“Why use Step when my local Uni will do everything for free?”

“My local University offers businesses a free service, why should I pay for yours?” This is a question we sometimes hear at Step, and on the face of it, it’s a reasonable question, particularly when European funding is  available to take students and graduates from Universities. But what of the many small to medium sized…

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The perils of beige job adverts

This Step business blog is a counterpoint to our student-focused blog ‘The perils of beige applications’. At Step we spend a significant part of every day advising candidates and providing feedback on all aspects of their applications. As part of this we guide them on how to avoid a lot of the pitfalls and common…

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Tapping into the best of this year’s graduates

If you are tuned in to the academic cycle, you’ll be aware that the 2016 graduate cohort are now mostly fledged with graduation ceremonies taking place up and down the country.  But you might be surprised to learn that some of the very best are only now turning their attention to future career plans and …

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Paying interns – why does it even matter?

A recent poll conducted by Step found that 41% of respondents believe work experience is the most important asset in being able to secure a graduate job. So if a company is willing to offer this valuable experience and a young person is willing to complete the work and not get paid then everyone’s a…

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Manchester City Council’s Paid Internship Programme Brings Success

Manchester City Council has worked with Step for a number of years on their undergraduate summer internship programme. For the past two years the Council’s Policy, Partnerships and Research service has taken on two students for 12 week internships to assist with research projects around developing the evidence base for the city’s economic growth. This…

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Students See Success with the Isle of Man Step Programme

The Isle of Man government run an annual undergraduate Step programme with businesses local to the area. This year saw 29 businesses host students in a variety of positions. If you’re interested in the Isle of Man Step Programme and want more information please visit: https://www.gov.im/categories/working-in-the-isle-of-man/step-programme/   Last month the Isle of Man Department of Economic…

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Business Newsletter – Summer 2016 Edition

As I write this we are all in a period of uncertainty following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. We are all wondering how these changes may impact our businesses, families and perhaps even our daughters and sons at University. Reading about the value of student and graduate internships may not be at the…

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Get Involved with National Internship Week (27th June – 1st July)

We are one week away from National Internship Week, a celebration of all things internship. Step is proud to be supporting this inaugural week, which is gathering momentum and galvanising the support of a variety of university careers services and business partners (such as TARGETjobs, PUMA and the IPA). Throughout the week there will be…

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