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Getting a job in a pandemic

Graduate Top Tips

Graduate top tips

Now more than ever the job market is extremely tough to get into. When you do manage to secure that all important job, the obstacles aren’t over, because let’s face it, working during a global pandemic brings with it a new set of challenges.

Former UoG student Kayleigh Jacobs-Rutter, has offered some top tips for those struggling to adapt to working life right now.

“I started my new job at Hallam around four months ago, in between this year’s two lockdowns. To say it’s been strange is an understatement – it’s probably the weirdest new job experience I’ve ever had!

For graduates who want to meet their colleagues, and experience the world of office work, this can be a nerve-wracking time, especially when mixed with the standard imposter syndrome felt by all of us at the start of a new job.

Many of us struggle to know what job to go into after completing our degree. If you don’t know what specific job to do, you should read as much as you can. Read widely about different career paths, and consume newspapers and online articles about people in different fields that might inspire you.

For instance, in my field, we have people who did journalism, English literature, English language, creative writing, linguistics and even marketing degrees. There are so many different niches and approaches to take, as well as different roles you can experience, so it’s important to get a broad knowledge of absolutely everything.

Finally, you’ve already made a great decision at UoG.”

Graduate career-ready

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Every year our students complete over 4,000 placements

Gain real-world experience and valuable contacts through our incredible placement and internship opportunities, both locally and across the globe.

“As part of my placements, I’ve shadowed journalists in the UK and Tokyo, published articles in the New York Times and interviewed Leonardo DiCaprio.”

Megu Jones, Journalism student

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Industry connections

We have local and global links with industry giants such as Raytheon, Superdry, IBM, ITV, African safaris, over 400 local schools and Athletic Club Bilbao FC.

Our expert lecturers use their contacts to help our students make life-changing connections.

“Without the uni working with Raytheon, I would never have found my job. The lecturers are so invested in wanting us to get more than just a degree. Now I am training to become an innovative future leader in cyber security, through their graduate development programme.”


Llamara Swann, Cyber & Computer Security graduate

Graduate Software Engineer at Raytheon.

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93% of our graduates are in employment

or further study with 6 months (UK Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020).

“The placements got us out and into the industry. I came out of the course with a really strong network of contacts. I love working with the actors and crew, bringing the script off the page onto the screen.”

Lewis Arnold, Film Production graduate

Directed several short films and episodes for TV shows like Misfits, Humans and Broadchurch.

Where are our graduates now?

Dan Jeffrey

“The course gave me a fantastic grounding to tackle new challenges as they arose within my company. We’ve now grown to 80 employees, and we’re on track to increase our revenue to £19 million.”

Dan Jeffery, Business Management graduate

Senior Partner at Concilium Search.

Abbi Mobbs

“The lecturers and guest speakers kept me driven. They made me realise a career in media was achievable.”

Abbi Mobbs, Journalism graduate

Multimedia Broadcast Journalist for the BBC.

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“I have travelled to Nepal, Iraq, Togo and Greece in response to the European Refugee Crisis. The course has enabled me to understand the context to difficult situations and the ongoing impact of historical events around the world.”

Stefan Cramer, History graduate, Humanitarian Officer

Pia Cato cooking

“The links the business school offers are amazing, especially when finding a placement. When I set up my own business the lecturers gave me lots of contacts and advice to help it grow – I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

Pia Cato, Marketing graduate

Founder of Vanilla Pod Bakery, a local cake business.

Harris Stovell, design graduate

“There’s freedom to explore your creativity and the lecturers give so much support. It truly felt like they were proud of me, which was a huge confidence boost.”

Harris Stovell, Graphic Design graduate

Digital Designer at Superdry.

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“My time at University of Gloucestershire provided me with skills and knowledge that I have taken out into the industry and continue to use in every audition and every job I undertake.”

Isis Davis, Performing Arts graduate, actor

Seen in the 2020 film ‘The Secret Garden’ opposite Colin Firth.

Lizzy Yarnold with GB flag

“My experiences have helped me become the athlete I am – having to be confident in myself at uni has empowered me in life since then.”

Lizzy Yarnold, Geography/ sport science graduate

Winning two gold medals, Lizzy is the most successful British Winter Olympian and most successful Olympic Skelton athlete of all time.

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“Myself and two course mates set up D14 a design consultancy for our year in industry, and it’s still running today. The freedom and trust we were given made me the confident and independent thinker I’m today.” 

Tom Jags, Product Design graduate

Account Developer at Resolution Design and winner of the New Designers 2018 Allermuir Associate Prize.

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“My course leader saw me as an individual, not just a number. Plus, the equipment and studios are second to none – you won’t find that anywhere else so make the most of it!”

Reece Pickering, Photograph, Editorial & Advertising graduate

Photographed Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Angelina Jolie and Trevor Noah to name a few.

He now travels the world as the ingredient photographer for Lush Cosmetics.

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Through Your Future Plan’s Employability Award scheme and mentoring programmes, you’ll develop essential skills and experience that will look great on your CV and help you become a well-rounded graduate.

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