How to Prepare for Psychometric Tests

The tests, which use assessment tools designed by psychologists, are designed to reveal the truth about candidates’ abilities or personality traits. Many larger companies and organisations use them to get a more rounded picture of each candidate, rather than rely on the way candidates present themselves..

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Know your rights as a new employee
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Know your rights as a new employee

So you’ve been looking around for a while at jobs and have finally landed yourself a position. Starting a new career can be an intimidating time, especially when you’re a student or newly graduated. You may be new to the world of work and in..

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Employers Tell All: Biggest Body Language Mistakes During An Interview
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Employers Tell All: Biggest Body Language Mistakes During An Interview

Much like a highly anticipated first date, a job interview can go from pure potential to pure disaster in mere minutes. Employers shared with Diversity Digest ,  instant deal breakers and how body language can hinder a candidate’s chance of moving forward in the interview..

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Prepping for interviews
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Prepping for interviews

Put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer – if you were them what would you want to know?  – make sure you do some work on being prepared. Think about your responses to the stuff you might be asked. Practice your responses while looking..

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Careers in Banking
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Careers in Banking

For the majority of people, the visible side of the banking sector is that offered by high street bank branches. Retail banks provide services to individual customers and small businesses. Despite the rise of online banking and the use of call centres, they are still..

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Careers in Engineering
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Careers in Engineering

Engineering can be described as being concerned with everything that is built or produced. The number of areas in engineering is considerable. Civil engineering, which is concerned with creating, improving and protecting the environment in which we live, is covered in another article. In this..

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Careers in Computing and IT
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Careers in Computing and IT

Information technology (IT) is still evolving at a rapid rate. There are many different IT careers – it has been said that there are as many as 300 options, and many ways into the industry. IT continues to provide a fairly stable source of income..

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Teacher Training – Routes into teaching
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Teacher Training – Routes into teaching

To become a qualified teacher in state-maintained schools across the UK, you need to undertake Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Entry is generally competitive, but less so for shortage subjects such as maths, physics and languages. Completion of ITT leads to..

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A GRADUATE ‘MUST HAVE’: THE WORK EXPERIENCE PROBLEM
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A GRADUATE ‘MUST HAVE’: THE WORK EXPERIENCE PROBLEM

Almost 80% of graduate recruiters consider work experience one of the most important factors on a graduate CV, ahead of degree level, the relevancy of the course, or the standard of university. According to recent research by Pareto Law, 77% of graduate recruiters place work..

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