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How to get a graduate job: my seven steps to success

7 August 2016
Huzayfah Bukhat, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology Graduate

Huzayfah Bukhat, BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology Graduate

Like many other graduates who recently graduated in the summer of 2016, I started to search for that ‘dream job‘ and in my instance – The first job. How to get a graduate job will depend on you and your personality and here is my way…

Every graduate had the same attitude and drive as me. And this meant that I needed to up my game.

As part of my final year, I learnt how to target employers using social media networks. I had already created a personal website as part of my BSc Business Information Technology program but this needed optimising to further target employers.

I would write blog posts regarding project management, web design and business analysis to build an online network and also show employers that I understand my field and what I am passionate about. It was writing these blog posts that helped me to understand what career path I wanted to take – business analysis. Here are my seven steps on how to get a graduate job:


What is a “Technical Innovation Officer”?

28 October 2015
Richard Dron

Richard Dron – Technical Innovation Officer

Let me introduce myself! I’m Richard, and I am the University of Salford Business School Technical Innovation Officer. Some of you might have met me last year, because I was a student studying an MSc in Information Systems Management.

Through connections I made on my course I heard about this position, applied, and here I am. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting me yet, I’m sure you will soon. I try to be involved in multiple projects, and there are lots of ways that our paths could cross.

If you are a student, a company or a colleague at the Business School, my role connects to all of you!


How to network: Make the right first impression

14 July 2015

Richard Lira, Salford Business School Alumni

As I was about to embark on my final year at university, typically, more and more graduate unemployment statistics kept creeping up. I say ‘typically’ because naturally when you don’t want to think about something there it is, constantly in front of you.

Social media was a great reminder of how tough the job market was and I always knew I had to stay ahead of my competition to stand out from the crowd.

I was always presented in class, gained 1st class marks in all my academic years, did a 12-month professional placement and  had two part-time jobs in the marketing and communications field in my final year, not to mention how hard I worked on my online personal brand.


Lost in translation: is the Arabic language being eroded?

11 March 2015
Mark Rix, Chief Executive Catchpole Communications

Mark Rix, Chief Executive Catchpole Communications

Having gained an MBA from The University Of Salford it was naturally exciting for me to be invited to join the University’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) Advisory Board.

The Middle East expansion of the University is a very positive development which presents outstanding opportunities for students from the region to further their education within a world-class institution.

The wider possibilities for public and private sector collaboration with the University are considerable and this is of equal interest.  The long term effects of the University’s investment in this region lies in the positive contribution to the development of a knowledgeable and competitive economy.


Playing the game: CV writing and interview tips

12 February 2015

Article by Craig Dean, CEO Web, Applications UK Ltd

In my time as an employer I’ve probably interviewed thousands of people, which would mean I’ve seen ten times as many CVs. Though the stats tell us we are seeing more jobs appearing, today’s labour market still demands pushing every opportunity to its limit; which means writing better CVs, making the most out of your experience, and preparing as best you can for any interviews you’re invited to.

This is doubly important for students of Computer Science, who have recorded an 11% rise in undergraduate enrolment in the last academic year, the joint highest with Biological Sciences, where the recorded average across all subjects was a 2% decrease.

This tells us that though the overall job market is on the up, when it comes to software development, the long-celebrated surplus of available jobs is starting to narrow. There always has been, and will continue to be serious competition. The astute job seekers (the ones reading this blog) will put themselves ahead of the curve and make sure they’re in the best position possible.


Getting a job after uni: 5 skills and abilities you need to have

29 September 2014
Ian Houghton

Ian Houghton

My name is Ian Houghton. I graduated from Salford Business School last year – 2013, with a degree in Business and Management with Professional Placement. While I was at the University of Salford I made the most of the time by undertaking a one year placement with South West Water as a Contacts Administrator and was part of the university boat club. Since my graduation I have been working for United Utilities as a Graduate Project Controller.

I have learned a lot of lessons during my search for a job in my final year, and yes it was frustrating to receive no replies to my job applications but it was worth it in the end!

I wanted to write this blog in order to share with those final year students my journey on getting a job after uni. If you are a student who is looking to enter the world of work and want to have a taste of what skills and abilities you will need to really succeed in your first few years after graduation – read this post! Showing these abilities in applications and interviews will also give you an extra edge to ultimately getting your first post-university job and getting your career underway.

So, what are my top 5 skills and abilities for getting a job after uni?


Working abroad: from Salford to Abu Dhabi

2 June 2014
Alumni Lorna relaxing in the sun

Salford Business School alumna, Lorna

June is an exciting time – exams are over and it is the end of your course – time to rest and plan ahead. Are you one of those students who has finished your course and now looking forward to your new job, further study or even starting your own business?

I graduated from the University of Salford in 2011, in Business and Marketing Management. I had been working abroad for one last summer season in Ibiza running a kids holiday club before I entered the real world of work.

When I came back to the UK that autumn, it was a bit of a struggle to find a job. The economic downturn made a number of organisations more cautious in terms of recruiting new graduates.

I had surprised myself by achieving first in my degree and I had taken on various work experience placements throughout my time at university.  However, despite being an ’employable’ graduate, the odds were stacked against me with the economy still in the early stages of recovery. Jobs were sparse and competition was fierce.

So, what did I do to get my dream job in Abu Dhabi where I am now? Read more…..

A day in the life of a Salford Business School alumna

10 May 2014
Picture of Salford Business School Alumni, Lorna Cole.

Salford Business School Alumna, Lorna Cole.

Salford Business School alumna, Lorna Cole, graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and Marketing Management in 2011.

Since graduating, Lorna has moved to Abu Dhabi working as a Marketing and Communications Officer at Global Medical Solutions.

Lorna is one of our many alumni who is making the most of the knowledge gained as part of her studies at Salford Business School. Lorna is discovering that living in a different country is in itself, a great way to discover new skills and embrace new experiences when having to adapt to a new way of life, work and culture.

Do you want to know what a day in the life of a Marketing and Communications Officer in Abu Dhabi is like?

Here is Lorna’s ‘day in the life’ blog post which describes her typical working day in Abu Dhabi…