How to survive your first weeks at uni

How to survive your first weeks at uni The first few weeks of university can be quite overwhelming, you’re away from home, living with a bunch of strangers in a city you are unfamiliar with. But do not panic! We have produced a survival guide for the first few weeks at university that will prepare…

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Understanding the New GCSE 9-1 Grading System – A Guide for Employers

This week thousands of students have collected their GCSE results, however many employers are still confused by the new numerical grading system. Research that was commissioned by Ofqual in 2018 found that more than one in five employers wrongly believed that 1 was the top grade. The A* to G grading system has been replaced…

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Employers, be kind to graduates…

In a recent poll on our website, we asked visitors when they first received careers advice and were shocked to find that over half of respondents received no careers advice during their secondary education. As a business, we work closely with our local secondary Free School to host year 10 work experience and volunteer to…

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A student’s guide to settling in a student house

Danny is a second-year undergraduate at Nottingham Trent University. Here are his tips on finding and settling in a student house. Most people live in university halls in their first year, and then move into a house with their group of friends. It sounds like a simple process, however, navigating the sticky mess of admin…

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It’s not you, it’s me…

At Step, we have a regular spot on our website asking visitors for their insight into student and graduate behaviours. At the beginning of this summer, just as the new cohort of graduates were entering the jobs market, we asked visitors how long they expected to stay in their first graduate role. And the results,…

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Students and Graduates: Be proud of your work experience

Over the years I have spoken with thousands of students and graduates about employment, and found that a surprising number have deliberately left pieces of non-vocational work off their CVs and Step profiles. This ranges from one who worked in a fast-food restaurant while studying and felt it would be looked down on by graduate…

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